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“Bliss on a lake” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cusheon Lake Resort
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver, Canada
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Bliss on a lake”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2012

I love, love LOVED Cusheon Resort! I was a bit hesitant to stay somewhere quite so "rustic" because I am a frequent business traveler who typically stays at 4 and 5 star hotels. But let me tell you, this place was 5 star in my mind! You do have to be prepared to bring more stuff than you would to a hotel (hairdryer, lotion, food - like olive oil and spices for cooking, etc.) but who cares...Tom and Judy provide you with wood to burn a fire, amazing board games (YAHTZEE!) and much more in such a serene setting. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be in the summertime to jump in that lake on a hot day. Definitely an escape from the hustle and bustle of city living.

Ganges is easily accessible by car for buying fresh food at the market, wine at the liquor store (always important!) and fresh fish from the ocean! Don't forget to hike/drive up Mount Maxwell for the most amazing views of the Gulf Islands.

I recommend Cusheon Lake Resort to anyone who wants to stay in a real log cabin and indulge in all of the spoils of Salt Spring Island. Thank you Tom and Judy for a most wonderful stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in cabin 10, which had a partial lake view due to all of the lovely trees but it was perfe...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank KateVancouver604
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judytom, Manager at Cusheon Lake Resort, responded to this review, 18 April 2012
So glad you enjoyed your stay so completely. We'll always be sure to have a Yahtzee game available for you to borrow whenever you are here! Judy
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Victoria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2012

Cusheon Lake Resort is so relaxing! It's the perfect place for any occasion!. It is only a 20minute ferrie ride from Victoria....yet you feel so far away. I have stayed here numerous times. I first came here with my siblings for a weekend, then with a group of friends for my 34th birthday and is the.perfect destination for a romantic weekend. It has a cozy fireplace, ihot.tub, it is right on the lake with row boats for your use, a huge bbq pit to roast Marshmellows and bbq your favorite dinner.

I highly recommend this place!. I have stayed at other cabins And cottages on the island and nothing compares to Cusheon Lake Resort!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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judytom, Manager at Cusheon Lake Resort, responded to this review, 8 March 2012
Just like you, many other guests have told us how wonderful it is to arrive at the ferry terminal on Vancouver Island knowing that in less than one hour they will be in their favourite cabin at Cusheon Lake Resort. Thanks, Tom and Judy
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Vancouver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

We have made Cusheon Lake Resort our 'go to' place to getaway from our busy Vancouver life. As soon as we get to the resort we have the feeling of peaceful serenity and of coming home.
As we watch the ducks on the lake in the morning with our coffees we quite often ask each other "why we don't come here more often?'
The log fireplace (which daily is full of new logs and starter) is great to get lost in while we relax with a glass of wine & some of the local delicacies.
The cabins are spotless and completely well equipped. Tom & Judy (the managers) feel like old friends now as they welcome us back.
This place has a bit of magic as it restores & rejuvinates us.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver Island
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2011

My wife and I recently enjoyed a quiet 3-night stay in mid-October. Previously, we'd enjoyed week-long stays during the summer months, but that's when "Listen to the Quiet" is more of a loud slogan. This time, the slogan was peaceful reality and I think we've found our favourite season to visit this very fine establishment. Definitely a different atmosphere in the off-season, suitable for those who enjoy a quiet and beautiful lake at a slower pace. (but loud and busy summer is fun too, just a different type of atmosphere)

Our cabin was a clean, warm 1-bedroom cabin, and once the caretaker adjusted the fireplace damper, we were able to enjoy a cozy fire each night.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Flugel-the-Horn
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judytom, Manager at Cusheon Lake Resort, responded to this review, 14 December 2011
Thank you for your thoughtful review...it is always appreciated.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2011

My husband and I spent 3 nights at Cusheon Lake this past weekend and could not have been happier with our stay. We arrived Friday evening to find a warm, immaculately clean cabin. Lots of towels, extra blankets and pillows and firewood for our fireplace. The kitchen had everything we needed to make simple meals and the view of the lake was lovely. We would highly recommend this resort to anyone who desires a quiet getaway. There is no tv, wifi, cell service (for Rogers anyway) or phones in the cabins, which was find with us!

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RomaCat80
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judytom, Manager at Cusheon Lake Resort, responded to this review, 14 December 2011
Thank you for your lovely review of your stay at Cusheon Lake Resort. A clean and comfortable cabin is what our guests deserve and what we constantly strive to provide!

Best, Tom and Judy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

In August, 2010 we stayed here for our first real family get-together and my two little nephews loved it so much that we had to do it again in August, 2011. The boys, aged 6 and 8, live with their parents in London, England and though they are accustomed to expensive holidays in places like Antigua, Tuscany and the French Riviera, nothing compares to Cusheon Lake Resort in their eyes.
This year we had one week of perfect sunny weather staying in log cabins that were clean, comfortable and unpretentious. The adults caught up on sleep, read, talked and explored Saltspring Island. They drove off to see the art galleries and check out the restaurants. The boys, on the other hand, could not be persuaded to leave Cusheon Lake Resort at all. They were "too busy". Every morning they ate their fruit loops, changed directly into bathing suits and ran barefoot straight to the lake. They spent all day swimming, fishing, canoeing, playing badminton, playing soccer and doing jigsaw puzzles. They jumped off the dock until they were blue in the face and then came racing back to the cabin for a snack.
The fuss-free simplicity of the resort allowed them a degree of independence that would be impossible at a larger, fancier place. Of course all children need to be closely supervised especially around water but here it was easy to do that without squashing their sense of adventure. The resort is actually only 4 acres but because of all the trees and the huge amount of lakefront, it seems much bigger. The boys were convinced that they were conquering the great Canadian wilderness when in fact the resort is quite a tame and civilized environment.
Every evening we cooked at the shared barbeque and ate at the picnic tables near the dock. The boys roasted marshmallows and got goop stuck in their hair. There are no televisions in the cabins, so after their bath, we read to them in bed. They wanted Star Wars the Clone Wars but we forgot to bring it (on purpose). The mind-altering magic of Cusheon Lake Resort was so powerful that after a moment of macho posturing, these two toughies allowed themselves to fall under the spell of the original full-length Wizard of Oz, good old-fashioned stuff. By 8pm they were asleep and the adults could relax in the hot tub.
If you are seeking quality time with loved ones, then this place is perfect.

Room Tip: We were a group of 8 so we rented two cabins. One of these was cabin #9 which is the only one at th...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Caroline L
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Victoria, Canada
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2011

I have stayed at Cusheon Lake dozens of times over the last 5 years, frequently taking a weekend away from Victoria to relax there. It's a very quick and easy trip over from Victoria. Quiet evenings by the fire sipping one of the local wines and enjoying the local cheese and bread from the Saturday market. Waking up to the pristine lake with steam rising off it and birds chirping away. In the spring at dusk, the sounds of the treefrogs fill the air and continue until first light (an amazing sound!). Near perfection!

Tom and Judy are the resident managers and have always greeted us with a smile. They've always made us feel so welcome and at home there.

There are 1 and 2 bedroom cabins available, we have stayed in both. All of the log cabins have fireplaces that make for a cozy atmosphere in the evenings. The 1 bedroom cabins have plenty of space for a weekend away, the 2 bedroom cabins have more common area with a larger livingroom area and a dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped so all you need is food to cook. There are a few grocery stores and cold beer and wine stores in town. (you can also buy fresh crab right off the boat at the marina in Ganges!).

There are 2 docks with chairs on them and a small beach for guest use. Canoes and rowboats are available. There is a common hottub overlooking the lake. Numerous books and board games can be borrowed from the office so there's plenty to occupy your time with if you decide to enjoy all of it at the lake. There is a charcoal BBQ area in one of the common areas for guests. Wireless internet is available throughout the resort.

If you decide to explore Salt Spring, you'll have no problem filling several days visiting all of the beaches, parks and artisans and other interesting bits around the island. Ruckle Park and Mount Maxwell are worthy of a visit.

Room Tip: The lower numbered cabins are the best place to listen to the frogs in the spring evenings.
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  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Cusheon Lake Resort
Address: 171 Natalie Lane, British Columbia V8K 2C6, Canada
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Region: Canada > British Columbia > Salt Spring Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 22 Speciality Lodging in Salt Spring Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Cusheon Lake Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A unique lakeside getaway, situated on a peninsula on the second largest lake on Salt Spring Island, Cusheon Lake Resort offers rustic, lake-view log cabins with modern amenities. The resort is just a short distance from the Island's main village of Ganges. There are 16 one and two bedroom cabins - all carefully maintained for your comfort and enjoyment. Each cabin is a private retreat with a lake view, large deck, wood-burning fireplace, a fully equipped kitchen, digital cable television and dedicated WiFi. This four acre vacation getaway is surrounded by the lake on three sides, and maintains two docks, a swimming beach with a raft and a boat launch for lake access. Guests enjoy year-round fishing, the use of canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and the outdoor hot tub. Cusheon Lake Resort is a destination - for couples and families, or for group retreats, large family gatherings and weddings. Cusheon Lake Resort is pet friendly except for the busy summer months (Canada Day through Labour Day). Give Resident Managers, Glen & Andie, a call to book your Salt Spring getaway at Cusheon Lake Resort today! ... more   less 
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