What’s in a Name? Pym Island
- Vic Turkington
We often paddle across Colburne Passage to Pym island from Fir Cone Point on Coal Is.,while dodging the ferries, en route to Piers, Portland Island and beyond. It was named after Lt. Fredrick Whiteford Pym RN, an officer on board the arctic explorer “Assistance”; sent to search for the lost Franklin expedition (1852-54).
The 5 acre island was originally known as Quadros Is., after Joseph Quadros from the Azores, who purchased it for $1 per acre in 1890 - for the grand total of $5! The island was for sale in 2015 for $5,988,000 - nice appreciation (real estate pays!). It contains a 9,000 sq.ft. luxury home with guest cottages, tennis courts, a dock and manicured gardens. A realtor's promo can be viewed here
, showcasing the luxury home and aerial views of the island. The coastline is generally rocky but the west side has a shale bail-out beach near the dock.
BC ferries do not traverse Stranger Pass, between Pym and Knapp islands.