Special Offers

Click on our special offers and latest deals below for great savings and benefits for use during your stay with the painted Turtle Guesthouse.

Make a Reservation

Make your reservation with the Painted Turtle Guesthouse. Enter details and click BOOK NOW for room options & availability

Arrival Date
Nights Arrow Arrow
Departure Date
Reset Dates
Error Message

Photo of the day: Mount Washington

Vancouver Island reviews and Information - Mon, 11/04/2013 - 20:42

  It's almost that time of year again! These awesome photos of Mount Washington in the Comox Valley were taken on Nov.1st by Morgan Mckenzie. The lifts will start running Dec.6th at 9am!

Vancouver Island’s Haunted City

Amazing Vancouver island - Thu, 10/31/2013 - 23:34

Everyone has heard a ghost story, and many have first hand experiences with the spirit world ranging from brief glimpses to full-on encounters. I find it fascinating and am always up for a good story; the freakier the better.

Next time I’m in Victoria overnight, I plan on going to the Visitor’s Centre on the corner of Wharf and Government Street around 7:15pm; I’ll be looking for a tall, bearded fellow dressed all in black. John Adams is very much alive and has been doing the city’s Ghostly Walks for several years now. He is a local historian, storyteller, and writer and has been seen on OLN’s Creepy Canada and Ghosts and Ghoulies. He is a fountain of paranormal info, so this is a great chance to meet him in his element.

How to Take the Haunted City’s Ghostly Walk

The Ghostly Walks run from October 18th to November 2nd and there has been an addition to the itinerary called Ghostly Walks Extreme, which is appropriately scary and not recommended for children under 16. Reservations are needed for the Extreme tour and you can call to book at 250-384-6698.

Rates for the Ghostly Walks are $14 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $10 for kids 6-11. The Extreme Tour runs for $22 per person. Group rates are also available; call for the rate on your party size.

The Ghostly Walks will take you to places with a ton of eye-opening history behind them, and once you know a little bit more about Victoria’s shady past, you’ll wonder why the whole place isn’t haunted. There are areas that hold a lot of human trauma, like Bastion Square. The Maritime Museum is the former jail and gallows site, a prime target for paranormal activity. A lot of stuck souls permeate the whole area and one of the reasons why it could be is that there apparently is quite a few bodies of the prisoners still left under the square. Other places to learn about in that immediate surrounding is Trounce Alley and Garrick’s Head Pub.

The Haunted City’s Downtown Hotspots

For those who do not have an evening free for the tour but still want to feel some otherworldly vibes, you can easily find most of the reported hotspots on your own right in the downtown area. I find it extremely difficult to walk past Roger’s Chocolates on Government Street without walking in for one of those huge and delectable pink and white gingham-wrapped handmade chocolates. I’ve never had a bad one yet and I’ve tried flavours that normally I’d never be interested in. Once you are in this Art Nouveau historic building, keep on eye or ear out for the former founders, Leah and Charles Rogers. They still like to run the shop their own way.

The nearby Old Morris Tobacconist Shop is in a beautiful period building as well. There have been reports of footsteps from the second floor when the room was empty and the sound of cupboards opening and closing. A former employee did pass away quite suddenly upstairs in the workshop, so it could be his spirit being heard.

Murchie’s Tea and Coffee is another architectural beauty and has had some poltergeist action, like the elevator running on its own and other disturbing movements. Also on Government Street, your visit here will give you the opportunity to try some of the best tea and coffee in the city.

If you continue your walk south a few blocks, you’ll be at the world famous Empress Hotel. I love it here, and have stayed overnight and enjoyed breakfast in bed. But back then I was not aware of the hotel’s creator Francis Rattenbury strutting around the halls, swinging his cane and surveying his domain, or I would have made a point of getting up in the middle of the night to check him out. Sadly, his wife’s young lover murdered the architect in England by clubbing him on the head. So I hope Mr. Rattenbury is remembering happier times when he is at his hotel.

Of course there are a ton more haunted places in Victoria, and I haven’t even taken you to Ross Bay Cemetary yet. But this would be a great and exciting tour to explore with John Adams, or just explore the darker side by walking around the old downtown part of the city on your own, if you are feeling brave.

Creative Commons Attribution: Permission is granted to repost this article in its entirety with credit to Amazing Vancouver Island and a clickable link back to this page.

Nanaimo Woman Learns Lesson from Unusual Parking Fine

Vancouver Island reviews and Information - Tue, 10/22/2013 - 22:57
  I learned something new today. 

The Edge to Edge adventure on an island in the Pacific

Vancouver Island reviews and Information - Thu, 10/03/2013 - 14:53
The Edge to Edge adventure on an island in the Pacific from The Edge Food Energy on Vimeo.

 Produced and narrated by The Edge Food Energy this video highlights some absolutely gorgeous outdoor recreation shots in the most beautiful place on earth (yep, Vancouver Island!)

 The Edge Food Energy is based out of Qualicum Beach they are producing nutritious everyday snacks for active people.

Kilrenny Farm (Duncan)

Vancouver Island reviews and Information - Thu, 09/26/2013 - 18:08

Photo from kilrennyfarm.com  Kilrenny Farm has been active since the 1920s - the current owners have farmed organically on the property since 1988.  

 Their catchphrase is "Local food for local people" and they grow a variety of seasonal organic vegetables, raise free run/range chickens and turkeys and more recently have begun producing fresh grain pastas and pasta sauces (using ingredients from their organic garden as much as possible!)

 Visit them in the Cowichan Valley at 1470 Cowichan Bay Rd. 
250 743 9019
Open: Weds. through Sun. 10am to 6pm

The Staycation: A Vancouver Island Mountain Biking Adventure

Vancouver Island reviews and Information - Wed, 09/18/2013 - 18:47

 This awesome mountain biking video features the crew of Rocky Mountain Bikes (Vancouver) and highlights the natural beauty of various location on Vancouver Island (Victoria, Cowichan Valley, Port Alice, Comox Valley).