Best Tobogganing Hills – Mid Island

Grab those toques and mitts, pack up some hot chocolate, and get ready to fly down some hillsides! Getting lots of snow on Vancouver Island is an anomaly unless heading up into the mountains. However, each winter we do get just enough to enjoy a day or two of tobogganing. With this year’s recent snow […]

Best Indoor Activities – Nanaimo

When the weather outside is frightful (I’ve got you humming now don’t I), and your kids are less than delightful…don’t fret. There are still many places you can go to keep them occupied! Find out where by reading this extensive list. Please note: this particular list is Nanaimo based. Best Indoor Activities for Kids Romper […]

Free Things to do in Nanaimo this Summer

  The glorious thing about living on Vancouver Island is that summer brings on a plethora of activities and events that one can partake in. And the best part is many of these activities are FREE! The following list will showcase all the great things Nanaimo has to offer that are completely free for you […]

Visiting the Victoria Bug Zoo

  I have an irrational fear of bugs. There are far too many incidences where I have literally been ‘trapped’ in a room because a large bug or spider was near the exit route. I literally become paralyzed with fear until (A) someone comes and rescues me, or (B) the bug moves out-of-the-way. So as […]

Best Things To Do With Kids in Parksville

Known locally as Oceanside, the areas of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Errington, and Coombs (plus a few other smaller centres) have many inexpensive places to visit that provide great family fun.  Whether you are looking for ways to keep your kids occupied during Spring Break, or are reading this in preparation for summer planning, the following […]

Coombs, More than just Goats on the Roof

  Coombs is synonymously known as “Goats on the Roof”. More than a million visitors arrive each year to see the goats who live on the roof of the Old Country Market. While some of these visitors stop only to marvel at the permanent four-legged tenants, others stay to immerse themselves in the many unique […]

North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

  Tucked in the small farming community of Errington, you will find a world-class wildlife recovery centre. Since 1986 this eight acre rehabilitation facility has cared for ill, injured or orphaned cougars, bears, wolves, and birds. Along with the care of these creatures, the centre takes great pride in providing the public with extensive education programs. […]

Tiger Lily Farm

  Enjoy a hands-on experience at Tiger Lily Farm in Errington. If your children love animals, this is the place to be! There is so much to see and do while at this family owned and operated hobby farm that hours just slip away.   The Barnyard Your children will love getting up close and personal […]

BC Forest Discovery Centre

  Take a look at the unique history of logging in British Columbia at the BC Forest Discovery Centre in Duncan. Stretching across 100 acres, this museum showcases over 5000 forestry related artifacts, as well as trains.  There are heritage buildings to explore, huge logging machines to view, and outdoor and indoor exhibits. The Train A favourite […]

Unleash your Wild Side at WildPlay

  Do you enjoy facing your fears? How does taking a 150-foot plunge towards the Nanaimo river sound? Or how about traversing obstacles at 60-feet off the ground? I am most definitely NOT an adrenaline junky, but I have done both of the above, plus a few more crazy adventures while at the Nanaimo WildPlay […]

Central Vancouver Island Birthday Party Locations Part 2

  After writing the first list of Central Vancouver Island Birthday Party Locations, I had some great feedback on places that I missed. The first list was created using locations I have had experience with. So some of the locations mentioned by my readers were missed by design. For although I knew the businesses had party packages, […]

Birthday Party Location Ideas for Central Vancouver Island

  My daughter’s birthday is early September, so I can typically rely on the weather being nice enough to host a backyard party. My son’s birthday, however, is at the end of April. Due to his being smack-dab in the middle of Spring, there is a really good chance it will be raining. This is […]

Cowichan River Tubing

If you haven’t yet experienced Cowichan River tubing, I highly recommend it. Floating down a lazy river with a drink in hand is the absolute perfect way to spend a hot summer afternoon, for both families and/or groups of adults. The first time we decided to tube down the Cowichan River we had absolutely no idea what to […]

Why you should visit Chemainus

Chemainus is a beautiful little sea-side town on the east side of Vancouver Island and well known for its outdoor gallery of murals. If you have never visited this quaint and quiet town, then you are in for a real treat! The first time the kids and I ventured to Chemainus was purely due to a google search. We […]

Pacific Northwest Raptors Centre in Duncan

  If you are anywhere near the Cowichan area, I highly recommend taking a trip to see the Pacific Northwest Raptors Centre in Duncan. It’s an awesome experience for anyone evenly remotely interested in birds of prey, and absolutely fantastic for kids. We have been there a few times now, and always thoroughly enjoy ourselves.   The Centre A […]

Mini-Golf Attractions in Parksville

Parksville is home to world-renowned beaches, warm ocean waters, cute little shops, and…mini-golf! There are two mini-golf attractions in Parksville: Paradise Fun Park and Riptide Lagoon. We can attest that both places are well worth a visit. Paradise Fun Park According to their website Paradise Fun Park is ‘world class’. World class or not, Paradise Fun Park really […]

Exploring Beacon Hill Park

  I am always amazed when you can visit a city you have been to numerous times and still find something to see and do you have never experienced before. This was the case when we decided to explore Beacon Hill Park in Victoria for the very first time. How we missed seeing this beautiful […]

The Best Spot to View Sea Lions on Vancouver Island

While reading a local magazine, I happened to come across an article about the California Sea Lions currently ‘stationed’ in Fanny Bay.  Further research revealed this particular area is the best spot to view sea lions on Vancouver Island! Although my first inclination was to wait until the weekend so that we could go as a whole family, […]

Spending Christmas at Mount Washington

We wanted to do something different for Christmas. Create a new experience. Most of all we wanted snow! So in thinking about all of our wishes, we decided that spending the holidays at a ski hill was going to be our best bet. And Mount Washington seemed liked the ideal place to make all of this […]

The Main Attraction of Parksville

I can’t say enough great things about Parksville. The citizens (a combination of retirees and young families) are super friendly, the weather is typically warmer and drier than any other place on Vancouver Island (which consequently makes the ocean a lot warmer too), and it has fabulous beaches! So fabulous, in fact, Parksville has been […]

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