Contact Oak Bay Marine Group, toll free, at 1-800-663-

If you go

Contact Oak Bay Marine Group, toll free, at 1-800-663-7090 or visit its Web site at

How do you get to Painter’s Lodge and April Point? As it turns out, you can get there by lots of options, including driving. By car, take the excellent service on the Tsawwassen ferry just north of the border to Nanaimo, and from there Painter’s Lodge is an easy and comfortable two-hour drive up-island to Campbell River. If you book your stay at April Point, you can park in the ample and secure lot at Painter’s Lodge and take the free every-half-hour water taxi across to the April Point Resort and Spa.

Kenmore Air offers two ways to get there. If you are a float plane fan, you can zip up from the Kenmore base at the north end of Lake Washington. A new, second way to fly up is to take Kenmore’s wheeled service from Sea-Tac, which lands at the Campbell River International Airport, and the staff of Painter’s Lodge/April Point will be waiting with a complimentary shuttle.

A third option is to drive to the South Terminal at the Vancouver International Airport, park there for $9 a day, and fly to the Campbell River Airport, which is the way we did it. The South Terminal at the Vancouver Airport serves various regional airlines. It is a cutie of an airport, with its 12-foot papier-mache’ float plane suspended above the lobby.

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