Stayed here on my 7 week road trip across Canada & the U.S.
After fighting traffic gridlock in downtown Vancouver that afternoon it was time to pull off the road and get a place for the night before taking the ferry to Nanaimo the next morning. This motel offered me the peaceful retreat I needed after a day of noise and constant GPS instructions!
MY room was a little dated but otherwise clean, comfortable, and close enough to the downtown for an easy walk to check out local shops. I found the staff especially friendly and helpful in suggesting good local eating establishments to try. In fact, they gave me a card for Blenz Coffee so I went there and loved it. I returned the favour by picking up a takeout for the girl at the front desk (sorry I can't remember her name) and also tried a place on the main street just down from the motel for some of the best fish & chips I've ever had. Took a picture before I devoured that plate! Met some really interesting people back in the parking lot from all over the world..a father and his daughter over from Germany and another gentleman from Texas who loved our Tilley hats! He was checking mine out...I was checking his out. Any time you see somebody wearing a Tilley hat you know he's a seasoned world traveller and a conversation always strikes up!
I found this to be a quiet place to sleep with some spectacular views down at the wharf. The only thing I found strange and it has nothing to do with the motel is the fact that even though you're within "spitting" distance of the ferry you have to drive out of town and then head back towards Vancouver and then take the next exit and turn around and head back in order to get on the ferry!
One of the locals told me in the past you could just drive from the motel directly over to the ferry lines which is about 100 yards at most but the port authority in all it's wisdom decided to do away with all that and force people to drive 20 miles out of their way to go that same 100 yards. Yes folks, we live in an age where the powers in charge specialize in using sledge hammers to peel oranges and can justify it while doing so... mark my words, they will justify this "new and improved" way for people in Horseshoe Bay to get to the ferry!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Horseshoe Bay's convenient location makes a perfect base-camp: for travelers planning day trips or longer excursions ~ to the West Coast and Gulf Islands, or to more northerly destinations through the interior of BC. Located in scenic Horseshoe Bay Village, the Horseshoe Bay Motel is affordable and conveniently located. It is close to all attractions; world famous Whistler is only 90 minutes away and the Ferry Terminal to Vancouver Island is at your doorstep. Horseshoe Bay is a gateway to both Vancouver and the wonders of Vancouver Island including Victoria and Tofino. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Horseshoe Bay Hotel West Vancouver