Category Archives: EAST CENTRAL ISLAND

The eastern part of the central Island offers diversity in almost everything – terrain, weather, communities and great things to do and see. We have included communities that stretch along the east coastfrom Ladysmith to Union Bay in this category. Nanaimo is a great central jumping-off spot serviced by ferries and airport.

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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Fairy magic at Milner Gardens

When the lives of children are so caught up these days with scheduled activities, the cyber world and the hard business of growing up in modern times, it’s refreshing to find a place and occasion where magic, timelessness and imagination … Continue reading

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Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden

Can there be a lovelier place to be on a fine summer’s day than a beautiful garden filled to the brim with talented artisans and musicians?  If you think that nothing could be better, be sure to mark your calendar … Continue reading

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Ladysmith’s Appetit – Food For Thought

Hole-in-the-wall eateries are always an adventure, and Ladysmith’s Appetit-Food For Thought is no exception. We first ate there several years ago when we enjoyed a quick, cheap ($4) and hearty dinner when we were in town for the annual Christmas … 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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Qualicum Bay’s Lighthouse Country Regional Trail

It has been more than four years since we last visited the south loop of the Lighthouse Country Regional Trail system near Qualicum Bay. In the past we have stuck to the easily-traversed and beautifully-constructed main trail, which now also … Continue reading

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Earth Day tours at Qualicum Beach’s Hamilton Marsh

Hamilton Marsh is a pristine bit of heaven that offers much to those looking for a brief respite from civilization. The marsh is located just a few minutes from Qualicum Beach and is a great place to appreciate the wonders … Continue reading

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Errington’s North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

World class. Those are the two best words I can think of to describe the North Island Wildlife Recovery and Educational Centre, tucked away in the secluded – but easily accessible – backwoods of the mid-Vancouver Island area. The NIWRC, … Continue reading

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Qualicum Beach’s Nature’s Garden Trails

Thanks to a group of intrepid neighbours and an indulgent town administration (at least, we think it’s the town administration) there is an absolutely delightful, dog-friendly network of forested trails smack in the middle of Qualicum Beach. This is not … Continue reading

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