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Galiano's Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular Oceanfront View on Galiano Is.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,260 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Nestled at the foot of Mount Galiano with one of the most spectacular views of the Southern Gulf Islands, Orca Bay Retreat is located on Active Pass - the wondrous, often turbulent waters and marine passage separating Galiano and Mayne Islands.

This particular area is known for its resplendent array of wildlife - looking out from the deck you'll see seals sunning themselves on Collinson Reef, eagles soaring overhead or plucking fish from the ocean below, and otters frolicking in the swirling Pacific currents. Breathe the ocean air and feel connected to mother nature.

Active Pass is notably a frequently travelled waterway for resident and transient orca whales and humpbacks. Seeing these magnificent mammals in their natural element is truly breathtaking.

A wonderful, completely private escape, Orca Bay Retreat has all the modern amenities one could desire, including wireless connection to highspeed internet. Two bedrooms, each with queen size beds, offer luxurious comfort and nature views. Enjoy French Door walk-outs from the bedrooms, living room and kitchen. The house is extremely comfortable, with a contemporary kitchen that is fully loaded, including a stainless steel convection oven, microwave, dishwasher and other small appliances. An outdoor barbeque is available as well.

Orca Bay Retreat is actually located on Georgeson Bay, and is perfectly situated for guests to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities: hiking some of the best trails the Gulf Islands have to offer; kayaking, fishing and boating from nearby Montague Harbour Marina; golfing at The Galiano Golf & Country Club; swimming and beachcombing at the numerous nearby beaches, including our own Georgeson Bay beach below (here you can even hunt for arrowheads left behind by First Nations Peoples hundreds of years ago); exploring the island by bike; and strolling through The Bluffs park amidst indigenous arbutus and Garry Oak trees to incredible cliffside viewpoints of the Southern Gulf Islands.

When you've had enough of the outdoors, sit back, decompress, cuddle by the wood-burning fireplace and take in the stunning view. Enjoy island tranquility at its best at any time of the year. And because you're staying at 'Orca' Bay Retreat, always keep an eye on the water.

While we are a private escape nestled in nature, we are less than ten minutes from the Sturdies Bay Ferry terminal and within minutes of Galiano's shops, restaurants, groceries and galleries.

Due to our proximity to sheer unfenced cliffs and fast moving currents, we are not suitable for small children.

More Details

Lisa MacKinnon
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Un petit peu de français
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2017

About Lisa MacKinnon

Gary and I (Lisa) have had a love affair with Galiano Island since my parents bought a cottage across the street over 20 years ago. Our two children have spent their summers exploring the natural wonders and beauty of the island, and more recently working at the marina and golf course. While we currently reside in Toronto, our hearts are on the island. We look forward to visiting Orca Bay Retreat throughout the year, especially in the winter months which have their own special cozy, seductive and stormy appeal.

Lisa MacKinnon purchased this house in 2013

Why Lisa MacKinnon chose The Islands

This property is a gem. Formerly called InTheBluff and owned by our good friends, we consider ourselves grateful and fortunate to have been able to purchase it, and now to share its unique beauty and that of Galiano Island with others. We also love the island because of its close proximity to the mainland and Vancouver Island. There's nowhere else we'd want to be.

What makes this house unique

Fresh ocean air, incredible ocean views and unbelievable wildlife - whales, eagles, deer, seals and otters.

Looking out over Active Pass from the deck or living room is a transformative experience. The house, itself, is wonderfully comfortable and homey.


Galiano Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1260 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • House Bathroom - Four-piece with heated floors and skylight
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , With French Door walk-outs to deck and ocean view
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , With French Door walk-outs to garden deck
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

Galiano's Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular Oceanfront View on Galiano Is.
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews

Unbelievable views

  • 5 of 5

This place is pure magic! We loved having coffee in bed and opening the french doors to enjoy the endless views!

The home was so comfortable, clean and inviting. My husband spent hours taking pictures of the incredible garden in the back- so beautiful!

We were able to walk right out of the house and onto a trail to hike Mt. Galiano...about 5 miles round trip with a rewarding panoramic view at the top- so worth it! The hike to the beach was quick and fun- what a luxury to have a private beach so close.

We loved Galiano and plan to return soon! Lisa was so welcoming and easy to communicate with- we would love to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria BC Vancouver Island Canada

Orca Bay Retreat - an absolutely delightful property

  • 5 of 5

Orca Bay Retreat has it all - amazing spaces inside and out! There are a number of patio tables set up and lounge chairs - all strategically placed to take advantage of sun and ocean and garden views. When you walk into the house the view actually takes your breath away! The whole ambience inside and out sets the mood for relaxation. The kitchen is completely outfitted for all your cooking needs - whatever you can think of ... it will be there. The property is close to Mount Galiano and Bluffs park and there is a lovely beach below - lots of places to take country walks. The boat traffic going through Active Pass is a fun pastime as well for viewing pleasure!

Lisa goes out of her way to keep communication up to date and has an extremely flexible attitude - clearly the guests needs and comforts are top of mind. It was such a pleasure to arrive to a spotless property with a bottle of wine waiting in the fridge. The only negative I can say is when you have to leave the place but hopefully we will return again and again.

Thankyou Lisa for everything!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place with awesome views. Lisa was super welcoming. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, cozy cottage in a wonderful setting overlooking Active Pass. We enjoyed hiking and biking this quaint island followed by a trip to the wonderful bakery. Owner Lisa is a gem. A text away to answer any question.

We felt refreshed and rejuvenated after our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Victoria, B.C. Canada

Spectacular Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Orca Bay Retreat is a fabulous place to relax and be surrounded by spectacular nature. The lovely home has absolutely everything you would want to meet every one of your needs. The views from every window are amazing. The french doors from the kitchen, living room and master lets the outside in. The viewing deck makes you feel like you are sitting on a luxury yacht, while you watch eagles, seals, orca and ferries go by. This is truly a magnificent place AND the owners Lisa and Gary are an incredible couple. Thank you for sharing your beautiful place on Galiano with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orca Bay retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Orca Bay retreat. It was wonderful waking up to the sight of the ocean. Every window we looked out had a view of either the water or the garden. It was a very good location, convenient to everything. All the little touches were so special. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Hummingbird Pub
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Sturdies Bay Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Galiano Golf & Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Wild 1, Pilgrimme, Seablush Cafe, Galiano Inn
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Galiano Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $18 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%


A three-night minimum stay applies to all statutory holiday weekends.
Statutory holiday weekends as well as December 24th to January 1st are subject to the summer rate of $250/night /double occupancy plus $25/extra guest/night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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