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.
Gardeners are embraced at Jessie's Path as our small nursery carries 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 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 unless my garden center is already open.
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.
There is no public transit on the island but the cabin is located only minutes from the ferry and a taxi is available
Other Things to Note
Lasqueti does not welcome media. With the recent trend of off the grid our little island has received much attention by those who seek to exploit not educate. I welcome those that want to learn about an alternative way of living. To discover if this is the path for them.
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
A huge thank you to Jessie for sharing her incredible dwelling(s) with me. Her warmth, availability and attention to detail were much appreciated!
The cabin was just as advertised. It had everything we needed to feel relaxed and comfortable. I slept really well there. I never got to meet Jessie but every local I met was friendly and helpful. Lasqueti is a beautiful and unique travel destination and I would recommend this cabin.
Jessie's place is a sweet and peaceful spot on an amazing island. We can't wait to go back. Thanks Jessie for having us!
Jessie's Path is a fun escape to rustic living, and she's a very friendly and helpful host.
A true retreat from the bustle of everyday living. Jessie's Path takes you to Lasqueti Island about 90 minutes by ferry to the off-the-grid oasis of simpler, sustainable living. We opted to walk the "5"minutes to our destination from the ferry landing, though we don't recommend this with any amount of luggage. We hauled our small roller bag which seemed fine until the steep drive way. The cabin is fitted with all you need. Fun to have the outdoor kitchen and shower with propane camp stove for cooking and ice and cooler for essentials. Provisions, a local bakery, cafe at the ferry landing offers delicious baked goods and simple meals as well as some essential groceries. The hotel and bar is another option for meals but we enjoyed preparing and eating at the cabin. Lovely beach a short walk down the hill. Mosquito net kept the evening mosquitoes under control. We really enjoyed the people and the natural aspects. Our weather was exceptional. Jesse is warm and helpful and made the stay very enjoyable. Quite unique. Off the grid but definitely not out of touch with good cell coverage. A nice simple sustainable way to live.
What a hidden gem of a place! I had a fantastic time staying on the island for the summer solstice. The place is fully kitted out and super comfortable. The ferry ride to the island is a treat in its own right. I regret only staying one night and highly recommend staying at least 2 nights. Unfortunately I didn't get to meet Jessie but she was prompt in responding to messages and was very helpful.
Jesse made us feel very welcome. We loved the cabin. The outdoor kitchen had sunlight shining in both morning and evening! The outdoor shower was a treat. It is off the grid but has electricity and even outlets, which we needed.
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About the Host, Jessie
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 facebook. 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.