Less than a Million – Buy Your Own Private Island in BC

By Jennifer Hubbert

Private islands aren’t just for the rich and famous. If you’ve got a boat and don’t mind some isolation an island in British Columbia might just be your slice of paradise. We’ve found 10 properties currently on the British Columbia real estate market and all will cost you less than a million dollar tear-down in North Vancouver. In fact, prices start at just $85,476.

Shewell Island

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Location: Knight Inlet

Size: 164 acres

Price: $855,000 CAD

Development/buildings: None. A homestead previously stood on the property, and there are believed to be some sources of fresh water. (A going concern for most humans.) The island is blanketed by hemlock, fir and cedar; nearly half of which is second growth forest. Knight Inlet is one of the premier destinations for spotting grizzly bears, and nearby Robson Bight Ecological Reserve often sees pods of killer whales passing through its waters.

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Round Island

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Location: Southern Gulf Islands

Size: 7.5 acres

Price: $380,000 CAD

Development/Buildings: None. Round Island is untouched, with mature forest and thin mossy undergrowth. A network of rough trials stretches across the island. Views from Round Island are of Thetis, Kuper, Saltspring and Vancouver Island. Located in the Southern Gulf Islands and in relative close proximity to Ladysmith, it is one of the most accessible properties on our list.

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Johnson Island

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Location: Stuart Lake, Fort St. James

Size: 20 acres

Price: $335,098 CAD (for sale or trade for automobiles, aircraft, boats or real estate)

Development/Buildings: A quaint log cabin built in 1949, constructed of old-growth timber sits on this private island. West facing on a secluded beach it’s a prime location for viewing sunsets and Aurora Borealis. This property is rustic, without utilities. A subterranean cache box offers ‘refrigeration’ and two wood stoves generate heat. Electricity must be generated by propane, battery power or a generator. A detached shower room and smokehouse are also features of the property.

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Farquharson Island

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Location: Clio Channel (south central B.C. coast)

Size: 135 acres

Price: $655,000 CAD

Development/Buildings: No structures stand on Farquharson Island. There are some bush roads and paths that were constructed 20-25 years ago as a result of small-scale logging activity. The topography of the island is mixed: low, moderate slope and cragged outcrops. There are 4.73 kilometres of varied coastline that include some stretches of gravel and sand beaches. Permission has already been granted to subdivide Farquharson Island into 4 hectare/9.88 acre parcels.

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Bee Island

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Location: Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

Size: 110 acres

Price: $895,000 CAD

Development/Buildings: A charming 1382 square foot, 2 bedroom /2 bathroom home built in 2007 sits atop the highest point of the island. A vaulted ceiling living room overlooks the Cowichan Lake, offering panoramic views. An additional 2343 square feet of deck wraps around the home, offering fantastic indoor-outdoor living. Oh and did we mention…stainless steel appliances?

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Billy Goat Island

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Location: Cowichan Lake, Vancouver Island

Size: 3.6 acres

Price: $549,000 CAD

Development/Buildings: None, however it is currently permitted for a house up to 2400 sq. ft., a 300 sq.ft. storage shed, and a proposed year-round dock. Bonus – zoning allows for a small commercial bed and breakfast.

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Sweet Island

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Location: Stuart Lake, Fort St. James

Size: 3.3 acres

Price: $85,476 CAD (negotiable)

Development/Buildings: A deteriorated old cabin with a salvageable foundation stands on Sweet Island. Additionally, a half acre parcel has already been cleared for a garden. This island has a high elevation without any cliffs.

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Lizzies Cove Island

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Location: Lama Passage

Size: 6.5 acres

Price: $399,000 CAD

Development/Buildings: None. Virgin forest covers Lizzies Cove Island, dotted with rare yew trees and yellow cedar. There are multiple building sites well suited for a cabin and the island boasts 2 kilometres of shoreline. Cruise ships and charter fishing operators cruising the Lama Passage are casual, and comforting, reminders of civilization.

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Hobson Island

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Location: Stuart Lake, 35 miles from Fort St. James

Size: 110 acres

Price: $407,273 CAD

Development/Buildings: None. There are no utilities nor structures on Hobson Island. Electricity will need to be derived from propane, batteries or a generator. The shoreline varies between stretches of sand and small gravel. It’s worth noting that Stuart Lake water levels fluctuate seasonally, sometimes reaching the vegetation line. The highest elevation on the island sits at 70 metres.

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American Island

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Location: Stuart Lake (northwest end)

Size: 8 acres

Price: $175,000 CAD

Development/Buildings: None, however the island has a full kilometre of shoreline and two bays suited to moor a boat. The highest elevation of the island reaches just 15 feet and those building a cabin should be concerned about seasonal water level fluctuations.

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