Refuge Cove, Desolation Sound Oceanfront Retreat: 2 + Loft


Private Oceanfront Retreat, Refuge Cove, Desolation Sound, BC

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  • Sold on 2010-07-23
  • Property AddressPrivate Oceanfront Retreat, Refuge Cove, Desolation Sound, BC, Canada
  • TypeOceanfront Retreat
  • Parkingnone
  • Bedrooms2 + Loft

Private Oceanfront Retreat, Refuge Cove, Desolation Sound, BC, Canada


Located on West Redonda Island. Includes 2 bdrm cottage with all the comforts of home, protected dock with boat house, marine railway system, shop & 24 ft Zeta commuter boat. General store, fuel dock & restaurant across the bay.


Listing #: 09291

Legal Description: DL: 5591; LD: New Westminster Group 1 (37)

Taxes: $2,025.61 (2009)

Improvements: 2 Bedroom Cottage, Stainless Ramp & Pressure Treated Dock, Boat House, 5 Ton Marine Railway System, Shop, Well & Generator Shed.

Description: This beautiful family or corporate retreat property is situated in a private bay in Refuge Cove with over 500 feet of waterfront. It includes 3.65 acres of land surrounded by 500 acres of crown land. It includes a 2 bedroom cottage set up with all the amenities of home.

The cottage features microwave, 2 propane ovens, satellite TV, Satellite Internet, 2 propane refrigerators, 12 volt deep freeze, propane furnace and full bathroom with a six foot cast iron bathtub. The cottage sits on 8 cement pillars drilled into bedrock. The electrical system is powered by 4 solar panels connected to a battery bank with a 2800 watt inverter; there is also an 8kw diesel generator for backup. There is also a 1500 litre propane tank that is filled by a barge that comes in whenever you need a refill. The water for the cottage is heated by the 40,000 btu furnace. The exterior is finished with cedar siding and it has a metal roof.

The property surrounding the cottage is fairly flat including fruit trees and area for a garden. There is a large lawn area in between the dock and the cottage. The shop is located behind the cottage and could easily be converted into more accommodation. The generator shed is located beside the shop. The shop includes tools, lawn mowers, weed eater, power wheelbarrow and spare parts for the property.

The pressure treated dock is built to last and provides protected deep water moorage. It has a boat house that can accommodate a 40 foot boat. The ramp is constructed of stainless steel. There is a 5 ton marine railway that you can haul your boat or plane out of the water for servicing.

This property is totally private yet 5 minutes to Refuge Cove marina and store. It is one of the only privately held parcels of land within desirable Refuge Cove as most of the properties are part of a cooperative.

Refuge Cove, on West Redonda Island, is a well-known meeting place for Desolation Sound travellers, with a large anchorage area, a fuel dock, shops and store. It is very unique place during the summer.

To get a better sense of this unique oceanfront hamlet please view the Refuge Cove website:

Location: Refuge Cove is located on Redonda Island (entrance to Desolation Sound) about 150 kilometres northwest of Vancouver, between the mainland and Vancouver Island.

Access: The two ways to arrive directly in Refuge Cove are by boat or by float plane. It is possible to get within three miles of Refuge Cove by driving to the community of Lund just North of Powell River on the Sunshine Coast. In Lund there is a government wharf, marina, boat launch and water taxi service. Refuge Cove is approximately a 30 minute boat ride heading North from Lund.

Travelling by boat:
Most boaters arrive from the Seattle, Vancouver, or Victoria areas, cruising northward through the Strait of Georgia. Desolation Sound is at the northern end of the strait, and Refuge Cove is located there on West Redonda Island.

Travelling by air:
Float planes are available from Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and South Terminal. Kenmore Air and Air Rainbow both provide daily passenger air service directly into Refuge Cove from the Pacific North West.

Recreation: Desolation Sound is the largest marine park in southern British Columbia. The sound is calm with an abundance of wildlife and has the warmest waters along the coast. This is a fun area to explore with old logging, farming and aboriginals sites. The several islands not only offer good anchorage sites, but add to your cruise experience.

Captain Vancouver in 1792 named it Desolation Sound, because of the rugged appearance, the silence and the fog. Today, it is one of the main boating spots for city dwellers, wanting to get away from it all. The most popular destinations within Desolation Sound are Grace Harbour, Tenedos Bay and Prideaux Haven. Grace Harbour has anchorage along the shore, while Tenedos Bay offers protected anchorage in many coves. Then there is Prideaux Haven, with unsurpassed scenery, old historic sites and settlements, with places that offer protection when anchored.

One can spend weeks boating in this area, making your way along Cortes Island, East and West Redonda Islands. Cruise Pendrell Sound, with its warm waters and large oyster culture farm. Anchorage can be found at the head of the Sound and on the western shore about three-quarters of the way up the Sound.

Squirrel Cove, on Cortes Island, is landlocked and protected. Replenish supplies at the store above the dock. Another spot, which has good anchorage and a fun place to visit, is Von Donop Inlet and Marine Park on Cortes.

History: Both Redonda Islands were sighted in 1792 by the Spanish explorers Galiano and Valdés and given the name Isla Redonda, meaning "round". The ships of Galiano and Valdés spent several days anchored near the two ships under George Vancouver in Lewis Channel and Teakerne Arm off the west coast of West Redonda Island. From this base the two expeditions sent out boat parties to explore the many islands and channels in the area, sharing their findings with one another.

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