Category Archives: EVENTS

Qualicum Beach’s Father’s Day Show ‘n Shine attracts fans (and cars) of all ages for a great day of family fun

I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a fan of things vehicular.  But every year in mid-June I am drawn to the streets of downtown Qualicum Beach for the annual Seaside Cruizers Father’s Day Show ‘n Shine – … Continue reading

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Family fun and feasting at Qualicum Beach’s Fire and Ice Street Festival

A little bit of madness will hit the streets of the village of Qualicum Beach on Saturday, April 30 when the 22nd annual Fire and Ice Street Festival gets under way. Upwards of 5,000 people flock to the village centre’s … Continue reading

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Pure, sweet maple syrup – Island style

Most of us are familiar with the sweet, sticky substance called maple syrup, which traditionally is harvested from sugar maples in eastern Canada.  But a new (and very delicious) product – bigleaf maple syrup – is being discovered and promoted … Continue reading

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Haig-Brown Festival honours two lives well-lived

It’s not the biggest or most impressive event on Vancouver Island, but the Haig-Brown Festival held each September in Campbell River resonates for the plain and simple fact that it is dedicated to paying tribute to a pair of local luminaries … Continue reading

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Ladysmith’s Pirates Day is all about the kids

The following feature is an ‘encore’ presentation, originally published after the 2014 Kids Pirates Day. We are publishing it early this year so parents (or grandparents) can plan to take the kids in their family (little and big, young or old) … Continue reading

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Forces of nature combine to create unique magic in the annual Spring herring fishery

There is a magic that descends on both the east and west coasts of the Island late in February or early in March each year.  There is no set date, nor agenda. It is, for those who know about it, … Continue reading

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The reason for the season brought to life at Bethlehem Walk

  Ask anyone in the Parksville/Qualicum Beach area about the best festive season attractions in Oceanside and the Bethlehem Walk is sure to be near the top of their list of ‘must do’.  This amazing spectacle is built and manned … Continue reading

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McLean Mill Christmas Village offers the charm and loveliness of an old-fashioned festive season

Christmas is one of the most magical times of the year for many folks, me among them. There are many, many great Yuletide offerings here on the Island, beginning with the craft fairs that seem to get under way earlier … Continue reading

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Deerholme Farm’s mushroom foraging workshops highlight all that the wilds have to offer

Autumn on Vancouver Island brings with it many delights, among them the prospect of yummy meals created with the huge variety of wild mushrooms that can be found here. Mushroom foraging is not, however, for the faint of heart or … Continue reading

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An evening of good cheer and great food at Innisfree Farm’s farmhouse dinner

Anything to do with agriculture and local food has always been a favourite excursion with us, and a recent trip to Innisfree Farm in tiny Royston proved, once again, that you can’t go wrong with that combination. Located on a … Continue reading

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