Heriot Bay, British Columbia

renovated historic farm house, 3 bedrooms, one bath; robust solar/micro-hydro system to power today's needs; 38-acre mix of forest, 2 ponds, 3 streams and open space with greenhouse, organic garden, blue berry patch and workshop; large deck with ramp

Sustainable Home Off the Grid
$466 Annual Property Tax
$1,000 Annual Utility Cost
1,400 Square Feet
3 / 1 Beds / Baths
38 acres Lot Size
1928 Year Built
Green Home Property Type

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What makes your home a Green or Healthy Home?

We get our power from solar and water. The stream that we use also supplies our domestic water, which is filtered and run though a UV light system. Our organic gardens and compost system supplies much of our food. A productive flock of chickens ensure that we have the freshest and healthiest of eggs. We renovated the house and manage the property in a firesafe manner.

Property Description

In our renovation, we preserved as much of the original house as we could. We had to replace the cedar foundation and the shake shingle siding and roof. We chose Galvalume for the roof and Hardiplank for the siding. Most of the original cedar plank walls in the great room were left intact. We converted the attic into the master bedroom. Flooring includes bamboo, wood and porcelain tile. A huge RSF Energy wood stove comfortably heats the house, with electric baseboards for back-up. We have satellite TV and computer hook-ups. Although our energy system easily meets our needs, the power grid is now nearby. A diesel generator backs up our system. There are overhead fans in nearly all rooms, but they are rarely needed. We've just built a greenhouse with storage area, plus a cedar dock on one of the ponds. The stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer come with the property.

Neighborhood Description

Young families to retirees and some part time residents. Everyone was off the grid until recently, so are very self-reliant. The area is quite isolated and neighbours know they can count on each other for projects and emergencies. There is an annual community garden party plus gatherings for special occasions and sports, or just a bonfire to roast marshmallows. We are surrounded by Crown land. Our nearest neighbor is about two miles away.

Market Area

Two shopping areas with grocery stores and post office; one also includes pharmacy, medical centre, credit union, bookstores, 2 natural food stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Farmers market (outdoor summer and indoor winter)

School District

Quadra Island has an elementary and pre-school. Middle school and high school are off island (10 minute ferry ride) in Campbell River.


Quadra Island is about 35 miles long and 5 miles at its widest. There are hiking and biking trails, fishing, boating, kayaking and beaches.

Location of Home or Land


Elevation of Home

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Air Quality

Agriculture in Area No
Industry in Area No
Air Pollution in Area No
Pesticide Free Yes
Fragrance Free Yes
Cleaned with Green Products Yes

Interior Environment

Heating System Wood Stove
Cooling System Passive Cooling
Ventilation System Other
Whole House Filtration None
Whole House Vacuum No

Energy & Water

Energy System Off the Grid
Water System Other
Wastewater System Septic System

Construction Information

Construction Type Wood Framing: 2x4, 2x6, etc.
Exterior Finish Other
Interior Finish Other
Interior Paint Low VOC
Floor Material Other
Roof Material Metal
Window Material Other
Insulation Material Fiberglass

Garage / Car Port

Garage / Carport No

Listing ID: 19486