Category Archives: EAST CENTRAL ISLAND

The eastern part of the central Island offers diversity in almost everything – terrain, weather, communities and great things to do and see. We have included communities that stretch along the east coastfrom Ladysmith to Union Bay in this category. Nanaimo is a great central jumping-off spot serviced by ferries and airport.

It’s time to say farewell – and thank you

Six years ago I was sitting around grousing about the fact that most of the 12,405 square miles of Vancouver Island got so little publicity in the tourist trade. Victoria and Tofino were the major attractions then (and still are, … Continue reading

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Milner’s Christmas Magic in Qualicum Beach

The magic of the Christmas season arrived at  Qualicum Beach’s  Milner Gardens beginning December 1, offering up a cornucopia of festive delights not to be found anywhere else on the Island. The historic Milner estate is a 70-acre blend of … Continue reading

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Ladysmith’s Christmas Festival of Lights extravaganza

 The Ladysmith Festival of Lights is worth planning ahead for and making the commitment to get to the Island from wherever you are. This is the 30th annual light-up that involves 1,ooo volunteer hours and tons of fun!        For a … Continue reading

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Hiking Nanoose’s Enos Lake

I came away from a recent hike at Nanoose’s Enos Lake with mixed feelings. We struck out on a beautiful autumn day – our second attempt to hike the area after being turned back because of dangerously dry conditions in … Continue reading

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Qualicum Beach’s Moonlight Madness

There’s nothing better than sparkling lights, special treats, beautiful displays and Christmas music to put one in the mood for the yuletide season. The Qualicum Beach merchants do a bang-up job of kicking off the festive season with their annual … Continue reading

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Nanoose’s Rusted Rake Farm café

To say that Nanoose’s newest eatery is off and running is an understatement. Opened in late July of this year, Rusted Rake Farm has been packed with patrons each time we have enjoyed a meal there. Located off Northwest Bay … Continue reading

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Nanaimo’s Buttertubs Marsh

With the feasting, partying and indoor activities of the looming Yuletide season (not to mention this month’s Thanksgiving celebrations) often comes the desire to just get outdoors for a bit of fresh air and exercise. There is a perfect spot … Continue reading

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Hiking Nanoose’s Notch Hill

With winter coming on and the rainy season threatening here on the Island we grab every opportunity we can to get outdoors and enjoy whatever good weather the Gods bestow on us.  So it was with happy anticipation that we … Continue reading

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Ladysmith’s Wild Poppy Bistro

Who knew? Who knew that a tiny town of 8,500 perched on the eastern coast of Vancouver Island could be home to an upscale bistro – gluten and peanut-free, no less! Well, the good residents of Ladysmith know, and that’s … Continue reading

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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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