I just came home from a months stay at The Alders Beach Resort. I had been looking for a place to "get away from it all", with no phones and no TV, and this place couldn't have been more perfect. The Alders is surrounded by nature, with the ocean out front and a forest behind. When the tide goes out, the beach is great for walking - it is a huge expanse of sand, and, in my estimation, is one of the nicest beaches that I have seen on the east coast of the Island.
The grounds of The Alders is perfect for families, with lots of room for kids to run on the lawns. There are picnic tables, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit and BBQ, plus the added bonus of a stunning view of the Coast Range across The Salish Sea, or, as we knew it in the old days, the Georgia Strait. When the tide goes out there is a huge, shallow tidal pool right out front that would be warm and safe for little ones in the summer time.
The resort itself is like some magical place from a bygone era. My cabin was new and the others are quite a bit older, but well maintained and well appointed - they are quaint and very charming, and all seem to have characters of their own.
The managers, Doug and Cheryl Short made me feel very welcome, and they were always very courteous about answering my many questions about the surrounding area and the history of The Alders. Plus, I don't think there was a day in the whole month that I didn't see them out and about doing regular maintenance on the grounds and cabins, as well as getting ready for a busy upcoming summer season. They are a great team!
So, if you want to take a step back in time, to a quieter, more gentle era, where the view is gorgeous and the air is clean, then I would definitely recommend The Alders.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Alders Beach Resort is located between Courtenay and Campbell River on the East Coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.Come and experience the natural beauty of our spectacular setting. Our beachfront cottages lead to a pristine sandy beach which is set against a spectacular coastal forest. Our resort is ideal for the perfect family vacation, a romantic getaway or as a venue for that special occasion.Enjoy the tidal pools and forest trails. Explore miles of sandy beach. Experience close contact with deer, seals and eagles. Four seasons of recreational activities are available within minutes or a short drive and include skiing, golfing, cycling, hiking, scuba diving, boating, horseback riding and eco-tours. World-class fishing is a short drive north in Campbell River.Our CottagesBrowse our beachfront cottages and enjoy the natural beauty of our spectacular setting. All cottages have full kitchens and sleep between 4-8 guests.Beachfront LocationThe Alders is ideal for family vacations, retreats and romantic getaways. The resort is very quiet and serene, and is located right on the ocean. ... more less