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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View

Lisa MacKinnon

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Un petit peu de français
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Lisa MacKinnon

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Un petit peu de français
Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2015
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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Galiano Island House Rental Photos and Description

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 we are 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.

Due to our proximity to sheer unfenced cliffs and fast moving currents, we are not suitable for small children.

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Lisa MacKinnon (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, Un petit peu de français
Calendar last updated:
May 3, 2015

About Lisa MacKinnon

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

Why Lisa MacKinnon chose Galiano Island

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.

What makes this house unique

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.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights
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Reviews

5
based on 13 traveler reviews

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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
5

A Magical Month

  • 5 of 5

How do you describe a whole month at Orca Bay Retreat and on Galiano? Think of every superlative in the book and you might come close. Lisa is the warmest, most organized and gracious rental host we have ever dealt with in 30 years of booking vacation properties.

Her cottage is spectacularly situated on the island - a retreat of amazing quiet, wonderful views, great opportunities for walking and taking pictures. The beds were comfy, the kitchen made cooking a dream, the bookshelves rife with great things to read. I was looking for just the right place to relax, read, write and renew as part of an academic sabbatical and found all that I'd hoped for at Orca Bay. The island was so quiet in Feb that we could walk trails without meeting a soul. Enjoyed fabulous food at Pilgrimme, took in programs at the library, attended the Literary Festival and met many interesting islanders. Spring came early, the daffodils bloomed and we hated to leave.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
North Vancouver
5

Sweet little cottage with a stellar view!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing view from a wonderful cottage! I still can't get over the view from the master bedroom! We loved our week over New Years and would come back in a heart beat. Peaceful, beautiful setting on a quiet street.

Lisa has thought of everything you might need (at least what we needed), comfy plush beds, a great collection of books to suit most tastes, all the right gadgets in the fully stocked kitchen. Guide books, maps & brochures of all the interesting things to check out on the island. We had a fire every night and just watched the ferries go by and listened to the seals snort in the pass. We were lucky enough to spot killer whales on 2 mornings which was great. We hiked pretty much every trail and came home to the cosiest cabin with the a stellar view. I would come back with my girlfriends or my mom and sis and spend another blissfull and relaxing time here anytime. I think a summer trip would be just as great when the crystal clear waters of Montague Harbour Provincial Park would be far more inviting without the frost and ice on the beach! Polar bears swims are "refreshing" but that water beckons a long laze about on a floaty toy for sure! Can't wait to come back.

Thank you again Lisa!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Wenatchee, WA USA
5

Magical Setting

  • 5 of 5

Orca Bay Retreat is magical! This is my fourth visit to the house. You only need to bring yourself and friends. One of my favorite activities is to cook in the kitchen while watching/listening to the ferries traveling through Active Passage. The wonderful local roadside market that is well stocked with organic essentials, is just five minutes down the road towards town. There is artistic inspiration to be found on the many local hikes found on Galiano. Pour some tea or wine, build an evening fire and tell your stories.

Regards,

TV

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Victoria
5

A beautiful spot

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a wonderful stay at Orca Bay. It couldn't have been better. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility and loved your home - it was equipped with absolutely everything and the setting was ideal. We enjoyed several great hikes and were entertained on your deck by orcas in Active Pass on Saturday morning! Lucky us to have had another sunny weekend on the coast. Galiano is charming and we would love to return to your delightful spot someday. Thank you for all your help and efficiency. It was a perfect weekend for two couples.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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
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

Map

Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
The Hummingbird Pub
Nearest Ferry
5 Kilometres
Sturdies Bay Ferry
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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Rates & Availability

From C$175 Per night

Galiano Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter/Spring
Jan 1 2015 - May 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
C$175
C$1,050
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$25 per night, per additional guest
 
Spring/Summer
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
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
Oct 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
2 night minimum stay
C$175
C$1,050
 
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 An extra fee of $50 is required when the Garden Studio is used for parties of four or less.
A three-night minimum stay applies to all statutory holiday weekends.
Easter, Victoria Day and Thanksgiving weekends, as well as Dec 24th-Jan 1st, are priced at $200/night/double occupancy with an additional $25/extra person/night.
Visa or Mastercard. Deposit upon confirmation of booking and balance due upon arrival.
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Amenities

Galiano Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1260 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • 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:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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