You can enjoy BC’s beautiful Southern Gulf Islands on Kingfisher Cove’s very private oceanfront property. We share a border with the national park reserve. Enjoy the best of what nature has to provide.
Kingfisher Cove is a 3.5 acre very private oceanfront property located on the north end of South Pender Island on Ainslie Point Road. The property faces Bedwell Harbour and shares a boundary with Beaumont Marine Park, part of the Southern Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. The property is forested, very private and almost always very quiet. There is a dock and deep water moorage. Catch fresh crab off the dock! The cottage is the only residence on the property and so you have all 3.5 acres to yourself.
Please arrange your travel and ferry accommodations to allow for an arrival at the cottage around 1:30 p.m. and otherwise by arrangement. Checki after 2 is difficult for us in terms of our ferry arrangments after checking you in.
There are two very large decks overlooking the sea, one off each level and both available for your use. The lower level has a very comfortable queen bed as does the sleeping loft and there is a sofa on the main level of the cabin and another on the lower level. A favourite thing for everyone, especially honeymooners, is the antique iron bathtub on the lower deck.
The main floor of the cottage is approximately 600 square feet plus the bathroom and the sleeping loft each about 120 square feet; and the lower level is also approximately 600 square feet. The lower level bedroom may be locked, not available to guests during the late fall, winter and early spring.
A majority of our bookings are for a week or longer but we also accept minimum stay bookings of 5 nights if they can be accommodated within our schedule. A discounted rate is available for those who want bring their own linens and towels & until COVID is truly over we may require that you bring your own linens and towels.
A gas barbecue, dishes and cooking utensils are provided. The cook stove is propane gas and there is also a wood stove for a cozy open fires as necessary in the autumn and winter. Fire restrictions apply in the summer, island wide, and by personal policy at our cabin. There is also a Vermont Casting propane heating stove.
At Kingfisher Cove, we recycle, reuse, compost or return nearly everything. Be prepared to respect our ecoconsious systems. For the most part residents of the Gulf Islands use similar systems as the island has no landfill and most people respect the reality that we are living in an environmentally very sensitive National Park setting. We are generally a low tech place, except for our high tech composting toilet in our bathroom with a shower that overlooks the sea. Hot water is on demand... so you won't run out but we do ask you to respect water restrictions in the fire season. There is no TV and no dishwasher. Ask for more details. Generally, Kingfisher Cove is a place to escape and be with family, minimizing your screen time. Cell reception is fine for most providers so for those who are compelled to bring laptops or ipad, they can tether on to their cell phone to use the internet, or just use it on their phone. Internet/Wi-Fi access is also available in multiple locations on the island, such as the library, usually for free. Longer term guests get a HUB from their cell provider.
There are many nearby hiking trails and waterfront or beach accesses in addition to our own. Our property is frequented by hummingbirds (March until late July); eagles, great blue heron, mink, otter, seals and other birds and marine wildlife. During May to late October one can sit on the rocks at Gowland Point or at Brooks Point and watch for the resident pods of Orcas that frequent Boundary Pass, Swanson Channel, etc. The Pender Islands have no squirrels, no skunks and no bears but raccoons have recently been imported and are not native. Our summer sunsets are amazing and for those who love the night sky, this is as good as it gets.
We stayed at Kingfisher Cove for our honeymoon. What a wonderful experience! The property is at the end of a lazy dirt road and it backs up against a National Park so it is very private. We hiked up to the Mt Norman lookout on the 4th of July and were treated to 5(!) fireworks shows to the south, across the border. They were accompanied
We stayed at Kingfisher Cove for our honeymoon. What a wonderful experience! The property is at the end of a lazy dirt road and it backs up against a National Park so it is very private. We hiked up to the Mt Norman lookout on the 4th of July and were treated to 5(!) fireworks shows to the south, across the border. They were accompanied by music that drifted up to us from Poet's Cove. I've had some memorable 4th of July celebrations, but this is now at the top of the list! All the fun of the 4th wthout the crowds that usually accompany celebrations in the US. So cool! Sara and I loved all the wildlife on your property - it was a highlight for sure to never know what critter might be on the dock or in the yard. We were treated to great blue heron, otter, seals, kingfishers, ducks and other sea birds, hummingbirds and numerous other birds that dropped in. The last night was really dark and we went below the bridge and on the dock for an amazing experience with the bio-luminescence. So many wonderful experiences on Pender! - Zach and Sara
There are a handful of truly magical places I've been in my life and Kingfisher Cove is one of them. My family and I were fortunate enough to spend 3 days in this paradise. The moment we walked through the gate we knew it was special. Tucked away amongst beautiful arbutus trees, the sounds of songbirds and the soft rustling of leaves imme
There are a handful of truly magical places I've been in my life and Kingfisher Cove is one of them. My family and I were fortunate enough to spend 3 days in this paradise. The moment we walked through the gate we knew it was special. Tucked away amongst beautiful arbutus trees, the sounds of songbirds and the soft rustling of leaves immediately makes one feel at peace. The cabin (although I prefer the word 'sanctuary' for this place) sits on the side of Mount Norman with absolutely breathtaking views of the ocean. We enjoyed hiking the trails, playing at the beach and simply sitting on the deck relaxing in the serene, healing, loving energy of this beautiful place. Thank You!!! - Angela, Adam and River
The relaxing and inspiring splendour of Kingfisher Cove cannot be adequately related in words...it needs to be experienced! The location is ideal situated midway on the north end of South Pender Island near the bridge that joins the two islands, at the end of a short road and next to a national park reserve...only minutes from groceries,
The relaxing and inspiring splendour of Kingfisher Cove cannot be adequately related in words...it needs to be experienced! The location is ideal situated midway on the north end of South Pender Island near the bridge that joins the two islands, at the end of a short road and next to a national park reserve...only minutes from groceries, restaurants, and shops, yet isolated from the hustle bustle of the world. Right from the initial entry down the driveway we were welcomed with cosy secludedness and charming garden decor. The cabin offers all the standard amenities one could desire in a home away from home, with the added benefit of a vaulted ceiling, breathtaking view from an expansive teak deck (great for yoga), and the mesmerizing and rustic glow of a wood stove. The glass-block walk-in shower is bright and invigorating complete with island views, and the bathtub on the lower deck calls out to spa lovers. Even in February we were able to bask on the upper deck, and lose ourselves admiring the ample sea life from the dock. For us, this was a winter retreat to be calm and take in the scenery; however, we could easily see that this location offers numerous opportunities for exploring nature and exercising. We look forward to our next visit when we can explore the hiking trails in the national park reserve and bring our kayaks to paddle about the calm waters of Bedwell Harbour and beyond. Highly recommended! - Delaney Boyd
Arrival by float plane: If you are arriving by floatplane please call us from your point of departure to reconfirm which flight you are on and which terminal on the Pender Islands you will be flying into (either Bedwell Harbour or Port Washington). You will probably need to book a taxi - see below.
Driving or cycling directions from the ferry terminal at Otter Bay, on North Pender Island to Kingfisher Cove on South Pender Island: follow the main ferry traffic up the hill from the ferry terminal keeping right onto Otter Bay Road. After a few kilometers you will reach a T intersection and a stop sign (opposite the community center) where you will turn right onto Bedwell Harbour Road. Follow this road past the RCMP sign, then past the Driftwood Shopping Centre/Petrol Station and Shopping Centre. Proceed a few kilometers in the same direction past Prior Park a provincial campground, both on your right. Just after this campground, you will reach another T intersection where you will turn left following the signs indicating South Pender Island and the Medical and Dental Clinics. After you pass the school and clinics, you will cross a one lane bridge. Immediately after crossing the bridge turn right onto Ainslie Point Road and follow it to the end where there is a roundabout. Kingfisher Cove is 8802 Ainslie Point Road and the entrance to the driveway is a wrought iron gate with stone (granite) gateposts.