16 Trueworthy Road, Saturna Island BC, a Waterfront Home for Real Living

Getting away from it all

The 6/49 TV ads from BC Lotto are a frequent reminder of how great it is to be all by yourself with some good friends in beautiful places.  The British Columbia provincial motto, the most beautiful place on earth, suggests that whatever you might wish will be found here somewhere in the province..  Indeed that is true.  There are many contenders.  However if you wish to get away then Saturna Island, the second largest and least populated of the Gulf Islands, would be a strong choice.

It has been home to First Nations peoples for thousands of years.  Saturna was explored by Spanish sailors and named in 1791 after their naval schooner, the Santa Saturnina, which was one of the ships in the Spanish expedition that discovered the Strait of Georgia.

Although the population rises in the summer there are only 350 long term inhabitants. There is only one campground on the island and accommodations are limited, so if you wish to spend a vacation on the island, lodging reservations are recommended.

Saturna Island for great nature

In addition to the beautiful views in all directions, Saturna Island is blessed with a wide variety of natural life.  Nearly half of the newly created Gulf Islands National Park incorporates undeveloped wilderness land on Saturna Island.   Here is a partial list of what you may find:

  • The 497-metre (1,630 foot) summit of Mount Warburton Pike offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding Gulf and San Juan Islands, which you will share with wild goats, soaring eagles, falcons and vultures.
  • magnificently gnarled Garry oaks and the red-barked arbutus trees
  • a protected Peregrine Falcon nesting site
  • a myriad of seabirds, orcas, porpoises, seals and sea lions thriving in  the surrounding ocean

Saturna Island for great wine

saturna island vineyard The Saturna Island Vineyards are situated on a bench of land nestled between the waters of the Pacific, and a magnificent soaring sandstone and granite cliff face on the south side of the island. This creates a micro climate which is unique to the region, and is similar to the northern Mediterranean. There are 60 acres of vineyards that are ideal for the cultivation of classic European grape varietals. These include Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir, and Merlot under vine. The summers are warm, and the winters are mild; which gives the ideal conditions for a long growing season.

Saturna Island for great living

That northern Mediterranean micro-climate, which is so good for wine-making, is also excellent for living.  If you have the yen to put roots down, then fine properties do come on the market from time to time.  There is a great waterfront residence just across the road from the Winery, Long Field Cottage at 16 Trueworthy Road.

This beautiful architecturally designed cliff-top home sits on 1.84 acres with a southerly view overlooking Plumper Sound, South Pender Island and the San Juan Islands.  The residence is made for entertaining, or just plain relaxing, year round. It has high vaulted ceilings with huge log beams and a bank of French doors to take full advantage of the spectacular setting.  You can sit on the huge deck amongst arbutus trees and have your own private show watching deer, seals, whales and the ever-changing ocean kaleidscope.  There is ready access to a shared owners dock and a beautiful beach and park are close by.

Here are some photographs to whet your appetite:

 

… and it is all just 15 minutes away

The Tourism British Columbia website has perhaps the best short description of Saturna Island:

Saturna Island is a short floatplane haul from Vancouver and Victoria – the two most urban, densely populated cities in BC. Yet this is by far the most remote, crowd-free refuge in the southern Gulf Islands. A tiny population combined with cozy accommodations, the bare minimum of retail activity and the island’s well-protected natural beauty make Saturna a prime R&R locale.  Saturna draws visitors who appreciate peace, pleasant outdoor activities, and abundant quality time with books, binoculars, journals, art supplies and creative imaginations.

They also include the following map of the Island: saturna island map Another useful source of information is the Saturna Island Tourism Association (SITA) website.

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6 thoughts on “16 Trueworthy Road, Saturna Island BC, a Waterfront Home for Real Living”

  1. I would really like to visit the Saturna Island, I have heard that it’s really beautiful there! The island isn’t located that far away from Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, which is great! Thank you for sharing all the pictures. It made me think about how nice it would be to go there someday.

  2. This island looks like the perfect place to get away from the city in the weekend to just relax charge your batteries. Very beautifull photos and seems like there is a guite a lot of activity for a such a small island. Wish that we could have those kind of places near our city too for weekend vacations.

  3. Wow, Saturna Island is so beautiful… , I’ve never heard of this island before. Some of the photos are breath taking. The photo.. “View to south 3” is simply amazing, as well as the home photos. That is like a dream house for me 🙂 jealous of whoever owns that home… maybe some day ill have something like that!

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