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    Unique Island Acreage with Fish Bearing Wetland and Beaver Ponds - Galiano Island

    Vancouver Island & Southern Gulf Islands Listing No. 19288

    3 bedroom home in near new condition perched on a series of ponds and wetlands. Blacktail deer, beavers, river otters, migratory birds, cutthroat trout, and a wide variety of creatures frequent this well-established wetland year-round. Ideal for birders and naturalists.


    Price
    $799,000

    Size
    4.6 acres

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    Description

    This very open and sunny property will appeal to birders, trout enthusiasts, wildlife buffs, and those interested in land with high value as fish, bird, and wildlife habitat. Situated in the valley between Mt. Galiano and the bluffs overlooking Active Pass, the property lies adjacent to over 100 acres of open grassland and pasture that offers a very big sky and open horizon by island standards. The boundary conditions, the established wetland, the mature timber, and the proximity to both open meadow and forested mountain side make this property valuable wildlife habitat for the area.

    The property is roughly one-third ponds and wetland and a third open meadow, the remainder is treed with a mix of alder, cedar, and fir. Blacktail deer traverse the property as they migrate between the fields and meadow areas to the higher elevations on Mt. Galiano. Other resident wildlife include song birds, resident swallows and bats, ducks and geese, wetland creatures such as salamanders and frogs, river otters, as well as beavers which have altered the wetland over the years. Native cutthroat trout that can be seen rising occasionally and a resident beaver can often be seen swimming in the ponds. This past summer a Roosevelt elk was seen in the area.

    Despite having a very rural feel, this property is within a half-hour walk of the little south end commercial area where there are several restaurants, stores, the hardware store and the Hummingbird Pub. In the other direction, Georgeson Bay and Active Pass are also within walking distance, as is the parking area for the 45-minute hike up Mt. Galiano. Montague marina and the provincial park are approximately 5 km away and the BC ferries terminal at Sturdies Bay is a ten minute drive from the property.

    The 1,200 ft2 home was recently completely restored and upgraded to near new condition including:

    • New stainless steel appliances
    • New flooring
    • New doors and windows
    • Heated tiled bathroom floors
    • Professionally designed and installed home theater system
    • New 900 ft2 deck
    • New high efficiency wood stove
    • Custom fir staircase
    • New fixtures
    • New drywall, insulation, and siding
    • New doors and windows
    • Underground services
    • High speed internet connection
    • New water and engineered septic systems

    Location

    This property is located on the south end of Galiano Island in the Southern Gulf Islands between Victoria and the Lower Mainland.

    Access

    Galiano Island is accessible via BC Ferries. The terminal in Sturdies Bay, in the southeast corner of the island, is 10 minutes from the property. It is serviced from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) on the mainland and Swartz Bay (Victoria) on Vancouver Island.

    Moorage is available at several public wharves for boat traffic: Sturdies Bay (walking distance to the Village), Montague Harbour, Whalers Bay and Retreat Cove. Daily, regularly scheduled floatplane service is offered from Downtown Vancouver and the Vancouver International Airport through Seair Seaplanes and Salt Spring Air to Montague Harbour.

    Area Data

    Galiano Island

    (population 1,258±)

    Galiano Island, population 1,258± people, is a beautiful wooded island with miles of beaches and hiking trails to explore. There are over 60 public beach accesses on the island. Located on the west side of the Strait of Georgia it is 27.5 km long, 6 km at its widest point and 1.6 km across at its narrowest point. It is separated from Salt Spring Island by Trincomali Channel. On the western side of the island there are a series of sandstone caves. The island is northwest of Mayne Island, northeast of Salt Spring Island and southeast of Valdes Island. Galiano has a unique fragile environment which is home to over 130 species of birds and many rare and protected plants. Despite being the first stop off the Tsawwassen ferry, Galiano retains an undeveloped, secluded character. The community and its supporters have purchased several areas as ecological reserves including Mt. Galiano and Bodega Ridge, whose rocky bluff is unique in Western Canada. These ecosensitive areas will be kept as forests in perpetuity by the Galiano community for the enjoyment of all. Kayak the surrounding waters, or discover wildlife sanctuaries and watch killer whales, seals and otters playing offshore. There are many amenities on Galiano including interesting craft galleries and craft shops, one gas station, grocery stores, a pub, a hardware store, restaurants and a few stores at the south end of the island near the ferry terminal at Sturdies Bay. In addition there are artisans and little treasure spots dotted throughout the island.

    Vegetation

    Property is a unique mix of grass meadow, alder forest, and stands of mature and fir, some of which are very large.

    Recreation

    There’s literally something here for everyone, whether you’re beachcombing or bird watching, walking or hiking, mountain biking - it’s the perfect place to live or enjoy an adventure vacation. Climb Mount Galiano and see for miles and miles. Enjoy awe-inspiring views of the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver Island, the Gulf and San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. The day-use area of Montague Harbour Marine Park offers a wonderful sandy beach. Although not exactly warm, the shallow waters here are bearable for swimming. You can walk along the peninsula until you find another white shell beach of your own. Other swimming areas with beach access are at Georgeson Bay, Cain Bay and Retreat Cove. Active Pass and Porlier Pass offer excellent scuba diving, sports fishing and kayaking.

    Exploring offshore waters in a sea kayak is the most soulful way to discover the islands, and Galiano Island is the centre for sea kayaking in the southern islands. If you bring your own kayak or canoe BC ferries treat them as hand baggage and there is no charge. If you wish to rent, you won’t have to walk farther than the first intersection north of the ferry dock at Sturdies Bay to rent kayaks or canoes. Kayaks, boats and mopeds are also rented out of Montague Harbour Marina. Of all the southern islands the rugged and spiny Galiano Island has the most well organized mountain biking trail system. Bluffs Park is the site of some spectacular views and the beginning of a network of trails and roads around Mount Galiano. From Sturdies Bay Road go south on Burrill to Bluff Road, then west from here to the park and beyond. Traveling between the Southern Gulf Islands and Northern Gulf Islands can be accomplished in small hops. Each of these islands is a world unto itself, each with its own history, culture and colourful characters - each island deserves at least a day or two for exploring.

    History

    Research indicates that the property was developed in the seventies as a hobby farm complete with chickens, horses and a clay tennis court. It was restored by the current owner due to its unique house site literally overlooking the main pond. Remnants of the old barn still exist. Grazing leases may be available on adjacent agricultural lands.

    Map Reference

    48°52'31.65"N and 123°20'56.87"W

    Services

    Hydro, phone, high speed internet, well, septic system.

    Improvements

    1,200 ft2 home.

    Tax Details

    $1,674 (2018)

    Zoning

    Agricultural

    Legal

    LOT 5, PLAN VIP2418, DISTRICT LOT 1, COWICHAN LAND DISTRICT, PORTION GALIANO ISLAND
    PID 000-690-571

    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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