Go Hiking to the Bomber Plane Crash in Tofino

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!

I’m talking about the hike to the famous Canso Bomber plane crash site in Tofino.  Starting near Radar Hill, you walk through some dense West Coast rain forest, a genuine muddy bog, an absolute maze of tree roots, and around a crater lake left by bomb detonations after the crash.  In total, the hike was only about 4.9km rountrip, but it was certainly one of the more interesting short hikes I’ve ever done!   Continue reading “Go Hiking to the Bomber Plane Crash in Tofino”

Top 10 List: Best Donuts on Vancouver Island

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.

  1. Billy G’s Donuts, Coombs, BC
  2. Bigfoot Donuts, Courtenay, BC
  3. Empire Donuts, Victoria, BC
  4. Yonni’s Doughnuts, Victoria, BC
  5. Rhino Tofino, Tofino, BC
  6. The Donut Shop, Port Alberni, BC
  7. Cumberland Village Bakery, Cumberland, BC
  8. Mad Dawg Donuts, Nanaimo, BC
  9. Perks Donuts, Campbell River, BC
  10. Columbia Bakery, Nanaimo, BC

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!

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Top 10 List: Best Places to Brunch around the Island

It’s Top 10 Tuesday and this week we’ve got our list of Fav Places to Brunch in the spotlight!  To me, brunching is synonymous with a Sunday sleep-in, getting ready leisurely, going for a drive to one of these places, enjoying a delicious meal, and then continuing the adventure somewhere/somehow.  Doesn’t that just sound like Heaven?!

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Brunching is one of my most favourite things to do so this was a hard list to keep to just 10 places but here it is!  Our Top 10 Places to Brunch around the Island 🙂

  1. Riso, Lantzville, BC
  2. Blue Fox Cafe, Victoria, BC
  3. Gabriel’s, Nanaimo, BC
  4. The Hen & Hog, Courtenay, BC
  5. Middle Beach Lodge, Tofino, BC
  6. Mom’s Cafe, Sooke, BC
  7. The Roost Vineyard Bistro , Saanich, BC
  8. Smoke N Water, Nanoose, BC
  9. Swale Rock Cafe, Port Alberni, BC
  10. The Killer Whale Cafe, Telegraph Cove, BC

The Island is great for it’s brunching options, from the Mom & Pop style kitchens to the upscale resorts to specialty buffets and I admit this list is nowhere close to complete.  But what I can say is that I always have a good time at these places and have eaten very delicious food.  I highly recommend you go check them out if you haven’t already! Continue reading below for more information and a little about why these places made our list.

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Try This: Run in a Race on a Weekend Getaway!

Celebrating Mother’s Day today with my Mom and my family, I couldn’t help but think about everything Moms do for their families.  I’m quite certain everyone describes their Mom as a super hero and we’re all right about that!  Moms really do hold so many different job titles, like Counsellor, Chauffeur, Banker, Hair Stylist, Referee, Chef, Mentor, Event Coordinator, Teacher, and Nurse (and I don’t believe for a second that is all of them!).

While I’m not a mom myself, I’m surrounded by some of the most amazing Moms ever.  My family, my friends, and my coworkers all have the best, funniest, craziest, and ridiculous stories about their kids.  I love hearing all of them!  I also love being there for all the Moms in my life when they need to get away 😉

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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: 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”