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As you approach in your car through the forest, you may feel as though you have taken a step closer to nature.  The trees and lush vegetation fill the air with oxygen making you want to inhale deeply and appreciate its purity.  The clear waters of the Koksilah River welcome you with its lively water sounds and beauty of its shores.  You may notice the inviting private swimming hole, or perhaps an eagle soaring down the waterway seeking a tasty steelhead trout.

The forest opens into an expansive acreage of green grass and you will see the well kept buildings of Woollerby Estates.  Your cozy cabin is on the right, sheltered by large red cedars and welcoming you with its private decks, river rock walls and gardens. 

As you get settled, you will see that forest surrounds you on all sides and you will hear only the peaceful sounds of the flowing river and the local birds.  You will feel as if you have left civilization behind and entered a place of wilderness and serenity.

Your cabin was built using the douglas fir trees from the property, from its impressive exterior beams to the colourful and warm wood flooring.  The additional natural features of log ceiling beams and the river rock fireplace add to the ambience.  You will not miss any comforts from home, however, as the interior is equipped with all the modern conveniences, such as fridge/freezer, microwave, television/vhs/dvd, stereo, telephone and cable internet connection. 

The recently renovated bathroom features Douglas fir wood flooring and trim and a Jacuzzi tub and shower surrounded by natural slate and river rock.  The water coming from the taps is crystal clear and tastes pure and fresh, probably the best in the world, coming from a spring running underground deep beneath the river.

The inviting, cozy bedroom adorns wood beams and contains a queen size bed that will provide you with comfort and a good night’s sleep.  If required, additional sleeping space is available on the new and very comfortable double hideabed in the living room. 

From the bright living room, you are surrounded by windows looking out onto the large property and surrounding wilderness.  Double french doors open onto a private deck, complete with a barbeque and dining area.

By day, you may wish to take the opportunity to explore the many trails and parks surrounding the property by foot or mountain bike.  The swimming in the Koksilah River is clear, cool and second to none, and you are just steps from the best swimming holes on the river.  You may even wish to treat yourself to a spa and/or massage treatment during your stay.

If you prefer to venture out, Shawnigan Lake is a 5 minute drive or 15 minute bike ride away.  The ocean beach in Mill Bay is a 20 minute drive.  The surrounding Cowichan Valley contains countless opportunities of things to do, such as ocean kayaking, cycling, visiting wineries, visiting artisans, shopping and much more.  While enjoying your quiet forest retreat, you may find it hard to believe that the city of Victoria is only a 40 minute drive away, and is a world class tourism destination.

By night, you may want to relax and enjoy a campfire on the banks of the Koksilah River, or perhaps sit by the firelight of your woodstove fireplace enjoying a book or a movie.





Sarah Malerby & Joe Woolls
2740 Weeks Road, Shawnigan Lake, BC  V0R 2W1 CANADA
Telephone: (250) 483-4330
Website: www.rivercabin.ca  Email: info@rivercabin.ca 
Last modified: 09/10/07