Category Archives: ATTRACTIONS

While there are thousands of attractions, big and small on Vancouver Island, many of them are sadly overlooked by travelers who may be in a hurry to get to their final destination when on vacation. Take it from me, the ones I write about in this section are well worth spending the extra few hours or at most, a day, to get where you are going. Some of them are better known than others, but all of them offer interesting diversions and varying vistas. After all, half the fun in travel is supposed to be getting there! Wherever ‘there’ is…..

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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Cowichan’s Kinsol Trestle

There are a lot of people on Vancouver Island (and, doubtless, elsewhere) who would argue the wisdom of spending $7 million to rehabilitate a crumbling old train trestle in the middle of nowhere. We are not among those skeptics; in … Continue reading

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A slower pace in the pretty seaside village of Cowichan Bay

If you are looking for a pleasant way to dawdle away a leisurely morning or afternoon, Cowichan Bay, located on the east coast of the Island, just may be the ticket. The funky little waterfront village is located smack in … 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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Cumberland’s Chinatown and Japanese Town

They did their best, but unfortunately the efforts of the citizens of Cumberland to preserve an important cultural heritage site were unsuccessful. As a result there is very little left of the community’s historic Chinatown and No.1 Japanese Town. We … 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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Duncan’s Whippletree Junction – a charming shopping enclave

One of the oldest and quirkiest little shopping enclaves on Vancouver Island is snugged up right alongside the Island Highway just south of Duncan. Whippletree Junction came in to being 47 years ago, the result of relocation of some of … Continue reading

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