Refuge Cove Recreational:


Spectacular Desolation Sound Recreational Property, Refuge Cove, BC

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  • Sold on 2015-06-23
  • Property AddressSpectacular Desolation Sound Recreational Property, Refuge Cove, BC, Canada
  • TypeRecreational

Spectacular Desolation Sound Recreational Property, Refuge Cove, BC, Canada


1,300 sf 2 bdrm & 1 bath home. 24 x 16 ft heated workshop, guest cabin, outdoor shower and hot tub, greenhouse and outdoor studio. Situated in the heart of Desolation Sound. A one of a kind environment both on land and sea.

Situated in the heart of Desolation Sound, Refuge Cove on Redonda Island is a popular stop over for boaters travelling up the Inside Passage.

This is the perfect spot for a home base whether your interest is seasonally or year around.

Refuge Cove Land and Housing Co-operative owns this stunning 186 acres of oceanfront property. With only 18 owners there is ample room for all to enjoy.

Each of the owners has constructed their own home on a different part of the property surrounding the cove.

The location where this house is located is one, if not the most private spots of them all. Situated up on a bluff overlooking Refuge Cove is backed by a naturally landscaped amphitheater of rock. The site is truly special and is within a few minutes’ walk from the General Store on a trail. There is also a short road directly from the dock to the property enabling one to drive directly to the property once you have arrived on land.

Included with the sale is a very well maintained 1991 Toyota 4x4 and a quad.

The 1,300 sq ft post and beam home was constructed in 1980. Featuring an open concept with vaulted ceilings, 2 bedrooms with one on the main and the master in the loft and 1 bathroom on the main. Recently constructed decks surround the home. A new roof was put on 8 years ago. This home is equipped for year round living.

The main shop is 24 x 16 ft with an additional open overhang of 10 x 16 ft. Within the shop is the generator room (8 x 10 ft). The workshop, with its own wood stove, is great for wood working and projects as well as all your storage needs.

Additionally there is:

  • A covered outdoor studio
  • 8 x 12 ft sleeping cabin
  • Outdoor shower and hot tub
  • Greenhouse
  • Fenced garden
  • Washer/dryer
  • Propane freezer and refrigerator
  • Electric freezer and refrigerator
  • 1 on-demand hot water heater for house
  • 1 on-demand hot water heater for outdoor shower/hot tub
  • 2 wood stoves in house (Fisher and Pacific Energy)
  • 1 Fisher woodstove in shop
  • Xantrex 2000 watt inverter with remote panel
  • Six 2volt batteries for a 12 volt system
  • Generators - 1) Lister 1 cylinder, 3kw; 2) Deutz 1 cylinder, 6kw (240 volts)
  • Water: 3,000 gal. storage tank

In the summer months power is available to purchase from the General Store.

The domestic water source is a nearby creek.

Overall this is a fantastic opportunity to live in such an incredible place. The vast majority of the land is left in its natural state with majestic stands of trees with hiking trails intertwined throughout. The neighboring fresh water lake that for the most part you will have all to yourself. A 150 ft common dock for the 18 residents. All the comforts of home including internet, cellular reception and satellite TV.

Location : 150 km North West of Vancouver on West Redonda Island in Refuge Cove
Access : Contact Broker
Services : Power from the store in the summer months
Area Data :

Refuge Cove
Located approximately 150 km Northwest of Vancouver between the Mainland and Vancouver Island, Refuge Cove is a year-round community in the heart of the Desolation Sound area of the Inside Passage. A centrally located supply stop for boaters traveling in or near Desolation Sound, offering a wide range of services including moorage, fuel, groceries, ice, showers, laundry, espresso and other supplies.

Most of the services are seasonal, operating from June through September. During the rest of the year the general store and fuel docks are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 PM to 3 PM

Refuge Cove is home to 18 families during the warm summer months. Hundreds of boaters stop here daily during the summer, relaxing and provisioning for their Desolation Sound adventures. During the off season there are a handful of year round residents that call Refuge Cove home.

Refuge Cove can be accessed by one of two ways: by boat or by plane. It is possible to get within 3 miles of Refuge Cove by car, with a short crossing by boat. Alternatively during the summer months there is direct flight service by Kenmore Air. Float planes land right at the government dock a short distance from the property.

Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park
Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park (8,256 Hectares) is British Columbia’s largest marine park. This includes more than 60 km of shoreline, several offshore islands and a gradually rising upland that contains a number of lakes, waterways and waterfalls. Unwin Lake, a 173-hectare body of fresh water, is the parks largest. Set back to the North and East Coast Mountains soar to more than 2,400 metres. The warm waters surrounding the area teem with sea life. Ideal for swimming, scuba diving and feasting on your catch of the day: salmon, cod, prawns, crab, clams and oysters. Plenty other tasty morsels lie beneath on the oceans floor. To acquire them you must put on your scuba gear and get a little wet.

Cortes Island
Just across the channel is where the big salmon congregate in early autumn. This 116 square mile island is accessible by ferry (16 car and 150 passenger capacity) and offers fantastic scenery, the freshest air in the world, idyllic beaches, and great fishing. This island boasts only two “stop signs” and is very popular with the tourists in the summer months.

Campbell River
Campbell River (population approximately 25,000), also known as the Salmon Capital of the World, is situated on Discovery Passage on the north-east coast of Vancouver Island facing the islands of Quadra, Cortes, Read and Redonda. The major industries of this area are forestry, fishing, mining, and tourism.

Powell River
With a population of 18,000, this friendly seaside town offers ‘big city’ amenities and luxury services without the ‘big city’ parking and traffic hassles.

A full-service hospital, medical, dental, chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage therapy clinics, health and beauty spas, a newly renovated recreation complex, full banking facilities, marine services, outdoor guides and outfitters, plus a wide range of retail outlets, art galleries, gift shops and fine dining are all within easy access.

Just around the corner is the historic community named after a city in Sweden. It was established in 1899 when the Thulin Brothers started to build the hotel, which is still in use today. Recently the hotel has changed ownership and has recently seen a major renovation. For most of the early years Lund served as a port for fisherman. Today Lund thrives on its attraction from tourists seeking the neighboring Gulf Islands and marine parks.

Savary Island
Situated 6 km (4 mi) west of Lund and accessible only by boat or water taxi, Savary is known as BC’s south sea island for its mild climate and sandy beaches. 8 km (5 mi) long and crescent-shaped, Savary Island sits in warm waters where tides from northern Vancouver Island mingle with tides from the south. Ocean temperatures are generally in the 22 degrees C (72 degrees F) range. Since there are no campsites here accommodation takes the form of cabin rental or Bed-and-Breakfast. About 70 people live year-round on this pearl of an island, which looks like it floated up from the South Seas. Unlike most Gulf Islands, Savary runs east-west and is really an 8 km clay ridge covered in sand. The south shore has the strait winds so it has big rollers and attracts surfers. The biggest arbutus tree in BC is located on the north shore of the island. The residents voted against having electricity. There is a public wharf and floats at Keefer Bay.

Climate and Weather
The Upper Sunshine Coast from Saltery Bay to Desolation Sound boasts approximately 1,900 hours of sunshine annually. Summer temperatures vary from 70-90 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 30 degrees Celsius) while winter temperatures are mild.

Zoning : RU3
Legal :

1/18th Interest in District Lot 4936, Land District 36, New Westminster Group 1, Except Plans 1919, 2014, 6792

PID 009-332-413

Taxes : $500
Boundaries : See maps


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