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Magic Destination - Gorge Harbour Marina Resort
Magic Destination - Gorge Harbour Marina Resort
A very special coastal icon located on beautiful Cortes Island. Pristine, manicured and loved by thousands of yearly visitors … Scattered with 120-year-old fruit trees.
  • Size: 9.13 acres ~ 2 titles + marina lease
  • Area: VANISLANDSC
  • Price: $5,400,000
  • Listing Agent: Kurt Nielsen - kurt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-898-7200
Description :

Considered the jewel and a gateway for Desolation Sound the Gorge Harbour Marina Resort is located on Cortes Island in the pristine waters of the Salish Sea, British Columbia. Recently completely renovated and expanded featuring new docks, swimming pool, spa, state of the art fresh water and septic systems on over 9 acres of beautifully landscaped south facing waterfront witha year round creek meandering through the acreage. The property boasts 1,850 linear feet of moorage capable of accommodating yachts in excess of 160 ft. The marina also has a very busy fuel dock servicing the area year-round, a retail outlet selling fishing gear and marina supplies.


Gorge Harbour Marinas campground consists of 6 fully serviced RV sites, 22 partially serviced RV sites and 20 tenting sites. The resort also boasts 4 lodge rooms which share a common kitchen and living area, a poolside cottage that sleeps 7 and two covered and self contained trailers for accommodation. The resort has a fully stocked, grocery store, licensed liquor outlet, propane and auto fuel servicing both guests and the local community. The lodge and cottage offer cozy family accommodation with strong year-round demand. The resort’s licensed restaurant “The Floathouse” is a favorite amongst the Sound’s boaters serving a higher end menu during the busy boating season and a more casual menu during the off season catering to guests and locals alike. The Floathouse features a large open bar and deck enjoying spectacular views of the marina and the harbour. The resort has shown significant year-over-year revenue growth.


Gorge Harbour Marina Resort was featured in the 2017 March/April of Harbours Magazine, a copy of the article can be found HERE.

Location : On Cortes Island’s (one of the “Discovery Islands”) west side there is a hidden entrance into “The Gorge” - an 850 acre protected anchorage that has been in use for millennia.
Access : Cortes Island is accessed via ferry from Heriot Bay on the east coast of Quadra Island. Campbell River is the departure point for ferry access to Quadra and Cortes Islands. A 10-minute ferry ride from Campbell River lands you at Quathiaski Cove on the west coast of Quadra Island. A 15-minute drive across to the east coast of Quadra brings you to Heriot Bay, the ferry terminal for the 45-minute ferry trip across Sutil Channel to Cortes Island.
Improvements :

Store/Lodge/Lounge

Main Floor
  • Store - 1,850 ft² (19’8” x 50’8”)
  • Lounge - (18’4” x 19’0”)
  • Galley kitchen - (14’9” x 5’0”)
  • 4-piece bath, storage - (4’ x 8’)
  • Office - (13’0” x 9’0”)
  • Deck - (16’ x 16’)

Upstairs
1,220 ft² - including 4 individual rooms with their own baths


“The Floathouse Restaurant”

1,500 ft² building with large 12’6” x 33’0” deck, great view out over Gorge Harbour and the Marina, open for lunch and dinner, May through September.

Workshop/Laundromat/Bath and Showers
1,000 ft² building with workshop and electrical room, 6 washer and 8 dryer Laundromat, his and hers (4) showers and bathrooms.


Poolside Cottage
The Poolside Cottage offers a private romantic place to stay or a place for the entire family to share. It has two bedrooms, each with a full queen size bed, one with a twin bunk over top. The living room has a leather couch that pulls out into a double bed. The modern kitchen is fully equipped with a flat top range dishwasher and stainless refrigerator. In floor heating in the bathroom is a treat on those cooler mornings but it might not matter if you plan on slipping into the large two person Jacuzzi tub. Hardwood floors throughout and a gas fireplace in the living room makes this cabin a guest favorite.


Equipment Shed

  • 640 ft² shed with metal roof
  • 5,000 gallon storage tank for fire protection

Cougar Trailer - Self-Contained
The Cougar Trailer is a fully self-contained trailer up high above the campground. It has a separate bedroom for privacy, full kitchen, bathroom and a pull out couch for the little ones. It has a large covered deck and a BBQ. A perfect private spot to relax at the end of the day.


Terry Quantum Trailer - Self-Contained
The Terry Quantum Trailer is a fully self-contained trailer up high above the campground. It has a separate bedroom for privacy, full kitchen and bathroom and a pull out couch for the little ones. It has a large covered deck and a BBQ.


32’ Gazebo

Services : Hydro, 3 deep water wells, telephone, septic systems.
Recreation :

The area is a boating and recreational mecca, boasting incredible views of the mainland mountains and inlets. Nearby Mitlenatch Island is a Provincial Marine Park protecting a unique eco-system created by the same rain shadow effect Cortes enjoys from the high Vancouver Island mountains.


There is literally something for everyone. For easier hikes, there are quite a few trails that meander through the beautiful forests. Some of these include: School-to-Sea Hike in Manson’s Landing Provincial Park, Hank’s Beach, Siskin Lane and Whaletown Commons. For the thrill seeker, one noteworthy option is climbing Easter Bluff or Green Mountain. There are wonderful views from the summit, including that of the mainland’s Coast Range, Vancouver Island and the Salish Sea.

Area Data : Cortes Island is about 13 km wide and (8 miles) 25 km long (16 miles). The southern half of Cortes lies within the rain shadow of Vancouver Island, creating a drier climate than the northern half of the island. Most of the island’s population lives on the southern half where there is drier climate than normal created by a rain shadow from Vancouver Island.
History :

Cortes was mapped by Spanish explorers in the late 1700s, notably Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, a contemporary of the English Captain George Vancouver who first circumnavigated neighbouring Vancouver Island. It was named for Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro, 1st Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca, infamous as the conquistador of Mexico.


Long before the Spanish and English explorers reached the Pacific coast of North America the region was home to the indigenous Coast Salish First Nation. The Klahoose First Nation’s traditional territory stretches from Cortes Island to Toba Inlet. The Klahoose had winter campgrounds on the island and settled in Squirrel Cove permanently in the 1800s after their Toba village was flooded

Zoning : Uplands - TRC-2 Tourist Recreational Commercial Two
Marine Lease - MC-2 Marine Commercial Two
Legal :

Lot 2, Section 21, VIP 29368, Land District 51 Cortes Island PID 000-011-291


Lot 3, Section 21, VIP 29368, Land District 51 Cortes Island PID 001-392-816


Marine Lease - District Lot 1723, Sayward District

Taxes : $10,222 (2018)
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 50° 6'4.37"N and 125° 1'22.82"W
Listing # : 18306