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Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Oceanfront 3 Bedroom/3 Bathroom (Sleeps 6) Home. We Are Dog Friendly!

A Unique, Beachfront Vacation Rental

Looking for an oceanfront vacation rental home? Look no further. This exquisite 'walk-on' beachfront home, located in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, is a holiday dream home. A modern, stylish two-storey private residence, on famous Departure Bay, can be your vacation rental dream come true. Open the door to our website and see for yourself.

Seaview Beach House, Nanaimo, BC

Our extensively upgraded renovated private waterfront residence sits on a long swath of 'walk-on' oceanfront beach in Departure Bay, in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.

Nestled at the end of a laneway and fronting onto the beach, this 2,100 square foot home has sweeping views of Departure Bay and the far off Coastal Mountain Range. Watch ferries and seaplanes come and go, eagles soar overhead and seals and otters playing off the front deck. The house faces east, so you will wake to magnificent sunrises that flood the house with light through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows.

See also our sister property two doors over. Visit VRBO # 455340

More Details

Property Manager
Su Grimmer
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2017

About Su Grimmer

This private home has been in our family since 2007. It has undergone extensive upgrades over the years with the last big renovation in 2012/2013. It is West Coast living at its best.

Su Grimmer purchased this house in 2007

Why Su Grimmer chose Nanaimo

Walk-on waterfront. Views of ocean, sea, sky, and the Coastal Mountain range on the mainland. Dog-friendly house made for family gathering, romantic get-away, couples holidays and gal pal weekends.

What makes this house unique

Waterfront. Ocean. Sea. Sky. Beach. Eagles. Seals. Resident otters. Amazing sunrises. Large cedar deck. The house is all about friends, family and entertaining.


Departure Bay House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
  • There are 3 full bathrooms in the house. One on the main level there is a walk-in shower. Upstairs, there is the master bathroom with a soaker tub and separate walk-in shower. The other bathroom has a walk-in shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • There are 3 bedrooms in the house. One bedroom is on the main floor with twin beds that may be made up at one king bed. Upstairs, the master bedroom has a queen bed, as does the guest bedroom across the hall.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • ski lift privileges
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
We have high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi at the house.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Walk-on waterfront on historic Departure Bay Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Spectacular Second Stay

  • 5 of 5

Ah Seaview Beach House, how we love you! We enjoyed a second stay and are planning on booking our third! The views, the location, the amenities, the size. It's so gorgeous there. Right on the water, the views from the master bedroom are absolutely stunning Inside the house is beautifully clean, well supplied, and comfortably furnished. And outside, there is so much wildlife to see! Lots of birds, the occasional seal, and even otters that pop on shore regularly for a visit! We haven't been lucky enough to spot any, but we've heard thar be whales in the bay.

This property is perfect for any circumstances. A beautiful honeymoon spot. A family vacation. A chance to get away. A puppy vacation (dogs allowed!!). The possibilities are endless! We can not recommend this property enough! It's booked frequently and with good reason!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear M&M, Wowie! Thank you for your most wonderful review. I had a smile from ear to ear. We love having you as our guests. And hearing that you plan to come back again soon is wonderful news. Perhaps Seaview Beach House will become your "same time next year" special retreat for many years to come. Until next visit. Cheers, SuG
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Cobourg, Ontario, Canada

Great Beach House in Nanaimo

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over Christmas and had a wonderful time. It was the best equipped rental unit we have ever stayed in and the owner was very well organized and in touch about check in and check out details. The property is located right on the beach in Departure Bay Nanaimo and we loved paddling in the bay in the kayaks. There were bikes available too. We even joined in on the boxing day swim that took place right next door at the park. Loved watching the seaplanes and ferries come and go will sitting in the comfortable open concept living area kitchen downstairs. We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Will & family, Thank you kindly for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you back as our guests. We are delighted to hear Seaview Beach House played a role in a great family Christmas holiday in Nanaimo. Better yet that the weather cooperated and you were able to get in some winter kayaking. We look forward to welcoming you back at some point in the future. All the best, Su Grimmer
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Thanksgiving trip

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best homes at which we have stayed in the last 15 years. The house itself was completely equipped for dogs and owners and Su was always available for questions and suggestions about where to go and what to do. She even ordered a Thanksgiving turkey from Nesvog's- a highly recommended butcher and delicacy shop. Our Golden puppy is just coming out of her depression at leaving constant access to beach and swimming. We certainly hope to return!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Martha, family & pups, It was wonderful to have you come to stay with us all the way from Sacramento CA for American Thanksgiving. I loved getting your daily updates about your Island adventures, be those human or dog. You certainly did a lot of exploring while here and we hope to have you back with us again soon. All the best from the beaches of Vancouver Island. Cheers, Su G.
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Best panoramic view of Departure Bay

  • 5 of 5

Seaview is a wonderful vacation rental! The location is truly beautiful, right on the water, with a fence for privacy. The house is very well equipped and Su was most helpful and close by.

We will return!!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nancy & Jim, It was wonderful to have you with us for the month of October. We were delighted our house fit the bill for your family vacay and visit with your new granddaughter. We do hope to have you back with us again soon. All the best, Su G.
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Frankfurt -Germany

A place like a paradise

  • 5 of 5

We spent 4 month in a perfect place. The house, the location and the managemnet were absolutly perfect.

The house with the huge dinning room, with a very well organized kitchen and with a lot of huge windows

so you can see always the water and the mountains,great.The tree bedrooms and bathrooms where very helpful

for our guests.The location is fantastic, not only seeing outside on the deck, also because you can explore

easily Vancouver Island only 1.30 h to go to Port Alberni or to Victoria.On the deck you have a good weber grill

which was very helpful,we did a lot of Bbq and we had beautiful dinner outside on the deck.

This house was for everybody a special place and all our friends (30) have very good memories on the time , when they have visited us. And Su Grimmer she was so helpful for us , she knows all the good places on the Island were you can find good food, or restaurants.We enjoyed the dinner with here so much and we are so happy to know here and here family, thank`s Su .In the house you have 2 kayaks and it was always a great pleasure

to do some kayaking special in the evening.All over this place is very special ,awesome,awesome.

We will come back sooner or later.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michael & Inge, when you left at the end of September to return to Frankfurt it was as if I was losing two great long-time friends. What a privilege it was to have you and your wonderful friends and family from Germany & the USA as our guests over the 4 months you spent with us at Seaview Beach House. So many special memories and a few very useful German phrases have been added to my repertoire; two being “ein Nickerchen” and “Eine Feier haben.” You left our house filled to the brim with laughter, good food and memories of lots of excellent wine. You will always be welcome at our home and table. Please come back soon. All the very best, Su G.
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Baulkham Hills, NSW, Australia

Christmas on the Beach at Departure Bay.

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four, (my wife and I plus our adult son and daughter) live in Sydney, Australia, and we were returning to Vancouver Island to spend Christmas with my family and our friends in Nanaimo. With three bedrooms, three bathrooms, laundry, attached garage, the Seaview Beach House on Departure Bay was the perfect place for us to be self-sufficient during our two week holiday. The location is fantastic. Situated right on the beach and with expansive views of Departure Bay and the Coast Mountains from the windows across the full width of the living area and master bedroom, the outlook is jaw-dropping. We never tired of watching the ferries and float-planes coming and going. We also saw seals, otters, snow geese and other wildlife right from the windows. Everything we could possibly need was there with a completely stocked kitchen, wood for the fireplace, telephone, cable TV, Wifi and even a Christmas tree and decorations. We cooked Christmas dinner for 11 and comfortably sat everyone. It's a very warm, comfortable and tastefully furnished home that's great for entertaining. We had many walks along the beach and had it been a bit warmer we may have taken out the bikes and canoe in the garage. The deck and bbq area overlooking the beach would be great for relaxing in warmer weather. Nothing was too much trouble for the owner and all the little touches helped make it a very memorable holiday for all of us. We had such a good time, we'll have to find a way to come back again sometime in the summer. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jim, Thank you for your sensational review. We enjoying having you and your family stay with us over Christmas & New Year. Christmas dinner for 11! I am very impressed. We do hope on your next trip back from Australia to visit family in our neck of the woods that you consider staying with us once again. All the best. Su G.
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Nearest Airport
1.5 Kilometres
Sea Air sea plane terminal
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Kilometres
Original Joe's Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
1.2 Kilometres
BC Ferries, Departure Bay terminal
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Nanaimo Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Highway # 19A
Nearest Restaurant
0.8 Kilometres
Shangahi Garden - chinese food + dim sum
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Mount Washington Ski Area
Nearest Beach
Departure Bay Beach, in front of the house
Car: recommended

An Ideal Mid-Island Location

Departure Bay is a mere 1.5 kilometers from shopping and dining with a number of restaurants within walking distance of the house. Nanaimo is a thriving community of parks, beaches, charming eclectic shops, waterfront walks, marinas and myriad dining choices from fine to casual, plus all the modern convenience needed for an enjoyable stay. These include grocery stores, gas stations, libraries, theatres, restaurants and delis, specialty food shops, spas, doctors and dentists, massage therapists and beauty salons.

The city of Nanaimo sits mid-Island and is a central arrival and departure point for BC Ferries to the BC Mainland. There is also an airport , or you can come and go via seaplane (Harbour Air, Seair Seaplanes or Westcoast Air) into Nanaimo Harbour from downtown Vancouver or Vancouver International Airport. The seaplane trip is only 20 minutes!

The TransCanada Highway (Hwy #1) runs directly through the heart of Nanaimo. From here you can venture north to Mount Washington, Courtenay and Comox, west to Tofino or south to the Cowichan Valley and Victoria. Please see below for links to information about the area:


Rates & Availability

Departure Bay House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Low Season
Jan 1 2017 - May 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2017 High Season
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
2017 Low Season
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2018 Low Season
Jan 1 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
2018 High Season
Jun 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
2018 Low Season Rate
Oct 1 2018 - Dec 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $36.59 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $439.08
Cleaning fee $131.72 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%

Cleaning fees are in addition to the nightly or weekly rate. A further GST tax (goods & service tax) is charged on the total amount. GST is charged at 5.0% on the total amount in Canadian dollars.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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