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Pender Harbour Resort & Marina
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Garden Bay
Vancouver,B.C
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“We had the BEST time!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2012

I'm not sure when the other reviews were written but our experience was completely different. We were two families who stayed in the Resort's Yurts. With small children it was nice to "camp" with something more comfortable than a tent. I love that I literally don't have to crawl out of bed in the morning. The yurts had large decks and came equipped with gas bbqs and tools. The beds and futons were quite comfortable.

In the Resort the communal campfire was great, we got to meet lots of nice people. If there aren't enough chairs you get more or bring your own. There was a lovely saltwater pool and a small playset that the kids really enjoyed. It wasn't busy with traffic so I had no problem with letting the kids run around on their own.

From the owner on down everyone was very friendly. If we needed anything from a large pot to more propane all we had to do was ask. It is more expensive than camping in other spots but there are real conveniences to staying there. There were lots of things that we forgot to bring (as you inevitably do) and if we had been anywhere else we would have had to buy a replacement. Here we could just borrow it if it wasn't already stocked in the yurt. We also found that their little store was less expensive than the nearby General Store for a number of different items (Coffee!!!).

I first stayed there 5 years ago and have to say I really noticed some great improvements. I know there will be more and I know we'll be back. A cabin next time I think....if I don't just move there :) Pender Harbour Resort & Marina is a beautiful spot!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Comox, British Columbia, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2012

Fair there is a 7 knot limit to enter habour nobody seems to respect this speed limit so noisy and anti social
. This is rather a sOcial playground than a boating dedicated arena sad really Did not stay at the resort so unable to comment h

Stayed August 2012
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

We booked this campground for several reasons:
- our great memory of camping at the nearby Katherine Lake 7 years ago;
- a couple of elderly people who'd prefer to stay in a cabin;
- this resort was the only campground in the area with enough vacant spots for our group.

Cons:
- tight tent sites in an over-developed resort;
- only one shared fire pit with 10 chairs for all resort users;
- extremely expensive. the base rate only covers 2 adults. $10 for each additional adult and $5 for a child (YES, a baby is counted as a child!). a family with 3 kids costs $44/night;
- water only available in the washrooms (more than 200 ft away) shared by all resort users;
- no electricity;
- manager was rude with clear animosity against group of people (ignoring the facts that our group was under their limit of 6 people per site and his staff told us to book the sites with 2 people per site first and pay with actual number of people at check-in);
- noise (boat engines?) in the early morning.

pros:
- close to water if you have a boat.

We would have camped in one of the families' back yard if we knew what this place looks like!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Pender Harbour Resort & Marina
Address: 4686 Sinclair Bay Rd, Garden Bay, British Columbia V0N 1S1, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Sunshine Coast > Garden Bay
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Garden Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Pender Harbour Resort & Marina 3*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer ocean front cottages, yurts and a motel. We rent kayaks, paddle boards and a motor boat. Our marina has 60 slips and accommodates boats up to 50'. You can enjoy a heated chlorine-free pool during summer months. ... more   less 
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