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”
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.
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”
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”
Moorecroft Park used to be known as “Camp Moorecroft” and was purchased by the Regional District of Nanaimo in 2011. There are future plans to expand the amenities in the park such as adding picnic shelters and play areas, as well as removing some older buildings. Bring along a picnic, a pair of comfy shoes and a bike and you’ll be set to enjoy the features of the park!
I’ve wanted to do this hike for years and just never made it there… Either it was too rainy when I got to Tofino or I was in Tofino to go to the beach or another event. If I’m being honest, I also thought this hike was in Ucluelet (not Tofino like it actually is!) so it was probably best I waited for a friend to suggest we go and tag along with them so I actually got where I planned to go!