Gambier Island Local Trust Area

 Protected Areas in the Gambier Island Local Trust Area (2018)


Type of Protected Area

Area (ha)

Portion of LTA (%)  
Conservation Covenant 1.39 0.01  
Nature Reserve 149.22 1.52  
Old Growth Management Area 565.95 5.76  
Park - Provincial 808.73 8.23  
Park - Regional 80.61 0.82  


1605.91 16.34  


Type of Marine Protection Area (ha)  
Provincial Marine Protected Area 303.20  
Rockfish Conservation Area 8704.70  
Glass Sponge Reef Fishing Closure Area 1951.20  
Total 10820.80  


NB: There is overlap of marine protected area boundaries, therefore the total area of marine protected area is not additive. 


Ecosystem Values in the Gambier Island Local Trust Area (2010)

Sensitive Ecosystems

Sensitive Ecosystems Area (ha) Portion of LTA (%)  
Cliff 57.5 0.6  
Freshwater 27.3 0.3  
Herbaceous 556.9 5.7  
Mature Forest 4,055.0 41.3  
Old Forest 3.4 <0.1  
Riparian 19.7 0.2  
Wetland 180.0 1.8  
Woodland 208.2 2.1  


5,107.9 52.0  

View the ecosystem maps for Gambier Island Local Trust Area

Species at Risk

The B.C. Conservation Data Centre has recorded sightings of Slimleaf onion (blue listed), Double-crested Cormorant (blue listed) and Steller Sea Lion (blue listed) in the Gambier Island Local Trust Area.  There may be additional species at risk in the Gambier Island Local Trust Area that are not recorded with the B.C. Conservation Data Centre or whose locations are considered confidential information.

Forested Ecosystems

The Gambier Island Local Trust Area is partially in the Coastal Western Hemlock Zone (Howe Sound Islands) and partially in the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone (Thormanby Islands).  It has a particularly high level of mature and older forest compared with Islands Trust Areas located in the Strait of Georgia - over 77% is in forests over 80 yrs of age.  The breakdown of forests by age class is below.

Forest Type Area (ha) Portion of LTA (%)  
Pole/Sapling Forest (<40 yrs) 440 8.7  
Young Forest (40-80 yrs) 4,037 79.9  
Mature Forest (80-250 yrs) 3,915 77.5  
Old Forest (>250 years) 3 0.1  

Modified Ecosystems in the Gambier Local Trust Area (2010)

Type of Modification

Area (ha)

Portion of LTA (%)  
Cultivated Field 54.1 0.6  
Rural 242.3 2.5  
Urban 0.3 <0.1  
Road 135.8 1.4  
Gravel Pit 0.6 <0.1  


433.0 4.4  
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