Vancouver Island Attraction

Victoria Events – The Great Canadian Beer Festival

Since 1993 the Great Canadian Beer Festival has been a top event in Victoria by craft beer and brewing fans alike! This event is held the weekend after Labour Day. When it was originally initiated the festival once hosted at least 70 different beers from 23 breweries found in Canada and its Pacific Northwest. Now, that number has quadrupled to over 60 breweries serving over 4500 people! There’s al...

“Steeped in Nature”: Westholme Tea Farm, A Vancouver Island Hidden Gem

Picture this: you’re driving along the Trans-Canada Highway going south, and you decide to make a left onto Mt Sicker Road. You then make a right onto Westholme Road. It’s possibly unknown to you that you’re now driving through the little community of Westholme, between Chemainus and Duncan. You’re enjoying the farms, the trees, the winding road, and the privacy of the drive. Then, you see on your...

Comox Valley Events – 35th Annual Filberg Festival

Set among the stately trees and gardens of the Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park in Comox on the east coast of Vancouver Island, the Filberg Festival is truly a unique event. Wander through the grounds surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Mountain Range. The principal objective of the Filberg Festival has been to encourage exce...

Victoria Events – 154th Annual Highland Games & Celtic Festival

Don your favourite kilt and prepare to nibble on some haggis – the annual Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Festival returns this year! This long-lasting event has officially reached its 154th year of running, making it the largest one of its own history, and the sheer amount of things to see and do during this festival is tremendous. Not only is it the biggest Scottish cultural festival but also...

Victoria Events – Mother’s Day Paint-in & Craft Fair 2017

Looking for a more artsy, creative way to spend time with your favourite mom on Mother’s Day? Do you both love castles and live in the Victoria area? Then mom is going to love coming to this event! Returning for its 22nd year is the Mother’s Day Paint-in and Craft Fair, hosted specially at Royal Roads University (a.k.a. Hatley Castle and Park). You and mom are sure to have a fabulous time! There w...

Tofino Events – 6th Annual Feast Tofino

Come join in with the feast taking place in Tofino. This year is the sixth annual event when local, sustainable fisheries are celebrated and honoured. It is a grand collaboration of acclaimed fishers, guest chefs, foragers, farmers, and restaurants engaged in and honouring the “boat-to-table” philosophy that can only be found here on the West Coast. Take this opportunity to meet some of the hardwo...

Nanaimo Events: 2015 Silly Boat Regatta is Family Fun for All

What happens when you gather hundreds of people from local businesses and organizations, give them five hours to build a boat and then race it? Absolute silliness and a whole lot of money being raised for the Nanaimo Child Development Centre to help reduce the number of families waiting for access to services offered through the CDC. 

Parksville’s Fanny Bay: New Discoveries for an Island Girl

I’ve lived on Vancouver Island for most of my 44 years and I’m thrilled that I can still be pleasantly surprised by new discoveries. Such was the case on Mother’s Day. Friends and I were exploring areas near Fanny Bay, a tiny little unincorporated town on Baynes Sound, about 30 minutes north of Parksville, which is known mostly for its fine and delicious oysters. The population of Fanny Bay is est...

The Bunny Trail at Milner Gardens is becoming an Easter Tradition for Island Families

Rooted in royal history and expertly preserved, Milner Gardens and Woodlands puts the bloom on their season with the 9th Annual Bunny Trail running April 3rd – 6th, 10am – 5pm daily. There is something magical to be found in this 28 hectares perched on an oceanside bluff overlooking the Strait of Georgia.

Salt Spring Island is a Wine and Cheese Lovers’ Paradise

There is so much to write about when it comes to this small but bountiful island. Amazing community spirit, a healthy attitude, a supportive artistic lifestyle, and artisan food producers all make this Vancouver Island attraction worth the visit. Though summer is the big tourist season, the fun never stops here. You can still surround yourself with lovely things to look at, eat, and drink. Visitin...

Tugwell Creek Farm is a Haven for Mead Lovers & First-Time Tasters

I’ve always wanted to try mead. Of course, I’d like to take my first sip in a proper setting – not bought at a liquor store, or at a restaurant surrounded by strangers. I’d rather taste it in a local setting, a family business run by passion and fueled by bees. So I was very pleased to hear that Vancouver Island has its own meadery! The first in BC, I might add, called Tugwell Creek Farm and Meade...

Vancouver Island Attraction: Denman Island Attracts Many Artists

Denman Island is a quite a bit different from the other Gulf Islands. It always amazes me how vastly different one island can feel from another and how people’s lives weave into one big colorful quilt. Denman Island is one of those places where you can bicycle around without feeling like you’ve gotten in way over your head! The island is 19km long and 6.5km wide, perfect for any novice or expert w...

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