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Oceanfront House -- Walk on Beach/Great for Friends and Family Gatherings

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Four-bedroom Oceanfront House -- Walk On To The Beaches Of Departure Bay

Tons of space and the ocean at your doorstep: breathe deep and make some lasting memories. Perfect for Family and friends gatherings.

Welcome to a beautifully fully-furnished and fully renovated 2,500-square-foot oceanfront house with an open floor plan, vaulted ceiling, and floor-to-ceiling windows. You've got 4 large tastefully decorated bedrooms with very comfortable new Queen size beds and down duvets, 3 bathrooms, and a full gourmet kitchen to play with two ovens.

The decks in the front with amazing ocean view & rear of the house are perfect for BBQing, basking in the sun with a cup of coffee, or sipping the evening away with a glass of wine or local craft beer. Speaking of the backyard--we call it a 'nature yard,' with paths, tons of greenery, and quite often, neighbourhood deer (who find the space as relaxing as we do).

Finally, we can't emphasise this enough: you can walk on the beach for swimming and kayaking in the calm waters of Departure Bay right in front of the house. Wave to passing wild life in front of the impressive backdrop of the mighty coastal mountains.

But even with this amount of nature & calm surrounding you, how convenient is your location?

It's a short walk to the Departure Bay beach & park (for kids activities and picnicking), and other recreations: walkways, bike paths, parks, marshes, and waterfalls. Plan on golfing? You've got a number of nearby choices.

Quaint passenger ferries can sail you over to the walk-able Newcastle Island Marine Provincial Park or to fish & chips on the wharf at the floating Dinghy Dock Pub.

Nanaimo's central location on Vancouver Island makes our beach house a perfect home base for day trips to other Island locations, including:

-Victoria (Butchart Gardens, British Columbia Legislature)

-Cowichan Bay & Shawnigan Lake (shopping & swimming)

-Duncan/Cowichan Valley (Kinsol Trestle, food and wine tours)

-Salt Spring Island & Gabriola Island (farmers markets, local artisans)

-Chemainus (famous murals, Chemainus Theatre)

-Ladysmith (Transfer Beach Park, heritage downtown)

-Parksville & Qualicum (sandy beaches, golfing)

-Coombs (Old Country Market with goats on the roof!)

-Port Alberni (Cathedral Grove, McLean Mill National Historic Site)

-Tofino & Ucluelet (surfing, sport fishing)

-Comox Valley & Campbell River (Mt. Washington Ski Resort, arts festivals)

There are many ways to get to Nanaimo: via BC Ferries from Vancouver (the Departure Bay terminal is a 5-minute drive from the house); through Air Canada & Westjet flights to the Nanaimo Airport or Seair & Harbour Air seaplanes to the Nanaimo Harbour; or driving up from Victoria (Highway 1) or south from Comox (Highway 19 - 90 minutes).

Finally, we--the property owners--are right next door, and will quickly & happily answer any questions you may have about the property or recommend ways to make your stay in Nanaimo as rich & memorable as possible. We look forward to sharing our ocean views with you!

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Nirmal Sandhu
Member since: 2016
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Calendar last updated:
19 September, 2018

About Nirmal Sandhu

Long-time residents of Nanaimo--and we may know a thing or two about the world's best smoked salmon. :)

Nirmal Sandhu purchased this house in 2017

Why Nirmal Sandhu chose Departure Bay

We love the street we live on--with the ocean at our doorstep--so it was a no-brainer to develop the 'house next door' when it became available. We're so excited to share this little corner of the world with visitors and show off what Nanaimo offers!

What makes this house unique

You really can't stay any closer to the water in Nanaimo--and the sheltered nature of Departure Bay makes for an overwhelmingly relaxing environment.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Departure Bay around the Nanaimo

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite three piece bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , three piece bathroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Towels - face, hand and bath towels provided
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Garden view bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Upper level bedroom with Ocean View - 1 Large Double Bed
    Upper level bedroom with ocean view - 1 Large Double Bed
    The Master bedroom with ocean view - 1 Large Double Bed , desk and two chairs. Ocean view sundeck
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Oceanfront House -- Walk on Beach/Great for Friends and Family Gatherings
average rating of 5.0 based on 35 reviews

Excellent in every way

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two weeks with our small dogs. Nirmal and Gerard couldn’t have been nicer. The location was spectacular. The neighbors were friendly. Two paws and two thumbs way up!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nancy and Gary so much for this excellent review. Your positive feed back is very much appreciated. We enjoyed meeting and hosting you all. Thank you for staying with us and hope to see you again in the future. Your dogs were so cute and well behaved. All the best Nirmal
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Beautiful home, beautiful views

  • 5 of 5

This by far is one of the most beautiful locations in Nanaimo. The views are incredible. If you take a canoe trip around the bay you will see sea lions, otters and eagles. Absolutely amazing! We totally enjoyed walking out on the sandy beach during low tide, watching the sea planes landing and the ferries arriving. The house itself is fully equipped. We were not in need of anything. Nirmal and Gerard were wonderful attentive hosts as well. Be sure to check out Nesvog Meats and COBS Bread Bakery just a short drive from the house.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Breathtaking... absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed every moment at this beach house

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I loved staying at this beach house. When we planned our vacation we were wanting a location that had amazing views, was relaxing to stay in, and provided us comfort... this place met all those wants and exceeded all of our expectations. The house is so beautiful - we never wanted to leave. We were a group of 6 adults and had plenty of space (we never once thought we were crowded), a group of 8 would be just as comfortable at this location. The owner's provided all the amenities that you need and were great to work with; we met them our first night and thought they were very kind and generous. Our experience was amazing and we cannot wait to go back. We highly recomend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly one of our best family vacations

  • 5 of 5

Nirmal and Gerard made our family vacation so memorable. Truly one of our best family vacations so far. Their beautiful home and friendly hospitable nature added to our awesome experience. They went out of their way and took care of all our needs and requests. The view of the house is spectacular and the area was very safe. Nirmal and Gerard made the BBQ evening special. All 08 members of our family enjoyed our stay and their hospitality. Happy to recommend this true getaway home for an enjoyable family vacation and warm hospitality.

Love and best wishes


  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

The house is simply awesome - spacious, bright (those huge windows!), very clean, and well stocked. We had everything we needed plus extras like binoculars - and those came handy many times when we spotted a sea otter or a seal playing a few metres away in the ocean!

What surprised us a lot is that the area is so quiet. Being close to the ferry, we expected some hustle and bustle that comes with traffic. Instead, we found a quiet end-of the-street, so peacefull that a deer family used to trot on the beach every evening.

That being said, the location is also great for both enjoying local attractions, restaurants, and markets (great tips and addresses in the welcome package!) and for driving around the island, as it is located only minutes from the main highway. We are a family of 4 with kids 10 and 12 years old, and we weren't bored for a minute. So much stuff to do around.

And last but not least, Nirmal and Gerard are the best sort of hosts - not overbearing, but always there if you need them.

Highly recommended! We hope to be back one day.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Kay for this amazing review. We very much appreciate your positive feed back. It was great meeting and hope to see you and you family in the future. All the best. Nirmal
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  • 5 of 5

Clean, comfortable, well equipped house. Great area to vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nanaimo Airport -YCD
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Miller's pub
Nearest Ferry
3 Kilometres
Departure Bay Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nanaimo Gulf Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Island Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Zougla restaurant
Nearest Ski
130 Kilometres
Mount Washington Alpine Resort
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house around the Departure Bay,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2018/2019 Low Season
16 Sep 2018 - 31 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2019 High Season
1 Jun 2019 - 18 Jul 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Nightly Rate
19 Jul 2019 - 21 Jul 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2019 High Season
22 Jul 2019 - 14 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £29.45 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £382.79
Cleaning fee £132.5 + Tax

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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