Sunny, west facing acreage is level and well treed with stunning views. Located on unique private island with full time caretaker, airstrip, dock and miles of sandy beaches!
Lot 81 is on Arbutus Spur on the south west side of Sidney Island. This sunny, west facing acreage is level and well treed with fir, cedar and some arbutus; it offers commanding views across Sidney Channel to the twinkling lights of Victoria, James Island, Mount Douglas and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. This property is timbered so the trees removed for your building site and view corridors will provide good quality wood to mill for your home.
Sidney Island is BC’s best oceanfront value with a new rock breakwater, dock, airstrip, orchard, and miles of sand beaches, managed forest, 1,500 acres of common property and a real sense of community.
The Strata Corporation equipment consists of an excavator, dump truck, 4 fire trucks, tank truck, pickup truck, road grader and miscellaneous equipment, some of which is available to Strata owners on a rental basis.
Sidney Island is at the southern end of the Gulf Islands between Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia. It is about 19 km north of Victoria, 6 km south east of Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula and only 10 km from Roche Harbour on US San Juan Island.
Access is by boat to the private dock in Miners Bay or by plane to the private 2,600 ft airstrip, both of which are the common property of the strata owners. Water taxi service is available from Sidney.
Unique in British Columbia, perhaps the world, Sidney Island offers the rare combination of ownership of superb waterfront property with a model of sustainable forestry, limited development of common areas, precious conservation zones and miles of sand beaches. It is blessed with a Mediterranean-like climate, warm summers, mild winters and less than 30 inches annual rainfall. Not only is it one of the most picturesque but was, until the subdivision into 111 strata lots, the last major undeveloped island in the Gulf Islands chain. From every part of the island there are breathtaking views. To the south the perennial snow covered Olympic Range, to the east the perfect cone of Mt. Baker and the jagged peaks of the Cascades.
With its wonderful natural habitat few places have as rich a variety of wildlife as Sidney Island, which includes:
Offshore, the waters support a wide variety of sea life including salmon, halibut, other sport fish, an array of sea birds and waterfowl, seals, sea lions, orcas and gray whales.
Sidney Island comprises 111 bare land strata lots totaling about 288 acres and ownership includes the strata lot and a proportionate interest in the common property of the strata corporation, which includes about 1,500 acres and the common facilities and other assets of the Strata Corporation.
In our opinion the most important aspect of the development is that the privacy of the strata corporation lands has been maintained, and the natural integrity of the island environment has been protected for the fortunate few who share in its ownership. There is no public access to 1,760 acres owned by the strata corporation, of which some 1,500 acres are common property to the strata lots.
The result is an amazing diversity of properties with low, medium and high bank oceanfront, virtually every possible exposure, varied topography, beautiful views, and differing levels of privacy and a range of prices.
The only land on the island not owned by the Strata Corporation is the northerly portion formerly the Sidney Spit Marine Park and recently named as Canada’s newest National Park. This area comprises about 400 acres and encloses a broad lagoon of sheltered water bordered by a long spit of sand. Mooring buoys, a small government dock, and facilities for picnicking and camping are provided. The sandy beach with protected waters is excellent for swimming.
Both Sidney Island and neighboring James Island are geographically unique in that they are the only Canadian Gulf Islands composed of quaternary drift deposits—unconsolidated sand and gravel deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. These deposits form a major part of the sandy west coastline and northern end of Sidney Island, while the south easterly half of Sidney Island is bedrock. The rock shoreline protects Sidney Island from the prevailing south east winds.
The Island supports exceptionally lush and varied vegetation common to the south coastal climatic zone including Douglas fir, white fir, Garry oak, mock cherry, arbutus, red cedar, red alder, balsam, hemlock, aspen, yew, big leaf maple and flowering dogwood. Smaller vegetation includes Scotch broom, fireweed, gorse, wild roses, western fescue, orchard grass, salal, hawthorn and a 50-tree orchard on the common land.
Hiking the miles of trails on Sidney Island, cycling, boating, kayaking, fishing, crabbing, prawning, whale watching, boating, swimming in our super popular swimming hole, sailing, photography, bird watching, exploring and cruising the Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juan Islands.
Originally named Sallas Island, in 1859 the Hudson Bay Company, hoping to attract settlers with a more British name, changed it to Sidney Island. Many years ago the Island was purchased by a group of Victoria businessmen as a private hunting preserve. In 1981 the Island was purchased from the last two survivors of the original owners, by Sallas Forest Limited Partnership. In 2005 the subdivision plan was registered converting the island into its current ownership of 111 bare land strata lots.
48°35'37.01"N and 123°17'41.73"W
Strata Fees: $228.23 per month (2019)
CD-2 Sidney Island Comprehensive Development Zone Capital Regional District and Islands Trust
Lot 81, Section 2, Sidney Island, Range 1W, North Saanich District, STRATA PLAN V1S5122 TOGETHER WITH AN INTEREST IN THE COMMON PROPERTY IN PROPORTION TO THE UNIT ENTITLEMENT OF THE STRATA LOT AS SHOWN ON FORM 1 (SEE PLAN AS TO LIMITED ACCESS)
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