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    Sidney Island Oceanfront - Strata Lot 86 - Southern Gulf Islands

    Vancouver Island & Southern Gulf Islands Listing No. 22237

    The most affordable property on Sidney Island. 1.79 acres with 190± ft southwest oceanfront with great views and sunsets. Flat, treed, easy to build and landscape, when clearing is complete will be open, warm, and sunny. The winding driveway is one of the nicest on the island.



    1.79 acres ~ 190± ft oceanfront

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    The most affordable property on Sidney Island this 1.79-acre lot with 190± feet of frontage faces southwest enjoying outstanding views and sunsets over Sidney Channel, James Island and Vancouver Island to the Olympic Mountains. At night you see the distant twinkling lights of Victoria.

    The lot is flat, treed easy to build on and landscape, and when building site clearing is complete it will be open warm, and sunny like the properties next door.

    The property is well back from the road and the winding treed driveway is one of the nicest on the island.

    The west side of the island enjoys maximum sunshine and shelter from prevailing winds. This is a superb opportunity to become an owner on Sidney Island and become part of this wonderful community for the lowest possible cost and to and enjoy the best oceanfront value BC has to offer.

    Sidney Island is the most southerly Gulf Island and BC’s best oceanfront value with a rock breakwater protecting its community dock, private 2,600 ft airstrip, miles of sandy beaches and trails, super popular swimming hole, heritage orchard, full time island caretaker, 107 acres of conservancy zones, managed forest, and a real sense of community. The 1,343 acres of common property shared by the owners of the 111 lots on Sidney Island is larger than Stanley Park.

    Call Rich Osborne 604-328-0848 to arrange a visit to see Sidney Island and this very special property.


    • Strata title ownership
    • 1,762 acres private property
    • 300 acres of strata lots
    • 1,343 acres common property
    • 11.6 acres Limited Common Property
    • 107 acres Conservation zones
    • No public access to the strata owned portion of the island
    • No time requirement for building
    • Precious conservation areas
    • Breakwater and expanded communal dock in Miner’s Bay
    • 2,600 foot grass airstrip is the best in the Gulf Islands
    • Miles of sand beaches
    • Excellent network of roads
    • Managed sustainable forest
    • Cell service on most of the island
    • Island Caretaker


    The Strata Corporation equipment consists of an excavator, dump truck, fire truck, ambulance, 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 southeast of Sidney on the Saanich Peninsula and 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 Sidney Island strata owners. Sidney Island Water taxi provides excellent service to the island.

    Area Data

    Sidney Island

    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 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:

    • fallow deer
    • bald eagles
    • hawks
    • black-tailed deer
    • turkey vultures
    • mink
    • woodpeckers
    • hummingbirds
    • great blue herons
    • Javanese peacocks
    • river otters
    • a rich variety of songbirds, ducks, geese and other waterfowl

    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, humpbacks, and gray whales.

    Sidney Island comprises 111 bare land strata lots totaling about 300 acres and ownership includes the strata lot and a proportionate interest in the common property of the strata corporation, which includes about 1,343 acres common property, 11.6 acres of Limited Common Property 107 acres of Conservation zones 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 1,343 acres are common property to the strata lots. The people on the island are either owners or their guests and there is a true sense of community.

    The result is an amazing diversity of properties with low, medium, and high bank oceanfront, virtually every exposure, varied topography and vegetation, 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 formerly the Sidney Spit Marine Park which is a part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve administered by Parks Canada. 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.


    Sidney Island is composed of both bedrock and glacial deposits, in roughly equal portions with rock on the southeast and glacial deposits on the west and northeast.


    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 and beaches on Sidney Island swimming in our wonderful swimming hole, fishing, prawning, crabbing, whale watching, cycling on miles of roads, boating, kayaking, photography, bird watching, exploring, and cruising the Canadian Gulf Islands and the US San Juan Islands.


    In 1858 Sallas Island was on the route from Fort Victoria to the Fraser River gold rush. In 1859 the Hudson Bay Company, hoping to attract settlers with a more British name, changed the name to Sidney Island (early marketing strategy). In 1860 the island was surveyed into 27 lots, and they began offering lots for sale.

    From 1860 to 1892 lots were purchased by settlers, speculators, recreational property owners and farming began.

    In 1902 George Courtney bought all the lots continued tenant farming and recreational activities. In 1905 he discovered clay deposits and formed the Sidney Island Brick and Tile Company which produced bricks until 1925. These bricks were used in the construction of the Empress Hotel and Hotel Vancouver.

    In 1915 the island (except for the 200-acre brickworks property) was sold to a syndicate of Victoria businessmen as a private hunting retreat while they continued the tenant farming of sheep and cattle. From 1924 to 1961 the Todd family acquired 9 of the 10 shares in the syndicate. Todd built the 2,600 ft airstrip prior to selling in 1981.

    In 1981 the Sallas Forest Limited Partnership led by Peter Pearse purchased the island except for the Provincial Marine Park surrounding the lagoon.

    An application to subdivide the private lands on the island was approved in 2003 and ownership transferred to the strata owners upon registration of the 111-lot subdivision to the Sallas Forest Strata Corporation in 2005.

    History of Sidney Island is from Peter Pearse’s book: A Natural Selection: Building a Conservation Community on Sidney Island. With thanks.

    Map Reference

    48°35'49.07"N and 123°17'53.71"W

    Tax Details

    $982.38 (2022)
    Strata Fees: $232.80 per month (2022)


    CD-2 Sidney Island Comprehensive Development Zone Capital Regional District and Islands Trust. Some of the properties are in the Agricultural Land Reserve.


    Lot 86, 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)
    PID 026-298-121

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