We at the Ravenous Raven are more than a restaurant, licensed lounge and BC accommodations; we are a collective of like-minded individuals. We saw a dream and realized it. We are from and serve our community with respect and fairness, offering affordable and enjoyable food, drink and a roof over your head.
Enough about us, let’s tell you about our island... the island of misfit toys.
Our Island is situated between Vancouver Island and the British Columbia mainland near Powell River. It can be reached via private boat, BC Ferries, private aircraft or scheduled service via KD AIR to the Gillies Bay airport (CYGB). It is a working island where mining, logging and agriculture coexist with arts and tourism. It is the largest of the BC Gulf Islands and is 51.5 km (32 mi.) long and 9.5 km (6 mi.) wide, located 8 km (5 mi.) southwest of Powell River.
Visitors to the island must provide their own transportation as there is no taxi service or public transportation on the island, except on Thursday when Powell River Transit makes scheduled trips to the Island.
The First Nations people, the Sliammon, used this island long before European settlement. Don Jose Navarez, a Spanish seaman, charted the island in 1791. In the early 1800s the British were involved in fur trading and whaling. In 1871 iron ore was discovered on the northwest coast of the island at Welcome Bay.
In 1877 marble was discovered on the island and then, in 1880, gold and copper. Logging has been conducted in the area since the late 1800s. In 1898 the island boasted the only opera house north of San Francisco and the town of Van Anda was a boom town.
There are many beaches here, varying from large rock to fine sand. You will find many hiking trails, old logging roads and lakes to explore, most accessible by car. There are two population centres: Van Anda on the east side of the island and Gillies Bay on the west side where the Ravenous Raven is located.
Most major amenities and services are available for purchase here; gasoline, propane, liquor, financial services, Canada Post, groceries, fishing licenses and of course, wood and stone products.
Varied Texada Island BC accommodations include camping, B&B’s, hotel and a lodge. There is also a pub, two restaurants, a licensed lounge and a Royal Canadian Legion, branch 232.
This place is a great getaway and as there are no land predators, wolves, cougar, bears or politicians, it makes for a safe place to recreate.