About the property
- Cottage720 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5-6)
Welcome to the Hummingbird Cottage!
The cottage was recently renovated. We had to jack up and level the floor, replace much of the frame with new timbers. The metal roof is the original except for three new bright skylights. The recycled exterior siding was simply nailed “backside-out” exposing a fresh looking cedar surface.
The interior was completely redone, with new maple tongue-and-groove flooring, drywall, and a Pacific Energy woodstove. The kitchen is fully equipped with butcher-block countertop, stainless steel fridge and a Premier Peerless gas stove.
The bathroom is bright with glass block windows, the tile floor is heated and the neo angle shower has glass walls and door. The master bedroom has windows that “peek” into the woods, a solid maple floor, and a queen size wooden bed. The sleeping loft has been furnished with double and a single bed built by the “owner” using local alder which was milled on site.
The renovated cottage-on-lake is ready for your use, with a wrap-around deck on the waters edge. Enjoy the sunshine and view, or head down to the dock or beach for a swim, or a for some boating with the provided kayaks, canoe, windsurfer and small row boat with electrical outboard motor.
We have included some photos documenting the renovation, as well as some of the many things you can do there.
The place is a Family and Pet Paradise, or Romantic Retreat, surrounded by lake, forest and access to private ocean beach and dock.
Explore the West Coast with forest trails, ocean and lake shore to explore, an island within swimming reach, free use of kayaks, canoe, windsurfer and boat, a deepwater dock with boat launch, peace, quiet and stunning scenery.
The Bold Bay Hummingbird Cottage is a 700 ft2, including the sleeping loft. It is literally right at the lakeshore. The cottage is a perfect base for exploring island living on the west coast.
Village Bay Lake connects to a park-protected chain of lakes. The chain provides excellent day or overnight canoeing and kayaking opportunities, with calm warm water, sandy beaches, rocky bluffs and access to hiking trails leading to view points and the ocean.
Enjoy BBQ lunch on the deck, or play games on the landscaped and grassy yard, including badminton, croquet, bocce, volleyball and more. In town you'll find both basics and luxuries including fresh produce and other delectable treats at the weekly Farmer's Market.
A canoe, two kayaks, a windsurfer, and a small rowboat with an electrical outboard motor are available at no charge.
The shoreline of sheltered Crescent Channel (also called Bold Bay), provides beachcombing and shell fishing (oysters and clams). An on-property deepwater dock with boat launch is available to those who want to take advantage of some of the best salmon and prawn fishing on the coast, or just get a little closer to the marine life.
You may choose to bring your own boat and arrive by boat. The southern shore of Quadra Island, and other nearby Discovery Islands are home to some of nature's most spectacular wildlife including bold eagles, dolphins, orcas, porpoises, and seals.
Local telephone calls are free. Long distance call can be made using calling cards, or direct at a cost of 5 to 10 cents per minute for most calls (calls to cell phones are more expensive).
If you have pets, bring them! Dogs love the forest and the lake.
Perfect for family exploration, quiet retreats, and romantic getaways, Bold Bay Hummingbird Cottage can be yours - one week at a time.
Keywords: Lake, Cottage, cabin, recreation, waterfront, ocean, island, swimming, boating, kayaking
Reidar and Margery Zapf-Gilje
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- English, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
- Calendar last updated:
- May 16, 2018
About Reidar and Margery Zapf-Gilje
Welcome to Bold Bay on Quadra Island! We first discovered Quadra Island over 30 years ago, and have spent our holidays and as part-time residents ever since. Our by now (mostly) grown children, join us when they can (my daughter is with me on photo attached). We split our pleasure time on Quadra Island with our working life in Vancouver. We look forward to meeting you!
Reidar and Margery Zapf-Gilje purchased this Cottage in 2007
Why Reidar and Margery Zapf-Gilje chose Strathcona
The Bold Bay property is unique as it stretches from the Lake to the Ocean. It offers West Coast Island living at its best.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Bold Bay property is steeped in history, with local first nations use of the bays and lake, and later by homesteaders. You can see signs of old trails, docks and foundations; and even find an arrowhead if you are lucky.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Amazing & Relaxing Location
Perfect for family over flow from main house!
Perfect Vacation Location
Great location and everything you need for a relaxing stay.
Relaxation, fun, beauty and comfort all rolled into one amazing place!
My family spent a week at The Hummingbird Cottage and we enjoyed every minute of it! Driving up to the cottage, we were immediately impressed by the incredible lake views, the lush green forest and the hidden cottage located right at the water's edge. It was a great first impression that continued on to be a lasting one with each day we spent there. The cottage, itself, was immaculate, and with our stop at a grocery store in Campbell River, we had everything we needed for our week. A comfortable bed in the bedroom and a large sleeping loft easily accommodated our family of 3 and the kitchen/living/dining area was the perfect size for us. Our teenaged son quickly discovered the selection of watercraft at the dock and we all spent an wonderfully hot and sunny week with him kayaking up the lakes, paddleboarding, swimming in the warm clear lake, taking short jaunts in the electric powered boat, jumping from the rock "cliffs" on the nearby island (which we could easily swim to or take the kayaks and tie them off) and midnight star gazing from the dock. We also spent time in the small grassy field behind the cottage playing badminton (although we seem to have hit upon a "high time" for wasps as we did have to abandon our games on several occasions due to their numbers). As a runner, I did find that I could run the gravel road back to the pavement (about 4.5 k one way) with only a few vehicles driving by creating dust (it was a beautiful forested run which was good as long as I wore bug spray)! There were several deer to be spotted on a regular basis - including one that came up on our deck at 3 am to munch on the roses planted in the planters (which did, we must admit, give us a few tense moments until we realized what it was!). We also enjoyed a short hike to Bold Bay and a drive to Sandy Beach for some ocean beachcombing. Taking a drive around the island offered the opportunity to take in the beauty of the area, sit oceanside for lunch at the Heriot Bay Inn and grab a few extra groceries (as well as more books from a quaint little bookstore as we had plenty of time to relax and read) from the stores in Heriot Bay and Quathiaski Cove. It is very true that there is no cell service at the cottage (which we enjoyed but it took getting used to) but you can find "Cellular Reception" signs in the area should you want to check in on the "outside world"! We loved this place and highly recommend it! Thanks, Reidar and Marjery!
Loved our stay at Hummingbird
We loved our stay at Hummingbird cottage. The little cottage itself is beautiful, with a gorgeous kitchen & bathroom, and two nice bedrooms (for those with young kids, note that the loft is up a very steep ladder).
The location on Village Bay Lake is spectacular - jump straight off the dock and swim around the island, or walk to Bold Bay if you want a swim. Bring groceries as it's a bit of a trip into town, but we really appreciated having basics like olive oil and flour on hand.
On my daily runs, I was surprised if I saw more than two cars in three quarters of an hour.
Reider and his son Leif were welcoming and responsive to any questions we had. Leif set up a badminton net and croquet for us, as if we didn't have enough to do already! Our dog was in heaven with room to run & a lake to swim in.
Absolute bliss (we'll be back to Hummingbird Cottage).
I went to bold bay with my family during the summer and had an absolute blast. While I stayed we went kayaking, canoeing, and swimming everyday!! On one of the days, the owners took my brother and I out tubeing and waterskiing, what an adventure. Prawning just off Bold Point shows off true west coast lifestyle, an was such a unique experience. The endless activities around the property kept us constantly occupied, whether we were out on the water, hiking around through the beautiful trails, or simply playing soccer or badminton with the family. This area is perfect for families large or small, and will be enjoyable to adults and kids alike. There is truly something for everyone. The local artist studios made a great daytime adventure for a little cultural experience, and the bread from the saturday farmers market was divine!! I will definitely be coming back to Quadra Island as often as possible :) I recommend this vacation property to everyone I know because not only is it relaxing, but it also feels like home,
Great Little Cabin
We stayed here in June of 2010. It's a beautiful cabin, very sunny and bright, with a lovely view over the lake, and has a well-appointed kitchen, and comfortable bed. It was a delight to be able to take our two dogs to such a gorgeous place - they had a blast. We really appreciated the wood stove (firewood provided) on cool evenings. The cabin is at one end of a chain of lakes, which are great for exploring by kayak or canoe. The dock is a great place to hang out with a book, as is the wrap-around deck. The part of the property that fronts the ocean (accessible by car) has tons of oysters - yummeh! The owner is very pleasant and helpful. Quadra has a ton of hiking within a short drive.
As noted in the listing, there is no internet or cell service. Which was kind of nice :)
A few minor negatives: The cabin floors and counters were not perfectly clean when we arrived, with crumbs and pet hair in evidence. A quick vacuum solved that problem, but it was a little off-putting. We were not able to use the canoe for the first few days of our stay, as it was leaking, but it was very promptly fixed by the owner when he arrived halfway through our visit. As one reviewer below noted, the neighbouring house is fairly close, but no closer than other cabins in "cottage country" - it would only be an issue if one were expecting to find oneself at an isolated cottage.
I would certainly stay here again, and would recommend it to others - we had a truly lovely, relaxing holiday.
The guests rented the cottage in early season, and on very short notice; which did not give us the chance to touch up the cottage and watercrafts. We mentioned this to the guests, including the canoe that needed fixing; and that we would do so as soon as we would be able to. We arrived a few days later, as we live and work in Vancouver (except during the summer), and looked after the concerns raised. In hindsight, it would perhaps have been better not to have accepted the booking.
Badminton, Croquet, Bocci Ball, Soccer, Frisbee ALL PROVIDED