Maurelle Island, DL1041
Maurelle Island, DL1041
The opportunity to acquire a substantial oceanfront acreage within the discovery islands has always been rare, even more so during the last few years as the appreciation for this type of property and opportunity has increased. This magnificent oceanfront acreage is located in the heart of the Discovery Islands, at the junction where Quadra Island, Read Island and Maurelle Island meet. The acreage itself is as impressive as the spectacular location, with a diverse complement of fabulous natural features.
This 68.6 acre oceanfront property is situated on the eastern shore of Maurelle Island with a large portion enjoying a southern aspect, just before the entrance to Whiterock Pass and overlooking Hoskyn Channel across to Read Island. This central Discovery Islands location offers privacy and also a sense of community, with the Read Island Surge Narrows post office, community centre and elementary school just across Hoskyn Channel to the south and Heriot Bay on Quadra Island is also close by.
Whiterock Pass provides quick access to the south central BC mainland and magnificent fjords such as Bute and Toba Inlets. Beazley Pass heads northwest to the Okisolo Channel around the top of Quadra Island and provides access to Discovery Passage and Johnstone Strait. The Settler Islands group is just to the southwest of the property and provides some great recreational diving opportunities.
This property has both south and east facing exposure as it is situated in a bay that sits at the foot of a valley protected from the outflow winds. The property benefits from direct sun exposure year round, providing natural light and warmth through all seasons. The 2140ft of shoreline is easy, low access for the most part, with a lovely sand and gravel beach measuring approx. 1200ft fronting the original homestead location. In the centre of the property is a substantial waterfall.
A portion of the property was originally farmed by the original homesteading family, and then in the late 1980s the property was logged. It is now in a healthy state of regeneration with several fine stands of old growth conifers around the property. An old road network on the property has not been maintained but could be reclaimed, it is still used as a walking trail network. Foot access for energetic hikers to the inland logging roads allows access to East West Bay, Port Maurelle, Elephant Bay, Hole-in-the-Wall and the inland lakes which are prized for their trout fishing. The interior of the island has diverse topography, and is well worth exploration.
This property is a nature lover’s paradise, with captivating flora and fauna at every turn. There is always a natural visitor to observe, from whales, seals and sea lions passing out front to bears, deer, cougar and wolves crossing the land, otters, ravens, eagles and a multitude of water birds along the shore. There is an overgrown old orchard from the original homestead as well as some domestic flowers such as daffodils, snow drops and snow peas which complement the wide variety of native vegetation.
Fresh water is available from a broad watershed with three surface streams and two other underground fresh water resources. There is a 30,000 litre well roughly 30m in elevation and 200m to the rear, above the trailers.
There are a complement of on site improvements, such as mobile shipping container units which have been tastefully developed into living accommodations with a nautical theme and for storage. There is also a wood-fired hot tub. This offering at the current price is for the land only, the owner will consider selling these onsite amenities if a purchaser is interested with price and terms to be determined.
The property has good cell reception at the site improvements.
This site has one location that would be excellent for permanent moorage facilities.
There is subdivision potential with this property and two preliminary subdivision proposals have been prepared by a local prominent land surveyor.
This exceptional property offers many possibilities. It could be used as the natural retreat it is, used as an offgrid homestead as it historically once was, or developed into a special island retreat.
Maurelle Island is part of a group of islands collectively known as the Discovery Islands, located between Campbell River, Vancouver Island and mainland British Columbia on the west coast of Canada. With snow-capped mountains and deep inlets fed by tumbling glaciers as a backdrop, the scenery to be found in this part of the world is some of the most impressive on the BC coast.
These islands and the intricate waterways that weave between them are home to fish farms, fishing and kayak lodges, homesteaders and logging camps. They provide a multitude of adventure and recreation opportunities. Sea kayaking among calm protected channels, with boiling tidal rapids for the more adventurous, hiking, diving, sport fishing, mountain biking and canoe touring are all popular activities catered to by local guiding outfitters and resorts.