British Columbia‘s beaches are rustic and inviting visual gateways to the Pacific Ocean. Shoreleave occupies an outcropping of land with generous beaches on both sides.
From the main house terraces and stone steps lead to West Main Beach, a natural playground of discovery with large tidal swings. Alive with rock crabs, starfish, oysters and clams, the beach looks onto Carol Island, a tidal islet accessible by foot at low tide.
Shoreleave‘s wharf, west of the main house, has been frequently refortified since its original construction in the early 1900s. It is one of the few remaining private wharfs with a foreshore lease on the Saanich Peninsula. At the end of the wharf is a floating dock that could easily be enlarged to accommodate larger vessels.
Farther from the house and out of view is East Beach, a long stretch of sand and shells, where swift offshore currents keep the ocean water clear.
The views from Shoreleave defy description. Arbutus Rock, Mount Tuam on Salt Spring Island, the shores of Piers Island, Mount Baker south of the border – each perspective is worthy of a painting.
Constant sightings of sea life include seals, river otters, blue heron, eagles and waterfowl fishing for their local meals of needle fish, herring, rock cod and salmon.
On land, the estate is also home to deer, raccoons, squirrels, mink and countless indigenous birds.
This is the perfect setting for a creative person seeking an invigorating yet reflective home environment.