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Review of Shady Shores Beach Resort

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Shady Shores Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bowser
Port Hardy, Canada
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49 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Home away from home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2011

We took three nights with my daughter and grandson to give us time to enjoy island time and chose Shady Shores.

We wanted firstly a kitchen, two separate bedrooms, on the ocean with spectacular views, price we could afford and close enough to Nanaimo to catch a ferry.
It was important to be central.
We got all that and a bonus we felt comfortable too!

Close to shopping tonpick up those forgotten items Or visiting Coombs-Parksville-.Courtenay.

Thank you again Shady for those extra touches that make the experience most enjoyable.

Room Tip: I have stayed in the two cottages and both were comfortable but maybe ask for the cottages right on...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Montreal, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2011

Shady Shores is an escape to a tranquil and beautiful Beach resort. The scenery is absolutely stunning. The sound of the water on the rocky beach and the view of the mountains on a clear day are breathtaking! Waking up to the sunrise and the smells of the Ocean was great! Accommodations were perfect and we had everything we needed to have a great time! An Excellent place to relax and enjoy a hidden Gem of Vancouver Island. Coming all the way from Montreal this was surely a treat for me! I would recommend the resort to anyone who is looking for an escape. The owner of the Resort was Amazing and very welcoming with a great sense of humour, which made my first time visit to Vancouver even that more special. It would not have the character and special charm without her there! I will defiantly be back again... :)

Room Tip: Suite # 7 The view is stunning: there is minimal space in the room, yet all essentials and the best...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Nadia C
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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2011

Shadyshores resort is a very nice and relaxing place. We enjoyed our stay and we will go back for sure. The owner is a very nice and friendly lady and she goes out of her way to make sure all the guests are comfortable. When we arrived we noticed that they had a pluming emergency and they were in the middle of fixing the problem. The owner made sure all her guest were aware of what was happening and she handled the problem as quick as possible and at the same time making sure that all her guest remain comfortable. Customer service comes first at Shadyshores beach resort! loved our stay and will go back for sure.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ladysmith, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2011

My husband took me to Shady Shores for my birthday in February and we LOVED IT SO MUCH, we returned for another week-end in March, and again in April. We have stayed in the "Honeymoon Suite" and in both of the waterfront cabins. Each stay was wonderful, Bald Eagles, Sea Lions, Seals and our fires on the beach were all day events. We enjoyed the fabulously clean hottub while taking in the beautiful mountain and ocean views. Jan, our Hostess even brought firewood down to the beach for us. We felt like we were the only people around for miles. We will be back and plan on going for many years to come.

Room Tip: Loved the oceanfront cabins.
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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Alberta
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2011

Shady Shores is incredibly natural, beautiful and relaxing. The resort is quiet, you can sit and watch the eagle, herons and seals in wonderful peace. I can't say enough about how truly fantastic it is to watch "the nature chanel" in 3D on Mother nature's big screen.
We stayed in the beach cabins, they are small, but have everything a couple may need and you are practically sitting on the beach.
The rooms in the main area are a little farther back, but have great views as well. I honestly don't understand how a vehicle could block the view unless you were driving a moving truck. Even if you have a moving truck parked directly in front of your window (bad choice on your part), there is plenty of seating close to the beach.
(As for the rooms being small, keep the steamer trunks in the moving van.)
Also, if your GPS wants to send you off course, just follow the scenic coast highway and watch for the signs, it is well marked. Do not believe the GPS if it says the resort is not on the beach, for some reason there seems to be wrong coordinates out there.
Go, see for yourself. I'm sure you will love it!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cydnil
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Banff National Park, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2011

This is the second time we've stayed here, and can't say enough good things about Carolyn and Shady Shores! We have thoroughly enjoyed both times spent there, and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting somewhere central to do day trips from, peace & quiet for a relaxing vacation, hot tub, kayaks & canoes, watching seals, bald eagles, otters, and sometimes whales & cruise ships from your patio or the beach in front. Carolyn is a hoot too. An AWESOME place to spend time, and we've hated leaving both times! For souvenirs, make sure you stop at Fanny Bay Trading Co. just a few minutes down the road. Great selection and nice people.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Panama City, Panama
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2011

We originally rented the beach log home on the adjacent property but due to the large contingent of family we had to rent additional rooms at Shady Shores Beach resort which was conveniently located on the adjacent property. This gave us a wide range of accommodations giving those who wished private rooms right up to the more communal living of the large log home. The location was perfect. We were right on the beach which became the main focus of most of our rec time. We collected clams and oysters, which seemed to be almost inexhaustible. There were the tide pools with all sorts of life which gave the kids [ of all ages ] lots to do. We were also lucky enough to be there when a run of salmon was happening. We could see them jumping all over the place. The fish also brought a contingent of seals and eagles and of coarse fishermen. At night we had fires on the beach and I was amazed at the lack of annoying insects. Because we had rooms at both places we had access to all of the activities such as canoeing and kayaking along the shore,bocci ball, badminton and croquet to occupy our time. The kids loved Horne
Lake caves and Cathedral Grove while the rest of us golfed or shopped or both. We unfortunately didn't do any fishing although there obviously was good fishing right off the shore or we could have gone to the nearby marina to rent a charter. All in all the entire group of us 23 loved the place. Would highly recommend for any type of vacation. P.S. I love Trip Adviser for travel info but found that they did not give an accurate portrayal of the property and if we hadn't gone to their websites we would not have got the real story.

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  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Shady Shores Beach Resort
Address: 6695 Island Hwy W, Bowser, British Columbia V0R 1G0, Canada
Region: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Bowser
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Bowser
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Shady Shores Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Paddle along the tranquil shores on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Relax in our oceanfront hot tub while watching the eagles soar and cruise ships passing by. Gather around a beach bonfire. Enjoy clams/oysters picked from our beach. Hike on trails through pristine local forests. Enjoy a round of golf at one of the sixteen golf courses within an hours drive. Centrally located for day trips to many points of interest on Vancouver Island. ... more   less 
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