Picture the glistening white sands of Hawaii, lush rainforests, and breathtaking coastlines. Next, imagine all of that, but on an island that is practically uninhabited.
Welcome to Calvert Island. Geologically diverse and beautiful, it is located 100 km north of the town of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. While it looks like a Caribbean paradise, the island boasts lush rainforests that BC is known for. Specifically, Douglas fir, cedar, pine, maple, alder, and cottonwood trees are found here.
What’s more, the island contains an amazing archaeological find. Specifically, two fossilized footprints were discovered on the island that are thought to be the oldest known evidence of human habitation in North America; carbon-dating takes them back 13,200 years.
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Visitors to this lovely utopia may enjoy hiking, wilderness camping, wildlife viewing, fishing, scuba, kayaking, sailboating, and windsurfing.
In addition, the diversity of habitats within Calvert Island Conservancy include numerous species from limpids and sea urchins to wolves, deer and black bears.
Even more astonishing? This island is for sale! That’s right: the entire island can be yours for a cool $18 million.
“Calvert Island is The ultimate in seclusion … 155 acres on the British Columbia Inside Passage, equidistant between Vancouver and the Queen Charlotte Islands. With its own private riparian (river-fed) freshwater lake, this one-of-a-kind presents a rare potential for an all-season luxury estate or private high-end fly-in fishing lodge, accessible only by swift boat, floatplane, or rotary wing,” reports Private Islands Online listing.
People who reached what’s now Canada’s Pacific coast around 13,000 years ago made some lasting impressions — with their feet. Excavations on Calvert Island in British Columbia revealed 29 human footprints preserved in clay-based sediments. Radiocarbon dating of materials in the sediments narrowed the age of the footprints to around 13,000 years old. Who the footprints belonged to is not yet clear, but the prints add to evidence that humans inhabited Canada’s Pacific coast 14,000 years ago or more, as the last ice age wound down and glaciers retreated. One of the prints (pictured) revealed toe impressions after digital enhancement (swipe left). (📸: D. McLaren et al/ PLOS ONE 2018) #science #archaeology #anthropology #ancienthumans #canada #britishcolumbia #calvertisland #history
If you are looking for another secret spot in BC, check out this secret lake in the interior that also looks like a Caribbean paradise. In addition, have a look at this chain of islands on the East Coast that look like they belong somewhere decidedly more tropical.
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