Cottage F.A.Q

No, Currents is not a hotel, it is a recreational property owned by individual owners. Owners rent out their cottages, see Rental Request form to request a rental. 

Check-in time is 4:00 pm on your day of arrival. 

There is no need to check-in at the Currents office.

Check-out time is 11:00 am on your day of departure.

Your cottage does not provide hair products, sunscreen, beach towels, coffee/tea/ filters, condiments or any grocery items. 

Your cottage does not provide hair products, sunscreen, beach towels, coffee/tea/ filters, condiments or any grocery items. 

Suggested Items to Bring:

  • Shampoo
  • Pool Towels
  • Napkins
  • Saran Wrap / Tin Foil
  • Cooking Oil
  • Spices / Salt/ Pepper
  • Basket Coffee Filters
  • Tea Bags
  • Games / Cards
  • DVDs

Items Supplied by Currents:

  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels + Linens
  • T-towels / Dish Cloth
  • Dishes
  • Dishwasher pods
  • Laundry pods
  • Garbage / Organic Compost Bags
  • Propane for BBQ

Staff is onsite Monday to Saturday. Additional cottage supplies (For example: compost bags and dishwasher pods) can be requested from the office by phone (250) 629-2150 or by email to and picked up outside the office door.

Full tanks of propane are available at the side of the Currents Office building, so please bring the empty tank down when you switch out tanks. When you leave, please ensure that both the grills and the outside of the BBQ are clean, the propane tank and dials are closed/ turned to off, and replace the cover.

Currents has a limit of 6 guests per cottage. 

There is only one parking space allocated to each cottage. If you need extra parking, please park in front of Currents office and NOT in the Otter Bay Marina parking lot.  There is extra parking on MacKinnon road if needed.

Sorry, due to fire hazards, tents are not permitted on Currents or Marina property.

Pets are allowed but individual cottage owners may not permit a dog.  Please check with the cottage owner.  If you do bring a pet, all pets must be leashed when on common strata property, and pets must not be left unattended on decks or inside cottages at any time. Doggy waste bags are available near all garbage and recycling areas. Please do not use the dog area on the Otter Bay Marina property, as this space is for use by the pets of marina patrons only.

Smoking is not permitted in any strata lot (cottage), on the cottage decks (limited common property), or on the common property of Currents at Otter Bay.

The upper pool is a family pool and is open daily from 10am-8pm, from the May long weekend to Thanksgiving week, weather permitting. There is no lifeguard on duty and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

The lower or Marina pool is adult only, please observe posted times.

The cottages are cleaned upon guest checkout.  Currents does not accommodate daily or weekly cleaning during your stay.  Most cottages have some cleaning supplies if needed.

General F.A.Q

Funny you should ask?  There are otters at Otter Bay, mostly seen on the decks of the marina or out on a paddleboard or kayak.  Advise children and dogs to steer clear if you see one. You may see the resident seal , whales may swim by or see seals on seal rock.  Did you know you could paddle to the beach across the way or over to Roesland National for a picnic or explore the point and museum.  Go on a hike around Roe Lake.

No, the Otter Bay Marina Property is a separate business but we can use the adult pool, washrooms and cafe.  Please observe the rules set by the marina while using any marina facilities.  The fire pits are for Marina guests.

Please conserve water at all times, as we rely on well water and we have a limited supply.  

Cottages operate on a septic system, so please place only biodegradable waste into the toilet (no sanitary products or chlorine bleach products).

No, but it is a magical place to quietly paddle or canoe and see more otters.  There is a dock for swimming at the far side.

Brown-outs and power outages are common mostly during the winter months or during high winds on Pender Islands. During a brown-out it is likely lower voltage lighting will remain on; however, appliances, computers etc. may not operate.  During a power outage please check that the oven or stovetop elements are not left on inadvertently. If there is a power outage please do not call 911. BC Hydro Services information can be reached at 1-888-769-3766 or if you have mobile data on your phone, you can look up the BC Hydro Outage map which includes the details and status of the power outage. 

In case of a medical emergency, dial 911. For after hour cottage or property emergencies please call our Operations Manager David at (250) 539-4080. There is ambulance, fire and police on Pender Island.  If needed, there is a medical helijet and a medical boat that are accessed based on an evaluation from paramedics. 

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