George Ashworth
George Ashworth on Savary in July 1913
(Source: Magnetic Isle)

George Ashworth on Savary in July 1913
(Source: Magnetic Isle)


George Johnstone Ashworth (1863–1937) was born in Newmarket, Ont. He served with the Queen’s York Rangers during the 1885 Riel Rebellion.

After moving to Vancouver in 1909, he became a crime reporter for the Vancouver Province. In 1910 he visited Savary to write an article about John Green's 1893 murder.

Instead, he became enthusiastic about the Savary's potential as a vacation spot, so he formed a business partnership that purchased, subdivided, and developed the east side of the island and promoted it as the Catalina of the North.

In 1927, Ashworth started development at Indian Point by building of the Royal Savary Hotel. He and his wife Katharine operated it until he died in 1937. He was buried in a small plot close to the site where the hotel once stood.
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