Family Travel

As Christmas Draws Nearer

As Christmas draw nearer, we start thinking about family and spending time together.  The end of the old year also leads to planning the year ahead.  These thoughts lead us to thinking about the importance of family vacations.

Family vacations allow us to take a break from our daily routines and just enjoy each other’s company.  Sharing new experiences strengthens our bonds and creates memories, stories and traditions that last a lifetime or even generation.  Taking time away from our daily concerns and distractions, (like electronics) frees us to connect on a much deeper level, and trying new activities together allows us to learn new things about each other, and ourselves!

Stepping off the treadmill of daily life for a few days or weeks has other tremendous benefits as well.  Lower stress levels, lower blood pressure and better sleep are just a few of the many proven side effects of a vacation.

Planning the family vacation can be a family affair.  Everyone can be involved at some level.  Kids involved in budgeting will learn the importance of saving and understand that vacations don’t just magically happen.  “Old –School” atlases and maps can be pulled out for a lesson in geography.    Choosing activities that appeal the group can be a lesson in democracy.

The beauty of the family vacation is that it doesn’t have to involve travelling halfway around the world, or even out of your hometown, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune.   The opportunities are endless, though one thing is certain, there will be countless memories that will live on long after the vacation has ended and you have hopped back on the treadmill, and those memories will sustain you until  you can get away for the next vacation.

Name the new playground

“Toot Toot Taku”

Congratulations Calvin Cox for naming the new playground!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a new name for the tug we had some great entries. You can read them all in the comment area below.

Cheers, Taku Crew

We invite everyone to join our naming contest for the new playground.

Lynden found this old tug at a neighbouring property and is now in the process of rebuilding it into a fun playground. You can help him by coming up with a new name and sharing a story to support your entry. Any photos submitted are also welcomed.

The prize will be a boat trip for four people on the TAKU S.E.A. during your next stay. We’ll take you out on a tour of the area and see if we can get some fresh prawns. The boat trip will be weather permitting and can not be exchanged for cash value.

Enter the contest by sending us an email to or add your entry into the comments area below. Take a look at all the entries below to get some ideas of what to submit.

We look forward to hearing fun stories about your time at Taku!

The tug almost done. The back of the tug with slide, bars, rope ladder and swing.


Quadra Island

Inspired By Taku…

Over the past twenty five years Taku Resort and Marina continues to be a source of inspiration for many of our clients.

David Haughton who has been one of our very long time guests, comes to Taku every year for two weeks and soaks in the beautiful scenery from the Beach House. He has recently released his paintings inspired by the beautiful views from the resort. I highly recommend that you go to the following link to view all of his collections.

After every summer, many school children are asked to recount their summer vacations. This essay was submitted by one of our very young guests who has been coming to Taku Resort every summer of his life.

Ever since I was 1 I have been fortunate enough to go to a wonderful paradise called Quadra Island. My uncle owns a resort and 2 boats on the island. To get to the island you have to go on 2 ferries. On the Nanaimo ferry, my cousins and I go to the game room and play Galaga, Star wars, Crazy taxi, and Jurassic Park. We also go to the front of the ferry where the winds are as strong as a hurricane. We play lots of fun games such as tag and cops and robbers. When we dock we have to go back in our cars and get ready to face the long ride ahead. Before we follow the road for three hours, we stop at a bakery and get treats for the journey. First we get sausage rolls and apple strudel. Then my brother and I beg our mom to get cherry cakes, donuts, a slice of Boston cream pie, chocolate rolls, tropical pie, giant pretzels, an Altoids can, and a banana cream pie. After that, we play “Rocket Slime” on the D.S. for three hours when we wait for our van to get us to the food market next to the 2nd ferry.

When we finally arrive at the market, we get supplies for the week that we will be spending on the beautiful Taku Resort. These include: milk, Cheerios, eggs, cheese, bread, lettuce, sausage, peaches, and blueberries. We have to wait in the car for the ferry and sometimes I have to yell at mom for missing it, but most of the time we make it. When we get on the ferry, my cousins and I discuss what we are going to do when we get to Taku. These talks usually include a ride on the Boston Whaler and a game of “Kick the Can”. When we near the end of the voyage we intently watch the island grow bigger by the half- minute. After the 10-minute ride is over we go back to our cars and start the drive to Taku resort.

The Boston Whaler is a speed boat that can go up to 30 miles per hour. My cousins and I love to ride it on semi-choppy days and go flying off the five foot “jump waves” made by the ferry that passes by every 20 minutes. We go fishing every day until we catch at least 2 fish. There are good fishing days and bad ones. Once we caught 17 fish and had to throw them all back. But another time we caught a red snapper, two rock cod, and a ling cod. We had a feast that night.

The Taku Sea is a luxury speeder. It is a cross between a yacht and a Boston Whaler It can go 33 miles per hour but it has a global positioning satellite, leather seats, and a hidden trapdoor that you can look out from the front with. Once the Taku Sea ran out of gas and we had to go and tow it back on the Boston Whaler. Everybody was singing “Hurrah for the Cell Phone!” It was stupendously funny. The usual reason why we go on the Taku Sea is to get the shrimp traps. One time we caught a live sand dollar and another, a seven- armed sea star. The reason we don’t get shrimp traps with the Boston Whaler is that the Taku Sea has a special mechanical shrimp pulley to pull up the traps.

Kick the can is my favorite Quadra game (I usually win). I always like to climb up on the tennis court wall and jump down to “kick the can and free the bunch”. When the searcher is tall I like to go to the bushy area where my cousins and I have a base with distracting stones and portable camouflage (big leaves and ferns that we use to hide ourselves. There is a place where a pitch black shadow hides you from prying eyes in the top left corner of the tennis court. And a mini wall that acts as a checkpoint when trying to kick the can.
Quadra is my favorite place to be. Even if I was born there I would think it was special. I can’t stand to see the beautiful paradise fade away as the ferry honks its horn almost as if saying goodbye.