No smoking is permitted. Quiet hours are from 10:30pm. No pets except guide/service dogs.
The woodstove is available during colder months; it is a cozy addition to the electric baseboard heat that is used. In May, June and September, it is only available with special permission and there is a $5 fee for firewood per day’s use. The woodstove is not available for use during the summer due to fire hazard.
Key Info for Planning your Trip
There is no vehicle ferry to Protection Island so guests take the Protection Connection foot passenger ferry and, if needed, park their car in Nanaimo. Note that if you are coming from Vancouver, it is not necessary to bring a vehicle to Nanaimo as the Protection Island ferry is a short taxi ride from the BC ferry terminal and only a 5 minute walk from where most seaplanes land. Please see Directions for more details on getting here.
Note that there are NO stores on Protection Island. The easiest way to provision is to shop at Thrifty Foods and then walk your groceries in their grocery cart across the street to the dock by the Protection Connection ferry. Once you arrive on Protection Island, you will do as islanders do, and use our wheelbarrow and/or wagon to get your food and gear from the ferry to Ahoy Guesthouse – about a 10 minute walk on a fairly level gravel road once you have walked up the ramp and path from the dock.
There is only one restaurant on the island: The Dinghy Dock Pub and Restaurant, which is the floating building where the ferry docks alongside visiting dinghies, kayaks, yachts, etc. It is open for lunch and dinner and occasionally for brunch; minors are allowed in the family area, and there is often entertainment. Note that it sometimes closes for a period of time and/or for a few days per week in the winter season.
There is no taxi service or vehicle rental on the island so guests will need to walk to and from the Guesthouse unless you know someone on the island who has a golf cart or car and can pick you up. As noted above, it is a fairly level walk on gravel roads.
While sound-proofing between the floors of our home is very good, plumbing sounds can be heard in the bedroom with twin beds.
You get the ground floor suite to yourself, though we share the main entranceway and mudroom with you, and we may need to enter the suite to access the house’s electrical panel if there is a problem. As well, when guests are staying longer than a week or so, we may need to access our laundry room and/or tool room. Note that the laundry room is only available for guests by special arrangement.
Wireless internet is turned off during sleeping hours for health reasons.
While we don’t technically provide breakfast, you will find a few items to help you get started, such as coffee/tea, cereal, milk, and fruit.
The Guesthouse is on the ground floor with no stairs, a walk-in shower, and extra large doors to the bathroom and one of the bedrooms. If you need an accessible space and/or have mobility limitations, please contact us to discuss if our place (and the island) will fit your needs.
If you have any questions about the logistics of getting here or anything else, please do not hesitate to ask us for more information or advice.