THE DOWNLOW

Everything you need to know to enjoy your stay

location 

To get to our farm, take the old island highway when

leaving the Courtenay/Comox area.

About 12 minutes out of town take a right on Williams Beach Rd.

Take a left on Larkin Rd and drive right to the end

past any private property and no trespassing signs.

We are the last property on your left and at the end of the road.

The current gate code is in your welcome email.

Call or text 250 218 3459 and we will check you in to your site.

You can wait in the shade by the trampoline.

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glamping and tiny house info

Glamping Directions

After coming through our gates head straight towards the Big Barn, go right around the big barn and following the signs for Camping and Lake Access.

On farm directions: 

 

Through the gates ~ Past the trampoline ~ Right around the Big Barn (to the back of the Big Barn is the outdoor shower, event area and garbage and recycling center) ~ Past the hayfield on your right Into the back field, ~ Stay left of the multi sign ~ Past the well water faucet and sauna sign ~Past the lake access sign ~ Into the woods ~ Find your site! Each glamping site is marked with a wooden sign.  

Laketrail ~ Forest ~ White Pine ~ Prospector ~ Wild Rose ~ Skygazer. 

Tiny House Directions:

Through the main gates, head left around the roundabout as if you were going to leave again. The tiny house is located behind our workshop building.

Property Amenities:

  • Smith Lake Farm boasts 2 lake access with 2 docks, one access is for glampers and one access is for tiny house and family.

  • Find our amazing bubble sauna tucked away on the way to second lake access. Make sure to jump in between sessions!

  • The glamping sites share a beautiful outdoor shower with lots of hot water

  • There is a shared bbq outside the big barn

  • The garbage and recycling center is located in the big barn

  • There are hundreds of acers of trails located next to the property

  • Farm animals, beekeeping tours and lake and forest animals abound the property 

  • A nature bog with specialized species

Included in glamping sites:

  • Queen or King comfortable bed & bedding

  • Trifold couch/floor beds, check your specific site for how many and what size

  • Private outdoor toilet

  • Two Adirondack chairs and picnic table

  • Private kitchen tent equipped with washbasin, 2 burner camp stove and propane

  • Small table and 4 chairs in kitchen tent

  • Drinking water

  • Well water for washing

  • Propane fire pit  (propane for rent)

Glampers bring:

  • Camping kitchen tote or rent one for $50

  • Propane for the firepit or rent one for $20

  • Smaller glamping tent at Skygazer is available to rent for $40 a night

  • Bedding for kids/single mattresses

  • Towels: Please bring 2 towels. one for the sauna and one for swimming/showering

  • Bikes: our property is an amazing place to bike

  • Floaties and lifejackets

  • Flashlights, no candles please!

  • Swimsuits, lake friendly sunscreen, bug spray

  • Closed shoes and socks for apiary tours

  • Medication, Prescriptions, First aid Kit, Feminine Supplies

 

 

Included in the Tiny House: 

  • Queen bed in loft

  • Double sofa bed

  • 2 Adirondack Chairs

  • Picnic Table

  • Kitchen with all required for 4 people

  • Propane wall heater (looks like fireplace)

  • Private outdoor shower and outhouse

  • Bedding, pillows for main bed

  • Patio

Please bring:

  • Lifejackets, floating toys, SUP boards

  • Bikes to get around the property and check out the trails! It’s a great place for kids to bike

  • Chargers for devices

  • Camera, flashlight, batteries 

  • Towels for swimming

  • Medication, prescriptions

  • Bandages, tape, gauze, elastic wraps

  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen 

  • First aid kit

  • Feminine supplies

  • Sunscreen, sunburn lotion or ointment

  • Scissors, tweezers, nail clippers, razor

  • Bug spray and itch cream (Afterbite)

  • Allergy meds/EpiPens

  • Toiletries

Tiny House Info:

  • Wifi name: Chicken Delight PWD: smithlake

  • Outdoor shower is turned off in frost months

  • Children must be supervised at all times. There is one lake, 4 ponds and 1 stream on the property. 

  • There is a string of electric fence around orchard to keep bears out of our honey! Don’t get zapped! It will wake you up better than coffee.

  • No wood campfires

  • Smoking only allowed at the tiny houses patio. Please ash in can. It is tinder dry in the summer.

  • Additional guest and visiting guest must be pre-approved and must depart by 10pm. Staying and additional guest cannot total more than 8 per site. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We believe in free-ranging children (and adults) however, there are inherent risks in visiting a working farm: bodies of water, barbed wire, electric fencing, cattle, farm implements, honeybees and wild animals all make up part of our landscape. Exposure to risks is a valuable part of learning and growing and allows children to develop important physical and analytical skills. Please help your children weigh out these risks responsibly by discussing the risks both before and after arriving at our farm. This way you and your kids can both enjoy the free-range experience!    

 

inherent risk...& rewards

apiary tours 

sauna

 Please book your Session HERE

  • Sauna hours are dawn till dusk in the summer months.

  • Sauna is 16+, and youths must enter with an adult until the age of 19

  • Please attempt to remove most sand from your feet before entering sauna. 

  • Sweep sauna sand back towards door at end of use. Use cleaner spray and paper towel located in outdoor bench to wipe off bubble if you lean against it.

 

How to turn on the sauna

1. Turn farthest dial to ¾ on. 
2. Keep fresh air portholes beside door open. 
3. To heat up to use immediately: turn timer dial past 2 and then back to the first one.
4.  You will hear a clunk and then electricity hum. Hold your hands over rocks to make sure it is on.
5.  Go do something for 20 minutes and come back!
6.  To heat up for a set time: set timer to countdown hours till you wish to come back. If it’s noon and you want to Sauna at 2:20 pm, then turn the sauna timer to 2 (hours). Walk away and come back in 2 hours and 20 minutes and your sauna will be warm.

 

Click HERE for our sauna instruction vid

 

Weather permitting, we run an apiary tour every other day at 9:30 - unless we are actually working in the bee yard and then guests are able to join from some real work! 

We have beekeeping suits available to borrow - please bring close towed shoes. 

Junior suits available!

 
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reminders and rules

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Reminders:

  • Glamping sites are NOT pet friendly. Our tiny house IS. 

  • Sites do NOT have running water or electricity

  • Check in time is at 4pm and check out is at 10am

  • We have a little store in half of our woodshed by the Main House. Check it out!

  • Entry to lakefront is dawn to dusk and SOUND TRAVELS OVER WATER!

  • Quiet time is 10 pm till 7am.  Lots of little kids around

  • There is a shared outdoor shower with hot wat the Big Barn

  • There is high speed wifi in the Big Barn. Pwd is smithlake

  • Guests staying at The Prospector and The Skygazer can paddle directly to the lake.

  • Glampers have access to a shared beach area with dock, and shaded picnic area.

  • Sauna use is included in your stay. Please sign up  after you have booked HERE

  • Absolutely no fires! 

  • Please bring garbage out of site everyday to avoid animals visiting your site. The garbage and recycling center are in the Big Barn by the outdoor shower. WE have bear and racoons

  • Please close tent all the way if you are leaving the tent or it looks like it may precipitate - it can rain into them. 

 

Rules and Regulations:

1) Disorderly conduct will not be tolerated at any time. We reserve the right to evict persons not behaving appropriately. EG: Disrespect to property, people, wildlife etc.

2) All guests are subject to the rules and regulations of the BC HOTEL KEEPERS Act - including eviction for unruly or undesirable persons on the property.

3) Quiet time is 10 PM - 7AM, please be respectful of everyone and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. No amplified music.

4) No parties or outside guests allowed in glamping area without prior permission for host

5) Guest alcohol is permitted at your individual tent, please drink responsibly given you are of age. 

6) Food must be kept locked and away at night and while you are away from your site.

7)Garbage and recycling must be collected and put in appropriate bins as bear and other wildlife roam our property

8) Each tent comes with one full propane tank for your kitchen stove, an additional tank may be rented for your fire it.

9) Absolutely no wood fires allowed on the property or beach. 

10) Drive with caution at 5km/hr and please respect other guests, wildlife and livestock by going slow. Free Range Kids

11) No pets in the Glamping Sites

Security Deposit and Fee:

Change booking Fee for shortening your stay

- $20

Garbage not deposited in designated bins:

- $100

Excess noise after 10PM

- $250

Late checkout without permission:

- Cost of an additional night stay

Pets in glamping sites:

- $250 plus cost of repair if damage is incurred

Damage to property or tent:

- Cost of repair or replacement

Wood fire 

- $250

Smoking/vaping in/around tents:

- $250

 

Disclosure:

Be aware  Smith Lake Farm  is a working farm and there are inherent risks, including but not limited to, adverse weather, uneven ground, equipment, cliffs, fences, livestock. It is our guest’s responsibility to act in a safe and prudent manner and obey all rules and regulations. Visitors to Farm do so at their own risk and Smith Lake Farm and it’s owners, lessee’s, contractors or employee’s are not responsible for any injuries, death, damage or theft to property.

Non-compliance of the rules and regulations listed above will result in eviction. Please see Hotel Keepers Act of British Columbia. 

There are no refunds or credit issued for inclement weather, no show’s, or violation of rules and regulations.

Reservations and Occupancy:

Payments for booking are made on our website www.smithlakefarm.com.

Payments are due in full at time of booking.

Glamping sites are for 4 Adults Max (Except for our Prospector site which has a maximum occupancy of 3 3) and families of up 5 (Prospector 3). The tiny house is for 2 adults max. 

Additional adults will be $25 per night when pre-approved. Please contact us directly for approval prior to booking.

We have a strict no-pets policy at the Glamping Sites.

Pets are permitted at the Tiny House. All pets must be on leash at all times while on the Property.

If you would like a tour of the apiary, barn or property, please let us know. All guests must be accompanied by one of our staff in order to ensure the safety of our guests, livestock and bees.

Pets are permitted at the Tiny House 

Cancellation Policy:

No refunds will be given if you cancel less than 30 days prior to your arrival date.  A full refund will be provided if we receive your cancellation request in writing more than 30 days prior to your arrival date. Please thoroughly read each listing and reach out to us before booking if you have any questions.

 
 
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"By far the most amazing glamping experience we’ve ever had. Located on the far end of a vast farm acreage, the site was completely private nestled in a beautiful forest refuge. Woke up to the sounds of birds, and the gentle wind in the trees, and settled for the night to the croaking of frogs from our lakeside site. So many thoughtful touches during our stay. Immaculately clean and exceptionally private, it was a restorative and replenishing experience."

— Naomi

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Very private and quiet setting. We heard owls hooting back and forth, beavers slapping their tails and birds galore. We found the tent spacious and clean, with a comfy queen sized bed and plenty of headroom. Despite some heavy rain, we absolutely enjoyed ourselves and stayed dry and comfortable. The hot shower and barrel sauna helped! Host is welcoming, friendly, and pays attention to details. We enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back!

— Helene

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Beautiful, incredible hidden gem! As avid backcountry campers we were incredibly surprised to find more wildlife on the property than we’ve seen on most camping excursions. The sites are gorgeous, private, and well-thought-out. The frolf course was fun and challenging. We spent many hours floating around in the lake, taking in the scenery. Looking forward to future visits.

— Jo

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Magical and memorable experience! Very comfortable and cozy tent to stay in, and especially special at night with a view of the night sky. Highly recommend bringing your paddleboard and kayak down to the lake, where the water is warm and the view is great. The host is very friendly and helpful.

— Xincheng

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Bee Educated

Bee Yard & Outyard Tours, Beekeeping Certification & Apprenticeship.

Bee Comfortable

Six private glamping sites and our

 tiny home are ready to welcome you.

Bee Adventurous

Disc Golf, Sauna Experiences, Retreats and events.