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Spectacular casual Walk-On Waterfront with easy kayak and canoe access

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3-Bedroom, 2-Bath Vacation Retreat With Full Amenities, Spectacular Views

This property is nestled in near the end of a no-thru road in a very quiet residential neighborhood. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and tune in to the natural beauty all around you.

Paddle 30 minutes to the uninhabited island across the water and discover a beachcomber's paradise. Walk or bike the nearby trails. Drop in to a yoga class at the spa less than 5 minutes away, then relax in their pool, sauna and hot tub. Stay for dinner, or come back and cook in the well-appointed kitchen. Then relax by the firepit on the beach.

From paddling, golf, skiing, spas, wildlife viewing, to fine dining, galleries and museums, there really is something for everyone year-round.

Master bedroom with king-size bed, memory foam topper and fleece sheets. Two Queen bedrooms with memory foam mattress toppers and fleece sheets. Electric fireplace upstairs and in main floor bedroom adds a coziness without the hassle of firewood.

Double air mattress, and some great spots to tent summer. Thermoses, two coffeemakers, coolers, ice packs and picnic supplies.

Fully-equipped kitchen with all new appliances. Extra touches include condiments, herbs and spices, salt & pepper, and items like balsamic and red wine vinegars. Herb planter. Stunning sunrises and constant wildlife right outside the windows - from Eagles and Orcas to Sea Lions, porpoises, Great Blue Herons, otters, seals, deer, raccoons, chipmunks. Binoculars included.

Extensive library of local natural, historical and recreation information, local authors and a diverse selection of books for the avid reader. DVD library, games, art supplies, camera tripod, beach towels and beach blankets, firepit, weenie sticks. Oh yes, also a guitar, tuner, pick and capo for those who like to play around the campfire.

There is another vacation rental next door if you have a larger group:

vrbo # 684698

More Details

Donna Derrien
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Donna Derrien

After growing up at this beach house, I now live 10 minutes north. We love to spend time here year-round, and especially have fun with the swim float in summer. Renting the house to select vacationers allows us to continue to enjoy our own getaways here.

I have taken several years to paint, replace appliances and fixtures, and fill the house with everything you need for a cozy getaway. You will find comfortable furniture (I have a sturdy coffee table in the living room chosen specifically to allow you to put your feet up), very comfortable beds, ketchup and mustard in the frig, a well-stocked spice rack, several kinds of vinegar, an unbreakable garlic press, cheese grater, salad spinner, knife sharpener, Thermos (2), roasting pan, assorted teas, and even a share cupboard with birthday candles, extra cutlery, etc.

Donna Derrien purchased this house in 1974

Why Donna Derrien chose Courtenay

Unlimited opportunities for wildlife watching, kayaking, walking, cycling and running trails, relaxation and quiet reading. Easy access to excellent dining, two spas, Mount Washington Alpine Resort, several golf courses, local galleries and museums.

What makes this house unique

Guests in summer 2013 called the living room window 'our 10-foot-wide TV' as there was constant wildlife activity.

Old pilings in the intertidal zone are a magnet for all kinds of birds, especially cormorants drying their wings in winter, and a growing colony of purple martins in summer.

Two eagles, Helen and Harry, sit in their favorite perches on the property while watching over their domain.

There is a public boat launch about 3 minutes south. Launch your kayaks, SUPs or canoes right from the front lawn. it's just a 30-minute paddle to the ?Sandy Island Marine Park. 45 minutes to the Seal Islets or Henry Bay.

The (seasonal) swim float is a great summer destination! The surface is rubber playroom flooring, and the ladder allows you to climb aboard easily.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for the use of your beautiful beach house and the extra bikes you brought for us! I enjoyed myself immensely and always love the opportunity to hang out with my terrific sisters.
Jun 2016
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Courtenay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • 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
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , on 2nd floor
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , On ground floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Memory foam topper
    Bedroom 3 - ground floor - 1 queen , electric fireplace, private sitting area, memory foam topper
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Memory foam topper
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private beach with firepit, weenie sticks, constant wildlife activity right outside the window. Great as a quiet retreat or as a base to explore the local area, both land and sea. Fine dining, world-class mountain biking, golf, spa, yoga, paddling and skiing are all nearby. Perfect for a group with varied interests. Spectacular sunrises and frequent wildlife photography opportunities. Camera tripod. Picnic essentials: soft-sided cooler, ice packs, thermoses (2), beach blankets, 2 hammocks tucked in wooded area of property.


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Spectacular casual Walk-On Waterfront with easy kayak and canoe access
average rating of 4.925 based on 62 reviews

Relaxing home with beautiful views!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 nights just before New Years and went up to the ski hill. The place was excellent for the five of us. Well stocked kitchen, lots of space, lots of games and table tennis table! Donna was very communicative and the whole experience was very easy and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spot in Union Bay, near Courtenay, BC. Steps from the water, spacious lawn complete with adirondack chairs for enjoying the seals, birds and otters. The house is comfortable and welcoming, and is equipped with everything you need for a delightful stay. We have rented through VRBO for years and this home ranks right up with the best. Thank you Donna and Frank for sharing your family home.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sherwood Park,Alberta, Canada

Perfect house rental

  • 5 of 5

Donna met us when we arrived. What a great lady she is. The home is so comfortable and I defy anyone to find what is lacking in this rental. There is everything you need in this home. Comfortable beds too. This would be a great rental for a family...lots of futons available as well. It was lovely to sit in the living room and look out the large living room window and gaze at the water...lots of birds, some seals and yesterday a whale went by. Great location for exploring this area of the island. Thank you Donna and all the best in your future. Darlene, Heather and Angela.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Coquitlam, BC, Canada

great experience

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at Donna"s lovely beach house. It is absolutely beautiful and has everything we needed. We had a great time!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful place with all the comforts of home. I loved opening the front windows to allow the ocean breeze in. So many places to go and relax in one place. Our family will be going back.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent the first week of July at this property and can't say enough good things about it.

The house itself came with everything we needed and more. It had lots of space for our family of five. The ping pong table was a nice surprise and got lots of use while we were there.

If you are looking for a rental that is walking distance to amenities, this location may not be for you. If you don't mind a short drive into town in exchange for being waterfront, enjoying the view, the eagles, the seals, then this location is PERFECT.

We also appreciated all the information about the area that Donna had readily available, including maps marked with kayak routes and other interesting information and a binder of local attractions and trails. Our family opted for day trips to Campbell River for hiking at Elk Falls and to Nanaimo for sailing, in addition to kayaking, and thoroughly enjoyed each experience.

If we return to this part of the island in the future, we would definitely rent this house again.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Kingfisher Spa Restaurant
Nearest Ski
15 Miles
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Nearest Beach
Private Waterfront
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $402.9
Tax Rate 5.0%

Most people choose to clean up and 'leave it as they found it,' or you can let us clean after you leave for a $150 fee.
CANCELLATION POLICY: 60 or more days before arrival, 100% refund of your deposit. Up to 30 days before arrival, 50% refund of your deposit. If less than 30 days before arrival, if I am able to rebook I may be able to return part of your deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.