Deer Shed, Gambier Island, 2011
Deer Shed, Gambier Island, 2011
Major Matthews
Are there any deer on Gambier Island now?
Miss Wiegand
Yes, many of them.

Early Vancouver, Vol. 7, Major J.S. Matthews

The conversation above took place in 1946 and I can confirm that there still plenty of deer on Gambier Island. I’ve seen them resting in the shadows of a tree in our lower section, I’ve spooked them in the bush and, most recently, I awoke to see two young black-tailed deer crossing the steep slope above our tent. I’ve heard of a cougar sighting on the island, but most sources say the deer have no natural predators, so I expect to see many more.


  1. We spent five days on Gambier last fall and I lost count of
    how many deer we saw. They visited us every night around the same
    time, munching on the lawn of our rented house just as we were
    cooking our dinner. Best of all were the little ones, and one
    special little one who was spooked by a robin. Yes, a robin.
    Imagine the sight of a baby deer who’s afraid of a robin.

    Comment by Alyson on June 10, 2011 at 8:39 pm
  2. Scared of a robin? That must have been a young one. We’ve always seen deer earlier in the day, but we had racoons visit us one night while sitting around the campfire. They had a good look at us and then went on their way.

    Comment by Jason Landry on June 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

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