One day trip to Gambier Island 甘比尔岛一日游

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Photographer 摄影:Micoslaw Curas, Ingrid Guo 卉樱果,Zisu 紫苏

Wording 文字:Zi Su 紫苏,Ingrid Guo 卉樱果

2018-07-31

Gambier Island, Sunshine Coast 阳光海岸的甘比尔岛

Gambier Island is an island located in Howe Sound Hornear Vancouver, British Columbia. It is about 17,049 acres (6,899 hectares) in size and is located about 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) north of the Horseshoe Bay community and ferry terminal in westernmost West Vancouver.

A rugged and sparsely populated island, it is far quieter than its neighbour Bowen Island, which is popular with day-trippers and summer vacationers. Gambier Island is accessible only by B.C. Ferries passenger service, water taxi or other boats. There is no central road network.

The island elects two trustees to the Islands Trust, an organization that unites small island communities in British Columbia to oversee development and land use. Other islands in Howe Sound include Keats Island and Anvil Island.

There are around 125 long-term residents on Gambier, but the population swells to more than 600 in the summertime due to the island's summer holiday homes. The island's scenic setting and solitude make it popular with artists and writers.

The main wharf and settlement area is called New Brighton, on the west side of the island. Gambier Harbour, West Bay, lies to the east, with another wharf and boat dock. At the north end of the island is Elkins Point.

Gambier Island had a general store (closed about 2010) and one bed and breakfast. Barging companies provide service from Gibsons and Horseshoe Bay for transport of large items. Fire service is run by volunteers. There are no garbage processing facilities on the island. There is a community center.

Halkett Bay Provincial Park is located on the southeast side of Gambier.

The island was named by Captain Richards in 1860 for James Gambier, Admiral of the Fleet who had a distinguished career in the British navy, was a Governor of Newfoundland and served as a negotiator of the Treaty of Ghent ending The War of 1812 between Britain and the United States. Logger Ken Reid cut a 14-foot diameter fir there in the 1930s.  - From wikipedia

卉樱果文字:

那天与紫苏约好小岛一日游,天車換公車去马蹄湾码头坐轮渡。天車公車都脫班,趕257時猛提一下腿,小腿肚咯噠一聲,人就弯成九十度了。

上了257公車一直祷告,求神给我力量让我完成今天一日游。

不过也有畏缩,心想要不257到底馬蹄灣坐一會回家?

到了馬蹄灣想,要不輪渡到陽光海岸坐一會回家。

下了岸又想,還是快艇坐到小島吧。

好在快艇就在码头右边,但这点路走起来花了很大力气。

上图快艇司机,快艇也属于BC Ferry,夏季周一到周四对老人免费,耶!

上图就是Gambier岛。在豪湾四岛中,甘比尔是一个崎岖而人烟稀少的岛屿。其面积约为17,049英亩(6,899)公顷,比我们熟知的Bowen岛还要大一些,后者深受一日游客和夏季度假者的欢迎。常住岛民125人,由于岛上的避暑别墅,夏季增加到600多人。风景优美的环境和独处使其深受艺术家和作家的欢迎。

居民一般住位于岛的西侧的新布赖顿。北边大部分原始森林,里面有个很大的湖,据说很美。岛民告诉我們:最北边的West Bay也值得一游。可往返十几公里,没汽車,徒步难度很大。再加上此小岛和我们上个月去过的Protection Island守卫岛一样,是无商店,无垃圾处理设施,无公共垃圾箱,无公共卫生间,无柏油路,无私家车的原生态小岛。

以前有家综合商店,在2010年关闭。驳船公司提供GibsonsHorseshoe Bay的服务,为住户运输大件物品。消防服务由志愿者管理。

島民家有自来水,电,高速上网。几乎家家有游艇,还有公共快艇来往于小岛与大岛之间。岛民们在社区中心聚会活动。

宁静,温馨,美丽,和谐,既原始又现代! - 紫苏文字

到了小島因腿伤無法步行遠,像岸边困住的岩石。

拖累紫蘇姐不能去看心心念念的島中湖,不能走來回四公里去北邊的海灣,好在彩色的小島碼頭很有看頭。

瘸腿走下水边手机拍拍拍

真想回到出发前,告诫自己进入老年了,不能再着急赶路。

臭美还是要的。

岛民的房子很漂亮

假装我家门口

又一班快艇抵达,岛民上岸。甘比尔岛仅可由本省渡轮客运服务,水上出租车或其他船只抵达,没有行车路。

自行车也是岛上交通工具

岛民的孩子们玩跳水,其实海水还是蛮冷的。

紫苏自拍,打乱了计划,紫苏依旧笑容不变。

虽然腿痛,大自然非常自愈。

吹着凉爽海风,人生何求。

在大轮渡上,紫蘇從輪渡飲食餐廳要了一袋冰让我冰敷,又去船上小店問有否拐杖,沒有。一對老太(我們難道不是?)其中一個柱著走路杖,主動提出借給我下船時用。

但是还是很痛,看我這麼瘸著,紫蘇姐決然帶我去阳光海岸的downtown Sechlet買走路杖。

快艇疾駛回大島,浪花飞溅,近如翡翠,远方蔚蓝。

转公车,一位与司机很熟悉的乘客帅哥弹琴唱歌。

 

在一家體育用品商店買了走路棒,營業員細心指導如何使用。走路杖在加拿大很尋常,平時森林海邊步行,冬季上山走雪道都要用到的體育設備。

撐上拐杖疼痛少一些了,到商場吃東西,要了一袋冰第二次冰敷。

那天居然瘸腿走了一万多步~

走去公車站,把走路杖当拐杖了,路杖縮節,怎麼也弄不好,上了公車一帥哥熱心幫忙調節。

回程輪渡上又遇到來時借我走路杖的西人老太,見我有了走路杖立馬來打招呼:真高興你買到了!然後詳細演示了一遍調節方法。

輪渡上第三次冰敷。

小島一日遊太美好了,雖然扭了腿,喜樂多多,陌生人的關懷更令人感動。

體驗了兩次快艇,欣賞了海光山色。

每天都是詩和遠方,善與微笑。

 

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