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Dragon’s Lodge … a checkered past

For many years, the forest companies and the first settlers owned most of Gabriola Island. In the early 1950s, the original hotel, now Dragon’s Lodge, was built on a rocky bluff above Peterson Bay … on an island with no electricity … and on about 100 acres of heavily treed land.

When you look at the exterior of the building, it has been constructed with vertically placed logs – a rarely found method of log-building construction – usually logs are placed horizontally.

The lodge has gone through several incarnations, and you may hear islanders speak of the Grande Hotel – to be pronounced Grandee – as insisted by an early owner to give it a continental flavour. Along with the Lodge’s name changes, the original acres of land were subdivided on a number of occasions until Dragon’s Lodge now sits snugly at the end of Dragon’s Lane, its own access road, surrounded by 5 acres of forest. The present name, Dragon’s Lodge, probably refers to the rock formation along the bluff.

You might also hear a number of historical tales that have endured through the years. These include stories the hotel was used as: one of the first local drinking hangouts, a hide out for a couple of fleeing bank robbers, more than one different movie set, and even a possible nudist camp, … there are probably more if you listen in to the coffee shop conversations of the old timers.

Today, although you still see the original vertical logs outside, you will find a fully renovated and modern interior, which offers elegant and spacious rooms for all your special event requirements. Whether you are planning a wedding, a family reunion or holiday, a corporate event or retreat, or any kind of group event or gathering, Dragon’s Lodge is your best choice.