Sight Seeing

Quw’utsun’ Cultural & Conference Centre Celebrates Cowichan Culture

The name Cowichan means ‘The Warm Land’, and I can verify this as I have lived in Duncan many years ago and braved their hot, dry summers in the past. It felt like being in the Alabama or Mississipi of Vancouver Island, with the Cowichan River pouring through the middle of town. Since my time there, a new addition has sprung up. In 1990, the Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre was built. It ...

Explore Victoria’s Artistic Heritage at the Emily Carr House & Gallery

I have seen a few paintings by the legendary artist Emily Carr and I have come away with a feeling that I have experienced something sensitive, profound, female powered, and intimate. Her portrayal of B.C.’s native villages are absolutely stirring. That particular collection was eventually collected and bound as a book called Klee Wyck and earned her a Governor General’s Gold Medal for literature.

You Won’t be Sorry if You Come Visit Vancouver Island

We at Amazing Vancouver Island have always been big fans of the weird and wonderful spots here on Vancouver Island, and we’re thrilled by the recent advertising campaign launched by local tourism boards. Nanaimo, Sooke, and Tofino, in conjunction with Black Ball Ferry Line, guarantee you won’t be sorry if you spend your next vacation exploring Vancouver Island: check out their fabulous video here....

Cowichan Valley Visitors Shouldn’t Miss the BC Forest Discovery Centre

I am long overdue for a visit to this awesome museum. And it’s not a “hands off” museum either: most of the exhibits are outside, so you can get a feel for how logging looked and felt in its early days. The centre covers about 99 acres and started out as a mink farm. A man named Gerry Wellburn from Deerholme had a private collection and was willing to share. One of the reasons the site was chosen ...

Victoria’s Craigdarroch Castle Offers a Glimpse of BC’s History

In central Victoria, Craigdarroch is near many other attractions. To be fair, no battles were ever fought on the grounds of Craigdarroch Castle, and it was never home to royalty. It was, however, built for the shipping and mining magnate Robert Dunsmuir and his wife Joan. It was intended to be the couple’s mansion home, but Robert passed away in 1889, about a year before it was completed. Joan liv...

Visit Damali Lavender Farm & Winery while Exploring the Victoria Area

I was recently surprised to find out there are a few lavender farms on Vancouver Island. I was expecting to find one, but not five! There are several in the Victoria area, one being Happy Valley Lavender and Herb Farm and the other is called Victoria Lavender, located in Sidney. Sacred Mountain Lavender is on Salt Spring Island and Island Lavender is further north, in Port Alberni. While each farm...

Coombs: There’s More Happening than Just Goats Standing on a Roof

A few years ago, I began noticing a small yellow warning sign on the back window of the vehicles ahead of me. It appeared to be the silhouette of a goat perched on a roof, emitting a stream of droplets from its rear end. I was mystified.

Cowichan Valley Offers Delights for Lovers of Animals, Food, and Wine

Do I even have to say the accommodation business has come a long way since the time when dreary, ugly hotels and sketchy motels seemed like the only choice? These days, B&Bs have a competitive edge by offering various themes or tempting seasonal package deals. Put yourself in the Cowichan Valley, a pastoral heartland right between Nanaimo and Victoria and embrace country life with your loved one, ...

Find Your Favourite Place: Explore Vancouver Island’s Many Attractions

After serving breakfast at a local B&B for four years, I’ve had the opportunity to chat with tourists from all over the world, and I’ve heard one comment over and over again: “Oh, I wish we had more time here! We didn’t get a chance to see…” Vancouver Island offers an amazing variety of sights and activities, and a little pre-trip research will help make sure you don’t miss out on finding your fav...

Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

The fantastic Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island is a very popular place to be, averaging one million visitors every year. The huge park is a valuable example of the coastal lowland ecosystems and marine shelf region. The park covers 500 square kilometres of protected land. It is divided into three major geographic regions: West Coast Trail –75 km (46 miles) long, this world-fam...

Quadra Island’s Unique Bed and Breakfasts Offer a Grassroots Vacation

It was late last summer when I realized school was about to begin for my daughter and we hadn’t taken a single one of our impromptu road trips. Well, money was scarce and so was time from work so I had to come up with a simple plan, and fast, to find anywhere to overnight on short notice. I hadn’t checked out Quadra Island in many years, and at a 10 minute ferry ride, it was close to home in Campb...

Tofino ranks among Canada’s best

Guest Blog: Tofino has always been one of B.C’s best in-province secret stay-cations but it seems the secret is out and it’s being recognized as a destination for world travellers. Tourism Tofino announced this week that Chesterman Beach Bed and Breakfast has been chosen as the No. 1 B&B in Canada, and Long Beach Lodge Resort and the Wickaninnish Inn ranked in the list of the top 25 Canadian hotel...

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