About this listing
Perched on a rocky bluff between the trees, sits a tiny house warmed by red sunsets and cooled by the ocean breeze. The two room house has 2 beds and will comfortably sleep 4. We are just minutes from the ferry and completely off the grid.
Picture a warm cedar cabin, nestled on a bluff overlooking the trees and ocean. Independent of the grid, all of our power is supplied through solar and micro hydro generated on the property. A quiet stillness surrounds you. You can snuggle up with a good book under the duvet on a bed that begs you to sleep in. Step out of the urban chaos into a small kitchen where you can prepare a meal of locally grown produce. Revitalize your self when you step from the outdoor shower into the fresh smells of pine forests and sweet honeysuckle vines. Reconnect with what you love. Let the cell phones, laptops and noise of the contemporary world fall away and experience how our residents live successfully with a small footprint on this planet. Please READ the house manual for important details about your visit.
Gardeners are embraced at Jessie's Path as our garden grows perennial treasures of native plants, collectable trees, unique herbs and locally grown organic produce.
We are an island that celebrates the building of our community through festivals, food, live musical performances, comedy, burlesque, circus and any other art form. (costumes always welcome) Do a web search and you will see what I mean.
The Farmers Market will welcome you Saturday morning with fresh doughnuts, coffee, raw foods, fresh produce, local jams, music and artisans galore. June 20-Sept 12
At the market you will meet people with alternative ideas for home building and energy. See first hand, cob house construction, micro hydro energy and small scale farming
If you remembered your fishing license you can collect oysters at low tide for an evening feast back at the cabin. Fresh local garlic and butter makes it all worth while.
After a stunning sunset on your private deck, swim the warm incoming tide in the bay below the cabin and discover the phosphorescence at midnight.
You won't leave the same.
The Arbutus cabin is a spacious 2 room living space with a Master bedroom and double bed in the living area. The cabin is independent and set away from the main house. There is a covered outdoor kitchen that has been steam punked by a local artisan and set up with a small oven and 2 burner stove. Salt, pepper and some spices are already in the pantry with the necessary cooking utensils to prep a tasty local dinner. Your outdoor shower is a natural spa, set on the corner of the deck with the arbutus as your company. The neighbouring cabin is also independent and does not share facilities unless otherwise prearranged.
Interaction with guests
I enjoy interacting with my guests and welcome questions or needs. I do ask that my guests respect my privacy and text ahead before coming to my home.
I love my community. We could not live here without the support of our neighbours. Living off the grid is not easy and it is with helping hands that we have created a strong neighbourhood. I would hope that my guests enjoy the camaraderie and embrace our alternative style of living.
The ferry to Lasqueti Island is walk on only, there is not a car ferry. There is no public transit on the island but the cabin is located only minutes from the ferry and within walkable distance to the beach, restaurant and store. Locals are happy to pick up travellers if you just stick your thumb out.
Other things to note
The ferry to Lasqueti is a walk on only, there is no car transport. During the summer months it can be very busy so it is important to arrive at the dock a minimum of 30 minutes prior to departure. Earlier for long weekends. On the busy days the ferry crew will put out boarding passes located on the metal post beside the ferry. With these in hand you must be on the ferry 15 min prior to departure to ensure passage. These passes are not always necessary but will be on the long weekends.
Dogs - Although I have hosted some wonderful pups in my cabins, the island in general is leery of dogs due to the large population of feral sheep wandering freely on the island. Dogs must be on leash at all times and never allowed to run freely for their own protection.
Medical Emergencies - Our island is serviced by a qualified team of first responders. If there was a medical emergency they would attend you and have you transported via Coast Guard or medi-vac to the nearest hospital.
Power - The cabin electricity is generated by solar, hydro or gas generator if necessary. If the weather is cloudy it is possible that the power will go out during your stay. This is part of living off grid. Please disconnect any draws and use flashlights until the batteries have had time to recharge. minimum 1 hour of sunlight.
Water - The water that services this home is untreated and it is therefore not potable. There is a Daulton water filter for drinking water and large jugs of water can be purchased on island.
Heat - The house is heated by a wood stove usable from Sept - May. A sufficient amount of 1 tote of wood will be provided for each night of your vacation. Should you require more it can be purchased at a cost of $10/tote.
Wifi - There is no wifi in the house. There is cellular coverage for tethering if internet access is needed. There is also wifi available at the pub.
Lasqueti does not welcome media. If you are with the media or an independent journalist, please disclose. Failing to do so may result in you being asked to leave.
Lasqueti Island is one of the more Rustic of Gulf Islands. You will not find paved roads, street lamps or public bathrooms. Be prepared for rocky bluffs and outhouses.
Before you come and what to pack
Headlamps or flashlights
Appropriate shoes or rubber boots for walking. This is not the kind of place for flip flops and flats.
Groceries – though we have a whole foods store here some items may not be accessible.
There is only one bank machine on Lasqueti and access can be limited, bring enough cash to enjoy your stay.
Limit the amount of plastic waste and other garbage by packing your groceries into re-useable containers. Especially avoid small water bottles
No Smoking outside of designated areas. Fire risk is very high at all times of the year
Bring a fishing license if you intend to harvest shellfish and check with Dept. Of Fisheries for red tide.
Check the ferry schedule
Winter Schedule Sept 1 - July 1
Thurs – Monday (except Sundays)
To Lasqueti Island
Sundays 2:30 pm 5:30 pm
To French Creek
Sundays 1 pm 4 pm
To Lasqueti Island
Wednesday – Monday (except Sundays)
Sundays 11:30 am 2:30 pm 5:30 pm
To French Creek
Sundays 10 am 1 pm 4 pm
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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My path isn't for everybody, in fact there are many who would turn their nose up at the things that bring me great pleasure. Waking up early to spend time with the birds, getting my hands dirty in the garden or loading my wood cook stove to prepare my dinner. But I am not writing this for those people, I am writing this for you. You who share my love of the natural world and desire to get off the grid, to reclaim the independence we have so quickly lost in the mechanized 21st century.
My daily tasks are both very similar and very different from yours. I wake up, have a shower, brew a coffee, read the paper online and check my posts on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN). The difference is, I create the power and the hot water I am using. My home is energized by 4 x 175 watt solar panels and a water wheel. My coffee is brewed by my wood cook stove which also heats all of my hot water. These things I use, I create, which deepens the value of what I am doing. I am empowered with the knowledge that I am responsible for the quality of life I am living. This is a path of simple necessities where observing the creatures I share space with and stewardship of this land is my daily motivation.
I want to share this with you. I want to invite you to stay at Jessie's Path so you too can feel the gratification of living independently. Step off the beaten track onto the road less travelled. Stroll through my old growth forests and witness the 3 mating pairs of herons nesting in my trees. Sit on the deck and observe the resident osprey hunt her morning breakfast. Join me in my garden to harvest your dinner of fresh organic vegetables or collect oysters down on the beach. I want you here. I want you to see that you too, have what it takes to make your own path.