Central Vancouver Island Birthday Party Locations Part 2

After writing the original list of Central Vancouver Island Birthday Party Locations, several readers felt we missed some great locations. The first list includes locations I have personally had experience with. So while I was aware that there are plenty of other options out there, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to use them for hosting my […]

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Best Birthday Party Locations on 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 why […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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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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 galleries, […]

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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 […]

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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. If […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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