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We decided to wind down our North Vancouver Island adventures with a stay at Dolphin’s Resort in Campbell River, where a group of 1940’s rustic cabins command a view of both the Discovery Passage and Coast Mountains.

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The resort is nicely spread out between pine trees and colourful foliage.

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Several generations of local owners have maintained and decorated these 13 cabins over the decades. For two nights, cabin five, a duplex cabin with jacuzzi, outdoor seating, wood-burning fireplace and full kitchen is ours to enjoy. Many of the cabins (including this one) overlook the ocean.

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A flatscreen TV is about the only modern amenity in our cabin. Antiques and curios fill the cabin, from two tiny beside tables to a wooden door unit containing hooks and a built-in bench. What the cabin lacks in tech-friendly outlets, it makes up for in wrought iron hooks, beautiful wooden walls and floors, plus that wood-burning fireplace set onto brick tiles.

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The waves lapping at the shoreline below, just a short stroll along the path from the front door, add a serene quality to our stay, with ever-changing skies and birds skimming the water.

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This is autumn in Campbell River, and with it, clouds break into periods of bright sun, then return to host a few rain showers.

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The resort was full on the weekend of our stay (and bookings are high even through the pandemic), but I imagine if we’d had the chance to view other cabins, they’d each have their own charm and decor.

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A small wooden dining table for two in the kitchen is handy for afternoon coffee, a couple of meals and snacks.

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Dining

The resort’s own Anglers Dining Room, open year-round, serves up breakfast and dinner with a West Coast flair.

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It too offers a beautiful oceanfront view, historic fishing decor and a rustic wood interior. Menus highlight seasonal, sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients paired with BC wines, beer and cocktails.

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This cabin is ideal for couples or small families, and in the world of COVID, having a private cabin to call home offers a safety bubble that many will find comforting.

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The unique property is about a five-minute drive from downtown Campbell River, perfectly suited for fishing, whale-watching tours, hikes and kayaking.

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Dolphin’s Resort is located at 4125 Discovery Drive in Campbell River, BC.

A one-night stay was compliments of Dolphin’s Resort for the purpose of this feature. We paid for the second night (note there is a two-night minimum stay in the cabins). Opinions, as always, remain our own.

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