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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Try this: Attend a Local Craft Beer Fest

We recently went to the Kinsmen Beer Festival in Nanaimo. Being a Beer Fest newbie, I thought I’d let you know what to expect, tell you about my experience there, and share some upcoming beer fests. Continue reading “Try this: Attend a Local Craft Beer Fest”

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”

Try this: Celebrate your birthday with a private tasting at a local brewery

Who says birthday parties are just for kids?  Not me! In fact, I still have a few annual birthday rituals and having a party is one that hasn’t changed since I was a kid!

While the type of party has certainly changed and the beverage of choice has shifted from Orange Crush or Rootbeer to something more “adult” (read: generally containing alcohol), I still honour some of the birthday traditions I started as a kid.  For instance, I almost always take the day off.  These days, a free day to sleep in, move at a leisurely pace, and not worry about the office is a pretty wonderful gift to give yourself! Continue reading “Try this: Celebrate your birthday with a private tasting at a local brewery”