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 […]

Fun Friend Meet-Ups on Vancouver Island

While researching ideas for the Creative Classes article, I discovered some really fun activities that would be perfect for a small group of friends. If you are looking to keep your circle connected, try one of these fun friend meet-ups. Not only will your bond grow stronger, but you will create some fantastic lasting memories too! Fun […]

Creative Classes to Take on Vancouver Island

A new year brings new ideas, and maybe perhaps a few new resolutions. This year I want to get out to as many local businesses as I can and really dive into what they offer their clientele. And I can’t think of a better (or more fun) way of doing that than attending a few […]

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 […]

10 Places to Spot a Ghost on Vancouver Island

With Halloween coming up soon, I thought it would be fun to round up the most alleged haunted places on Vancouver Island. The following list was gathered from research on well-known sites that people generally accept to be haunted. The post is merely for entertainment use, and my intentions are neither to prove, nor disprove, the existence […]

Natural Wonders of Gabriola Island

With its fantastic beaches, parks, ocean views and incredible sunsets, Gabriola Island has much to offer. Gabriola is the northernmost Island of the Southern Gulf Islands and located approximately 5 km east of Nanaimo. A 20-25 minute BC Ferry ride gets you from the Nanaimo harbour to Gabriola (Descanso Bay). Ferries run almost hourly, starting […]

Descanso Bay Regional Park on Gabriola

For rustic camping in a beautiful setting, head to Descanso Bay Regional Park on Gabriola Island. The park has 32 camping sites and can accommodate trucks and trailers, motorhomes and tents.  All of the sites are forested and quite private, and several even have ocean views! Located only 1.5 km from the ferry terminal, and 2 […]

An Epic Vancouver Island North Road Trip

Are you looking for a great Vancouver Island road trip idea? Explore the road less travelled and head towards the scenic and culturally rich towns of Vancouver Island North. Known locally as the Island Highway, Highway 19 is the main thoroughfare that connects the communities of Vancouver Island North with Nanaimo, plus many towns in […]

Best Swimming Locations on Vancouver Island

When temperatures start to soar, tourists and locals alike seek out the best places to cool off. Whether you prefer fresh water frolicks or salty ocean waves, Vancouver Island has some amazing swimming locations. While many of the following spots have already been mentioned in a recently published article entitled, “Best Sandy Beaches“, there are […]

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 […]

Mid-Island Farmers Markets

Are you looking for fresh, local organic produce? How about a wide selection of locally made goods? A Farmers Market might just be the place for you. Luckily for us, Vancouver Island has a great many of them to choose from! Find all the locations for the Mid-Island Farmers Markets right here. They are arranged from […]

Best Sandy Beaches on Vancouver Island’s East Coast

Are you looking for surf, sand and sun? Not everyone can afford to head to the tropics. Luckily for us, Vancouver Island has its own set of beautiful vast sandy beaches (and they are far less busy than the tropical destinations south of the border). This particular post will look at the best sandy beaches […]

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 […]

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 […]

Stroller Friendly Trails in Nanaimo

It’s been quite awhile since we’ve required the use of a stroller in this house. However, enquiries about walks and hikes that are stroller friendly is a frequent request from our readers. And I aim to please! Please read on for a list of more than 10 stroller friendly trails in Nanaimo. Stroller Friendly Trails in […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

48 Hours in Nanaimo – Day 2

Continuing on with our 48 Hours in Nanaimo, here are all the great things to do on Day 2. If for some reason you happened to have stumbled upon this article first, please head back to 48 Hours in Nanaimo – Day 1 48 Hours in Nanaimo – DAY TWO There are plenty of options […]

48 Hours in Nanaimo – Things Not to Miss – Day 1

The #1 goal of Vancouver Island View is to get locals out exploring their own backyard. So whenever I am writing an article, I always have my fellow neighbours in mind. However, it’s not lost on me that this site has great appeal to tourists visiting our beautiful Island too. And at the moment we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cormorant Island – Where the Past and Present Collide

  Located on a small island off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island, you will find Alert Bay. It’s a busy working coastal town that proudly celebrates its First Nations and Pioneer heritage.   ‘Namgis Big House The History The Alert Bay Accord Alert Bay, the destination point of Cormorant Island, is North Vancouver Island’s […]

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) […]

The Cowichan Valley Flavour Trail – The Ultimate Foodie Road Trip on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island has much to offer. There are beaches to explore, trails to hike, lakes to swim, waterfalls and massive trees to gawk at, and plenty of scenic drives to partake in. But why not experience our beautiful island a different way? As you drive through that countryside or pass by that city you can be […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where to Stay in Ucluelet – Our Top Recommendations

The West Coast of Vancouver Island has a certain vibe unto its own. Tofino is known to be more of a yuppy touristy town, with a hippie flair, while Ucluelet is the hardworking, rugged-edged counterpoint. Both have equal appeal, and an added level of luxury peppered in. Which means no matter where you go on the West […]

Review of the Top Accommodations in Tofino

  Even though the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet have remained small and relatively untouched by urbanization, the Pacific Rim offers some fantastic top-notch resorts. While a few of them cost a fair penny to stay the night, if you can swing it they are definitely splurge-worthy. While we haven’t been able to check them […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

A Nanaimo to Tofino Road Trip

  Over one million people visit the West Coast of Vancouver Island each year. It makes me wonder how many of those tourists take the time to stop and see the sights during their travels. Perhaps they are unaware that there are a variety of things to see and do! This road trip itinerary will showcase […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 cascades […]

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 […]

Top 10 Nanaimo Walks

  Walking and hiking around Nanaimo are 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

6 Simple Steps to Enjoying a Romantic Getaway on Vancouver Island

Almost everyone agrees that being near the ocean brings on a certain amount of romance. Which is why Vancouver Island is bursting with ideas for a romantic getaway. There are just so many places to make those magical sunset strolls happen. According to Amazon, Victoria is rated the #1 most romantic city in Canada for the […]

Caving at Horne Lake

Did you know that Vancouver Island has the highest concentration of caves in North America? With more than 1000 caves recorded, we have more explored limestone caves here than in all other Canadian provinces combined! In fact, 4% of the Island’s surface area is composed of karst landscapes. No wonder Vancouver Island is sometimes referred […]

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 […]

A Road Trip from Victoria to Nanaimo

Road trips are a great way to explore Vancouver Island, mainly because there is just so much to see along the way. Although travelling from Victoria to Nanaimo is a relatively short journey (1.5 – 2 hours), if you drive straight through you are missing out on some spectacular sights along the way. This is why I have […]

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 […]

A Salt Spring Island Getaway

Experiencing the Best of Salt Spring Island When coming from the Mainland, people often comment on how much more calm life is on Vancouver Island. It also seems the more islands you hop the more relaxed you feel. Even though out of all the Gulf Island it is the most frequented, as well as the most populous, you will […]

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 […]

Crystal Cove Beach Resort Review

    I  prefer camping in a more “up-kept” environment. A place where the grounds are taken care of, bugs don’t tend to linger, and there is enough to do that it doesn’t really feel much like “camping” (I am not a ‘sit around the campfire and do nothing but drink’ kind of gal). Oh, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

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 Spectacular Butchart Gardens

For as long as I can remember I have always had a love for Victoria. I have very fond memories of taking the ferry over to explore the many fabulous touristy attractions the beautiful city offers. A few of my favorites being ‘Miniature World’, and the ‘Wax Museum’ – which sadly is no longer. There are just […]

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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