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Gowlland Harbour Resort
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A Perfect Escape”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

My husband and I visited Gowlland Harbour Resort twice this summer as we loved staying there. We were in the main lodge - room #9. A simple but clean room, nice view, with private en suite bathroom. Frankly, you are never inside, so it is the excellent location and environment that makes this place most wonderful. The staff is lovely and helpful. Mariana, the general manager and professional Chef, is extraordinary. She is a great cook, very personable, and fun to talk with. She went out of her way to make us feel at home for six days and as a favour, she kindly cooked for us a salmon we caught. it was extra delicious. The Resort is perfect for those seeking peace and nature - a tranquil bay, with great views, lots of wildlife at the front door - eagles, otters, seals, deer - and even a humpback out front of the harbour entrance at Discovery Pass. We have a boat that we could moor at their private, safe dock and depart easily to an abundance of activities from there. It was a delightful experience all round. thank you!

Room Tip: Room #9 was simple but nice with a view.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We stayed here 2 nights before going to WildCoast Orca camp. The staff was extremely helpful... made us a night time snack when we got there after the kitchen closed. They went out of their way to make our stay a success. It’s a comfortable place to stay and the staff makes you want to come back to enjoy this beautiful place.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Qualicum Beach, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 12 August 2014

My wife and I stayed in the Arbutus House, a free-standing house with 4 bedrooms and baths and a great deck overlooking the harbor, and thoroughly enjoyed our 3 week stay at Gowlland Harbour Resort. Although we had a kitchen and cooked some of our own meals, we really enjoyed occasionally dining at the lodge, where the food was very fresh and well-prepared and the service very friendly and attentive. On Quadra, we hiked, visited artisans, went to a First Nation museum (excellent), kayaked and mostly read on the deck of our house and entertained family and friends who visited us. All in all, a wonderful and very relaxing -- and beautiful -- accommodation for a long (or short) vacation. J.D. Dupuis

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 reviews
Reviewed 10 August 2014

We had a wonderful one night stay at Gowlland Harbour Resesort after a fantastic 5 day kayaking and camping trip with Wildcoast Kayaking. It was the perfect way to end our vacation and the food was fantastic!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Nanaimo, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

I spend two days at Gowlland Harbour Resort and will remember it for years. What a beautiful lodge in a remarkable setting. The food, as well, was second to none. Quite simply an extraordinary experience.

You are only steps away for some gorgeous beaches and truly west coast sights. There's plenty of trails for strolling and a nice abundance of local wildlife. I watched a doe and it's mother stroll through the property early in the morning and was struck by the peaceful surrounding.

If you're looking for a place that's a little closer to heaven look no further. It's a wonderful, peaceful way to spend some time.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Hello from Dave and Krislynne! Thank you for the wonderful food and hospitality during our Orca Camp visit. We wanted very much to stay a few more days!

I can't recommend you enough. If it didn't take 12+ hours to get there we would probably visit once a month.

Stayed July 2014
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sydney
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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

My husband & I have travelled to BC from Sydney Australia. We stayed 4 nights at the Gowlland Harbour Resort as part of our Wildcoast Adventures Orca Camp package.
We were so pleased with this accommodation. The rooms were spacious with modern clean bathrooms. The location of the resort is just stunning. With direct views of a pristine lake and set amongst some large shady trees. The resort also has a hot tub & sauna on the balcony with beautiful water views.
The staff were very attentive and were willing to help with any requests we had.
Gowlland Harbour Resort is well known for their gourmet food and it really lived up to its reputation. Head chef Marianna along with her talented team prepared some outstanding meals for us. Both at breakfast and dinner. The dishes were always fresh and full of flavor.
They also now have a new private beach house close to the water so it really does suit couples and larger groups.
We will definitely come back here next time we travel to Canada!

Stayed July 2014
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Additional Information about Gowlland Harbour Resort

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 #3 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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