Stroller Friendly Trails in Nanaimo

It’s been quite a while since we’ve required the use of a stroller in this house. However, getting out of the house when my kids were young was an absolute must. And trail walking was something I really enjoyed. Plus, enquiries about stroller friendly trails is a frequent request from our readers. And I aim […]

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Bonnell Creek Falls in Nanoose Bay

Bonnell Creek Falls is a glorious little hike located in Nanoose Bay. To access this hidden gem, however, you need a bit of bravery and some sturdy legs. While most hikes on Vancouver Island offer glorious scenery before even getting to the destination, this particular trail is a bit disappointing in that regard. However, the […]

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Stamp River Park in Port Alberni

Stamp River Park, located in Port Alberni, is beautiful at any time of year, but especially so in the Fall. Stamp River Park Highlights The park is home to a cascading waterfall and a popular salmon spawning river. In fact, the annual run of spawning salmon is one of the park’s main attractions. The Salmon congregate […]

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Easy Trails in Oceanside (stroller friendly too!)

We are always on the look-out for unique trails that our entire family can enjoy. Which often means walking trails that are relatively flat, have visual interest, and in general, kid-friendly. As we live in Nanoose Bay, our go-to is the Oceanside area. The following is a list of our favourite easy, kid-friendly trails in […]

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Juan de Fuca Park Gems

Juan de Fuca Provincial Park is located on the west coast of southern Vancouver Island. The area offers incredible scenic views, great hiking opportunities, spectacular marine and wildlife viewing, and a roaring surf along the rugged coastline. If experiencing a more wild side of Vancouver Island is something you are interested in, exploring Juan de Fuca […]

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Discover the Best of Sooke

Sooke is a district municipality situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and considered the westernmost community of the Greater Victoria region. It offers visitors and residents alike an authentic west coast experience with its rugged rainforests and unspoiled beaches. A Bit of History For hundreds of years, the T’Sou-ke First Nation was a […]

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Hidden Waterfalls Between Parksville and Courtenay

Vancouver Island is blessed with an abundance of waterfalls. So many, in fact, I happen to hear about another one almost weekly. While I hope to eventually write about them all, this post will showcase the hidden waterfalls between Parksville and Courtenay. This means the following article will not highlight the more commons ones, such […]

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A Hike to the Dark Side

Hiking the Dark Side has been on my list of places to go for quite some time. The kids even waited in anticipation, if only for the lure of its name (they figured it must have something to do with Star Wars). This past weekend we finally had a chance to get down to South […]

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Natural Wonders of Oceanside

“Oceanside” is a local term for the vast area between Nanoose Bay in the south to Deep Bay in the north. It also includes the area leading up to Cathedral Grove to the west.  There are 12 small communities within the Oceanside area, with the most well-known being Parksville, Coombs and Qualicum Beach. The area […]

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The Magnificient Rosewall Creek Falls

I’ve been on a bit of a waterfall hunt lately, which is thankfully easy to do on Vancouver Island. We are definitely blessed with a lot of beauties here. So many, in fact, that writing about them will have to be broken down into regions. Which is exactly what I plan on doing…soon. But this […]

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Malcolm Island is a Place of Harmony

Malcolm Island is a place where Orca’s go to rub up against the smooth pebbled beach, and where humans go to create lasting memories. Situated off the northeast shore of Vancouver Island, you will find this hidden gem. While relatively small in size (24 km long and 3 km wide at its narrowest point) and […]

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Exploring the Picturesque Village of Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove is a postcard ready boardwalk community nestled at the northern end of Johnstone Strait. From its preserved historic multicoloured buildings on stilts to the picture perfect ocean views, Telegraph Cove remains an iconic eco-tourism destination on Vancouver Island. While twenty permanent residents call Telegraph Cove home, approximately 120,000 visitors flock to this destination each […]

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Off-Leash Dog Parks and Trails on Vancouver Island

Dog owners love to watch their canine friends run free, which is why off-leash dog parks, trails, and beaches are becoming increasingly popular. Vancouver Island has a great many of these leash-free parks. So many, in fact, for the purpose of this article I narrowed my research to just the Mid-Vancouver Island area. Please utilize […]

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Cumberland Potholes

We are always looking for new places to hike, especially to areas that have a reputation of being pretty spectacular. This is most definitely the case with the Cumberland Potholes. Otherwise known as Perseverance Potholes (because they are located on Perseverance Creek), images of this magical area have been gracing my Facebook feed for quite […]

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Little Huson Caves Regional Park

  The northern half of Vancouver Island is rich with natural caves and limestone features. In fact there are over 1000 known caves, with speculation of just as many waiting to be discovered. Little Huson Caves, located within the Regional District of Mount Waddington, offers us a small, yet spectacular, taste of the karst topography […]

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Strathcona Park – All You Need To Know

If you are looking for a place to truly unwind, and get a way from it all, Strathcona Park is the destination for you. Due to its distance from the main highway, as well as its rugged exterior, Strathcona Park is one part of Vancouver Island that is often overlooked. But I assure you, it […]

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Hidden Gems of Vancouver Island

I’ve been on a mission to discover the hidden gems of Vancouver Island. Due to the fact I live in the area of Parksville, I limited my search (this time around) to a broad circumference around my location. I have put together the following list to showcase some of the truly unique finds in the […]

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Hot Springs Cove – Tofino

To celebrate our 17th wedding anniversary, we knocked off one of my Vancouver Island bucket list destinations and explored Hot Springs Cove. Located in Maquinna Marine Provincial Park, Hot Springs Cove is approximately 30 km northwest of Tofino, and accessible only by water or air.  The spring water bubbles up from deep in the earth and […]

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Top 10 Nanaimo Walks

Walking and hiking around Nanaimo is popular among visitors and residents alike, and there are so many great locations to do so. This article will focus on the more leisurely trails, rather than strenuous hikes (I’ll save that for another post). The following walks are great for a shorter stroll and perfect for taking the […]

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Little Qualicum Falls

  If you are looking for a nice easy hike with spectacular scenery while in the Parksville area, Little Qualicum Falls is for you! Little Qualicum Falls is a provincial park located on central Vancouver Island. It encompasses the southern shore of Cameron Lake. There is 6 km of walking trails throughout the park, leaving from […]

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Exploring the Pacific Rim

Top things to see while exploring the Pacific Rim Vancouver Island is a huge tourist destination, with the West Coast being the number one draw. When combined, Tofino and Ucluelet attract over 1 million travelers each year. While the summer months are the most popular, any time of year is spectacular for exploring the Pacific Rim. Summer […]

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The Best of Yellow Point

  Did you know that Yellow Point, a small community located between Cedar and Ladysmith has some of the best kayaking spots in Nanaimo? I love being out on the ocean, especially while kayaking. There is just something so soothing about being able to hear nothing but seagulls flying overhead and the crashing of waves […]

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The Historic Kinsol Trestle

A few months ago we sat down and created a wish list of all the things we would like to see and do on Vancouver Island this Spring and Summer. At more than 20 places the list turned out to be quite extensive. While I doubt we will be able to tick off every last request, […]

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