Free Gas and Free Flights Encourage Vacationers to Travel Close to Home

    VICTORIA, July 23 /CNW/ - With soaring fuel prices on travelers' minds
this summer, Oak Bay Marine Group (OBMG) gets creative with Gaswise Getaways -
keeping guests from putting the brakes on their summer vacations.
    "We don't want increasing oil prices to stand in the way of summer fun,"
says Susan Barcham, Director of Business Development for OMBG. "So we have
teamed up with Petro-Canada to offer a $50.00 gas credit(*) when guests book a
minimum two night stay at any of our three spectacular Vancouver Island
Resorts, including Painter's Lodge in Campbell River, April Point Resort & Spa
on Quadra Island, and the Canadian Princess Resort, Ucluelet, Long Beach."
    Or, if guests prefer to sit back and let someone else do the driving,
they can hop aboard the historic E&N Rail from Victoria for a scenic ride up
Island to Courtenay. Also offered is the Mid Island Explorer package that
starts out with a relaxing trip full of picturesque trestles, lush forests and
spectacular mountain vistas and includes two nights accommodation, roundtrip
train tickets and transfers starting at $239.00 per person(*), based on double
    OBMG is taking it one step further by offering free flights from
Vancouver's South Terminal via Pacific Coastal Air to their resorts. "We have
thought of every mode of transportation to make coming to our resorts
worry-free. The response has been tremendous so far," says Barcham.
    Ms. Barcham explains the real advantage for booking Painter's or April
Point is the opportunity to experience both of these legendary resorts as they
face each other across Discovery Passage, only a 10 minute ride by
complimentary water taxi. "When our guests arrive they can enjoy a variety of
exciting outdoor activities including zodiac tours, guided fishing, kayaking,
scooter and bike rentals, tennis, outdoor pool, hot tub and a full-service
Aveda Spa. There is no other destination on Vancouver Island that gives you
two resorts for the price of one."
    With travelers wanting to stay closer to home while still being able to
play at three oceanfront resorts in their own backyard (all easily accessible
by plane, train, or automobile), there's really no reason to travel anywhere
    For more information on these great Gaswise Getaways contact Oak Bay
Marine Group at 1-800-663-7090, (250) 598-3366 or visit them online at

    (*) some restrictions apply to packages and gas credits

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