My wife and I were introduced to Gallagher Lake Lodge over twenty years. Our children have grown up at Gallagher Lake and we absolutely love it. It is a quiet, clean lake with no motor boats, fabulous swimming and a wonderful family atmosphere. If you want the partying, loud atmosphere of some of the beaches in the interior than this is not your vacation. However, if you want a quiet, caring and respectful place for your family with fabulous swimming then this is the place for you. What I have observed is that many professionals, retired couples and young families return to the Lodge because they seek a tranquil place to unwind with very nice people.
We invited a guest to stay with us and another mom with young children. They both fell in love with the place very quickly. As for the reviews, this is not the Hilton. It is a basic room, but when you open your door and have a beautiful lake what does one expect for the price? As for the concerns about Mel and Isabelle, I can only tell you that they have been nothing short of fantastic to our family. They do the extras and do some fun events for the kids. From what I understand, some of the negative reviews come from people who really felt a "sense of entitlement" to the lake.. There are those who feel like they can play their guitar until 1:00am with little regard for those that respect the quiet time after 11:00. Mel and Isabelle have actually been the best managers of the lodge we have witnessed in over twenty years.
Our bottom line (and it was shared by all of the families we talked to this weekend) is that GLL is a quiet gem. We are definitely going back. If you can get a reservation for a family vacation, you will have an amazing time!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We offer rustic cabins set in spacious grounds above beautiful Gallagher Lake and linked to Oliver via Hwy 97, Gallagher Lake Lodge is a relaxing retreat in the heart of Canada's wine capital and an ideal base from which to explore the sunny Okanagan Valley. ... more less