Discovery Islands, DL784 Read Island
Discovery Islands, DL784 Read Island
This Read Island acreage is one of the few substantial privately-owned oceanfront acreages within the Discovery Islands. Properties like this rarely come available and this one has had the same owner for 45 years.
This 53.6 acre property is situated 3 miles up the eastern shore just south of the entrance to Evans Bay. The location offers southern exposure, panoramic views, privacy, peace and tranquility in a beautiful, natural setting.
The exposure and viewscapes span north towards Evans Bay, east towards the Pencil Islands and Sutil Channel, then south across Sutil Channel and down the Strait of Georgia. The snow-capped mountain ranges of the BC mainland to the east and Vancouver Island to the west are also visible.
The property features 5400ft of shoreline and has a diverse and dramatic topography, ranging from a summit rising to over 400ft to ravines and saddles throughout much of the property and a complement of low bank easy access locations. It is mostly forested with the exception of some rock bluffs and outcrops. The property was partially logged in the early 1900s. The existing forest includes a beautiful complement of old growth throughout with the balance nicely regenerated in stands approximately 100 years old, plus a nice complement of arbutus.
To a large degree the property has been undisturbed since it was logged, with the exception of a complement of walking trails built throughout the acreage over the years. The following description of the shoreline and property follows a hand drawn map, included in the information package, that was provided by the owner to reference specific locations.
Commencing from the northeast corner of the property at North Bay and towards East Bay and South Point, the topography is primarily steep with high rock bluffs, with two trail heads originating from North Bay and East Bay. The elevation drops towards South Point, a magnificent location offering a beautiful area with a more level and easier access. This location offers the widest range of viewscapes, spanning over 180 degrees, has an impressive complement of old growth trees frequently visited by eagles fishing the waters out front and is a premier location for development opportunities.
From South Point moving west along the shoreline is Deep Bay with another trailhead. Further along past Moss Point the topography is a diverse mix towards Sandy Cove and Trailer Bay, which has low bank frontage and a much more moderate, user-friendly topography. Sandy Cove has an extensive beach which dries for approximately 100 metres at low tide. From this location there are trails connecting to the rest of the inland network.
It should be noted that it has been a number of years since the trails were last brushed out, however they were in existence and use for most of the current owner’s time at the property.
In Trailer Bay the owner situated a travel trailer, outbuilding and a water supply pipeline coming down from a shallow dug well along the northern boundary a short distance from this location. These items will remain on property in as is condition without any warranties or representations from the seller. Furthermore the shallow dug well, approximately 4ft in diameter and 10ft deep, is to be considered an open source of water which has been adequate for the current owner, however there are no warranties or representations with respect to quantity or quality of water given the nature of the source.
A potential secondary water supply can be found in Deep Valley, just up from Deep Bay.
The property is water access only.
There are excellent fishing and gathering opportunities in the immediate area and a diverse abundance of wildlife throughout the year.
As part of the offering there is an oyster culture tenure located in Sandy Cove. The owner acquired this in 1985 and it is currently operated by a prominent, respected oyster grower from the region. Having this tenure and a qualified operator provides some security with respect to access and control of how the foreshore is utilized as per the oyster culture operation.
Historically, from the northwest corner of the property Steamboat Trail provided access to what was the Evans Bay government dock. This trail crosses Crown Land and has since been heavily overgrown. Exploring reactivating this trail would potentially gain access to Read Island’s internal forest service road network.
Read Island has a public dock facility in Surge Narrows. There is a network of internal roads which connects to the forest service road network, which provide access throughout most of the island and to areas such as the Government Dock as well as the community hall, post office and elementary school and the trailhead to Rosen Lake from Twin Bay. The main roads are maintained by the government (not forest service roads).