Outdoor Adventures

“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...

A Day in the Life of an Island Boater

I’ve been an island girl most of my life, but spending 24 hours on board a Tanzer 7.5, sailing and motoring from Schooner Cover Marina in Nanoose Bay to the Thetis Island Marina and Pub with stops at Gabriola Island’s Silva Bay Marina has deepened my appreciation and awe of this beautiful place we call home.

Vancouver Island Activities for the Adventure-Seeker

Vancouver Island attracts people all over the world year-round for many reasons, including the huge amount of outdoor activities for adventure-seekers. You can go bungee jumping in Nanaimo, skydiving in Campbell River, and storm watching in Tofino – there is no shortage of adrenaline-pumping activities here. Widely known for having stunning mountains, beautiful beaches, and breathtaking forests, V...

Summer Fun: Vancouver Island Tubing in Cowichan River

Vancouver Island is undoubtedly a top destination for many outdoor lovers, as there are numerous opportunities for kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, camping, fishing, and more. Yet another adventurous outdoor activity that is a bit lesser known is tubing – riding inner tubes along water. Vancouver Island tubing is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike, and for good reason. Considered the ...

Kayaking on Vancouver Island offers Plenty of Adventure

If you are planning a vacation to Vancouver Island, booking a kayaking adventure is an absolute must. Kayaking on Vancouver Island means many different things, as there are options for white water kayaking, sea kayaking, and even kayaking with killer whales! Vancouver Island has more than 3,000km of coastline, thousands of lakes, and an intricate river system that offers up adventure on the water ...

Vancouver Island Campgrounds in Tofino and Ucluelet BC

No outdoor adventure is complete without a little camping in Tofino and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, BC. Which of their campgrounds would suit your needs? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular campsites.

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...

Dive into Underwater Fun at Vancouver Island Beaches

If you’re looking for an amazing diving vacation, make your way to the famous Vancouver Island beaches that offer underwater fun and exploration. You will have the thrill of diving into coastal waters at some of the world’s best diving destinations. In fact, the international diving community considers Vancouver Island waters the second best—the first is the Red Sea—in terms of marine life diversi...

Beginners’ Kayaking Tips for Travel to Vancouver Island

If you are planning to travel to Vancouver Island this spring or summer, chances are kayaking is high on your list of things to do. Whether it is a lifelong goal of yours or just something you want to try your hand at while visiting our beautiful island, kayaking in the waterways is a unique experience you won’t soon forget. There are numerous different companies throughout the Island that offer g...

Port McNeill, BC: Where Eco-Adventures Begin

Located on the spectacular shores of Vancouver Island’s northern tip, Port McNeill, BC, is a hotspot for eco-adventurers. Much of the action begins at the marina where sailboats, yachts, kayaks, cruise ships, ferries, and seaplanes come and go, day in and day out. The village is also dubbed the “Gateway to the Broughton Archipelago,” the biggest marine park in British Columbia, Canada. Beyond its ...

Traveling by Ferry offers Plenty of Great Vancouver Island Scenery

When visiting Vancouver Island, you will quickly learn that ferry is one of the more efficient modes of transportation. Not only are there many different ferry routes that allow you to easily navigate the province, but also there are other bonus benefits that make traveling by ferry a necessity. Opting for water-based transport in some cases is one of the best ways to get an unlimited supply of fr...

Parksville, BC: A Great Place to Visit for Beach and Outdoors Lovers

Parksville, BC is a favorite destination for nature lovers on Vancouver Island. Located just 30 minutes north of Nanaimo’s ferry terminals and bordered by mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Parksville boasts mild winters that allow for leisurely exploration of the stunning tidal sand flats, coastal wildlife viewing, year-round golf, and so much more. Situated on the south-central coast of Vancouver ...

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