The Bayview Garden is an older home by Haida Gwaii standards.
It is built around what used to be the Military Police office (and jailhouse!) of the Alliford Bay Seaplane base in the 1940's. It was a rectangular prefab wooden building, and it now makes up our kitchen and lounge areas.
The MP building was moved to Sandspit after WWII, along with a bunch of other houses from Alliford Bay, and some of these houses can be seen along the main beach road. They were wooden prefab buildings and all have the same design. These used to be the higher ranking officer's family homes.
The original offer seem to have been just what we now call "the cottage" and was likely a self-contained cottage (or bungalow) that was rented out. The Bayview Garden B&B started in 2007, and changed to a Guest House offer in 2019.
As is typical of homes around the islands, subsequent owners have added to the original building and to its 'charm' or 'quirkiness'.
Recent changes mostly have to do with interior redesigning, painting and finishing.
The name "Bayview Garden" was coined in 2007 by the previous owners, a semi-retired couple from Oregon, who purchased what was then called "Bayside Bungalow".
The original garden design and most perennials are still the original plants since the previous owners started to work on it in 2006, but the landscaping is slowly changing the way the garden looks as plants grow, die, and ideas change...
The Bayview Garden Crew
Your host and owner of the Bayview Garden is Flavien.
Originally from France, and now also a Canadian Citizen, Flavien has been living on Haida Gwaii since 2010.
In his spare time, he likes to sail, camp, kayak or explore the world by bicycle.
In 2020, he solo-sailed a 27-foot Catalina from Saltspring Island back up to Sandspit. There is a short video of this voyage.
From July 2021 to Spring of 2022 he went back "home" to France and volunteered at his sister's Brewery: Brasserie Georgette.
His partner Margret is a German citizen and a geology student in Munich. She comes to Haida Gwaii whenever she has the time to make the long trip over.
Since 2012, The Bayview Garden welcomes volunteers who contribute to making the Bayview Garden what it is now.
Often during the summer, guests will meet some of them, who are staying at the Bayview Garden in exchange for a few hours a day of cleaning, gardening and helping with other light duties around the property.
Below are photos of most of the helpers we have had the chance to host over the years.