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theDoighouse Earthship

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· Qualicum Bay, Nanaimo, British Columbia
10 acres hosted by Susan D.
2 lodging sites · 1 RV site · 2 tent sites
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Have you ever imagined a house built from tires, dirt, pop cans, and concrete? Welcome to theDoighouse Earthship, an eco-retreat nestled in the forest, mere minutes from Qualicum Bay waterfront. Our location is a haven for adventurers and peace-seekers alike, offering easy access to the natural wonders of Vancouver Island. Just an hour north of Nanaimo, our property serves as an ideal base for day trips to Hornby, Denman, and Lasqueti Islands. Or don’t leave the island and spend the afternoon eating delicious fresh-made doughnuts at the famous Old Country Market in Coombs, home to the iconic goats on the roof, it’s only a 20-minute drive from our doorstep. Or 10 minutes to the waterfront and delicious ice cream at the Cone Zone. Stay local and discover forest trails, a children's playground, and a bike park right in our neighbourhood. Lighthouse Country area teems with opportunities for exploration, from pristine beaches including Sunny Beach and scenic Spider and Horne Lakes to an array of hiking paths, or if you climb, consider the Horne Lake Caves! Use your All Trails App to discover the Wilson Woodlot and Lost Runners Trails. Urban legend has it that it was the running shoes that were lost, not the people wearing them! Or stop here for a night en route to and from the mainland to Ucluelet or Tofino for world-class surfing, or if skiing is your calling, Mount Washington is just a 45-minute drive away. You can pitch your tent in our gardens, park your RV on the edge of the forest, or stay in our cozy tiny cabin. You can wander in the gardens and check out a young permaculture food forest filled with fruit and hazelnut trees, berries, and all that good stuff! Our Earthship, currently under construction, is all about exploring a low-impact lifestyle, off-grid living in an energy-efficient dwelling built from recycled materials. It is love for the planet, and people and sharing of abundance that makes this project come alive. Attend a group tour, or arrange for your own private tour where Tony will spend a couple of hours with you, sharing theDoighouse project, and answering any and all questions you may have. We also offer workshops and other onsite activities. For more info check out our website www.thedoighouse.com/events. On arrival, you will be greeted by Bentley (our standard poodle), Mabel (mouser extraordinaire) and the 'hens' who generously gift fresh eggs daily. Come visit, tour, and stay. Susan and Tony Doig
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155 ratings · 129 reviews
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Greg S.recommends
July 22, 2024
Forest Camping (RV)
Susan and her family were very welcoming, the site was simple but quite nice, and checking out their earth-ship home in progress was incredible!
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Eugena M.recommends
July 22, 2024
Under the canopy tent site
Eden getaway
This property was gorgeous and the owners are lovely. I was inspired by the beauty, permaculture and off-grid projects. They've put thought into making everything cozy and functional. It's the perfect spot!
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Caitlin O.recommends
July 21, 2024
Garden Camping (Tent)
I loved camping on Susan’s land! The site was beautiful and she and her partner were great hosts. Bentley was a highlight too.
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Julie W.recommends
July 21, 2024
Under the canopy tent site
We were immediately greeted by the host and had a wonderful stay within the trees on their property. Would definitely stay here again!
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Rick B.recommends
July 16, 2024
Forest Camping (RV)
Fantastic experience. Open, friendly people abound!
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Stephen B.recommends
July 14, 2024
Under the canopy tent site
Inspired carefree camping!
This was a brilliant place to stay. The Doighouse Earthship is private and safe but I’d rather say it was cozy and relaxing! The property is beautiful with an amazing garden and plenty of hiking trails surrounding the property. The site was clean and it was nice to have a pebble gravel area for the tent as well as a tarp. Susan and Tony are great hosts and their sustainable stewardship of their property is inspiring. We will be returning to this site!
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Qualicum Bay, Nanaimo, British Columbia, CanadaTraditional, ancestral territory of K’ómoks, We Wai Kai, and Liǧʷiłdax̌ʷ First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Joined in April 2022
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