Testimonials & Reviews


To the Cabin Club

Thank you so much for creating this little piece of paradise for others to enjoy.  Especially those have experienced the pleasures of living lakeside in a cottage before.  Just the right blend of rusticity and modern day creature comforts!  It was a little trip down memory lane for our family.  Our children are grown and married.  But they still have that affinity for the outdoors and nature's blessings.  Can't beat those sunsets.  

Once again, we must thank you for sharing your beautiful lakeside retreat with us. Such great memories and we are already looking forward to next summer. We all need something to look forward to in these uncertain times!  Here’s hoping that we all manage to stay healthy  through the winter. It’s not about accumulating things anymore – it’s about accumulating memories.  We are attaching a few of our favorite photos – not that you  haven’t seen it all before – but just wanted  to relay our particular experience.

This is one of my favorite poems and pretty much sums up what we took from our time at The Cabin Club:

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting for their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Wendall Berry

Looking forward to next year … 

August 2020, Arla, Wayne & The Generic Family
Victoria, BC 

Such an Enjoyable Week! 

Your lovely cabin was like stepping back in time and somehow felt familiar.  We wouldn't have changed a thing!  Thank you for sharing your little piece of heaven.  

September 2017

So Where Do I Start?! 

I am so glad I found you guys and you were able to accommodate us and our friends and can't forget our dogs!  An awesome week of celebrating which my husband has dubbed " THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER".  The comments over and over were how awesome the cabin and property is.  I'll speak for our friends they had the best time here as well.  So comfortable, so relaxing, they couldn't get enough of the cabin, the deck, the dock and the cabana!  So great so romantic even being woken up by a squirrel jumping on the bed in the morning best story ever!  We hope this can be a yearly thing for us so we will see you again!  

Shannon, Dale and Jordan - Brentwood Bay - July 22-29 2017

Great Getaway-Excellent! 

Debbie and all, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at your wonderful lakeside retreat. We have many friends and family with birthdays in early June so we were able to host some great dinners for them. Our daughter goes east for more Uni in the fall and she was able to make some great memories with several friends at the cabin and the cabana. Everyone had a great time canoeing, fishing, swimming, playing games in front of the fire. Even the dog guests had a great time. It was all so good and so comfortable. Thanks so much.

John and Sher, Victoria BC - June 3 to June 12, 2016

Christmas in July!

Thank you so much for the wonderful gift of your cabin. everybody had a good time - someone coined the week "Christnas in July" 

Love Rosie, July 2016

What a wonderful place,

What a wonderful place, warm, cozy and full of character.  Thanks for a great stay; we hope to return one day.  

The Barmans & The Lambertons, Vancouver BC 
and London England 2015

Another amazing holiday

We had another amazing holiday at your cabin. We love it there so much. The week just didn't feel long enough. I'm looking ahead to next summer as I know you guys book up fast.  We'd love to do two consecutive weeks next summer and we're hoping for mid August. Would this be possible?         

Thanks  Marnie, Vancouver BC Stayed: July 2015

Absolutely wonderful!

Had a wonderful 2 weeks here. Enjoyed the beauty of the lake, the amenities and especially dealing with the owners. Had such a good time we are back in August 2014 and 2015! A lovely little piece of paradise!                       

Mary Elizabeth L. Victoria BC  August 20, 2014 

A memory which will last a lifetime

My family and I want to thank you for giving us a memory which will last a lifetime. This summer was our first “go to the lake “experience as a family. Your cabin could not have been better. The kids loved the long narrow driveway that led us down to the cabin. My wife and I loved the cabin. And everyone loved the deck, the dock and the cabana. Yes, we did have perfect weather during our stay but I am looking forward to coming back in September just to have coffee in the morning and enjoy the view. Thank you again for sharing your family jewel with our family. 

The Millars, Victoria BC

Hi Debbie, 

The cabin is excellent! The deck is really, really beautiful. We spent many hours there, enjoying the view and the sunshine. The cabin has everything to make a stay very comfortable: the dishes, glasses, cutlery, utensils, bedding, towels, microwave, coffeemaker, kettle, BBQ – all excellent! The beds are very comfortable! The fireplace is so cozy for those evenings when it was cool and rainy. The location of the cabin, being away from the main road, is great too. We loved the dock and sunny lounge area. Everything is so well thought out. We did not spend much time in the cabana; although in the 3rd week, Bill started to take afternoon naps there (after our various cycling expeditions). We spent a lot of time at the Kinsol Trestle and the trail north of it. We enjoyed that trail as well as the one along the West side of Shawnigan Lake. We also went to the “Last Spike” for a daily walk with the dog. As well, we enjoyed spending time at the Shawnigan Lake Museum and learning about the history of the area. In total, we visited 6 wineries and took our time at each one. We also ended up ordering some free-range lamb and chickens from 2 local farms. Barb and Cathy were wonderful hosts! 

We sincerely hope that others take good care of your precious property and that it stays in your family for many more generations. It is indeed unique for a family to cooperate on such an endeavor

Paula & Bill - Victoria, BC

Debbie and Barb,

We all had such a wonderful stay at the cabin. We had the best of weather (perhaps for the entire month) and appreciated having such a beautiful spot to relax for a couple of days. We surely hope to be back. I looked at your calendar and I see you get a lot of bookings. I'll make sure to plan ahead the next time. We were very lucky to find an opening. The deck, by the way, with the closed sides was so perfect for our dogs. They were happy to romp in the lake (VERY) but when we were not with them there it was perfect to keep them tucked around us and still be outside listening to the birds. Best to you and Barb. Thanks for providing such a wonderful spot! 

Marjorie, Bob, Jim and Bella and Willie, Portland OR

Many, many thanks for the stay at your lovely cabana and cottage. Loved the rustic atmosphere and the peaceful mornings and evenings lakeside.  Hope to return for more R & R soon!

Linda, Steve, Norm, Fiona and Simon  

Looking forward to Next Year! 

Thank you for everything. 

May & Sept 2018 The Melvilles

Our Family Thoroughly Enjoyed the Cabin. 

It had something for everyone.   The kitchen is spectacular which flowed beautifully into the warm living area.  Loved the deck and firepit too.  Thank you for a relaxing week. 

July 2018 - The Kereszti Family and Friends

Had A Wonderful time? 

Lazy and relaxing.  The view is amazing! Thanks for Sharing. 

June 2018, The Macdonalds 

Loved It Here! 

Would love to stay again.  We all enjoyed the firepit, swimming and floating was very relaxing and fun. Thank you!

July 2018 - The Meadows Family

Little Spot of Paradise!

So glad we found your little spot of paradise!  What can we say everything is great and so thought out to the smallest details.  The closed in deck is incredible for the dog and kids helping to make it so much safer and relaxing.  Then there is all the different chairs tables hammock and that incredible cabana.  So thankful we got to share your place and have good memories but even more importantly we had no worries, tranquillity and feel ready to back to reality. So lucky that you gave us an opportunity to use it. 

Brenda, Freddie and Mariah May 2017

What a Wonderful place to spend a week with the family - Thank you so much! 

Max, Allison, Sidney, Kathy & Doug and Pepper July 2017!  

 Another Great Holiday!   

This is our second stay at The Cabin, and again we had a wonderful time. The lake, the deck, the laughter with family and friends is priceless. Our Dog Riley by far is your biggest fan - he loves this place. Thank you so much.

Shelagh & family. Victoria BC July 30 to Aug 05, 2016

Perfect get away!

Had a wonderful stay at The Cabin Club! Very clean, comfortable, and views like no other! We really enjoyed good fishing off the dock and the peace and quiet was just what the doctor ordered! We will definitely be back:)

A.M. San Diego, CA Stayed: June 2015

August 8-15th 2015

A magical place in so many ways!!  The cabin is perfect, the swimming so relaxing and the little cabana provides sleep much needed!  A place that reminds us of our own cottage in Quebec we went to for 30 years.  Thank you for sharing this very special cabin with us.  We have already booked for next year and can hardly wait to be Back. 

 Carmen & Greg  

Top notch property, something for just about anyone.

We stayed for nearly a month on and off, different people coming and going. The owners were right next door and very accommodating and yet laid back without being intrusive in the slightest. Huge wrap around covered deck to trap your little ones (pets & kids). So much to do around Shawnigan, we are from Victoria and there are still places that we haven't checked out yet. Or just swim and boat all day, every day off the dock. Beautiful sunsets every night, everyone had a nice time.

Cory and friends,  Victoria BC - June 2014 

Hi Debbie, 

We have just returned from our week at your gorgeous cabin and are missing it already ;(   What I wouldn't give to dive into that lake right now!

                                                            Marnie, Vancouver BC

Lovely lakeside escape

Our family of three took the cabin for a week in July. It's a truly lovely home from home - comfortable and well appointed, incredible lakeside views and a wonderful location. The dock on the lake is wonderful for swimming and boating from, the lakeside bunkie is a spectacular place for an afternoon nap or an overnighter, and the cabin is lovely and cozy. There was quite a lot of boat and water-skiing traffic on the lake, particularly at the weekend, but it wasn't a problem, and if you're into that sort of thing, it's likely a big plus. The hosts were wonderfully accommodating, punctual and couldn't have been more helpful. An all around success. 

P Owens, Los Angeles CA - Stayed: July 2014

A wonderful week

We had a wonderful week, despite the cool June weather.  Our dogs were delighted to meet Coola from next door and loved spending their days on the deck and in the lake.  The cabana was perfect for afternoon siestas and the fireplace was appreciated on a rainy Friday afternoon.  The kitchen was perfect!  We are not looking forward to leaving tomorrow, and hope to come back next year.  All the best. 

The Gill family, Richmond BC 

Lovely Rustic Spot

Lovely, rustic spot brought memories of cottage time in Ontario. Looking forward to returning next summer hopefully with boat in tow.  Many thanks! 

The Karty Family, Oak Bay BC 

Hi Barb,

My family and I rented your cabin last September.  We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the cabin.  Do you have any dates available for this September? Three of us are from Winnipeg and trying to coordinate dates with my brother from Istanbul. 

The Martin Family - Winnipeg, MB

Hi Debbie,

We're having a lovely time here at the cabin.  Thinking waay ahead here....Cathy mentioned we should check with you about availability for next year... Do you have any weeks in left in August?  Thanks!

The Salmons - Victoria, BC


Please pass on that we had a great time.  The water was fabulous, the weather was great, and the cabin was very cozy.  I apologize if some things got moved around.    William got into the spice cupboard once or twice.  The boys really enjoyed the place as well, and thank god for the gated patio.  William is still a toddler, and it would have been really hard keeping him gated in otherwise.

L. Modray - Vancouver, BC


We wanted to thank you all once again for sharing your special place. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in paradise, even Macy did. We will come back soon.

Faye & Rose, Victoria BC Stayed: May 2014


We had an awesome time in June and would like to repeat for next year however a couple of questions... Are there any other dates available?  We would like to stay for two weeks.  Any chances of that?  The place is brilliant and thoughtfully set up and we'd like to make this a regular summer destination we would like to lock in a yearly trip and dates.  Thanks! 

Todd and Claudia - Vancouver, BC

Thanks for the Memories!

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful time we had at your cabin.  We are originally from Manitoba and  hanging out on the dock at Shawnigan took us down memory lane of hot summers at the lake. Thanks for the memories!

S. MacDonald - Nanaimo, BC

We had an awesome week not only relaxing ourselves but watching our "island" family enjoying themselves too!  Thanks so much for providing us with such a great place to gather and have fun.  See you again soon. 

Thistle Family, Delta BC


Well needed family get away

Our family (2 adults, 2 pre-teen boys) along with our two furry members had a fantastic time! The fishing off the dock was wonderful and we caught 2 trout and 3 bass, kept two to eat and put the rest back. The owners have thought of everything and we wanted for nothing. Fun in the day and a cozy fires at night made for the perfect trip.  

Teresa and James Victoria , BC - May 19,2015

2090 Shawnigan Lake Rd
Shawnigan Lake, BC V0R 2W5