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3700 Yellow Point Rd., Ladysmith, British Columbia V9G 1E8 , Canada   |  
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Definitely going back”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2011

I have been trying for years to get in as I always go to the Island each Spring. Fortunately there was a cancellation otherwise everyone rebooks the same weekend each year. Put away your electronic devices, there is no TV or internet service here. It is about getting away from the daily grind.

Delicious homestyle cooking is how I would describe the food (all-inclusive). It is not fancy but comfort food. Alcohol is reasonably priced and people carry their purchased bottle of wine from Reception. Accomodations can be very minimal (confirm before you book) with shared bathroom, lodge room to rustic private cabins with awesome views. You listen for the bell to ring to know when the food is ready.

Most people will relax in the common areas of the main lodge reading their book or playing a board game or resting in their cabins. Others are chilling in the sauna or by the outdoor pool, which I hear is very popular in the summer or walking the trails on the premises. The guests come back year after year, even decades, so everyone is very friendly and pleasant.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Comox BC
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4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

Our trip to YPL was due to Mom's desire to see Yellow Point again. Back in about 1943 or so, she and a friend had ridden their bikes from Vancouver over to YPL. Today, July 1st, is her 93rd birthday so it had been many moons since her last visit. Myself, I'd heard of YPL but had never been. I'm not a camping type, don't ride bikes, play tennis or kayak, so thought I'd better take a bunch of books & mags lest I die of boredom. Not necessary, I may have read three chapters of one book and never even cracked a magazine! Some time was spent helping Mom about but much time I explored the very large property. The other guests were very friendly so lots of chatting. Really the time flew by.

The majority of people return at the same time each year so over time you greet familiar faces. YPL reminds me a lot of when we had a summer camp when I was young; mismatched furniture, comfy old chairs, fireplaces and firepits, sealife, water traffic, books and games, good food, comfy beds with comforters - simple and very relaxing. One reviewer called it a 'Sanity Break' and I totally agree. No internet, no phones, cell phones to be used discreetly and privately and no locks on the doors. LOL! You can lock your room/cabin from the inside only. That was a bit of a shock but I became comfortable with it very quickly. I decided YPL has been operating thus for over 70 years so no reason to be uncomfortable.

The food is good and plentiful. I understand the menu is set so that every Monday it's X and every Tuesday it's Y . . . the days I was there were Thursday - Steak + Baked Potatoes with trimmings, Friday - Curried Scallops and Shrimp with Rice and Salmon with a Citrus Sauce, and Saturday - Prime Rib, Roast Potatoes & Yorkshire - all meals with veggies, bread and salad. Sunday nights dinner would have been Roast Turkey. Lunches were Croissants and Cold Cuts (make your own sangy) plus various salads and a soup, another was Veg Lasagna, the others I can't recall. Breakfast always had a 'special' - Eggs Carmelita, Eggs Mornay, Waffles . . . plus always available eggs how ever you want them, bacon, sausage, hash browns, toast. The buffet table always had oatmeal, juice, fresh fruit, cereals and muffins at Breakfast. Then you sat yourself down at a table and ordered what you chose to have. Breakfast is the only meal you actually order anything - all other meals are buffet style. Special diets are accomodated. A blackboard is put up by the dining room entrance each day listing the meals of the day. On it is also listed the names of those with meals prepped for dietary concerns so you just ask your server for your 'special meal'.

We stayed in the Lodge which was very pleasant and certainly convenient for Mom. The room had a lovely view of the ocean, a comfy bed, two very comfortable chairs, and a bath with shower. I peeked into a couple of the cabins when they were in changeover mode and would be interested in those in the future. Not a camper so no interest in field or barracks cabins myslef. Barracks and Field cabins have no bathrooms, just a bed, a dresser and little wood stove and Barracks have very thin walls (like a sheet of plywood) so if you are a snorer or have one beside you, you may not get the best sleep. :-)

Although I was prepared to be bored stoopid, that was certainly not the case. Those three day were a wonderfully relaxing break and I've made my deposit for next year!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2011

My husband and I look forward to going back every year. There is so much to do, things you rarely seem to find time for in busy everyday life. We play games, read, hold hands and watch the fire in the big lodge fireplace, beachcomb, kayak, ride bikes....it is great for doing as little (or as much) as you want. The food is wonderful, and the atmosphere second to none. Thank you Yellow point staff for making it a "home away from home!".
Jeannie and John

Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Columbia Falls, Montana
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2010

I look forward to "my" week at Yellow Point all year long. My parents visited Yellow Point for years (religiously) and now I continue the tradition with pleasure. Yellow Point is relaxing and enjoyable. It is a place where you can make friends for a lifetime.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2009

Yes it's hard to get a reservation. For your first visit, you will probably need to call within two weeks of your desired arrival ( this is when cancellations occur). After that you are in for the same period next year if you so choose. It's doable but requires persistence and repeat phone calls the first year. As the last reviewer stated- it is below market price for what is offered. If it wasn't then many of us couldn't afford to go. What it offers is a completely stress free holiday in a beautiful natural oceanfront environment. Food that is always good and plentiful. Cheap wine and beer. And toys- Kayaks, bikes, tennis courts. An ocean water pool, hot-tubs, outdoor tree-house showers. No kids or dogs, and as a lover of both, I still think that the policy is wise. The property teems with wildlife, and a level of maturity is really needed to respect and preserve the area. One delightful aspect of YPL is the variety of accommodations on the property. I prefer the rustic field cabins or rustic beach cabins even though they don't have running water. These are the cheapest of the units and offer the very best of camping without any of the roughing it. The shared washrooms that service these rustic units are top notch and close to the little cabins. These units all have little wood stoves and stacks of dry wood and chopped kindling ready to go. Terrific for taking the chill out of the air. I'm already looking forward to our funky little wooden cabin on the beach next year.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver BC
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2009

We have been to Yellowpoint once and enjoyed its casual atomosphere in its lovely setting. The problem is the resort's policy of allowing repeat visitors to lock up weekends a year in advance. So the same visitors keep returning to the resort on the same weekends each year between May and October. If they cannot use their weekend in a particular year, they simply let a friend use it and they can still reserve the same weekend for the following year. The resort's response to this is to tell you to try calling up a month in advance of the weekend you want to see if anyone has cancelled. If I want to go to a resort that I like, I am going to reserve a little more than a month in advance, just to ensure I get a room. Some people start at the bottom in an extremely rustic cabin and hope that over the years they will move up the totem pole and get a better cabin or room in the lodge---an event that will only occur when one of the "regulars" passes away. Thank goodness Yellowpoint does not allow the regulars to pass on their "reservation rights" to their children in their Wills. Clearly the rates that Yellowpoint charges its patrons are too low. They have effectively sold "ownership rights" to resort living to a select few at well below market value. It is an odd approach when the market for this type of accommodation continues to expand at a rapid rate.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2008

Yellow Point encompasses not just a beach-side lodge and cottages but acres and acres of nearly virgin forest and close to a mile of private
waterfront for your wandering pleasures. This is definitely a destination resort and may be an acquired taste -- accommodations range from fantastic to merely okay but are never luxurious. However, many who come will immediately try to make reservations for the next year. They may be shocked to find that this is nearly impossible.

Reservation preference is given to the current renters in a not uncomplicated arrangement of dates -- you may "re-up" for the days of the week, not the actual dates. You may pass your reservation to someone else in order to hold your spot, but only for one year. For example, *we* have the last Tuesday through Thursday in September for a not-that-great room. The dates change, the mid-week time does not. We could give this reservation to a friend for one year, but would have to pay the nominal fee ($70 & credited to your account) and return the following year in order to hold this preference. We treat our reservation like the gem that it is. Of course, our hope is that we'll eventually switch to a "treasured" room with a view or even better, a cabin on the bluff. :-)

Spending time on this fabulous stretch of Vancouver Island is an experience in learning about yourself. Who are you? What do you like to do? Art? Sports? Games? Reading? Music? All are here at Yellow Point, but little is organized except for meals and an occasional musical evening. Nightlife away from Yellow Point is nearly non-existent, although Nanaimo (c. 20 miles away) is a curiously interesting town and the nearby "Gate and Crow" could be anyone's favorite pub. Some nearby artists will open their galleries and studios for visitors -- very interesting work to see when these are available. At Yellow Point, I am most likely to spend my time enjoying
the beach, watching shore birds and the antics of the resident deer and rabbits, reading, writing poetry, trekking through the woods and, of course, trying NOT TO BE LATE for communal meals where I will attempt to hold my own with the table conversation. Without a doubt, it is the camaraderie experienced as you grow to know your fellow visitors which makes this an especially wonderful place to stay. This fellowship is engendered by the owner and staff who are excellent at creating a comfortable, welcoming environment. Because there are so many repeat visitors, there is a special feeling here. Some visitors even join the Friends of Yellow Point Society, a volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation of this amazing place. FOYPS membership gives you access to newsletters, meetings and planned
work parties.

In the winter it is slightly easier to find a room available. We are looking forward to a visit in late January 2008. We made these reservations in September and were glad to find a view room in winter,
even mid-week.

  • Liked — Natural surroundings
  • Disliked — Reservations are nearly impossible to find in the summer.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3700 Yellow Point Rd., Ladysmith, British Columbia V9G 1E8 , Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Vancouver Island > Ladysmith
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Ladysmith
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 58
Also Known As:
Yellow Point Hotel Ladysmith

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