Largely undeveloped, Lasqueti Island lies southwest of Texada Island, a short distance across the Strait of Georgia from Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. The island is a quaint and eccentric little community of self-reliant homesteaders who enjoy the island’s mild climate and relative isolation.
Lasqueti Island was occupied by Natives from the Pentlach Band at the time of the first settlement by Europeans in 1860.
Aboriginal artifacts have been found on the island, and middens (ancient mounds of discarded shellfish shells) can still be found near many of the island’s beaches. The island was named in 1791 after Juan Maria Lasqueti, a prominent Spanish naval officer.
The 68-square-kilometre Lasqueti Island is 5 km wide and 21 km long, and is travelled on quiet and unpaved roads. As no cars are carried on the ferry, any exploring you do on Lasqueti will be by taxi, by foot or on a bicycle. Farmland is poor, and there is very little industry on the island, other than a company that designs and builds fishing seiners, and a few clam and oyster farming ventures. A hotel, a campsite and a B&B accommodate visitors.
False Bay, the location of the island’s ferry terminal, is also Lasqueti’s tiny commercial centre, and the gateway to a paddler’s paradise of coves, offshore reefs, islets and islands. The wonderful silence that envelops these islands is characteristic of the ambience in remote locales on the central coast of British Columbia.
One of the charms of Lasqueti Island is being presented with a kerosene lamp or a candle at nightfall, as generators are turned off at night. With no hydroelectric power on the island, resorting to lighting methods reminiscent of the pioneer days adds to the wonderful feeling of isolation and distance from all things modern and complicated. Pretty romantic too!
Location: Lasqueti Island is located southwest of Texada Island, reached by foot passenger ferry from the ferry terminal at French Creek, located between Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. The Visitor Centres in these two locations can provide details of the ferry schedule. You may leave your car in the pay parking area at French Creek, as many Lasqueti residents do.