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Hardy Island History

Sir  Thomas Hardy 1860 Captain George Richards in his surveying ship, the Plumber, christened the island. King George III’s Navy was well represented in these parts: The largest island was named after Rear Admiral Sir Horatio Nelson. The next largest for his...

Q & A with Fircom Owners Gambier Island

Gambier Islanders James Spouler and Lara Kehler, back in 2007 decided the time was right to pursue their dream of purchasing a piece of land they could call their own. What were you guys looking for? We originally wanted something wild. Close enough to civilization to...

Someones Dream Getaway Gambier Is. Howe Sound

One of the things I love about working on Gambier, is the diversity of projects I get to watch come together. Some folks go in full-bore, right from the start, taking on large-scale projects like this one, whereas others opt to establish a camp, constructing a few...

Tiny Gambier Island Cabin

A tiny Gambier Island cabin on 5 acres caused a stir on the internet in 2010 for its simple, modern, utilitarian design. The building and design process for the cabin was featured in a post entitled Four People (and a Dog) Living in 180 Square Feet on the design blog...

Howe Sound Gambier Island Cabin Construction

In 2014 Tamlin Timber Frame and Log Homes built a cabin on Gambier Island. Specializing in remote builds,it was built in the middle of a winter with a completion by summer. In the photo above, you can see the workers assembling the SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels)....

A little off-grid inspiration

This sunny, simple, off-grid cabin located in upstate New York exemplifies the sort of structures we’re seeing built these days throughout Howe Sound. Because so many of the properties feature two building sites, many settlers choose to begin their multi-year...

Gambier Island Howe Sound History

 Captain George Vancouver Names Gambier Island June 1792 HMS Discovery The First European to enter the waters of Howe Sound was Captain George Vancouver in June 1792.Captain Vancouver was in Command of the HMS Discovery and HMS Catham.At this time he named the sound...

Is an Open House Required to Sell Your Property?

Some believe that open houses are becoming obsolete as more buyers are browsing real estate listings online. However, it is unlikely that anyone is going to buy a West Vancouver home without seeing it “in the flesh” beforehand. It’s like Internet dating:...

Gambier Island, Howe Sound : A hiker’s paradise

Just 25km from the steel and glass of downtown Vancouver, Gambier Island is a hiker’s paradise. With no car ferry service to the island, there are few people and even fewer vehicles — but considerably more nature. Those who discover Gambier for the first time...

How to choose the right set of wheels

One of the beautiful aspects of life on Keats and Gambier Islands is the almost total lack of traffic. Hours can go by — or sometimes even days — before you hear the sound of an engine. The reason, of course, is because there is no car ferry servicing the islands, so...

Wells 101

For anyone considering an off-grid property, it’s important to know what you are getting yourself into. “Getting away from it all” doesn’t just mean you’re leaving behind the noise, traffic, pollution and the crowds. It means leaving...

Deer-proofing your Howe Sound garden

For the average city slicker, the first time you encounter a deer gently meandering through your island property is a magical moment. The first time you discover the tree that you lovingly planted the previous weekend completely denuded of leaves eaten by a deer… not...

Septic Systems 101

What is the first step in preparing for a septic system? The first step in preparing for a septic system is to consult a qualified person who specializes in waste water treatment system planning and/or installation. Not only will they tell you what is likely to be the...

Solar Power 101

In the city, power couldn’t be easier. Just find an outlet, plug in, and you’re ready to go. Off-grid living, however, is a whole different situation. First, you have to figure out a sustainable power supply. Then you need to select appliances and lighting...

The Dolphins are Back in Howe Sound

No one is quite sure why Pacific white-sided dolphins have returned to Howe Sound, but one thing is for sure: they’re a sign that this ecosystem — once all but dead — is making a truly inspiring recovery. One theory behind the dolphins’ return is that...

Islands Trust

Established in 1974 as a response to what was, at that time, a disturbing trend towards over development, the Islands Trust now governs land use and regulates development on 13 major islands and hundreds of smaller islands off the south coast of BC between Vancouver...

Getting Around Howe Sound

When it comes to getting around the BC coast, most people naturally think BC Ferries. But when it comes to getting around Howe Sound, BC Ferries does not offer car ferry service to many destinations in Howe Sound. You can take a car ferry to Bowen Island and the...

Cotton Bay a Gambier Island Community

  4+11 Lot Waterfront & Non waterfront  Subdivision Phase 1 (4 properties 2010) Phase 2 (11 properties) pending Average lot size is 5 acres West facing, fantastic sunsets Frontage varies from 149 to 205 ft. Easy access to the water taxi which services this...

West Bay Landing a Gambier Island Community

  West Bay Landing Fast Facts  48 Lot Waterfront Subdivision Sold out summer 2003• Average lot size is 5 acres  All properties have their own drilled wells  All properties have proven septic fields  Power to the lot line  Easy to develop building sites  There is...

Hardy Island

Hardy Island • 47 Lot Water Front Subdivision • Sold out Summer 2004 • Lots size from approximately 5 to 27 acres • Lots average over 1000 feet of waterfront. • All properties have their own drilled wells • All properties have proven septic fields • Zoned RU-1 and...

How to Book an Island Tour

  Islands, Islands everywhere but how to begin? So the dream of owning an island waterfront acreage or special getaway cabin has moved up the must have list and you are commencing to gather information, and knowledge about Island Real Estate. I have had the...

BCREA Housing Market Update April 2014

While home sales are up from a year ago, consumer demand in the province has largely been treading water over the first quarter,” said Cameron Muir, BCREA Chief Economist. See link below for the BCREA April 2014 Housing Update video....