Welcome to Gambier Island!
Gambier Island is the largest of four
islands located in Howe Sound, British Columbia, Canada
(not to be confused with the 14 small Gambier Islands,
located 1600 km southeast of Tahiti). The BC island
is approximately twenty-five square miles with only
125 permanent residents, primarily located in New Brighton,
Gambier Harbour and West Bay - the number swells to
over 600 in the summer. BC Ferries provides passenger
service between Langdale and New Brighton and there
are gravel roads connecting the three communities. We
have electricity and telephone and some of us even have
high-speed internet access. There is no car-ferry access
- something most residents want to preserve.
Our island currently does not have
any commercial enterprises. The Gambier Community Centre
is the only public facility. There is no ATM on the island!
There are a number of organizations on the island. The Gambier Island Community Association (GICA) looks after parking issues, organizes the annual chimney sweep, sponsors the annual children's fishing derby, publishes the annual newsletter, The Islander, etc. The Gambier Community Centre Society (GCCS) looks after the Community Centre, organizing most of the events on the island, some as a means of raising funds. Other organizations include the Gambier Conservancy and the Gambier Fire Equipment Group (GFEG).
To read about Gambier Island's history,
pick up a copy of Bill Errico, Jr.'s second edition
of "Miramar" at Bill's house (the farm on
Andy's Bay Road, a five minute walk from the Community
Centre) or phone him at 604-886-2871 or email at MIRAMARIIGambierIsland@gmail.com.