Lasqueti is a quaint community, full of eccentric characters. Artist, musicians, carvers, farmers, loggers, fisherman, writers, jewelers, contractors, caterers have all made their home here. It’s a pioneering way of life. The winters are peaceful and serene with beautiful colors and epic storms. The spring and summer is bustling with off island visitors and many local events including the Spring Fling Weekend, The Firemans picnic, and The Arts and Poetry Festival weekend.
Lasqueti is largely undeveloped and of the most unique of the Gulf Islands. It lies in the Georgia Strait, north of French Creek (on Vancouver Island), and southwest of Texada Island. It is approximately 8 km wide (4.9 miles) and 22 km (13.6 miles) long, with an area of 73.56 km2.
About 360 permanent residents call Lasqueti home. It is accessible by foot passenger ferry service only, or by private boat or plane.
False Bay, the location of the island’s ferry dock, is also Lasqueti’s tiny commercial centre, and the gateway to a paddler’s paradise of coves, offshore reefs, islets and islands.
Excluding the first 200 feet or so of the False Bay HIll, the roads are unpaved and the island has no public transportation. There are no public campgrounds mainly due to the risk of fire in the hot dry summer months.
Lasqueti residents have rallied against B.C. Hydro in the past and remain independent and off-the-grid to this day. Residents live either without electricity or with alternative sources of power like solar or micro-hydro. Years ago, fishing and logging were more prevalent industries, but these days there is very little bustling economy.
You will find when you get here, that there is no other place on earth like it. Lasqueti has a sense of being lost or forgotten in time in many ways and the residents of today and yesterday like it that way. Although it may make life more challenging on occasion, no car ferry and no hydro are what the locals love, so if you are wanting a getaway that is easily accessible or have hopes of making a change, Lasqueti may not be the island for you.
Many people come to the Island with a specific idea of what they want and are hopeful that they will find it. However the reality is different and I get to see many people compromise and make adjustments to their wish list after spending time here. For example Lasqueti has been a ” no permit” zone for building in the past and remains so till this day. As many of the homes were built long ago, you will find many different types of structures here, some that comply and some that do not, and often when you are purchasing, what you see is what you get. So what I’m saying is…don’t expect city standards on Lasqueti. If you get it, it will be a pleasant surprise. All that being said, I will still write up a good contract, and do my best to educated you, so you can make informed decisions and be happy about your purchase and new life and adventure on Lasqueti Island!
Real estate on Lasqueti can range from $80,000 (co-ownership) to over $2,000,000.00 for amazing ocean or lakefront property. There is a 10-acre freeze on Lasqueti and that is the average size piece of land. There are some 1-acre pieces in the Maple Bay area that were created before the 10-acre freeze came into effect.
It is safe to say, life on Lasqueti is a self-sustainable way of life and living, where homesteaders enjoy the mild climate and relative isolation.
For more information on Lasqueti you can go to www.lasqueti.ca.