Hawaii of the North

Savary Island lies just a 10 minute water taxi ride off the coast of Lund.  It has the warmest waters north of Mexico.  The island is really a sand bar, so the entire circumference is covered by white sand beaches. 

We took a water taxi to the island from Lund on Wednesday. I was nervous to take the Hobie there because we had the dogs with us. It takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour to kayak over there from Lund.  The ocean was so flat that the journey would have been fine for the dogs.  There will always be next time. 

The water taxi driver was a few years older than we are.  His enthusiasm for the area was infectious. He was so happy that he had found his spot in life. He said most days he forgets he is working because he loves being on the ocean in Lund.  His house is in Saltery Bay, and that’s where his wife lives, but he stays on his sailboat in Lund about 3 nights per week to be close to work.  Saltery Bay is the location of the ferry terminal at the other end of the Upper Sunshine Coast.  People from Lund are called Lundys.  

 Water taxi arriving at Savary Island  
The sun was scorching, so Paul constructed a simple shade structure for the girls. 

  

It is still early in the season, so it isn’t busy yet.  (South Beach facing Powell River.)  

Unfortunately, there are only cottages on the island and no public spaces for tourists, which means no washrooms. We have heard that this isn’t very pleasant in high season.  They need the winter rains to sanitize the beaches.  Such a shame. 

The residents have to make their own electricity. They have now installed septic systems that drain into the sand, but it will only be a matter of time until the groundwater gets contaminated as more and more people build on the island.  Already, they are noticing saltwater encroachment in the aquifer in the areas with higher populations. 

The original cabins are very modest and probably don’t have complete bathrooms with showers.  However, this is what the newer “cabins” are like. This one is being built with 14.2 wire.  I doubt they will be using solar panels. 

   
Facing Lund from Savary Island (north side)Lund   

2 thoughts on “Hawaii of the North

  1. Sad because of too many people . What is eaten most be eliminated somewhere . The amount living there should be monitored .

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