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“A rustic getaway in Newfoundland.Thanks Woody Island Resort.” 5 of 5 stars
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Woody Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada   |  
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Thorold, Canada
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“A rustic getaway in Newfoundland.Thanks Woody Island Resort.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2012

what a place - we were a group of more than 20, adults, teenagers & kids. we had our own building which was great-the centre of the building was our play cards,games, chat and have a beverage meeting place. the bedrooms were all off this area and some on the second floor. the food, well let's first start with the homemade bread-outstanding-the soups the,fish-and if you didn't like fish they had chicken and for kids who don't like that they'll cook you kraft dinner, hot dogs, chicken fingers or whatever they have-dessert was delicious, as was breakfast.you can go into the kitchen any time to have a cup of tea or coffee or have a cookie. the entertainment at night at the main house was fabulous,one man band who told jokes and could sing-everyone was up dancing and singing(not just our group) along with him. the next day around 11 you board the boat to take you back to your vehicle - but along the way you have a great tour of the area and then they stop where you get off the boat and have delicious soup, sandwiches, and tea. the entire 2 days is so enjoyable, you can walk, paddle boat, canoe, swim or just sit and enjoy the scenery and peace and quiet. keep in mind it's not a 5 star hotel but you'll have had an experience that you won't forget easily.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Orillia, Canada
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

We went with friends and enjoyed stepping back in time. Starting with the boat ride to the island, playing horseshoes, hiking,enjoying the fresh bread, loving the kitchen party it was just the best. The other guest and the wonderful staff made this a high light of our time in Newfoundland. Would definitely recommend this experience to all.

Laura p
Oriillia int

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shearstown
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

If you are looking for a relaxing, enjoyable and inexpensive couple of days away from the hustle and bustle....away from telephones etc., Woody Island is the place to go! This is a getaway where you get a taste of real Newfoundland food and experience hospitality that Newfoundlanders are famous for...kitchen parties where you may dance to the music of local musicians, boat rides and old fashioned Newfie boilups etc. See the Woody Island Resort advertisement for more information. It's a place to meet new people and make new friends!

Woody Island is approximately a 2-hour drive from St. John's to Garden Cove where you will board a boat owned and operated by Loyola Pomroy. The approximately 45 minute boat ride will take you to a tourist lodge on Woody Island - one of the islands that was resettled in the 1950s and 60s.

Over the years, I've spent 5 Labor Day weekends at this resort and looking forward to more visits!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2012

We were there on July 18,2012. We loved the authenticity of the experience. We met some wonderful people, both the staff and the customers. It was our first Kitchen party and were thoroughly impressed, it was so much fun!
Mark and Terri,
Orillia, Ontario

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St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

We went as a group of 20 family and friends from various places across Canada. It was an awesome time! The food was delicious and there was lots of it! The service and entertainment was top notch! I would reccommend it to anyone!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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St. John's
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8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Had the pleasure of going to Woody Island Resort this summer and had a marvelous time. The staff were friendly and eager to help. Truly and experience to be had by all! From the boat ride, to the food and entertainment, everything was "spot on"! Can't wait to return!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

This is a Newfoundland getaway that should not be missed for anyone who love to have a taste of what it was like to live away from the hustle and bustle, to experience real Newfoundland food, and to get a taste of genuine hospitality that Newfoundlanders are famous for.
To locate where this happens, it is app. a 2 hour drive from St. John's to Garden Cove, from where a boat leaves that takes you to Woody Island. In the 1950s and 60s, the government introduced 'resettlement', which affected islands such as Woody Island in Placentia Bay. They were to move from those islands to more centralized communities on the main part of Newfoundland. The islands essentially became places where people still owned land, kept cottages and places to go in the summer. I remember going to Woody Island in the summers in my youth.
We arrived after a pleasant boat ride and I was very happy to be greeted by one of nature's gentlemen and the owner, Loyola Pomeroy, who has been running this resort for many years and has seen it grown a lot over the years. He has even had celebrity visitors such as Martha Stewart who was taught how to make toutons in his kitchen.
We stayed in the main lodge, which provides simple, clean accommodations. Don't look for phones or tvs, you do not come here for that, you are supposed to be getting away from it all. Our luggage was brought up all at once by a truck and delivered to us. We then took a little tour around the lodge - nice big common room, dining room, a look around the kitchen - we were led there by the smell of freshly baked bread, and a little souvenir/necessity store.
There are very pleasant walks around the island, nothing too difficult, which leads to little beaches and oddities like a house made of rocks native to the island. We were taken for a 'hayride', essentially a trailer geared to take passengers and pulled by a truck. We were taken to where the old school and church used to be, along a road that is hugged by alder trees and bushes. It was a lovely ride.
Back at the lodge, we settled in for supper, where, depending on your numbers, you may be seated with other tourists, which is very pleasant because it is a nice opportunity to get to know your fellow visitors. It is a delicious meal, and I felt like I was going back in time (I grew up in Newfoundland).
There are small boats for rowing, which we took advantage of. It was very relaxing. If you wish to spend extra, there is a kayaking outfitter advertised.
At night, musicians grab their instruments, feet start stomping, and it's a party - even if you are shy, someone is sure to encourage you to get up and learn how to do the Virginia Reel or another dance. For any tourist who wants the feel of an old-fashioned house party, this is where you are going to get it.
Since we were there for the two day, one night trip, the next day we had our bags packed and loaded back on the boat. But we were taking the scenic way back, with a tour that took us to a spot where a 'boil-up' was prepared and we had lunch. I remember it raining that day but it in no way dampened our spirits, we all had a great time. After the lunch, it was back to Garden Cove.
This is a trip that I would recommend to anyone who wants to get away from it all, relax, have lovely walks, and enjoy the hospitality of a dedicated and warm group of staff.

Room Tip: I had a corner room - the Martha Stewart suite!
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Woody Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Location: Canada > Newfoundland and Labrador > Newfoundland > Woody Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Woody Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Resort is located on Woody Island in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland on the Avalon Peninsula. Woody Island Resort's uniqueness lies in the fact that you can experience just about every attraction that Newfoundland has to offer - all at one location. This quaint outport fishing village once boasted a population of 400 before government resettlement forces residents to relocate elsewhere in the province. Today Woody Island is home to mainly summer residents and their families who come back to pursue the fishery and relax in their former home village. Tourists also visit the island to take part in the many attractions that Woody Island has to offer including, breathtaking scenery, comfortable accommodations, delicious meals, Newfoundland "kitchen party", boat tour with beach picnic, and a wide variety of activities. ... more   less 
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Woody Island Resort Newfoundland, Canada

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