Drifters Motel

Drifters Motel

3 Simcoe Plaza, Terrace Bay, Ontario P0T 2W0 Canada
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Jacuzzi Lighthouse Suite. With beautiful view of Lake Superior and our community Lighthouse.
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#1 of 1 small hotel in Terrace Bay
4.4 of 5 bubbles
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4.8 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Finding an ideal family-friendly small hotel in Terrace Bay does not have to be difficult. Welcome to Drifters Imperial Motel, a nice option for travellers like you.

Rooms at Drifters Imperial Motel offer a refrigerator and air conditioning providing exceptional comfort and convenience, and guests can go online with free wifi.

A restaurant will also help to make your stay even more special. If you are driving to Drifters Imperial Motel, free parking is available.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out Wah's Chinese Restaurant, which is an Asian restaurant that is popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

During your visit, be sure to check out popular attractions like Aguasabon Falls & Gorge (1.6 km) and Terrace Bay Lighthouse (0.0 km), which are all within walking distance of the small hotel.

Drifters Imperial Motel looks forward to welcoming you on your visit to Terrace Bay.

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Free parking
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Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Air conditioning
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Blue Car Road Tripper wrote a review Aug 2021
Ontario, Canada291 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Hidden Gems along Highway 17 North 🚙

Every once in a while you find a really nice place to lay your head after a long day of driving. That’s the case with the Drifters Inn located in Terrace Bay Ontario. Located right off highway 17, this little motel is a great place to stay while you explore the lighthouse or the wonderful beach with its new boardwalk. And just out of town is Aguasbon Falls which is another beautiful place to stop and take a walk and take in a beautiful view.

Last spring when I was planning my annual road trip to Toronto I decided to stay in Terrace Bay instead of driving the extra hour to Marathon where I usually stopped for the night. It’s an 8 1/2 hour drive which includes stopping at a few places for bathroom breaks, food breaks, coffee breaks, or just to check out something cool along the highway. My stay last summer at the Drifters Inn was awesome.
I stayed on the top floor with a great view of Lake Superior.

It’s always great to be able to check out some new things in a new town. In Terrace Bay, you can climb up the Terrace Bay Lighthouse, you can drive down to the beach where they have a boardwalk, some wonderful chairs to sit on and of course an awesome view of Lake Superior. You can also dine right beside your motel room too ….
the restaurants that are attached to the motel are all top notch.

Addendum- I stayed in room 204 and room 107 this year. I really love the top rooms for the great view of the lake, although when I was there it was so foggy I couldn’t see across the street. The room on the bottom was near the lounge so you could hear people talking and socializing until about midnight or so. I also should add that the drains in room 107 backed up pretty bad in the sink and the tub and had a hard time draining the water. If you have issues with balance or getting in and out of a tub you should request a room with shower instead of a tub. The tub is also very slippery so bring a tub mat if you think you’ll need one.

9/10 stars

So next time you’re up north on your way to wherever your travels take you, make sure you check out Terrace Bay, Ontario and if you’re looking for an awesome place to stay make sure to call ahead and book your room at the Drifters Inn.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: See my review
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beachglassgoddess wrote a review Sep 2020
London, Canada60 contributions31 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived in dense fog in time to rent one of two remaining vacancies. The suite was more than we needed for an overnight stay featuring a complete kitchen & sitting area. Clean & Comfortable. This motel is the best choice along the north shore of lake Superior.
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Date of stay: July 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Lee D wrote a review Jun 2020
Montreal, Canada2,014 contributions200 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Didn’t have the energy to look around for anything but this place comes in at $117 plus tax seems for what you get overpriced.

The room was large enough for a double bed but they pushed a 2nd bed in so very cramped the other bed was next to the a/c unit.

Bed comfortable bathroom modern and comfortable.

Biggest issue as this doubles as a restaurant gas station and the highway is very close busy is a lot of noise.
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Dobi V wrote a review Sep 2020
Vancouver Island, Canada167 contributions70 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Pulled in here after a long days drive hoping for a comfortable room with a quiet nights sleep which was not to be. Room was jammed with oversized log furniture so much so that you had to squeeze by to get into the washroom. Chose upstairs to avoid noise from above only to find a drinking and smoking session on the landing outside. Knowing that this was eventually going to turn into an all-nighter, spoke to front desk who was not concerned as "they will settled down later" It did while they went to dinner but continued later until 1 in the morning.
Traffic coming and going for fuel at pumps just in front made for a constant noise of people and vehicles.
Not impressed by room nor customer service.
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Date of stay: August 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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RobandChristina wrote a review Mar 2023
St. Marys, Canada287 contributions176 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Was at Terrace Bay on business. The Drifters Motel is convenient to a great on-site restaurant and some shops too (most notably an LCBO). The room was small (had 2 double beds), but cozy. Surprisingly quiet. Mattress was meh… but good enough to get a decent rest. This is the North!
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled on business
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Michelle B wrote a review Jul 2023
Saint Paul, Minnesota32 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the main motel in Terrace Bay that you see advertised - it was ok. But don't be deceived - it sits RIGHT on top of a gas station. Yes, it's also attached to one of the better restaurants, but there are only 3 in town. Stay here if you must, but don't expect a lot. The room was so tight with two double beds that you could barely walk around the one closest to the bathroom. Serviceable, but that's it.
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Date of stay: July 2023
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Don't get room 209 - it's right over the gas station store/checkiin and the door slams every time...
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Curtiss B wrote a review Jun 2023
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The room was clean but small, there were no queen beds available - if you wanted two beds, you got double size not queen size. Staff was friendly, restaurant food was very good, price was reasonable. Interior decor was a little rustic with pine trim everywhere, it was well done. Nicely renovated bathroom.
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Herman wrote a review May 2021
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was driving through on my way to BC and stumbled upon this beautiful motel. Service was great, room surpassed my expectations. Definitely will be stopping here on the way back. If you are ever passing through Terrace Bay and need a rest I highly suggest!!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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1Bubba wrote a review Sep 2018
Victoria, Canada43 contributions34 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Since a review I did several years ago this property has had some considerable renovations done. Although the rooms are small they are well appointed with rustic style furniture. The beds are very comfortable. The restaurant here is also very good with a special emphasis on pasta and pizza but everything is good.
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Date of stay: August 2018
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled solo
Room Tip: Ask for a ground floor room if you have a lot of luggage as there is no elevator
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Terry S wrote a review Jul 2016
Calgary, Canada21 contributions4 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The rooms had been redone but filled with home made log furniture.... It was crazy... Room was literally FULL of furniture

Air conditioner was very very loud.. But did work well.

It was clean but some carpet stains and had coffee, micro wave and fridge.

Also had a tavern so though it was advertised as park in front you couldn't and then got woken up when the bar closed.
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Date of stay: July 2016Trip type: Travelled with family
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Steve S asked a question Jun 2017
Dayton, Ohio3 contributions
phone number
Answer from Paco609
Nipigon, Canada49 contributions17 helpful votes
(807) 825 3226. Safe travels
rindi22 wrote a tip Sep 2023
Niagara Falls, Canada126 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A must stay in terrace bay "
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Michelle B wrote a tip Jul 2023
Saint Paul, Minnesota32 contributions10 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't get room 209 - it's right over the gas station store/checkiin and the door slams every time someone goes in and out. "
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Blue Car Road Tripper wrote a tip Aug 2021
Ontario, Canada291 contributions31 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"See my review"
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Laurie W wrote a tip Oct 2018
20 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"There is a lovely suite on the 2nd level"
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1Bubba wrote a tip Sep 2018
Victoria, Canada43 contributions34 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a ground floor room if you have a lot of luggage as there is no elevator"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Drifters Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Drifters Motel?
Nearby attractions include Aguasabon Falls & Gorge (1.4 km), Terrace Bay Beach (1.5 km), and Terrace Bay Lighthouse (0.06 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Drifters Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Drifters Motel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Drifters Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Drifters Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Drifters Restaurant, Subway, and Wah's Restaurant.
Is Drifters Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Terrace Bay.
Are pets allowed at Drifters Motel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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