St Mary Lake Resort

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beach / lake in the evening - peaceful splendor .
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#4 of 7 campsites in Salt Spring Island
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Free parking
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sgsterne wrote a review Jun 2012
Seattle, Washington72 contributions23 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We've been coming to Salt SPring Island every few years since 1999, but have never stayed in the same place twice. This year we tried St Mary's Lake Resort and stayed in Cabin 9. The cabin is very well situated with a great view of the lake, and the resort is in a great spot, just north of Ganges with easy access to all the lovely corners of the island.

We were a group of 4 - 2 adults, a 13 year old and an 11 year old. In the living room, there is a small sofa (a loveseat, really) and one armchair. If all four of us wanted to read at the same time, someone was in bed or at the dining table. Another comfortable place to sit would be a real help here. Similarly, there were exactly 4 cups, spoons, forks and knives, very little in the way of cookware, and no salt or pepper or any of the basic condiments that we generally find in the kitchen when we travel to cabins with kitchens. There was one roll of toilet paper in the cabin, as well as one roll of paper towels, and two dish towels. We booked for and stayed for six nights and made it on what was provided - of course we could have asked our hosts for more, but why not put a reasonable amount of supplies in the cabin? There's not even a plunger in the bathroom, and there really should be as the septic system is temperamental.

There are paddle boats, rowboats, canoes and kayaks that the guests can use at no additional charge and St Mary Lake is a nice safe place for casual paddling about. The barbecue on the deck worked beautifully, as did all the appliances. We were the only visitors at the resort for most of the 6 nights we stayed and we interacted very little with the hosts - they were approachable but not outgoing, never asking us if things were good or if they could do anything to make our stay more enjoyable. If you mostly want to enjoy your privacy and the beauty of the surroundings, this is a good spot.
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Date of stay: June 2012
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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LavenderladyCanada wrote a review Aug 2014
Mission, Canada116 contributions52 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are in the midst of a week on lovely Saltspring island. The weather is lovely, we have a gorgeous view of the lake..which is great for swimming. After reading some of the reviews previously posted, some of which were a little too niggly, we brought everything with us that we might need. Harold has been a very helpful and gracious host...if there's anything missing that one might need you only have to ask. But we brought our own 'extras'..pillows, salt and pepper, dish towels,
Favorite utensils, etc. we invited our kids and grand kids over for the day to enjoy the water and the beach, and Harold was very obliging. The cabin is very clean and we're not disturbed by cleaning staff....which would certainly happen if it was requested.
The only thing harder for us is the stairs up and down to the parking lot and the hill down to the beach...but if we weren't up higher, we wouldn't have such a lovely view!
We're very pleased!
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Date of stay: August 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The resort itself was quiet and the guests were very considerate about noise. There is an rv...
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silent_ibis wrote a review Oct 2012
Vancouver18 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I’ve stayed here several times over the years, always in September (usually for the weekend, though my last time I was there for a whole week), and I have every intention of returning for years to come. The cabins are clean and spacious, with everything you need to look after yourself. The lake is beautiful and perfect for fishing and, thanks to the no gas-powered motor regulation, perfect for swimming. In short, I cannot recommend St. Mary Lake Resort highly enough.
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Date of stay: September 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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Shirley P wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Booked Four of the 10 cabins for a fishing weekend arrived around 1pm and were immediately told check in wasn’t till 3:30.
The cabins had no floor mats, no complementary coffee, and we had to ask for toilet paper. The beach is 20 feet long at the bottom of a 100 ft hill with 19% grade.
We were not allowed to keep our kayaks on the beach; however “The Cedars” next door were very accommodating and for $ 7.00 a day you can launch and leave your yanks on there beach.
I will be staying At the Cedars forever more as the management of Saint Marys Lake resort made it very inconvenient for all of us who had our own kayaks to stay there..
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Trippinvan wrote a review Jun 2007
Vancouver2 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Just a heads up when booking this resort. They do not tell you at time of booking that it is non refundable. We had to cancel 4 days after booking and they would not refund our $$$. This was with over a
months notice. The frustrating thing is that we were going to rebook for another time for a family reunion. Unfortunately due to the extremely rude treatment we received we will definately not be going back. I'm sure its a lovely resort but customer service is not their strong point!!
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Date of stay: June 2007
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesCheck-in / front desk
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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room101studio wrote a review Jul 2014
Edinburgh, United Kingdom24 contributions55 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We moved over here from Cedar Beach Resort (where we stayed last year). Cedar Beach has great facilities, but the cabins are just too varied in quality. St Mary Lake Resort cabins are really nice and spacious, and more importantly they are clean! The cabin itself was quiet comfy and we were glad we took the one furthest away from the lake and nestled in the trees since it was very hot when we were there. The facilities are perhaps not up to Cedar Beach (the kids play area is a bit shoddy for example), but the lake is still lovely and the dock and boats are great.
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Date of stay: July 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Heather E wrote a review Aug 2011
Coquitlam, Canada65 contributions72 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is great. The cabins are off the beaten track, cozy and have everything you could need. We stayed for two nights and were sad to leave. Each cabin has a decent if not great view of the lake, unlike nearby properties, and each cabin is equipped with a deck facing the lake and a full size BBQ and patio table for 4. The bed was comfy, we could have used one more pillow each, but that's a personal preference more than anything. The cabin was spotless and stocked with lots of fresh clean towels.
We took advantage of the boats available to guests - a few metal rowboats, a kayak, and a pedal boat and took both the row boat and pedal boat out for an hour each (the maximum at one time). The only complaint is that there were more pedal boats that were broken that the one pedal boat was in high demand in the evening!
Harold the owner gave us everything we needed and stayed behind the scenes the rest of the time, which fine by me.
I'm surprised there aren't more reviews here because the place was busy and everyone seemed happy with their surroundings.
We will be going back next year for at least a week next time!
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Date of stay: August 2011
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Check out the cabins' views and details online - it was really helpful for us
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Gordon2112 wrote a review Oct 2010
Petersfield, United Kingdom850 contributions618 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were looking for somewhere different to stay on Salt Spring Island. We booked St Mary Lake Resort with a little trepidation as it had very few reviews here on TA. We should not have worried - despite its low-key profile, it's a fantastic place, and was definitely one of the highlights of our 2-week tour of the Pacific NW region.

We stayed in Cottage #9, which had a wonderful view overlooking the lake and the forested hills beyond. We were impressed to see how spacious and modern the cottage was with a large living room, adjoining kitchen/diner and 2 bedrooms (one of which is locked in the case of only 2-person occupancy. It was also spotlessly clean with everything in a good state of repair, which shows the hard work put in by the people that run the resort. There was also a large outside deck complete with good quality all-weather table and chairs and large propane barbeque. We were particularly pleased to see the barbeque as we'd had in mind having a barbeque when we made the booking. Note that there is a large supermarket (Country Market?) on the road into Ganges which has everything you could possibly need for a wonderful barbeque at St Mary Lake. Ganges itself is but an easy 10 minute drive from the resort, and there are additional shops and restaurants located there about the very scenic little harbour.

We virtually had the place to ourselves, as it is a small resort and there were only another two cottages in occupation the night we stayed. The tranquil atmosphere that sunny evening as we cooked our dinner outdoors and watched the sun go down over the lake was really special, and is right up there with some of the great barbeques we've done on previous expeditions in Africa.

I'd strongly recommend this resort without hesitation to anyone looking for a unique experience in a beautiful and peaceful part of British Columbia.
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Date of stay: September 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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rbt76 wrote a review Mar 2009
Seattle2 contributions3 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed here three nights during the "off season." This place must be hoppin' busy in the summer, but in mid March we had it pretty much to ourselves. Their Web site does not do it justice- the cabins are very nice and ours was brand new inside with a full kitchen, fireplace and view of the lake. The hosts were very accomodating.
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Date of stay: March 2009
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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canboy789 wrote a review Sep 2016
Salt Spring Island, Canada3 contributions2 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Older and newer small cabins with outdoor cooking under a roof. Furniture not bad but no 4 stars. Mainly for outdoors people who don't want to live in a tent. Reasonably priced and boats for rent for fishing on the lake.
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Date of stay: August 2016Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Paul M asked a question Aug 2018
8 contributions2 helpful votes
Is tent camping available?
Answer from tammyp123
Kelowna, Canada304 contributions68 helpful votes
not as far as I know... only cabins
chichi f asked a question Apr 2017
Are dogs allowed?
Cecile G wrote a tip Aug 2018
New Westminster, Canada15 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabin #3 is close to the parking lot, and has a peek a boo view of the lake."
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Linda F wrote a tip Apr 2018
New Westminster, Canada28 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabin 6 has a great view and is a level walk from the parking lot."
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tammyp123 wrote a tip Mar 2018
Kelowna, Canada304 contributions68 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"we liked cabin 3 at the top of the hill ( one of the smaller cabins) because it was near the parking lot ( for handy access to our car)"
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robepear wrote a tip Aug 2017
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"the lower numbered rooms are closer to the lake"
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sawracki wrote a tip Jul 2017
Delta, Canada122 contributions82 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Cabin 11 is definitely the cabin you want to be in. Right on the beach!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about St Mary Lake Resort
Which popular attractions are close to St Mary Lake Resort?
Nearby attractions include Mount Maxwell Provincial Park (7.4 km), Salt Spring Island's Saturday Market (4.4 km), and Ganges Inner Harbour (4.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at St Mary Lake Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and a business centre.
Is parking available at St Mary Lake Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to St Mary Lake Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tree-House Cafe, Restaurant House Piccolo, and Moby's Pub.
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