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South Secretary Island, Trincomali Channel - Southern Gulf Islands, BC
South Secretary Island, Trincomali Channel - Southern Gulf Islands, BC
Private island in prime southern Gulf location. Hiking trails to sandy beaches, grassy points, sheltered coves & lagoons. Rustic architect-designed lodge, water from dug wells & good dock locations. Superb island paradise for luxury estate or a private family compound.
  • Size: 66 acres
  • Area: VANISLANDSC
  • Price: $4,450,000
  • Listing Agent: Richard Osborne - rich@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-664-7633

  • Listing Agent: Dave Cochlan - dave@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-319-1500
Description :

South Secretary Island is a classic 66 acre private island in a prime location on Trincomali Channel in BC’s Southern Gulf Islands. Owned for 40 years by a group dedicated to maintaining its integrity, it remains fully forested with mature arbutus, fir, cedar and juniper. Hiking trails lead to sand and white shell beaches with oysters and clams, grassy points, sheltered coves and lagoons created by sculptured sandstone reefs.


The architect-designed lodge, sited on a south facing point amid arbutus trees, will serve nicely as a beach house and accommodation until you build your dream home. The circa 1984 lodge, an open plan 1,300 ft2 plus loft, is a pure rustic west coast retreat of fir posts, glass and cedar. The interior is finished in natural materials, accented by light from skylights in high ceilings. It is heated with a wood stove, has a 3 piece bathroom and sits on poured concrete footings that were upgraded circa 2005, and the major part of the deck was replaced in 2008.


A meadow, fruit trees and old chimney remain from the 1930s homestead and a cedar shingle clad 192 ft2 winterized cabin only needs a bit of work, furnishing and decorating to be a charming little guest cabin. The island is blessed with water from dug wells, good locations to build a dock and zoning allows for 3 single family dwellings with numerous prime building locations from which to choose.


You must see it to understand the scope of the potential; it is a wonderful canvas awaiting the master’s brush. Seize the opportunity to assume the stewardship of this private island paradise to make it your masterpiece.

Location : Located in the Secretary Group of Islands in the Strait of Georgia between Galiano and Saltspring Islands in Trincomali Channel.
Access : Easy float plane or boat access.
Investment Features : Minimum parcel size is 4 ha, which would allow for a 6 lot subdivision.
Services : Shallow dug wells and rainwater collection, septic tanks and drain field, powered by generator.
Recreation : Swimming, shellfish harvesting, fishing, paddling, cruising, hiking and the best spots to sit for relaxation you can imagine.
Vegetation :

This island has a very good forest cover consisting of mature arbutus, fir, grand fir, western red cedar, fruit trees and other deciduous trees, plus juniper on the headlands.


Trees, shrubs and wildflowers noted on the island are summarized as follows: *Trees (indigenous) - Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, Arbutus, Western Juniper, Trembling Aspen, Pacific Dogwood, Garry Oak, Pacific & Scouler Willow, Western Yew


*Trees (introduced) - English Walnut, Spanish Chestnut, Domestic Apple varieties and seedlings, Plum, English Ivy, Pear/seedling


*Shrubs - Dogwood, Flowering Currant, Low Mahonia, Ocean Spray,Ninebark, Salal, Huckle & Blueberries, Snowberry, Indian Plum, Scotch Broom


*Native Wildflowers - White Easter Lily, Chocolate Lily, Pheasant’s Eye, Pipsissewa, Twinflower, Honeysuckle, Ground Orchids, ferns, including the Swornfern, mosses, both native and introduced grasses

Area Data :

Gulf Islands
The Gulf Islands lie along the south east coast of Vancouver Island between Campbell River to the north and Victoria to the south. These islands comprise approximately 15 large islands i.e. Salt Spring, Thetis and Galiano Islands, interspersed with smaller islands and islets. This group of islands, lying southwest of the Strait of Georgia, has a Mediterranean climate with less than 30 inches of rain per year. Features of these islands are the sheltered waters, strong tides, long slender North West south east orientation, good anchorages and overall dramatic beauty.

History : South Secretary Island is currently owned by a holding company with ten equal shareholders. This property was originally owned and farmed by the Spence family circa 1930s. Fruit trees and chimney remain as evidence of the original homestead.
Zoning : R (Rural)
Legal :

That part of District Lot 20, Secretary Islands, Cowichan District, Marked Number 1 on the Plan attached to Crown Gran No. 2661/141 Deposited under DD26871


PID 009-595-066

Taxes : $11,035.42 (2016)
Boundaries : See maps & plans included.
Map Reference : 48°57'31.16"N and 123°34'58.80"W
Listing # : 17106