|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
The Wilcox Lodge is a serene retreat nestled on 5 wooded acres on the shore of Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island, considered by many to be the best of the Evergreen Islands. These islands are located on the famed 'inside passage' used by ships going to and from Alaska and are sheltered from winter Pacific storms by Vancouver Island, one of the largest and most interesting islands in the Northern Hemisphere. Cortes Island is served by regular scheduled ferry service from Campbell River. Campbell River on the east side of Vancouver Island has scheduled airline service from Vancouver (host city to the 2010 Winter Olympics), and charter service direct to Gorge Harbour is available from Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver and Campbell River.
Cortes Island is in the 'rain shadow' of Vancouver Island and has far less precipitation than Victoria or Vancouver. Weather is usually warm and sunny with cool evenings May thru October.
The Lodge is situated just above the beach with a panoramic view of the harbour and a view thru the harbour entrance of Vancouver Island mountains in the distance. Wildlife abounds. You may see bald eagles and many varieties of birds, deer down by the beach or out the kitchen window, sea lions, seals or an otter playfully swimming by, mink, and perhaps dolphins or a whale on the ferry ride over.
With nearly 1,500 sq. ft of living space, this rustic Lodge has all modern conveniences, a full well-equipped kitchen, comfortable and spacious living/dining area that opens onto a large 750+ sq. ft. L-shaped deck overlooking the beach and harbour. Hot tub on the deck. 2 chaise lounges make for lazy sunbathing/reading afternoons on the deck and the cafe & dining tables are a perfect spot for outdoor dining. Anyone for oysters on the barbeque??? Stairs off the deck provide access to the beach over a short but bumpy path. Kayak available for guest use. The Lodge sleeps 6: 2 in the lower loft (California King sleigh bed with McCroskey firm mattress & box spring), 4 in the upper loft (double bed and trundle bed with 2 twin mattresses). The Lodge is an 'A' frame with an open floor plan, the upper loft is accessed thru the lower loft and both lofts are partially open to the main living area (so no bedroom privacy). The bathroom has a sink, toilet, shower and a clothes washer (dry your clothes outside on the clothes line, they will smell so fresh and good); there is also an outhouse. There is ample parking for several cars. There is a land line phone for local calls & limited long distance, 32' Sony flat screen TV w/DVD player in the lower loft (no TV channels, cable or satellite, just for DVDs), CD player and record player w/record collection just for old times sake. We also have a collection of books, some by local authors, and some board games for the chance rainy day. Feel free to add a shell or two to our display case coffee table in the upper loft or a beach combing find to our entry way beach combers wall. You'll also find a kayak under the house which you can use during your stay... Main thing is to unwind, have fun, enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings...
Note this is a rustic beach house......not a modern city home transported to water's edge....we are continually upgrading the property but not everything is 'all perfect'...although we keep making improvements each year.
Also note that the private driveway is a bit rough and bumpy in places. You need to drive very slowly and carefully to avoid scraping the bottom of the car on the driveway.
The Lodge is not as remote as it sounds, one neighbor's cottage is very close by and can be seen from the deck & from the lower loft bedroom bay window, there is a small cabin in the woods up the road not visible from the main house, others are within walking distance as is the Gorge Marina with restaurant, small grocery, laundromat, gasoline, and a new beautiful outdoor swimming pool & hot tub overlooking the harbour/marina and open to the public. The Lodge is 2 1/2 miles from downtown Whaletown with government dock, post office, church and mini-library. Internet access is available at the Gorge Marina.
When you tire of hanging out around the Lodge, numerous outdoor recreational opportunities abound: fishing, boating, sailing, kayaking, hiking, biking, swimming at the Marina pool or Hague Lake, Hollyhock retreat center courses, other beaches to explore, skate board park...
Call now to reserve for summer 2017, availability in June, July, August, Sept and Oct. All are great vacation months!
Keywords: house, beach house, villa, cabin, cottage
My parents left this fabulous summer beachfront home to me and my sister Gina. I first came here when my eldest son was 5 years old and had great fun boating, beach combing, swimming, collecting clams and oysters off the beach (and eating them), fishing (my son started fishing for 'coddies' in the harbour and later caught his first salmon here). I remember the year my dear old dad won the local 'salmon derby' for biggest catch of the day, another fishing expedition when he hooked a bird that was fishing too (ever try to get a live bird off your fish hook?), also the time my son boiled his baby shark to try and extract the shark's teeth only to find they had boiled away into nothing, many potluck dinners and parties with the locals, dinners at Hollyhock and visiting their beautiful organic garden, hikes, picking apples out of abandoned orchards and blackberries for delicious pie making (and eating, you're catching on to a key theme here I hope!). Have come back to Cortes many summers, the natural beauty here is stunning, gorgeous beach, water and mountain views from every part of the island, I could go on and on.... The ferry rides are fun, last time we saw a pod of dolphins right in front of us... I've also traveled by sea plane which is a great adventure itself...I live in Northern California with Sparkie the killer toy poodle (pictured here), my husband Ivan and two sons.
Owner purchased this house in 1980
My parents discovered the 'hidden gem' called Gorge Harbour, Cortes Island in one of their long summer sailing expeditions in this region. They fell in love at first site, got off the sailboat, found a realtor, the rest is history. The Lodge had been built by a glazier who used some interesting old windows in the Lodge that he salvaged from other houses where he was replacing the old w/the new; his most interesting glass work is some 'L' shaped windows where the two pieces of glass are glazed together w/o frames between to maximize the Gorgeous views... The Lodge still needed a lot of work and my parents spent the next several summers laboring away to make it the beautiful serene retreat that we now invite you to come enjoy. My Dad loved the locals, the great salmon fishing, the plentiful oysters and clams on the beachfront, gardening and partying. My mom loves the view of the Gorge Harbour entrance with boats coming and going, beach combing to find interesting artsy driftwood pieces (some decorate the lodge still), sunbathing on the deck and waking up to more of the Gorgeous views.
My absolute favorite thing about the Wilcox Lodge is THE AIR SMELLS SWEET, do you big city dwellers even know what I'm talking about??? I myself forget how great air can smell when I'm stuck in the big city pollution...on Cortes the pace is slower, the people friendly, the natural beauty is stunning, great beach, water, snow-capped mountain and forest views in every direction, hard for me to pick a favorite view they are all so spectacular. The local seafood is great, there are farm stands and a coop store where you can buy organic foods. There are some excellent restaurants for when you don't feel like cooking. You can get internet access if needed, we don't have it at the Lodge because we want to escape from all our electronic addictions and hookups for a while. The Hollyhock retreat offers a variety of interesting workshops and you don't have to stay there to enjoy their fabulous dinners and organic gardens. Other island activities include swimming at Hague Lake, kayaking and sailing excursions, fishing, and more. Google and you will find lots of info. A number of famous people have chosen Cortes Island as a summer retreat and for good reason, yet it is not highly touristy or over-commercialized. Our Lodge has a great big expansive deck, I could be happy just hanging out on the deck all day. I love sleeping in the trundle bed, waking up and looking out at the water one direction and the forest the other direction. Mostly I enjoy spending time with family and friends in our own private little piece of paradise. I hope you will come, enjoy and create your own fabulous Cortes memories.
What an amazing location for a cabin. The cabin is spacious and has everything that you need, a bit dated but this adds to the charm.
Views from the hot tub are amazing and being able to Kayak to dinner at the marina a definite plus.
We had a great time with 2 adults and 2 children.
Sue was very responsive to my emails and phone call.
We love Sue's place so much! It is our 3rd time there! Very comfortable for ultimate relaxation. The harbour is full of surprises to watch from seals and birds to Orca's chasing in Seals! They hid under the Oyster rafts! Even saw a humpback whale on the ferry! What a magical place!
This is our second year in a row visiting Cortes Island and would not stay anywhere but the Wilcox Lodge.
We are a family of 6 and the cabin has plenty of space for everyone ! The balcony is huge and has a fantastic view of the harbour - walk down the stairs right onto the beach - use the cabins kayaks and go explore the waters . Relax in the hot tub.
There are lots of trails on Cortes for hikers and wonderful beaches - Hanks Beach, the beach at Hollyhock, Mansons Landing and Lagoon, Hague Lake and our favorite - Smelt Bay.
As there are a couple of stores on the Island -but the selection is limited and quite expensive - I do recommend bringing your groceries with you. The cabin has a large fridge as well as a chest freezer.
Sue is great to deal with - she responds to emails quickly and if any issues arise during your stay - there is a phone to call her and she will address them .
The people on the island are very friendly - it is a quiet, serene and peaceful island - we will definitely be back next summer for our 3rd year in a row ;)
The cabin is tucked away in the woods with a deck that opens onto the bay. Hands down, it is the most peaceful and relaxing place I've stayed. With all windows open you feel as though you are outside even when you are inside. The moonlight view of the bay from the bed at night can't be beat. There is ample and comfortable sleeping for a family with multiple kids. Cortes is a nature-lover's paradise. My 2 young children, husband and I enjoyed shell seeking, berry-picking, swimming in the ocean and lake, and hiking. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get away from it all and find peace in nature.
The setting of this cabin is incomparable. A beautiful large, sunny deck, with hot tub, overlooks the comings and goings of the harbor. The cabin itself is well equipped with tons of kitchen accessories and ample bedding and towels. A small deep freeze is handy for the fishers in the family. On-site kayaks are: 1 single and 1 double (however, there was only 1 paddle available for both)...it's fun to kayak over to the marina store, shop, rent videos and even partake in morning yoga at the resort! Lots of great kayaking at your doorstep in beautiful clear, calm waters. Easy access to bike trails, too, if that's your thing. We biked to Carrington Bay as well as the new Whaletown Commons, both starting from "home". We loved the master bedroom view of the harbor and didn't mind the curtain which acts as the separator to the higher loft bedroom. All beds are super comfy! If you like somewhat rustic cabins, no wifi, relaxing on decks while watching seals, boats and seaplanes, and having a central "base", then you will love Wilcox 1!
We have visited a few rental properties on Cortes and while this property needs more upgrading, it is a very comfortable spot with spectacular views of the harbour from the deck. This ultra quiet location has everything you need for a restful retreat from the hustle and bustle.
We always enjoy the various markets on the island and the fun community activities as well the museums.
We have recommended that the kayak launch on Wilcox 1 be worked on as it is currently difficult; therefore, until that is fixed you may wish to safely launch at the Gorge Harbour Marina, Hague Lake or a zillion other places.
Wilcox 1 is a very clean property with the owners very conscientious about continually upgrading the property so that we can all have a grand holiday.
Leave your cell phone, ipad and laptop at home! Get unplugged and return home refreshed.
Wilcox 1 is a great place to meditate and reconnect with our Godself.
I wish there were restaurants on Cortes that are vegan friendly.
Clam digging and oysters can be gathered on selected Cortes Island beaches with fishing licenses. There is a small skate board park on the island. Various markets and festivals also.
|Cleaning & Hot Tub Servi||$200|
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.