There are many exciting Denman Island events that will make your visit to this beautiful and serene island in British Columbia worthwhile, fun, and unforgettable. Denman Island draws tourists to enjoy its rich, lush, natural environment and to experience events that showcase local arts and culture.
The island, which is two-and-a-half hours from Victoria and one hour from Nanaimo, can be reached from Vancouver Island using a ferry service that is an attraction in itself. The ferry has been operating for more than 70 years and is one the oldest in the country.
We’ve gathered some practical information about the top events that await you when you reach this incredible destination.
The Readers and Writers Festival Draws Many Visitors
An annual event that takes place every mid-July is the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival, a widely anticipated event since its official launch in 2002. At this festival, visitors can enjoy a series of readings, workshops, and panel discussions that have made this event one of the most intimate and vibrant literary festivals in Canada. Some of the most notable names that have been featured include Bill Gaston, Marilyn Bowering, Ronald Wright, and Sharon Butala.
You’ll Love the Denman Island Home and Garden Tour
The Denman Island Home and Garden Tour is a top horticultural festival in BC. Locals and tourists are welcome to see the island’s most verdant, bountiful, and imaginative gardens. The quiet ponds, soothing waterfalls, and other natural features will make your visit truly memorable.
During the tour, you’ll enjoy not only an abundance of gorgeous native plant species and garden arrangements but will also see homes built with unique craftsmanship and a touch of island culture and style. Proceeds of this event go to the Denman Conservancy Association.
Don’t Miss the Denman Island Art Studio Tour
Art flourishes on Denman Island, which is evident from the wide array of art galleries, museums, and studios sprawled all over the island. A huge, annual art studio tour is sponsored by Arts Denman, and features the amazing work of local artists with displays of painting, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood carving, sculpture, mixed media, fabric arts, and more.
Everyone Loves the Denman Island Christmas Craft Faire
Every Christmas season, locals and tourists are treated to a wonderful and festive Christmas Craft Faire. Now in its thirtieth year, the fair offers wonderfully creative and imaginative crafts made by local Denman artisans. There’s no shortage of great gift ideas and Christmas decorations for sale. You’ll be astonished by the diverse selection of clothing, woodworking, pottery, accessories, herbs, soaps, essential oils, and more.
The Pottery Studio Tour is Another Popular Event
Another event that attracts visitors to the island is the annual Pottery Studio Tour. Like the other Denman Island events, this tour also highlights local, artistic talent. You can take this self-guided tour with the help of free maps available at the Denman Craft Shop, the Buckley Bay Ferry Terminal, and the Denman General Store.
If you want to stay for more than one day or night, be sure to reserve a room early at a bed and breakfast or at an oceanside campground.
All these Denman Island events and more are sure to keep you busy during your stay in this wonderful part of British Columbia. Check out what’s happening during your vacation and, time permitting, include these events in your itinerary.
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