Welcome to our Waterfront Resort-like Vacation Rentals and Bed and Breakfast Accommodations

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Inn The Estuary B&B/Vacation Rental is located literally in Nanoose/Bonnel Estuary in a completely surrounded sensitive protected area and borders on over 80 acres of Federal Wildlife Reserve. During seasonal extremes tides and storm activities, we are almost completely surrounded by ocean water. This sanctuary we live in provides awesome displays of many types of birds and other animals all year round. There are more than 200 species of plants and more than 190 species of animals, of which 131 are bird species that makes their home here in this ever changing environment.
We designed and built our home with many extra and unique features. There are two modern, spacious, custom high-end, self-contained suites with private entrances. Both fully equiped suites
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Oceanside Accommodations Description and Rates

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Wetlands Suite ~ Lagoon Suite
These two Suites are 500 square feet of deluxe modern furnishings. Both are self contained full of amenities. Both have pull out queen sofa beds and outdoor jetted soaker tubs. Outdoor furniture is provided as well.
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We have two vacation rentals suites containing granite countertops, full size refrigerators, king and queen beds with queen sofa, Private separate entrances, Geo-thermo infloor heating, private bathrooms, built in sound system to connect to Ipod, pc blackberry, and nuch more.

Local West Coast Photographs

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Please sit back an enjoy some of the photos. Many have been taken by our guests.

If you have photos of the Inn and would like to share with our website visitors, please feel free to send them to us.

Nanoose Bay Nature and Bird Watching Images

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A group of Sealions basking in the sun in French Creek waiting for females and pups to return.
Here is a compiled photo gallery from exerpts of Tony Markle’s books, Nanoose Bay Nature Images and When Bald Eagles go Bathing.
Books can be purchased online at www.public.fotki.com/imagemaster/ or www.blurb.com

About Us

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Our History

We designed, built and completed our home in 2008. Moving from Nanaimo to Nanoose Bay has been a delightful experience and we wish to share the beauty of our area and all of Vancouver Islands wonderful sites with you.
Prior to moving to Nanoose Bay, we spent 10 years enjoying running a waterfront Bed & Breakfast in Nanaimo, and during that time, studied what exactly people are looking for in a ‘getaway’. Now, we are offering two modern, fully contained, brand new units that are totally private and surrounded by amazing natural elements.
We are conveniently located between Nanaimo and Parksville in a very interesting micro climate area. We have much less rain and more sun than our bordering cities. The
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Homes and Living Magazine, ‘featured home’. We have also been featured in Dag Bladted from Norway. And now two more have been added, Rue Magazine and just released, Gray Magazine.

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Sooooo Excited!!!
We are proud to have had our home featured in Homes and Living Magazine, fall edition 2009. Publisher, Robert Read, wrote, “What a wonderful home we are privileged to show in this issue. It’s called Inn The Estuary. It’s in Nanoose Bay. It’s wonderful. And I’ve got to go back for a visit to experience the Salmon spawning right in Harold and Marianne Robinson’s backyard.”
We have had photographers from New York, late 2010, take pictures and now are featured in a Norwegian weekly magazine called Dag Bladet from Oslo, them calling it  “Sumpvillaen”….funny, translated means ‘swamp home’. lol
We are happy to anounce the entry of our ‘View Suite’ in the online edition of Rue Magazine, out of California May
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Vancouver Island Attractions

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Inn The Estuary is the perfect place to relax or be active. Without even starting your car you can take advantage of all the following;
Free kayaking during high tidesl
Free use of our bicycles to tour the area
Hiking and exploring the Nanoose Estuary and Federal Nature Reserve adjoining our property, including streams and wildlife in the wetlands.
Photo courtesy of ADVENTURESS, Sea Kayaking Adventures. www.adventuress.ca
Walk to local shopping center within minutes. Short driving distance to local country pub and restaurants.
Or simply relax on your own private deck.

We are centrally located on Vancouver Island and are close to many of the sites and activities we have to offer here. Let us help you customize your experience to get the most out of your
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The Importance of Estuaries and Wetlands

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“Wetland ecosystems are the most productive environments in the world. They provide critical habitats for many rate species and plant communities due to their extreme productivity as feeding area and support of a high number of habitat niches. In addition, wetlands play important roles in maintaining water quality via biofiltration, and the regulation of rainfall run-off by acting as storage sites for surface water.”
“Salt and estuarine marshes on east Vancouver Island have declined to an estimated 32% of their extent in the early 1900s, because of coastal dyking and conversion of marshes to agriculture. More recently, impacts have occurred from activities such as log handling and marina construction.”
“Estuarine wetlands are one of the most productive habitats in the world.
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Stories About Our Waterfront Inn

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A Nanoose Bay Bed and Breakfast was controversial when built, but now stands as a testimate to responsible environmental stewardship.
To a lay person’s eye, the view from the Bed and Breakfast is a scenic one, with little evidence of the considerable work that occurred at the 2.5 acres property.
written by Fred Davies, THE NEWS, Tuesday, December 1, 2009.

Experiences in staying at our Resort or Hotel like, Nanaimo – Parksville Accommodations

We created our setting to provide an experience to travellers that is different from any other resort, cabin, hotel, vacation home, motel, or bed and breakfast in British Columbia. Our Vancouver Island location is centrally located  between Nanaimo and Parksville and close to Qualicum Beach. Day trips can be made easily to Victoria, Butchard Gardens,  Goats on the roof in Coombs, Ucluelet or Telegraph Cove whale watching, Wickaninnish at Tofino, Mount Washington, fishing in Campbell River, Cathedral Grove Port Alberni, Hot Springs Cove near Tofino and many more. There are lots of World Class Golf courses minutes from us. A few are Fairwinds Golf Course www.fairwinds.ca , Morningstar Golf Course www.morningstargolf.com and Pheasant Glen Golf Course www.pheasantglen.com For fun with
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What’s happening at our Parksville Resort Vacation Rental

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An Adventurous Weekend. We did the course of Monkido at Wild Play Element Park, very exciting but a bit scary at the same time.

Harold has just completed our 430ft. AVATAR TRAIL alongside our WETLANDS where plants, water and animals are living together in harmony.The trail is like walking in an overgrown jungle where you feel that the plants and trees dwarf you.
June 10, 2010 Cattails are just starting to flower. The green flower spikes can be eaten like corn on the cob. The Red Winged Blackbirds love to make their nests in the plants themselves and the Hummingbirds use the fuzzy spent flower to build their nests.
A new discovery for us is the Heritage Park in Qualicum. It`s only a
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Inn The Estuary a Showcasing of our Home

Estuary improved under Nanoose Bay B&B

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By Fred Davies – Parksville Qualicum Beach News
Harold Robinson gestures during a walk about of his Nanoose Bay property.
A Nanoose Bay bed and breakfast was controversial when built but now stands as a testament to responsible environmental stewardship, according to its owner Harold Robinson.
“There’s been a net benefit definitely,” said Robinson of his home with rooms set aside for tourist rental at 2991 Northwest Bay Road. “The habitat here is now a place for chum salmon to spawn. I kept that in mind when I built it.”
Robinson said extensive work at the site included removal of existing dikes and creation of tidal lagoons to facilitate water flow, in addition to construction of a 300 metre water channel.
“In all we’ve created
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Extreme high tide at our Nanoose Bay Bed and Breakfast

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Harold Kayaking
This is a little video for fun that shows how high the water line comes up at a high tide combined with flooding from the creek.
Taken from our deck
Take a look.
Here is a rare shot of a Trumpeter Swan close to our house with Canadian Geese.

History of our Vancouver Island Vacation Rental Location

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There is so much history on this location and the construction of Inn The Estuary. We are often asked how we could possibly build a house in a sensitive setting like this!!!
Well, here’s the story…..[short version] full version under Construction Hurdles, bottom of this page.
When we bought this property about 5 years ago, this was a meadow that was dyked off about 30 years prior.
We had originally intended to design a driveway and intentions for selling the property to someone who would build a house on the slope. Then one day we went for a walk from the ocean to our property and when we arrived, we thought what a beautiful view, why don’t we build here ourselves???
We
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