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 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.
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
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.