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Christmas is Coming and the Painted Turtle Interns are Cooking Something Up!

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Meet our Latest, Greatest German Intern LISA

[caption id="attachment_784" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Lisa is the newest rising star intern at the Painted Turtle Guesthouse - here is her story..."][/caption] Hi everybody! My name is Lisa Fuchs and I have such a gr

Booking a Room for the 2010 Olympics?

The Mainland is Overbooked! Come to Vancouver Island and stay in Nanaimo, BC It was inevitable from the second that Vancouver was announced as the host for the 2010 Olympics; everyone knew that prices and space in the city were about to come at a premium. Indeed, this is something that we have already seen come to pass with real estate, as the cost of a Vancouver or Whistler home has tripled since the announcement was made back in 2002. Real estate isn't the only thing affected in terms of price and quantity by the Olympic Games in Vancouver. With the Games less than a year away now, there are many people concerned about finding a place to stay close to the city so that they can take in the events of the Games. Vancouver and Whistler were booked up long ago, and now many of the outlying Mainland areas have started to go. Additionally,

PTG STAFF SOGGY SAGA: We Get Out on the Mini Golf Course and the Water to Let Off a Little Steam

Before our readers go any further: We do work... Sometimes! The Painted Turtle Guesthouse Staff does enjoy a group outing every once and awhile! There are days that we are hard at work, and those are rewarded by days of play, like at the Parksville Paradise Fun Park! It was only a 30 minute drive for us, but it was well worth the trip! At this fun park, a group of any size, family or just friends of all ages, can enjoy an evening playing mini golf on one (or both) of the two 18-hole mini golf courses.

Professional Surfing Competition comes to Vancouver Island

For visitors to Vancouver Island coming across on the Horseshoe Bay ferry to Nanaimo, consider spending a great night in downtown Nanaimo. The Painted Turtle Guesthouse welcomes competitors and spectactors to spend a night before heading to Tofino. Clean, friendly and affordable accommodation for singles, groups and families. Sunday, October 25th, 2009 - Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Two Turtles Take a Big Leap at WildPlay

Getting Ready to Take the Big Jump in Nanaimo BC We did it! On Wednesday, October 7 we went to Wild Play Park Nanaimo with the intention to adventure the 150 m jump off a bridge, head first towards water!

The Vancouver Island Leadership Conference 2009 Is Coming to VIU Nanaimo

The Painted Turtle Guesthouse is the only accommodation partner for the VIU Leadership Conference 2009. Affordable accommodation for student delegates is still available including private rooms, group rooms and quad (dorm style) rooms.

Two German Interns Take a Shopping Trip to Woodgrove Mall in Nanaimo

You may be wondering about what to do indoors on a windy and rainy day in Nanaimo? How about going shopping to the biggest Shopping Centre on the Island? That is exactly what Johanna and I did last week to find some great bargains and mainly to have fun.

In the News: New Nanaimo-Vancouver ferry service called for

October 3, 2009 by CBC News The Nanaimo to YVR route Pacific Coach Lines wants to cut has been operating for one year, but the buses have not been running full. The service would be missed by people like Bruce Barnard, owner of the Painted Turtle Guesthouse in Nanaimo. "It's particularly difficult for travellers to get direct access straight to the airport. And they literally went from door to door," Barnard said.