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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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