ABOUT US

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WHO WE ARE

The passion both Rob and Leesa have for traveling is immense! Since 2000 their adventures have taken them to more and more remote locations and with the choice to stay in a hotel or book a vacation rental, hotels started to take a noticeable back seat. "We love to shop and cook and live like the locals in the places we travel, so having a a central landing pad to call home was perfect".

 

In 2017, Creating their own sanctuary with Raventale Retreat was a natural choice. "As professionals we have a true understanding of what makes down time so impactful, "We wanted to create a place for our guests to land, feel grounded and relaxed and have a home base for the myriad of adventure Vancouver Island has to offer." As you arrive at Raventale you will begin to shed the stresses and weight of the world immediately, there is simply just something about this place that has a true and relaxing energy.

 

The property is vast and the Suite has it's own private patio and yard perfect for family games of Bocce or badminton.  We also offer the suite for small weddings, family reunions, anniversary celebrations or Celebrations of Life.  We would be honoured to meet with you to discuss any information you would require.

 

"We pride ourselves in providing high quality for all aspects of your experience, from the first impressions after walking in the front door, the small details of kitchen utensils & appliances, juicers, oyster knives and proper glassware to top of the line comfortable beds and Linens." If you are looking for a place to unwind, re-energise and feel at home, book your vacation stay here, you will not be dissapointed!

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FANNY BAY & SHIPS POINT

Fanny Bay is a small hamlet in the Canadian province of British Columbia. It is located on Baynes Sound on the east coast of Vancouver Island. In 2001, its population was listed as 815. It is best known for its fine oysters.

Fanny Bay may have been named after Francis "Fanny" Palmer, daughter of popular Victoria family who ran a music and dance studio. Fanny perished in the wreck of the Pacific off Cape Flattery November 4, 1875 at the age of 18. The Palmer family had a number of daughters and who were accomplished singers, and their home was at the centre of the social circle in early Victoria.

McLellan's descendants still own and operate the oyster and clam farm located in Fanny Bay, Mac's Oysters Ltd. A fourth-generation family shellfish farm, Mac's Oysters is the only shellfish processor situated in Fanny Bay, though there is another company by that name, located in Union Bay approximately 11 km to the north. Mac's Oysters is a significant player in the Canadian farmed shellfish industry, processing approximately 34% of all of British Columbia's farmed oysters and clams from this area.

Within food circles Fanny Bay is synonymous with oysters.Manila clam seed was inadvertently included in Joseph McLellan's initial seed shipments from Japan. The manila clam is as important as oysters to British Columbia's shellfish economy.

 

Ships Point Park, one of a few beaches on Ships Point, is a waterfront park with good ocean views from the west to the southeast. An unpaved road continues through the park to the beach. Much of the foreshore is Crown leased for oyster production.

The predominant tree species are large Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and Garry oak; the trees are gnarled and windswept due to the park’s southeast exposure. The understorey is quite dense and impenetrable and consists of ocean-spray, Nootka rose, black hawthorn and red alder. Dune grass grows along the shoreline. The small Garry oak community is a unique feature.

  • Free resident car parking

  • Free high-speed internet

  • Free Wifi access

  • Business services

  • Conference facilities

  • Tea & coffee making facilities

  • Private Outdoor Patio

  • Private Entrance

  • Pets Welcome

  • Laundry facilities

  • DVD player

  • Iron & ironing board