From Camp Artaban to Gambier Lake it's a pleasant low elevation hike to a secluded lake. Please treat the ecologically sensitive area of wetland around the lake with extreme care. The toughest stretch is the very steep hill just before you reaching the lake. It is very demanding going both ways. The segment between is moderately difficult and while well marked the trail is non-existent. Then you leave Gambier Lake, the ascent to the highest point of the whole trip is steep and sometimes slippery. The hike ends a New Brighton where you take a small BC Ferries boat to Langdale and then proceed to bigger BC Ferries boats to Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal.
Camp Artaban is situated right on the waterfront of Long Bay, Gambier Island in beautiful Howe Sound, just northwest of Vancouver. You can get here by water taxi out of West Vancouver in about 30 minutes, though when you get here, you will feel very far away. We are tucked in behind Mount Artaban so the city lights are largely blocked at night for a beautiful starry sky.
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