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Riverside Pet Friendly Eco get-away

Bedrooms 7
Half Baths2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Popular ATV, Riding, Camping area

Come and experience how comfortable, and nurturing off-grid living can be and how numb we have become. Bring your dog and family reunion/ group of friends too! All of the enjoyment of camping, none of the stress. Just bring your fresh food.

Stunning & secluded in the forest, but within 10 minutes of Shawnigan Lake town core, on Koksilah River is this peaceful, modern, roomy lodge with a shabby chic decor. Complete with two bathrooms, a fully stocked kitchen, 3 bedrooms on the lower level, plus a nook and a great room that double as 4th/5th bedrooms. Set up for dogs and kids (baby gates on stairs), full playground.Committed to improving the grounds continually!!!

With huge fireplace (stacks of wood at your fingertips), Satellite internet, and automatic power system, this lodge will comfortably sleep 8-12. As you listen to the rain on the metal roof; you could hear a pin drop, and the river burbling in the distance; frogs croaking, or watch the clear starry sky close enough to touch. Wake up to only the sounds of birds chirping. The private deck/enclosed dog pen off the main doors leads to the backyard with fire pit for toasting those marshmallows, BBQ, picnic tables, hammock, kids deluxe playset, large lawn, and trail entrances. This is just a taste of what it is to explore this quiet getaway.

When you're not busy hiking across the Kinsol Trestle, riding the nearby trails (*bikes available), or perhaps boating on Shawnigan or the ocean kayaking/sailing Cowichan Bay (info available) a short stroll down a private trail leads you to relaxing river swimming. Staff caretaker on site and/or 24/7 support to manage off grid systems so you can relax and just enjoy to the fullest.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Kiki

Totally renovated by a female health care worker who knew nothing about electricity at the outset; interested in spreading the word about eco friendly power and how easy it is these days sharing the secret of this special retreat and stunning surrounding areas.

Kiki purchased this lodge in 2007

Why Kiki chose Vancouver Island

Where can you go where you have the option to 'camp', unplug, sit around a fire and breathe/ relax with no neighbors and optional phone service. Where even the teens don't mind putting down their smart phones and still relatively close to all amenities. In the heart of Vancouver Island.

What makes this lodge unique

Learn about off-gridding, enjoy ATV'ing and hiking, biking, boating, and just floating.....a short hike to the surrounding excellent swimming holes. Or, just listen to the burbling river around a camp fire beside acres of private wilderness straight out the door..


Shawnigan Lake Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Double sinks, soaker tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 5 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 6 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Also a double air mattress is available
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , 2 double , New this summer is a 30' RV w/ (3) beds for additional space
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
River swimming!


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Riverside Pet Friendly Eco get-away
average rating of 3.4 based on 5 reviews

Private Location, Wonderful Hosts

  • 5 of 5

The location is quiet and secluded, and the suite is private. It's attached to the owners' home, but they were completely hands off unless we needed them. We went with four people and two dogs and the pups had a fantastic time running around the large, partially wooded property. Kiki, Simon and baby Leif were wonderful hosts and the house was clean and well equipped.

Heads up that it can be a bit cold (we visited in April), so pack some warm clothes if you're visiting in the colder months. There is a wood-burning stove available but it can take a bit of time to heat the two-story house. It's also completely off-grid, so the owners recommend that the power be turned off at night. But don't worry, they provide the night lights!

Overall it was a great, low-key spot, perfect for a weekend away. It was just a short drive (or walk) to the provincial park, with fantastic hiking locations (including Kinsol Trestle). One last piece of advice - on Google Maps it'll tell you it's located at the beginning of the unpaved road. Don't believe it - when you think you've gone too far, keep going. It really is the "last house on the left".

Thanks to the lovely and laid back family for having us!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Meagan ! So happy you & pups had a fantastic time...really great to host you was so cool that you chose to experience authentic off grid at night even.(side note:..usually we pre-light the fire..embarrassed face :-o)...See you next time!
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House not what was advertised

  • 1 of 5

Unfortunately the house did not match what was advertised.

The first impression of the property was to say the least not very welcoming. As you drive up and see 4 unused vheicles sitting under tarps in the front lawn to your right, and a RV camper propped up to your left, while the owner's dog barks at you obsessively from their front deck.

However, we decided to give it a chance seeing as we don't get to go on family vacations often and decided to try and make the best of it.

Advertised as your own house, but it's not, it is a shared house with the owners/caretakers main living space directly above your main sleeping space, which doesn't make for quiet mornings in a not so comfortable bed, where even if you start on the outside of the bed you end up rolling to the middle.

Also not as advertised, we did not have access to the private enclosed dog pen/run for our two dogs, as there was a pig in it! Which by the way was situated by the entrance to our portion of the house and along the entire left side of the house, so when you come in and out of the house it smells like a farm, and you can't open the windows of the house on that side or it smells like a farm. And when mentioned to the owner, she apologized and said oh yes the pig just came back this past weekend sorry we forgot to mention it....which I now believe may not be the truth as the pig's pen looked quite lived in for some while.

Also not as advertised, this rental is not along the riverside. A 15 minute walk will take you to the beginning of a 10 minute trail down steep mountain side to get to the river, and being 6months pregnant and having a 4yearold and carrying anything else in your hands, doesn't make it easy.

Inside the house the fridge initially was not cold enough to keep our groceries cold, and the freezer never got cold enough to keep our ice cream frozen. And 2 of the stove burners did not work.

We spoke to the owner on the 1st day and mentioned our concerns and said that we may go home a night early, and she said it would be fine and would refund us the last evening. I am still waiting to hear from her and have made several atempts to contact her and have had no response after the first few initial emails confirming the refund. And when communicating via email with the owner regarding the refund, she tried to quote me a higher per night price than the original quote.

If the owner would have simply followed through with the refund it wouldn't have been so bad

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great spot to have a great time

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking to be pampered with all the amenities that's perfectly quiet, spotless and with mints on your pillow - go someplace else. This is a fantastic spot with wonderful, laidback and present staff who are flexible enough to accommodate 14 people with an animal and late night fireside revelling. The property is gorgeous and private. The house is fascinating and off the grid. Beautiful solar powered faerie lights guide the way at night. We were plenty comfortable and the place was plenty clean. Thanks to Kiki and Simon again for having us!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: <3 <3 Thank you! Was such a pleasure getting to host your surprise party Trevor and Erin.
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Wouldn't and didn't stay here even though paid more than quoted

  • 1 of 5

Not happy when she asked for almost double the money Vrbo quoted and we'd already paid in full

Then we walked in. Smelled of pot. Left and didn't stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback! Again, we are sorry about the negative experience. We thought VRBO was more than fair to charge your great uncles group only the base rate upon booking because a head count was not confirmed when you booked. We tried repeatedly up until arrival to get the head count (8) promised in order to calculate the extra charge....Then, we generously offered to accept the base rate anyway for the entire group happy to resolve the issue. Hmm...not sure if it was 'pot' your relatives smelled from the previous guests or just the natural lemon cleaning products we use? I wish I had known why/ or even that they left!? (Or that you had ever come to see it yourself). I would have accommodated almost any request but none of my calls were not returned. In any case, I am truly sorry, it was a difficult experience all around. All the best.
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Excellent home close to the lake, great yard. We loved it.

  • 5 of 5

Home was fantastic. Located on a great property, close drive to the lake. The home is private and remote, but close enough to drive to anything you would need. We did lots of cool hikes right out of the backyard, including spending a couple hours on the river which had a great swimming spot. Really cool backyard that is both kid and dog friendly. The house is attached to the owners home, so any questions were quickly answered. The house has lots of space, comfy beds, and was really clean. Kitchen has everything you would need (we cooked a big brunch after the Shawinigan Lake race). Overall we loved the house and will be happy to stay again. Thanks Kiki!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nanaimo or Victoria
Car: necessary

Directions: contact owner for directions


Rates & Availability

Shawnigan Lake Lodge 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 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $40 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $159.5
Cleaning fee $79.75

Kids under 5 are free. Please advise on guest ages so discount can be applied :)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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