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Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre

It’s kind of hard to believe that there could be anything magical at all contained in the great concrete behemoth that greets visitors as they arrive by boat in the tiny settlement of Bamfield. The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is, … 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 Somenos Marsh Conservation Area is wildlife heaven

We tripped across another not-so-hidden gem recently when we were looking for a quiet spot to enjoy a picnic lunch on the way to ‘somewhere else’.  The Somenos Marsh Conservation Area is located just a little north of the city … 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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Ucluelet’s Blue Room serves up fresh food and casual comfort

  ‘Come hungry. GET STUFFED. Leave happy’ –  tag line of The Blue Room Bistro The small fishing village of Ucluelet is full of pleasant surprises, not the least among them one of the best all-day breakfast joints on the … Continue reading

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No rain…no rainbows. Ucluelet is an all-season charmer

  It has been more than 45 years since I made my first trip to the stunning west coast of Vancouver Island, in the days when you got there by traversing heart-plummeting logging roads and switchbacks high above Kennedy Lake. … Continue reading

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100 years on and millions of visitors later, the majesty of Cathedral Grove continues to entrance

    It has been more than 40 years since I first set foot in the magical environs of Cathedral Grove but still, every time I visit, I am entranced and soothed by the place.             Cathedral Grove is located … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Harbour Quay offers a little bit of something for everyone of all ages

Like many towns that have in the past been heavily dependent on natural resources for their existence, Port Alberni has struggled over the past few decades to survive the downturns that have knocked the stuffing out of local economies. But, … Continue reading

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Whiskey Creek Farm – the essence of so much that was special about ‘the good old days’

The warmth is palpable.  Walk into the steamy sweetness of the gluten free bakery at Whiskey Creek Farm and you are greeted not just with physical comfort, but with the cheer and goodwill of farmer/baker/jack-of-all-trades Lori Gillis and her staff. … Continue reading

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Bamfield’s Music By The Sea – a superlative summer concert series in a spectacular setting

There are not, I don’t think, enough words to describe the enchanting Music By The Sea concert series held each July in the tiny west coast hamlet of Bamfield. ‘Superlative’ comes to mind, as do ‘magical’, ‘marvellous’, ‘exquisite’, ‘awe-inspiring’, ‘spectacular’, … Continue reading

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