Category Archives: ACCOMMODATIONS

For those of us who don’t own a recreational vehicle, finding the right place to stay can sometimes be a conundrum. For some accommodation need be nothing more than a place to rest their weary head at the end of a busy day exploring the area where they are vacationing. Others may be willing to shell out a few extra bucks for little luxuries that they don’t normally enjoy at home. This section of the blog runs the gamut, and will cover everything (eventually) from hostels for cycling enthusiasts to historic boutique hotels. In addition to all the well-advertised properties up and down the Island, we are blessed with some truly special hostelries that often go undiscovered by visitors – here is where you will find your introduction to them.

Cowichan’s Merridale yurts provide a unique accommodation experience

My husband and myself are pretty much up for almost any experience during our travels, but when I suggested staying in a yurt for a couple of nights he looked askance at me. I was considering the yurt offerings at … Continue reading

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Shawnigan’s OUR Ecovillage – inspired and inspiring

Plunk a group of dedicated people on 25 acres near Shawnigan Lake, stir for 17 years, and the end result is both inspired and inspiring. Although in truth, there is no end in sight at O.U.R. Ecovillage, a sustainable co-op … Continue reading

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Jacquie Gordon’s Bed and Breakfast in Duncan

We love old houses – we love their character, their histories and, generally, the people who care for, live in and cherish those aged beauties. So when we checked in to Jacquie Gordon’s Heritage Bed and Breakfast in Duncan we … Continue reading

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Cowichan’s historic Fairburn Farm offers unique experiences and old-fashioned charm

We enjoyed a little bit of heaven early this summer when we spent a night at the Cowichan Valley’s historic Fairburn Farm. Talk about bucolic bliss – nothing could have made our stay in the countryside more perfect, and we … Continue reading

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Summertime bliss at Sproat Lake Landing

The essence of summertime bliss.  That was what we found when we made the 45-minute jaunt cross-Island to the newly-opened Sproat Lake Landing near Port Alberni. Located at the site of the old West Bay Hotel on the shores of … Continue reading

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Middle of nowhere at Port Renfrew’s Soule Creek Lodge

No television.  No phones in the rooms. No traffic noise.  No fun?  Heavens, no! It was all the ‘nos’ that made us fall in love with Soule Creek Lodge in Port Renfrew, and a whole bunch of positives. We stayed … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Swept Away Inn will sweep you off your feet

  Big smiles. Warm welcomes. Amazing slow food. And, the most unique bed and breakfast experience you are ever likely to have.  Roll it all together and you have the distinctive, snug and delightful Swept Away Inn, berthed at Centennial … Continue reading

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Ucluelet’s Whiskey Landing Lodge a great addition to west coast accommodation options

Watch out Tofino and Long Beach! There is a new(er) accommodation option in Ucluelet that is up there with the best of them, especially if you prefer to stay somewhere where there is still a sense of community rather than … Continue reading

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Gold River’s LandnSea Bed and Breakfast

As I have mentioned in the past finding comfortable, reasonably-priced accommodation in isolated settlements can often pose a conundrum. We were faced with the same issue several times this summer, most notably in the town of Gold River on the … Continue reading

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Midden Lane Suite – a gem in the middle of nowhere

Finding a great place to stay in isolated locations (without having to hand over big bucks) can sometimes be problematic.  But we lucked out during a recent visit to Sointula and Malcolm Island, which is a 35 minute ferry ride … Continue reading

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