Try This: A Local Food Adventure

This weekend three of us went on a Food Adventure. Now, I’m certainly not a foodie, but I like to eat. We were challenged to come up with a Food Adventure day trip when Alina chose it for her birthday adventure (birthday adventures are a ritual of ours… you can even read about another birthday adventure here: The Other Islands: Salt Spring Island). We thought the day should look like: breakfast, lunch, a snack, and dinner with some other activities in between to burn off the energy. Simple, right? Visiting local restaurants at least one of us hadn’t been to was another challenge we gave ourselves.

We started our day out in Cedar at the CoCo Café. This busy café is amazing! The food is delicious. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. The local artwork hung in the café changes often and it’s visually appealing. We even made a new friend who was excited to hear about our Food Adventure. The café has won many awards for its social objective to hire and train people with disabilities. The CoCo Café is a special place and that left us full and caffeinated for our next stop, Hemer Park. Continue reading “Try This: A Local Food Adventure”

Park Guide: Englishman River Falls

If you head a little ways north of Nanaimo, you find the Oceanside area of the Island.  The area includes the communities of Parksville, Qualicum, Coombs, and Errington, as well as a few more unincorporated communities.  Because of their close proximity to each other, you can usually visit a few spots in and around the communities on one trip here.

On a sunny March day, I headed out to grab a coffee in Parksville, visit Englishman River Falls in Errington, and enjoy dinner in Qualicum.  In the Oceanside area, I have a favourite thing to do in most of the communities (be it a market,  a beach, or a little brewery!) but I just haven’t spent much time in Errington to know much about it.  Exploring Englishman River Falls gave me the perfect opportunity to get out and play in this particular community! Continue reading “Park Guide: Englishman River Falls”

The Other Islands: Salt Spring Island

There are 3 of us that celebrate our birthdays each year by gifting each other a birthday adventure instead of a birthday present.  The idea has given us a great reason to get creative and find new things to explore and do right here on Vancouver Island.  There have been food tours, winery tours, spa trips, and boat trips, to name a few, but some of the most fun trips have been when we go to explore an “other island”.

How the adventures work is that 2 of us gift the birthday girl an adventure.  Once a date is decided, the 2 gifters make a plan that is almost always kept secret from the birthday girl and off we all go!  More often than not, we are doing something totally new for all of us and we’ve relied on the internet to find some cool places or things to do.  This is never truer than when we go on an adventure to one of the surrounding gulf islands on the outskirts of Vancouver Island. Continue reading “The Other Islands: Salt Spring Island”

Park Guide: Maffeo-Sutton Park

Maffeo-Sutton Park is our beloved waterfront park in Nanaimo, BC and is one of the most popular parks our little city has to offer! I work close by and spend more lunches than not wandering the paths, admiring the views, and getting my steps in!

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Park Guide: Neck Point

Looking for fairy homes? Smooth walking trails? Rocky beaches? A great spot for a yoga class? Head to Neck Point park!

Neck Point is a popular park in North Nanaimo. The parking lot is often full (there is additional parking on the road just outside the park). It’s a park loved by seniors walking dogs, children looking for small creatures, photographers capturing natural beauty, and couples on a romantic stroll. Continue reading “Park Guide: Neck Point”

Park Guide: Bright Angel Park

It’s February but you’d never know it from the weather today!  It was all sunshine, blue skies, and spring flowers today; one of those perfect days where you fall in love with where you live all over again and get tricked into thinking winter is over at the same time! Continue reading “Park Guide: Bright Angel Park”