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Cathedral Grove is a Magnificent Old Growth Forest Near Port Alberni

Cathedral Grove is a wilderness area in the MacMillan Provincial Park in central Vancouver Island. It is a magnificent old growth forest that is part of the Costal Douglas Fir Biogeoclimatic Zone.  It is a very impressive example of a west coast rain forest that fortunately has been preserved for future generations to explore and enjoy. As an old growth forest Cathedral Grove is composed of both l...

Prehistoric Rock Carvings at Petroglyph Provincial Park in Nanaimo

Some time in the past the native peoples skillfully carved wolves, sea creatures and symbolic designs into the sandstone surfaces of the rock.  Using stone tools, these beautiful etchings represent an art form seen in other locations but rarely in such concentrations. The sandstone display of the original creations is along a walkway on a hill that overlooks the Nanaimo Harbour.

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.

Afternoon Tea at the Inner Harbour, Victoria B.C.

In the mood for something elegant, something genteel, something that takes you back to a time that was more refined, more social, and definitely slower than the average instantaneousness of texting? Then you will be happy to know that right on the Inner Harbour, in the Lobby of the Fairmont Empress, is a true Victoria ‘don’t miss’ experience: an amazing traditional Afternoon Tea.

Comox Air Force Museum: Three Museums in One

One of Vancouver Island’s best aviation museums is just outside Courtenay and it’s the perfect stop on a family holiday.  Despite its name, the Comox Air Force Museum is dedicated to both military and civilian aviation history.  It’s composed of a thriving and well-equipped museum, a hangar devoted to ongoing restoration, and an air park. With plenty to see and do, it appeals to young and old alik...

Logging History Comes Alive at Kaatza Station Museum

With just one look at the majestic and lush wooded landscape of Vancouver Island, you know the forests have stories to tell.  How did the early settlers cut these trees, before the chainsaw was invented?  How did they move the massive fallen trees to a sawmill?  What was life like for those pioneers?

Go Fossil Hunting in Courtenay on Vancouver Island!

Where will the Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre take you?  On a voyage of discovery through the worlds of palaeontology, geology, geography and culture, that’s where.  You can even travel 80 million years back in time as you venture on a fossil tour.

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