Category Archives: SPECIAL PLACES

There are so many special places, both civilized and wild, on the Island that many visitors miss altogether. They are maybe just a little bit out of the way, off the main roads, or totally unknown by the producers of the multitudinous visitor guides that flood the Island each year. This section will introduce you to some of the interesting, quaint and/or quiet places on the Island. We will cover some of the iconic spots, too, simply because they are so worth seeing and spending some time at, and because we can offer you first-hand experiences rather than just a few words that may or may not pique your interest. Some of these special places are commercial enterprises, some are not. There are isolated villages, parks and peaceful walks that may take you out of your way, but will be worth every bit of the time and trouble you expend. So, if you’re interested in places that are a little out-of-the-ordinary, this section is for you.

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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Tofino Botanical Gardens

I am never quite sure what to expect when I am visiting a ‘botanical garden.’ I know about show gardens (Butchart’s in Victoria) and woodland gardens (Milner in Qualicum Beach and Kitty Coleman in Courtenay), but the term ‘botanical garden’ … 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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Denman Island’s Home and Garden tour

What could be more appealing following a long, cold winter and a non-Spring than a home and garden tour on one of British Columbia’s most beautiful Gulf Islands? The Denman Island Home and Garden Tour runs only every second year, … 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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Chemainus – Vancouver Island’s Cinderella town

It’s known on Vancouver Island as The Little Town That Did, and boy, did it ever! Located on the east coast mid-way between Victoria and Nanaimo, the small town of Chemainus rose from the ashes of a floundering forest industry … 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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