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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Oceanfront 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom (Sleeps 6) Home. We Are Dog Friendly!

A Unique, Beachfront Vacation Rental

Looking for an oceanfront vacation rental home? Look no further. This exquisite 'walk-on' beachfront home, located in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, is a holiday dream home. A modern, stylish two-storey private residence, on famous Departure Bay, can be your vacation rental dream come true. Open the door to our website and see for yourself.

Seaview Beach House, Nanaimo, BC

Our extensively upgraded renovated private waterfront residence sits on a long swath of 'walk-on' oceanfront beach in Departure Bay, in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.

Nestled at the end of a laneway and fronting onto the beach, this 2,100 square foot home has sweeping views of Departure Bay and the far off Coastal Mountain Range. Watch ferries and seaplanes come and go, eagles soar overhead and seals and otters playing off the front deck. The house faces east, so you will wake to magnificent sunrises that flood the house with light through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.

See also our sister property two doors over. Visit VRBO # 455340

More Details

Property Manager
Su Grimmer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 12, 2018

About Su Grimmer

This private home has been in our family since 2007. It has undergone extensive upgrades over the years with the last big renovation in 2012/2013. It is West Coast living at its best.

Su Grimmer purchased this house in 2007

Why Su Grimmer chose Departure Bay

Walk-on waterfront. Views of ocean, sea, sky, and the Coastal Mountain range on the mainland. Dog-friendly house made for family gathering, romantic get-away, couples holidays and gal pal weekends.

What makes this house unique

Waterfront. Ocean. Sea. Sky. Beach. Eagles. Seals. Resident otters. Amazing sunrises. Large cedar deck. The house is all about friends, family and entertaining.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Wow, is what we all said when we arrived and saw where we were staying. A great, roomy inside with spectacular views from the house and decking, which is right on the water. The house has everything you ever need for your stay. We met the owner, Su, and she is as great as her house. My only regret is the week went too fast. If you want a little bit of heaven this is the place for you.
Jul 2017
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Departure Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
  • There are 3 full bathrooms in the house. One on the main level there is a walk-in shower. Upstairs, there is the master bathroom with a soaker tub and separate walk-in shower. The other bathroom has a walk-in shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • There are 3 bedrooms in the house. One bedroom is on the main floor with twin beds that may be made up at one king bed. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a queen bed, as does the guest bedroom across the hall.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi at the house.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 42 reviews

Fabulous Place !

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place and highly recommended !

Firstly we cannot say enough about the owner, Su, as she is so helpful and full of good ideas to get the most out of the surrounding area. She is always available by text and ready to help on any idea or need.

Secondly the house is awesome. When you walk in and see the expansive view across the bay you will be in awe. The large windows make the living area a wonderful place to be. Although close to the shops, it is a quiet location and very peaceful. At night we slept so well with the gentle sounds of the waves crashing onto the beach. The kitchen is really well equipped and you will certainly have everything you need during your stay

We did not get to use the outside area as much as we would have liked as it was unseasonably chilly but the deck area is large and full of places to sit and drink or eat.

There are plenty of good shops close by and Su has many specialist recommendations for the best food of the area. There are many things to do in the area and as long as the weather is kind you will certainly have a great vacation.

We would love to go back one day as we really enjoyed our time at Seaview ! Go ahead, make a reservation !!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Chris, Carole and kids, You folks are a dream family to have as guests. It was so much fun to hear about your daily adventure from Victoria to Tofino and all the places in the middle. I am delighted you took full advantage of the kitchen for cooking some gourmet family meals. Thank you too for leaving our house in pristine shape. It is most appreciated. We would welcome you back as 5 stars guests at any point in the future. Next time let's hope for a bit more sunshine. All the best, Su G.
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Water front beauty

  • 5 of 5

The house was very comfortable and had everything we needed. The view of the bay was wonderful. The only thing that I would like better would be a king size bed in master and a bigger tv in living room. Small request but other than that the home was excellent. Would stay again!

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Cheryl and Terry, Thank you for your kind review. It was a delight to have you as our guests. Thank you as well for leaving our house in pristine shape. I do hope you do not feel we have misrepresented our house in anyway. We do state in our VRBO/HomeAway listing that the bed in the upper master is a queen bed. I am sorry if your felt the bed too small. We do find most of our guests find our beds very comfy. I hope that, and the ocean view, made up for not having a king. Take care, SuG.
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Beautiful Beachhouse!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 wonderful days at this lovely home. 5 adults, a 2 year old, and a newborn loved the location right on beach, the huge sundeck, and the totally equipped house with everything one could possibly need...and more! Our 2 dogs joined us and they were welcomed with a boxful of towels, blankets, bowls, etc., doggie treats, and they loved the place. The beds are so comfy, and huge windows provided beautiful views of all the activity in Departure Bay. As we had a two year old with us, we more than appreciated the highchair, Pack and Play, and a great park 2 minutes walk away. The house was exceptionally clean as well and the owner was a great pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend this place to anyone and we will certainly go back! Thank you, Su!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ann & family, It was a pleasure to have you and yours and the pups at our beachhouse over the Canadian thanksgiving long weekend. What glorious weather we had! I was delighted to hear you were able to enjoy a few meals outside in the sunshine of the oceanside deck. We'd welcome you back with open arms. Take care. All the best, Su G.
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Charlotte, NC

Highly recommend!!

  • 5 of 5

How lucky we were to be able to stay in the Seaview house on our recent trip to Vancouver Island. The owner, Su, was extremely responsive and helpful during our stay regarding various outings, restaurants, etc for us to take. Seaview was a truly welcoming site on our arrival after a long day of travel from North Carolina with soft music playing and fresh pastries awaiting us. The house is very well equipped, decorated beautifully, and spotless. We enjoyed kayaking in the bay, watching the seaplanes and ferries, and breathtaking sunrises while we were there. Seaview is conveniently located with an easy drive to Tofino, Cathedral Grove, Victoria, and many other pretty places as daytrips. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeannie, Thank you for your most gracious review. I was so impressed with the amount of exploring you and your daughters did while in our region. You certainly earned your Vancouver Island visitor badges and could likely write a few tourist guides post your visit. Thank you as well for leaving our home in pristine condition. It was so very appreciated. Take care. Su G.
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We Loved this place, and Nanaimo!!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from one week at Sea view, where we left our hearts… This vacation was a memorable experience and the perfect space for our family of five adults. Su is an extraordinary host who prides herself in each guest’s comforts- evident in her excellent communications from beginning to end, her generous ways such as the much appreciated welcome goodies from COBS bread bakery (fabulous!! ) her offer to “shop for necessities” when she learned we would be arriving later than anticipated, and her thoroughly functional, well designed and equipped house. It is as fresh, clean, gorgeous and picturesque as everyone has previously said, with comfortable beds, a well-appointed chef’s kitchen, great BBQ and nice furniture inside and out. We enjoyed the mesmerizing views out every window, listening to the waves at night and waking up to see the sunrise straight out of the ocean and hearing the ever-present sound of seagulls… all magical. There is so much to see and do and appreciate in the Nanaimo area from hiking the trails at Neck Point, to exploring the tide pools at Pipers Lagoon, and strolling the Harbourview promenade where you can see native artisans make and sell jewelry and beautiful hand carved totems each with a unique legend. Don’t miss the ice cream parlour, tea shops, the fun gathering place, Lighthouse Bistro and Pub, right on the water by the seaplane office. They serve fresh seafood and mojitos in a variety of fresh berry flavours. We took short day trips where we sampled wine and cheese at MooBerry Winery in Parksville, and explored the quaint artsy shops in Qualicum Beach. We feel we have just barely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do from this central location. Shop local. Bring nothing. The many local Nanaimo liquor and grocery stores, Nesvog’s butcher, Cobs bakery, and the Seadrift fish market had everything we needed, all fresh and abundant. If you book this home you will not be disappointed. We are planning to return next year. Cheers Mary, Jim and family Sept 2017

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary & family, It was a great pleasure having you stay with us at Seaview Beach House for your family reunion. In your week in Nanaimo you certainly became "locals" with all of the exploring that you did. We would welcome you back with open arms and hope to have you visit us again in 2018. All the best, Su Grimmer
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Hervey Bay, Queensland

An Absolute Magic Place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our Son and family and found the house and location to be terrific. I corresponded with the owner Su prior to arrival and found her extremely helpful. The house was exactly as it was described. It contained everything you would expect and more and all of a very high quality. It was very clean and well maintained. The location was unbelievable. Waking up in the morning to the amazing sunrises, the ferries and float planes coming and going provided a wonderful start to each day.

Our grandchildren were thrilled with being able to swim and Kayak so close and safely near the house. We were amazed by the wildlife that paraded daily in the bay in front of the house. There were the Geese, Ottos and Orca whales. What a big WOW to see the Orcas.

It was also terrific to be able to walk to most facilities and have a great bus service so close to get you to a major shopping Center and of course Nanaimo City Waterfront and the Old City.

I would highly recommend a stay at the Seaview but would recommend you book early as it is so highly sought after .

We found Su the owner a magic and lovely lady and could not do enough to ensure we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A big thank you Su.

We will be back some time in the future.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bob & Dot, It was a sincere pleasure to have you stay at our home for your family reunion with your son, his wife and their two boys. I loved that you made yourselves "locals" using our bus service to get around. You discovered so many places, I marvelled at your adventurous spirits to just get up & get out the door to explore. We would welcome you back with open arms should you ever decide to make the long trek from Australia sometime in the future. All the best, Su G.
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Nearest Airport
1.5 Kilometres
Sea Air sea plane terminal
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Original Joe's Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
1.2 Kilometres
BC Ferries, Departure Bay terminal
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Nanaimo Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway # 19A
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Shangahi Garden - chinese food + dim sum
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Mount Washington Ski Area
Nearest Beach
Departure Bay Beach, in front of the house
Car: recommended

An Ideal Mid-Island Location

Departure Bay is a mere 1.5 kilometers from shopping and dining with a number of restaurants within walking distance of the house. Nanaimo is a thriving community of parks, beaches, charming eclectic shops, waterfront walks, marinas and myriad dining choices from fine to casual, plus all the modern convenience needed for an enjoyable stay. These include grocery stores, gas stations, libraries, theatres, restaurants and delis, specialty food shops, spas, doctors and dentists, massage therapists and beauty salons.

The city of Nanaimo sits mid-Island and is a central arrival and departure point for BC Ferries to the BC Mainland. There is also an airport , or you can come and go via seaplane (Harbour Air, Seair Seaplanes or Westcoast Air) into Nanaimo Harbour from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport. The seaplane trip is only 20 minutes!

The TransCanada Highway (Hwy #1) runs directly through the heart of Nanaimo. From here you can venture north to Mount Washington, Courtenay and Comox, west to Tofino or south to the Cowichan Valley and Victoria. Please see below for links to information about the area:




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $156.73 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $470.18
Pet Fee $39.18 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

Cleaning fees are in addition to the nightly or weekly rate. A further GST tax (goods & service tax) is charged on the total amount. GST is charged at 5.0% on the total amount in Canadian dollars.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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