Shopping

A Guide to Central Vancouver Island’s Farmers’ Markets

Known for its moderate climate and impressive arts and culture scene, it is no wonder why Vancouver Island is a hotspot destination throughout the year. If you are considering visiting during the summertime, be on the lookout for all of the wonderful farmers’ markets that can be found. The central region of Vancouver Island is one particular area where you will find a farm market at every corner. ...

Farm Markets in Victoria and Sidney Worth Checking Out

Farm markets are a wonderful starting point for both locals and tourists to Vancouver Island who enjoy exploring new and different foods, engaging with the local farming community, and finding the freshest and best-tasting produce available. You can start by checking out these tourist favourites in both Victoria and Sidney, BC.

A Quick Guide to Shopping in Downtown Nanaimo

Nanaimo, a picturesque city centrally located on Vancouver Island, has long been considered a hub of British Columbia. While it was initially deemed “Hub City” because of its convenient location, it is now one of the top shopping destinations in the area. Downtown Nanaimo, in particular, is popular amongst art lovers, foodies, gift shoppers, and everyone in-between. From the packed bookstores to t...

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.

Local Artisans Turn Cowichan Valley, BC Into a Collector’s Haven

Guest Blog: If you get the chance to visit  Cowichan Valley, BC, there are actually some of the best and the top local artisans there, ready to blow your mind with their various works of art.Some of the famous ones include Mary Fox Pottery, Jo Ludwig and Ken Broadland. These three have certainly taken their craft into a whole new level. Whether you are looking for an eye catching addition for your...

Enjoy a day of Leisure at the Harbor Quay in Port Alberni

Guest Blog: Good Coffee, Great Crowd, Superb Location – Served Hot at the Harbor Quay I have done a lot of traveling and know that most vacations are typically spent at a breakneck pace – constantly keeping up with an itinerary, dashing here and there to check out places to see, sample local dishes and everything else in between.Not particularly relaxing, eh? Which is why its practical to spend at...

Satisfy your sweet cravings at Chemainus’ very own candy land

Guest Blog: Hansel and Gretel’s Candy Company – A Sweets Haven in Chemainus, BC, Vancouver Island A lot of us share fond memories of candies and sweets overload during childhood. In fact, it’s always a highlight for many important events.However, a lot of people may have not outgrown this predilection to chocolates, toffees and bonbons.If you are planning to visit Chemainus, make sure to visit Han...

Gabriola Island is a Wonderful Day Trip from Nanaimo

I just spent a day on Gabriola Island and in a word it was very relaxing. Gabriola is a large scenic gulf island – just a 20 minute ferry ride from downtown Nanaimo, BC on Vancouver Island. Gabriola Island is 14 km (9 miles) long and 4 km (2 miles wide), has many parks and is a wonderful place to unwind. It was a beautiful summer day but not too hot. The average summer temperature is a very comfor...

Antique Row in Victoria BC is a Shoppers’ Delight

Antique Row in Victoria BC is a delightful section of downtown Victoria on Vancouver Island . Some say Victoria is more English than England with Antique Row to prove it. It is a three-block section of Fort Street labeled “Antique Row”. Victoria in British Columbia is about as British as it comes. This section of the city has many well-preserved Edwardian or Victoria buildings where a number of th...

Shopping at The Bay Centre in Victoria’s Inner Harbour

From Government Street, stretching out to Chinatown, about 8 blocks away, you will find the primo shopping district of Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Kicking off the shopping right at Government Street, is The Bay Centre, which had been previously known as the Victoria Eaton Centre. It is the start point of the main shopping drag. From The Bay, the landmarks of the Harbour: The Royal BC Museum, the Pro...

Nanaimo’s Waterfront Promenade

Nanaimo, on the eastern side of Vancouver Island, has some 200 parks that range from waterfront beaches to lakes to forests and everything in between. Almost all have really excellent walking trails. Nanaimo has one of most beautiful harbours on the West Coast– the waterfront promenade is truly the jewel of the city.  The historic Bastion, the last genuine Hudson’s Bay Company trading post in exis...

Roger’s Amazing Chocolate on Victoria’s Inner Harbour

When I first heard Roger’s Chocolates Mission Statement – To enrich people’s lives by creating cherished memories – one chocolate at a time! – I was touched.  First of all, I’m in favour of enriching peoples’ lives, by any means, and creating memories, but to be honest, it really is the ‘one chocolate at a time’ part that most piqued my interest. The more I’ve learned about this ‘yummy’ company, t...

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