If you’re planning your next Vancouver charter and looking for a complete change of pace, it may be worth taking a visit to the beautiful Lasqueti Island. Only 12 miles long and three miles wide, it’s only home to about 350 people. You’ll find Lasqueti Island southwest of Texada Island, which is not too far across the Strait of Georgia from Qualicum Beach and Parksville on Vancouver Island.
The island can only be accessed by yacht, passenger ferry or plane, which gives you an idea of how remote this beautiful location is. Lasqueti is known for its eccentric community that live on the island. Its ferry terminal – False Bay is also the location for its small commercial center.
Be aware that Lasqueti is completely undeveloped, there is no public transport and the roads are unpaved. But if you’re looking for a complete escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy town or city you can look forward to enjoying a wonderful selection of offshore reefs, coves, islands and islets. You can find local produce at Farmers’ markets every Saturday here plus festivals throughout the summer.
Lasqueti is known for its mild climate, it’s a destination visited by Vancouver yacht charters, thanks to its relative peace and quiet and natural beauty. You might be surprised to hear that residents of the island do not have electricity but use alternative sources of energy such as solar or micro-hydro power. There is little economy in Lasqueti but the residents have individual trades such as musicians, artists, poets, engineers and fishermen.
If you fancy staying in Lasqueti there are several small hotels and bed and breakfast residences that will be happy to welcome you. You can also try experiencing life in Lasqueti through their WWOOOF program that involves living and working with your host (www.wwoof.ca).
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