The 25-acre Strawberry Island in Lake Simcoe has been listed for sale at $5.5-million.
The island was the subject of considerable concern among Lake Simcoe people after an 80-condo project was proposed.
The Friends of Strawberry Island formed to campaign against the project, and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority ruled the project did not conform in several respects with the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan. The developer withdrew the plan, and put the island on the market.
The island is listed with Moffat Dunlap Real Estate. Originally, the listing said there was a development plan "currently before Council awaiting Draft plan approval."
On Nov. 21, 2016, Pam Fulford, head of the Friends of Strawberry Island, informed the listing agent that neither Simcoe County nor Ramara Township had a new concept before council for consideration. As a result, the listing was changed and reference to a development plan was removed, although illustrations of possible developments remained part of the ad as of Nov. 22, 2016.
"We shall remain vigilant," Fulford said. "The island is still zoned 'rural' until or unless Simcoe County approves [Official Plan Amendment] 18. We want it it to remain "rural", or at least have the zoning that will protect the significant woodlands, the wetlands, the significant wildlife habitat, water quality and the natural shoreline as per the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan."
She said the Moffat Dunlap website now suggests a homestead in the clearing. "We like that idea!"
The listing describes the history of Strawberry Island, saying it was part of Huronia/Huron Territory, and the Crown obtained title in 1856. Strawberry Island was owned by the Basilian Fathers from 1922 to 2007. In 2002 Pope John Paul II resided on Strawberry during his World Youth Tour visit.
The listing can be found at http://www.moffatdunlap.com/propertyshow.asp?int_id=793&int_category=1001