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    Secluded Riverfront Property - Southern Vancouver Island

    Vancouver Island & Southern Gulf Islands Listing No. 23119

    147.7 acres with 3,200 ft of frontage on the Koksilah River on southern Vancouver Island. Perfect for the outdoor enthusiast seeking to build an off the grid cabin to hike, fish, quad, prospect and hunt. Enjoy the convenience of being just 30 minutes away from Shawnigan Lake.


    147.7 acres

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    Escape to serenity and natural beauty with this exceptional 147.7-acre property, nestled along the tranquil Koksilah River on southern Vancouver Island. Offering complete privacy and seclusion, this remarkable parcel boasts an impressive 3,200 feet of river frontage.

    The Koksilah River meanders through the heart of the property separating it into two. Recent logging on the south side has opened access down to the river, with a newly constructed access road providing convenience and ease of exploration. The forested land on the south side boasts merchantable timber, predominantly fir and cedar, adding value and potential for future consideration.

    Access to this property is facilitated by two forest service access points, one on each side of the river. To arrange a viewing, kindly reach out to our listing agent, as the property is accessible via active haul roads that are gated. The F-1 (Primary Forest) zoning within the Cowichan Valley Regional District allows for a primary residence and secondary dwelling, granting you the freedom to create your ideal retreat.

    Surrounded by a wealth of outdoor opportunities, this property is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Embark on hikes, cast your line for a day of fishing, traverse the rugged terrain on a thrilling quad adventure, prospect for precious minerals or hunt and forage for mushrooms in the fall. This hidden gem presents the perfect canvas for constructing an off-the-grid cabin, where you can disconnect from the chaos of daily life and reconnect with the tranquility of nature.

    Conveniently located a mere 30 minutes from Shawnigan Lake, this secluded riverfront retreat offers the perfect balance of seclusion and accessibility. Experience the best of both worlds as you revel in the peaceful solitude of your own private sanctuary, while still being within a short distance of amenities and the vibrant community.

    Don't miss this extraordinary opportunity to own a truly remarkable piece of Vancouver Island. Whether you envision a rustic cabin getaway or a long-term retreat from the modern world, this property promises endless possibilities. Contact our dedicated listing agent today to embark on a journey towards your ultimate escape along the enchanting Koksilah River.


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    Area Data

    The Koksilah River

    The Koksilah River, Xwulqw'selu Sta'lo', Watershed (the Watershed) is located south of Duncan on Vancouver Island and lies within the traditional territories of Cowichan Tribes, Malahat Nation and other First Nations.

    The Koksilah River originates on the slopes of Waterloo Mountain, southwest of Shawnigan Lake. It flows eastward for approximately 44 km before discharging into the Cowichan/Koksilah estuary. The watershed area is approximately 302 square kilometres. The main tributaries of the Koksilah River are Fellows Creek in the west, and Kelvin, Patrolas, Howie and Glenora creeks, which enter the Koksilah about 4-6 km upstream of the estuary in Cowichan Bay, which it shares with the Cowichan River.

    The Cowichan and Koksilah Rivers were historically connected through side-channels where Duncan is currently situated. Sh-hwuykwselu (which translates loosely to “Busy Place”) was a historical connection and intersection between the two rivers where people gathered before continuing up the Cowichan or Koksilah rivers. Today the place name Sh-hwuykwselu is still carried by a small lower tributary of the Koksilah River, and the name Xwulqw'selu is the name of a Cowichan village nearby.

    Shawnigan Lake

    Shawnigan Lake is located on southern Vancouver Island to the west of Saanich Inlet and to south of the Cowichan Valley region and borders the communities of Cobble Hill and Mill Bay. The lake's aboriginal name in the Hunquminum language is Shaanli'us. It is 7 kilometres long and provides the opportunity to fish, swim and sunbath in the summer.

    Shawnigan Lake Village consists of gift shops, galleries and a number of places to eat, including gourmet pizza, seafood, sushi and more. At the Shawnigan Lake Museum you will learn about the famous landscape artist, E.J. Hughes, who lived in the area and defined the region with oil paintings that now regularly sell for six figures in international art markets. The Village is also known for two independent boarding schools and OUR Ecovillage, which is a sustainable learning community and demonstration site that hosts a Zero Mile eatery.

    Cowichan Valley

    The Cowichan Valley is on the southeast side of Vancouver Island, which is a pastoral setting of rolling, green, fertile hills surrounded by rugged mountains and majestic softwood rainforests. The Mediterranean-like growing season and mild winters make it the most sought-after agricultural area on Vancouver Island and British Columbia's newest wine-growing region.


    Swimming, hiking, foraging, hunting, quadding, prospecting and fishing.


    Please see mapping section, all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    48°38'58.04"N and 123°49'51.27"W





    Tax Details

    $4,868.24 (2023)


    F-1 (Primary Forest)
    Cowichan Valley Regional District Electoral Area B - Shawnigan Lake Zoning Bylaw No. 985.

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


    Section 1, Helmcken District, Containing 160 Acres, More or Less
    PID 004-018-133

    Maps & Plans

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    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.