On a recent warm sunny day, another drive to a lunch destination seemed a good plan. So we pointed the ILX up 19A and ended up passing through Campbell River and turning into Painter’s Lodge. It was after the lunch hour rush so there lots of empty tables on the expansive deck outside. The deck overlooks Discovery Passage, the narrow body of water between Vancouver island and Quadra Island, just south of the famous Seymour Narrows. The view is wonderful with all manner of vessels passing by. Tugs, sail boats, power boats, fish boats and float planes keep it interesting. Unfortunately, during the day a Cruise Ship is unlikely to be in these waters as their schedules and the tide change at Seymour Narrows make them appear mostly in the evening or later.
Painter’s Lodge is a bit of an institution in these parts. The original Lodge was built in 1929 by boatbuilder, Ed Painter. It burned down in 1985 but in 1987 the Oak Bay Marine Group bought the property and built the current Lodge. Later they purchased April Point Lodge directly across the water on Quadra Island. When the founder of Oak Bay Marine Group passed away a year or so ago, the company decided to get out if the resort business and sold the two properties to North Coast Resort Hotels.
For more on the history,go to http://www.painterslodge.com/the-lodge/history.htm.
For more on April Point read this… http://www.aprilpoint.com/the-resort/history.htm
Painter’s has a good menu with lots of seafood option, of course. The Seafood Chowder looked amazing at the next table. My favourite girl chose Fish & Chips while her chauffeur ordered Painter’s take on a Philly Cheese Steak. Both were delicious and to our liking. A glass of Pinot Grigio and a pint of Blue Buck quenched our thirst. Service was good and our server was very cheery and friendly. All in all, a perfect late lunch. In addition to the deck, there is a Dining Room, a comfortable Lounge and a Pub!
We have lunch here several times and have stayed in the hotel a few times too. The rooms are well appointed and fishing lodge rustic. The rooms overlooking the water are fabulous as you can sit on you deck and, at this time of year, usually see cruise ships heading to Alaska.
If you would prefer to try the dining room at April Point, they operate a complimentary water taxi shuttle back and forth. It takes about 10 minutes to cross Discovery Passage much of the trip with the boat sliding sideways in the strong current here.
If you gave not been to Painter’s, you should go. It’s just past Campbell River a few Kilometers on the highway to Port Hardy.