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…..

Denman Island’s Home and Garden tour

What could be more appealing following a long, cold winter and a non-Spring than a home and garden tour on one of British Columbia’s most beautiful Gulf Islands? The Denman Island Home and Garden Tour runs only every second year, … Continue reading

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Ladysmith’s Kids Pirate Day

There are pirates everywhere – big ones, small ones, short ones and tall ones. There is a massive bouncy slide for the kids, a bullhead fishing derby. There is live entertainment, a great variety of food, a craft tent for … Continue reading

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Chemainus – Vancouver Island’s Cinderella town

It’s known on Vancouver Island as The Little Town That Did, and boy, did it ever! Located on the east coast mid-way between Victoria and Nanaimo, the small town of Chemainus rose from the ashes of a floundering forest industry … Continue reading

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Errington’s North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

World class. Those are the two best words I can think of to describe the North Island Wildlife Recovery and Educational Centre, tucked away in the secluded – but easily accessible – backwoods of the mid-Vancouver Island area. The NIWRC, … Continue reading

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Qualicum Beach’s Nature’s Garden Trails

Thanks to a group of intrepid neighbours and an indulgent town administration (at least, we think it’s the town administration) there is an absolutely delightful, dog-friendly network of forested trails smack in the middle of Qualicum Beach. This is not … Continue reading

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Cowichan’s Kinsol Trestle

There are a lot of people on Vancouver Island (and, doubtless, elsewhere) who would argue the wisdom of spending $7 million to rehabilitate a crumbling old train trestle in the middle of nowhere. We are not among those skeptics; in … Continue reading

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A slower pace in the pretty seaside village of Cowichan Bay

If you are looking for a pleasant way to dawdle away a leisurely morning or afternoon, Cowichan Bay, located on the east coast of the Island, just may be the ticket. The funky little waterfront village is located smack in … Continue reading

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Deep Bay Marine Field Station

It took almost two years to build, start to finish, but the careful design and consideration of natural habitat at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, combined with a fascinating look at the sea life that surrounds us on the … Continue reading

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Cumberland’s Chinatown and Japanese Town

They did their best, but unfortunately the efforts of the citizens of Cumberland to preserve an important cultural heritage site were unsuccessful. As a result there is very little left of the community’s historic Chinatown and No.1 Japanese Town. We … 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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