Vancouver Island

Victoria Events: Butchart Gardens Saturday Night Fireworks

Enjoy amazing fireworks at Butchart Gardens in Victoria every Saturday night during the summer. As part of your general admission, you can enjoy the fireworks or the Concert Lawn. It can get a bit cool in the evenings so remember to bring warm clothing and a blanket to sit on the lawn. The pyrotechnics are quite original and include song and story. A great way to end a day after visiting the beaut...

The Ideal Day Trip from Nanaimo, BC: Newcastle Island

Newcastle Island, located just a few hundred meters offshore from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island, has been called one of the most intriguing parks in British Columbia.  In fact, the entire island-all 336 hectares of it-is a park, filled with steep sandstone cliffs and forested with Douglas fir, Garry oak, arbutus and dogwood.  And it’s an ideal day trip from The Harbour City, Nanaimo.

Nanaimo: Charles Breth Presentation “Body of Evidence”

The Nanaimo Art Gallery is displaying the ceramic work of Saltspring based artist Charles Breth.  May 13 – August 20, 2011. Campus Gallery – 900 Fifth Street, Entrance 5D, Nanaimo, BC, Vancouver Island

The Tofino Food & Wine Festival

The Amazing 9th Annual Tofino Food & Wine Festival on Vancouver Island The 9th Annual Tofino Food & Wine Festival is right around the corner. Featuring the Tofino Botanical Gardens, and  participating Tofino restaurants, this year will be nothing short of  amazing! Celebrating the marriage of food and wine, the festival originated simply  as a local event, but as word spread it has grown into one ...

Victoria Cycling Festival: Riding High on Vancouver Island

A cadre of good folks in Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia are planning an extremely well-organized festival soon that spans 17 days and promises to be a lot of fun.  The Victoria International Cycling Festival’s varied events-athletic and sedentary-occur from May 27 to June 12, 2011 and will appeal even to those who never hopped on a bicycle.  And if you miss it this year, be sure to...

International Busker Festival: Street Fun in Victoria, B.C.

Once upon a time, long ago, there were no machines to record sound and moving pictures.  In order to gain an audience, singers, dancers and other entertainers would perform on street corners for gratuities from passersby.  That’s how the tradition of buskers was born. 

Hike Nanaimo, BC: Earthquake Fissures, Petroglyphs & More

One of the best ways to enjoy Nanaimo is also one of the easiest, least expensive and healthiest: take a hike.  The town is located on Vancouver Island between Victoria in the south (110 km – 68 miles) and west of Vancouver on the mainland. It affords beautiful vistas and offers paths to suit those who want to break a sweat as well those who prefer a gentle stroll.

Visit Port Alberni’s Maritime Discovery Centre This Summer

We’ve all seen photographs or illustrations of lighthouses.  But it’s a rare treat to step inside a real lighthouse.  That’s exactly what you can do when you visit the Maritime Discovery Centre in Port Alberni.

Nanaimo Ballroom Dancing: Island Fantasy Ball – May 7 & 8, 2011

The Island Fantasy Ball - a spectacular showcase of Ballroom & Latin dance with top Canadian and International dancers.

Adventure In Nanaimo: Bungee Jumping, Rock Climbing & Biking

Nanaimo is an outdoor lover’s paradise.  If you’re like me, museums, history and culture are a big draw – I even like a stroll through quaint antique shops and local shopping districts.  But what turns me on the most is getting out into a region’s natural sights and wonders: getting active, and maybe even working up a sweat while having a great time!

Family Holiday: Snorkel with Salmon on Vancouver Island

Have you snorkeled with the turtles in Maui?  Maybe you’ve snorkeled through the coral reefs of the Caribbean?  Or perhaps you’ve snorkeled with the manatees in Florida?  If you’re looking for a new adventure and a perfect family holiday, try snorkeling with the salmon near Campbell River on Vancouver Island!

A Great Family Vacation for Mountain Bike Riding

What was once a historic logging area on Vancouver Island now has multiple personalities, and it’s a perfect spot if you’re planning a family vacation with mountain bike-riding teenagers.  The Snowden Demonstration Forest, just outside the town of Campbell River, continues to be a working forest, managed by BC Timber Sales.  It is home to numerous research installations that integrate silviculture...

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