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Lasqueti Island
Lasqueti Island is located between Texada Island and Vancouver Island across Stephens Pass in the Strait of Georgia from Parksville and Qualicum Beach.

Least Developed Gulf Island
Lasqueti Island is an interesting place home to around 350 full-time residents and increases to around 1,200 during the busy summer season. The island is around 22 km (14 miles) long and 8 km (5 miles) wide and probably one of the least developed in the Gulf Islands.

Ecologically Minded
To make things different, Lasqueti Island is off the BC Hydro electrical grid making the inhabitants more self-sufficient and ecologically minded. Walking around, you will notice an array of innovative solar panels, gardens and composting facilities.

Passenger-Only Ferry Service
In order to get on Lasqueti Island you either have to use a private boat, water taxi, seaplane or passenger-only ferry service. The regular passenger-only ferry service runs on a varied schedule throughout the week and is operated year round by Western Pacific Marine aboard the ferry M.V. Centurion VII.

French Creek
The ferry leaves from the small village of French Creek which is on Hwy 19A between Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. From French Creek the ferry goes to False Bay on Lasqueti Island about an hour's sailing time. Cycles, for a small fee, can also be brought aboard the M.V. Centurion VII. There are quite a few gravel roads on Lasqueti Island with some vehicles and motorcycles around having been brought over on a barge.

False Bay
The community of False Bay is located on the north-west side of the island just south and adjacent to China Cloud Bay. The main commercial and business centre extends from the ferry terminal for about a kilometre (.6 mile), an easy walk, and is commonly called 'The Strip.'

The 'Strip'
Along the 'Strip' starting at the ferry terminal you can find the main entertainment place - the Lasqueti Pub & Restaurant. Next to this establishment there is a Whole Food Store, Old Bakery Bed & Breakfast, Post Office, Lasqueti Island Art Centre, Crystal and Chamomile Gift Shop, Tolling's Jin Shin Do, school and a kids' playing field, fire hall, Free Store and the Teapot House.

China Cloud Bay
For outdoor recreation there is a small beach in False Bay at China Cloud Bay. You can find access to great kayaking, canoeing, swimming, oyster picking and beachcombing. To get to China Cloud Bay, take the gravel road from between the Art Gallery and playing field along the 'Strip.'

Squitty Bay Marine Provincial Park
If you are operating a boat in the area try and make it to Squitty Bay Marine Provincial Park. Squitty Bay is situated on the south-east tip of Lasqueti Island located just north of Young Point. The bay offers very protective shelter away from the prevailing heavy winds and sea found in the Strait of Georgia.

Panoramic View
Squitty Bay Marine Provincial Park can also be accessed by mountainbike or taking long walks along the gravel road from False Bay. Mount Trementon, the highest point on Lasqueti Island, has a panoramic view of the Strait of Georgia, Texada Island and Jedediah Island Marine Park.

Jedediah Island Marine Park
Established since 1995, Jedediah Island Marine Park offers excellent kayaking and beach wilderness camping adventures. The park, comprised of 30 small rocky islands, was purchased from private landholders, Al and Mary Palmer, through the help of private donations, and fundraising committees, including the Friends of Jedediah and Nature Trust of British Columbia.

Accommodation
Unfortunately, there are no campgrounds or camping on Lasqueti Island. If you would like to stay the night there are a couple of Bed and Breakfasts on the island with Old Bakery Bed & Breakfast and the Driftwood Cove Beach House, both offering a relaxed setting with some great kayaking available.

Summer Time Changes
If you do visit Lasqueti Island, please check with Western Pacific Marine for any possible changes. Remember the M.V. Centurion VII can fill up fast with passengers during the summer so reservations are sometimes required. For parking a vehicle in French Creek check with the Harbour Master. Also, to help the locals ecologically, please remember to pack out what you take in.

Sunshine Coast
If you are visiting on the Sunshine Coast, you can get water taxi service from Secret Cove to Lasqueti Island. Malaspina Water Taxi also offers tours of Jedediah Island Marine Park and scuba diving adventures around Lasqueti Island.

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