Watch the sea life from the beachfront deck overlooking the ocean!
About Gillian Smith
Born in Ontario, I never had much opportunity to explore the ocean. My partner, Wayne grew up in the Okanagan of British Columbia's interior. We moved to the coast, and made this magical place our home. We raised our two boys in beautiful Lions Bay, where we have lived for the past 20 years.
Gillian Smith purchased this Cottage in 2015
Why Gillian Smith chose Nanoose Bay
We hiked around Nanoose Bay one day while visiting Vancouver island, and we fell in love with the area. Abundant wildlife, fresh air, seaside, and natural setting inspired us to look for real estate. We saw the 'for sale' sign outside our home and immediately pulled-over. While stepping down to the beautiful sandy and rocky beach, I knew this was the place! We are collecting many wonderful family memories of the beach, spotting bald eagles, dolphins, orcas, deer in the yard, and sea lions on their feedings and swims.
What makes this Cottage unique
The deck overlooking the ocean was spectacular. Watching the tides come in and out, listening to the sound of waves while sleeping at night, spotting the shooting stars, is such a great experience. We love to be so close to the beautiful golf course and the wonderful natural setting. A most peaceful paradise cottage found!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Unbelievable Vacation Rental
The property was exactly like it was pictured. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. the views were breathtaking. Gillian was very accommodating and easily to deal with. We would highly recommend staying there.
All the reviews are 100% accurate. We had a fantastic time. 4 adults, a 4 and a 2 year old. Beach and water were phenomenal and cottage was perfect. Gillian was extremely helpful behind the scenes. Thank you for an amazing week.
Thank you Morgan,
I'm glad you had a nice time. Welcome back anytime!
Perfect spot to relax
We loved our stay. Property had everything we needed right down to OFF for sand fleas, olive oil & spices for cooking and an extra toothbrush just in case you forgot one. House was very clean and comfortable.
We came from North Carolina and after a long travel it is so nice to walk into the tranquility of the cove and comfort of the house. This was our second visit and I would go again tomorrow if I could.
Gillian is wonderful to work with and gave us lots of information about our stay.
The wild life was great fun fom harbor seals to the big blue herring catching fish and eels during low tide to eagles perched on nearby trees. Really enjoyed the kayaks.
This place is a true find!!!
Wilkinson family from North Carolina
Stunning beachfront full of wildlife and relaxation
We have rented a lot of beachfront properties in the Pacific NW and around the country. You see we are from Colorado and land locked, so a true vacation always includes the ocean. Dolphin Beach was absolutely everything the VRBO listing said it was and more. All of the positive reviews were spot on. Gillian was a joy to work with, even when we had to tell her our son accidentally broke a glass piece on the shower light. She was understanding and kind. Not angry. She worked with us to get a glass repair person out the next day, and we paid to have it fixed.
The house was clean. It was one of the best stocked VRBOs I've rented--lots of towels, plenty of dishes and pans of all kinds, place mats, binoculars, shampoo/cond in the shower, epsom salts for the big bathtub, board games galore, DVDs to use, beach toys, and let's not forget the kayaks. We rented this home because of the kayaks and the views. Neither disappointed. Ever.
We had beautiful June weather (June 15-20). Hot even! Our days on our beach were full of hunting in tide pools right on the beach, watching the wildlife, kayaking, rest on the deck, grilling, making smores at the fire pit, etc.
Previous renters mentioned the abundant wildlife. Um. No joke. In our five days there, we saw lots of deer (sometimes standing on the deck itself)--sea stars, jellyfish, and several kinds of fish in the tide pools on the beach--river otters (a mom and three pups)--a resident raccoon who scaled the trees by the beach--great blue heron hunting fish at low tide--bald eagles--minke whales (fins spotted)--lots of harbor seals. We kayaked out to the rocks down by Nanoose Bay and found where the seals congregated. Amazing.
The views out of the master bedroom were jawdropping. Our son loved the "cubby" bedroom, and our teen daughter took the other downstairs bedroom. Easy to get to groceries if you wanted to leave, but we didn't leave often. I miss Dolphin Beach already. Seriously, one of the best VRBOs I've ever stayed at. I'd love to return someday.
A fabulous stay in a wonderful cottage!
What a fabulous place, thank you for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. The cottage had everything you needed, plus more. It was in a fabulous location with lots to see right on your doorstep. We explored throughout the day and enjoyed our evenings on the decking watching the world go by. We drove to Victoria to visit the Butchart Gardens which took approx 2 hours by car. We saw lots of wildlife from the decking, seals, turkey vultures, humming birds, kingfisher, deer, raccoon, herons and even a glimpse of a whale. The communication from the owners was great right from the start which we very much appreciated. We would thoroughly recommend the cottage and would love to stay there again in the future.
Dolphin Beach Cottage!
DOLPHIN BEACH COTTAGE
We loved this house from the moment we walked through the door; then we walked out onto the deck – and, wow! What an amazing view – a view we couldn’t get enough of over the next two weeks. It was not just the vast panorama or “our” little cove that we loved; it was also the astonishing amount of wildlife we saw – whole families of deer, seals, mink, dolphin / orca (they were too far out to be certain), numerous birds including our resident heron!
Being in Nanoose Bay meant we had an excellent base from which to explore Vancouver Island – far and near.
First off was a trip down south – to Victoria and beyond. We enjoyed Victoria – particularly Inner Harbour and Beacon Hill Park. From Victoria we drove around the coast on the wonderful Scenic Drive, eventually ending up in Saanich from where we drove up Old West Saanich Road to visit a number of the wineries / distilleries to be found along that route. From there we continued on to Burchart Gardens, arriving at 3pm – a ideal time to get there! The gardens were a joy to visit, but that was only the beginning: we were treated to an excellent concert from about 6pm until the fireworks started at 9pm. (We deliberately timed our visit to Burchart Gardens for a Saturday so that we got to see the renowned fireworks display). And then it rained – the only rain we had in the entire two weeks we were on Vancouver Island. But Burchart Gardens were ready for that, providing lots of clear plastic umbrellas. It only added to the fun!
We had short trips – to Nanaimo, Parksville, Coombs, Qualicum Bay. And Rathtrevor Beach – which at low tide was an amazing experience.
Then we had longer trips – to Duncan / Cowichan Valley and Alberni Valley. Duncan, with all its totems, was well worth a visit though Cowichan Valley – in particular Cowichan Bay – was a bit of a disappointment. Alberni Valley was, on the other hand, a place I am glad we decided to visit. In Port Alberni itself we enjoyed Harbour Quay and Victoria Quay – though we didn’t see any bears! We visited Stamp Falls – didn’t seen any salmon! – and then spent the rest of the afternoon at Sproat Lake. This was an unexpected delight: a lakeside walk past wonderful beaches and lots of picnic tables – and the petroglyphs.
And Cathedral Grove on the way to Port Alberni was an incredible experience!
We also took a day trip to Whistler: the ferries were so easy to use and the ‘Sea to Sky Highway’ up to Whistler was very good.