Lasqueti Island From Pender Harbour Or Vancouver Island - A Step Back In Time
Whether you reach Lasqueti Island by foot passenger ferry from French Creek Harbour on Vancouver Island or you access it by boat from Texada Island or Pender Harbour on the Sechelt Peninsula the minute you set foot on this island you cannot help but feel you have taken a step back in time.
The ferry, the Centurion VII built in 1986 carries a total of 60 foot passenger plus freight. It does not sail in winds over 40 knots and docks at False Bay on Lasqueti Island.
Lasqueti Island has a rare ecosystem and is in the Coastal Douglas Fir zone. The fact that it is sparsely populated lends itself to an ecological and natural environment with a character all its own, including herds of feral sheep and a wide variety of butterflies.
Fifty miles northwest of Vancouver, Lasqueti Island is approximately 12 miles long and 3 miles wide. The 400 give or take residents of the island make up a population that according to Statistics Canada is the most highly educated community in British Columbia. Poets, artists, physicists, published authors, professional consultants, as well as agriculturists, fishermen and foresters are among the small group of people that call Lasqueti Island home.
There are no paved roads on Lasqueti Island and there is no electric service provided by BC Hydro. The conversations of residents center around composting, vegetable gardens, maintaining power, water, waste systems and solar panels. Their hours are spent cutting firewood, servicing power and waste systems and working in gardens to produce food.
A testament to the time spent on maintaining life on the island as well as the laid back lifestyle can be found on the sign at the one and only store that displays the store hours for would be customers.
Monday - Wednesday - late
Thursday - Friday - later
Saturday and Sunday - latest
Near the southeast tip of Lasqueti Island is Squitty Bay. It offers refuge from the open and sometimes wind waters of the Strait of Georgia.
The entrance to the bay is obstructed by several rocks making the safest route in by boat along the south shore. There is no room for anchorage but a small federal dock that is available for tie up.
There is a small park which on clear days affords fantastic views of Mount Baker in Washington State as well as the Comox Valley Glacier. Here Rocky Mountain Junipers grow far from their natural habitat while on the ground there are prickly pear cacti.
The only facilities available are picnic tables, pit toilets and a public dock.
The waters in and around the area are considered to be one of the best locations for cold water scuba diving.
All photographs are used with the permission of my wonderful niece Sarah who took them while on vacation with my brother, sister-in-law and her brother, Adam. Thank you Sarah and Well Done!
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