Ciere and Dario from England
We stayed for a week at this lovely cabin with our two young children and had a wonderful time. The cabin is beautiful with tons of character and the most incredible view. We enjoyed the deck and saw seals swimming outside and eagles floating in the sky. We loved exploring the island and meeting some of its relaxed community. The local radio station was a hit too! The cabin is tucked away with complete privacy but close enough to a neighbour so we didn't feel completely isolated. Doug was helpful, patient and fast at responding to my numerous queries before we arrived. We would love to return here one day. Thank you, Doug and Doris.
May 30, 2017
Kristin from Comox Valley
What a wonderful place! The cabin itself is rustic, but it has absolutely everything you need to have a relaxing week away. We loved the big windows looking out over the harbour, the cozy fireplace and beautiful deck space. It was very quiet on the island this time of year, but everyone we came across was friendly and incredibly helpful. Doug was a great host, we had a change in plans mid-way through our trip and he was flexible and understanding. Overall, a wonderful place and I'd highly recommend it to anyone looking for some time away (at any time of the year)!
November 20, 2016
Dan from Kelowna
We had a great experience at your cabin. It was quiet and gave us a great base for hiking on cortes. By 5pm each night we would be sitting on the deck enjoying the sun. For my wife and I the week was perfect.
May 31, 2015
Sherry from Vancouver
2 glorious weeks in May!
I stayed at the Cortes Cabin in May and it was fantastic.
Swam in the lake and the ocean and also at the Gorge Marina pool and hot tub.
My dog Misty and I had an amazing time and those sunsets are the best in the world!
July 03, 2014
Christopher and Stephanie from Victoria, BC
Stephanie and I have returned aglow from our lovely stay at your wonderful cabin. It was truly a phenomenal place to spend our honeymoon. What a beautiful place on such a beautiful island. We enjoyed the sights and swells of the islands and waters this week. We are already scheming our return.
June 26, 2013
Madelyn aged 9 from Vancouver
We liked picking clams and oysters, the swing, paddling to Shark Spit and Marina Island. I liked seeing the pacific white-sided dolphins. We also saw frogs.
March 29, 2013
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.
November 01, 2012
Leanne & Chris from Mayne Island
Thank you for the opportunity to stay at your funky cabin. We fell in love with it and its location! It was an amazing and perfect retreat for us as we were married on the front deck on October 12th, so we will have and hold fond memories of our experience here. See you next year.
October 15, 2012
Kerry, Leif, Linnea & Elsa from Portland, Oregon
We were excited for our trip to Cortes! It has lived up to what we had heard! A beautiful place with some fun exploring and good times with good friends. Loved seeing and wading through all the living critters in Manson's Landing, hiking up to the incredible views from Easter Bluff, swimming in Hague Lake and canoe trips from the cabin. Thank you for sharing your time with us at this special place.
August 28, 2012
Carrol & Anita
A unique place. The sounds, the silence, the water, the sunsets. We have enjoyed immensely. Thank you so much.
August 14, 2012
Roland, Nina, Viktoria & Martin from Berlin, Germany
It was again wonderful at your cabin. It is truly a unique place and we will be back 2 years from now – in 2014.
July 30, 2012
Tani & Tobi
I have to say that my wife and I were very, very happy with our experience. The property was fantastic, very accurately described in text and photos. 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!!
July 28, 2012
We leave this amazing land with immense sadness but will carry the brilliance of memories of all the precious beings who shared themselves with us, the baby robins who were leaving their nest as we left, the ravens who talked and sang, the humming bird and vulture who introduced themselves to me and the dear times we had together. This cabin is in and is a paradise for which I am grateful beyond words.
July 25, 2011
Ingrid from Vancouver
drinking tulsi tea, looking out onto rippled water – sun spreading through blue sky – soft green moss rounds the stones – silently dropping down on the third day adrift from the city – sleepdeep nights snug above - dissolve the knots the body holds – perfect swimming on hague lake - drying off on hot rocks – fabulous food – best at home! But that homemade ice cream made by cindie beaulieu – her seville marmalade – her blackcurrant/raspberry jam & her almond rococo! Such a nourishing place to be – the pleasure of every view – the light broken up in the stained glass – deep warm bubbly baths – thank you, thank you.
July 21, 2011
Kathy, Jill & Ethan from Qualicum Beach
Blessings Doris for sharing this healing space. We had 3 sunny periods – swam daily and paddled every day even in the 4 days of torrential downpours – left us with no option but to read, nap, eat & play games. Restful. Peaceful. Joyful—Leaving with all these things in our hearts. Until next time. Namaste.
July 16, 2011
Doris from Vancouver
I awoke this morning to the incredibly beautiful sight of the sky turning its soft pinkish rising colour and framing the full moon as it began its descent. So much beauty here and the gift of these very warm early fall days. Blessed swims in Hague Lake – so popular in this heat. Blessings to this place for the 36 years I've come.
July 01, 2011
Lane from Lane family
Well this cabin is a real treat on Cortes. It suited our style perfectly...well hidden on the rocks and private from others in the bay. Lots in the cabin for easy cooking and bathing facilities looking out into the forest. Able to swim off the rocks....even our dog thought this was the best!! Took the canoe out in the bay....will bring a fishing rod next time. Played Joe Cocker, sipped wine and ate fresh clams and oysters....can hardly wait until next summer and do it all again.
March 29, 2010
Cathy & Joe from Eugene, OR
We had a great week of living off the “fat of the land”…eating fish, clams, oysters, berries and chanterelles. We even sold Hollyhock $54 worth of mushrooms…and then went out to dinner!!
Lots of hiking and canoeing and swimming in the lake, at Smelt Bay and at Hollyhock. I joined the hiking group for two days and really enjoyed talking to the locals. Thanks so much!
August 19, 2007
Claude, Linda, Morgan & BJ Dosdall from Vancouver, BC
As usual we had a great getaway. Mixed in some much needed repairs to cabin and road with some much more needed relaxing and hanging out time. First night was too cloudy to see any of the meteor shower, second night much better but by that time the shower was less. Weather has been better and better!! And our dinners are always so much more flavourful here—must be the awe-inspiring sunsets.
We knocked down the remains of the ugly old dock as it was close to falling anyways. Replaced it was a rock inukshuk who, at high tide, appears to walk on water.
Parcheesi championship is tonight as we wind down our week. Hard to believe it’s been 4 years since our last visit! And we celebrated anniversary #21!! on Thursday with dinner out.
Doesn’t get much better. (We miss Nina who had to work)
August 18, 2007
We had an amazing, wonderful time. The weather was fantastic and we completely fell in love with Cortes.
June 01, 2007
Annie, Paul Scout & Skidoo from Delta, BC
Wow! This place is amazing – a piece of paradise – awesome! Sunny and hot on Thurs and Fri. Fri night rain – sounds wild on metal roof. It is Sat morn now and no power for 12 hours - but that’s ok – adds to the experience. The cabin is funky and the view is awesome. Beautiful sunsets and tranquility. The Gorge Harbour Seal is visiting lots! The dogs love the swimming and so do we! Been to Smelt Bay, Hague Lake, Green Mountain Hike, Easter Bluffs Hike, Hollyhock gardens and beach, Squirrel Cove. The swimming at the cabin is awesome! (I’m stuck on that word aren’t I?) Truly a natural, spiritual experience to relax and inhale clean air.
September 10, 2006
Doug Dosdall from Vancouver, BC
I lived on Cortes Island, BC, for two years from the ages of 9 to 11. Getting to Cortes is a little bit of a trek – it’s reached from a ferry from Quadra Island which is itself reached from a ferry from Campbell River halfway up Vancouver Island. So three ferries to get there from Vancouver. 800 people lived there year round when we lived there, probably not so many more now but I’m not sure. My family and two other couples bought an amazing piece of property on 60 acres at Gorge Harbour and moved there in 1975 in a flight from the world which appeared to be disintegrating at the time. They were all involved in the “human growth” movement (“hippies” to the rest of us) attracted to the island in part since it was a center of this due to Cold Mountain Centre (now Hollyhock) which is located on the island.It’s been a long time since I’ve been up here. Over ten years I think. Now that I’m here I don’t know why I waited so long! It’s pretty amazing. And actually the relaxed pace of life reminds me a little of Costa Rica. So my boyfriend Mark, his dog Simon and I headed up on labour day weekend. After we left the island, my dad had a cabin built which speaks so strongly of his personality that you can’t help but be reminded of his creativity and spark wherever you turn. After so many years, the island sure has changed but it’s still got a wonderful vibe. In fact, probably more so as the conflict between the new arrivals and the more established, more conservative islanders that I remember from my childhood has largely disappeared. Now everyone shops at the whole foods co-op. And the WiFi access is great here at the Cortes Market so I can tell you what’s up! Check the link for a few photos.
September 05, 2006
Sherry, Daniel and Misty the dog Dosdall from Vancouver, BC
Two weeks at the cabin, so much better than the usual one. Wish we could have had more hot sun but this is the changing time of the summer. Enjoyed having Kim with us for 5 days and company of Marlene. Reconnected with Debbie after 25 years who treated us to a huge amount of prawns and took us out in her boat. Cleaned the cabin well and front windows, also did some interior/exterior painting with free paint from the recycling depot. Hiked Green Mountain about 6 times! Other than really missing my cat I’ve been quite content to be here 2 weeks. Daniel has enjoyed also but is ready to go home Sat. Till spring break or maybe next year then.
September 03, 2005
Kim Cramblett from Seattle, WA
Two days of saltwater swimming; cold-bracing-tantalizing in my own fleshy buoyant skin. With socks and fins I could fly across the surface almost like a skeeter bug darting after Daniel in his paddle boat. August is the last month for oysters to spawn. The first day I snorkled the water was full of spawn. Lots of heads and tails waiting and floating towards some home to host them while they grow. I harvested five oysters and put them over coals. The first gave me a pearl not much bigger than the well lit pupil of my eye. Three more were warm and luscious going down. Cold salty water, hot hot sun, and now alone here the raindrops fall gently while we sleep.
August 29, 2005
Wendy & Michelle from Burnaby, BC
We just spent five glorious weeks up here and it’s still not enough in this glorious paradise island. The time went so quickly. The first 10 days were cloud and then except for 3 days every single day had been hot and sunny – just like we like it. We didn’t do much except relax, eat great food and fine wine, read, swim, gaze and then do it all over again. We went to Manson’s everyday for some exercise and to run our pooch Millie who learnt how to swim. The cabin as always was just perfect for us – so private and yet so safe. Our Cortes days will take us through the winter. Thanks once again for providing us the opportunity to be here once again – it’s one of the year’s highlights
August 06, 2005
Del, Terrie, Ella & Colt from Portland, OR
It was a long way to come, up from Portland, but, as usual, definitely worth it! This was Ella’s first visit – she wasn’t too interested in the ocean, the seals or the swimming, but loved playing with the leaves and grass. We were thinking it would be great for her to have Cortes as a childhood memory. We also brought Colt up this year – his first time to the ocean. It’s been great having him here. We swam and Del and Colt went to the Gorge entrance in the canoe and Green Mountain on a hike with Ella. Colt collected crabs and starfish and we swam at the lake and in the Gorge (very quick swim – cold!) It rained today (the 29th), but the sun is out now and the Gorge is completely still. The days go so fast and we can only get out between Ella’s naps and out stay was short but I feel rested and it’s definitely a slower pace than if we stayed in Vancouver. Two seals are coming close to shore, curious about what Colt and Del are doing! Ella’s sleeping and the sun is going down. A perfect way to end the visit.
June 30, 2005
C. Hartley & Ted McCormick
So quiet and restorative here. We could really leave things behind and absorb the serenity of these surroundings. Went for hikes everyday – wonderful trails. We look forward to returning.
October 11, 2004
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