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”
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’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!
Recently, we packed up the Jeep and ventured north, paddleboards and all! Since we started the blog, we’ve heard from a lot of people that we should go check out the Mount Waddington area of the island, in and around Port McNeill and Port Hardy. Turns out we know quite a few people who grew up in the area and they all gave us a bucket list of places to check out!
As a kid, I used to venture through Port Hardy in the summer as I caught the ferry to Prince Rupert with my family. Other than passing through in those times, I can’t remember spending much time in the North Island area otherwise.
Since we had limited experience with what to see and do in the North Island area, all the recommendations we got from our friends helped us discover that the area is FULL of stuff to do and things to see.
Having grown up on Vancouver Island, I’m fortunate that this island and its surroundings have always provided the backdrop to my camping experiences, hiking trips, and island adventures. Of course, as I got older and started exploring on my own, I found my favourites and, over the years, I’ve apparently developed a bit of a routine that helps make sure I visit these places as often as I can. One such place is Hornby Island. It’s my happy place and I’d be there every weekend if I could!
It’s Top 10 Tuesday and we’ve got a “treat” for you this week! We’ve listed the best places to get a donut (or do you spell it doughnut?!) around the island!
I have some pretty “sweet” childhood memories spinning in brown chairs and snacking on the famous-when-I-younger walnut crunches and Robin’s Eggs donuts when my Dad and I would visit at Robin’s Donuts at the old Harewood Mall in Nanaimo. When we came up with the idea for this post, I realized that donuts were a pretty important part of my childhood and I’ve always felt like they were just the best treat.
Growing up, my Dad worked shift work and would often leave me a donut for breakfast when he got home from night shift. We both love this memory and, fast forward to today, he was thrilled to help me research this post! In our research, we discovered we are clearly not the only ones who love donuts… All the donut shops on our list often sell out quickly (trust me, I had to go back a few times to complete my research) so be sure to go grab a donut early! To learn more about why this is our Top 10 List, read on below!