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Member since: 2002
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Speaks: english, spanish

Whale Pod Chalet and Buddha Cottage on Oaks Bluff

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


Pender Island Chalet Rental Photos and Description

Private large spacious home and unique cottage with ocean front mountain views

Whale Pod Chalet sits high above the ocean on the oaks bluff: The view takes your breathe away. You are overlooking the Swanson Channel. This magnificent panoramic view starts at the San Juan Islands and moves onward to the Olympic Peninsula, Victoria, southern Vancouver Island. It stretches as far north as Nanaimo, the Canadian Gulf Islands, over to the mountains of the lower mainland and south to Mount Baker! This 360 degree view is one of the most spectacular views that beautiful British Columbia can offer. The ocean down below is home to a pod of orca whales, who can be seen up close from the chalet and cottage above, using the binoculars and telescopes situated within the structures. Your viewing pleasure is increased by eagles and birds, ferries, boats of many types , the surrounding forest. The fresh, clean ocean front air reawakens your senses. The buildings themselves also offer a unique and comforting experience. Whale Pod Chalet is 4 stories of awesome, hand built by the owner. It offers an amazing sundeck, a hot tub, an incredible amount of sleeping space with 6 bedrooms, a loft and a den. There are 3 bathrooms, including a shower, and two baths, one very large. It comes with a fully stocked kitchen, unique furnishing, and plenty of interesting items to enjoy. With all of this included Whale Pod Chalet is still very spacious and flowing. The location and design of this chalet offers its guests a wide open experience.

The Buddha Cottage is located a short distance down the hill from Whale Pod Chalet, and offers an experience very different. Instead of the all-around, open view, you are more tucked in. The yard offers tropical plants, 5 majestic ponds and waterfalls that flows through the yard and creates a very serene atmosphere. The natural beauty of the land around compliments this unique setting. From the large and spacious deck you get an ocean front view. There 5 queen beds all together, 3 in house, and two cabins outside. The bathroom offers a jet tub and shower. Two of the in house beds fold up so that this cottage can be flowing during day and cozy at night.

NOTE: Whale Pod Chalet and Buddha Cottage are available individually or together. We are available for weddings, retreats, and other events. Availability posted on this site is for Whale Pod Chalet only. For Buddha cottage availability contact by phone or email. Thank you

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Kevin (Owner)
Member since: 2002
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

About Kevin

I was raised on the east coast of Canada. I grew up living close with the land. I spent many years traveling all over the planet. I am passionate about farming, current specializing in garlic and tomatoes. I express myself through building, most of the wood used to build structures was selectively harvested wood milled from property. I am looking to expand the vision of Whale Pod Chalet and Buddha Cottage. I plan to do this by incorporating more activities and amenities for the guests; such as spirit and health retreats, nature activities, water sports, weddings and reunions.

Kevin purchased this chalet in 1978

Why Kevin chose British Columbia Gulf Islands

The breathtaking views and uniquness of the buildings. Large property perfect for picture perfect and memorable weddings and able to house large amounts of guests.

What makes this chalet unique

Whale watching, panoramic far stretching view, on a bluff high above ocean, buildings beautifully designed

Rate reflect: a minimum of 10 people

Guestbook comments from the owner

It is such a big and open house that no matter how many people are with you, you feel relaxed. We were two groups of children and parents getting away from the City. Kevin, the owner, made the kids laugh and we enjoyed the hospitality. Definitely a must stay on Pender Island.
Oct 2012
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)
Whale Pod Chalet and Buddha Cottage on Oaks Bluff
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews


  • 5 of 5

My 14 friends and i rented this house for 4 days in December and were blown away. As for location, This house sits on top of a cliff looking over the water and islands, a beautiful view to wake up to every morning. Also, there wasn't any neighbors close by which meant lots of privacy, which was great. Inside, the house was also fantastic, nothing too out dated, or too modern. As for furniture and beds, everything was clean, and very comfortable. We never felt too crowded as there was 4 floors with plenty of space. I had no complaints about this house except the wifi was iffy at times, but from my understanding, he has gotten that fixed. This house would be more than amazing for a family or friend getaway. This house would also be great if you want to just party for days on end without stopping, plenty of decks looking over the water for smoking joints aswell ;). We will 100% be staying in this house again next year. 10/10

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wow. Couldnt have asked for a better week getaway with my buddies. Comfy beds, tons of space and towels for everyone and clean shot glasses. Had no problems with bugs, the hot tub or the oven. Very impressed. Every day was a blast and looking forward to coming back. Not to mention how warm and cozy the budda cottage was. 11/10.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Best vacation I've ever been on, couldn't have asked for much more. The area is beautiful. cabin is beautiful, and there's TONS of room for people in the house. Kevin's a great guy, super easy to get along with and I can promise that I will be back more than once in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Me and 13 other friends stayed here for 4 nights and it was great. We all slept comfortably in the house. The house is well stocked with basic things such as towels, blankets, pillows, and appliances. The house sits on a cliffside so you get fantastic views around the island. The owner is extremely accomadating and was always willing to help us with any problems we had. I would definitely recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Yung Noor

  • 5 of 5

This place is 10/10 GOAT. Kevin was a very hospitable and welcoming individual. Both the Whale Pod and Buddha Cottage both exceeded expectations. The views were phenomenal. Definitely recommend for a group who wants to trap out or get trippy.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An Experience Unlike Any Other!!!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! That's the best word I can think of to describe Kevin's amazing, mammoth chalet atop one of the most picturesque bluffs I have ever seen. I rented the chalet and the beautiful cottage for a group of 18 adults and we had a blast. Plenty of room and bed space for everyone, large kitchen that had all the necessary fixings to prepare great meals, a great fireplace and living space around which we could all hang out and play games. Ton of fun!

The power did go out on our last night, which was a bit of a bummer because the chalet is on a pump and so we didn't have water in the morning. In the wintertime, with the potential for wind storms, I understand this is a somewhat frequent occurrence. Kevin has a generator, but not one powerful enough for water -- just heat. He said he was planning to get another, more powerful generator which would solve the problem. Once that happens, the place will be perfect!

I'd highly recommend the chalet and/or the cottage to anyone looking for a unique experience in one of the most beautiful locations imaginable.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Victoria International Airport
Nearest Barpub
20 Kilometres
Poets Cove
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
B.C. Ferries info phone 1-888-223-3779
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Pender Island Golf 250-629-6659 Disk Golf 27 hole
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
VIA Rail 1-800-842-7245
Nearest Motorway
30 Kilometres
Pat Bay Highway via Ferry
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Pender Sushi 250-629-6263
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Mount Washington
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
over 30 public beachs within 5 to 30 kilometers
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Pender Island Chalet Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 2 2017 - May 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 18 2017
2 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2017 - Jan 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $96 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $382
Pet Fee $38
Tax Rate 5.0%


We cater for small weddings up to 50 people, in combination of the lodge and Buddha Cottage. We also do yoga, spiritual retreats, whale watching and whatever your interest is. Please call toll free 1-866-228-4397 . Our professional staff can accommodate all your needs including catering, boat charters, counselors, planners, massage etc. Thank you for your interest in our property.

$500 damage/cleaning deposit low season/weekends
$1000 damage/cleaning deposit high season/special events

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Pender Island Chalet Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Buddha - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3.5
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • China suite - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 6 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Loft - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (5), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2), Murphy Beds (2)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • 1 bicycles
  • 25 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • jetted tub
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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