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.

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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Crofton’s Community Seawalk

    The tiny community of Crofton (pop. 2,500) is probably best known as a jumping-off spot for the ferry to Vesuvius Bay on Salt Spring Island and, of course, for the massive Catalyst pulp and paper mill, perched on … Continue reading

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Qualicum Beach’s Heritage Forest

The story of Qualicum Beach’s 50-acre Heritage Forest is one of commitment, inspiration and a community that values natural beauty. There aren’t many towns of 8,800 that can boast of pristine forest lands right in their midst, but thanks to … Continue reading

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Nanaimo’s Pipers Lagoon

We enjoyed a junket down to Nanaimo recently, to explore Pipers Lagoon. Located off Hammond Bay Road, we discovered not only a lovely place for a pretty easy walk, but some intriguing history. Depending on the time of year and … Continue reading

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Qualicum Beach kicks off Island Seedy Saturday season

They are popping up as readily as weeds in a garden, but the dozens of Seedy Saturdays planned for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands can’t help but lift the spirits (and, perhaps, hopes, that this year’s events will reveal … Continue reading

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More great food at Qualicum Bay’s West Coast Food House

I don’t know how the tiny settlement of Qualicum Bay got so lucky in the ‘eating out’ department, but a second notable dining option in the form of West Coast Food House is helping put the seaside community on the … Continue reading

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Deep Bay Marine Field Station

It took almost two years to build, start to finish, but the careful design and consideration of natural habitat at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, combined with a fascinating look at the sea life that surrounds us on the … Continue reading

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Milner’s Christmas Magic in Qualicum Beach

The magic of the Christmas season arrives at  Qualicum Beach’s  Milner Gardens beginning December 2, offering up a cornucopia of festive delights not to be found anywhere else on the Island. The historic Milner estate is a 70-acre blend of … Continue reading

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Ladysmith’s Christmas Festival of Lights extravaganza

 The Ladysmith Festival of Lights is worth planning ahead for and making the commitment to get to the Island from wherever you are. This is the 29th annual light-up that involves 1,ooo volunteer hours and tons of fun!        For a … Continue reading

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Qualicum Beach offers a charming small town kick-off to Christmas with Moonlight Madness

There’s nothing better than sparkling lights, special treats, beautiful displays and Christmas music to put one in the mood for the yuletide season. The Qualicum Beach merchants do a bang-up job of kicking off the festive period with their annual … Continue reading

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