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Gowlland Harbour Resort
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Victoria
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31 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Unexpected quality”
Reviewed 14 July 2014

We spent one night here before our orca camp trip. This hotel is on a lovely bay and has a great atmosphere. Our room was very small (#1) but had water views. The surprise was the quality of the food. Our seafood dinner was excellent in every way!!

Room Tip: Ask for room with a view but maybe a bigger room than ours.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with friends
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America, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

We stayed for one short night in their brand new beach house as part of our amazing, 5-day Island Joy Rides bike tour. We pulled up to the deck at Gowlland by water taxi, bikes and all, and were led to our 2-bedroom, 3-bath, plus living room, kitchen, sitting room, and giant wrap around deck with stunning water views. The mattresses were luxurious...always a treat. There are a few things it needs that time and more guests will help them realize. For us, these were a designated router for the beach house because the wifi does not work there at all with the signals from the router in the main building, little items in the kitchen like a bottle opener and ice in the freezer, and a telephone so you can call up to the front desk and ask to have these brought down instead of having to hike up to the main building.

The dinner prepared and presented by Chef (and property manager) Mariana was superb. We so enjoyed learning about the foods we would be eating from her. In the morning, breakfast on the deck was perfect and the fresh popovers, with butter churned onsite, delicious. In fact, the fresh breads at dinner as well were a stand out.

Quadra Island was a very special place for our family from the DC area to visit and your by bike. Gowlland is a shining star on Quadra. I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed July 2014
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GowllandHarbour, Owner at Gowlland Harbour Resort, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Sounds like you had a wonderful foodie biking trip here on the West Coast with Island Joy Rides! Yes, it's true that our chef churns her own butter and her baking is a delicious fresh treat! Thank you for your kind words and review. Our Beach House is a new addition to our vacation rentals and since it doesn't have a full kitchen, it is missing a few items that we greatly appreciate you noting so we can add those helpful items to the suite right away. We apologize that you had issues receiving a strong wireless signal and are looking into how we can improve that. We hope to welcome you back, in future, if you return to Quadra Island for another holiday!
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The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 July 2014

Reading all the previous reviews I somehow feel we missed something at this location.
We stayed for 3 nights in the main lodge.
Let's start with the pro's:
- beautiful location and lovely view at the bay
- great central location on the island
- great king bed: slept like a baby!
- nice large hot tub
- beautiful deck to sit outside and enjoy the sun or shade, whatever you like.

Reading this you might think: well, what's wrong then?
- Inside the place looks much nicer on the photos at their website than in real life. Everything seems a bit old fashioned (furniture and carpet) and ready for replacement. That goes for the furniture in the bedroom as well. We were a tad bit disappointed by that.
-The bathroom is extremely small
- it's not possible to enjoy lunch at this place or sit outside on the deck for dinner. Just drinks. And you have to get them yourself during the day. No service on the deck even though staff is there. Once you've ordered they do however bring the drinks ordered outside to your table.
- in the early morning staff is delivering/picking up stuff from the kitchen at 7.00 am very loudly. All bedrooms in the main lodge are right above that. As a result we were wide awake. It would be nice if staff didn't talk so loudly, especially during summer when all windows of the guest rooms are open since there is no air conditioning....
- by the time we were almost falling back asleep again the first guests enjoyed breakfast. Breakfast is served on the same floor as the guest rooms are. As a result we were again woken up by guests enjoying breakfast and talking.

I guess all in all Gowlland Harbour Resort seems to be enjoyed by a lot of guests but not so much by us. We won't be returning...

Room Tip: Don't stay at the lodge. The cabins seemed nice though!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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GowllandHarbour, Owner at Gowlland Harbour Resort, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
We are deeply sorry you did not receive the welcome and level of service we strive to achieve here at Gowlland Harbour Resort. Thank you for your review and feedback, as it allows us to follow up with our staff to improve areas that may be missed in creating an environment that is comfortable, professional and welcoming for each of our guests.

We are glad that you enjoyed the beautiful location, lovely view and great bed, and we hope that if you choose to come back to Quadra Island that we have the opportunity to remedy your past experience and exceed your expectations for a fabulous West Coast stay.
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

We spent last week at the resort and had an absolutely fantastic time. The property is set above a private alcove in Gowlland Harbour which offers privacy as well as gorgeous views. Several independent beach houses dot the property in addition to the main lodge and conference center.
The grounds are wonderfully gardened and the rooms and facility are clean and modern. Service was perfect and the food is to die for. It's simply the best Quadra Island has to offer.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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GowllandHarbour, Owner at Gowlland Harbour Resort, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thank you very much for sharing your fantastic vacation experience with us! We are delighted you found the service perfect and the food to die for! It means a lot to us. We're also happy to hear that you enjoyed the privacy our Resort offers and the gorgeous views of the harbour. It really is a spectacular spot. We make a concerted effort to offer the best Quadra Island has to offer but it's always nice to hear when our guests feel we've achieved that level of hospitality, too. Hope to see you back again soon!
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Just came back from a wonderful weekend at GHR.
Service was excellent and the hotel was very accommodating to all of our needs.
Super friendly staff - made us feel like we were part of the family - the head chef even fried up some the rock cod my son had caught -
We had a fishig charter arranged by the hotel that was first class. The guide was very knowledgeable and easy to spend time with - my 12 year old was thrilled with his first ever Salmon. In fact he has convinced me to make a return trip at the end of August.

The hot tub and sauna were great-the homemade muffins and breakfast in the morning was a perfect touch.

Can't wait to come back next month.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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GowllandHarbour, Owner at Gowlland Harbour Resort, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
Thanks for the review, John! Your group was a delight to host and it was great seeing the smiles on the kids' faces after fishing. Priceless! We look forward to seeing you again in August and aim to make it as memorable a holiday then, too.
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

Just coming home from the Best surprise Birthday weekend ever!
Arriving to my favorite escape destination to discover 18 of my friends and family had made it there before me left me speechless.
With separate cottages for each family and the main lodge for smaller groups, the resort was a perfect accommodation for a larger gathering with differing needs for the myriad of amenities offered.
In the 3 days, we enjoyed a fabulous full day of salmon fishing with Sonny Boon of Boonies Charters.
Sonny could not have made the day any better, his skills and personality, coupled with his comfortable and spotless boat (and excellent satellite radio) made for a perfect day taking in the rugged west coast splendor and competing in a serious girls against guys fishing derby.
The Resort organised a whale watching excursion for 12 that the kids were still talking about 2 days later .the 4 hr trip included an extremely knowledgeable guide who entertained as well as informed. The kids were thrilled by the ride through the rapids, an up close encounter with a beachcombing bear and a cruise with a pod of curious dolphin.
The breathtakingly gorgeous resort grounds proved to offer something for everyone including a putting green, an Oceanside fire Pitt, a huge dock for fishing and a calm pristine cove for kayaking and beachcombing.
As if this all wasn't enough, Marianna, the extraordinary chef and hostess gave us a culinary experience we may never be able to top.
Incorporating our freshly caught rock cod, Chinook, and Dungeness crab, Marianna daily creations were beyond Devine.
Even though we managed to stay up late and get up early, our heavenly bedroom accommodations left us feeling refreshed and wanting to stay forever. Waking to the sound of the ocean and seagulls never gets old.
Leaving this morning was the only hard part of the whole weekend.
The Gowlland Harbour Resort has firmly planted itself on the top of our families favorite escape destinations.
If you are looking for a one of a kind West coast experience to create those perfect memories of a lifetime, treat yourself just once and you will be hooked!

  • Stayed June 2014
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GowllandHarbour, Owner at Gowlland Harbour Resort, responded to this review, 3 July 2014
We are so happy that your surprise birthday was a huge success for everyone but most importantly, you! Your family and group of friends who flew in from all over were a delight to host. We know we have a little slice of heaven here but it makes our day when our guests feel the same way. So glad that while you were here you experienced a ton of fun West Coast activities like fishing, wildlife tours and hanging out by the water. Next time, we'll get you all up on paddle boards, too!

PS: Many thanks to the organizer of your surprise party for choosing Gowlland Harbour Resort as the place to celebrate a special date with good friends and family. We are honoured!
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We just returned from a wonderful extended weekend stay at the Gowlland Harbour resort and it was our first time visiting Quadra Island. What an experience! We stayed in one of the rooms within the main resort building as part of a deal we purchased through BC Ferries. The room was clean and cozy, with a very, very comfortable bed! Other than that, pretty standard room. After having seen the other vacation rentals on the property (and their views!), I think we would definitely opt for one of those in future - I think we would have appreciated the kitchen and balcony that the beach house suites had, for example! We happened to be staying at the resort with very few other guests though, so it really felt like we had our very own grounds to explore and enjoy. In fact, we were encouraged to wander the property and make full use of it's amenities, such as their dock, hot tub, sauna, and fire pit! We didn't get to the hot tub and sauna, but loved to wander the property and my fiance would fish off the dock, which was also a great stargazing spot when it was clear out. All the staff were so warm, helpful and knowledgeable to boot. In particular, Lynne was very friendly and knowledgeable. She even stopped by at the end of her day to chat with us. Loved it!

All in all, I would definitely come back for food and accommodations at the Gowlland Harbour Resort! Quadra Island has become a very special place to us now.... getting away from it all to relax without losing out on modern conveniences and luxury!

Room Tip: In future, I would stay in one of their suites instead of the rooms.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Gowlland Harbour Resort
Address: 823 Gowlland Harbour Road, British Columbia, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Quadra Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Quadra Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Breathtaking oceanfront. Peaceful surroundings. Spectacular wildlife. Experience the magic of Gowlland Harbour Resort and boutique hotel, a world-class private retreat perfect for your next family holiday or romantic getaway. Nestled on 20 acres of lush coastal landscape, less than two hours by plane from Vancouver, BC, Gowlland Harbour Resort is the location for truly memorable vacations. Located on picturesque Quadra Island, BC, the Resort’s cozy rooms, ocean views and quiet lookout points and beach offer abundant opportunities for rest, relaxation and connecting with nature.You will be enchanted by the features of this extraordinary West Coast location, with its year-round opportunities for hiking, kayaking, whale watching, salmon fishing, biking and golfing (we even have our own professional putting green on site!). Make the most of your stay with the property’s massage room, sauna and well-equipped fitness room that has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the harbour.As well, our restaurant is run by our wonderful chef who makes everything homemade and focuses on locally-sourced ingredients. She will tantalize you with fresh, beautiful meals and decadent desserts. Most of our menu is also gluten free! If you’re looking to host a family reunion, team-building workshop or health retreat, you can book the entire resort—exclusively for you and up to 32 guests. Regardless of what brings you here, we’ll work with you to create a custom-tailored and unforgettable stay.Gowlland Harbour Resort — where wild West Coast beauty meets natural elegance. ... more   less 
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