If you're looking for waterfront privacy and immersion in nature, this cabin set in 10 acres of forest on Cortes Island may be what you're looking for.
Reachable by Ferry from Campbell River, Cortes Island is a small island with a progressive counter-culture vibe.
The cabin is fully equipped with full kitchen, bath with tub and sawdust toilet, ipod dock (iPhone 4 or earlier connector), tv/dvd, phone for local calls. It has a rustic feel in harmony with nature. Downstairs is an open living room, dining room and kitchen with wood stove and sunset views west out over Gorge Harbour. Upstairs is a large bedroom with 1 queen, 1 double and 1 single bed. Surrounding the cabin are large wooden decks built into the mossy bluffs. There is a small rocky beach just below the cabin for swimming and there is a canoe with life jackets and paddles that you can launch there (you'll likely need two people to launch it).
Peak summer rentals are Saturday to Saturday only and for a minimum of a week. Other periods the dates are flexible.
This cabin isn't for everyone so please check with us before booking and we'll make sure the place is right for you.
Some details / frequently asked questions:
What is a sawdust toilet? There is an indoor toilet but it goes into a bucket (accessed from outside the cabin) which you must empty into an outhouse pit every few days.
We do not live on the island so support is limited. A neighbor can help with emergencies. We do have a cleaner that comes in between visitors but there is no laundry at the cabin and no time for her to do laundry. As such we request visitors either bring their own linens (sheets, towels) or launder any used at the laundromat before they leave. You are also responsible for making sure all your dishes are done, the kitchen is tidy and the toilet pail is emptied before you go. You must also take all garbage with you or to the dump before you leave.
The driveway up to the cabin is gravel and steep in parts. You don't need a 4WD but if there is snow on the ground you may be better off parking at the bottom of the driveway and walking the 300 m or so up to the cabin.
Many visitors have asked us if they can get here without a car. We have had visitors arrive by boat (the harbour is very calm for anchoring but there is no dock) and I've cycled to the cabin myself. But there is no public transport (a taxi is sometimes available on the island) and the cabin is about 8km from either the ferry or most stores/restaurants (in the opposite direction at Manson's Landing) so it's pretty difficult to do without a car.
The cabin is spacious but there are just two big open rooms plus the bathroom. The upstairs is separated by an open stairway so keep in mind that you can't close a door and get full noise separation.
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Great cabin in a wonderful location!
Cabin was nicely stocked, clean and warm.
Looking forward to the next visit.
Loved the cabin! It was so cozy and peaceful to curl up by the fire and walk along the rocky shore below. You can see harbour seals from the kitchen window, starfish and crabs from the shore, and it's so quiet you can hear ravens flying overhead. I spent a lot of time just staring out the window over the water, the scenery's so lovely. Instructions on finding the place were clear, and everyone on the island is super friendly. The neighbours are there to help if you need anything. This is a great place for a quiet get-away to recharge and be close to nature.
I have been both a guest and a host through Airbnb, and I have found that satisfaction in both cases is based on expectations, and how well those expectations are fulfilled by the host. I have to say that my wife and I were very, very happy with our experience having Doug as a host. The property was fantastic, very accurately described in text and photos on Airbnb and on the property's separate website. We loved the cabin, the property and the island. The views of the harbor from every window were terrific, the cabin was fully equipped and very comfortable. This is NOT a plush place, sterile and meticulously decorated; it is a cabin that has obviously been used and loved for years, developing a character that can't be created overnight. The location on the harbor could not have worked better for us: we arrived from Lund by ancient Boston Whaler, and we were able to anchor right off the shore with a bungee, the water being deep enough to give us access to the boat in spite of pretty significant tidal swings. We had a blast boating through the islands, including a couple of white-knuckle passages (these are big waters for a 17-foot open boat). It is truly a beautiful and memorable part of the world.
Doug was an ideal host, quickly and helpfully responsive to us when we had minor issues with the water system in the cabin. His mother, Doris, came to our rescue after we left our handheld GPS (full of waypoints and routes it had taken us years to accumulate) at the cabin: she had the next renters bring it to her in Vancouver, whereupon she mailed it to us. We really appreciated Doug and Doris.
The only even semi-negative thing we experienced was the sometimes brisk, even mildly hostile treatment we received from some of the islanders working at the stores and restaurants on the island. I guess after catering to the mega-yacht owners who pass through this beautiful harbor all summer, the usually-uber-friendly Canadians run out of friendly at some point.
Stay here if you can! Bring a boat!!