Doug Hay

  • ThumbnailWhether shopping or sightseeing is on your mind, it’s hard to beat what you’ll find in historic Market Square, Victoria’s premiere shopping district.  Nestled in buildings dating from the 1880’s and 1890’s, the height of The Garden City’s 19 th century prosperity when Victoria served as a clearing house for the Vancouver Island’s natural wealth in seal […]

  • ThumbnailOn 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. Described as an Interpretive Centre, the Centre of the Universe is a new kind of museum, so to speak,which has as its purpose the spreading of knowledge of […]

  • ThumbnailWith ‘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’. The Murals of Chemainus When you see The Murals of Chemainus you understand what words could not say.  […]

  • ThumbnailThe 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.  Chemainus Theatre Festival The […]

  • ThumbnailI 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 […]

  • ThumbnailScuba 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, […]

  • ThumbnailJust 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 […]

  • ThumbnailTravel & 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). To be that close to these magnificent creatures was a very memorable experience. There are some 80 of these […]

  • ThumbnailVancouver Island is famous for spectacular golf courses (more than 40 in total), but the pinnacle is a Golf Trail with the Top 12 Champion Courses packed into a span of 250 kilometres (155 miles), which takes you putting from Victoria, in the South of the Island to the Campbell River, in the North.  With Oceans […]

  • ThumbnailDuncan 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. Bigleaf Maple Syrup Festival One […]

  • ThumbnailThis spectacular attraction boasts one of the most beautiful harbour views in the world. From the coastal waterway to the distinctive architecture of the harbor-side buildings to the snow-capped Olympic Mountains in the distance as a backdrop, you are treated to an extraordinary site.  And not content to just be beautiful, this harbour area aims to […]

  • ThumbnailCourtenay 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.” Courtenay Downtown Events There always seems to be something going on in downtown Courtenay from its markets, dances and art shows. Mount Washington Alpine Resort Mount Washington […]

  • ThumbnailThe 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 […]

  • ThumbnailFrom 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. Nanaimo Bath Tub Race The race was originally across the straits of George to Fisherman’s Cover near Vancouver on the […]

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