- Approximately 4.5 km southwest of Ganges.
- Mount Belcher Heights Road. (no through
- Area of mostly rural, residential and
agricultural acreage properties,
many with ocean views.
- Three different ferry routes; three ferry
- Shopping in nearby Ganges.
- Hospital, schools and RCMP station on the
- Hydro and telephone on the road.
- No encroachments and/or encumbrances.
- property climbs up from road
- moss covered bedrock
- slopes off other side
- 2 wells, drilled, in the 1970s
Determining where to
drill is like magic. First you have to find a diviner! At the
time on the Gulf Islands there was an old man that was
somewhat of a legend regarding divining. We were advised to
have him divine the property, even if we did not plan to drill
right away, because he might die soon. Yes, we used him to
find water! We picked Mr. Peterson up at the ferry
terminal and while walking to the car he broke off two 5' long
canes from a willow by a ditch at the side of the road. Later,
at the property, he gave one to me. First he walked
around; then he started to 'dance' around with the willow
cane, forward, backward and sideways. The cane bent and
dipped. All the while he talked to us about veins,
stronger and weaker and where they combine or cross. That is
how he picked the two spots. Then he took me by the hand, we
each held a willow cane and we danced over the spot together.
His cane dipped. Mine did not. Did I not feel it? he asked.
No, I felt nothing.
- 6" diameter
- first ten feet are steel lined
- capped depth; 250' and 350'
- drilled after 38 continuous days without
- A plane came by to check out drill dust
plume and confirm that it was not smoke from a forest fire. Wells are
recorded on land title. We were told at the time volume, flow and depth
would be recorded. Recently we were told by the land registry
that it was optional. The drilling company told us that each well
produced two gallons per minute. Since then, there have been many
changes within the company, different people and no records.
- The property is mostly covered in forest
with fir, arbutus and pine trees.
- There are potential building sites with
excellent views once trees are cleared.
- Optional views could include ocean and
island views, Ganges harbour, the Channels, the North Shore mountains,
Mount Baker or more islands.
- 40 years ago we could see the traffic
lights in Ladysmith change; now the trees have grown up.
- In 2017 we were approached by a community
radio station who wanted to rent part of the property to build a radio
tower to extend their reach. There were phone calls, a letter and
finally a letter from our lawyer that stated, No Tower.
- The property could be subdivided under a
co-op like arrangement. Each property must be 1.5 acres and have
independent water supply; 0.09 acres would be common ground.
- One more well needs to be drilled.
- Requires road access of '50 km/h' construction standard.
Go to Google earth
- Go to
- Go Belcher Heights
- Follow the road
just see the roofs of the big houses, each in their own forest. You can be
completely undisturbed as you barely even see the other houses, yet there
are neighbors. This particular acreage is so beautiful. It
looks like a natural park. That is what I thought when I first saw it...
of course it was wild, completely natural. We spent a few weekends
‘managing the wilderness” removing wind blown branches, some broken limbs,
some shrubs, that sort of thing, and it was beautiful. 40 years
later that process needs to be repeated, because we left everything
natural and just recently there have been a couple of storms.
Saltspring Island and its residents
- author and artist
- wildlife artist
- CBC personality and humourist
Brian Brett -
poet and novelist
Michael Colgan -
Bill Henderson -
singer-songwriter (The Collectors, Chilliwack)
Dan Jason -
author, organic farming advocate
Sky Lee -
artist and novelist
Pearl Luke - award-winning author
Harry Manx -
musician and singer-songwriter
Stuart Margolin -
actor and director
Being the largest of the Gulf islands -
with quite an amazing schedule of BC ferries – British Columbia’s capital city
of Victoria, or even Vancouver, are within ‘easy reach’. Saltspring has
always had the reputation of being a special place.
The atmosphere is different. It’s a
place, to be discovered and a place to ‘hide’. First the ‘young and free’
went there, many were artists. Tourism grew and so did the Island’s reputation
for its beautiful scenery and spirit. Development started.
Remember the TV series Perry Mason? I
became aware of Saltspring when I learned that Raymond Burr – he was the main
character, the lawyer, in that
series – lived on Saltspring.
Over time things changed and the island grew up. Today it is
quite sophisticated, multimillion dollar mansions and world famous residents.
Just look at this list:
(The Rockford Files;
former resident of Salt Spring Island)
Kathy Page - writer
Briony Penn - professor (UVIC), author, and environmental activist.
Jan Rabson -
Raffi - singer-songwriter
Clare Rustad -
Canada women's national soccer team
Malcolm Smith -
Patrick Taylor -
Northern Irish author
folk and country musician
Phyllis Webb -
poet and radio broadcaster
Simon Whitfield -
Olympic triathlon champion
Ronald Wright -
These are the people you meet shopping in the plaza, or walking their dog.
Saltspring island is just that kind of place.
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