Parks & Gardens

Camping at Fillongley Provincial Park, on Denman Island

Sitting on the beach at Fillongley Provincial Park on Denman Island, I can hear waves crashing over a rocky beach. Hornby Island, on the other side of Lambert Channel looks close enough to swim to, and I wouldn’t doubt a few people have tried. With a Canadian Flag waving from a beach-front home a few meters away and Canada Geese flying low and loud along the coast, I feel iconically Canadian; this...

Nanaimo Parks to Explore for a Full Outdoor Experience

Nanaimo has long been considered a go-to destination for many throughout the world. While it is true that the city is full of mouth-watering restaurants, unique shops, and much more, today we are going to take a look at a few of the best parks for some of the city’s top outdoor activities. The surrounding wilderness is perfect for those interested in hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, and sim...

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.

Enjoy Vancouver Island Resorts and the Nearby Wildlife

When you decide to book your stay at one of the top Vancouver Island resorts in BC, it is a great idea to check out the many nearby parks and wildlife destinations that you can include in your itinerary. As many would agree, the Island is at its best when experienced outdoors with a vast, unspoiled wilderness area that will leave you breathless. All resorts are close to nature with wildlife nearby...

Top Venues to say “I do” on Vancouver Island

Choosing to say your “I do’s” on Vancouver Island is a decision you will be thanking yourself for many years to come. There are a wide range of Vancouver Island wedding venues that will serve as the perfect backdrop to your special day, whether you have envisioned yourself getting married on a beautiful farm, on the beach, or in a stunning garden. Vancouver Island is not only a wonderful place to ...

Parksville’s Paradise Fun Park: It’s Fun for Any Age!

Known for its picturesque landscape and large sandy beaches, Parksville is just one of those places you won’t want to skip visiting on your trip to Vancouver Island. Many people known Parksville for its world-renowned sandcastle-building competition, but there is another reason why including a visit to the city should definitely be worked into your itinerary. Paradise Fun Park is a one-of-a-kind a...

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...

Come to Point Ellice House and Gardens in Victoria for a Cup of Tea

Point Ellice House and Gardens in Victoria, BC appeals to many visitors looking to enjoy everything related to the Victorian era. It was built in 1861 and became home in 1867 for Peter and Cathleen O’Reilly, and their four children: Frank, Kathleen, Mary Augusta, and Arthur (also known as Jack). Many come to see the family belongings still frozen in time, or to stroll through the beautiful gardens...

Vancouver Island’s Ronning Gardens in Port Hardy are a Labour of Love

If you are planning a trip to Vancouver Island this year, there is one destination you must be sure to visit. Ronning Gardens can be found in a remote spot on the northwest tip of Vancouver Island and is a spectacular destination that should not be missed. Established by Norwegian settler Bernt Ronning in the early 1900s, these Vancouver Island gardens span roughly 5 acres and are home to a wide r...

Butchart Gardens

Gardens of Vancouver Island Butchart Gardens is a fabulous garden on Vancouver Island, 23 kilometers north of Victoria and 20 kilometers south of the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. Jennie Butchart began building this extraordinary, world-known garden over 100 years ago. With various pathways throughout the numerous flowers, this is an easy yet fun place to experience.  For admission prices click here....

The Top Beaches of Vancouver Island

There are many exceptional beaches on Vancouver Island.  Some of these beaches surpass the beauty and grandeur of the best in the world. Many of them are part of the rugged costal wilderness that makes Vancouver Island magnificent.  Here are some of the top beaches on the Island, taking a drive north from Nanaimo, around the northern edge then across and up the Pacific Rim from Victoria to Tofino.

Exploring Vancouver Island: Hidden Gems along Canada’s West Coast

Guest Post: Vancouver Island, home to some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the world, encompasses 285 miles of pristine wilderness along the Western coast of Canada. Stretching from the Juan de Fuca Strait in the south to Queen Charlotte Sound at its northernmost tip, Vancouver Island attractions include old-growth rainforests, alpine habitats, labyrinthine waterways, and fjord-like coas...

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