Try This: Attend Sointula Winterfestival!

Forty two years ago a few tree planters got together in the fall to sell their crafts for some extra dough before Christmas. That first event led to the creation of an annual event that has evolved to highlight much of the talent within the community and beautifully showcase local musicians and artists.

Fast forward to 2018 and Sointula’s Winterfestival is a highlight of the fall season! The whole Malcolm Island community and people from near and far gather for the festival consisting of workshops, a craft fair, and entertainment. Now, this isn’t just a few tables selling knitted dish cloths and wooden bowls… This is a huge event for the island and the whole community is involved!

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Try This: Seek Out a Local Film Fest

Film festivals are something near and dear to my heart.  I love seeing new and interesting ideas and perspectives come to life and supporting  independent film makers.  Independent films, both short and feature-length, tend to focus more on storytelling than fancy visual and special effects of film making.  This creates a different kind of movie-going experience that is more unique and often more memorable.

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In addition, the festival atmosphere frequently puts you in a position to talk with the film makers directly and you can leave with even more understanding of the story and intention behind the film.  Many festivals are scheduled through the fall and winter so they align pretty perfectly with days you’d probably prefer to stay indoors with a big bucket of popcorn and a good story anyway.   Continue reading “Try This: Seek Out a Local Film Fest”

Park Guide: Holland Creek

Tucked away at the top of Ladysmith, you’ll find Holland Creek. The whole trail system here can take you from Transfer Beach to Heart Lake and Stocking Lake, so whatever you are in the mood for (distance and difficulty), you’ll find it here.

My favourite trail here is the Holland Creek Loop Trail. Marked by the yellow markers, you can start in a couple different places. The easiest one I’ve found is just down the road from the Police Station. There is a small parking lot at the corner of Methuen and 6th Ave where you can connect to the trails and start the Loop Trail. Continue reading “Park Guide: Holland Creek”

Park Guide: Arbutus Trails and the Whimsical Forest

In the heart of Qualicum, we found a Whimsical Forest, full of toys, creatures, signs, and odd ball items that made a walk through the forest more entertaining than ever!  When you think of Qualicum, I think we all picture the beautiful beach but if you head up from the beach, you’ll find Ravensong, a community centre with a skate park, ball field, pool and BMX track.  We were here in search of the Whimsical Forest, something that when described sounds a bit like an urban myth!

True to its name, the Whimsical Forest was a little difficult to find at first.  We discovered a trail entrance in the right area and assumed we were on the right path, but we later discovered we mistakenly walked through the Arbutus Trails on our search for whimsy. We asked every person we passed about the forest creatures but no one knew what we were talking about. At first it almost seemed like it didn’t exist, adding more mystery to the experience.

The Arbutus Trails  

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Park Guide: Cathedral Grove & Malcolm Community Park

We both love ice cream, but it’s kind of a guilty pleasure! In the past, we have tried to make sure we do something active in order to earn the treat and it’s special day (read: usually pretty hot and always very sunny!) when we indulge in a cone.  Turns out we might suffer from a bit of “treat guilt”!

We had a couple hours one day and at least one of us (it was Alina!) had a craving for ice cream and so naturally we thought of a trip to Whiskey Creek Store. This place is famous for its ice cream cones and it has over 30 flavours from Island Farms so you can be either be daring and try something new or else go for your favourite flavour each time.  Either way, you’re sure to enjoy every bite! We decided to turn the trip into an adventure and get a few steps in first to at least earn the treat.   Continue reading “Park Guide: Cathedral Grove & Malcolm Community Park”

Try This: South Island Kid Adventure

I had a week off recently and was able to take my niece on another adventure!  You might remember my last adventure with my niece – our Sunday Funday Kid Adventure! My niece is 7 now and when you put a 7-year-old in charge of the day, you know it’s going to be both crazy busy but also heaps of fun!

We started the day with our pancake breakfast tradition before turning the car south and heading to Duncan.  Here, my niece got to choose between the BC Forest Museum or the The Birds of Prey Visitor Centre.  She chose the Visitor Centre and off we went to see The Raptors.  From the moment we arrived, she was fascinated… actually, we both were!  From owls to eagles to vultures to kookaburras to an actual real-life stork, my niece zoomed around, reading all the birds’ stories and calling to them.  We stayed for a flying demonstration and had eagles, hawks, and owls swish by our heads within inches.  My niece, an animal lover, loved getting to know more about all the birds and being able to be so close to birds that are normally only seen from a distance.   Continue reading “Try This: South Island Kid Adventure”