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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-Facing Oceanfront View

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Galiano Island house description

Nestled at the foot of Mount Galiano with one of the most spectacular views of the Southern Gulf Islands, Orca Bay Retreat is located on Active Pass - the wondrous, often turbulent waters and marine passage separating Galiano and Mayne Islands.

This particular area is known for its resplendent array of wildlife - looking out from the deck you'll see seals sunning themselves on Collinson Reef, eagles soaring overhead or plucking fish from the ocean below, and otters frolicking in the swirling Pacific currents. Breathe the ocean air and feel connected to mother nature.

Active Pass is notably a frequently travelled waterway for resident and transient orca whales and humpbacks. Seeing these magnificent mammals in their natural element is truly breathtaking.

A wonderful, completely private escape, Orca Bay Retreat has all the modern amenities one could desire, including wireless connection to highspeed internet. Two bedrooms, each with queen size beds, offer luxurious comfort and nature views. Enjoy French Door walk-outs from the bedrooms, living room and kitchen. The house is extremely comfortable, accommodating up to four (4-pc bathroom in the main house), or six should the separate garden studio (with its own 3-pc bathroom) be opted for. The contemporary kitchen is loaded, including a stainless steel convection oven, microwave and dishwasher. An outdoor barbeque is available as well.

Orca Bay Retreat is actually located on Georgeson Bay, and is perfectly situated for guests to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities: hiking some of the best trails the Gulf Islands have to offer; kayaking, fishing and boating from nearby Montague Harbour Marina; golfing at The Galiano Golf & Country Club; swimming and beachcombing at the numerous nearby beaches, including our own Georgeson Bay beach below (here you can even hunt for arrowheads left behind by First Nations Peoples hundreds of years ago); exploring the island by bike; and strolling through The Bluffs park amidst indigenous arbutus and Garry Oak trees to incredible cliffside viewpoints of the Southern Gulf Islands.

When you've had enough of the outdoors, sit back, decompress, cuddle by the wood-burning fireplace and take in the stunning view. Enjoy island tranquility at its best at any time of the year. And because you're staying at 'Orca' Bay Retreat, always keep an eye on the water.

While we are a private escape nestled in nature, we are less than ten minutes from the Sturdies Bay Ferry terminal and within minutes of Galiano's shops, restaurants, groceries and galleries.

Due to our proximity to sheer unfenced cliffs and fast moving currents, we are not suitable for small children.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 1260 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Garden Studio Bedroom: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    With French Door walk-outs to deck and ocean view...moreless

  • Guest Bedroom: 1 queen

    With French Door walk-outs to garden deck...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • House Bathroom

    Four-piece with heated floors and skylight...moreless

  • Garden Studio Bathroom

    Three-piece with shower...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Oceanfront
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Internet:

    High speed wireless...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter/Spring
Jan 1 - May 31, 2015
2 night min stay
C$175
C$1,050

Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest

Spring/Summer
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2015
3 night min stay
C$250
C$1,500

Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest

Fall/Winter
Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2015
2 night min stay
C$175
C$1,050

Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 5%

Notes:

An extra fee of $50 is required when the Garden Studio is used for parties of four or less.

A three-night minimum stay applies to all statutory holiday weekends.

Easter, Victoria Day and Thanksgiving weekends, as well as Dec 24th-Jan 1st, are priced at $200/night/double occupancy with an additional $25/extra person/night.

Visa or Mastercard. Deposit upon confirmation of booking and balance due upon arrival.


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Location

2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
The Hummingbird Pub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Sturdies Bay Ferry
3 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Galiano Golf & Country Club
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
La Berangerie, Seablush Cafe, Galiano Island Inn

Car: Recommended

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2013

About the owner: Gary and I (Lisa) have had a love affair with Galiano Island since my parents bought a cottage across the street over 20 years ago. Our two children have spent their summers exploring the natural wonders and beauty of the island, and more recently working at the marina and golf course. While we currently reside in Toronto, our hearts are on the island. We look forward to visiting Orca Bay Retreat throughout the year, especially in the winter months which have their own special cozy, seductive and stormy appeal.

Why the Owner Chose Galiano Island:
This property is a gem. Formerly called InTheBluff and owned by our good friends, we consider ourselves grateful and fortunate to have been able to purchase it, and now to share its unique beauty and that of Galiano Island with others. We also love the island because of its close proximity to the mainland and Vancouver Island. There's nowhere else we'd want to be.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Fresh ocean air, incredible ocean views and unbelievable wildlife - whales, eagles, deer, seals and otters. Looking out over Active Pass from the deck or living room is a transformative experience. The house, itself, is wonderfully comfortable and homey.


Contact us

Speaks: english, Un petit peu de français
 

Photos

  • Wake up to this in the master bedroom

    Wake up to this in the master bedroom

  • Contemporary kitchen fully equipped

    Contemporary kitchen fully equipped

  • Livingroom

    Livingroom

  • Wood-burning fireplace and satellite TV in livingroom

    Wood-burning fireplace and satellite TV in livingroom

  • The ferries in transit through Active Pass

    The ferries in transit through Active Pass

  • Laundry vestibule leading to the garden

    Laundry vestibule leading to the garden

  • Bright and comfortable garden studio sleeps 2 in queen-sized bed

    Bright and comfortable garden studio sleeps 2 in queen-sized bed

  • Lower sunning deck

    Lower sunning deck

  • View down Active Pass on a crisp October afternoon

    View down Active Pass on a crisp October afternoon

  • View at high tide of the Olympic Mountains

    View at high tide of the Olympic Mountains

  • Dusk at Orca Bay Retreat

    Dusk at Orca Bay Retreat

  • Curious otters in the bay below

    Curious otters in the bay below

  • View from the kitchen with French doors open

    View from the kitchen with French doors open

  • Facing south, Orca Bay Retreat gets plenty of sunshine

    Facing south, Orca Bay Retreat gets plenty of sunshine

  • Read to your heart's content

    Read to your heart's content

  • Skylights make this entrance and dining area bright and warm

    Skylights make this entrance and dining area bright and warm

  • Second bedroom with French doors opening to garden deck

    Second bedroom with French doors opening to garden deck

  • Bathroom has heated floors and skylights

    Bathroom has heated floors and skylights

  • Beach below with nearby trail access

    Beach below with nearby trail access

  • Sunrise from the deck

    Sunrise from the deck

  • The Coast Guard passes through

    The Coast Guard passes through

  • Orcas on their way through Active Pass

    Orcas on their way through Active Pass

  • A hike up Mt. Galiano delivers this incredible view of the Southern Gulf Islands

    A hike up Mt. Galiano delivers this incredible view of the Southern Gulf Islands

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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  • Calendar last updated: 03/29/2015
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