Lasqueti Island is a beautiful and unique island that sits in the Georgia Strait across from Parksville, in front of Texeda. It is home to a quiet, diverse, and close-knit community that thrives on independence and personal expression. Some have described it as a "utopia," which is a bit hyperbollic, but it is definitely a lovely spot.
Power on the island is limited to personal generators and solar panels. Vehicles are barged over, so their use can be limited. The island isn't keen to promote tourism, but respectful folks looking to explore the shore are certainly welcome.
There is a passenger ferry that leaves from Parksville's French Creek Marina. For an extra fee they will take kayaks or similar large boats. Inflatible stand-up paddleboards aren't a problem. The ferry drops you off at False Bay on the north end of the island.
You can stay at the Dockside Inn, and there are several places for accomodation on the island. The oceanfront places are the best choice for paddlers. Moving boats around the island can be challenging.
There is a campground you can book on Jedediah Island Marine Park. It is booked through Backcountry BC.
Day trips are easily done. Going north or south of False Bay offers superb day trips, although it is worth organizing a ride and launching from West Point or Squitty Bay and paddling to Jedediah and back to False Bay as day trips.
Paddling the circumfrence of the island is a worthwhile trip. It can be done in one or two days by strong paddlers. Campsites are not present on the island. The islanders prefer to discourage camping in Crown land, but it is perfectly legal. The best course of action is be respectful, Leave No Trace, and take efforts to not be obtrusive. Also be extra careful that you are on Crown land. Most of Lasqueti is private land.
Good campsites to aim for are Jenkins Island, which is deserted on the north end, Sancster Island, and the campground on Jedediah Island. Maple Bay, two-thirds of the way east on south side of the island, is an excellent place to stop.
The weather normally determines which is the best route to take. The northeast side of the island has a lot more shelter with broken islands the whole way along. In rougher weather, or with a headwind, this is a more pleasant paddle. The south end is more exposed, but also less populous with more options for beach camping.
Big highlights paddling are the many seals that hangout on reefs near jenkins, Squitty Bay, Rabbit Island and the north end. You will also see wild sheep on the shoreline. Jeddiah Island's south end has a stunning lagoon that is incredible to swim in at high tide. Many of the beaches are also fun to explore, and the paddling is very pleasant, particualrily in the Texada Straight.