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Pristine and Peerless 35 Acre Mist Island in Port Harvey - Johnstone Strait
Pristine and Peerless 35 Acre Mist Island in Port Harvey - Johnstone Strait
BC waterfront at its finest - 35 acre island paradise (Mist Island) located in Port Harvey, one of the most protected anchorages on the coast.
  • Size: 35 acres
  • Area: VANISLANDSC
  • Price: $674,500
  • Listing Agent: Kurt Nielsen - kurt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-898-7200
Description : Mist Island is a beautiful, fully treed pristine 35 acre gem, nestled between the Cracroft Islands (East and West) on the north side of Johnstone Strait in the Port Harvey Inlet, directly across from Vancouver Island. The Port Harvey Inlet is renowned in sailing guides as the best sheltered cruising boat anchorage in the entire length of Johnstone Strait. The south end of the island has a beach area, abandoned homestead and overgrown orchard. A “Specific Permission for Private Moorage” (No. V914897) for the building of a dock was granted in 2015 with no expiry date. The highest point towards the center of the island is over 200 feet above sea level. The island is heavily forested now, but was probably partially logged once in the 1940s. The southern most peninsula is normally connected to the main part of Mist Island, but at high tide may be separated, and was not included as part of the original Lot Survey in 1915 so may considered as an addition to the total area.
Location : Mist Island is 20 miles northwest of Sayward, or 25 miles southeast from historic Telegraph Cove, or 6 miles directly across from the Eve River estuary and log sort on the upper east coast of Vancouver Island. Two smaller separate islets south of Mist Island have been developed with several homes on each.
Access : From Nanaimo take the Inland Highway (19) north to Sayward approx. 2.5 hours, a water taxi is available by appointment, or a scheduled flight is available 3 days a week from Campbell River (Vancouver Island Air - 250.287.2433).
Improvements : None.
Services : None.
Recreation : World-famous kayaking area, fishing (salmon, halibut, rockfish and crabbing), hiking, boating, whale watching (Robson Bight is only 14 miles away) and of course sight seeing.
Area Data :

Broughton Archipelago is a wilderness area consisting of a maze of several small islands, numerous islets and adjacent foreshore at the southern extremity of Queen Charlotte Strait, off the west coast of Gilford Island.


The islands in the marine park are undeveloped and are largely undiscovered. Facilities are limited to a day-use recreation. The numerous remote, solitary islands incorporated in the park provide unlimited and unique fishing and swimming opportunities.


There is no shortage of all-weather anchorages for cruising boats at various locations in Broughton Archipelago Provincial Marine Park.


Good, safe anchorages can be found at Waddington Bay, Port Harvey, Farewell Harbour on Berry Island, Joe Cove on Eden Island and the cove on the southeast side of Crease Island.

History :

Mist Island was named by Captain Richards of the H.M.S. Plumper, circa 1860, after Henry Wentworth Mist, R.N., 2nd lieutenant, H.M.S. Havannah. Born at Fullham near London, 10 June, 1833, he entered the navy in 1847 as Midshipman on the Asia. On the Asia returning to England in 1851 he was transferred to the Rodney and was present at the Crimea in the Russian war where he took part on shore in the naval brigade. Promoted to lieutenant in November 1854, and subsequently returned to England.


Promoted to Commander in March 1863, he was in command of the gun vessel Sparrowhawk, from July 1868 to September 1872. Commander Mist during his commission on this coast in the Sparrowhawk made several important cruises, and on one of them, in 1869, Governor Seymour died on his vessel at Bela Kula. Retired with the rank of Captain on the October 25, 1872 he died October 25, 1895.


The area’s sheltered waters and rich ocean life was the breadbasket for a number of First Nation peoples who developed clam terraces and villages in the area. The remains of these are still visible today. Visitors can easily see the large clam and mussel shell deposits that make up the midden sites and the experienced eye may spot culturally modified trees (CMTs) or the many Petroglyphs including some on Mist Island. In the late 19th century and early 20th century, this area saw some settlement by Europeans and there are still signs of their activities and presence, including overgrown homesteads.

Zoning : Rural Area - See Schedule A - Zoning Regulations.
Legal : DL 1789 Range 1 Coast District
PID 009-897-275
Taxes : $2,889.18 (2018)
Map Reference : 50°33'9.81"N and 126°16'19.41"W
Listing # : 18312