Parks & Gardens

Witty’s Lagoon Has Plenty of Natural Splendour

Witty’s Lagoon is a treasured little spot that has been enjoyed by many people over the years. Only about 30 minutes from downtown Victoria, it is certainly worth the drive. Once you are here at this Vancouver Island attraction, it’s fairly accessable for most ages and fitness levels as it is a 1.1 km hike through a rainforest, a marsh, and the sweeping sandy beach at the end. How Witty’s Lagoon G...

Enjoy an Amazing Encounter with Butterflies on Vancouver Island

One of the most interesting attractions on the south end of Vancouver Island is the Victoria Butterfly Gardens in Brentwood Bay. Its main feature is a tropical greenhouse that serves as sanctuary to more than 4,000 butterflies of 75 different species. This attraction is a great place to bring the kids: the butterfly garden is designed to educate visitors about the life cycle and flight activity of...

How Beacon Hill Park Became one of Victoria’s Favorite Attractions

If I could, I’d have liked to thank Sir James Douglas, governor of Victoria in 1858 for first protecting the 183 acre parkland that evolved into Beacon Hill Park. Thank him for providing me and many others with unlimited and free access to a bounty of nature, both landscaped and wild, for my very active kids to explore (and burn themselves out and consequently pass out on the way home in the car; ...

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...

Right At The Junction

Guest Blog: Instinct.You know something feels different when you see the sign ‘Pacific Rim National Park’.As you turn right at the junction and Long Beach slowly comes into view from that one elevated spot on Highway 4, you just know, this place is like no where else in the world. One of the first things I like to do at that point is turn on the radio and tune in to our local community station 90....

Enjoy The Ultimate Family Getaway at Pacific Rim National Park

Guest Blog: Have you finally decided to visit Vancouver Island and expose your kids to the great Canadian outdoors? There’s no better place to start an outdoor family journey than in the Pacific Rim National Park.Encompassing 511 sq km (197 sq mi) land and ocean, this famous British Columbia park covers three geographic areas including Long Beach, the West Coast Trail, and the Broken Group Islands...

Discover landscape artistry at its finest in Victoria, BC.

Guest Blog: Discover Abkhazi Garden, One of Victoria’s Crown Jewels If you are planning to visit Downtown Victoria anytime soon, you’ll want to include the Abkhazi Garden in your itinerary.This heritage home and garden offers a magnificent view and whole new experience for people who truly want to appreciate beauty in its most natural form. This breathtaking piece of property was built back in 194...

Newcastle Island: Discover a Little Piece of Heaven near Nanaimo, BC

Guest Blog: Nanaimo is one of those charming places you think you have already explored every nook and cranny and had all figured out – only to find out more interesting facets and attractions awaiting to be discovered.Being a local and a self-imposed tourist ambassador of Vancouver Island, BC, I have been and seen every attraction Nanaimo has to offer, or so I thought. A Pleasant Surprise Then I ...

Last Christmas, Butchart Gardens was truly a sight to behold

Guest Blog: The Dazzling Display of Lights Made Butchart Gardens a Truly Spectacular Sight Last Christmas Its no secret, the primary all-year round tourist attraction of Vancouver Island, BC is the Butchart Gardens. People who catch sight of this wonderful place never fail to gush over its magnificent beauty. But last Christmas, the entire 55 acres transformed into a magical wonderland of sorts, d...

Spectacular Elk Falls Near Campbell River BC on Vancouver Island

Elk Falls is a mangificent waterfall is just outside of Campbell River, BC on Vancouver Island. The day I was at the Falls, there was extra water released upstream on the Cambell Riverwhich resulted in a roaring falls that just pounded the canyon below.  It reminded me of the power of Niagara Falls which I visited a number of years ago.

Vancouver Island’s Pacific Northwest Raptors

Vancouver Island’s Pacific Northwest Raptors are the birds of prey found on Vancouver Island. Located right outside of Duncan, B.C. in the Cowichan Valley,  the Pacific Northwest Raptors centre is dedicated 100% to the conservation of birds of prey. Putting on bird shows on the weekend, you can see these amazing birds in flight daily at 12:30, 2:00 and 3:30. Definitely go check it out. You can vis...

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