The Painted Boat

I was fortunate enough to win an over night stay at The Painted Boat Resort in Pender Harbour on the beautiful sunshine coast of British Columbia.  My husband and I chose to spend our time at this lovely spot set amongst the fir trees, during the recent Thanksgiving weekend.

It was a wonderful get-away in a perfect setting.  Our spacious villa overlooked the tranquil marina.  We sat on our balcony enjoying a cup of tea and watching a heron as he sat on guard surveying the scene.

The resort has an infinity edge pool, a hot tub with a harbour view and a luxury spa with its own relaxation patio and waterfall.  Our dinner at The Restaurant at the Painted Boat was exquisite, both in quality and service.  A wonderful treat to top off our Thanksgiving.

There is something for everyone in the area; numerous fishing charters, hiking trails, boat rentals and golf clubs.  Well known for its community of artists, there are many art galleries and studios to visit.  We had breakfast at The Copper Sky Gallery and Caf? in nearby Madeira Park village where I met Cindy, the friendly owner and talented artist.  While my husband enjoyed his fair trade coffee and homemade muffin, I did some Christmas shopping.  Across the street I met Dale, owner of Bluewater Books, a delightful book store well stocked with local authors and best sellers.  Again I was made to feel most welcome, had a nice chat and found a few more Christmas gifts for the book lovers on my list. (I picked up a book for myself as well)   It was so refreshing to spend time in these smaller centres where you are made to feel like part of their world instead of intruding strangers.

We had a great time and look forward to returning soon.

To learn more about the Painted Boat and the Sunshine Coast.

Darlene Foster

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6 комментариев на «The Painted Boat»

  1. Aika говорит:

    You are lucky woman Darlene. I am sure that it was great time. The Painted Boat is very romantic place.
    I like that in Canada everyone can win smth useful and nicely things. Unfortunately in my home country the lottery is the wrong and dishonest way.

  2. Darlene говорит:

    Thanks Aika! Yes we are lucky to have the opportunity to win nice things. I have been fortunate to win a number of trips, meals and weekend get-aways over the years. I won this one as a door prize at a Travel Writers Convention.

  3. ruzanna говорит:

    Hi Darlene!
    It’s a really fantastic place for creative persons and Your happy smile is speaking about it.I’m interested in one question,what kind of books You prefer to read?Your family members?

  4. Darlene говорит:

    Thanks Ruzanna!
    I love to read and I read many kinds of books. I especially like books about other countries and history. Three books i have read recently and loved were «Sara’s Key»,»The Cellist of Sarajevo» and «Russlander». I also enjoy reading children’s books and have written a children’s book myself called «Amanda in Arabia-The Perfume Flask» You can read the first chater at

    Let me know what you think of it. Also what kind of books do you like to read?

  5. ruzanna говорит:

    I know about your book from the first message in Vikitravel, and I read it before.In my opinion it’s interesting and useful book not only for children,but their parents also.Purpose of the reading your book is discovery the new edges and knowledge about interesting places in our planet.You’re creative and travelling woman, therefore the result of your activity must be new interesting stories for children.Go ahead!
    I like to read many kinds of book, but I was very busy in last months,unfortunately I can’t boast of my reading resently.I have heard about the books you’re reading now,but have not looked for them in our book stores.Shame on me-)!
    Darlene,let me know about your new books,I’m sure,they must be born.

  6. Darlene говорит:

    Thanks for those kind words about my book Ruzanna. I am so glad you enjoyed it. The next book, Amanda in Spain — The Girl in The Painting should be available soon. I plan to do a series of stories with Amanda travelling to different countries and having adventures. I hope you find some time to read soon.

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