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Secluded Oceanfront Property in Desolation Sound.

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cabin, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-8)

Imagine being off the grid enveloped in nature....a spacious, rustic cabin, privately located in Desolation Sound. Wecome to Covetime! Pease note that rates are quoted in USD. CAD rate is $500/ night.

This serene property was homesteaded in 1913 and was once an orchard. Fruit bearing trees remain with heritage pears available in September.

Unwind here! Explore the private bay, seek out unique viewpoints and hike the well-maintained trails. ***Boat NOT INCLUDED.

A 10-minute kayak to Refuge Cove offers unique shops, coffee, licensed restaurant, groceries and laundry facilities. Refuge cove is also the last fuel and propane stop heading north through Desolation sound. Boating in the area offers abundant fishing, prawning and oysters, available everyday.

The property is presently being converted into a corporate retreat. Until that time the cabin is being offered as a vacation rental.

Relax on the deck and enjoy the views and wildlife.

This is an off the grid, self-contained boat access only property with water taxi and float plane easily arranged. The cabin is located 30 minutes by boat North of Lund and 5 minutes by boat East of Squirrel Cove.

Refuge Cove, B.C. is located approximately 150 km Northwest of Vancouver between the Mainland and Vancouver Island. Refuge Cove is a year-round community in the heart of the Desolation Sound area of the Inside Passage. A centrally located supply stop for boaters traveling in or near Desolation Sound, offering a wide range of services including moorage, fuel, groceries, ice, showers, laundry, espresso, and other supplies.

Most of the services are seasonal, and fully operational from June through September. During the rest of the year, the general store and fuel docks are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.

Refuge Cove is home to about twenty families during the warm summer months. Hundreds of boaters stop here daily during the summer, relaxing and provisioning for their Desolation Sound adventures. During the off season there are a handful of year round residents that call Refuge Cove home.

Refuge Cove can be accessed by one of two ways. By boat or by plane. It is possible to get within 3 miles of Refuge Cove by Car, with a short crossing by boat. Alternatively during the summer months there is direct flight service by Kenmore Air or Corilar Air. Float planes land right at the government dock just short distance from Covetime!

Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park

(8,256 Hectares) is British Columbia’s largest marine park. This includes more than 60 km of shoreline, several offshore islands, and a gradually rising upland that contains a number of lakes, waterways, and waterfalls. Unwin Lake; a 173-hectare body of fresh water is the parks largest. Set back to the North and East, Coast Mountains soar to more than 2,400 meters. The warm waters surrounding the area teem with sea life. Ideal for swimming, scuba diving and feasting on your catch of the day, salmon, cod, prawns, crab, clams and oysters. Plenty other tasty morsels lie beneath on the oceans floor; to acquire them you must put on your scuba gear and get a little wet.

Cortes Island

Cortes Island, just across the channel, is where the big salmon congregate in early autumn. This 116 square mile island is accessible by ferry (16 car and 150 passenger capacity) and offers fantastic scenery, the freshest air in the world, idyllic beaches, and great fishing. This island boasts only two “stop signs” and is very popular with the tourists in the summer months.

Campbell River

Campbell River, population approximately 25,000, also known as the Salmon Capital of the World, is situated on Discovery Passage, on the north-east coast of Vancouver Island, facing the islands of Quadra, Cortes, Read and Redonda. The major industries of this area are forestry, fishing, mining, and tourism.

Powell River

Powell River with a population of 18,000, this friendly seaside town offers ‘big city’ amenities and luxury services without the ‘big city’ parking and traffic hassles.

A full-service hospital, medical, dental, chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage therapy clinics, health and beauty spas, a newly renovated recreation complex, full banking facilities, marine services, outdoor guides and outfitters, plus a wide range of retail outlets, art galleries, gift shops and fine dining are all within easy access.


Just around the corner is the historic community named after a city in Sweden. It was established in 1899 when the Thulin Brothers started to build the hotel, which is still in use today. Recently the hotel has changed ownership and has recently seen a major renovation. For most of the early years Lund served as a port for fisherman. Today Lund thrives on its attraction from tourists seeking the neighboring Gulf Islands and marine parks.

Savary Island

Situated 6km (4mi) west of Lund and accessible only by boat or water taxi, Savary is known as BC’s south sea island for its mild climate and sandy beaches. Eight km (5mi) long and crescent-shaped, Savary Island sits in warm waters where tides from northern Vancouver Island mingle with tides from the south; ocean temperatures are generally in the 22 degrees C (72 degrees F) range. Since there are no campsites here, accommodation takes the form of cabin rental or Bed-and-Breakfast. About 70 people live year-round on this pearl of an island, which looks like it floated up from the South Seas. Unlike most Gulf Islands, Savary runs east-west and is really an 8km clay ridge covered in sand. The south shore has the strait winds so it has big rollers and attracts surfers. The biggest arbutus tree in BC is located on the north shore of the island. The residents voted against having electricity. There is a public wharf and floats at Keefer Bay.

Climate and Weather

The Upper Sunshine Coast, from Saltery Bay to Desolation Sound boasts approximately 1,900 hours of sunshine annually. Summer temperatures vary from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 30 degrees Celsius) while winter temperatures are mild.

Keywords: Stay where the yachter's play! Private 4 acre getaway located at the mouth of Desolation Sound. Property includes cabin, shop, covered dock, private bay and hiking trails. 10 minutes by rowboat or kayak to the amenities of Refuge Cove. 5 minutes by boat to the amenities of Squirrel Cove.

Driving directions from Vancouver.

Take the langdale ferry from horshoe bay.

Drive hwy 101 to earls cove. Take the ferry to saltery bay and continue on hwy 101 to its northern most point, Lund BC.

From there you will need to boat 15 miles to refuge cove. Please refer to your boating charts and gps once on the water.

When you arrive in refuge cove, "Covetime" is the only property on the northwest side of refuge cove, it is the only property with a covered boat slip. It is white. Look for Covetime sign on boat slip. If all else fails go to the store and ask directions to Brad's place.

More Details

Brad Caton
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

Why Brad Caton chose Refuge Cove

It is one of the only privately held parcels of land within desirable Refuge Cove as most of the properties are part of a cooperative. This property is surrounded by crown land.

The History

Both Redonda Islands were sighted in 1792 by the Spanish explorers Galiano and Valdés and given the name Isla Redonda, meaning 'round'. The ships of Galiano and Valdés spent several days anchored near the two ships under George Vancouver in Lewis Channel and Teakerne Arm off the west coast of West Redonda Island. From this base the two expeditions sent out boat parties to explore the many islands and channels in the area, sharing their findings with one another.

What makes this cabin unique

Complete privacy yet only two minutes by boat to Refuge Cove amenities and five minutes by boat to Squirrel Cove amenities.


Refuge Cove Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 3 double
  • Double Beds (3), Sleep Sofa
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming


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Secluded Oceanfront Property in Desolation Sound.
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
spokane wa

Refuge Cove made easy

  • 5 of 5

The owner of this property made it easy to enjoy Desolation Sound . With your priviate boat tied up at the dock waiting for you to load your gear and go. The pot puller on the boat was great for pulling shrimp pots on they way to the cottage . Fresh shrimp the first night started off the week . The boat was comfortable (stereo) and ran well (good on fuel) we couldnt ask for more . We loved seeing Desolation Sound in the cottage boat .

The cottage dock was great to tie up to and unload all the gear . A wheel barrow made things so easy getting gear to the cottage . Swimming off the dock was a blast the water couldnt have been better .

The cottage has all the comforts of home . The kitchen was clean and well stocked with needed items. Cooking in the kitched with the stereo playing was relaxing . The large kitchen table seats 10 no problem . There is a wood stove that heats the place and did it ever feel good on those cool nights . The beds were clean perfect for rolling out a sleeping bag getting a good nights rest . The bathroom cast iron tub made for a relaxing candle lit bath .

There is a large deck looking out over the cove and front lawn we set chairs up and gazed out into the summer sky enjoying the stars . In the mornings we enjoyd our coffee and book as we watched the boats come in and out of the cove . It's quiet in the cove relaxing . The store just moments away by water made it easy to get any food or staples we needed . Be sure to stop in the shops while your there its more than just browsing . The coffee shop is a must ..

The cottage is perfectly located in Desolation Sound We were able to site see with ease . The owner is easy to work with and met all of our requests . This old homestead makes you feel like you had a true getaway .

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $780.52
Cleaning fee $117.08
Pet Fee $78.05

Pets are welcome with the noted additional fee. Check-in is at 4 pm on day of booking. Check-out is 11 am on the final day of reservation. Please respect this check-out time in order to give the cleaner time to clean before the next guest arrives.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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