Over 3 acres with 327 feet of Sidney island oceanfront. Very private acreage, beautiful driveway already in and cleared building site ready to go. Stunning views across Sidney Channel to Victoria and Mount Douglas.
This west facing high bank Sidney Island acreage is located off Arbutus Spur, a very scenic short walk to the beautiful historic apple orchard and the Dragonfly Ponds Conservancy Zone. It is Dave’s opinion that this acreage has the most beautiful green tree-lined driveway on the island.
Lot 85 has excellent privacy on both sides with a great buffer of tall west coast salal, huge fir and cedars as well as a sprinkling of arbutus.
The property has been partially cleared creating a choice of building sites. The beautiful views looking over Sidney Channel towards Victoria and Mount Douglas are stunning.
The Strata Corporation equipment consists of an excavator, dump truck, 4 fire trucks, tank truck, pickup truck, road grader and miscellaneous equipment.
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 10km from Roche Harbour on US San Juan Island.
Access is by boat or floatplane 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 the Port of Sidney Marina and arrangements can be made for the water taxi to pick people up near the BC Ferry terminal at Schwartz Bay, you can walk on the ferry and easily get to Sidney Island. Please contact Dave Cochlan to make an appointment to view the island.
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 1500 acres are common property to the Strata Lots.
The shared ownership includes an excellent network of roads, a new 300 ft dock, which will be upgraded by the strata corporation as the demand for dock space requires and a number of water wells were drilled. The result is an amazing diversity of properties with low, medium and high bank oceanfront, virtually every possible exposure, varied topography, beautiful views, 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 of about 400 acres formerly the Sidney Spit Marine Park and now Canada’s newest National Park. This area encloses a broad lagoon of sheltered water bordered by a long spit of sand. Mooring buoys, a small government dock, and facilities or 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 almost entirely of quaternary drift deposits—unconsolidated sand and gravel deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago-which form the sandy coastline.
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.
Boating, swimming, paddling, scuba diving, fishing, crabbing, sailing, photography, bird watching, walking, cycling, 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.
48°35'47.20"N and 123°17'50.81"W
Strata Fees: $232.80 per month (2020)
CD-2 Sidney Island Comprehensive Development Zone
Lot 85, Section 3, 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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