West Coast Version of the Caribbean. An ideal STAYCATION for BC Residents!
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Children under 2 or 13 and older. Some exceptions.Children under 2 or 13 and older. Some exceptions.
Pets allowed - Obedient and quiet. This is dog heaven!Obedient and quiet. This is dog heaven!
No parties/events - OK group of friends, family or corporate retreat. OK group of friends, family or corporate retreat.
Smoking allowed - Only in designated areas!Only in designated areas!
Max guests: 8
Minimum age of primary renter: 13 - No children between 2 and 12 for safety reasons.No children between 2 and 12 for safety reasons.
- Request our "Overview and Orientation" Document. Remember this is an island and with that comes restrictions & unique circumstances. You need to plan!
- Read up on: 1) Safety and Emergencies (hazardous areas and procedures) 2) Transportation options 3) Change over days & meal planning
- We are handicapped and elderly friendly but people with medical issues need to inform us prior to coming here. A medical emergency is complicated.
Quarrybbean, Nelson Island on the Sunshine Coast a slice of paradise
Coming from Toronto, Ontario we were excited about our trip to Nelson island on the Sunshine Coast. Our group consisted of my wife, myself and three of our kids and their spouses. We were very grateful the host Alistair was on site in his private suite and took us on several great hikes through the woods to two inland lakes for great swimming. There are several trails for beginners to those that like a bigger challenge. He was also very gracious to take us around in his Nelson Ranger boat to a few local beaches with some great landmarks and provide a great introduction to the area. The cabin was well equipped with plenty of room for everyone and great central areas outside for dinners and drinks. Our Host was also kind enough to organize our first ever salt water fishing trip with Al Green of Trophy Charters. It wasn’t long before we caught a 15 Pound Salmon , followed by a 13 pounder that gave a great fight with three jumps and many runs. At the end of the day we caught over 10 fish and kept three of the salmon and one beautifully Cod. Al cleaned all the fish and you sure beat fresh Salmon for dinner. It was an amazing weekend with all the kids ( why do we still call them kids when they are in their 30’s? LOL)
You can lie in one of two hammocks with absolutely spectacular views and do nothing. Or you can fish, swim. Paddle board, hike and cliff jump. Serene and exciting you decide ! End the day with the most amazing viewing of the stars above.
Great weekend and we will be back
Thanks Alistair you have a little slice of heaven.
A great Island experience!
Our experience was fantastic! A very warm welcome from our host, fabulous views, easy swimming, kayaking, water toys, great hiking, breath taking lakes, lots of outdoor spaces for meals, very comfortable house and a funicular/elevator that makes things a lot easier to you and get your gear up to this cliff top property! Our host, was with us most of the time and was excited to show us a great trip and that he did! Our group of 6 had use of the large main house with 4 bedrooms and our host had a separate accommodation on the property which was great as he also acted as our private tour guide and showed us so much of the island. The kitchen was comfortable to work in and was equipped with all the essentials including a bbq that was on the outside patio deck that was fully furnished, comfortable and scenic. Meal and beverage planning is essential because you are on island and there is no commercial amenities of any kind. It is impracticable to think you can come and go to Pender Harbour unless you are bringing your own boat. We loved our stay and getting to know our host and look forward to more trips in the future.
The Perfect Getaway!
What an amazing place! I've never seen anything like it on the islands. So much fun swimming and paddleboarding off the large dock and then gliding quietly up to the house for a BBQ. The views from the upper balcony are breathtaking and perfect for baywatching, sunsets and even stargazing. We all had a wonderful time! Many thanks!
There are several cool spots to visit by trail or boat, otherwise its nature everywhere! Hiking to the two lakes is special as the strata trails are only used by owners and guests.
Quarry Bay is very large and its partially broken into East Quarry and West Quarry Bay by a mini-point that creates the two. The Quarrybbean is just up from that point.
The Quarry Harbour Strata consists of about 450 acres of bare land that has over 4 miles of waterfront and touches on two lakes that are excellent for warm water swimming and trout fishing. There's even a third pond-like lake with a beaver's lodge!
If you're into mountain biking, bring your bikes. There's plenty of trails for hiking or biking. A very special hike would be 3 to 4 hours to circumnavigate Big Quarry Lake. That would take you through several micro landscapes, from marsh-like lily padded lakeside, through a cedar grove, moss and lichen parched rocky terrain to dense forest or open areas. There is lots of wildlife and no end of birds.
Special moments might include the evening sky. With no light refraction from any nearby cities, the stars and planets sparkle at night and watching shooting stars is engaging.
After dark, down by the water, if you stir the water you'll see phosphorescence sparkle like pixie dust. And if the dock fish are lively, their tail action will illuminate their swimming direction like a tracer.
The noises of nature are more noticeable at night when human and mechanical noises have dissipated. You might hear owls, crickets, frogs, loons, seals slapping their tails, crows or eagles.
If you can access a motor boat or are adventurous with energy, you could row over to Robert's Beach. A crescent moon shaped pebble beach that's only accessible by boat. You could find yourself being the only ones there. Harry Roberts built a log cabin in 1937 and had an orchard there. It's on the verge of being dedicated as a marine park. Very special.
Kayaking or paddle boarding in the early morning or nearing dark can be rewarding, especially if the tide is low. You can follow the contours of the shoreline and observe shore animals, see exposed shellfish, starfish, and all types of seaweed and encrustations. Birds take advantage of this time to scour for food. You might see a sea otter, mink, or small tidal fish beneath you, especially if you go over reefs or shallow water. Watching eagles, osprey, mergansers, ducks, hawks, turkey vultures, scoters, and numerous sea birds forage or dive for food is entertaining and educational.
If your lucky, you might spot a pod of killer whales, humpbacks, dolphins or porpoises go by or enter the bay. If they get close, you'll hear them breathe with the exhale from their massive lungs. Watch for their spouts of water out in Malaspina Strait.
If you want to relax, just watch the water activities of others or observe and listen to the sounds of nature. I enjoy watching the patterns on the water made by wind, waves, or tides. The water is nature's pallet for texture compositions.
If you like to stretch with yoga or meditate, this is for you. If you like to take photos, watch birds, hike, play on water, enjoy a spectacular view or just chill out and relax, that is also an option. If the great outdoors is what you desire, get here and start to unwind and embrace nature. Our accommodations and your cooking will be the combo that brings it all together - well, with your close friends too!
J. Alistair Palmer
About J. Alistair Palmer
J. Alistair Palmer, owner/operator Alistair was born in the mid-fifties in Glasgow, Scotland but immigrated to British Columbia, Canada with his family at an early age. After living in the coastal town of Powell River, (also on the Sunshine Coast), his family moved to Vancouver where he graduated from high school. He got his Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing from the University of Victoria. Upon graduation, Alistair started a company that promoted arts and entertainment in Victoria and eventually moved back to Vancouver to do the same. With other partners, they formed the Institute of Communication Arts with the other business being graphic design and print promotion services to a multitude of clients. Alistair produced two tour programs each for rock stars Loverboy and Bryan Adams and was the publisher of the Expo ’86 – World Festival Magazines. With semi-retirement, Alistair started spending more time at Quarry Bay. In 2004, he embarked on a decade plus journey to build the ultimate retreat. It all started with a major blast of the cliff front. That and the ensuing scaling work prepared the way for the funicular elevator, cliff-side wharf patio, ramp and floating docks. Then came the elevator building and Perch studio; a bridge to link it to the original Tree House cabin; then it' major renovation and expansion. Alistair has been bringing his two sons to Quarry Bay since the oldest was six weeks old! Now in their mid-twenties and graduated from University, they return on long weekends with friends during the summer months. Alistair embarked on writing a collection of stories about his parental journey with his sons entitled – “Confessions of a Weekend Dad”. The first book, (of a planned trilogy collection), is available for purchase on Amazon. The second book is finished but awaiting release. The third is in the works. There are many stories that originate and take place at Quarry Bay. Check it out on Amazon or google Weekend Dad.
J. Alistair Palmer purchased this Resort in 1987
Why J. Alistair Palmer chose Sunshine Coast Regional District
Why the Quarrybbean? The name originated from Alistair’s imagination. After vacationing in the Caribbean, he felt that the vibe was similar to that of Quarry Bay during the summer… different landscape and weather conditions but the feeling of the warm ocean breeze and seaside freedom, open sky and visibility, and lack of man-made structures. Another thing that has been mentioned by friends is a throwback to the 60’s when Vancouver had events like the famous Stanley Park “Be in” gatherings… sounds like ‘bbean’ hence the ‘Quarry be in’ assimilation. In 2003, Alistair was tasked with creating the theme and organizing the strata’s annual community Quarry Harbour Sea Festival. He came up with “Pirates of the Quarrybbean”. People dressed as pirates and he launched a major treasure hunt with a treasure chest full of booty. The Quarrybbean name manifested itself with his ultimate desire to create a retreat for those wishing to return to nature and for getting in touch with their inner self, friends, family or partner. After thirty years of enjoying and creating a living environment that takes advantage of the water, sun, wind, shade and tides, maintenance to keep everything running smoothly, it's becoming more costly. We now have to pay others to do what we used to do but we are determined to share this special experience and unique setting. We want to cultivate repeat guests into the future. You may want to include more friends another time. If so, we are teaming up with a near neighbor who can accommodate up to 3 couples but not until 2021). Add to your tribe! If you have teenage children, this will be their oyster. Dare to put away your phones! Getting back to nature is the best medicine & remedy for a cluttered mind and misplaced values. The natives have it right when they talk about the 'spirit of the land'. Its called 'mother earth' and 'mother nature' for a reason. Get back to life! Start your return journey at the Quarrybbean!
What makes this Resort unique
Quarry Bay's shoreline is owned by various individual strata lot owners with some never used public access parkland. Lots have become coveted family legacy properties. Most of the bay is protected from the prevailing south-westerly winds. Access to the island is by boat or floatplane. There is no hydropower, roads or public services. Water taxi service is available, or dare take a floatplane with stunning aerial views of the coastline, all the way from downtown Vancouver, YVR, or even Seattle! You will be renting a private retreat residence that has had the same owner for over 30 years. Alistair Palmer has continually expanded and upgraded the buildings, docks, and services. This is an off-the-grid accommodation. We generate renewable energy every day from a solar system that powers the elevator, water pump, pressure tanks, fridge, dryer, washing machine, dishwasher (restricted use), all lighting and power outlets. We have four flush toilets that effectively use a septic field. Recreational activities, serenity, bonding, creativity, and nature are the primary reasons to come here. There is much natural and rugged beauty within eyesight of the cabin. Explore our backwoods by trail. If you are a birder, writer, photographer, yoga practitioner, meditator, painter, star-gazer, windsurfer, paddle boarder, hiker, snorkeler, scuba diver, kayaker, cliff jumper, into fishing, mountain biking, swimming or even beachcombing, you will be in your element at Quarry Bay. We do not rent out for weekends unless you rent for seven days or more. This is a special retreat for those wishing to take a break from city dwelling, the fast-paced digital world, or to reconnect with their inner self, their partner, family, and friends. It’s a chill zone with nature zen-like vibes. Enquire and request our comprehensive 'Overview and Orientation' document for additional information, recommendations for planning and rental packages, conditions, change over days, etc.