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Fane Island

LOCATION: Gulf Islands, BC

price: $1,295,000.00

size: 1.7 acres

The Specialized Assets Group is pleased to present the listing of Fane Island.  Located in Navy Channel, this 1.7 acre private island is situated in the centre of British Columbia's famous Gulf Islands – and within easy reach of all the amenities this region provides.

Situated adjacent to Pender Island and within a five minute boat ride of Hope Bay, Fane Island has a natural harbour that includes a substantial breakwater, offering safe and easy anchorage.  This protected harbour is covered by a water lot lease, which will permit the construction of permanent dock facilities.  A beautiful beach fronts on to the harbour making for a very inviting landing.

Fane Island enjoys panoramic views of the neighbouring islands in addition to Mount Baker in Washington State.  The island is somewhat protected from the prevailing south easterly winter winds that occur in Navy Channel, yet is ideally located for wind and solar power generation.  

Fane Island is approximately 360 metres long and 60 metres wide.  The northern tip of the island has historically been an active sea lion nesting area where the animals rest and feed for several weeks during the fall.  The island is also locally known as Flower Island due to the abundance of spring wild flowers that naturally grow here.  

There is a small cabin that was constructed by a previous owner. A new owner can either use the existing cabin, or build a new residence at the centre of the island where there is an excellent building site. The island has no services outside of a septic system and drilled well. The quality of both of these would need to be verified by a purchaser.  A small navigational beacon is situated on the island's south west side.  An easement to access this light for maintenance is in place for the benefit of the province.


Location - Gulf Islands

The Gulf Islands are situated along the southeast coast of Vancouver Island, separated from the British Columbia mainland by the Strait of Georgia. Comprised of over a dozen large islands and many smaller islands in various stages of development, the Gulf Islands are blessed with an abundance of sunshine and a diverse ecosystem. The area is in close proximity to Vancouver, Victoria, and Seattle and is easily accessible via ferry, private boat, or float plane. 

The Gulf Islands were originally home to the Coast Salish, and settled by the European explorers in the 18th Century. The name Gulf Islands originated from the “Gulf of Georgia”, a term erroneously used by Captain George Vancouver in his early mapping of the southern part of the archipelago.  Each island has a specific and unique history.

The Southern Gulf Islands are made up of seven major islands that have ferry access, as well as numerous less populated islands. Pender Island is one of these main Islands.  In all, The Gulf Islands are home to approximately 14,000 residents.  The largest island community is Salt Spring Island with a population of approximately 9,600.  This number increases dramatically in the summer, as vacationers retreat to benefit from the warm climate and sunshine that the area enjoys.  In fact, the Gulf Islands boast a cool Mediterranean microclimate - being the mildest climate in Canada, with just 840 millimeters (33 inches) of rain annually and average summer temperatures of approximately 20.5 degrees Celsius (69° F).

The rural nature and natural setting of the Gulf Islands provides for an abundance of recreational opportunities.  The area features clean swimming beaches, picnic grounds, and tremendous opportunities for kayaking, hiking and salmon fishing.  The area provides for excellent boating as the seas rarely become too large, and the next anchorage is always just around the corner. The Gulf Islands also produce an abundance of high quality, local organic goods.  The economy of the Gulf Islands is service-oriented and is heavily reliant on the tourist industry.  This includes a variety of rental properties that help accommodate the large influx of seasonal tourists.  The area also has a long history and is well known for its agriculture. Most recently, several vineyards and estate wineries have been established to take advantage of the area's Mediterranean climate.  Small businesses are also a vital part of the local communities, with many artists living in the Gulf Islands, as well as various entrepreneurs and web-based businesses.