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Walk-on Sandy Beach with Outstanding Ocean View, Qualicum Bay


Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english, spanish
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
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Walk-on Sandy Beach with Outstanding Ocean View, Qualicum Bay

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Bowser House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6).

This lovely suite is situated on the ground floor of our two story home on a long sandy beach with views of Texada, Lasquiti and Hornby Islands. Great for a walk while enjoying the salt air. Or, get out your fishing rod and enjoy fishing on what is arguably the best fishing beach in the area. Arrowsmith Golf Course is five minutes away. Just 200 meters away is a pub with food and live music as well as another restaurant. An easy walk, no need to drive after enjoying a cool one.

The home having just been renovated is well appointed. Relax and enjoy the ocean, whatever the weather, from the cozy living room or while having breakfast at the dining room table.

The ground floor deck is at one end of the house and the deck for the upstairs is at the other end of the house, both very separate and private from each other.

The large kitchen is fully equipped with all appliances and a propane BBQ on the deck. Just bring your groceries. All three bedrooms feature queen size beds with quality new linens and pillows. The bathroom is completely renovated and includes towels. Please supply your own beach towels.

This house has all the comforts of home including high speed wireless internet, TV, Cable, DVD, CD, Telephone (free calls Canada/USA), washer/dryer and a new wood airtight fireplace insert with wood supplied.

There is so much to do – walk or play botchi ball on the sandy beach, watch the wildlife, which includes seals, sea lions and eagles, go for a swim, or go fishing. Between Nile Creek and Big Qualicum River, this is one of the best fishing beaches on the coast. There are numerous golf courses within 5 to 30 minutes.

Great seafood abounds in this area and you can easily purchase fresh oysters from Fanny Bay Oysters or fresh scallops from Island Scallops. Locally caught fish are available at many stores. In the summer, there are various farmer’s markets (Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Coombs Market) where you can buy amazing fresh produce. There is an excellent grocery store, coffee shop and a liquor store just 4 minutes drive.

There are great walking trails in the neighbourhood as well as many parks within 1 hours drive including: Horne Lake Provincial Park, Englishman Falls Provincial Park, Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park, Milner Gardens, Mount Washington and Cathedral Grove Provincial Park with its ancient trees.

Qualicum Bay is a magical place that will create outstanding holiday memories for you and your family.

For our clientele with allergies we have a no smoking and no pet policy.

Keywords: Newly renovated ground floor of home, 3 spacious bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, large living room and two decks. Sleeps 6.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2015

Why The Owner chose Bowser

This is one of the most beautiful areas in British Columbia -- a province that is known for its scenery. The proximity to many of BC's most beautiful parks is amazing. It is truly a one of a kind magical place.

What makes this house unique

Great local music at the Crown and Anchor Pub. The Lighthouse Blue Grass Festival is the first weekend in July.

It is a fisherman's paradise -- both ocean and freshwater. Fish are routinely caught on the beach in front of the house.

There are numerous golf courses in the area.

Why HomeAway

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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based on 9 traveler reviews

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Walk-on Sandy Beach with Outstanding Ocean View, Qualicum Bay
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 9 reviews
Prince Rupert, BC

We will definitely stay again!

  • 5 of 5

This rental met and exceeded our expectations. The hosts were warm, friendly, and had thought of everything. There is plenty of room, and it is very comfortable, and clean. There are lots of extras, such as linens, towels, dishes, etc. The views are outstanding. We were a little dissapointed that the ocean views were not from the bedrooms, however the walkout access to the beach more than made up for that. I would highly recommend this accomodation. There were cookies waiting for us upon arrival as well as some basics, that we greatly appreciated. (coffee, sugar, oil, milk, and flour). The owner's were very hospitable, answering questions, and offering suggestions for where to find good food, and entertainment while we stayed. We felt very welcome, and will absolutely stay here again. Our children loved it, the rooms were big, and the price is right. The location is central, and it has been a wonderful home away from home. We spent our days traveling to Nanaimo for shopping, visiting Salt Spring Island, lunching in Ladysmith, relaxing at the beach in Parksville, visiting Chemainus, Coombs, farm in Eerington, daytripping all over, and strolling in Qualicum. It was always nice to return to the comforts of a home. please noteThe Roadside Pub has excellent food... I could go on and on...

Thank you, so much for such an enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Burlington Ontario

Great spot for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Qualicum beach. This home had everything we needed for a wonderful relaxing family vacation. It was very clean and well equipped. The beach was a great spot for seachring for sand dollars and other interesting sea creatures. I would highly recommend this home and would return again if my travels bring me back to Vancouver Island.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Two weeks of Heaven!,

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time ever. The property was perfect for our grandchildren.

Great beach for swimming, building sand castles, skim boarding, and fishing. Unit was clean and had everything we needed. We have recommended it to friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Oyama BC

A beautiful home, true beach experience.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spend a week here with our 4 young children. It was the first time our kids have visited the ocean and we all loved it, the home was well equipped and well organized. Many amenities nearby, this place is the real deal - no condo for us !

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Vancouver BC

Stunning waterfront experience

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I, along with another couple, stayed in this suite this March during the herring run. Truly, it was a magical experience as we were right on the beach and able to watch one of nature’s miracles. The herring run in March, coincides with the Brant geese migration and there were over 2,000 geese in Qualicum Bay along with about 50 sea lions, some sleeping, one fin up in pods, or others hunting. The beach and sky was covered in seagulls and the eagles would often dive at them, sometimes getting one for lunch! We liked the fact that the 30 feet or so of space between the house and the water is left natural, which contributed to the overall ambience of our experience. At low tide, the beach is sandy and it is a great walk from the house to Nile Creek. The suite itself is well furnished with three lovely bedrooms and a modern bathroom. The kitchen is well appointed which was great as we were able to obtain great seafood. Island Scallops is about 5 minutes to the south of the house and the scallops we got there and cooked were amazing. Our time spent here was wonderful and we will certainly consider a return visit.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Victoria, BC

Charming location

  • 5 of 5

This is a great vacation space that’s hard to beat for price and location. We ate breakfast in the dining room watching the sun come up over the coastal mountains and the ocean. In the evening, dinner on the deck, with the beach just a few seconds walk away. Qualicum Bay beach is an endless stretch of sand and pebble on which we spent hours exploring, watching the wildlife in and above the water, chatting with fellow beach walkers. Eagles nest nearby, which made for high drama with the seagulls. Host is super friendly and helpful. Bedrooms are large and comfy mattresses with excellent bedding. Kitchen well equipped to prepare every meal. The house is an easy walk to stores, a pub/restaurant and forest trails. Bring a bike, as all the roads in the bay area are flat and easily negotiated. Loved our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Crown and Anchor Roadside Pub
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Departure Bay, Nanaimo
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Aerosmith Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
sandbar Cafe
Nearest Ski
90 Kilometres
Mt. Washington
Nearest Beach
10 Metres
Qualicum Bay
Car: necessary

Some useful information for your visit to Qualicum Bay:

Lighthouse Country -

For events scheduled at the local Lighthouse Community Centre just a kilometer away,

For lovely hikes, Englishman River Falls - about 20 minutes drive from the house. The first site is the provincial park website giving the basic park information while the second is pictures of sites around the area, including the Falls.

Little Qualicum Falls - about 20 minutes from the house. First site is the provincial park website and the second is images from an individual.

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, 20 minute drive for hiking and caving. On the way enjoy warm, fresh water swimming and canoeing at Spider Lake, 10 minutes away,,

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, 20 minutes, a magnificent sandy bay at low tide,

Cathedral Grove - old growth forest. The forest was nominated as one of the seven wonders of Canada. I have included that link last.

Elk Falls Provincial Park near Campbell River an hour from here is found at,

Salt water Salmon fly-fishing - from our beach from mid-July to late October. You should check on what lures the fish will take in this area and can be purchased locally.

Fresh water fishing, Horne Lake and Spider Lake, 20 and 10 minutes away.

Kayak and paddleboard rentals can be found in Qualicum Beach, 15 minutes drive at Outsider Adventures at; Courtenay, 30 minutes north of here at Comox Valley Kayaks and Canoes; or Tree Island Kayaking The last two provide day trips to the magnificent Sandy Island Marine Provincial Park (also known as Tree Island) which we highly recommend or launch the kayak at the beach at Qualicum Bay, a nice semi-rural community. Close to Island Scallops (, Fanny Bay Oysters, excellent oysters and seafood there are a number of places where you can buy fresh fish.

There are excellent farmer's markets at Qualicum Beach, 15 minutes drive,; in Errington, 20 minutes drive,; and Comox Valley Farmers Market in Courtenay, 30 minutes drive, All run on Saturday mornings, so if you want some fresh produce prior to checking in at 4 pm - these are great places to visit. There is a very excellent grocery store in Qualicum Beach (Quality Foods) and a good grocery store (Tomm's) at Bowser, 4 minutes north of the house. Bowser also has shops for liquor, gas, hardware, art, gifts, credit union, library and post office.

Getting here:

You will take BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo,

or from Tsawwassen to Duke Point, arriving fifteen minutes south of Nanaimo,

These are current schedules, but it's good to check as the schedule can change. We recommend that you make a reservation as in the summer the ferries can get booked which can mean waiting for the next ferry. Once in Nanaimo - you take Highway 19A . We recommend 19A as it is the older route that follows the coast, slower but more scenic and takes about one hour or more. Highway 19, the freeway, takes 45 minutes and you use the Horne Lake, Spider Lake exit and drop down to 19A, Island Highway West, and left (north-west) for aprox., three miles to Qualicum Bay.

We are located at Qualicum Bay ... on the ocean side. The best landmark is the Crown and Anchor Roadhouse Pub on the other side of the road about 200 meters from the house. The pub has good local music (bluegrass, country, acoustic etc) and the food is pretty decent. The Sandbar Café, 300 meters is a pleasant restaurant with live music jams several nights a week and Henry’s Kitchen a Chinese restaurant near by. A burger stand, taco stand and ice cream shop open for the summer in the same area.


Rates & Availability

From C$150 Per night

Bowser House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Mar 14 2015 - Jun 26 2015
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 27 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit C$300.00
Notes In HIGH season rental is from Saturdays to Saturdays with few exceptions.

Rental Rates, Fees, Deposits and Cancellation Policy

a. The total Rental Fee is $1200 per week and includes any applicable taxes and other applicable charges to be paid at the time of booking, as well as a refundable security / damage deposit of $300, for a total of $1500. Shorter stays and fees will be decided on discussions with the Homeowner.
b. Guests must give notice of cancellation at least 60 days prior to the booking date in order to receive a refund. If, in the event of unforeseen circumstances the Guest cannot honor the reservation and must cancel within the 60 days, the Homeowner will do his best to rent the home, and if successful, will refund all funds paid by the Guest less any minimal costs associated with obtaining another Guest.
c. The security / damage deposit shall be refunded within 21 days of the Checkout Date provided no deductions are made due to:
i. damage to the property or furnishings other than normal wear and tear;
ii. dirt or other mess requiring excessive cleaning; or
iii. any other cost incurred by Homeowner due to Guest’s stay.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Bowser House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (3)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

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