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General · 11th June 2013
Travis Fleming
April Point Resort & Spa has long been a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Whether you want to go fishing, have a meal next to the ocean, or receive a relaxing massage, there’s no better place to stay on Quadra Island than April Point.

It’s the same great resort you remember it to be, but this season it features some fresh new twists. Much of this has to do with the new manager, Matthew Arnott. He’s kept the best parts of the resort in tact while adding some new ideas to make sure April Point maintains the standards it set last year when it received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“This year there is some new management, a new Chef and a new menu,” said Matthew when asked about some of the changes. “We are using local products, from Quadra or the Courtney/Comox region. Local artists have also delivered wonderful pieces of art for guests to enjoy and purchase. We have new scooters , new bikes and the houses have new hot tubs. Lots of improvements all around. The fishing is looking good and the weather seems to be even better.”

Matthew may be new to Quadra Island, but he’s not new to the tourism industry. He started with Oak Bay Marine Group in 2006, working at their Marina Restaurant in Victoria, the Salmon Seeker in the Queen Charlotte Islands and the Cape Santa Maria Resort in the Bahamas.

So what brings Matthew to Quadra Island? Apparently he’s been well aware of the beauty on display in this corner of British Columbia for some time and jumped at the chance to work here.

“I was so grateful to have been offered the position,” he said. “A photo of a sunset at April Point has been my computer back drop for the last five years and I have often wondered what it would be like to work in such a beautiful location.”

Matthew arrived here with his girlfriend Hayley and their dog Hugo. Hayley, who has a background in Human Resource Management, has taken on the role of Groups and Conference Manager at the resort. They’ve made Quadra Island their home, enjoying the hiking trails, local artists, musicians and winery.

“We constantly get to watch boats and cruise ships go by, day and night. Also, getting to experience all the wildlife, including eagles, humpbacks and orcas on a daily basis is nothing to complain about.”

It sounds like Matthew, Hayley and Hugo are adjusting to Quadra life just fine. But just to make extra sure they feel at home here drop by and welcome them to the Island. And feel free to have something to eat while you’re at it. Thursday is Buck a Shuck Oyster night from 5-9 pm so come on down enjoy some fresh local oysters.