- Reviews: 61
Island Getaway Vacation Rental: Where country meets ocean
The house has a country theme (wood paneling, wood ceilings, etc.), but it has all of the modern conveniences as well (wifi, nice kitchen, A/C, gas barbecue on the back deck). Our favorite place to relax was the back yard and deck. We loved the fact that the yard was fully fenced, which allowed our Labrador to run around the whole time: not sure who had more fun, us or her :)
As stated before, the home is conveniently located if you want to head to Courtenay or Comox, and is only a few minutes' walk down to the beach. Pick up some food at the Costco in Courtenay, head down to the seafood shop at the Fanny Bay ferry terminal for some oysters, and enjoy the bbq on the deck.
The yard is HUGE and very lush with little sitting areas throughout. But sitting on the back deck with a glass of wine, with the greenery-draped lattice and lights overhead, is pretty much the perfect way to spend a summer night.
We found them on VRBO.com #515769 and on Facebook www.facebook.com/roystonvacationrental
- a 4 minute walk to the beach
- a beautiful, lush garden and a big yard
- very clean with top quality linens and house amenities
- sleeps 8 people comfortably
- pet friendly
- Reviews: 240
China Beach Campground: Juan De Fuca Provincial Park
Camping here was our friends idea, and I am so glad that we all went. The campground is a good size and not too large, and it has a great hiking trail directly down to China Beach - a fantastic and beautiful spot to visit with the whole family. Our daughter loved running around in the sand with us, dancing in and out of the waves of the Pacific Ocean. The beach offers exactly the type of scenery one would expect on the west coast.
Just be sure to always check the Park's website before visiting. There are many things you'll want to know before you arrive. When we arrived there was actually a campfire ban on since it had been exceptionally dry on the island at the time. There was also a warning on the website about thieves operating in the area, and you would also want to know if there had recently been any bear or cougar sightings near the campground.
I would highly recommend visiting though if you are looking for a great campground with a lot to explore nearby. You will be right in the rugged beauty of BC in this area.
- Reviews: 2741
Mayfair motel: Excellent and centrally located
The motel is less than one mile from downtown and the inner harbour accross the motel is the Mayfair shopping mall and restaurants
We have a huge room with kitchen facilities free parking and wifi provide to the guest
The room has two queen size bed , sofa and a seating area where you can watch television the kitchen is complete with refrigerator, cooking stove, microwave and a coffeemaker
The bathroom is nice neat and clean with bathtub and shower, bedroom floor is carpeted while the kitchen floor is in floor tile
The owner is Chinese he was painting when we arrive a very friendly man he manage the motel together with his wife
Very clean motel and the room is super good we didn't expected to see large room, we're surprise when we get inside
The motel is super good and excellent place for the money everything were very closed whatever you need just cross the street and you'll have the shopping mall Victoria harbour is just a short drive
Mayfair motel is absolutely super good and very worth it and good value for your wallet
The location is very centered shopping mall across the road KFC is just next door, the harbour is about 4 km
- Reviews: 2741
Pacific Rim Guest Lodge:: New build lodge
Ucluelet is a fishing village and this lodge is closed to everything is a newly build guesthouse the lady owner is very friendly and welcoming, when we arrive we didn't know where to check-in the owner saw us arrive seems everything has to be done upstairs
Take the staircase all rooms are upstairs you will pass through the nice patio the room is neat and clean so as the bathroom
In the room there are coffeemaker, TV, and WIFI
Beyond the room the guest can used the kitchen and dining area a very huge place to relax or to watch TV,
It was not too busy during our trip as we notice we're the only guest who stay that night we only here for a night
The thing is the lodge has no elevator the only way to go up is to the stair we were lucky we do not have big suitcases otherwise is a long steps to go up
When we researching an accommodation in the area of Ucluelet last January 2014 the prices are really high and our trip is only in June, we've booked a motel in the area, and two weeks before our trip, we receive some promotions and this guesthouse was one of the bargain, so we have cancel our motel booking and we change to this one
No regrets at all, we were very satisfied to this guesthouse, not only the owner is very friendly the whole place is new
And they still building new rooms, the price is more than worth it
Booking through booking.com were a lot cheaper than directly booked to their website
They also arrange fishing trip the owner itself is the one who guide you they have a few boat stands outside
The patio is very nice and huge! they re-planting outside during our stay and there is a barbecue provide for the guest who's interested, we only stay for a night we have not the time for barbecue
- Reviews: 58
Harbour Inn Tower & Suites: Suite with a Harour View
We stayed in a two-bedroom suite on the top floor with a balcony that overlooked the Victoria Inner Harbour. Our suite had a kitchen so we were able to prepare some of our meals. There was also a nice restaurant and bar downstairs.
The hotel is in a good location and was walking distance to restaurants, shopping, the Royal BC Museum, and the historic Parliament building.
We could watch the ships and sea planes come and go from the Harbour.
- Reviews: 35
BW Tin Wis Resort: Trofino - what a view
In July 2009 we stayed two nights in this hotel. Had booked it via the net and accomdtion was in a package for Whale watching for the two of us. It was expensiv!
Location is faboulos, directly on the beach and the view - if no fog - magnificent. The Hotel is according to BW standards: clean, spacious rooms, parking, etc. Great location to explore the Pacific Rim. 5 minutes drive to Trofino. Did not test the restaurant on site.
- Reviews: 12726
Eagleridge B&B: Bed & Breakfast
This b&b is situated in a newer area of Nanaimo. We had a lovely downstairs room with our own bathroom. Breakfast is taken upstairs where there is a balcony to enjoy the lovely ocean views. Hosts were nice.
Breakfast was juice, fruit, bacon, scrambled egg, croissant and coffee or tea. Very nice.
- Reviews: 4227
Sand Pebbles Inn, Qualicum Beach: A motel right by the sea
This is an unpretentious motel in a great setting on the lovely Qualicum Beach on the east coast of the island – although the website’s assertion that it is perhaps the finest beach on Vancouver Island is perhaps over-claiming a little! We stopped here overnight on the drive from Telegraph Cove to Tofino and found it just right for our needs. The room was a good size and opened directly onto a green lawn, beyond which there was access to the beach – great for a pre-breakfast stroll. It had all the usual facilities: bath, shower, cable T.V with movie channels, complimentary coffee. I haven’t been able to check up to date prices as the website doesn’t give them, but I know we found it pretty reasonable for the standard of the accommodation.
There’s a restaurant on site, but we had dinner in the one next door, the Beach House (good food and great views across Discovery Passage to the mainland).
- Reviews: 4227
The Inn at Tough City, Tofino: Great location, pretty room
There seem to be quite a few attractive places to stay in the vicinity of Tofino, but we chose this one for its location right in the village and its character, and were very happy with our choice. I’ve put a fuller review on my Tofino page.
The Inn has the appearance of a Bed & Breakfast but it’s not – what you get for your money is simply a room, albeit a very nice one. Many of the eight rooms have views of Tofino harbour and all are tastefully decorated in a style that suits the old building materials but isn’t over-fussy. The current cost is from $99 - $169 (Canadian) depending on the time of year, for double occupancy.
- Reviews: 4227
Telegraph Cove: Historic harbour village
This is something of an unusual place to stay. It’s a former sawmill and cannery port tucked away on the north eastern coast of Vancouver Island. The various cabins and houses, all of wooden construction, have been restored to their original appearance (mostly from the first part of the twentieth century) and are now available as holiday lets. All of them are arranged along a boardwalk beside the harbour, which is home to a marina and is also the departure point for excellent whale watching tours (see my Things to do tip). The resort’s website says “The buildings have kept their original charm from the past with the old 'unimproved' look on the exterior and a fresh new modernized decor on the interior.” But don’t assume from this that there are too many mod cons – you won’t find a TV or telephone in your room here!
All boardwalk and waterside cabins are rented for nightly stays or longer – we spent two nights in Cabin 14, one of the three smallest cabins which each sleep 2 people. There are two single beds in a one-room suite located on pilings perched out over the marina (see photo – ours was the cabin on the right of the three). There is a stand-up shower in each cabin and the current rate is $99 (Canadian) a night (in high season). As this is right at the bottom of the price range I've checked the "above average" button below.
As an alternative, Telegraph Cove has a full-service campsite (including shower laundry and washroom services) and RV hook-ups. There’s a general store, restaurant and pub – see my Restaurant tip for more on the latter, which will explain why you shouldn't expect a lively nightlife here. This is definitely a place to enjoy the outdoor life, get close to nature and unwind.
The whole place is unique!
- Reviews: 4227
Tsa-Kwa-Luten Lodge: Stunning architecture
This was certainly our favourite of the places we stayed on the island. Actually it’s situated on a smaller island, Quadra, which lies just off the east coast of Vancouver Island in the waters of Discovery Channel which divide it from mainland British Columbia. You can get here by ferry from Campbell River – a 10 minute crossing followed by a 15 minute drive – and it’s definitely worth the diversion.
The main attractions here are the setting and the lodge building itself, which is stunning. It’s built in the traditional Pacific Coast native style and features the design of a Kwagiulth "Big House" in its main foyer and lounge area. The impression as you enter this beautiful space is of light and warmth, enhanced by the glimpse of the water and mountains beyond. Please click on the photo to get the full effect.
There is also a good restaurant (see separate tip) and bar – both necessary as the lodge is rather isolated. Outside is a deck where you can enjoy a cold beer or hot coffee and soak up those views, and beyond this a path leads down to an almost deserted beach. Again, please click on the photos to get a sense of this beautiful setting.
Standard rooms in the lodge such as we had currently run from $70 - $130 (Canadian) for double occupancy, depending on the time of year. All rooms have a view of the water, Discovery Passage, and of the mountains in the centre of Vancouver Island. Most have a balcony or patio – ours had the latter.
You can stay here knowing that you’re making a contribution to the local community – this isn’t a chain hotel but a one-off establishment built and run by the Laichwiltach people. The name "Tsa-Kwa-Luten" is the original name of Cape Mudge village and means gathering place in the Kwak'wala language.
- Reviews: 20
Quadra Island Harbour House: simply the best
This is stunning - the views and Susan the owner! she is a lovely lady that has time for everyone and makes her own grainola.....sorry if thats spelt wrong but i did not even know what it was till i met Susan!
It taste and smells great, and i am told it is very good for you as well - bonus.
The B&B has view to just make you smile - the house was disigned by Susan and is just top draw, you feel at home....cant think of a better way to explain it.
see above - views and frendlyness
- Reviews: 47
Long Lake B&B: Nanaimo's Lakefront Gem
Wonderful B&B built right on the edge of Long Lake in Nanaimo. The host is a "local" and gave us a wonderful hand drawn map of things to see that we'd never have found on our own. Most of these pictures were possible becase of his tips and directions. We'd LOVE to go back! The room was clean, comfortable, private, and had a wonderful view of the lake only a few steps away. The hot tub is available anytime, and is located on a deck at the water's edge. Great food, good service, but not intrusive, and very reasonably priced.
Dock located near the hot tub has a paddle boat and canoe for your use, free. Lights across the lake at night are very pretty.
- Reviews: 2924
Western 66 Motel: Western 66 Motel
Apart from the qualities of this Motel, Saanichton is very close to the ferry terminal of Swartz Bay if you want to go to Vancouver. It's about 20 kms. north of Victoria, on Vancouver Island.
Double room: 81 $ (65 €); free parking in the complex (Aug. '06).
- Reviews: 640
Castaway Motel: A Motel in Nanaimo
The reason I choose this motel was because they had a pamphlet on the ferry to Nanaimo. I kinda liked this place. It was close to the ferry and downtown Nanaimo. It had seperate rooms for the bedroom and tv/living room/kitchen, giving it an almost apartment feeling to it. The rooms were not back to back so you had a front entrance (to the parking lot) and a back entrance (to a side walk). The rooms had the appearance of the 70's with the seafoam green paint and the motel also had wireless internet. Two things that I did not like were that the doors did not seem to secure (although I doubt you would really have to worry about break ins there) and that the fire extinguisher in the room needed to be recharged.
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