Recreation on the island isn’t something you do just once in a while – it’s a whole way of life!
Thanks to our temperate climate and the abundance of natural beauty we have the entire spectrum of recreational activities at our fingertips.


Fishing, Kayaking, Skiing, Caving, Golfing, Hiking, Wildlife And Whale Watching - There is so much to do around Heron House!


Whale watching

Don’t miss out on this Vancouver Island's great opportunity! Orcas, Grey Whales, Dolphins and Dall Porpoises can be seen in Baynes Sound’s coastal waters.  There are also sightings of Humpback whales, Minke Whales and Fin Whales, not to mention harbour and elephant seals and sea lions. Watching these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat will amaze and enthral you!

 

Golfing
Thanks to our climate and location, our courses are open year-round and offer magnificent views and lush, forested settings. 

 

Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community is an 831 acre, master-planned golf course and resort community located in the heart of the Comox Valley. 18-hole championship course.


The Arrowsmith Golf & Country Club is an 18-hole, par 61 golf course situated 15 minutes south of Deep Bay. Tall, stately evergreens frame the fairways in one of the area's newest courses, while Mt Arrowsmith serves as a spectacular backdrop. The course also has a driving range, a practice bunker, two practice greens, and a full service clubhouse.


Morningstar, site of numerous Canadian Tour events since its opening in 1990, was rated 70th in the country by Score Magazine. Designed for championship golf by renowned architect Les Furber, this memorable course with a slope rating of 138 from the tips will test the best players in the game, yet can be played and enjoyed immensely by golfers of all abilities.


Pheasant Glen is a strikingly beautiful par 72 golf course that offers challenges to both novice and experienced players. Located in Qualicum Beach, only 15 minutes away from Heron House, this course offers a tranquil setting, with spectacular woodlands, grassy meadows and breathtaking views of Mt Arrowsmith.


Fishing
Vancouver Island is famous for its salmon and bottom fish and has attracted fishermen of all ages and nationalities to its coasts and rivers.  But, you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy a day out at sea: charter companies offer every level of fishing adventure, from simple day trips to exotic outings operating from floating fish camps. You’ll have endless opportunities to catch the “Big Four”: the feisty Chinook salmon, mighty Coho salmon and the agile Chum and Pink salmon along the beautiful east coast of Vancouver Island.


Get a complete overview of fishing opportunities in British Columbia or visit Fishing BC

 

Walking and Hiking
Pack your backpack and enjoy one of the many day trips in the area!  Where do you start?  If you like to walk and explore, there are dozens of interesting trails that await your footprints!  Forested parks and spectacular beaches abound, most within a short drive from Heron House. 
West of Deep Bay you'll find Rosewall Creek Provincial Park, a small 63-hectare roadside park that offers great opportunities for hiking, bird-watching and riverbank fishing. The park’s uplands are heavily wooded with forests of Douglas Fir, Grand Fir, and western Red Cedar. Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce are also common.


Spider Lake Provincial Park, known for its warm water, canoeing and kayaking, this small lake is located 20 minutes away from Heron House, near Horne Lake. There is a beautiful stretch of beach beside the warm, clear waters of the lake, perfect for picnicking year-round. No motorized boats are allowed on the lake, which makes this a perfect spot to swim, kayak, windsurf or simply relax for a while. Toss in a hook if you like smallmouth bass: the lake is stocked regularly, so for best results come in early spring before it warms up, or wait until fall when temperatures begin to drop. The lake’s many bays are great for quiet exploring in a canoe or rowboat.

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is located along the Qualicum River, and is named after a Hudson Bay Company explorer. The road follows the shoreline of Horne Lake to the headwaters of the Qualicum River. The lake features good boat fishing year-round for cutthroat, rainbow, and kokanee trout. Besides caving and fishing, other adventures include canoe and water safety instruction, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking. There is a private campground adjacent to the park with a boat launch

Check out all the parks in the Deep Bay Area

 

Water Sports

Stop for a swim in the clear waters inside Deep Bay Spit; go windsurfing in the protected waters of the bay or kayak in Deep Bay's natural and protected harbour.


Caving
There are hundreds of interesting caves to explore on Vancouver Island, including those at Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park, south of Deep Bay. The park protects seven caves in the Horne Lake Cave system and is open year-round. A small fee is charged for tours in July and August, conducted by knowledgeable guides from the Canadian Cave Conservancy.

Bird Watching
You won’t need to go far to come face to face with some incredible birds, as a fabulous winter waterfowl habitat is found along Deep Bay’s shores and Baynes Sound is used extensively by Western Grebes, Common Loons, Trumpeter Swans, Brant Geese and Mallards among others. If you visit us during the winter and spring, you’ll even witness large numbers of Bald Eagles feeding at the mouth of salmon streams.


Around Deep Bay
There is plenty to do around Deep Bay if you have enough time!


Five minutes south of Deep Bay is the small waterfront community of Bowser, a great family vacation destination. The Bowser Hotel (since gone) made history in the 1930s by having a bartender dog that served beer to patrons, collected their money and returned with their change. A first from British Columbia!


Ten minutes north of Deep Bay is the tiny community of Fanny Bay, home to the world-famous Fanny Bay Oysters, growers, processors and exporters of farm-raised Pacific oysters and Manila clams. Head for any local eatery to savour a true gourmet treat! The Fanny Bay Conservation Unit in nearby Fanny Bay provides access to the diverse bird life found at Fanny Bay and the surrounding habitat. The sanctuary includes forests and upland areas, marine waters and mudflats providing a wide range of wildlife habitat. The bay and estuary are visited by harbour seals, and moms with pups are easily viewed during late summer and early fall.

 

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What a splendid stay.  Our wildlife entertainment centered at the waders and sea otters playing at the platform by the green boat.  House proved very comfortable for all of us. John, UK