ORCA BAY RETREAT - SPECTACULAR SOUTH-FACING OCEANFRONT VIEW

Lisa MacKinnon

Speaks english, Un petit peu de français
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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ORCA BAY RETREAT - SPECTACULAR SOUTH-FACING OCEANFRONT VIEW

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Nestled at the foot of Mount Galiano with one of the most spectacular views of the Southern Gulf Islands, Orca Bay Retreat is located on Active Pass - the wondrous, often turbulent waters and marine passage separating Galiano and Mayne Islands.

This particular area is known for its resplendent array of wildlife - looking out from the deck you'll see seals sunning themselves on Collinson Reef, eagles soaring overhead or plucking fish from the ocean below, and otters frolicking in the swirling Pacific currents. Breathe the ocean air and feel connected to mother nature.

Active Pass is notably a frequently travelled waterway for resident and transient orca whales and humpbacks. Seeing these magnificent mammals in their natural element is truly breathtaking.

A wonderful, completely private escape, Orca Bay Retreat has all the modern amenities one could desire, including wireless connection to highspeed internet. Two bedrooms, each with queen size beds, offer luxurious comfort and nature views. Enjoy French Door walk-outs from the bedrooms, living room and kitchen. The house is extremely comfortable, accommodating up to four (4-pc bathroom in the main house), or six should the separate garden studio (with its own 3-pc bathroom) be opted for. The contemporary kitchen is loaded, including a stainless steel convection oven, microwave and dishwasher. An outdoor barbeque is available as well.

'Orca Bay' Retreat is actually located on Georgeson Bay, and is perfectly situated for guests to enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities: hiking some of the best trails the Gulf Islands have to offer; kayaking, fishing and boating from nearby Montague Harbour Marina; golfing at The Galiano Golf & Country Club; swimming and beachcombing at the numerous nearby beaches, including our own Georgeson Bay beach below (here you can even hunt for arrowheads left behind by First Nations Peoples hundreds of years ago); exploring the island by bike; and strolling through The Bluffs park amidst indigenous arbutus and Garry Oak trees to incredible cliffside viewpoints of the Southern Gulf Islands.

When you've had enough of the outdoors, sit back, decompress, cuddle by the wood-burning fireplace and take in the stunning view. Enjoy island tranquility at its best at any time of the year. And because you're staying at 'Orca' Bay Retreat, always keep an eye on the water.

While Orca Bay Retreat is a private escape nestled in nature, we are less than ten minutes from the Sturdies Bay Ferry terminal and within minutes of Galiano's shops, restaurants, groceries and galleries.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lisa MacKinnon

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2013
Speaks english, Un petit peu de français

Gary and I (Lisa) have had a love affair with Galiano Island since my parents bought a cottage across the street over 20 years ago. Our two children have spent their summers exploring the natural wonders and beauty of the island, and more recently working at the marina and golf course. While we currently reside in Toronto, our hearts are on the island. We look forward to visiting Orca Bay Retreat throughout the year, especially in the winter months which have their own special cozy, seductive and stormy appeal.

Lisa MacKinnon purchased this house in 2013

This property is a gem. Formerly called InTheBluff and owned by our good friends, we consider ourselves grateful and fortunate to have been able to purchase it, and now to share its unique beauty and that of Galiano Island with others. We also love the island because of its close proximity to the mainland and Vancouver Island. There's nowhere else we'd want to be.

Fresh ocean air, incredible ocean views and unbelievable wildlife - whales, eagles, deer, seals and otters.

Looking out over Active Pass from the deck or living room is a transformative experience. The house, itself, is wonderfully comfortable and homey.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View
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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View
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Galiano Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Ottawa
5

Gorgeous Galiano!

  • 5 of 5
Orca Bay retreat in Galiano was picture perfect and a wonderful place to enjoy the views, hiking and most of all, basking in the beauty of nature. Orca Bay had everything we needed and it was a treat to have fresh blackberries at our doorstep! We will be back again and will stay longer!
  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View
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Galiano Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Ottawa
5

Gorgeous Galiano!

  • 5 of 5
Orca Bay retreat in Galiano was picture perfect and a wonderful place to enjoy the views, hiking and most of all, basking in the beauty of nature. Orca Bay had everything we needed and it was a treat to have fresh blackberries at our doorstep! We will be back again and will stay longer!
  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View
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Galiano Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Vancouver, BC, Canada
5

Awesomeness at Orca Bay

  • 5 of 5
Orca Bay Retreat looked & sounded great on-line but managed to exceed all our expectations on arrival. The stunning view, windows everywhere, the fully equipped kitchen, gorgeous, spacious living and dining rooms, comfortable beds, shelves full of books for every taste, many indoor and outdoor spaces where 7 of us could all find some privacy if we wanted it. A cute garden suite for the anniversary couple with us. Swing under the apple trees while bees bumble through the lavender and ornamental fennel. Minutes from terrific organic food store, liquor store, bakery, great book store and ferry, Mt. Galiano hike, beach access, and yet feeling a million miles from anywhere. Our host, Lisa, was a dream. The whole thing a dream. We would return anytime, especially to sit by the wood-burning fireplace in winter and watch the seal out front on "seal rock"!
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View
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Galiano Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Vancouver
5

A Magnificent Moving View

  • 5 of 5
This property is all that other reviewers have written: comfortable, well equipped, modern, clean and stunningly situated. We spend a wonderful couple days here relaxing and enjoying the constantly moving view through active pass. Within the first hour of arriving we watched a pod of 6-7 Orca swim through the pass - amazing! Be sure to bring binoculars. I though I would get a lot more reading done while sitting out on the spectacular front deck, but I just couldn't stop looking out and watching the world go by.

Oh yah, and Lisa is a wonderful host too.
  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View
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Galiano Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Calgary, Alberta
5

Exceeded expectations! Stunning setting, comfortable and well-appointed.

  • 5 of 5
My family (3 adults, 2 kids (ages 11 and 9)) spent a week at Orca Bay Retreat and were thrilled with our experience. Prior to our arrival, Lisa supplied us with useful and timely information about Galiano. And, the moment we walked in the door, we knew we had chosen a winner. The house is beautiful, perched atop a cliff over-looking Active Pass. My wife and I and our kids stayed in the main house, while my mother-in-law was treated to her own garden suite (that she loved!). The rooms are comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated. The kitchen has high-end appliances and every gadget you may need to self-cater. Lisa was an endless source of local information, even showing up with a freshly-caught salmon one day for our BBQ! We hiked most days, swam often (brrrr!) and kayaked. We also spent hours reading and watching the ferries pass by. Heaven.

When we travel, we have stayed in all manner of accomodation, but we like to be comfortable. And when you rent on VRBO, there is always that "leap-of-faith" aspect to the process. In all respects, I would recommend this property without reservation. We cannot wait to return to the island and to Orca Bay Retreat!
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View
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Galiano Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
5

You won't be disappointed

You won't be disappointed
  • 5 of 5
You won't be disappointed if you rent Orca Bay. It has one of the best views in the Gulf Islands that I have seen. This is the perfect spot for wildlife viewing - orcas, seals, eagles, otters. The house is ideally located at the foot of Mount Galiano (great hike), on the edge of the Bluffs (another great hike), above a lovely little, sandy beach, close to shops, the marina and so much more. If you prefer to relax, you couldn't ask for a better spot to sit with a good book. The house has a delightful cottage garden at the back. It has a a garden swing with a view - perfect spot for gin and tonics in the evening.

Galiano is a great island and Lisa is a great host. Book now!
  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Map

Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Sturdies Bay Ferry
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Hummingbird Pub
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Galiano Golf & Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
La Berangerie, Seablush Cafe, Galiano Island Inn
Car: recommended
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Availability & Rates

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Galiano Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
CAD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring/Summer 2014
May 1 2014 - Sep 30 2014
3 night minimum stay
C$250
C$1,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall/Winter 2014
Oct 1 2014 - Dec 31 2014
2 night minimum stay
C$150
From
C$175
Fri,Sat
C$950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter/Spring 2015
Jan 1 2015 - Apr 2 2015
2 night minimum stay
C$150
From
C$175
Fri,Sat
C$950
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 5.0%
Notes Rates are for single or double occupancy.
Each additional person: $25/night or $150/week.
Capacity: 6. Up to 4 in the the main house and 2 in the Garden Studio.
2 night minimum stay in low season; 3 night minimum in high season and long weekends.
Due to its proximity to shear, unfenced cliffs and strong currents, Orca Bay Retreat is not suitable for small children.
No smoking or pets, thank you.
Visa or Mastercard. Deposit upon confirmation of booking and balance due upon arrival.
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Amenities

Amenities

Galiano Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1260 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Living Room
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • House Bathroom - Four-piece with heated floors and skylight
    Garden Studio Bathroom - Three-piece with shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Garden Studio Bedroom - 1 queen
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , With French Door walk-outs to deck and ocean view
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen , With French Door walk-outs to garden deck
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
  • Video Library
  • Games
  • Books
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • mountain climbing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf
  • tennis
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • fishing
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