PARADISE FOUND: Shoal Bay, East Thurlow Island

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A small cabin, a magnificent piece of oceanfront land, a fireplace, an outdoor pizza oven, a fishing boat, and a blossoming garden.What more could one ever need in life? This place makes me want to sell everything I own, grab my family, and live happily ever after in utopian serenity. I mean look a these photos…DREAMLAND!

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Shoal Bay is located on a small island in British Columbia called East Thurlow. You can get there by float plane or by private boat. There are no cars and no roads.


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Interesting Fact: In 1895, Shoal Bay was a cannery town with the largest population on the west coast of Canada. It was a hub for mining and forestry. Today Shoal Bay exists only as a tiny lodge with 3 cottages.


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 I’m not going to lie, pizza is my guilty pleasure. I could eat it everyday of my life. The fact that Shoal Bay has a big outdoor pizza oven is a huge plus! They make the pizzas fresh to order, with ingredients from their garden, and everyone dines together in the middle of the three-cottage-village!


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What a wonderful spot on this great big earth!

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  • Nila

    That place looks magical!!!

    • Misha

      It truly is!!!

  • Nila

    This is what life’s all about

  • Vanessa Riivers

    Who does the garden belong to? Who tends to it and did you get to eat the vegetables from it?! Such beautiful photos Mish! Made me feel like I was there. What a cool destination. I can’t believe I have still not been to Canada!!

    • Misha

      Vanessa the garden belongs to the couple that lives on Shoal Bay. They use the veggies from the garden for the pizza! The nearest grocery store is about 2 hours away, by boat, so having your own garden seems like the proper thing to do if you want things to stay fresh! Canada is one of the most visually stunning countries (in my opinion).

  • Piers Plunket

    I have been to the island three times now over the last 10 years and seen the transformation into the small piece of paradise you see today. Its serenity and beauty are obvious to see in these photographs but its what you don’t see, don’t hear and don’t smell till you get there that makes it all the more special. No rubbish, no tarmac, no noise of man, no light pollution, no sirens, no arguments, no TV, no sewage drains, no chemicals, no fast food.

    What you do see, do hear and do smell is nature. Oh and the stars, right up close. The heavens are so close you can count the satellites as they go by!

    For me the greatest pleasure are seeing the Orca swim and hunt but of course you’ll just have to take my word for it until you go there and feel it for yourself.

    • Misha

      Wow! You said it so well! Makes me want to jump up and go back this very second!

  • Emily Mansfield

    If anything could be better than the beauty, serenity, and wilderness shown in these photos, it’s the feeling of community that Mark and Cynthia MacDonald have created at Shoal Bay. We visit Shoal Bay every summer on our sailboat and have become virtually addicted to the camaraderie and warmth they foster among the boating community that passes through. The garden is open for veggie and flower picking (honor-system donation box) by all boaters who come. There are happy-hour potlucks on the deck of the “pub” and often music by whoever happens to have an instrument along. The energy and positiveness of the MacDonalds is a stand-alone reason to visit this magical place!
    Emily Mansfield,
    S/V Windwalker

  • Emily Mansfield

    If anything could be better than the beauty, serenity, and wilderness shown in these photos, it’s the feeling of community that Mark and Cynthia MacDonald have created at Shoal Bay. We visit Shoal Bay every summer on our sailboat and have become virtually addicted to the camaraderie and warmth they foster among the boating community that passes through. The garden is open for veggie and flower picking (honor-system donation box) by all boaters who come. There are happy-hour potlucks on the deck of the “pub” and often music by whoever happens to have an instrument along. The energy and positiveness of the MacDonalds is a stand-alone reason to visit this magical place!
    Emily Mansfield,
    S/V Windwalker

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