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Lasqueti Island From Pender Harbour Or Vancouver Island - A Step Back In Time

Updated on August 22, 2010

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.

Pender Harbour, BC:
Pender Harbor, Sunshine Coast B, BC, Canada

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False Bay, Lasqueti Island, BC:
False Bay, BC V0R, Canada

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Squitty Bay, Lasqueti Island, BC:
Lasqueti Island, BC V0R, Canada

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French Creek, Vancouver Island, BC:
French Creek, Nanaimo G, BC V9P, Canada

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Texada Island, BC:
Texada Island, Powell River D, BC, Canada

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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!

Summer, 2010


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      Agnes Castang 

      6 years ago

      I have been wondering if there was a place in Canadda with a place like this. Hopefully, I will some day get to go there.

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      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Thank you fetty, hope you make it to the West Coast,it is not called Beautiful British Columbia for nothing. My niece did a wonderful job with the pictures,she took a 158 in all.

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      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Thank you fetty, hope you make it to the West Coast,it is not called Beautiful British Columbia for nothing. My niece did a wonderful job with the pictures,she took a 158 in all.

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      8 years ago from South Jersey

      We hope to visit Canada soon. Wonderful hub with amazing pictures and a lot of information. Thanks. Loved your use of the new map tool too. Voted this up.

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      8 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      Four hours from Seattle it is! My sister-in-law who is from Ontario and now lives in White Rock was very excited after she had been living there a short time because she saw an advertisement for a cruise of the San Juan Islands for only $50.00. Thinking it a great deal and taken with the name she showed the ad to my brother. He then took her to the living room window and pointed them out to her.

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      How awesome - that would be a lovely place to see. Reminds me of an island we had talked about going to in Michigan and I can't remember now the name of it. It was the island that Somewhere in Time was filmed on - ah - Mackinaw Island!


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