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Desolation Resort
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“What a Find!!”
Reviewed September 20, 2008

Friendly, private, beautiful location, excellent chalets with full kitchens. We were steered to Desolation Resort by a restaurant owner in Lund. We originally intended to stay for 2 nights and extended to 5 because we enjoyed it so much.

Little if any noise, free use of kayaks or canoes on the Okeover Arm in the Desolation Sound area, and custom built units with spectacular views. Some are singles, some are duplex and some have an upper and lower unit. Some sleep 2 and others up to 8. Some are child friendly and/or pet friendly. The owners are friendly, available and yet not intrusive. Laundry facilities either in the unit or upon request. Wireless internet at the office and it often works in some of the units as well. The price is extremely fair for what you get.

Our unit had been rented out for 12 years and yet looked as if it was just a year or two old. Excellent condition and very attractive.

You can also use your own canoe or kayak and dockage is available for a fee. While we were here the waters were pretty calm and the tides, although about 8-10 feet, had little current to deal with. Suitable for beginners under the conditions we had.

There is a small store in Lund for supplies - just a couple of miles away - and a Safeway, etc. in Powell River, about 17 miles away. Also, an excellent restaurant just around the corner - the Laughing Oyster.

Only potential negative is that if you are in a lower unit and the upper is occupied, it could be noisy. We were fortunate, but when someone previewed the unit above us, the noise was a bit much.

We travel over 100 days a year and rarely return to the same place, but are extremely likely to make an exception for Desolation Resort.

  • Liked — Location, views, quality of facilities
  • Disliked — Nothing to criticize
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2008

Excellent place to stay on the Sunshine Coast. Each cabin (we stayed in two different cabins) is a handmade cedar treasure. Comfortable and cozy with all the necessary amenities for an extended stay. Great access via Okeover Inlet out to Desolation Sound. Canoes and kayaks are provided. Rental boats are close by. Will stay there again!

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  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 23, 2008

Looking at the map, one is led to believe that Powell River is the center of things on the northern part of the Sunshine Coast, and Desolation Resort is away from everything. At one level this is true, except that Powell River lacks nice lodgings, a good restaurant and much to do. The lodgings at Desolation Resort are more like houses and condominiums than a hotel. If one wishes to prepare one's own meals, each roomy unit has the facilities to do so. It was clean, well-maintained, and comfortable. Located overlooking the Okeover Arm of Desolation Sound, it has kayaks and other water related gear for the asking. Nearby (a kilometer or so) is the excellent restaurant, The Laughing Oyster, overlooking the water also and well-attended by the yachting set. Though a much smaller town, nearby Lund was more interesting to me than Powell River, and is the gateway to "The Hawaii of B.C.," Savary Island, a short water taxi ride away. Advance reservations at Desolation Sound Resort seem to be a "must."

  • Liked — Roomy, almost like a small residence.
  • Disliked — Walking around involves some hills.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Property: Desolation Resort
Address: 2694 Dawson Rd, Powell River, British Columbia V8A 0G3, Canada
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Location: Canada > British Columbia > Sunshine Coast > Powell River
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Powell River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Desolation Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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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