Largely undeveloped, Lasqueti Island lies southwest of Texada Island, in the middle of the Gulf of Georgia. The island has an oval shape, about 5 km wide and 21 km long and contains five small lakes and numerous bays. Its roads are mostly unpaved, and it is the only one of the larger Gulf Islands that is not currently connected to BC Hydro's electrical power grid. Residents have chosen to generate their own electricity using solar panels, windmills or water driven turbines. It is a quaint and eccentric community of self-reliant homesteaders - artists, poets, painters, sculptors, fiction writers and historians - who enjoy the island's mild climate, relative isolation and peaceful lifestyle. It is an enclave of Canadian counter culture. About 400 people are given the privilege to live on Lasqueti Island.