Category Archives: ATTRACTIONS

While there are thousands of attractions, big and small on Vancouver Island, many of them are sadly overlooked by travelers who may be in a hurry to get to their final destination when on vacation. Take it from me, the ones I write about in this section are well worth spending the extra few hours or at most, a day, to get where you are going. Some of them are better known than others, but all of them offer interesting diversions and varying vistas. After all, half the fun in travel is supposed to be getting there! Wherever ‘there’ is…..

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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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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Campbell River’s Elk Falls suspension bridge

With the rainy winter season looming here on the west coast we take every opportunity to get outdoors while the weather is still fine, so on a recent weekend we headed up to Campbell River to experience the hiking trails … Continue reading

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Port Alberni’s Stamp River Provincial Park

It had been more than 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 wild and … Continue reading

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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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A magical overnight journey on the venerable Uchuck lll

This post is an ‘encore presentation’,  filed again (with some updates) because the trip on the Uchuck III was one of our most memorable and delightful.  Anyone with a taste for a bit of the wild in their travels should … 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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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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Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden

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 … Continue reading

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