Circling British Columbia's West Coast SplendourAuthor: Margaret D.
Date of Trip: May 2009
The Nanaimo Historic Bastion Museum: http://www.nanaimomuseum.com/bastionpage.htm
The charming old city quarter shopping area: http://www.oldcityquarter.com/
The newly renovated Nanaimo Museum is the pride of the town: http://www.nanaimomuseum.ca/index.html In Parksville/Qualicum
Where to stay: Two resort hotels you'll never want to check out of:
Sunrise Ridge Waterfront Resort: A newly developed resort on 10.2 acres within walking distance of the beach. Luxury two bedroom suites with fully appointed kitchen and dining area, quality linen, kitchen ware and chinaware also boasts an independent one-bedroom suite for friends or family that accompany you. http://www.sunriseridge.ca/
Tigh Na Mara Resort (almost adjacent to Sunrise Ridge Resort) has a well-deserved reputation for stylish opulence. http://www.tigh-na-mara.com/index.htm
The Grotto Spa: http://www.grottospa.com/
Tree Top Tapas and Grill: http://www.tigh-na-mara.com/treetop.htm
Attractions - Mid Island:
Old Country Market (goats on the roof) at Coombs: http://www.oldcountrymarket.com/ The Amazing World Parrot Refuge: http://worldparrotrefuge.org/ MacMillan Provincial Park (Cathedral Grove): http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/macmillan/
Where to stay:
Old House Village Hotel & Spa bills itself as a luxury boutique hotel, but offers four-star accommodation with average facilities. Their one-bedroom suites include a pull out sofa-bed and a functional kitchen area.
Attractions – Courtenay/Comox:
See http://www.discovercomoxvalley.com/culture/heritage-experience.htm The charming Filberg Lodge estate: http://www.filberg.com/
The Sunshine Coast:
Where to Stay:
The Painted Boat Resort Spa and Marina in Madeira Park offer visitors suites that are the ultimate in luxury. Every last detail, from the exquisite interior decor to the furnishings and deluxe kitchen facilities, has been chosen to please the eye and delight the heart. Set in tranquil wooded surroundings with spectacular views across the waterfront, this is an idyllic retreat for romantic couples of all ages. www.crmr.com/paintedboat
For a list of B&Bs and cottages and myriads of stellar attractions along the Sunshine Coast: http://www.bbsunshinecoast.com/
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