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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Galiano Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
St Albert, Alberta
5

I WISH THERE WERE MORE THAN FIVE STARS

  • 5 of 5
Oh Lisa -- I'm afraid the bar has been raised impossibly high as far as any other vacation rental coming anywhere near our experience at Orca Bay Retreat. This house ... the views ... the Island. Absolute perfection. All the wonderful touches throughout the house -- nothing was missed (well ... except for those darned orcas -- next time). We've come through an incredibly stressful month, and a week spent relaxing here at Orca Bay was exactly what we needed.

The pictures on the website don't do justice to how perfect this house is. The property was absolutely spotless when we arrived. You, Lisa, have been a dream to deal with in all our phone calls and emails. Thank you for your kindness and patience.

I would recommend this charming house with the breathtaking view in a heartbeat. When we booked to come here (almost a year ago), we had a goal of visiting all the Gulf Islands. I think we've revised that goal. We'll be back to Orca View Retreat.

Thank you so much.
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, 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

PERFECT SPOT

  • 5 of 5
Second time staying at this property, and it was as good as we remembered. It's in a great location, close enough drive to the parks and little shops. The house has everything you need for a relaxing stay.
The only caution is that it is on a bluff. We had a 7 year old with us, and you can't just let them go play. It can be dangerous. But, that being said, that is why the views are so good.
Will be returning!
  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  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
South Surrey BC
5

WHAT A GEM!

  • 5 of 5
We just returned from a weekend stay at this beautiful home. It is totally updated and absoutely spotless. It is fully equipped with all the bells and whistles. We really didn't want to leave! The views are breathtaking! I'm already viewing the calendar for next year.

Thank you Lisa!
  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Orca Bay Retreat - Spectacular South-facing Oceanfront View
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Galiano Island British Columbia Gulf Islands
Toronto, ON Canada
5

AN AMAZING VACATION!

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Orca Bay Retreat was so memorable, we are already planning to return next summer.

With its spectacular views (thanks to a wall of windows and french doors), a fully equipped kitchen and a real sense of privacy, we couldn't have been happier with the accommodations. The property itself is quite charming, but what really "sold it" for us was the seemingly private beach just steps away. We spent everyday by the water watching the ferries go back and forth while seals or sea lions (we weren't sure which they were) frolicked near the shore.

When we weren't barbequing our dinner outback, we took full advantage of the nearby restaurants for excellent dining. Some great choices! We'd highly recommend making reservations for dinner at The Galiano Inn and La Berengerie..both excellent. The Galiano Inn also has an excellent spa.

All in all, a wonderful vacation. We'd recommend Orca Bay Retreat to anyone, as long as they don't book at the same time we do! LOL!
  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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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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Galiano Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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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

Visa or Mastercard. Deposit upon confirmation of booking and balance due upon arrival.
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.
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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:
  • 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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