Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden

Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden

The beautiful venue includes great gardens, a pond and shaded trails

Nanoose Bay Art In The Garden, Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbika

Can there be a lovelier place to be on a fine summer’s day than a beautiful garden filled to the brim with talented artisans and musicians?  If you think that nothing could be better, be sure to mark your calendar for the weekend of June 24-25 and head to the eighth annual Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden event.

The beautiful 10-acre garden meanders along shady trails surrounding a large pond and across lush lawns.  All along the way artists in various disciplines display their creative and very attractive wares, all of which are for sale.  I never manage to get away without purchasing something that has caught my eye – it is often a starting point for my Christmas shopping, promising gifts that are unique and won’t be found anywhere else. Garden décor is another big favourite of mine at this event – there is always so much beautiful and different work available.

Vendor booth at Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden, Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

80 vendors will display their beautiful and unique wares

We usually plan to spend at least a couple of hours wandering this delightful site, enjoying the summertime ambiance, live music emanating from the platform suspended over the edge of the pond, and always, a sit-down with a beverage and something to nibble on.

The event has grown tremendously during the eight years it has been in existence, beginning with just a handful of artists and a great vision.  This year there are 80 artisans who will be setting up their canopies, so we are looking forward to the expanded offerings and an excuse to linger even longer.

Vendor building at Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden, Nanoose, Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Several vendors can be found indoors, as well

The other wonderful aspect of this occasion is that all proceeds from the donated admission fees are given to Nanoose Community Services.  To date Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden has raised upwards of $20,000 that has been used to help  those less fortunate – a feel-good aspect that comes as a bonus to those attending.

The 2017 event runs from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at 2525 Northwest Bay Road, with admission by donation ($5 per person minimum suggested)

             wheelchair-mFurther information can be found at: or on Facebook at:

 GPS co-ordinates are:

Lat. 49.2871544  Long. -124.19079139999996

N 49 17.229  W 124 11.447


About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers.
In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.

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