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Take a Trip Through the Trees in Cathedral Grove

A truly magical trip through an enchanting forest of old growth trees is what you will find when entering the trails at Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park. Just a 45-minute drive from Nanaimo, Cathedral Grove is situated 16km East of Port Alberni. This forest provides visitors with amazing sights of ancient Douglas-Fir trees- some are more than 800 years old, ancient Western Red Cedar, owls, several types of woodpeckers, insects of all sorts, reptiles, amphibians, deer, elk, black bear, cougars and the Cameron River that flows through the park contains rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.

Top 10 Family Activities on Vancouver Island, Canada For Summer 2011

Greater Victoria

1) Beacon Hill Park familyinbeaconhillparkThe park offers walking trails, a wading pool, water fountains, picnic areas, monuments, sports fields and playgrounds, a band pavilion, and what was once the world's tallest t

Planes, Ferries & Automobiles: How to Get to Vancouver Island

nanaimoferryVancouver Island is located in the west of Vancouver, BC. Want to have a relaxing weekend away from the city? Come to Van Isle and enjoy the beautiful landscape of this unique little spot.

Why Nanaimo is a Perfect Basecamp for Exploring Vancouver Island

Nanaimo WaterfrontThe lovely "Harbour City" Nanaimo - also known as the "Bathtub Racing Capital of the World" is located on the East coast of the island. You will arrive either by ferry or by floatplane and will be in the perfect spot for making plans to discover the island. There are

Share Your Painted Turtle Guesthouse Experience with the World...

ptg3We love our guesthouse and as a group of staff who love our work and look forward to meeting new guests from all around the world each and every day - you could say we have a somewhat biased opinion! That is why we would like to

Planning a Bungee Jumping Weekend in Nanaimo

bungywildplay1It's one of these beautiful, sunny days in Nanaimo and you don't know what to do? Ever considered throwing yourself off a bridge? No? Well, then it's the right time to start thinking about it! The adrenaline seekers are perfectly right in Nanaimo.

How to Make Nanaimo Bars & Where to Buy Them If you Hate to Bake

barsfromnanaaimoThe so-called "Nanaimo bars" are - as the name says - Nanaimo's famous dessert.

Hiking Up Mount Benson in Scenic Nanaimo, BC

mountbenson1We have been planning to hike up Mt Benson roughly since we have been arrived on Van Isle.

Best Places to Eat in Nanaimo: $20 Bucks or Less

ginas-resturant-nanaimoFor weary world travellers, backpackers, families travelling to stretch a dollar, and businesses trying to stick to a budget - getting a good meal at a decent price is always a concern - no matter what city in Canada you are visiting. We have assembled a tried

Conde Naste Rates Vancouver Island the 'Top Island in North America' 9 Years In a Row

Nanaimo, the Harbour City is a stunning community centrally located on Vancouver Island. See for yourself why Conde Naste has rated Vancouver Island the top island in the Americas for the past 9 years!