5.88 Acre Oceanfront with Home & Guest Cottage, Desolation Sound, BC, Canada
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5.88 Acre Oceanfront with Home & Guest Cottage, Desolation Sound, BC, Canada
Oceanfront property with 1,200± ft of frontage in Thors Cove. Includes 1,650 sq ft main home, wood shed, workshop, 850 sq ft cottage and large amount of useable land. Ideal family retreat with rental income option.
Come and discover this uniquely located waterfront home and cottage nestled in the woods. Both the home and the cottage are situated on grassy waterfront clearings surrounded by towering alders and fir trees. Thors Cove is just east of Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park, a world famous boating destination.
Thors Cove is easily accessible by water, only taking 15 minutes from the Okeover Inlet Wharf.
The Main Home
The main home was built in 1989 and gifts breathtaking views of Thors Cove and Lancelot Inlet. The property is part of an original homestead and includes hazelnut and apple orchards, shrubs, perennial flower beds, productive vegetable gardens, landscaping and a large lawn area.
The 1,650 ft2, 1.5 storey home includes 2 bedrooms upstairs, an inspected woodstove and a propane water heater and refrigerator. The spacious ocean view kitchen includes a propane cook stove. The living room also gifts amazing ocean views and has two vintage stained glass windows. There is a large walk-in pantry adjoining the kitchen and a studio off of the living room at the back of the building.
Beside the kitchen is an attached laundry room with a low energy consumption washing machine, clawed foot iron bathtub and small woodstove. The home comes with some furnishings, including a sofa, easy chair, large custom wood computer desk, and queen and double sized beds. A new cedar deck was put on the home in 2008 and a new metal roof was put on in 2007. The cedar siding on the exterior of the home along with many other building materials were milled from trees on the property.
Beside the home there is a double bay woodshed with stacked firewood and a workshop with many tools for remote living, including a lawn mower. Most of these tools and other miscellaneous items may be negotiated in the sale.
There is a micro hydropower system in place that supplements the solar power to both the home and the cottage. Solar and micro hydro powers are renewable energy sources that have a low environmental impact. Water for both the home and the cottage is supplied by Oyster Creek and there is a water licence/permit in place.
The 3 bedroom, 850 square foot cottage was built in 1999 and craftsman finished with reclaimed fir wainscoting, exposed fir beams and fir flooring. A cupola in the roof lets in light to an open-plan well-equipped kitchen. Bedrooms are on either side of the kitchen for more privacy. There is a wood burning stove in the living room for those chilly spring and fall evenings. The cottage has a great waterfront view from the 20-foot cedar deck and from the living room.
Sleeping accommodations include one queen size bed in one bedroom, two twin beds in second bedroom, one set of bunk beds in a smaller bedroom, and a double size futon couch in living room.
The kitchen comes fully equipped with a propane gas stove and refrigerator, pots, pans, cutlery and dishes. The bathroom has a propane hot water shower and flush toilet and there is an additional sink in the master bedroom. The cottage is on a septic field system and has a low environmental impact.
AC solar operated lights provide good lighting for the cottage and battery charges, electric razors are ok, but large demand appliances such as hair dryers will not work. The cottage also includes a barbeque, wood shed with wood, and an eight-sided screened gazebo beside the ocean for evening sunset viewing.
Thors Cove is located on the upper Sunshine Coast, 30 minutes north of Powell River, British Columbia. The property is located in Lancelot Inlet, which is adjacent to Gifford Peninsula, the southern part of Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park. The Park is BC's largest marine park with over 60 km of shoreline, islands and numerous small bays and coves. Stunning scenery, a variety of moorages, wilderness tent sites, trails and wildlife has made the Park a favorite destination for kayakers and yachters. The warm waters of the protected coves are ideal for swimming and scuba diving.
From Powell River, travel 28 km north on Highway 101 to Malaspina Road, 3 km before the village of Lund. Turn right and follow this road to Okeover Inlet Wharf, then the property is an approximate 10-minute ride to Thors Cove.
Travel time from Vancouver, BC via Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal, aboard BC Ferries, to Okeover Inlet Wharf is 5.5 hours. Total driving time from Horseshoe Bay is 3 hours and 2 ferry crossings of approximately one hour each.
Travel time from the Comox Ferry Terminal to Okeover Inlet Wharf is 1-3/4 hours, ferry & driving time.
Powell River is accessible from Vancouver via BC Ferries, Horseshoe Bay Terminal or from Vancouver Island via the Comox Ferry Terminal. Air travel is available through Pacific Coastal Airlines at the Vancouver Airport's South Terminal or the Comox Airport on Vancouver Island. Guests from Washington can also connect to Desolation Sound via Kenmore Air.
Only a few minutes drive from the government wharf is the historic community of Lund, where you can find a grocery and liquor store, a few restaurants, pub, marine mechanics, tour and recreation services.
The area of Lund was established in 1899 when the Thulin Brothers started to build the hotel, which is still in use today. Recently the hotel has changed ownership and has seen a major renovation. For most of the early years Lund served as a port for fisherman. Today Lund thrives on its attraction from tourists.
Desolation Sound, Savary Island, Harwood Island, Bliss Landing and the Copeland Islands are areas of interest and are all located in close proximity to the property. The area is rich in natural beauty and abundant with sea life. The area is also rated among the best in the world for its scuba diving.
Powell River, with a population of approximately 20,000 people, is the largest center closest to the property, and just a 20-minute drive south. Powell River is an increasingly popular community to live in because of its low cost of living and a quality standard of life.
So many natural wonders surround this area, from the ocean at your door step to a choice of 100 some odd lakes, all within a short drive. This friendly seaside town offers 'big city' amenities and luxury services without the 'big city' parking and traffic hassles. A full-service hospital, medical, dental, chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage therapy clinics, health and beauty spas, a newly renovated recreation complex, full banking facilities, marine services, outdoor guides and outfitters, challenging championship par-72 golf course, plus a wide range of retail outlets, art galleries, gift shops and fine dining are all within easy access.
The Upper Sunshine Coast, from Saltery Bay to Desolation Sound, boasts approximately 1,900 hours of sunshine annually. Summer temperatures vary from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius (70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit) while winter temperatures are mild.
Summer activities in Thors Cove range from hiking or biking into Theodosia Valley, swimming and beach combing in Thors Cove, boating and observing loons, herons, bald eagles and marbled murrelets in Okeover, Lancelot and Theodosia Inlets, playing croquet, horseshoes or badminton on the lawn, enjoying sunsets from the gazebo or just hanging about in a hammock by the sea, far from the maddening crowds!
One of the best-kept secrets of Desolation Sound is Okeover Arm. Situated at the start of Desolation Sound, the warm waters of Okeover Inlet are a haven for wilderness kayaking, canoeing and sailing. These inviting waters are also home to a large mariculture industry, in particular oysters and clams.
Okeover Arm Provincial Park is located on Okeover Arm, a long neck of water along the east side of the Malaspina Peninsula on the northern Sunshine Coast. Visitors and paddlers will enjoy the 4-hectare park's waterfront setting and small campground. There are hiking trails that wind through lightly forested uplands, and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy swimming, fishing, diving and boating.
The park is the choice of paddlers intent on exploring Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park, BC's largest marine park, and is also an ideal launching spot for kayakers who plan to paddle the sheltered waters of Malaspina Inlet.
Divers can explore the Okeover Caves on the east side of Okeover Arm. The sheer rock wall descends straight down and there are two caves, and the deeper cave is at 27 to 30 metres. There are facilities for divers in Lund that include dive-kayak rentals, charters and air fills.
This park offers 14 vehicle accessible campsites and 4 tent-only sites on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsite reservations are not accepted. The 14 vehicle accessible sites are open seasonally and the 4 tent-only sites are open all year. Except in the busiest summer months, you will probably have your choice of any of the walk-in sites in the forest beside Okeover Arm.
Part of the campsite and day use area is situated on a traditional Tla'amin Fist Nations archeological site. There are interpretive signs explaining the significant aspects of the site.
Although this park does not have a boat launch, there is a boat launch immediately adjacent to the park. Please note that the boat launch is only recommended for use during high tides and with 4-wheel drive vehicle.
The fishing in the surrounding area is excellent and there are many local charter fishing boats eager to prove it. If you are not interested in fishing, you can head out on the boat for a day trip and explore the Copeland Islands Provincial Marine Park or the spectacular sights of world famous Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park.
Kayaking in the area is very rewarding, especially around the bays and islets of the nearby Copeland Islands Provincial Marine Park, a group of pristine islands situated north of the Lund Harbour. The sea life is abundant with seals, fish, sea stars, water fowl and the occasional whale. Watch for bald eagles too.
You can also snorkel, swim or sunbathe from the sandy shores of tropical Savary Island, which is just minutes away by water taxi. The unpaved roadways, winding trails and friendly islanders make it a relaxing place to bike or hike.
The nearby Sunshine Coast Trail offers great scenic hikes. It begins at Sarah Point, near the mouth of Okeover Inlet, and ends in Saltery Bay at the southern end of the Malaspina Peninsula. Accessible from several points along the route, hikers can plan short day hikes, overnight hikes or longer multi-day hikes. It is strongly suggested that you obtain information about the trail (i.e. water, private property, wildlife, etc.) before hiking any sections.
Read Island Provincial Park
Read Island Provincial Park is located on the southern tip of Read Island, immediately west of the Rendezvous Islands. The 639-hectare park encompasses old-growth forest, bog, fertile lowland and productive second growth forest. Wildlife is abundant in the park and camping, hiking, kayaking and swimming at Rosen Lake are amongst the recreational opportunities. Access to this remote wilderness area is by boat and kayak from Heriot Bay on Quadra Island. The shoreline of Read Island is mostly steep and rocky, but there are a few locations for landing small boats and hauling kayaks out. There are no facilities available in the park.
Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park
Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park possesses a magical magnetism that draws boaters and paddlers from distant shores. Popular anchorages include Prideaux Haven, Tenedos Bay and Grace Harbour, and plenty of isolated bays and campsites can be found throughout the Park's more than 37 miles (60 km) of coastline.
Lund is a quiet village about 17 miles north of Powell River and the physical ending (or, as argued by locals, the "starting") point of Highway 101, which stretches to Chile, South America. The Historic Lund Hotel symbolizes the heart of Lund, and to marine traffic it is the symbolic gateway to beautiful Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park.
The area that is now Lund has been known to the Coast Salish peoples for thousands of years was a village site of the Tla'amin people. The village of Klah ah men was home to dozens of families and a desirable location as it was accessible by land and sea so approaching visitors could be detected from afar.
Further, both I hohs (Savary Island) and Tohk natch (Okeover Inlet), plentiful in shellfish, salmon and land mammals, were only short paddles away. Fresh water was ample as were cedar trees, the main material source in the production of tools, shelter, clothing and more. Ceremonies, both spiritual and social in nature, were held at Klah ah men, and included dance, song and recreational games that were a major part of Coast Salish culture.
In 1889 Fred and Charlie Thulin arrived from Sweden, looking for a better life in the new "land of opportunity." The brothers first set eyes upon the area that would later become Lund while sailing by on the side-wheeler tugboat Mermaid on their way to find employment logging in Pendrell Sound. Shortly thereafter Fred and Charlie settled in the area they named Lund, after the University town of the same name in their native Sweden, immediately building a wharf, logging the bay, piping in water and converting suitable land on the settlement to farmland.
In 1892 a post office was established, one of only two north of Vancouver at the time. A general store was constructed and shortly thereafter the first passenger and mail boat began making regular stops at Lund, tying it to the world. By 1895 the brothers had built Lund’s first hotel, which held both the first hotel licence and the first liquor licence to be issued north of Vancouver. A bottle of the best scotch was available for $1.50 and the basement of the hotel housed a jail cell, primarily used to “accommodate” any drunken rowdies patronizing the hotel. By 1905 the Thulins had purchased the first donkey engine seen up the coast, built their first steamboat "City of Lund" and expanded their chain of stores to Tla'amin Village and to where present day town site is. As coastal traffic continued to increase in 1905 the Thulins began construction of a second hotel, The Malaspina, which in 1918 was renamed the Lund Hotel after the original building was destroyed by fire.
In November 1999 the Tla'amin First Nation and a local businessman purchased the property and commenced extensive renovations, reopening the doors in the spring of 2000. Although further improvements and expansion are planned, the hotel currently boasts 27 well-appointed guest rooms and the new pub and restaurant feature un-obscured ocean views as well as spectacular menus. During the warmer months guests may dine on the spacious waterfront decks, savoring the ocean breeze and the bustling activity of Lund Harbour. Historic photos grace the walls of the entire hotel, telling the story of the hotel and Lund as only those immortalized by the camera could truly tell it.
Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
50° 3'36.49"N and 124°41'55.98"W
Septic field (cottage only)
Conditional Water Licence
1,650 ft2main home, 850 ft2cottage, workshop, gazebo, woodshed and off the grid power generation systems.
Rural Residential Qathet Regional District (formerly Powell River Regional District) Electoral Area A Official Community Plan,Bylaw No. 500, 2015.
Lot A District Lot 2313 Plan 21212 PID 007-702-108
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