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Tunstall Bay - the sunny side of Bowen!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Upscale rural self-contained suite. Close to beach, hiking trails & golf course

Located on Bowen Island's sunny west side, 500m from the best swimming/kayak launching/sunset watching beach, this fully contained apartment features newly renovated high end kitchen and bath, large living space, separate bedroom with double bed, queen murphy and single in main room. Large fire pit/bbq area perfect for receptions, secluded waterfall pond, large private deck. Golf course and hiking trails in immediate vicinity. On bus route. Catering available by your professional cook and baker host. Main room can seat 30. Persons 12+ only, no pets, no exceptions.

Julie Vik
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, swedish, danish, norwegian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Julie Vik

I like to host. It's in my blood. My mother like to tell the story of how she was born between dinner and dessert while her parents ran a hotel. That said, I have worn many hats, from teaching pottery and touring with a psychedelic folk band, to working at a major securities firm; from raising 4 boys as a single parent to flipping burgers. That's what you get with a degree in philosophy;)

Julie Vik purchased this apartment in 1992

Why Julie Vik chose Bowen Island

Close (500m) to the best west-side beach, on the bus route, private, an engaging or invisible host (your choice) chill island vibe with an outside fire-pit patio and bird song. Also able to cater for events of up to 40 people. Friendly neighbourhood. Boating and catering options. Long time island resident who can point you in the right direction to hidden gems. Level access and parking.

What makes this apartment unique

Heritage home barged from West Vancouver. There is lots of loving energy in these walls.


Bowen Island Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • 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
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • super deep Japanese soaker tub, rain shower, washer/dryer
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • double bed with superior mattress. Wardrobe and large writing desk. French doors leading to a covered deck. Very warm colors with faux copper ceiling and antique furnishings. Sleep in or write your opus!
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(18 traveler reviews)

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Tunstall Bay - the sunny side of Bowen!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 18 reviews

Perfect getaway

  • 4 of 5

Great spot for a relaxing getaway regardless of the time of year. Fantastic kitchen with high end appliances and wood burning fireplace heated us up quickly. Best beach on Bowen less than a 5 min walk away.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful weekend on Bowen Island

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Tunstall Bay, it's a large suite with a nice kitchen and bath. A few suggestions which would enhance the accommodation would be newer pots and pans and reading lamps. We loved the location and spent both evenings at the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the suggestions! Feedback is truly appreciated. Brand new high end cook ware is now in the suite! One lamp added and looking for another! I strive to make Explosive Creek better with each response. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and the beach! Hope to see you again in the future. Thank you for being such respectful guests!
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Everything is provided, and its a massive suite. Moments fuom the beach. Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

Loved it

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really appreciated the clean-up effort, but I simply couldn't give Corey good 'follow house rules' rating as he invited 2 extra guests that weren't registered or paid for. We did sort it out in the end, and I chalk it up to an inexperienced VRBO guest who now understands that renting a person's home isn't the same as renting a motel. I would have Corey back again. I'm pretty sure he's learnt his lesson ;) After we sorted things out, everything went better than smoothly. Corey and his friends are super affable and I wish my rating could have been higher - but I also have to be honest here.
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Great stay and LOVE the facilities

  • 4 of 5

This was a great place for us to stay for the weekend. the kitchen worked well, great range and fridge, and loved the coffee. The Japanese soaker tub and the rainwater shower were wonderful, and we loved the shell-style sink.

Thanks for the peaceful, quiet and comfortable stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a peaceful long weekend away from it all on beautiful Bowen Island. Each morning I brewed some fresh-ground coffee and wandered out to the little fish pond where I could listen to the waterfall and watch the sun rise over the massive rock that borders the property. (The rock is so massive that even in the summer, the sun doesn't rise over it until mid morning so we could still sleep in). We did most of our own cooking using the fully-equipped kitchen and outdoor BBQ and enjoyed a little bit of fresh produce from the garden. Our host was most helpful making sure we had everything we needed. Thanks Julie!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good location and warm cozy place.

  • 4 of 5

Julie's place is comfortable and cozy. It has everything it needs for a 'home away from home'.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Bowen Island Neighbourhood Pub
Nearest Ferry
7 Kilometres
Snug Cove
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Bowen Island Golf Cours
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Trans Canada
Nearest Ski
15 Kilometres
Grouse, Cypress, Whistler
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: not necessary

Tunstall Bay. Beach life. Sunsets. Chill


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Rates subject to change prior to booking. Meals are available at an extra charge. We can discuss menu options. Full on eggs benny to a muffin, pond side champagne lunches to picnics, rustic stews, pizzas, pies, bbq's or full on seafood tapas - you choose! Rudimentary spices, coffee, tea supplied. Check in at 3, check out at 11. One night stays available with $50 surcharge

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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