Category Archives: INLAND CENTRAL ISLAND

Heading west from the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area on the east coast of the Island are many small communities with some superb offerings for visitors and residents alike. Port Alberni is the major center in this category.

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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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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Port Alberni’s Kleekhoot Gold Bigleaf Maple syrup

Oh my!  Those were the only words that came to mind when I recently had my first taste of Kleekhoot Gold maple syrup. The thick, buttery/caramel/maple flavour of this very unique product is a sensory delight in so many respects. … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s All Mex’d Up

I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a connoisseur of Mexican food. But I know what I like and the fresh, satisfying flavours of the recently re-opened All Mex’d Up Taco Shop at Port Alberni’s Harbour Quay definitely … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Great Sail Past

  We are greatly looking forward to attending this great community event again this coming Sunday, December 4.  This ‘encore presentation’ from last year’s sail past will give our readers a good idea of what fun it is, even in … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s La Bruschetta

We weren’t quite sure what to make of Port Alberni’s La Bruschetta Bistro when we looked at the menu posted outside the entrance. ‘Welcome to Tradition’ it trumpeted, leaving us with the impression that we were heading in to an … Continue reading

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Parksville’s Little Mountain offers spectacular views

     Little Mountain near Parksville is one of those local secrets that can be easily missed if one isn’t paying attention or seeking out a particular hiking opportunity. Nestled in the heart of the Errington/Parksville area, Little Mountain offers spectacular … Continue reading

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Good food and good value at BoMé Café in Coombs

It took more than 15 years to get things rolling but finally, this past Spring, BoMé Cheese and Café opened its doors to the general public. When Horst Boehm and his wife Bibi Menge immigrated from Germany in 1999 and … Continue reading

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Alberni Aquarium a hit with all ages

  It’s not a big facility, nor is it the most impressive on the planet.  It pales in comparison to the likes of the huge public aquariums in Vancouver or Monterey, California.  But the brand spanking new Alberni Aquarium  at … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Jane Austen Festival

While the central Island community of Port Alberni is busy reinventing itself, morphing from a fishing and logging town to a paradise for lovers of the outdoors, another group of promoters has something entirely different in mind.  In fact, their … Continue reading

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