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Oceanlevel family retreat on the central east coast of Vancouver Island

Bowser, BC, Canada
  • House2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

3+bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8, ocean level with fantastic ocean views

2000 square feet, fully furnished house located just 100 steps from the beach front. It sleeps 8 with 3 full bedrooms, each with a queen bed and an alcove with two additional twin beds. The cabin has a full kitchen, stocked with all cooking, eating and beverage supplies. There are 2 full baths, laundry facilities, and large 725 sq foot outdoor partially covered deck with a full sized BBQ and patio furniture. The upstairs and downstairs levels are connected by an outside covered stairway. All dishes, towels and bedding are provided. There are a large variety of board and card games and a pool table in downstairs area. FREE WiFi & TV so you can bring your tablets or devices! We have a large bin full of children's beach toys as well as a bocci set, horseshoe set and the ladder-ball game. There is also a large sand play area down by the beach and two shared fire pits for hotdogs & smores!


Fred Hawkshaw

Member Since 2012
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 22, 2018
About Fred Hawkshaw

This is our family cottage that we have owned for more than 10 years now. It is in a wonderful area with beautiful views, steps from the beach with fabulous neighbors.

Fred Hawkshaw purchased this House in 2006

Why Fred Hawkshaw chose Nanaimo H

We bought this house so that we could all enjoy it together. The four grandchildren enjoy playing in the sand and looking for crabs & starfish. Sitting out on the deck and beach together as a family is where memories are made! The location of our cabin won us over as it is near the center of Vancouver Island's east coast so it allows us to enjoy all that the island has to offer. We are 45 minutes to the chair lifts at Mount Washington, there is great fresh and salt water fishing, lots of wildlife, kayaking, hiking, caving, whale watching, birding & diving to name a few. Not to mention the numerous golf courses, mini golf, bumper boats, Spas, aquariums and plenty of local wineries, galleries, studios and farmers markets! So much to do and yet our cabin is a great spot to go for a relaxing walk on the beach, gather around the fire pits or hang out with friends on the deck!

What makes this House unique

We love watching the eagles from our deck, the cruise ships passing by and sitting at the fire pits. Library, art gallery, grocery store, liquor store & coffee shop are all close by. This house sleeps 8 comfortably.


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


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, large closet, large dresser and two end tables
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, closet and two end tables
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, en-suite bathroom, closet, elec. fireplace, dresser& laundry
      • 3 Queen beds, 2 Single Beds, 1 Playpen. There is a pullout couch as well that we don't count as a bed.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, stocked with towels, cloths, soaps, body wash
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, stocked with towels, cloths, soaps, body wash
      • 2

      Location Type

        • Beach View
        • Beachfront
          Seconds to a good swimming beach Sandy area for kids to play 2 Firepits for resort guests to use
        • Ocean View
        • Oceanfront
        • Water View
        • Waterfront


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Living Room
                  Upper level: 2 couches, coffee table, TV, DVD Player, AM/FM CD Player, an assortment of CDs Lower Level: 2 couches, one of which is a Hide-a-way bed, coffee table, side table, TV
                • Clothes Dryer
                • Garage
                  not set up for vehicles but can be used for storage during your stay.
                • Heating
                  provided by baseboard heaters throughout the house, adjustable by thermostats.
                • Internet
                • Linens Provided
                • Fireplace
                  Electric fireplace in the downstairs bedroom
                • Parking
                  please park near the cabin, parallel to the front to allow for others to drive past.
                • Towels Provided
                • Washing Machine
                  detergent on site to use as needed
                • Wood Fireplace
                  Wood insert. Wood provided.
                • Free Wifi


                    • Microwave
                    • Coffee Maker
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                    • Dishwasher
                      There is a portable dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                    • Cooking Utensils
                    • Oven
                    • Pantry Items
                      Some basics such as salt & pepper, sugar, pan spray or cooking oil, some tea and possibly coffee. There may also be other non perishable food items available as left from ourselves and renters
                    • Refrigerator
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          Standard dinning table and chairs inside both upper and lower cabin levels. Patio dinning table and chairs as well as a full picnic table on the deck for outside dinning during the warmer months.
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 8 people


                            • Books
                              a few books
                            • CD Player
                            • DVD Player
                            • Games
                              a wide range of board & card games as well as a few puzzles. Bocci, Ladder Ball and Horeshoe sets Pool table with all accessories in the downstairs level
                            • Music Library
                              a selection of various CD's
                            • Pool Table
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              basic cable TV channels
                            • Stereo
                            • Television
                            • Toys
                              a variety of beach toys for kids


                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Large 725 sq foot deck, that is 1/4 covered by the roof overhang. 8 lounging patio chairs, patio dining table and chairs and a full sized Picnic Table. We spend hours on the deck when we are there!
                                • Golf
                                  Golf courses within a 30 minute drive; Arrowsmith Qualicum beach Pheasant Glen Eaglecrest Morningstar
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  Full Sized BBQ on the deck, under roof cover.


                                    • botanical garden
                                    • churches
                                    • health/beauty spa
                                    • library
                                    • marina
                                    • playground
                                    • restaurants
                                    • water parks

                                      Leisure Activities

                                        • photography
                                        • beachcombing
                                        • boating
                                        • eco tourism
                                        • horseshoes
                                        • miniature golf
                                        • paddle boating
                                        • bird watching
                                        • scenic drives
                                        • shelling
                                        • sight seeing
                                        • walking
                                        • whale watching
                                        • wildlife viewing

                                          Local Services & Businesses

                                            • ATM/bank
                                            • fitness center
                                            • groceries
                                            • medical services

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • skiing
                                                • cycling
                                                • fly fishing
                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                • golf
                                                • hiking
                                                • kayaking
                                                • racquetball
                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                • fishing
                                                • snorkeling
                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                • snowboarding
                                                • sound/bay fishing
                                                • spelunking
                                                • swimming
                                                • tennis
                                                • water skiing


                                                    • There are two, Seacroft member, community Picnic tables & *fire-pits located in the large sand area down by the ocean. *be aware of fire restrictions that may be in place during the peak of summer.

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                      Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                      14 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Relaxing place

                                                      Tariq E.

                                                      Nice cabin, with ocean view. We have seen a group of whales.

                                                      Owner's Response:


                                                      Thank you so much for the great review. If there is anything that could of made your experience more enjoyable, please don't hesitate to let us know.

                                                      We look forward to hosting you in the future.

                                                      Ultimate Relaxation

                                                      Jennifer H.

                                                      The cabin was huge. Essentially a house! Lots of room, which allowed for the moms to relax and the kids to play. What kids? Am I right? It kind of felt like we were the first people to stay in a while, a little dusty, deck and stairs could have used a good sweep, and a little more clarification as to what was provided, and what wasn’t, would have been handy ahead of time. Fred was away, but still responded from Mexico (lucky!) and Chad filled in the gaps. The binder info is what I am referring to as to expectations. All in all it was magical. Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean, the smell of the fire, and waking to the sound of the gulls and seals. It was cozy, tastefully decorated with a nautical theme, we had a blast from the past with “Guess Who?” board game, and it offered REALLY nice fluffy towels, and brand new dish cloths and towels, which you don’t realize you appreciate until you have them! We want to stay again, with more family. It was larger than we needed, for sure. But man, there was only one other Cabin booked the whole three nights, and it was quiet, and offered the rest and rejuvenation these tired and worn hearts and bodies were so desperate for. Thank you for sharing your little slice of heaven! Also, for next time, can we use the kayak? Please please please? Cheers!

                                                      Owner's Response:


                                                      Thank you so much for your kind review! We love our little oasis too. Thank you for the feedback, we always want to improve the stay for all that visit us.

                                                      We look forward to hosting you in the future!

                                                      The Holtum & Hawkshaw family

                                                      most peaceful place on Earth!!!

                                                      scott T.

                                                      Second time renting this property. House and location are great. Owner was always available via phone or email to address any questions. Cannot wait until our return. Scott and Johanna , Massachusetts

                                                      Fabulous stay!

                                                      Kelly N.

                                                      We recently had a family reunion at this property and it was perfect. Well equipped, clean, lots of games for the children. We hope to go back next year! Bowser is a hidden gem, and is so beautiful.


                                                      Sean F.

                                                      The cabin has a beautiful ocean view from the top deck! The cabin was clean and beautiful! The owners are really kind and easy to get a hole of! Overall my stay was amazing!

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      We love to hear that the cabin worked well for you and that you enjoyed your stay! Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us, Enjoy the rest of your summer!!!

                                                      Great stay, will be back!

                                                      Christina H.Victoria, Canada

                                                      Great cabin! We loved the big gated deck, it was perfect for the 2 year old, he could walk around in safety and enjoy the sunshine. The cabin was clean, well equipped and in seconds we were at the beach. There is a large eagle that calls home to one of the large trees on the property and we enjoyed watching him!


                                                      Bowser, BC, Canada

                                                      From our large deck one can enjoy the ocean view & watch eagles nest in the surronding trees. Bring your boat as the Deep Bay marina is only 10 minutes away.


                                                      14 Reviews
                                                      Excellent 4.4/5
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