Fly-In Sidney Island Island Cabin Retreat - For Sale
(Exempt From BC Property Speculation Tax!)
For More Information Contact:
Ryan Van Haren 604-312-9900 / email@example.com
Beautiful 2.8 acre Southwest facing property on Sidney Island BC. Located on Sidney Island, BC on an oceanfront high bank and close proximity to a fantastic private airstrip.
The property has 2 small 100sf cabins, a storage shed and a very clean outhouse. The structures are basic, modern looking and off the grid. Both cabins have sleeping lofts and unobstructed southwest ocean views and it is only a 10 minute walk to the beach and airstrip. There is no electricity on the island but we recently outfitted the cabins with a small solar supply with generator backup that provides light, water, refrigeration and the ability to charge small electronics. The Cabin even has an outdoor, enclosed hot shower (yes a real hot shower with running water). This property is meant for primarily outdoor living with very simple yet comfortable indoor sleeping and eating quarters. There is plenty of room on the lot to build your dream cabin when the time comes but it is ready to use as is, right away.
Included are 2 pickup trucks and a 16.5ft 110hp boat with trailer.
The North end of the island is a provincial park and the southern 2/3 of the island is private and shared between the 111 strata owners.
Access to the island is limited to private aircraft, private boat or chartered water taxi.
The Island is located 6 miles from the Victoria International Airport and is about a 10 minute flight or a 20 minute water taxi ride to the shared private dock.
It is a great place to escape just for the day or for a few nights if you don't mind living simply.
- 2.8 Acres of un-obstructed ocean front
- 2x 100sf cabin
- 2x Pickup Truck
- 16.5ft Malibu 110hp Boat with full canopy cover
- Basic electricity via generator & solar
- Brand new deck 2018
- Outdoor Hot Shower
- Communal Dock & Breakwater completed 2017
- Salmon & Halibut Fishing
- Freshwater Swimming Lake
- 2600ft Airstrip
- Gravel Roads Throughout
- Multiple Beaches
- 6nm to CYYJ (Victoria Airport)
- 20min chartered Water taxi ride to Sidney
- Canada customs available at Victoria Airport (6nm Away)
- By Private Aircraft (8min from Victoria, 25min from Pitt Meadows, 20min from Boundary Bay, 1hr from Seattle)
- By Private Boat
- Chartered Water taxi from Sidney
Both Sidney Island and neighboring James Island are geographically unique in that they are the only Canadian Gulf Islands composed almost entirely of quaternary drift deposits (unconsolidated sand and gravel deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago) which form the sandy coastline.
- Strata title ownership
- Brand new rock breakwater and expanded dock
- Approximately 288 acres of strata lots
- Approximately 1,500 acres common property
- No public access to the strata owned portion of the island
- No time requirement for building
- Precious conservation areas
- Breakwater and expanded communal dock in Miner’s Bay
- 2,600 ft grass airstrip
- Miles of sand beaches
- Excellent network of roads
- Managed sustainable forest
- Cellular telephones work on much of the island
- Island Caretaker
The Strata Corporation equipment consists of an excavator, dump truck, fire truck, ambulance, tank truck, pickup truck, road grader and miscellaneous equipment, some of which is available to Strata owners on a rental basis.
Location :Sidney Island is at the southern end of the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. It is about 19 km north of Victoria, 6 km south east of Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula and only 10 km from Roche Harbour on US San Juan Island.
Access : Access is by boat or floatplane to the private dock in Miners Bay or by plane to the private 2,600 ft airstrip, both of which are the common property of the strata owners. Water taxi service is available from Sidney and arrangements can be made for the water taxi to pick people up at any marina or near the BC Ferry terminal at Schwartz Bay, so you can walk on the ferry and easily get to Sidney Island. Please contact Rich Osborne or Dave Cochlan to make an appointment to view the island.
Recreation :Boating, swimming in ocean and swimming hole, paddling, scuba diving, fishing, crabbing, sailing, photography, bird watching, walking, cycling, exploring and cruising Canadian Gulf Islands and US San Juan Islands.
Vegetation :The Island supports exceptionally lush and varied vegetation common to the south coastal climatic zone including Douglas fir, white fir, Garry oak, mock cherry, arbutus, red cedar, red alder, balsam, hemlock, aspen, yew, big leaf maple and flowering dogwood. Smaller vegetation includes Scotch broom, fireweed, gorse, wild roses, western fescue, orchard grass, salal, Hawthorne and a 50-tree orchard on the common land.
Area Data :
Unique in British Columbia, perhaps the world, Sidney Island offers the rare combination of ownership of superb waterfront property with a model of sustainable forestry, limited development of common areas, precious conservation zones and miles of sand beaches. It is blessed with a Mediterranean like climate, warm summers, mild winters and less than 30 inches annual rainfall. Not only is it one of the most picturesque, but the last major undeveloped island in the Gulf Islands chain. From every part of the island there are breathtaking views. To the south the perennial snow covered Olympic Range, to the east the perfect cone of Mt. Baker and the jagged peaks of the Cascades.
With its wonderful natural habitat few places have as rich a variety of wildlife as Sidney Island, which includes:
- spotted fallow deer
- bald eagles
- black-tailed deer
- turkey vultures
- humming birds
- great blue herons
- Javanese peacocks
- river otters
- a rich variety of songbirds, ducks, geese and other waterfowl
Offshore, the waters support a wide variety of sea life including salmon, halibut, other sport fish, an array of sea birds and waterfowl, seals, sea lions, orcas and gray whales.
Sidney Island comprises 111 bare land strata lots totaling about 288 acres and ownership includes the strata lot and a proportionate interest in the common property of the strata corporation, which includes about 1,500 acres and the common facilities and other assets of the Strata Corporation.
In our opinion the most important aspect of the development is that the privacy of the strata corporation lands has been maintained, and the natural integrity of the island environment has been protected for the fortunate few who share in its ownership. There is no public access to 1,760 acres owned by the strata corporation, of which some 1,500 acres are common property to the strata lots.
The shared ownership includes an excellent network of roads, a new 300 foot dock (which will be upgraded by the strata corporation as the demand for dock space requires) and a number of drilled water wells. The result is an amazing diversity of properties with low, medium and high bank oceanfront, virtually every possible exposure, varied topography, beautiful views, and differing levels of privacy and a range of prices.
The only land on the island not owned by the Strata Corporation is the northerly portion formerly the Sidney Spit Marine Park and recently named as Canada’s newest National Park. This area comprises about 400 acres and encloses a broad lagoon of sheltered water bordered by a long spit of sand. Mooring buoys, a small government dock, and facilities for picnicking and camping are provided. The sandy beach with protected waters is excellent for swimming.
History :Originally named Sallas Island, in 1859 the Hudson Bay Company, hoping to attract settlers with a more British name, changed it to Sidney Island. Many years ago the Island was purchased by a group of Victoria businessmen as a private hunting preserve. In 1981 the Island was purchased from the last two survivors of the original owners, by Sallas Forest Limited Partnership.