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    Stunning Small Island with 2 Cabins - Powell Lake, BC

    Sunshine Coast & Howe Sound Listing No. 19070

    1.7 acre stunning island with two cabins located on one of the best recreational lakes in British Columbia. Includes main cabin, guest cabin, outbuildings, foreshore licence and dock. Only a 20-30 minute boat ride from the Shingle Mill Marina.


    Price
    $275,000

    Size
    1.729 acres

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    Description

    The best kept secret on the Sunshine Coast is Powell Lake, a crystal-clear fresh water lake that stretches into the Coastal Mountain Range from the ocean (50 km). This island is located 1/3 of the way up the lake approximately 20-30 minutes by boat from the Shingle Mill Marina. The title to the island is a recreational Government of British Columbia Crown Lease that also includes specific permission for private moorage.


    Most of the cabins on Powell Lake are floating with licence of occupation titles to them. There are only a few leasehold cabins located on their own island, making this offering unique.


    There is a nice path surrounded by beautiful trees leading from the dock to the main cabin. The island's topography is fairly flat in the centre with lots of useable space. The cabin is situated at one of the higher points, having a great vantage point to take in views of the lake and mountains. There are two bedrooms on the main floor, both having separate entrances.


    The kitchen and living room are open concept with a vaulted ceiling centered by a wood stove. The stove and fridge are run by propane and the lights are electric provided by a generator. Stairs lead up to a loft with 3 more beds and TV area. Both cabins share a composting toilet located in one of the outbuildings. Domestic water is drawn from the lake and pumped up to a water tower for the main cabin and separate storage tank for the guest cabin, then gravity fed.


    The guest cabin is located within close proximity and is actually closer to the water. It was the original cabin first constructed on the island and it is the perfect space for visiting guests or extended family. It has one bedroom overlooking the water and most of the comforts of home. It is in good shape for its age, but will need some upgrading in the coming years.


    This is the ideal family recreational property at an affordable price. Call Jamie or Jason to book an appointment to view today!

    Size

    • 1.729 acre island
    • 0.588 acre private moorage

    Location

    Powell River is located on the coast of British Columbia approximately 145 km (90 miles) north of Vancouver and immediately across from Courtenay on Vancouver Island.


    Powell Lake is adjacent to Powell River and sits on the low rise of land forming a natural dam between the lake and the Strait of Georgia. The lake is fed by Powell River and features Goat Island, a large mountainous island. It serves as a reservoir for a small hydroelectric generating station which was built to serve the City's paper mill, and it also served as a water supply for that mill.


    The civic address of this small island property is 10430 Powell Lake, Powell River, BC. Powell Lake is a short 10-minute drive from downtown Powell River and, once at the lake, the small island property is roughly 20-30 minutes by boat.

    Access

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    Area Data

    With a population of 20,000, Powell River is a friendly seaside town that offers 'big city' amenities and luxury services without the 'big city' parking and traffic hassles. A full service hospital, medical, dental, chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage therapy clinics, health and beauty spas, a newly renovated recreation complex, full banking facilities, marine services, outdoor guides and outfitters, plus a wide range of retail outlets, art galleries, gift shops and fine dining are all within easy access.


    The Upper Sunshine Coast, from Saltery Bay to Desolation Sound, boasts approximately 1,900 hours of sunshine annually. Summer temperatures vary from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius (70 - 90 degrees Fahrenheit) while winter temperatures are mild.

    Recreation

    The Powell River and Powell Lake area is the jewel of the Sunshine Coast.


    Powell River is renowned as the "hot spot" for scuba diving. Hikers, naturalists, fishermen and photographers will find vast areas for exploration. The main centre of town is about a 10-minute drive to Powell Lake.


    Powell Lake is ideal for boating, water skiing, wakeboarding, paddle sports and swimming. It has a full-scale launch and marina and is home to The Shinglemill Pub & Bistro, which offers lakeshore dining with a gorgeous view. You can also fish for cutthroat, kokanee or rainbow trout year-round, as the waters of the lake rarely experience a freeze in any but the coldest of winters.


    Powell Lake has over 300 km of scenic shoreline stretching deep into mountain valleys, and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, waterfalls and streams. There are two large rivers flowing into the lake, with one connecting to pristine Goat Lake, and over 250 float homes on the lake that are very unique and accessible by boat only. There are numerous hiking trails and the world-famous Fiddlehead Farms is well worth the visit.


    Powell Lake is also one of 12 lakes that comprise the Powell Forest Canoe Route, located within the southern portion of the Sunshine Coast Forest District. Kayakers and canoeing enthusiasts can weave through well maintained portages, protected lake waterways and magnificent forest reserves.

    History

    Powell Lake is a lake in the northern Sunshine Coast region of British Columbia, adjacent to the City of Powell River, which sits on the low rise of land forming a natural dam between the lake and the Strait of Georgia. The lake is fed by Powell River and features Goat Island, a large mountainous island.


    Powell Lake was named in 1881 after Dr. Israel Wood Powell, a medical doctor from Ontario who worked for the British Columbia government during the 1800s. A fjord lake, it spans some 50 km in length and is 24 km wide. In 1924, when the Powell River Company raised its dam on Powell River for a second time, the lake level rose to 56 metres above sea level. Although a fresh-water lake, a 1961 study by the University of British Columbia proved the existence of salt water at the bottom of the lake.


    There is conflicting historical evidence that a village of the Tla'amin people was ever located on its shores. However, any evidence will likely be found under the current waters of Powell Lake, since it was only a river system meandering between mountainous valleys before the dam at the river head was built to provide power for the timber mill and a floating highway to deliver logs from cutting areas in the adjacent mountains. One view is that the original Powell River was a salmon breeding ground before settlement and logging interests dammed the water's use, suggesting ecological, cultural and geographical desirability for native settlement on the life-giving river close to the ocean.


    However, there is no doubt that at one time Powell Lake was once an ocean inlet as it contains ancient salt water at its deepest points, some of which are more than 500 metres. Geologists posit that the mouth of Powell Lake rebounded with the recession of glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age, creating a fresh water barrier system, which led to the destruction of its salmon runs and it becoming a fresh water lake. If there were indigenous communities based on salmon runs in that system, that must have been many thousands of years ago.

    Boundaries

    Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    50° 0'4.62"N and 124°27'20.64"W

    Improvements

    • 864 ft2 main cabin
    • Guest cabin
    • Breakwater
    • Floats and docks
    • Outbuildings

    Tax Details

    $1,068.80 (2018)

    Zoning

    Seasonal Recreational - Lakes
    Qathet Regional District Electoral Area B OCP, Bylaw No. 465


    Additional zoning information can be found on the Qathet Regional District website.

    Term

    Recreational Residential Lease to be renewed on Jan 30, 2025.
    Private Moorage Permission is indefinite.

    Legal

    Recreational Lease No. 241252, File No.2402389
    Specific Permission for Private Moorage No. 241952, File No. 2407990

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.

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