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A Culinary Revival in Parksville and Qualicum Beach

What To Do in the Fall on Pender Island

Pender Island in the fall is my favourite time to visit. These two Gulf Islands – North Pender and South Pender, connected by a bridge but referred to in the singular – provide the quintessential West Coast vibe: enough activities to choose from but so laid back that you feel a world away from the

9 Ways To Light Up Your Night For Christmas

If you’re spending your Christmas holidays travelling to Vancouver Island, why not check out some festive cheer? From parades to yuel fuel, there’s something for everyone. 1. Christmas at the Farm If the words Yuel Fuel aren’t enough to get you out to this Christmas event, the description will: this seasonal mulled treat takes the

Exploring Galiano Island

With only a couple of days on Galiano Island, I had to be strategic about my time. I had arrived just before dinner on a Monday night, hardly the most lively time to step into a small community. After dropping my bags off at the Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, I walked out to the

Discovering The Comox Valley By Bike

If you want to experience a completely different side of Vancouver Island’s Comox Valley – one that engages your senses and shows off a side more familiar to locals than tourists, sign up for a bike ride with Island Joy Rides. Owner, Laurel Cronk and I spent a wonderful summer afternoon cycling a mixture of

Hiking the Juan De Fuca with Desk To Glory

The Juan De Fuca Trail. We trekked 49.5km over three days from Port Renfew to China Beach, shared the trail with a mom and cub black bear, camped on the beach, sipped coffee while listening to the waves roll in, watched the sunrise, watched the sunset, and focused solely on putting one foot in front

See a Blow, Go Slow – Whale Watching Safety Tips

There’s a tense excitement in the air as a boat full of travellers wait quietly on ocean waters, eyes scanning the horizon for the distinctive mist of a whale’s blow. A guide points their finger and signals to the group, heads turning to anticipate where the whale could surface next. At a safe distance from

The Campbell River Fishing Experience

I have done my fair share of salmon fishing but chiefly from the cockpit of my 17 foot sea kayak – jigging off the west coast of Vancouver Island, a rather delicate experience at times though largely a rewarding one. Recently I had the pleasure of salmon fishing out of April Point Lodge on the

5 Vancouver Island Captures of the Eclipse

1. Folks on the Island were resourceful in finding ways to view the eclipse, and looked good doing it! 2. A change in perspective was written in the stars for some. 3. While others were seeing double! 4. Victoria visitors were well positioned, catching the 90% coverage. 5. And to wrap it up, the eclipse

4 Tips For First Time Hikers on Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island’s outdoors are a big draw for visitors, especially those who’ve never experienced BC wilderness and super natural beauty. Many of those visitors don hiking boots and head out to BC trails—in the 2010-2011 season in BC, 19.7 million people visited provincial parks, while 2.4 million visited national parks. If you’re new to hiking,