Lasqueti Island

What to see and do in Lasqueti:

Explore the island!
Spend some time on foot or bike discovering the hidden gems on this beautiful island. You will discover many small, sheltered bays, gorgeous ocean vistas, groves of arbutus, moss-covered basalt rocks and more. Don’t be too startled when you come across a small group of the island’s feral sheep! Kayaking and sailing are also options.
Enjoy the culture!
From crafts to music to the healing arts, Lasqueti has a unique culture so join in while you are visiting. Check here for more info on what’s happening: www.lasqueti.ca/culture/view/cultural-events

Getting there:

Getting to Lasqueti is a multi-mode adventure but that’s half the fun! First, get yourself to Nanaimo then take the IslandLink Express a city bus or cycle or drive to Parksville. That’s where you will want to buy your groceries for the trip. Then head down to French Creek. If travelling by bus, you can take a city bus or cab. From there you will board the foot passenger ferry to Lasqueti.
Bus info:

If you take the IslandLink Express bus, reservations are strongly recommended. Please note, this bus no longer goes into French Creek; the nearest stop is Parksville. Also, you cannot make online reservation on the day you want to travel. More info here: www.islandlinkbus.com/booking/select.asp

A cheaper but more complicated option is the Nanaimo city bus service. From the Departure Bay ferry terminal take the #2/2A bus to Woodgrove Mall. At Woodgrove Mall, transfer to the #88 or #90 routes. Check here for latest route info:  www.bctransit.com/regions/nan/

Ferry info:
More info about the Lasqueti ferry here:
www.lasqueti.ca/island-info/lasqueti_ferry
There is a taxi service available on island, call Barry at: (250) 954 5288 or check here: www.lasqueti.ca/visitors/view/transportation

Where to Eat:

Expect to be bringing your groceries with you and making your own meals on Lasqueti but there are a few options for purchasing some food on the island. MaryJane’s Kitchen, Bakery, Restaurant, and General Store is located at the ferry dock, in False Bay and is a good place for a coffee, snacks or more. There is also a restaurant at the Lasqueti Island Hotel, also located by the ferry dock. There is a Farmers Market every Saturday in the Summer and farm gate sales of fresh produce, eggs, etc.
More info here: www.lasqueti.ca/visitors/view/food

Where to stay:

Lasqueti has a limited number of rental accommodations, including a hotel, cottages and B&Bs. We stayed in the cottage at the Squitty Bay Oceanfront Bed and Breakfast. This beautiful and light-filled, rustic cottage is quiet and comfortable in an amazing setting with lovely views of the ocean. It is right on the beach on the south side of the island and a quick stroll to the Squitty Bay Provincial Marine Park and many other lovely little bays.

The cottage is equipped with a small kitchen, loft bed and outdoor shower and outhouse. Guests have access to a private beach and beach-side sauna. There are also bikes and kayaks for guests to use. Delicious, healthy ingredients will be provided for breakfast. Host, Dazy is helpful and welcoming and will pick you up at the ferry.

More accomodation info here: www.lasqueti.ca/visitors/view/accommodation

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