In 1882, he and his neighbour, Alexander Hoggan, began a six year dispute over who owned the land on which John Canessa had built2. In 1884, Canessa gave notice that he would prosecute trespassers3, and in 1886 charged Hoggan with trespass and damages4. The judge decided that the copies of the surveys each had were inaccurate, that the land was Hoggan's but that Hoggan should pay for Canessa's buildings, which Hoggan was now renting to a third party 5.
In 1887, Canessa owed $1.50 in taxes on the land, and was threatened with a tax sale6.
In 1888, Hoggan appealed the land decision, and also asked for a new trial--both requests were dismissed7.
In 1891, John Canessa, now giving his address as the Europe Hotel, in Vancouver, offered the Southwest quarter of Section 20, Gabriola Island...about 83 acres... for sale . There are no further Gabriola references to him.
John Canessa Junior died in Vancouver8 on April 15, 1970, aged 91.