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S-wiya?iy sin-ku ( land & water)

In the Shishalh language,  s-wiya? iy sin-ku, land and water, are intimately related. At the Pointhouse, both land and sea are also naturally connected and influence everything from our sustainability policies to our hospitality and amenities. The design principle for the Pointhouse landscape was “forage in the forest”. Many of the plantings are edible berries, fruit, or medicinal and culinary herbs and plants […]

Welcome Aboard

Real Houses of… Halfmoon Bay from Heather Newman on Vimeo. Billed as a “yacht built onto rock”, the Pointhouse made it’s TV debut on the new W networks series Real Houses of…  We hosted a special screening night with friends October 27th, 2015. The four man film crew from New Brunswick spent a full 12 hour day […]

Green Tourism

  The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. More than 1 billion international tourists travel the world each year creating a powerful and transformative force for sustainable development not just within the tourism industry but within the spheres of environment, government, and culture. The Pointhouse was one […]

Sea Change

Sea-change or seachange, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, means “a change wrought by the sea.”  The term originally appears in Shakespeare’s The Tempest in Ariel’s song “Full Fathom Five” . Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes; Nothing of him that doth fade, But doth suffer a sea-change […]

Beautiful British Columbia

David Byrne, Scottish freelance travel journalist and broadcaster, encourages British Columbians to keep blowing their own horns about the beauty of their home province. David and friend Shannon visited the Sunshine Coast last October to find out what the attraction was for this little stretch of coastline a hop(literally), skip and jump from Vancouver. They sampled some […]

Pointhouse Wine Cellar

An interest and appreciation of fine wines often leads to a desire to collect. For the serious collector it means a special space dedicated to storing, displaying and enjoying wine. Sometimes these are true cellars buried on lower levels but more often now they’re incorporated into living spaces as features. At the Pointhouse, a round […]

Ron Basford

The property that is now the Pointhouse was purchased from the estate of Stanley Ronald “Ron” Basford, PC , in Dec 2005. Basford, a long-time Canadian Cabinet minister in the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau, was known as “Mr. Granville Island” for his support of the Granville Island redevelopment project in Vancouver. A park there […]

Parti d’Aerie

A parti or parti pris comes from the French prendre parti meaning “to make a decision”.  Often referred to as “the big idea“, it is the chief organizing thought or decision behind an architect’s design presented in the form of a basic diagram and / or a simple statement.  A parti can describe experiential and aesthetic […]

Beach, Bog, Berm

The natural diversity of Sargeant Bay Provincial Park provides a variety of opportunities for visitors to enjoy the beauty of the Sunshine Coast. This 155 hectare park protects a wide range of habitats from the marine environment at the head of Sargeant Bay, the barrier berm and it’s associated wetlands, to the pristine bog of […]

Forest Bathing & Coast Mountain Biking

Forest bathing, or Shirin-yoku in Japanese, is defined as a short, leisurely visit to a forest and is regarded as being similar to natural aromatherapy. A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from […]

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