Karin and her husband purchased the Hornby Island property in 1980 after moving from Geneva, Switzerland. Originally planning on retiring on Gabriola Island, they ventured farther north, discovering and falling in love with Hornby Island and the property Karin has now protected. The couple returned to Geneva, packed their belongings and travelled back to Canada via the Panama Canal, settling in their new Hornby Island paradise where Karin lived with her husband until his passing.
This special ridge top property on the south side of Hornby Island is home to towering veteran Douglas-fir trees and undulating Garry oak meadows that erupt every spring with chocolate lilies, white fawn lilies, camas lilies, and shooting stars and native grasses. The land provides habitat for bald eagles, garter snakes, giant silkworm moths. It is also home to the propertius duskywing butterfly and western pondhawk dragonfly, both provincially rare, and coastal wood fern, a federally listed Species of Special Concern. A conservation covenant is now registered over 6.12 ha (15.1 acres) of the property, protecting it forever from development and human disturbance. Conservancy Hornby Island co-holds the covenant with the Islands Trust Conservancy.
The Steils and the Steil's Woods Covenant
After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil enjoyed a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.
Page last updated: 13/08/18