We have compiled a number of places for those looking for silent retreats, quiet travel destinations, and quiet transportation. If you want to suggest a place that isn't on our list, be sure to write to us.
Quiet Travel Destinations
Copes’ Islander Oceanfront B&B
Tranquil setting and spectacular views near Comox, Vancouver Island, BC.
Dolserau Hall Hotel
Emphasis on peace and quiet and the idyllic setting of the surrounding countryside and nearby Snowdonia National Park characterize this hotel in Snowdonia, North Wales.
Swiss Quality Hotel in top location on bank of river; quiet but central.
For many people a vacation just is not the same if it does not involve accommodations at a lighthouse. These unique structures have always had people who have been highly interested in them and therefore it is no surprise that there is a constant demand for lighthouses that can meet this request. While many lighthouse owners do not cater to such requests, there is a large number who do.
Sanibel beach house
180 view of water/wildlife preserve quiet sunsets, pool, privacy, 4BR. Located at Tarpon Bay, in Florida's JN Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge.
Serenity by the Sea
Oceanfront bed & breakfast on Galiano Island, BC.
Three-story cottage in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, location of weekend silent retreats operated by the Society of Friends (Quakers).
Dayspring Retreat Center
Ecumenical Christian silent retreat centre on 200 acres of rolling hills, forests and fields in the Maryland countryside near Germantown.
Jesuit Retreat Houses
Comprehensive directory of Jesuit centres worldwide offering numerous silent retreat opportunities. Found under Resources link. Go directly to Loyola House, near Guelph, Ontario..
The Monastery of Christ in the Desert
Monastery in New Mexico, USA, offering retreats, devotes an entire web page to silence.
Queenswood Retreat House
Silent retreats, either for scheduled groups or individuals. No web site; brochure may be requested at Queenswood, 2429 Arbutus Road, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1V8, phone 250-477-3822. Operated by nuns, no religious affiliation necessary.
Take a short or long term silent retreat centre on Read Island, BC (near Campbell River).
38-acre retreat on Bowen Island, BC offering silent retreat opportunities.
Silent Retreats Online
Worldwide directory of silent retreats.
The Seawest Lounge on BC Ferries
"A relaxing space for quiet, comfortable travel." It is located on Deck Six of the Spirit of Vancouver Island and the Spirit of British Columbia, which ply the waters between Vanvouver and Victoria. There is a $10 charge to use this lounge, but there are complimentary coffee, tea, juice, and pastries, along with access to newspapers and magazines.
The February, 2002 issue of Backpacker Magazine begins a series of features entitled "Quietest Spots in the US", places like South Dakota's Wind Cave National Park and Buffalo Gap National Grassland, or Northern California's Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The Warayuma Peak Wilderness sees only 200 visitors per year, as compared to Grand Canyon National Park, some 150 miles away, which sees some 4.5 million per year.
“See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.”
—Mother Teresa of