This Quebec island is being marketed as ‘the world’s tiniest island’ – on sale for CAD 549,000.
Located on the Saint Laurence River, Île Fraser clocks in at just 0.5 acres but offers truly secluded living, featuring a huge house built in 1898 that is largely original, with tongue and groove pine interiors. The building spans around 2,000 sq ft, with a wrap-around veranda on the lower level and seven bedrooms on the upper floor, accommodating up to 14 people.
The period property does need updating but offers an expansive renovation challenge for the right buyer. It doesn’t have pumping or electricity; instead, using a propane tankless water heater and a solar-powered 12-volt pump for hot water in the bathroom – housed in a converted ice shack with a clawfoot tub and shower, compost toilet and a farmer’s trough sink.
A boathouse and a shed are also included on the grassy island, for sale via Private Islands Inc. which is dotted with a dozen or so mature trees. The isle is an hour from Montréal and about a 45-minute drive from the Ontario border. The US border is 10 minutes to the south.
Île Fraser is only accessible by boat, which is its main draw: it’s remote, but not too remote. There’s a marina access, restaurants and parks nearby. This stretch of the river is popular with outdoor enthusiasts, offering peace and nature as well as fishing, canoeing, kayaking, snowmobiling, hunting and swimming, offering an idyllic weekend spot.