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Leroy Bay - Smith Sound
Leroy Bay - Smith Sound
Beautiful 128 acres with 1,300 ft of oceanfront on Leroy Bay & 4,000 ft frontage on Leroy Lake. Dock, small rustic cabin, pole shed to protect small backhoe & steel container storage/tool shop. 2 - 2.5± hr by boat from Port Hardy or float planes can land Leroy Lake.
  • Size: 128 acres
  • Area: MNCOAST
  • Price: $415,000
  • Listing Agent: Richard Osborne - rich@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-664-7633
Description :

This beautiful 128 acre property has many facets and features not lost on previous generations. Once the site of a cannery, a busy little bay and a key anchorage in Leroy Bay in Smith Sound it is blessed with 1,300± ft of oceanfront on Leroy Bay and 4,000± feet on Leroy Lake. Remnants of a pipe, installed to bring water from the lake to a Pelton Wheel to generate power and deliver fresh water to the cannery, can still be found.

It has a dock, small rustic cabin, pole shed to protect the small backhoe and a steel container that serves as storage and a tool shop.

It is about 2 - 2.5 hours by boat from Port Hardy depending on weather and tides. The 1.1± km long lake is large enough for float planes. When the owners bought the property in 1998 they flew in to the lake and were picked up in the bay at the end of the day.

The pilot told them Leroy Bay is his favorite “because it is always calm.” The owner says “he was right on the money it is always a quiet safe refuge, no matter what is blowing on the outside.”

There is good fishing in front of the bay for salmon, halibut, sea bass, bottom fish and the giant spring salmon of Wyclees Lagoon pass by on their homeward migration. With the lake and ocean you can choose to swim, canoe, kayak or fish on fresh or salt water as you wish.

The property was logged and replanted circa 1998, the owner uses a small Komatsu 28uu backhoe, which goes with the property, to clear brush off the road to the lake and there is a small rock quarry and some sand.

The views from the high part of the property are panoramic looking over the islands across to the breathtaking sunsets across the Pacific.

A copy of an article, Smith Inlet Surprises, describes a trip to Smith Inlet that was in Pacific Yachting a few years ago.

The owner hopes whoever buys the property enjoys the beauty, safety and fun they have found there.

Location : Leroy Bay, Smith Sound - South Central Coast of BC
Access : Smith Sound is 40 miles north of Port Hardy and 8 miles south of Rivers Inlet. The property fronts on a sheltered bay in Browning Channel on the south side of Smith sound. Call the listing REALTOR® for detailed directions.
Services : None.
Recreation : Fishing, boating, diving, kayaking and wildlife photography.
Vegetation : Logged and replanted, there may be a small volume of timber remaining.
Area Data :

Smith Sound
The entrances to Smith Sound are only a few miles north of Cape Caution, Egg island, with its lighthouse, and Table Island to the northeast, lie in its mouth. There are three ways to enter Smith Sound. The first is the southern entrance, Alexandrea Passage, between Egg Rock, just south of Egg Island, and North Iron Rock, which is about one mile to the southeast. North Iron Rock dries to 12 feet, and is always evident because of the seas breaking over it. The second, Loran Pass, to the north of Egg Island, is the clearest of these passages, and the best choice if visibility is restricted. The third and northernmost passage has three possible entrances, Radar Passage, Irving Passage, and the innermost, between False Egg Island and Tie Island. The innermost passage is often used by commercial fishermen going from Smith Inlet to Rivers Inlet, and the owners have used it on several occasions.

Rivers Inlet
Rivers Inlet is a world famous salmon sport fishing destination. The inlet is home to many records. In 1951, it produced the world’s top ocean caught Chinook salmon weighing 82.5 pounds, and several 90 pounders have been recorded. Spawning salmon in the inlet, reach 100 pounds. Trophy fishing lodges have replaced the canneries that once dotted the shores of the Inlet. Some of these old structures have been modified, renovated, and turned into luxury accommodation, while retaining their historic look.

History :

Smith Sound was a one of a number of places in this area named in 1786 by Captain James Hanna of the “Sea Otter” who has left us no information as to Smith’s identity. Eastward, the Sound divides into Boswell Inlet and Smith Inlet. When one of Captain Vancouver’s survey teams visited here in 1792, over two hundred people lived in a wee-defended village built on a small island connected to the mainland by a bridge. The Takush village in Smith Inlet was the most recent home for the Goasila people, before they moved to Port Hardy in the 1960s. A number of salmon canneries were built in Smith Inlet, the earliest in 1883, the latest closing in 1938.

The lighthouse on Egg Island guides the way and allows safe navigation through Smith Sound. It has had lightkeepers continuously since it was first established in 1898. Two of the safe fairways into Smith Sound, Radar and Loran passages, were named in 1948 after the electronic aids to navigation that were, for that time, fairly new developments in technology.

Zoning : No zoning - Central Coast Regional District
Legal : District Lot 1107, Range 2, Coast District
PID 003-410-072
Taxes : $1,578.58 (2018)
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 51°16'11.62"N and 127°39'41.80"W
Listing # : 19091