Vancouver Island

Sidney BC – Stargazing from the Centre of the Universe

On top of Observatory Hill, near Sidney B.C., at the National Research Council’s Dominion Astrophysical Observatory lies the Center of the Universe and a gateway to the stars.

Campbell River: Best Salmon Fishing on Vancouver Island

The soul of Campbell River is captured in its rich history steeped in coastal tradition.  Where the east coast of Vancouver Island intersects the 50th parallel, you’ll find the perfect blend of soothing sea breezes, the rich resources of its namesake river and peaceful forests kept green by the mild Pacific Coast climate.

The Amazing Murals of Chemainus On Vancouver Island

With ‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ as a ruling concept, the leaders and townspeople of Chemainus turned what could have been the end of their hometown into a renaissance, and became known as ‘The Little Town That Did’.

Vancouver Island Travel: Chemainus Theatre Festival

The Chemainus Theatre Festival is a true Vancouver Island star.  Well-known for producing amazing entertainment, like classic, award winning comedies, musicals, and dramas, as well as developing new Canadian classic adaptations and original plays, this professional theatre is dedicated to entertaining and enriching the lives of both Vancouver Island visitors and residents alike. 

Vancouver Island Travel: The Festivals of Tofino

I like celebrations – I like festivity – So I recognize a kindred spirit in the Tofino inhabitants – They like festivity and celebrations too and they know how to celebrate all aspects of life.  From the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, to their Food & Wine Fest, to the Lantern Fest, the Mushroom Fest and numerous Music and Art Festivals, each event is a uniquely amazing adventure.  With natural landsc...

Vancouver Island Travel: Scuba Diving in Nanaimo

Scuba is a great passion, perhaps even a preoccupation in Nanaimo.  There are numerous Dive Shops, and Dive enthusiasts.  Even local artists express their admiration for the activity by creating marine murals on the sides of buildings.  And certainly when all the natural elements add up to an amazing diving experience, as they do in Nanaimo, it’s easy to become a bit preoccupied.

Vancouver Island Travel: Tofino and the Pacific Rim

Just at the edge of the world – situated on the Pacific Rim – is this secluded jewel of coastal Vancouver Island called Tofino. With a population of only 2,000 people, this contrasting combination of communing in solitude with nature, and being pampered in spa resorts makes for a dream vacation spot. In fact, Tofino is so popular that if you’re planning on visiting during the summer months, I sugg...

Top 6 Whale Watching Areas on Vancouver Island

Travel & Leisure magazine named Vancouver Island one of North America’s Best Whale-Watching areas. Whale watching is an amazing experience like none other. The ones I saw with my family off the Victoria coast were killer whales (Orcas).

Duncan Events: Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival

Duncan is just off the Trans Canada Highway about half-way between Victoria and Nanaimo on the eastern side of Vancouver Island. It has all the charm and character of a real friendly small town. Duncan and the surrounding Cowichan region is the one of the most beautiful places you will ever visit.

Charming Small Town of Courtenay

Courtenay is in the heart of the Comox Valley on Eastern side of Vancouver Island. It is both fun and unique. Vitality Magazine named Courtenay “the most charming small town on Vancouver Island.”

Butchart Gardens Victoria BC

The Butchart Gardens is a world famous display of flowers, plants and other vegetation in a striking setting . Located in Victoria on Vancouver Island in beautiful British Columbia, Butchart Gardens has been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. It was created by namesake Jennie Butchart as a way to beautify her husbands worked-out limestone quarry.

Nanaimo: Bathtub Race Capital of the World

From an amazing start in 1967 as part of Nanaimo’s Centennial activities, the Bathtub race has become an annual event dubbed the Nanaimo “Great” International World Championship Bathtub Race along with a 4 day Nanaimo Marine Festival.

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