Relax and get reinvigorated at this enchanting and very private oceanfront eco-cottage with deep water moorage. Excellent crabbing, kayaking, hiking, whale watching (Orcas) and birdwatching. Restaurants, wine store, bakery, etc. nearby. Surrounded by everything a nature lover and adventurer could hope for, the surroundings are resplendent with a vast and lush beauty. Your privacy is assured as the cabin is the only home on this 3.5 acre property which you will have to yourself. But don't imagine it. Come can enjoy it!
Kayaking in the Gulf Islands : KINGFISHER COVE IS IDEALLY LOCATED FOR KAYAKING AND WHALEWATCHING AS WELL AS BIRDWATCHING, SAILING, BOATING AND MORE. During mid March the hummingbirds arrive from Mexico and entertain their worshiping audience with their skydiving talents as they soar in less than seconds to the top of the giant Douglas fir trees and dive even faster down to sea level, another 50 feet below the deck off the main level of the cottage. Faster than you can blink, they are back at the feeder with their beak inserted, drinking the treats we have left for them. Who wants to watch TV when this show is available? Rent a kayak nearby or bring one with you. Paddle whenever you wish to many locations including out into Boundary Pass, only 20 minutes paddling from the dock, to the location where the Orca are most frequently sighted. Or, take a guided tour with someone who knows the local waters. Canoes are also available for rent nearby or bring one with you from Vancouver, Victoria, or from Sidney.
SKYWATCHING FROM KINGFISHER COVE: The night skies from the decks are amazing -- meteorites showers, brilliant constellations, and very little light contamination. Astronomers have sought us out, specifically for the quality of our night sky.
Crabbing off the Dock! : Catch fresh crab off the dock. Oysters also available nearby or go fishing in the waters just outside the harbour for salmon, etc. Bring your own trap if possible.
The fish boats also sell fresh fish at Hope Bay on North Pender Island.
There is an excellent farmer's market on Saturdays, so you can add the best of island produce to your menu planning for meals on the deck over the sea.
2017 Summer - please ask for details about booking restrictions. Our property has a strict no pets policy and no smoking is permitted anywhere on the property. Fire hazard is very significant in the peak of the summer season, so no fires or open flames of any kind are permitted, although the barbecue can be used in the assigned place unless there is also a ban on using them, which could happen in a particularly dry season. Sleeping is in the sleeping loft .. the bed is queen size and very comfortable. The loft is in the peak of the vaulted ceiling so it may not be full height for some adults, other than in the centre. There is an iron spiral staircase to the loft. The kitchen does not have a dishwasher. It has a SUBZERO under the counter size fridge, (larger than a Bar fridge but smaller than a full size fridge, and it has a small freezer section). There is a microwave, toaster, and 5 burner gas stove with an oven. There is no TV but there is a radio. By choice we keep have limited the electronics. There is no wifi but you can always hook your laptop to the internet by way of your cell phone's personal hotspot.... it is a good idea to call your provider and pay for a bit more data for however long you plan to stay at Kingfisher Cove.
In the winter we heat primarily with wood, but there is also electric backup.
Our cabin is small (600 square feet plus the sleeping loft and the bathroom, but beautiful. The decks are very large.
The bathroom has a wonderful large shower with views of the sea, a sink and a composting toilet (marine park style toilet) that uses wood chips. This saves on water and is environmentally a very responsible way to go. The Gulf Islands are very dry in the summer months and using wood chips instead of water allows us to have more water for the garden, etc.
There is a large antique soaker tub on the lower level deck outside for those who like to star gaze or just watch the sea while they bath.