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InTheBluff - Galiano's Oceanside Log House

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,450 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms 1 1/2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

IMPORTANT NOTE: VRBO's initial quotes are is US dollars.

Located on Active Pass, the spectacular marine passage separating Galiano and Mayne islands, InTheBluff - Galiano’s Oceanside Log House offers one of the most stunning outlooks in the Southern Gulf Islands. The area is known for its strong currents, often turbulent waters and array of wildlife - look out to eagles soaring, seals, sea lions and otters frolicking in the swirling currents and orca whales in their natural element. Even humpback whales pass by on occasion. Breathe the island air.

InTheBluff is a very unique and wonderful escape, an artisan log home atop an oceanfront cliff and amongst over 15 private acres characterized by Garry oaks, Arbutus, Douglas fir and Cedar trees. The beautiful log home has all the modern amenities one could desire, including Wi/Fi & HD (antenna) TV. Two bedrooms (each with queen size beds) offer comfort and separation. The master is upstairs with a private balcony overlooking Active Pass. InTheBluff very comfortably accommodates up to four.

The recently re-built decks are stunning and feature an infinity-edge hot tub. It is truly difficult to imagine a more beautiful spot to be lounging in a hot tub!

InTheBluff’s kitchen is well equipped, featuring a country stove and oven, microwave and dishwasher. Cuddle by the Tulikivi (soap stone) wood burning fireplace, lounge on the deck with a good book,

For the avid nature explorers, reaching the gorgeous ¼ mile long beach below is particularly convenient as the Matthews Point Beach Access trail is immediately adjacent. This is just the beginning though as the Matthews Pont Regional Park Reserve, essentially an extension of InTheBluff, connects directly with Bluffs Park with its array of trials and vistas. Mt. Galiano is also linked by an evolving island trail system - remember your water, good hiking shoes and camera!

InTheBluff is a non-smoking, no pet retreat. The vacation lot home is perfectly situated for some of the best hikes the Gulf Islands have to offer or for just sitting back, breathing the fresh island air and taking in the stunning views any time of the year.

Keywords: Island Vacation House, Cottage by the ocean, Galiano Island, Private, Log house, nature, hot tub

More Details

Lawrence & Janusz
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, german, czech, polish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 15, 2018

About Lawrence & Janusz

We live between Galiano Island and downtown Vancouver - can't get enough of either.

Lawrence & Janusz purchased this house in 2013

Why Lawrence & Janusz chose Galiano Island

South facing 15 acres of oceanfront on Galiano Island with an artisan log home - it doesn't get better than this.

What makes this house unique

Fresh air, privacy, hot tub and incredible views.


Galiano Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1450 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Ground floor powder room - toilet , Powder Room with Laundry
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , Old Fashion Tub & separate shower stall
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Private Balcony
    Ground floor Bedroom - 1 queen , Guest Bedroom
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis


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InTheBluff - Galiano's Oceanside Log House
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

Simply superb

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderfully secluded and yet prominently located log cabin comfortably set back from the cliff that drops down to Active Pass. You get the sense of being perched in the clouds. The vista to the west is stunning, especially early morning and evening. The ferries all pass through and they are a pleasure to watch and to hear their whistles sound. The first one is early, but you want to be an early riser to enjoy every minute of your stay. While technically a cabin, it has all the comforts of home and is extremely well equipped. Keep an eye on the water below as we saw orcas swim by early one evening. The most magical aspect was the sound they make. The treck to the beach is rigorous, but if you are moderately fit, no problem, and well worth the effort. The hosts are extremely responsive and friendly, although there was nothing we needed. We had a 10 day stay, and enjoyed every minute.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Four nights was not long enough

  • 5 of 5

In the Bluff is far more than just a place to stay, it's an amazing experience on so many levels. Not only did we enjoy soaking up the mesmerizing views from the deck and exploring the secluded property, but sightings of deer, eagles, many other birds, and even a seal swimming in Active Pass, were magical moments. Although I have never really been drawn to log houses, the way Lawrence and Janusz have turned this one into a home is simply amazing. Every room, every fixture, every artful piece and playful detail make you feel like you are in a designer home that is somehow also packed with history, warmth and personality. You won't want to leave! I would especially recommend it for people visiting this part of the world for the first time, as a super-charged BC Gulf Islands experience. It's also a great base for hiking and exploring the island on foot. Best of all, Lawrence and Janusz are fantastic hosts and treat you like friends.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Woodland Hills Utah

Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

We love the island and the cabin is the best place to stay on Galiano island . I have been to the island many times and love the location, setting, beauty of "innthebluff". We have brought our family to inn the bluff a few times. So many wonderful memories, I am in tears right now , thinking about our great experiences.

  • Submitted: Mar 2, 2016
  • Stayed: February 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A cozy nest for a busy life escape

  • 5 of 5

We have spent six days of unbelievable relaxing vacation in the Bluff place in January 2016. The cabin looks amazing - clean, stylish, spacious . I would say even much more attractive than on photos! The view is stunning, the sound of passing by ferries make it more special and unforgettable.There are a few great hikes around the island to discover and a few small restaurants to hang in. We definitely recommend this place to everyone who enjoy escaping from a busy city life. Big thanks to the owners Lawrence and Janusz for keeping the Bluff in a such great shape!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Simply stunning!!!

  • 5 of 5

If your jaw doesn't drop the first time you step out onto the deck and look out through the trees at Active Pass and the surrounding islands, there is something seriously wrong with you. You cannot imagine how beautiful it is, combined with the smell of the woods and the water! And there's the absolute privacy and the small herd of deer roaming the property as added bonuses. Less than ten minutes to the ferry and to the grocery store. The log cabin is wonderful and spacious and has so many spots upstairs and down to settle in and be comfortable, especially with a fire going. It's almost too good to be real. Lawrence and Janusz are charming and gracious hosts. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific Host, Beautiful Views, Fantastic Lodging

  • 5 of 5

We stayed on Galliano for the wedding of our oldest son and may have booked two of the nicest places on the Island for our family group, Orca Bay Retreat and In the Bluff. My son's grandfather and two of his aunts stayed at In the Bluff and were blown away.

Breathtaking views, beautiful log cabin with all the modern and up to date appliances, clean and extremely quiet. The channel in front of the cabin is the main route for the BC Ferries and their whistles can be quite loud but that is just part of the ambience. We were fortunate to see a large pod of Orca (Killer) whales travel through the strait as if performing a ballet!

You can not go wrong staying here, Lawrence is a very responsive host and exceeding gracious when approached for assistance on almost anything (including some assistance with the wedding planning).

Amazing stay, highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Vancouver(YVR)&Victora(YYJ) International Airports
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Hummingbird Pub
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Sturdies Bay
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Galiano Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Galiano Inn
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Below House
Car: recommended

Very private location but being at the southern tip of Galiano Island, InTheBluff is within minutes of island amenities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%

IMPORTANT NOTE: VRBO's initial quotes are is US dollars. Partly due to this, we do not subscribe to VRBO's new on-line booking service so for best no-additional-fee pricing, please see our website at and feel free to contact us directly at We pay VRBO an annual marketing fee and have done so for over 11 years - while we appreciate the options, their additional booking services do not add value to us or our to guests' experiences at InTheBluff.

**5% GST is charged on the above quoted rates.

**Statutory Holidays / Long Weekends / Christmas to New Years @ summer rates with minimum three night stay.

**Single nights are not left between bookings.

**Minimum bookings of two nights, three in the summer and over long weekends.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.