Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

240 Ferntree Place , Nanaimo, BC V9T 5M1 Canada (Show map)


"A lakeside retreat in an old growth forest in the middle of thriving Nanaimo " Top rated by Trip Advisor and given Travelers Choice Award for 2012. BC Innkeepers Guild also awarded us their " Hospitality Award" for 2013. Use our local knowledge to enhance your visit to Vancouver Island and use Long Lake as your base for day tours to Island destinations. Nanaimo - Its amazing what you can do here! Long Lake Waterfront B&B features 3 private luxury suites with en suite facilities, king or queen beds, common lounge with reading material, games and videos , hot tub on the beach , kayaks, and canoe. Guests have enjoyed the Lakeside lifestyle watching wildlife such as Eagles, Mink, Otters, Hummingbirds, Beavers, Raccoons and Deer from their suite or deck. Guests reviews from Trip Advisor highlight exceptional customer service, privacy, lakeside fun , excellent breakfasts and conversations with our International travelers. We are located on Long Lake minutes from restaurants, shopping centers , hiking and biking trails, 15 minutes from Departure Bay Ferry .




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.3

They deliver

5 on August 02, 2015

Owning a business ourselves, we know that paying attention to the little details count and make a huge difference for the clients experience. We relied heavily on the reviews for information on the B&B. Ultimately, we were not disappointed. The service was exceptional and they took way more time then I would have imagined to enhance our experience. Well worth the investment!

One of the very best B&Bs in Nanaimo

3.6 on August 12, 2012

The three days at Long Lake Waterfront made me proud to prove to my family from South Africa what a wonderful place Vancouver Island is. I came to Vancouver 30 years ago, and wanted to demonstrate to them why I stayed here. Gordie and Janice's beautiful B&B home on the lake, their friendly conversation, helpful tips for sightseeing, scrumptious breakfasts, and everything else showed my family the best of Canadian hospitality. It also ensured that I will return. Marleane

Lovely get-a-way

4.6 on October 23, 2011

Gordie and Janice were extremely gracious hosts, always ready to assist in any way they could. The rooms were spotless and full of every little ammenity one could imagine. The view from the Madrona room was lovely to read by and wake up to. Thank you for a wonderful stay! Tina and Alicia Erickson

our stay at Long Lake

4.8 on October 10, 2011

The room was very spacious and comfortable! It had a gorgeous view of the lake (all the rooms have a fantastic lake view)! The property was amazing and the owners paid a lot of attention to detail, including pretty much anything you could possibly need. It was in a very convenient location to the waterfront area, shopping, restaurants, parks, and bike trails. I have some dietary restrictions and there was no problem at all having them accommodated. We enjoyed talking with the owners and the other guests over breakfast, in the bright & sunny breakfast room with lake view. As part of our orientation to the property, we even got to go for a spin on the lake with the owner on his sea-doo! An unexpected but very fun perk! We will definitely stay here again should we ever be in the area and we recommend it to others! :)


3.8 on October 08, 2011

We enjoyed 2 nights at Long Lake waterfront The rooms are clean & very well appointed, breakfast was lovely, the lake view is peaceful, Janice & Gordie are wonderful hosts. Would Recommend!

Wonderful stay with friendly people

5 on October 01, 2011

Great hosts, lovely stay - wish it could have been longer.

Beautiful place

3.8 on September 26, 2011

Great place by the lake. Recommandation: Stay at least 2 days to enjoy the lake. Very friendly owners.

Wine and Roses

5 on September 21, 2011

Would have preferred a regular mattress rather than foam. Otherwise everything else was superior. Great home and great family.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for the great review - it is appreciated. We offer king size feather top matresses in Lakeside and Madrona suites. We will also take your suggestion and incorporate a choice in the Arbutus suite.

- Gordie (innkeeper)

Long Lake Waterfront Bed & Breakfast, Nanaimo B.C.

4.8 on September 18, 2011

We greatly enjoyed our stay and hope to be back in the future. The hosts, Janice and Gord, truly make you feel welcome and are most accommodating. The site is very picturesque (rock, water, big trees) and we particularly enjoyed swimming in beautiful, clean Long Lake from the sandy private beach. Our suite contained every conceivable aspect of comfort. Breakfast was very good. When we booked our stay, we thought that this would be a nice place based on the info on the web-site. We found that it was even better than we had expected. Five stars.

Keep up the good work

4.4 on September 09, 2011

Marlene was very helpful and friendly; breakfast was great (with view too). Love to come back again if we are in Nanaimo again.

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Rooms & Rates

Madrona honeymoon suite

The Madrona Suite at our Nanaimo B&B is a large 600 sq ft. Mediterranean style romantic lake-front suite featuring King size feather top mattress bed, gas fireplace and hardwood floors. Open design with kidney-shaped Jacuzzi tub and large shower. Flat screen TV, DVD player, and VHS movies available for your viewing pleasure. Coffee and tea setup as well as bar fridge. This is popular for those looking for a 'honeymoon suite' or for an anniversary celebration.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $CAD 140 - $CAD 200


The Lakeside Suite at our Vancouver Island B&B is a 525 sqft. luxurious, waterfront, self-contained suite featuring King size feather top mattress bed, gas fireplace, tile and carpeted floors, private en suite bathroom with shower, hostess bar with bar fridge and sink. TV, DVD player, and VHS movies available for your viewing pleasure. This suite overlooks the lake just 25' away. There is a make up double bed that can be setup to accommodate 1 extra adult .

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $CAD 120 - $CAD 180


The Arbutus Suite at our Nanaimo accomadation is a lovely 400 sqft. waterfront suite with private entrance, Queen size bed, ensuite private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower. TV, DVD player and VHS movies available for your viewing pleasure. Small hostess bar , sink and fridge in separate part of suite.This suite is nestled naturally in lush surroundings by the lake.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $CAD 110 - $CAD 150

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Location Type

Countryside, Lakefront, Oceanview

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Ski area, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

Board games, Fax Machine, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 4:00 - 6:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights in busy season or on weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 1st night fee on credit card
  • Cancellations: You may cancel your reservation by phone or email 10 or more days before your arrival date for a full refund of the deposit minus administration fee ($25.00). Under 10 days of your arrival date, we will charge 50% of the full booking or the first night's stay, which ever is greater plus administration fee ($25.00).
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Helen and Richard

Languages spoken

Mandarin, English

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Welcome dear guests! We are Helen and Richard, originally came from Beijing. Attracted by the beauty of this site, we are honored to live and run the bed and breakfast here! We will try every effort to maintain and enhance service standard, as our previous owners did, to make all our guests feel like home and relax in this hidden heaven!

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  • Time Served: 8:30 - 9:00
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

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