This area was on our bucket list. Be SURE you print or know your ferry schedules before heading this way. It is crucial, as ferries don't run every day at the same time. Check on BCFerries.ca website for pertinent info. Desolation Sound Resort is a beautiful, peaceful
place to spend a few days. Our friends from Vancouver Island came over and shared our Chalet #10 for 3 days of our five. There was plenty of room, as there were two bedrooms and
2 full baths. My husband and I slept up the circular staircase in very comfortable beds, the style of which reminded me of Switzerland. The deck had a table and about 6 chairs, and a
propane BBQ. AND the most fabulous view of the Okeover Inlet, which I believe is actually
an arm of Desolation sound. We met in Powell River at Safeway and bought staples like butter, eggs, bread, cold cuts, salad greens, veggies. Our friends had brought some fresh
halibut, oysters and salmon. If you like oysters, you can't find them any better than in BC.
The chalet was beautifully constructed, with craftsman carvings in the walls in the bedrooms.
I could never think of this as a cabin. It was well supplied, (no dishwasher in this one) with
microwave, full stove, fridge, coffee pot, dishes and flatware, sharp knives, some pots and pans. Bring ziplock bags in several sizes. Very helpful. The staff is welcoming and helpful.
There are complimentary kayaks and canoes, and we did kayak one day on beautiful flat
water. We saw otters in the inlet one day, and a black bear across the inlet one other day, which unfortunately was chased by a dog who was on the beach with his people. Don't know if the dog made it back. Took a zodiac trip with Terracentric Adventures one day, and it was
great. Knowledgeable well spoken guide Christine. Ate three dinners at Laughing Oyster and
were wishing for more. See separate review. It was the most wonderful vacation, as we totally decompressed and left feeling relaxed and very happy. Four days later there is still that sense of calm. Watch out for Josaphine's (the owner) husband Berndt buzzing around in his flying
contraption name Chitty Bang. You can see it parked down by the canoes. The water is warm
enough for swimming in late July. This is bear and cougar country, so be on your toes after
dark. It is also mosquito country. Bring repellent for early morning and dusk. There is WiFi
but you have to head toward the office to get a signal. There is a phone on the outer wall of the office that you can use to make reservations for tours, dinner etc. No TV. My husband
turned on the radio in the house one day, and it was shattering in all that piece and quiet. It got turned off quickly. my fondest remembrance, sitting on the deck in late afternoon with our
friends sipping wine and nibbling on smoked salmon. Fabulous.
Potential visitors can view the chalets photos online on the website. And prices. Chalet 10 was
$300 per night with tax.
Thanks Josaphine and staff for providing us with such a memorable vacation .
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located at the gateway to Desolation Sound, these unique and fully furnished oceanfront chalets are in a park like setting on an eight acre waterfront property. Our chalets are ideal for your family vacation, reunions, weddings or that perfect getaway. Some of our chalets have a private hot tub on the deck. Each chalet boasts a unique individual design. Interiors done in local wood. All our chalets have a full kitchen, BBQ and a deck. The chalets are of different sizes and the larger ones can accommodate up to 8 persons. Complimentary kayaks and canoes are available for our guests to use.Packages with accommodation, dining, kayaking or boating are available. A whole range of activities offered by local outfitters, can be booked through the resort. The Laughing Oyster Restaurant is just down the road from us and offer great meals with a West Coast flavor. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Desolation Hotel Powell River