Category Archives: DOG-FRIENDLY

For the past 40 years my husband and I have bred Irish setters and Dalmatians as a hobby, and as a result we have traveled thousands of miles with them to dog shows, field events, training seminars and other dog-oriented activities. Over those many years and thousands of miles we have learned how very difficult it can be to find dog-friendly places when you are on the road. This section will lead you to off-leash dog areas, walking trails and accommodations on Vancouver Island that welcome your traveling canine companion. Enjoy – and please remember to leave these facilities in pristine condition so that others who like to travel with their pets will be welcomed in the future.

Campbell River’s Elk Falls suspension bridge

With the rainy winter season looming here on the west coast we take every opportunity to get outdoors while the weather is still fine, so on a recent weekend we headed up to Campbell River to experience the hiking trails … Continue reading

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Hiking Nanoose’s Notch Hill

With winter coming on and the rainy season threatening here on the Island we grab every opportunity we can to get outdoors and enjoy whatever good weather the Gods bestow on us.  So it was with happy anticipation that we … Continue reading

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Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail

One man’s dream. One magical internationally-renowned legacy. That best sums up Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail – a spectacular network of easily accessible walking trails  that stretches for a total of 10 kilometres (6.25 miles)  along the awe-inspiring headlands of Vancouver … Continue reading

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Salt Spring Island’s Ruckle Provincial Park

There is a little bit of everything to be found at Ruckle Provincial Park, located on the southern tip of Salt Spring Island – history, waterfront, wildlife, woodland trails.  When we visited back in early autumn we figured on spending … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Stamp River Provincial Park

It had been more than 40 years since I last visited Stamp River Provincial Park in the beautiful Alberni Valley, and I have to admit that I headed over there recently with some trepidation.  Back in the 1970s the place was wild and … Continue reading

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Fanny Bay Conservation Area

  It’s not very obvious and you have to go in search of it, but the Fanny Bay Conservation Area is worth the trouble. Located 23 km (14 miles) south of the city of Courtenay on the Island’s east coast, … Continue reading

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Sointula – still a place of harmony – offers a warm welcome

How can anyone fail to love a place where little girls can set up a lemonade stand in the middle of ‘town’, unaccompanied by adult supervision, whiling away their summer days and maybe making a little bit of pocket money?  … Continue reading

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Big Qualicum Regional Trail

There isn’t anything much better on a warm Summer afternoon than exploring new-to-us territory, so we recently set out to the Big Qualicum Fish Hatchery and the many miles of trails that snake along both sides of this lovely spot. … Continue reading

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Little Qualicum Fish Spawning Channels

One of the prettiest, most pristine and easily accessible nature walks on Vancouver Island is just a stone’s throw from the village of Qualicum Beach. The site is home to a steelhead recovery plan program and salmonid enhancement and watershed … Continue reading

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Nanoose’s Moorecroft Regional Park

I am always at my most content in the natural world. When we find a place like Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay, my happiness quotient multiplies ten-fold. Apparently it does that for a lot of people – the day … Continue reading

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