|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
Relax and get reinvigorated at this enchanting oceanfront eco-cottage with dock and 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, leave it on the dock and 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.
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.
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 almost 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 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 can, 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.
This is a place to relax, rejuvenate and share intimate time with others. The hammocks, the tub, the wildlife, the decks and the dock, the marine park next door, at the amazing night sky, all make for a real 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.
We luckily managed to get a last minute offseason booking for kingfisher cove. We took the ferry over from Vancouver and located the property very easily. I took my trailered 12 tin boat along with me for the journey. The owner was at the cabin to greet us and gave us a quick orientation, before he left. The cabin was stocked with everything - bedding, cooking utensils, towels etc.. All you need is cloths and a camera. You can get food at the grocery store which had everything except wagon wheels. There was some firewood chopped for the wood shove and we had fun chopping more. (surprised with the huge size of the axe the owners had left for us). The weather turned out to be perfect for this time of year (sunny in November). Because of the cabin was located right at the end of the road we had complete privacy with the trail leading to Mount Norman right at the property line. We launched the boat at the Spit around 1 minute away and then docked it at the private dock in front of the cabin. Since the cove itself was so nice and secluded we did not spend much time out in the boat. The area under the dock was infested with monster rock crabs and all sorts of marine life. (there was a crab trap left on the dock by the owner) We also dropped a prawn trap in the water and it filled up with shiners and medium sized prawns which was a first because I never seen prawns in 8 feet of water. The cabin was clean when we arrived (I scanned the bathroom with a UV light and it was spotless). We visited some of the places on Pender island but had the most fun just hanging around the cabin and dock. Stayed there one week and never saw any other people (other than some passing boats). Got back to Vancouver and already want to go back to kingfisher cove. Had a great week.
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.
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!
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!
A wonderful relaxing place to stay. The cabin has anything you might need to make you comfortable, the deck was stunning and we enjoyed sitting outside at night to watch for falling stars. The kids loved playing in the hammocks and down at the dock catching crab. Mariette and Neville are wonderful hosts who go out of there way to ensure your stay is perfect. They even allowed us to have our brother in law over for a few days, very last minute. We didn't even realize the lack of television or other devices we were so busy enjoying the island and everything it has to offer.
We were hugely disappointed with our stay here. Firstly the in-house composting toilet stinks and makes the bathroom horribly unpleasant. We actually didn't use the bathroom and brushed our teeth in the kitchen as the bathroom was so un-hygienic. There was a vortex of flies in the living room, kitchen and bathroom that made it unpleasant to cook, eat or prepare any food. The owner warned us to keep the screen doors closed to keep out the rats which were, as he described, very bold. We saw them in the yard but luckily not in the house. The house is full of old mis-matched brick-brack stained furniture and the bed downstairs was damp. There is no clean flowing water, the water out the tap comes straight from the well with no filtration or UV system to remove bacteria or organic matter. When we arrived there was no bottled water (the 5 gallon jug was empty) but the owner did go get some following my request (after he told me I should go buy some and I objected). As per our agreement the owner only provided pillow cases that were very old and mismatched. We were thankful to have our own clean sheets. There is no dishwater, washing machine or dryer and everything is extremely old and junky. The kitchen cloths were smelly and dirty so we had no way to even clean up and sanitize the dirty/grimy dishes in the kitchen. During our orientation the owner was unapologetic when we expressed discontent at the property as, in his opinion, it meets the description on the web. Apparently we failed to ask questions in the booking process that would have informed us of the problems, so don't forget to ask about the pest situation, the stink in the washroom, the purity of the water, the quality of the furnishings and the vintage/source of the old kitchen dishes. Finally upon arrival we were asked to show up promptly at the property however the property wasn't ready, the owner was arguing with the cleaner, and we had to wait as the owner ate a bowl of icecream before we had the mandatory 40 minute tour. Oh, and we were told to heat the kettle in the kitchen to fill and use the outside 140 stained and old bathtub, which I wouldn't even use to bath a dog. There are some very cute and charming properties on Pender but this isn't one. We left after a day as we were hugely disgusted, needed a bathroom and clean kitchen, and my son was sick. Our reservation was for three days. We didn't get a refund for our stay. I have never been so disappointed by a vacation property in my life.
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 Park entrance is very nearby & our property & the marine park 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! 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 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.
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.
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May 6 2016 - Oct 11 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$288|
Rates are in Canadian dollars and are based on a 4 person occupancy. For parties of (maximum) 6 persons, a surcharge of $40 per person per night applies for the 5th and 6th persons.
Minimum stay 5 nights. Payment may be made in $USD if preferred but ask and we will provide details.
FOR PEAK SEASON BOOKINGS: A deposit of $975 is required at the time the booking is confirmed and the balance is due 6 weeks prior to the first night of stay. Payment is by email transfer or cheque for Canada to Canada transfers; or by cashier's check or electronic trans for Americans. Ask for owner for additional options for payments for the USA, Europe or elsewhere & for low season options.