Own a Private Island on Canada’s West Coast
A private island represents the ultimate coastal fantasy. Experts approximate that there are only some 2,000 in the entire world suitable enough for development. In order for the development of a property to take place, a stringent mix of the right environmental, geographical, and altitudinal factors need to be met. In order words, an island exudes exclusivity. From privacy to Crusoe-inspired adventure, take a look at the magic of private island ownership through the windows of this Pym Island estate, located off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.
Privacy is paramount at this West Coast oasis. Here, seclusion extends to nearly seven acres of largely untouched natural forest, over 9,000 square-feet of interiors, 2,700 feet of ocean frontage, 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, and a boathouse. You’ll also have dedicated access to a 32-foot water taxi and 18-foot speed boat, making the business of picking up guests the work of a moment.
Located just a short 10-minute boat ride away from Vancouver Island’s Canoe Cove Marina, Pym Island maintains the remote tranquility of a private island with close proximity to all the amenities of its larger neighbor. A 30-minute drive from the marina leads to the capital city of Victoria, ranked in the top 10 of Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Friendliest Cities in the World. This seaside capital boasts elegant historical buildings and popular museums, giving visitors the chance to slow down without missing out.
Cooler Pacific waters and a northern geographic location mean the island is immune to the tropical storms that spring up in warmer parts of the world, yet this island leaves little to chance. With full electrical connection to British Columbia’s hydro grid, and backup water connection to Vancouver Island, you and your guests will be in safe hands. The region’s moderate climate makes this private island a place for all seasons.
Summer is an ideal time to bask in the island’s surrounding natural beauty. Take a walk on wide paved paths through forests of lush British Columbian foliage including Garry oak, fir, cedar, and arbutus. Enjoy tennis matches that wane into dusk on the fully-lit court, or days spent salmon fishing from the dock. After taking in all the Canadian outdoors has to offer, relax with a sunset dinner on the patio overlooking spectacular views of the neighboring islands, Mount Baker, and the Olympic Mountain Range.
Winter offers equal entertainment. You’ll want to spend just as much time indoors as out at this boutique rustic home, where finishes include vaulted cedar ceilings, oak flooring, and fireplaces of stone, wood, and inlaid marble. The master bedrooms are suited for hiding away, with his and hers ensuites guaranteeing plenty of room to refresh. When the ocean turns chilly, an indoor pool house and hot tub provides year-round swimming and relaxation. A formal dining room offers a perfect gathering place for woodsy soirées, while guests can retire to the great room for games and drinks.
When it comes to hosting multiple generations of visiting family and friends, sometimes one home simply isn’t enough. With five individual cottages, guests can retreat to their own quarters with private kitchens, living rooms, and breathtaking waterfront views of adjacent islands.
Private islands should be located just far enough away from mainland life that you can appreciate their remoteness while enjoying your beautiful environs, making the perfect island a rare find. Whether as a vacation home or permanent address, owning a private island is a a rewarding undertaking if you can find one with just the right mix.