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West Coast Lifestyle Adventure

Bedrooms 1
Space 890 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 or 2 Bedroom Large Oceanfront Cottage. Spectacular walkout beach waterfront

Escape to this beautiful, charming character waterfront cottage vacation rental! Tucked away in your own little quiet and uncrowded walkout beachfront in popular Qualicium Bay, British Columbia, Canada

Inside, you'll be greeted with a soft, warm interior accented by stunning views of Qualicum Bay, Denman Island and Lasqieti Island. Watch the cruise ships on their slow voyage to Alaska from your private deck or the eagles flying overhead or the pod of killer whales chasing the waves. Relax in the living room after a day on the sand, with some cable TV, Blu Ray or a DVD. Bring your iPod and listen to your own tunes in the iPod docking station. There's also WiFi throughout the house, so keeping up with emails is no problem here.

Right off the living room is a large, beautiful deck with more stunning views. Watch a spectacular, colorful sunrise or sunset with a glass of wine or, in the morning, greet the day with some yoga stretches while the neighborhood wakes up. There's space for everyone, so outdoor entertaining is definitely an option here.

There's a breakfast bar and seating for six at the dining room table when it's meal time. In addition, are an extra two seats at the breakfast bar. From either the living, dining room or kitchen, you'll be able to enjoy a wonderful fireplace. There is a pull out couch in the living room for additional guests if required.

The full kitchen includes large counter top space and all the major stainless steel appliances you'd expect - a refrigerator, stove top/oven, and a microwave for quick leftover snacks. The main full bathroom has a large soaker tub and shower. The bedroom a queen size bed and its own TV for your convenience.

For large groups or a private nest for the kids, there is a separate bunkhouse, that contains a queen size bunk bed. This area can sleep 4 kids. It has its own bathroom and TV with DVD player so the youngsters can hang out. This is particularly convenient for those parents that want to have some alone time.

Other amenities include a washer and dryer for clean clothes while on vacation and parking for two cars. But perhaps the best thing about a stay here is the beach! Mere steps from the door and you'll be on one of the prettiest stretches of sand Qualicum Bay has to offer. Beach combing, swimming, sand castle building and shell collection are some of the many beach activities. Launch your paddle board or kayak right from your front door.

On nights you don't want to cook, head into town for your pick of eateries. There are many small quality restaurants in the area, Henry’s, Crown and Anchor Pub, Bean Counters coffee shop and an Ice cream shop a short stroll away.

For those that want other things to do there are the Horn Lake Caves, Big Qualicum River Fish Hatchery, antique stores, Spider Lake, Fanny Bay, Deep Bay, easy day trip to Tofino or nearby Courtenay, and many hiking and mountain bike trails.

There is a longtime tenant living on the grounds if you have any questions about the area or require any assistance. Unfortunately no pets allowed.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, german, German
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 12, 2017

About Gary

A little bit about myself and my family...I have three kids that were all born on Vancouver Island and we have always enjoyed the stress free pace and natural beauty the Island has to offer. I grew up in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario and moved out to British Columbia when I was just out of high school, attended UBC and loved it. I enjoyed the temperate winter climate, mountains, rivers, wildlife, and especially the ocean. I weighed the pros and cons and the decision was easy to remain. So, I decided to stay and start a family.

I work for a large communications company and have traveled all over the province and have found that each region offers its own culture and beauty. I currently live in Coquitlam, BC and travel to the Island as often as I can for both work and pleasure to get way from the busy city. That said, my preference is clearly Vancouver Island especially the quiet and serine Qualicum Bay area. Qualicum Bay is close enough to large communities yet quiet enough to be a getaway. The community is welcoming, friendly, and neighborly. My kids are all outdoor types and have put mountain biking, fishing and natural adventure ahead of many TV shows, however, they still enjoy their social media. My goal is to bring the splendor, adventure, and memories of Qualicum Bay and Vancouver Island to guests that stay at my vacation rental. The photos and pictures you take of your youngsters, partners, spouses and friends will be memories that will stay with you long after you leave Qualicum Bay Vancouver Island to head back home. My goal is to make your stay the best experience you could have of the West Coast.

Gary purchased this house in 2013

Why Gary chose Vancouver Island

I purchased this property because of its unique cozy west coast beach cottage feeling, walk-out waterfront, proximity to larger communities and quiet living.

What makes this house unique

I fell in love with the property because the quaint cottage had all the amenities of a large house including the breathtaking views of Georgia Strait and its Islands. The large set of picture windows make it easy to enjoy the outdoors even when the weather is inclement. The large sundeck adds to the feeling and experience during clear sunny days.


Qualicum Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 890 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , Bathroom has a large soaker tub and shower.
  • Bathroom in Bunkhouse
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen , 2 bunk bed , Bunkhouse can sleep 4. It has its own bathroom, TV, WIFI.
  • The 'Bunkhouse' is well worth the extra $20.00 per night so the kids have their own space.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
To add to the already spectacular views and ocean front feeling, there are some other attractions nearby like the Horn Lake Caves, Extreme mountain biking on Hornby Island where the Canadian and US Mountain bike teams come to train. Catch a Coho trolling a fly behind your kayak meters from the shoreline right in front of your place or catch a trout in the many nearby creeks and rivers. Meet other vacationers from different parts of the world down at the local Pub or while strolling along the sandy beach


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West Coast Lifestyle Adventure
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Beachfront Gem

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was ideal ; it was clean , comfortable and located in a glorious setting with direct access to the beach and wonderful views from the spacious deck. We would recommend this property to anyone seeking a quiet getaway from the hurly-burly of everyday life !!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is the second year that my husband and I have stayed at this property and hope to return again and again....

It is spotless, welcoming, charming, private, comfortable and has all the necessities you need for any length of stay. To say that the view is beautiful is an understatement. The sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, not to mention the ever present sound of the waves.

Thank you very much Gary for another much needed relaxing holiday season.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome, Panoramic, Stunning, Cozy,

  • 5 of 5

We opened the door to a clean cozy beach house. Upon walking out on the huge deck there was the ocean, awesome, panoramic, stunning west coast at its best. Everything we needed was in the cozy beach house. There were cute paintings, antiques, and comfy furniture within.

The place had a new sofa sleeper and the bed was very comfy. It was more than we expected. Thanks for letting us experience the coast. Will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely stay

  • 4 of 5

cozy, clean, well maintained

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Quiet and Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Our family of five stayed for three nights in late March. We loved the waterfront location and the views while eating our meals in the dining area. The deck would be beautiful to use during the summer, but it wasn't too warm while we were there. The living space was very comfy and inviting with seaside decor and candles, etc. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed. We combed the beach at low tide and there were tons of sand dollars hidden in the sand and we did see quite a few seals as well. Nice to have the binoculars available! The kitchen and bathroom are nicely updated, but the beds are a little dated and the sofa bed a little saggy in the middle. It was great to use the laundry in the bunkhouse, very convenient. Overall, we felt this little cottage was a good find and provided everything we needed for our stay. Thanks Gary!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place for Relaxation and Exploring the Island

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at this fantastic cottage. The views from the deck, kitchen and living room were great and we enjoyed watching the seals. The interior was very comfortable and very nicely furnished. We loved the dark hardwood flooring and the beautiful light and dark wood on the ceiling. It added an elegant touch not always found in a seaside cottage. The laundry facilities in the bunkhouse were also very helpful. We were very sad to have to cut our stay a day short because of a family emergency at home but we would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
27 Kilometres
Comox International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Crown and Anchor
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Departure Bay, Duke Point Nanaimo, BC
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
many golf courses
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Island Highway or Inland Island Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
30 Kilometres
Mount Washinton
Nearest Beach
In front of your Vacation Rental
Car: recommended

European settlers began to arrive on the east coast of Vancouver Island in the late 1800s, searching for homesteads or working in the logging and fishing industries. In the late 1890s, a road was constructed to connect Lighthouse Country to the small villages to the south (Qualicum and Parksville) and to the north (Courtenay and Comox), making the area more accessible to settlers.

Land grants given by the E&N Railway Company (which was taken over by Canadian Pacific in 1905) gave rise to many farming and logging settlements. Each of the settlement areas eventually became Deep Bay, Bowser, and Qualicum Bay.

Today, Qualicum Bay is enjoyed by those seeking a more tranquil way of life, as well as those who enjoy fishing. For much of the way between Courtenay and Campbell River the highway runs beside Qualicum Bay, an area rich in seafood. Pullouts beside the road give easy access to the bay's sand and pebble beaches. At several places you can buy fresh seafood, brought to the docks daily from local waters. Qualicum Bay is accessed on Highway 19A, or off the parallel Island Highway (Highway 19) by exiting between Qualicum Beach and Fanny Bay. Qualicum Bay is part of the area known as Lighthouse Country, on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Lighthouse Country, named for the two lighthouses that mark its boundaries, stretches from Qualicum Bay to Deep Bay.


Rates & Availability

Qualicum Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 29 2017 - Sep 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $63.36
Damage Deposit $158.39

If you require the Bunkhouse there is an additional fee of $25.00 per night. Trust me, it is well worth it, to keep the kids in their own private space. There is an $80.00 cleaning fee added to your stay. This will ensure the next guest has the same standards of cleanliness as you get and deserve.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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