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Yellow Point Lodge
Reviewed 30 June 2010

I look forward to "my" week at Yellow Point all year long. My parents visited Yellow Point for years (religiously) and now I continue the tradition with pleasure. Yellow Point is relaxing and enjoyable. It is a place where you can make friends for a lifetime.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 July 2009

Yes it's hard to get a reservation. For your first visit, you will probably need to call within two weeks of your desired arrival ( this is when cancellations occur). After that you are in for the same period next year if you so choose. It's doable but requires persistence and repeat phone calls the first year. As the last reviewer stated- it is below market price for what is offered. If it wasn't then many of us couldn't afford to go. What it offers is a completely stress free holiday in a beautiful natural oceanfront environment. Food that is always good and plentiful. Cheap wine and beer. And toys- Kayaks, bikes, tennis courts. An ocean water pool, hot-tubs, outdoor tree-house showers. No kids or dogs, and as a lover of both, I still think that the policy is wise. The property teems with wildlife, and a level of maturity is really needed to respect and preserve the area. One delightful aspect of YPL is the variety of accommodations on the property. I prefer the rustic field cabins or rustic beach cabins even though they don't have running water. These are the cheapest of the units and offer the very best of camping without any of the roughing it. The shared washrooms that service these rustic units are top notch and close to the little cabins. These units all have little wood stoves and stacks of dry wood and chopped kindling ready to go. Terrific for taking the chill out of the air. I'm already looking forward to our funky little wooden cabin on the beach next year.

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 June 2009

We have been to Yellowpoint once and enjoyed its casual atomosphere in its lovely setting. The problem is the resort's policy of allowing repeat visitors to lock up weekends a year in advance. So the same visitors keep returning to the resort on the same weekends each year between May and October. If they cannot use their weekend in a particular year, they simply let a friend use it and they can still reserve the same weekend for the following year. The resort's response to this is to tell you to try calling up a month in advance of the weekend you want to see if anyone has cancelled. If I want to go to a resort that I like, I am going to reserve a little more than a month in advance, just to ensure I get a room. Some people start at the bottom in an extremely rustic cabin and hope that over the years they will move up the totem pole and get a better cabin or room in the lodge---an event that will only occur when one of the "regulars" passes away. Thank goodness Yellowpoint does not allow the regulars to pass on their "reservation rights" to their children in their Wills. Clearly the rates that Yellowpoint charges its patrons are too low. They have effectively sold "ownership rights" to resort living to a select few at well below market value. It is an odd approach when the market for this type of accommodation continues to expand at a rapid rate.

  • Stayed: September 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2008

Yellow Point encompasses not just a beach-side lodge and cottages but acres and acres of nearly virgin forest and close to a mile of private
waterfront for your wandering pleasures. This is definitely a destination resort and may be an acquired taste -- accommodations range from fantastic to merely okay but are never luxurious. However, many who come will immediately try to make reservations for the next year. They may be shocked to find that this is nearly impossible.

Reservation preference is given to the current renters in a not uncomplicated arrangement of dates -- you may "re-up" for the days of the week, not the actual dates. You may pass your reservation to someone else in order to hold your spot, but only for one year. For example, *we* have the last Tuesday through Thursday in September for a not-that-great room. The dates change, the mid-week time does not. We could give this reservation to a friend for one year, but would have to pay the nominal fee ($70 & credited to your account) and return the following year in order to hold this preference. We treat our reservation like the gem that it is. Of course, our hope is that we'll eventually switch to a "treasured" room with a view or even better, a cabin on the bluff. :-)

Spending time on this fabulous stretch of Vancouver Island is an experience in learning about yourself. Who are you? What do you like to do? Art? Sports? Games? Reading? Music? All are here at Yellow Point, but little is organized except for meals and an occasional musical evening. Nightlife away from Yellow Point is nearly non-existent, although Nanaimo (c. 20 miles away) is a curiously interesting town and the nearby "Gate and Crow" could be anyone's favorite pub. Some nearby artists will open their galleries and studios for visitors -- very interesting work to see when these are available. At Yellow Point, I am most likely to spend my time enjoying
the beach, watching shore birds and the antics of the resident deer and rabbits, reading, writing poetry, trekking through the woods and, of course, trying NOT TO BE LATE for communal meals where I will attempt to hold my own with the table conversation. Without a doubt, it is the camaraderie experienced as you grow to know your fellow visitors which makes this an especially wonderful place to stay. This fellowship is engendered by the owner and staff who are excellent at creating a comfortable, welcoming environment. Because there are so many repeat visitors, there is a special feeling here. Some visitors even join the Friends of Yellow Point Society, a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of this amazing place. FOYPS membership gives you access to newsletters, meetings and planned
work parties.

In the winter it is slightly easier to find a room available. We are looking forward to a visit in late January 2008. We made these reservations in September and were glad to find a view room in winter,
even mid-week.

  • Stayed: September 2007, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 September 2003

If you are an extrovert looking for a frenetic, high impact, noisy holiday, stay away.

Yellow Point is for people who enjoy plain (but good and plentiful) food, nice beer and wine, good books and cheerful company. Meals are served buffet style in the large airy dining room that overlooks the Strait of Georgia. There a common room with plenty of comfortable chairs, lots of games, and a few books (bring your own favourite reading material).

You buy your drinks (beer, wine, brandy) from the reception desk and simply stick it in or on top of the common refrigerator for use when you feel like it.

Breakfast is marvelous. There is always a special (eggs benny with salmon or whatever), but they will cook whatever you want. Lots of cereal, cream, fruit, yoghurt, toast, muffins and -- ooo, Angus! -- real oatmeal.

For lunch and dinner, you get what's offered. Lunch when I was there was open faced sandwiches (shrimp, salmon, ham, cream cheese), soup, salad and a tasty custard desert. Vegetarians are looked after well, I think. The second day, it was lasagna. And soup and a desert.

Dinner is often plain. Saturday night is roast beef with potatoes, vegetables. Sunday is always turkey. Or maybe it's the other way round.

But there is plenty of food and drink. All food included in the room charge. Extra for beer and wine.

The company is middle aged. Nobody under twenty and most of us over 40. And middle class. Lawyers, doctors, professors, vocational counsellors, psychologists. Good company.

The grounds contain a few -- not a lot -- of walking trails. But it seems the main interest of most folks is relaxing, reading and watching wildlife in the ocean.

Many of the visitors are return guests. We have been back twice and met friends again.

The accomodations range from screamingly rustic (beach cabins, share toilet, outdoor showers), to standard hotel rooms in the lodge. In between are accomodations in a number of cabins spread over the site. Some are 'shared' bathrooms; some of private. So be sure and get what you want. If you can get it. It's booked up well ahead of time.

There's is a Yellow Point Triathlon. EAT, SLEEP, READ.

This is a marvelous escape from stress.

Dr Alan Donald Vancouver BC

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Reviewed 4 September 2003

Yellow Point Lodge (YPL) is not for everyoneJust went to Yellow Point Lodge and was surprised at times. I could not find any review or reviews of Yellow Point Lodge on the net.

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Additional Information about Yellow Point Lodge

Address: 3700 Yellow Point Rd, Ladysmith, British Columbia V9G 1E8, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Ladysmith
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Speciality Lodging in Ladysmith
Price Range: £54 - £151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 58
Also Known As:
Yellow Point Hotel Ladysmith
Yellow Point Lodge Ladysmith, Canada - Vancouver Island

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