It was on British Columbia’s breathtakingly beautiful Salt Spring Island that architect Van Norman created his seaside home in 1945. Groomed for over sixty years since, with his Arbutus grove now becoming a giant canopy of dappled sunlight, the fabled hideaway remains a timeless treasure. The mid-low bank at Parminter Point affords both extraordinary views and intimacy with the quarter-mile Pacific shoreline. Cloistered by 10 acres of forest, the elegant main house appears to float above the sea, complemented by a carriage house with luxurious guest apartment, a quaint seaside cottage a distance away, a skylit caretaker’s residence at the gates, a state-of-the-art boathouse, and moorage for larger vessels or floatplanes. Still, what warms the heart the most, however, are not the man-made comforts but the sandstone beaches in protected coves, the rocky promontories, and Edenic footpaths in tune with the sea.