The Other Islands: Hornby Island

April 1 is coming up quickly and it’s one of the random dates on the calendar we pay attention to.  “Why?” you might wonder… Well, it’s because it is the date many campgrounds open their reservations for the year and Tribune Bay Campsite, on Hornby Island, is one of those campgrounds!  We always mark the April 1 date… Not for those April’s Fools pranks, but to make sure we get our summer camping reservation!

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Top 10 List: Island Spa Experiences

Kicking off our Top 10 Lists is a list of the top spa experiences around the Island for pure relaxation, rejuvenation, and quality ME time.

  1. Tigh-Na-Mara Resort & Grotto Spa, Parksville, BC
  2. Kingfisher Resort & Pacific Mist Spa, Courtenay, BC
  3. Bear Mountain Resort & Sante Spa, Victoria, BC
  4. Black Rock Oceanfront Resort & Drift SpaUcluelet, BC
  5. Old House Hotel & Ohspa, Courtenay, BC
  6. Pure Spa, Coast Hotel, Nanaimo, BC
  7. Villa Eyrie Resort & Tuscan SpaMalahat, BC (near Victoria)
  8. Brentwood Bay Resort & Spa, Sidney, BC
  9. Wickaninnish Inn & Ancient Cedars Spa, Tofino, BC
  10. Galiano Oceanfront Inn & Madrona del Mar Spa, Galiano Island, BC

Each spa has its own distinct features and each one ultimately celebrates our beautiful Island in very cool ways.  To learn more about why this is our Top 10 List, read on below!

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Day Trip: Sunday Funday Kid Adventure

I’m a fan of Sunday Fundays.  Somehow that label makes whatever you do that day more fun and I love how basically everything qualifies as a Sunday Funday.  Sometimes it’s a movie day in bed or a picnic in the park and sometimes it’s a game at the field or a random adventure to somewhere we haven’t been yet.  One day, my niece called me and asked if I could take her horseback riding and it seemed like a perfect thing to do on a Sunday Funday.

I decided I wanted to take my niece on a whole day adventure, hopefully ending with the horseback ride.  I didn’t want to wander too far from home but wanted to get outside and explore a bit.  My niece is adventurous so I knew she’d be happy with my plan.  She also LOVES animals (hence the horseback ride request!) and I decided to work with that. Continue reading “Day Trip: Sunday Funday Kid Adventure”

Day Trip: West Coast Kid Adventure

Just in time for spring break, here’s a post for all the families out there!  Last year, my nephew asked me to take him to Tofino and Ucluelet so he could see it for himself for the first time.  Any reason is a good reason to go to the West Coast in my books, but going with someone who hasn’t been there yet is a special kind of trip!  I couldn’t wait to see show him the magic of the West Coast and experience it for the first time again through his eyes.

We planned it as a day trip, so I made sure he knew it would be an early morning and we’d be driving a lot.  Leaving from Nanaimo, it’s about a 2.5-3 hour to the junction where it’s a left turn to Ucluelet and a right turn to Tofino. Continue reading “Day Trip: West Coast Kid Adventure”

Park Guide: Rosewall Creek

Rosewall Creek Provincial Park is located between Qualicum Beach and Courtenay, in the little hamlet of Fanny Bay. It is right off Highway 19A on Berray Road and is really easy to find. Alina and I hiked up the trail several years ago with my dog (who has now passed away) and the three of us really enjoyed the park. So, when she messaged me one Saturday afternoon to see if I wanted to go again my answer was “yup!”.  I’m always ready to Get Out & Play and this was especially true that day because I was just at home cleaning! Continue reading “Park Guide: Rosewall Creek”

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”