Harvest your own clams for dinner. Take a tour down island with a local. A visit to Lasqueti Island is always a unique experience. Starting with the 1 hour ferry ride, Lasqueti will show you a way of living that is completely different.
Sitting on a sunny bluff overlooking the Salish Sea, the Backpackers Bunky is your home for the adventure.Perfect for a night or two, the cabin offers the essentials of camping with a few added perks.
Our community is off the grid. Our ideas on the fringe.
The Backpackers Bunky is a simple one room cabin perfect for a night or two. A queen size bed will envelop you for a long sleep in after a day of touring our unique little island. This part of the world is off the grid, so forget about noise and light pollution. A secluded outhouse set in the forest offers ultimate privacy and great views.
Our accommodations are self catering so it is essential for you to bring along the food necessities to make your stay as comfortable as you want it. There is a kitchen area with a cooler, cooking utensils and dishes but no stove or BBQ. Drinking water will be provided.
We are a 10 minute (uphill) walk from the ferry landing which you board in French Creek Parksville, just 30 minutes north of Nanaimo.
Look up Lasqueti Island online and you will see why we are booked all summer long.
Accès des voyageurs
Directions to get here: Disembark the ferry walk up the dock and straight up the road. Pass the cafe, the pub, and Weldon rd. Keep walking over the hill until you reach the bottom where you will see on the right my driveway and a sign that says "Jessie's Path" Follow this driveway up but take it slow on the hill and around the corner and you will see the main house. To your right you will see a boat trailer. Walk past this and the wood chip trail on your left. When you can go no further you will see the Cedar cabin. The cabin is not locked, so open the door and make yourself at home.
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 there 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 - This homes electricity is generated by solar, hydro or gas generator if necessary. It will be the guests responsibility to provide their own gas if they will be running the generator. Fuel is available on the island.
Water - The water that services this home is untreated and it is therefore not potable. I will provide a large jug of drinking water for your stay. If more is necessary, large jugs of water can be purchased on island.
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.
No smoking except in designated areas.
Rocky landscapes so bring good shoes
Bring drinking water and food.
Solar Showers available
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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 . 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.