About the property
- Cabin1320 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
1 bedroom/sleeping loft, & 1 bathroom (see restrictions)
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! Call us directly for more info & for best rate details 6042288079
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.
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- Mar 16, 2018
Why Mariette chose Southern Gulf Islands
We looked carefully for 8 years before selecting this Gulf Island property... and we made the right choice, purchasing it in 1994. We liked the sunny exposure of the property and the guarantee that it would always be very private given that it is the last property on the road and it is surrounded by parkland. We wanted to preserve the view of the property from the water and not do things like string electrical wires, so we originally had only solar power and wind, and eventually connected to the grid, burying the cables and wires, a major job as it meant a 350 foot driveway had to be spanned. As Pender Island has no landfill, we chose, and continue to prefer, to keep things simple, private and quiet. It is intended to be an escape from electronics and a quiet place to 'be' and/or to reconnect with each other, or with family or friends. There is no TV and we don't want one. There is a radio, and anyone can connect their laptop to the internet by tethering onto their cell phone but we do not have wifi. There are lots of places on Pender with free wifi for those who feel compelled.
What makes this Cabin unique
This is a place to relax, rejuvenate and share intimate time with others. The hammocks, the tub, the wildlife, the decks and the the marine park next door, at the amazing night sky, all make for a retreat, away from the crowds and chaos of city life. Pender Island is also a very neighbourly community. With extremely rare exception, everyone will be welcoming and helpful, and there are many things to do. The hikes are superb, especially to the marine park next door or to the top of Mount Norman where there are majestic views of the other Gulf Islands, the 'big' island (Vancouver Island), the San Juan Islands in the U.S.A. and the mountains of the Olympic Peninsula. Whale watching is great from Gowland Point and Brooks Point at the south end of Pender Island. North and South Pender Island are joined by a small bridge, and under the bridge is a First Nations Midden that is very interesting. The farmer's market operates from early summer to late fall and is a great place to explore the local handicrafts and to purchase fresh vegetables and other goodies. The Nu-to-Yu (a thrift store that has managed to fund things like scholarships for local school children and the volunteer coast guard, etc.) is a great source for recycled gems of all kinds, and it is a very entertaining place to visit as well. The local library is entirely operated by volunteers and has computers and internet access.
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Check-in: 1:30 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A relaxing island escape
My girlfriend and I, and her daughter, stayed at Kingfisher Cove for 2 weeks. Our entry in the guestbook at the end of our stay says it all:
"Things that we loved about Kingfisher Cove
August 11-25, 2017
Perhaps above all, we loved the quiet and peaceful sounds of nature.
We loved that the blue hand-painted 8-point stars on the kitchen wall are not perfect, and in fact, are all slightly different.
We loved lying on our backs on the dock at night and staring into the infinite Milky Way, watching for shooting stars.
My girlfriends daughter loved reading in the hammock, and read four books while she was here.
We loved all of the information prepared by Mariette and Neville about Pender Island. Their passion for this place shines through their writings, their art, and the home that they have created.
We loved the swimming hole at the end of Magic Lake.
We loved seeing 4 pileated woodpeckers around the island, and marveled at how a bird could make a noise that sounds like a person chopping wood.
We loved Otto, our name for an otter we occasionally saw around the cabin.
We loved Roe Lake; its swamps, its birds, and the fact that is a paradise undisturbed by people.
We loved the car stops. We gave several people rides around the island.
We loved catching crabs off the dock, and eating them :-).
We did not love losing my girlfriend's sunglasses, but we did love finding them again underneath the chest in the loft.
My girlfriend's daughter loved the dart board.
We loved the Tru Value grocery store donation mechanism.
We loved the Scrabble Deluxe Edition scrabble board, and played most nights.
We loved the blackberries, and made a blackberry crumble.
We loved dinners on the deck, and walks after dinner.
We loved looking for deer while driving around the island.
We loved Kingfisher Cove.
We enjoyed our time immensely, and I particularly appreciated and felt the passion, thought, and creativity inherent in everything on the property. Perhaps the best way I can describe it is “full of life” 😊�."
R, A and R......We are so happy you had such a wonderful and relaxing time. There is no greater reward for us than hearing such eloquently worded and positive feedback. You are your family are certainly welcome to return any time! Best from Mariette and Neville
Absolutely Magical Place!
Absolutely breathtaking views, beautiful wildlife and a wonderful home to spend sometime! Deer, seals, mink and otter are some of the many visitors we had during our stay! We have never had our boys feel so comfortable on vacation, and not once did they miss having a tv because they were too busy playing and exploring. Crabbing and fishing off the dock nightly was a past time for my husband and I. Hiking, swimming and exploring filled our days. I truly cannot wait to come back- I adore this place and am so grateful to have found it!
Thank you Charlotte for your lovely review. You and your family were superb guests, and left everything in great order. We are just as happy that you found us, and we do hope that you will come again. We agree wholeheartedly that it is a magical place and we very fortunate to be, and to have been, the stewards of this treasured piece of the planet for the past few decades. There is something very wild and free about it. The guests arriving after you said the deer (a few of them) were lying on the driveway when they arrived and did not get rattled in the slightest, but instead looked at them as if to announce that they live there too! I am sure you also enjoyed their company nearly every day, along with all the wildlife and amazing birds that frequent the area. Kingfisher Cove awaits your return. Thanks for all.
Kingfisher Cove a bit a paradise
We had a beatiful experience at Kingfisher Cove. The Cabin is well equiped and has most everything you need. Kingfisher Cove is situated in a most beautiful spot with an abundace of nature to explore. The owners were very helpful and pleasant to deal with. Pender has a lot to offer and discover. We thank you for sharing your little piece of paradise.
Thanks you two!! We hope you will return, and soon the ferries will improve their service, with two new boats promised on the Tsawwassen to Pender route, which should make it easier from all of us to get there faster.
A unique and beautiful gem!
We thoroughly enjoyed our 6 days at Kingfisher Cove! The location, layout, and amenities were exactly as described and the property is uniquely magical.
Our very helpful hosts greeted us upon our arrival, showed us around, and answered all our questions about the local scene. Our greatest pleasures included sitting on the deck and observing the beauty of the river and the changing beauty of the light, paddling our little boat about the cove and beyond, and chilling out in the very comfy house itself. Very restful and enjoyable time.
Thanks so much for your lovely review. You were five star guests for sure and you are welcome to come back any time. We are so happy to hear that you had a great time and also got some needed rest and relaxation.
Mariette and Neville
Wonderful retreat right on the water
We were fortunate enough to rent the cabin for seven weeks and found it to be an incredibly peaceful, calming and beautiful place. The deck overlooking Bedwell Harbour made for many wonderful hours of watching seals, otter, deer, bald eagles and, to be sure, the kingfisher. Just listening to the quiet sound of the Arbutus tree leaves rustling in the breeze and little waves lapping at the dock was a truly enjoyable experience.
The cabin is well equipped and lovingly furnished and made for a cosy home away from home. Mariette and Neville were caring hosts who would be back with helpful advice when we happened to have questions.
We explored the whole island and went hiking a lot and also got to know quite a few of Pender's wonderful people. We could not have chosen a better place for our island experience, and would recommend Kingfisher Cove to anyone who loves nature and can enjoy a peaceful environment.
Wir haben unsere sieben Wochen in Kingfisher Cove sehr genossen - es war jeden Tag neu eine Freude, auf die Veranda hinauszugehen und die Besucher der Bucht und des Grundstücks (Seehunde, Otter, Seeadler, Hirsche ..) zu beobachten. Die Cabin hat eine warme, gemütliche Atmosphäre, ist lichtdurchflutet und für alltägliche Bedürfnisse gut ausgestattet.
Eine kleine Entdeckung war das Cafe Slow Coast Coffee am Medicine Beach (sozusagen gleich nebenan) mit leckeren Kuchen und Lunch und netten Leuten. Zum Mount Norman mit seinem fantastischen Blick über die Inselwelt kann man direkt vom Haus aus gelangen, und auch der Beaumont Trail entlang der Bucht ist herrlich. Wunderbar zum Entspannen!
Thanks you so much Anne and Thomas for your wonderful words. You were 5 star guests! We are so happy to know that you plan to return in a few years and thrilled to hear how many good friends you made on Pender. The hikes are fabulous for sure and so many of them can be started nearby. Peace is most treasured feeling of all. At Kingfisher Cove most people experience the rare opportunity to feel very safe, very at ease, unaffected by the chaos of the world 'out there' across the pond or 'in the big smoke'. Nature and for me, particularly the closeness to the sea are somehow very comforting and very inspiring at the same time. You took great care of our treasured Kingfisher Cove. We know you understand how precious it is to us and clearly, to so many others. Glad to have you join the growing group of returning guests. You will always be welcome!
A Perrfect Holiday
For us, this was a return visit to Kingfisher Cove, after several years. The place is looking great, as always. The beautiful Wisteria has really matured. Neville has added a very detailed hardwood floor to the lower level. We love being able to walk out the door and choose which trail we should next explore, particularly in the marine park, although for more exercise and an evening more amazing view than the one from the cabin, the hike up Mt. Norman is really worth the 45 minutes it takes. At the top you will find a lookout with a telescope but even without the scope you can see huge distances, across towards Saltspring and Victoria and towards the San Juan Islands in the U.S.A. If you watch closely on the way up or down, there is also a trail off the trail and if you follow it you will be also be rewarded with views towards.
The cabin was as cozy, clean and comfortable as always and our bed was especially comfortable. The down comforter was just right not to heavy and not too light. Soft, very new white silky cotton sheets and pillow cases greeted us and the bed was perfectly made up with extra fluffy pillows. We actually had two beds to choose from and tried out both, one in the carpeted sleeping loft and the other in the lower level bedroom. As it was quite warm outside, for naps during the day we preferred the cooler lower level bedroom, while at night the sleeping loft was special as it allowed for watching the night sky through the skylight, and in the morning you could see all the way down to the water. The evenings were cool enough for a fire and Mariette and Neville had left us with lots of wood and the fire had been laid for us, we just needed to light it and then keep it going. They are always such good hosts! Fire restrictions had just ended and so we were thrilled to be able to have a fire.
In the morning there was a doe and two fawns on the driveway. We also saw a whole family of otters on the dock and we saw Kingfishers, many seabirds and eagles and the always entertaining hummingbirds. From the dock, one day, we also saw a mink on the cliffside. We enjoyed hanging out on the decks down by the dock and by the time happy hour arrives, we were ready to lie in the hammocks and enjoy the Gulf Islands blue sky, or after dark, the amazing night. Even better is to have a bath in the giant antique iron tub on the lower level deck... pure decadence!
Thanks for the lovely dissertation! A few words are missing...the view from the "trail off the trail" you referred to, is towards Vancouver, Burnaby & the Sunshine Coast. It is such a special spot, there are so many views. Our favourite is from the top of Mt. Norman but if you go to the end of South Pender the views of Mt. Baker are also stunning. And, indeed the night sky is spectacular. We feel so fortunate. It is nice to be able to share our little piece of paradise with others who appreciate its wonders. The phosphoresce is also great on a dark night.
Glad you liked the new sheets we got this summer! The gas cookstove & hoodfan are also new as are the gel foam mattresses ...1 person commented that the lower level bed felt 'moist' so we contacted the manufacturer. They did say that the rare person reports that the gel foam feels moist but of course it is not. To resolve, we added new extra heavy mattress protectors. I gather you didn't notice anyway. We purchased the huge chocolate brown bamboo towels at the same time. I just love them! The decks down by the water were also new last year & hence since your last visit. Same with the new (reclaimed) teak deck at the cabin & the deck at the entrance. The teak is like walking on felt. I love teak & it was nice to be able to buy it without feeling guilty, as this wood looks new from the mill, but is actually reclaimed by a California company that is rescuing a lot of teak that might otherwise find its way to the landfill. We also got a teak cruiseship recliner, not brand new but we can only handle so much brand new stuff at once!
The next project (slow going, as it is hard to find the help needed) is to replace the boards on the ramp & then the dock. Meanwhile, the existing one is fine & it is a great place to lounge & watch for otter, seals, mink, sea birds, etc. & catch crab for dinner. The mink is a rare sighting but popular when seen. He is lucky to be furry & more handsome than the little pack rats that also live in the forest, though they are also rare as is the beautiful opalescent alligator lizard. Our vertical screen doors keep both of those little brats out of the cabin, so thanks for suggesting them, so many years ago. Better yet, they keep the hummingbirds from flying in & getting trapped in the skylight. Then, a major rescue effort is needed, so we tell everyone to use the screens to avoid that drama. For us, the silence that prevails most of the time is treasured.
Oceanfront property in Canada's beautiful Southern Gulf Islands between Vancouver & Victoria, also easily accessed from Seattle. The Gulf Islands are located in the Strait of Georgia, just northwest of Washington's mainland & the San Juan Islands, including Orcas, Stuart, & San Juan Islands. Also very nearby are Sidney and Vancouver Island, the Saanich Peninsula & the other Gulf Islands - Galiano Island, Mayne Island & Saltspring Island. Pender Island is famed for its sailing, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, cycling, mountain biking, bird watching, hiking, swimming, boating, farmer's markets and other rural activities such as horse riding, artist's studios & more. We are ideally located only 10 kilometers from the ferry terminal at Otter Bay. Only 4 kilometers to shops, fitness centers, gift stores, restaurants, bakeries, wine & beer stores & other shopping. Mt. Norman Regional Park entrance is very nearby & our property & the marine park, now part of the Southern Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, share a boundary. Other Activities: Whale watching, Birdwatching, Frisbee Golf, Kayaking, Boating, Sky watching, Exploring Artists Studios, Farmer's Market, or just hang out on the property and sky watch. The night sky is amazing with great views of the stars, meteorite showers, etc. Our place was hand selected by astronomers as a superb place when Haly Bop was doing its thing! Like so many, they returned again as they loved it so much! Our property is frequented by eagles, kingfishers, loons, cormorants, and many other sea and land birds. Time in the hammock is well spent if you like to watch for wildlife and birds. However, Pender Island does not have any bear, nor any skunks or squirrels. We do have lots of deer, mink, seal, otter and more. This property is mountainside, sloped, forested and quite large, and as it borders the National Park Reserve, everything you would expect to find in terms of wildlife and birds, in the park, is also possible on our property. The privacy is unmatched almost anywhere! Golf: North Pender Island, immediately across a little bridge that joins North and South Pender, has an excellent golf course. Ski: Mount Washington on Vancouver Island or Whistler on the mainland are both a day trip away, so stay at Kingfisher Cove between visits to both ski hills! A winter stay on Pender is wonderful. Build a fire, cozy up with a book, or have a hot bath in the antique soaker tub on the lower deck (outside), or a hot shower in the main bathroom.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are in Canadian dollars and are based on a max 3 person occupancy. For parties with additional persons, a surcharge of $50 per person per night applies. We may not always be able to accommodate extra persons. Ask us for details in terms of restrictions, particularly seasonal restrictions during the late fall, winter and spring. Minimum stay 5 nights. Payment may be made in $USD if preferred but ask for details. Cleaning fee will be charged at discretion of owner.