Savary is almost completely surrounded by white beaches. The Island itself is largely composed of sand. Savary is about five miles long and averages half a mile wide, the ratio of beach to land mass is unusually high. The climate is ‘dry coastal Douglas Fir zone’ and populated Arbutus and Garry Oak.
Savary Island lies in the traditional territory of the Sliammon People.The north-side beaches produce an abundant clam harvest. There are Native and commercial openings for the harvest. George Vancouver named the Island “Savarys Island” on the June 25, 1792. In 1886, Jack Green started a trading post to service the gold rush. By 1900, a small subsistence community existed on Savary. In 1910, speculators subdivided over half the Island into 50-foot wide lots. The Union Steamship Line brought day-trippers and vacationers until 1950 when the current road/ferry route opened up. The current year-round population is about 90 growing to over 2000 in the summer months.
There are no bears, cougars, rats, or raccoons on Savary. Deer are the only common large mammal while mink and otters come ashore occasionally. There are many bald eagles and hummingbirds which summer here while owls, woodpeckers and many migratory species frequent the island. Savary is very safe – more park than wilderness.
Arts and culture, yoga
Town Population: 90 (www.thesunshinecoast.com)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: Vancouver Coastal Health
Health Service Delivery Area: North Shore/Coast Garibaldi
Regional District: Powell River
Rural Designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
RRP Points: 23.55
There are no general practitioners yet in this community.
The nearest health services are located in Powell River.
Most visitors access Savary Island by traveling to Lund, BC, the northern terminus of Highway 101. From there they take a water taxi to the Savary Wharf.
Van City Seaplanes
P: 604 716-0536
P: 604 648-4417
Pacific Coastal Airlines
BC Ferries provides services from the mainland to the coastal island. Visit their website for details.
Lund Water Taxi
P: 604 483-9749
Savary Island is as close to off the grid as you can get in BC. There is only diesel fueled generator or solar powered electricity available. Water is from wells and not from the local municipality. There are no paved/gravel roads.
To find out what you need to know about this community, visit this local website by Rich Thaddeus for all the interesting details.
People on Savary Island chill, bake, paint, walk, visit and socialize.
To find out what makes this community tick, visit this local website by Rich Thaddeus for all the interesting details.