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4.9/5 Exceptional

Popular amenities

  • Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Space
  • Fireplace

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • 72-hour vacancy between guest stays

Explore the area

    Popular LocationFairwinds Golf Club2 min drive
    Popular LocationQualicum National Wildlife Area9 min drive
    Popular LocationArbutus Grove Provincial Park12 min drive
    AirportNanaimo, BC (YCD)39 min drive

Space details

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 7
1900 sq ft
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Common area
1 twin/single bed
Bathroom 1
Bathtub/shower combo
Bathroom 2

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About this area

Nanoose Bay

This cottage is located on the beach and in a walkable area with great shopping. The area's natural beauty can be seen at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and Parksville Beach. Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf and Paradise Fun Park are also worth visiting. Discover the area's water adventures with kayaking and scuba diving nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with mountain biking and hiking/biking trails.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Fairwinds Golf Club - 2 min drive
  • Qualicum National Wildlife Area - 9 min drive
  • Arbutus Grove Provincial Park - 12 min drive
  • Craig Heritage Park and Museum - 13 min drive
  • Woodgrove Shopping Centre - 19 min drive

Getting around

  • AirportNanaimo, BC (YCD) - 39 min drive


  • Rocking Horse Pub — 10 min drive
  • Smoke 'N Water — 13 min drive
  • Riso Foods Inc — 18 min drive
  • Dairy Queen — 19 min drive
  • White Spot — 19 min drive

About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.


Historic Nanoose Bay cottage in Regional District of Nanaimo with outdoor tennis court
VIBRANT EDGE OF NATURE ! Dolphin Beach Cottage is a spacious (1900 + square feet) three bedroom, two-bathroom waterfront cottage in the Mount Arrowsmith UNESCO Biosphere Region of Vancouver Island. Unbelievably close to the sea and only steps down to the beach is a special place for a family vacation. It is nautical-themed and anchored in ancient volcanic rock with stunning views across Georgia Strait to the mountains on the mainland. Outdoor bar and firepit area overlook the rustic beach and ocean scenery. 

Located between Schooner Cove Marina and the Fairwinds Golf/Country Club, this is the perfect base from which to enjoy your Vancouver Island vacation. Take day trips to Victoria, a 2 hour drive or Long Beach/Tofino - 2.5 hours away or explore the many trails and biodiverse regions of the Mount Arrowsmith area. Although only 15-30 minutes from major shopping, theatres, and ferries in Nanaimo, the cottage is quiet and feels very remote as the beach is accessible by only a few houses on the bay.

 All the comforts of home are provided: fully equipped kitchen, washer/dryer, gas fireplace, TV with surround sound, Cable/DVD player/stereo, high-speed wireless internet, telephone, plus BBQ and patio furniture.

Relax on the large deck and watch the wildlife, which includes plentiful deer, sea lions, herons, seals, otters, eagles, and occasionally, orcas, whales and dolphins. 

The living room overlooks the ocean with an entire wall of windows - the fireplace, TV and stereo are all conveniently located here. The dining room, with seating for 6, also looks out onto the incredible view. 

The master bedroom boasts views from floor to ceiling windows along one wall, a queen bed and an en-suite bathroom with a soaker tub and in-floor heating.

 The other sleeping areas are also on the lower level, both with queen beds. The second queen bedroom has sliding glass doors that open onto a small deck that is just steps from the beach. The cozy third sleeping area has a pretty view onto the newly landscaped yard. 

There is an additional single bed in the loft overlooking the living room. This area can also serve as an office as there is a desk and Wi-Fi for your laptop.

 Schooner Cove Marina is only a 5 minute walk from the cottage. You can arrange to use our kayaks (one double and two singles) or book a tour to explore the area by boat. 

The small mall in Nanoose, a 5 minute drive away, has a fully stocked supermarket, gas station and post office. 

* Walking distance to Schooner Cove Marina and tennis courts.

* Less than 1 km to the award-winning Fairwinds Golf and Country Club. 

* 10 minutes to the world class spa at Tigh-na-mara. 

* 15 minutes to Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville. 

* Fresh, locally-caught seafood is available a short drive away at French Creek Marina.

* A few examples for short day excursions are: Cathedral Grove, Goats on the Roof at Coombs, Englishman River Falls, Qualicum Beach, Little Qualicum Falls, murals and live theatre in Chemainus. 

Keywords: Cottage, Oceanfront, View, Beach.
Guest accommodations at this cottage offer fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies. Accommodations offer separate living rooms. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas.

Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.

Recreational amenities at the cottage include an outdoor tennis court.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Gillian Smith
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Contactless check-in
Property is kept vacant for 72 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • On the beach


  • Shared/communal pool


  • Internet access

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking
  • Car required

Family friendly

  • Toys


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Living room
  • Dining room


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Books
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Video library

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Heating


  • No pets allowed


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • Near the ocean
  • On the waterfront

Things to do

  • Outdoor tennis court
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Water skiing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Windsurfing nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby


  • Sleeps 7
  • Unit size: 1900 sq ft (177 sq m)


  • Beach access
  • Ecotours
  • Hiking/biking trails
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Water skiing
  • Whale watching
  • Windsurfing



Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets not allowed

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards
Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited

We should mention

A car is required for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

Beachfront Dolphin Beach Cottage Ocean 1900 SQ. FT. 3bd 2 BT
Beachfront Dolphin Beach Ocean 1900 SQ. FT. 3bd 2 BT Nanoose Bay
Beachfront Dolphin Beach Ocean 1900 SQ. FT. 3bd 2 BT
Beachfront Dolphin Beach Cottage Ocean 1900 SQ. FT. 3bd 2 BT
Beachfront Dolphin Beach Ocean 1900 SQ. FT. 3bd 2 BT Nanoose Bay
Beachfront Dolphin Beach Cottage Ocean 1900 SQ. FT. 3bd 2 BT
Beachfront Dolphin Beach Ocean 1900 SQ. FT. 3bd 2 BT Nanoose Bay
Beachfront Dolphin Beach Ocean 1900 SQ. FT. 3bd 2 BT

Frequently asked questions

No, pets are not allowed at this property.
What time is check-in at BEACHFRONT! DOLPHIN BEACH COTTAGE BY THE OCEAN - 1900+ SQ. FT. 3BD, 2 BT?
Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.
What time is check-out at BEACHFRONT! DOLPHIN BEACH COTTAGE BY THE OCEAN - 1900+ SQ. FT. 3BD, 2 BT?
Check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Located in Regional District of Nanaimo, this historic cottage is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Fairwinds Golf Club and within 9 mi (15 km) of Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park and Qualicum National Wildlife Area. Arbutus Grove Provincial Park and Craig Heritage Park and Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Poor
1 - Terrible




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

We loved it!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this property. We travel a lot and what we really appreciated about Gill's place was that it felt like a home. In the kitchen, every time we looked for something we found it! It was so well stocked with appliances and spices and such. We only dined out once in 10 days (Covid times!) so we did a ton of cooking and it was a pleasure to have so many convenient tools to make it all happen so easily. The cottage is right on the ocean on a private little bay with a beach and we swam often. Very private and naturally beautiful with deer, rabbits and birds abound enjoying the surroundings right along with us. The big front deck was an extension of the living room and the view of the ocean was truly a treat for us. We were happy as clams. Beds comfy, lots of towels and blankets. Honestly, we wanted for nothing. It truly felt like home. All we had to do was relax and enjoy it and we did :) The tub in the master bedroom was a delight! Lots of hot water and bubblebath. It's the best of both worlds in the sense that you feel like you are cosily tucked into natures pocket, with serenity and privacy but drive 10 minutes and you have every convenience you might need in neighbouring towns. We will be back. We were a family of 5 and we didn't feel like we were on top of each other at all. The cottage is spacious with so many places to relax alone or as a group, both inside and out. Gill was responsive any time we reached out with a question. Full marks. Stay with confidence.

5/5 Excellent

A very special BC retreat
Our family had an exceptional week away from all the cares of Covid. We felt secluded but were close to amenities. Our neighbours were congenial. The cottage was very comfortable, the view spectacular, our grandsons loved the kayaking, the resident deer family, smores in the beach fire and just having the freedom to swim and play on the beach. Another week, another time. Thank you.

4/5 Good

Great location
A few disappointments

5/5 Excellent

Unbelievable Vacation Rental
The property was exactly like it was pictured. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. the views were breathtaking. Gillian was very accommodating and easily to deal with. We would highly recommend staying there.

5/5 Excellent

Amazing place
All the reviews are 100% accurate. We had a fantastic time. 4 adults, a 4 and a 2 year old. Beach and water were phenomenal and cottage was perfect. Gillian was extremely helpful behind the scenes. Thank you for an amazing week.

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