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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach

Departure Bay, Nanaimo C, BC, Canada
  • House2100 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 4 nights

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

Property Manager

Su Grimmer

Member Since 2013
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 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.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 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.


      • 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.

      Location Type

        • Beach
          Walk-on waterfront on Departure Bay Beach
        • Beachfront
          Our house is located directly on Departure Bay Beach in Nanaimo BC.
        • Mountain
          The Coastal Mountain range on the mainland is visible from the ocean side of the house.
        • Mountain View
          The far off Coast Mountain Range on the BC Mainland is visible from the ocean front of the house.
        • Oceanfront
          Our house is located directly on Departure Bay Beach in Nanaimo BC. It looks out over the Salish Sea on the Pacific Ocean.
        • Village
          The Departure Bay beach area of Nanaimo has a gas station, 7/11, liquor store, public park, promenade and a children's play park, a splash park, nail salon, small restaurant & 2 tennis courts.
        • Waterfront
          House is located on the ocean in Departure Bay, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC
        • Waterfront
          The house is located on Departure Bay Beach, on the Salish Sea, on the Pacific Ocean.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Large capacity dryer
                    • Garage
                      The garage is used for storage. There is no "in garage" parking for your car.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Electric baseboard
                    • Internet
                      We have high speed internet and Wi-Fi
                    • Fireplace
                      Wood burning fireplace
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                      For two cars
                    • Telephone
                      There is a landline phone in the house.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Towels, including beach towels are provided for our guests
                    • Washing Machine
                      Large capacity front load washer


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Kitchen
                          Well equipped chef's dream of a kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              There is seating for 8 around the dining table, plus there is an outdoor table for ocean side dining in warmer months.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                  There is a small library of books and magazines at the house.
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                  We have docking stations for your iPod so bring it along on vacation.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Multi-channel cable
                                • Stereo
                                  We also have an i-Pod docking station
                                • Television
                                  Two flat screen TVs - one in the living room and one in the master bedroom. There is also a smaller TV with multi-channels in the upper guest bedroom.
                                • Toys
                                  Beach toys
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      There is a balcony ocean side off of the master bedroom
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Two bikes but you must sign a waiver to use. There is a fee to use the equipment.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Large cedar deck on the ocean with seating for 10
                                    • Golf
                                      Many golf courses in the area with the closest being only 1.5 kms from the house.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      We have two kayaks - one 2-person and one solo. There is a fee to use the equipment and you must sign a liability waiver to use
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Weber Grill BBQ
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Mountain Washington Ski area is approx. 100 kilometres drive from the house. Whistler can be reached in approx four hours via BC ferry and a drive on the Sea to Sky highway
                                    • Tennis
                                      There are two public courts in the Departure Bay area for public use


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Nanaimo Aquatic Centre is an 8 kilometre drive from the house. Nanaimo's Beban pool is even closer at approximately 4 kms away.

                                              Onsite Services

                                                • Concierge


                                                    • marina
                                                    • autumn foliage
                                                    • caves
                                                    • churches
                                                    • cinemas
                                                    • festivals
                                                    • forests
                                                    • library
                                                    • live theater
                                                    • bay/sound
                                                    • museums
                                                    • playground
                                                    • rain forests
                                                    • recreation center
                                                    • restaurants
                                                    • water parks
                                                    • waterfalls
                                                    • winery tours

                                                      Leisure Activities

                                                        • paddle boating
                                                        • antiquing
                                                        • bird watching
                                                        • eco tourism
                                                        • gambling casinos
                                                        • horseback riding
                                                        • beachcombing
                                                        • 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

                                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                • cycling
                                                                • fishing
                                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                                • golf
                                                                • golf privileges optional
                                                                • hiking
                                                                • mountain biking
                                                                • mountaineering
                                                                • pier fishing
                                                                • sailing
                                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                                • 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.

                                                                      41 Reviews


                                                                      Latest reviews

                                                                      Water front beauty

                                                                      Cheryl D.

                                                                      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!

                                                                      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.

                                                                      Beautiful Beachhouse!

                                                                      Ann H.

                                                                      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!

                                                                      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.

                                                                      Highly recommend!!

                                                                      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!

                                                                      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.

                                                                      We Loved this place, and Nanaimo!!

                                                                      mary s.

                                                                      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

                                                                      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

                                                                      An Absolute Magic Place

                                                                      Robert S.Hervey Bay, Queensland

                                                                      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.

                                                                      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.

                                                                      The most wonderful vacation!

                                                                      Lisa B.

                                                                      We recently stayed at The Seaview Beach House. What a wonderful experience. It is even better than the beautiful pictures on line! The location is fantastic. The home was so clean and beautifully decorated. The kitchen is stocked with any supply you could possibly need. Su left a binder of everything you would need to know and gave us wonderful recommendations for food and activites. The view from the home will take your breath away! We can't imagine staying anywhere else when we visit Nanaimo.

                                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                                      Dear Lisa, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was our pleasure to host you at our beach house once again this year. I know it is a long trip for you from New York State, but it is always great to have you back when you are in Nanaimo visiting family. Hope to see you in 2019. All the best, Su G.


                                                                      Departure Bay, Nanaimo C, BC, Canada

                                                                      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:


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                                                                      Tax Rate

                                                                      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.

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