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Beautiful oceanfront apartment with 2 Free Kayaks! 30 min to downtown.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 loft style Bedrooms, 1 bath/ steam ocean front views of Indian Arm

This fabulous waterfront apartment on Indian Arm in North Vancouver is just 30 minutes from beautiful downtown Vancouver, the cleanest most beautiful city in the world!

Located on Indian Arm, a 10,000 year old fiord in a West Coast rain forest, the community of Woodlands is one of Vancouver's best kept secrets, not many people know we are here and we like it that way! Woodlands is one of Vancouver's oldest summer communities which consists of waterfront homes accessed by a 5 km country road which winds its way through the forests of Mt. Seymour, a provincial park, well known for its snowshoeing, skiing, golfing, hiking, and mountain biking, so don't forget your bike! Woodlands is much less crowded than Deep Cove and gives you that remote feeling without being remote.

There is an 80 foot cement deck with gazebo and bar-b-q which for your own use. There is a 50 foot dock which holds the kayaks and rowboat as well as 2 gravity chairs, perfect for sunbathing. The dock is shared with the owners to access their boat. Watch seals, seabirds, yachts, and fish boats make their way up Indian Arm to the beautiful Wigwam Inn, a private yacht club with a scandalous past! Across from the Wigwam is the majestic Granite Falls Marine Park.

Bring your scuba gear as there is excellent diving right out the front door! 2 Kayaks and a Walker Bay rowboat are available free of charge. Spend an afternoon exploring the many marine parks home to black bears, bald eagles, and two salmon runs a year. Power boat rentals are available at Seycove Marina in Deep Cove.

The picturesque village of Deep Cove is just around the corner. It is home to beautiful gift shops, including Ahoy which is Herschel Backpacks flagship store, the designer lives nearby, many restaurants, as well as the forest hike to Quarry Rock Lookout and Baden Powell Trail which stretches for 50 km, all the way to Horseshoe Bay. The Seymour Art Gallery, Shaw Theatre, Northlands Golf Course, Seycove Marina Boat Rentals, Arm Reach Bistro, Parkgate Community Centre and Library are all close by. Come and experience waterfront living at its finest without breaking the bank, only a 50.00 cleaning fee and 100.00 refundable damage deposit, one of the least expensive on any vacation rental website. 4 day minimum in July and August. Most suitable for 2 to 3 adults or 2 adults and 3 children. One queen bed, 1 double and one convertible bed. 3 night minimum over Christmas Holidays and March break. Check in is 3pm and check out is 10 AM


More Details

Elaine Minichiello
Member since: 2001
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Elaine Minichiello

Elaine and Tony have been married for 20 years and have 2 grown children. Elaine is originally from Halifax and lived on the ocean in St Margaret's Bay, Nova Scotia. She came to Vancouver and obtained her Bachelor of Social Work Degree as well as a Chartered Herbalist diploma.Tony is a city boy born and raised in Vancouver. He has been a financial advisor for 35 years.Together they did an extensive renovation on the property after it was sold to them by the Rubbermaid heiress who moved on to build on Cortes Island. They have been doing vacation rentals in this location for 16 years.

Elaine Minichiello purchased this apartment in 1999

Why Elaine Minichiello chose Vancouver Coast

We both really wanted to be on the water and as we could not move to Nova Scotia because of Tony's work, we set out to find a waterfront home close to downtown Vancouver and found it on Indian Arm, North Vancouver.

What makes this apartment unique

The best part about staying here is the view as well as the deck and the dock! There is also a gazebo and barbq The apartment feels like you are on top of the water. The apartment is very spacious and comes with lots of extras like the kayaks, life jackets as well as countless books, magazines and a few children's books and toys such as lego. We are happy to show you how to use the boats and to show you the trails on Mt Seymour. West Coast photographer, Andy Chamberlayne's, work is featured throughout the apartment. I honestly do not think you will find a nicer place in Vancouver and it is affordable for families.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a wonderful stay, very relaxing and beautiful. Lovely sunrises everyday at breakfast! As well as the kayaks and swimming. Perfect start to our 3 week trip
Aug 2012
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North Vancouver Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • 25.00 per person per day extra daytime visitors max 2 visitors.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Bedrooms are 1 upstairs loft style queen bed and 2 double beds off the living area on main floor loft style
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
The apartment has a steam room, BBQ, 2 kayaks, a rowboat and crab trap for guests to use. We are close to hundreds of hiking and mountain bike trails on Mt Seymour. There is scuba diving right out the front door. Snowshoe and ski Mt Seymour, Grouse or Cypress, all within half an hour of the house. Close to HWY 1 just 35 minutes to the heart of downtown Vancouver and 1.5 hours from Whistler. Get the wilderness feel with the convenience of the city. 4 night minimum in July and August.


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Beautiful oceanfront apartment with 2 Free Kayaks! 30 min to downtown.
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 69 reviews

Incredible View!!!

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I stayed here for our 1 year anniversary memorial day weekend 2017. It was spectacular. The views on the lake were amazing to wake up to every morning! We loved waking up and walking outside, looking out at the mountains & drinking some coffee before kayaking. It was a perfect set-up. We really appreciated Eliane and Tony for being such great hosts. They were so friendly and quick to respond to any questions. We were in awe that they were so welcoming and that they were willing to share the beauty that this place has to offer!! If you are considering this place, I promise you won't regret it!!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and we are so honoured you chose our place for your anniversary. Indian arm, however, is not a lake. It is a salt water fiord connected to the open ocean and home to seals, otters, and a salmon run! Whales have been known to come up the inlet chasing prey. Thanks for a wonderful review and we hope you come back for many more anniversaries. Elaine and Tony
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Great property and location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at this property, perfect location with so many views. Elaine and Tony were wonderful with so many ideas of things to do. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mesmerizing wonderful stay!

  • 5 of 5

Pictures don't seem to capture true beauty of a place and words won't adequately describe how wonderful our stay was at this terrific property on the Indian Arm fjord. As for the basics, the apartment area is very comfortable and clean and well equipped to settle in and feel at home.

More difficult to capture is the nature and beauty of the Indian Arm that sits immediately outside the door. We slept with the windows open to hear the sound of the water and woke to hear and watch a seal working along the shoreline. Seals and eagles and gulls and otters were daily residents to be observed and enjoyed.

In 1911, E.T. Julian wrote about homes in the Woodlands area along the Indian Arm, "...a sense of beauty pervades the mind and compels one to so place the doors and windows, that every opening shall paint a living picture of Nature's own design and painting." That is a great description of the feeling we enjoyed staying here.

So nature is big and all around and yet we were a short and fun drive back and forth on an amazing road through a beautiful forest to go shopping for groceries, out for pastries and coffee, or run to dinner. Most everything we wanted was no further than 15 minute fun and scenic drive. And everything in downtown Vancouver is just 25-30 minutes.

We hiked, we kayaked to Deep Cove for donuts and coffee, we enjoyed great seafood dinners, we drove the Sea-to-Sky highway to Whistler - wow!, we lazed around the apartment and boat watched - sit on the deck a bit and you'll know what I mean - so many different and interesting boats. The sights and activities become too much to list.

The people of Vancouver know what they have and how to enjoy it. And the owners Elaine and Tony are a great example of the spirit you find here. They love Vancouver and The Indian Arm and their property and it shows. Our experience was everything we hoped for and more. Thanks Elaine and Tony for sharing your wonderful place with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We so enjoyed having you both and hope you come back again. We are so lucky to live where we do and we enjoy being able to share it with others who love nature. Thank you for the wonderful review. Elaine and Tony
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Just what we expected... but better!

  • 5 of 5

Super location, right on the water, close to Vancouver for day trips, and the quaint town of Deep Cove just a few km away. The apartment was so comfortable, clean and lacking nothing. Loved the way the rock was left exposed in the bedroom, and the master bedroom overlooking the water was beautiful. This place is good for the soul.

Certainly the highlight for our grown family of 4, was the use of the kayaks. Even saw a few seals as we ventured into Deep Cove on our last morning. Would have liked to have stayed longer, but its easy to see why it was booked up. Elaine and Tony were great hosts!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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LA Family

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful family vacation spot! Tony and Elaine are accommodating, knowledgeable and sweet hosts. Breathtaking views to wake up to everyday, super comfy beds and plenty of amenities. Easy access to the city yet can be off the grid if you are looking for peace and quiet. Hiking and kayaking right outside the house. Easy access to grocery stores. We are hoping to return to this spot as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your great review. I love providing affordable family vacations. It's always fun to see how much others enjoy the area. Looking forward to having you back. Elaine
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Beautiful location, sweet suite

  • 5 of 5

Super comfy beds, comfy furniture, big deck with amazing views.

Unfortunately I had a bad fall at Capilano Park and I injured my ankle so I couldn't explore the beach or trails but Elaine was so sweet and brought me ice packs and checked in to make sure everything was adequate. Even brought some beautiful tulips.

My husband loved the steam/shower.

Looking forward to returning!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Woodlands is a quiet waterfront neighbourhood 30 minutes away from all the hustle and bustle of Vancouver. There are 3 local ski mountains nearby. Cypress, Grouse and Mt Seymour which is your backdoor with 100's of different trails for hikers and mountain bikers. Scuba dive site right out the front door! Fee use of kayaks, rowboat. Hike the Baden Powell trail to Quarry Rock and Deep Cove then reward yourself with a Honey's donut at Honey's or artisan coffee at Cafe Orzo or lunch at Arms Reach Bistro. Browse the local art gallery and gift shops as well as the other well curated shops in Deep Cove.


Rates & Availability

North Vancouver Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sep 4 2017 - May 31 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $79.92
cleaning fee $39.96

A waiver needs to be signed upon arrival for use of the kayaks and the property. Long weekends 3 night minimum

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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