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Duncan’s Raptors centre offers a close-up look at birds of prey

    You haven’t lived until you have had a conversation with a spectacled owl, or watched a bald eagle swoop for a fish at close quarters, or seen the huge black sweep of a turkey vulture’s wings as it … 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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Controversy surrounds Comox’s serene Mack Laing Nature Park

I have come away from Comox’s serene Mack Laing Nature Park conflicted, to say the least. We recently enjoyed a visit to this tranquil refuge stretching along Comox Bay, where early Spring sunshine filtered through tender green leaves and blooming … Continue reading

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The Wild Pacific Trail – one man’s dream creates an internationally-renowned legacy

One man’s dream. One magical internationally-renowned legacy. That best sums up Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail – a spectacular network of easily accessible walking trails  that stretches for a total of 10 kilometres (6.25 miles)  along the awe-inspiring headlands of Vancouver … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Stamp River Provincial Park – a hidden gem

It has been almost 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 … Continue reading

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Foresight preserves Nanoose’s Beachcomber Regional Park

I am often critical at the seeming inability of government bureaucracies to ‘get it right’ but a recent discovery in Nanoose Bay puts the boots to that complaint, at least this once.  We recently visited Beachcomber Regional Park, a tiny … Continue reading

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Nirvana for nature lovers at Nanaimo’s hidden gem – Jack Point/Biggs Park, near Duke Point

You get a little bit of everything when you visit Jack Point/Biggs Park near Nanaimo – views of the city from a distance, beautiful naturescapes, waterfront, wildlife, forested trails. It’s a bit of a hidden gem, tucked away along the … Continue reading

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