Stunning waterfront location, ocean views from every window.
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About Camille Gignac
I traded in a banking career in busy Vancouver to live by the ocean and love life every day. After renovating and designing this property, we converted the west wing into a luxury ocean front suite. Lucky for you! Come and be transformed by a week of pristine west coast beauty.
Camille Gignac purchased this Guest House in 2010
Why Camille Gignac chose Departure Bay
This is a unique south facing property with a virtually private beach. Honestly, we see more deer than people wandering the beach in any given week. The sheltered cove creates a warm, calm bay perfect for swimming, kayaking or paddle boarding. It is a true island experience, without having to drive for hours, or take another ferry. Nanaimo is the second largest city on Vancouver Island and offers delightful entertainment, culinary and adventure options.
What makes this Guest House unique
We are located only 10 minute from the Departure Bay ferry and SeaAir terminals, so your travel time is minimized. Yet we are far enough from the public beach to give you a true sense of peace and nature.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We are a family of four and loved our stay. Access to kayaks was great!. There was a double one we used with our youngest and our 12 year old was comfortable in a single. Life jackets included. Kids loved the trampoline and the play swords. All of us enjoyed the hot tub and the hammock. Was amazing to bbq or cook on the gas stove and have a meal with a fantastic view. Even went snorkeling right on the water front. Crabs and starfish. Our boys could skip rocks and beachcomb forever! Camille was a great hostess 😊�
Departure Bay Dream Home
Everything about this property was perfection. The location right on Departure Bay provided spectacular views, a secluded beach, and calm waters for swimming and kayaking. Our host Camille was very welcoming and made us feel right at home. The rental was very spacious with water views from every room, comfortable beds and a gourmet kitchen. Additional amenities such as the hot tub, hammocks, trampoline, yoga/workout room, kayaks/water toys, and outdoor fire pit were amazing. We could not have asked for a better place to stay in Nanaimo, and we will definitely return!
The perfect vacation spot
We had the best vacation experience possible at Camille's property. The views were even more spectacular than the photographs on the Home Away page indicate. The apartment is very spacious (with high cathedral ceilings in the living room and bedrooms), with windows in every single room and a beautiful deck/porche. The gym/yoga studio is very spacious, well equipped (stationary bike and elliptical machines; mats), with a beautiful view, and full of light streaming though the windows. There are several kayaks (including a two-seater) available, all in a great state, and the kayaking possibilities are endless. We kayaked to a nearby island to watch the harbor seals. The animal life you can witness from the apartment is astonishing: sea lions, harbor seals, bald eagles, otters, blue herons, Canadian geese, hummingbirds, deer that come up to the porche, completely unfazed by human presence, etc. It was miraculous.
As for amenities, Camille has a kitchen with all the necessities for a cook and access to a shared gas grill on the deck that we used everyday to cook fresh meat, fish and seafood from the excellent nearby specialty food shops (a mere 10 minutes away by car or less).
The main bedroom has a very comfortable bed, ample closet space for clothes for a family of four or even six. The bathroom is very elegant and has a swanky shower. Everything is very tastefully appointed and comfortable.
Furthermore, Camille and her family are incredibly kind and know how to balance exactly the right amount of being available if you need them and giving you complete privacy (the apartment is attached to their home, but it is completely separate from it; it is its own dwelling space).
We have nothing but excellent things to convey about our experience staying at Camille's property. The location is perfect. You are close to downtown Nanaimo, but not so close that you are in an urban environment, but not so far that you are completely isolated. You are close to some of the most spectacular public parks in the area (Neck Point, Newcastle/Saysutshun Island) and well located to access other parts of the Island.
We are two middle-age women who like the outdoors but have some mobility issues (severe osteoarthritis of the knees) but, even so, we managed to have an active, athletic vacation when we wanted and a quiet contemplative days when we needed them. It was perfect and, if possible, we plan to come back.
Thanks Camille for an excellent experience!
Amazing rental and views
Our stay at this home was a great part of our trip to Canada.
Camille is a very kind and helpful host.
The house has all the facilities you need to enjoy and relax. The kayaks and hot tub added extra treats to the holiday.
The house is situated in an ideal spot to travel around Vancouver island.
This house and host comes very highly recommended.
Beautiful waterfront stay
My girlfriends and I had a wonderful time while staying at Camille's. The suite is nicely decorated, bright and comfortable. The hot tub looking out onto the water was probably our favourite part. The location, very convenient for those taking the ferry or harbour plane. Far enough away from the town for peace and quiet but not so far that we couldn't walk to the store (about 25 minutes). Camille was friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend!
The perfect place take a family or just for 2 people to recharge and relax. 3 teenage girls loved being able to kayak and live in a hot tub jucuzzie. Close to everything yet secluded.
This place made our week in Nanaimo a perfect respite.