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Family Summer Guide 2018 L iving on Vancouver Island, with limitless possibilities for summer fun, it’s tempting to pack into one day what you might normally fit into a month. While we’re not suggesting you give into that temptation—summer is, after all, a time to slow down and catch our breath—there’s a reason the days are longer this time of year! As summer stretches out before us, it’s a good time to custom-design your family’s summer bucket list. Travels near? Far? A first camping trip? With Vancouver Island as the backdrop, take time to enjoy the scenery and warm weather with your family. Scale a peak in one of the Island’s provincial parks, float on
an inner tube down an Island river, or sleep under the stars in your backyard. Visit a water park. Learn to kayak. Or canoe. Hear live music at one of the many Island summer festivals. Dive into an ice cream sundae. Challenge someone to a watermelon seed-spitting contest. Stage a water fight. Decorate your bikes and host a neighbourhood bike parade. Sleep in. Stay up late. No matter what you have planned this summer—or what just happens—we hope this year’s Family Summer Guide helps you
parks, weather, ferry travel, road conditions, and tourist information. The Summer Calendar highlights what’s happening on the Island in July and August. Just remember to factor in enough time to relax and enjoy each other’s company and our beautiful surroundings. Happy Summer.
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Whether you have toddlers, tots, tikes, ’tweens or teens, there’s lots to keep everyone busy and having fun this summer. From one end of Vancouver Island to the other—and every place in between—adventure and discovery await. Whatever your family’s favourite adventure, finding fun and excitement this summer is easy. For proof—and ideas—read on…
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Victoria has installed state-of-the art technology for an experience so real you’ll forget you’re in a theatre. Home to one of the very few IMAX 4K laser projection systems in the world, IMAX Victoria delivers a visual experience that will take your breath away, immersed by a surround sound system so precise you can hear a pin drop from across the room—and know exactly where it fell.
Get into the waves and on to the Wibit! Victoria’s only wave pool with a 10m waterslide, diving boards, Wibit inflatable, rope swing and loads of fun! Enjoy 4 ozone treated pools, steamroom, sauna and swirlpool. Family changerooms and family rate of just $13.50. Birthday party packages, library, café and free parking. This world class facility is a ‘must-visit’ for out of town guests! 4636 Elk Lake Drive saanich.ca 24 hour info: 250-475-7620
Stop in and transport the family to a Panda Conservation Centre for unprecedented access to a behind the scenes look at the King Kong of cute, into the mysterious world of ancient Egypt, on a toe-tapping, handclapping trip through the history of music or spend the evening immersed in a Hollywood feature film. Full list of films available online or by phone.
Whatever you choose to see, you know it will be an adventure. Shows play hourly throughout the day with full-length feature films in the evening. Concession and National Geographic Gift Store on site. IMAX Victoria In the Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St imaxvictoria.com 250-480-4887
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The Raptors, located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, offers compelling and interactive experiences with a variety of birds of prey species including eagles, hawks, owls, falcons and more! Get closer than you ever imagined to these intelligent, majestic predators during our daily flying demonstrations, educational talks and hands-on encounters. Open Daily from 10:30am to 5:00pm. Flying Demos at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. 1877 Herd Road, Duncan 250-746-0372 the-raptors.com
Dirt Bike Rides at Westshore Motocross Park. Rentals, lessons and parties for all ages. No experience necessary. 2207 Millstream Road, Langford 250-590-8088 westshoremx.com Welcome to the amazing world of insects and arachnids! Discover roughly 50 species of giant walking sticks, alien-eyed praying mantis, huge horned beetles, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, hairy tarantulas, and Canada’s largest captive leafcutter ant colony. Our animals are live and you get to hold them in a safe and fun environment! Open daily. Located in downtown Victoria, one block north of the Empress Hotel. 631 Courtney Street 250-384-BUGS (2847) victoriabugzoo.ca
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites March or run; spy or signal your position; climb or go underground at Fort Rodd Hill, a 100-year-old coast artillery fort. Then steer a ship; sound the fog horn; master the games inside Fisgard, the oldest lighthouse on the west coast. Participate in spectacular special events planned for the summer, pick-up an Xplorer activity book and stay overnight in one of our new oTENTik tents. These special places, only 15 minutes west of downtown Victoria, are so cool. Admission is FREE for youth age 17 and under. 250-478-5849 pc.gc.ca/fortroddhill Facebook.com/FortRoddFisgardNHS Twitter.com/FortRoddFisgard
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Lace up your hiking boots, grab your walking stick, a snack and a bottle of water, and head on out to enjoy the sights. The following listing includes some of our local trails and walkways. To find more in your area, visit crd.bc.ca/parks or vancouverisland.com/trails.
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Beacon Hill Park. This 74-hectare park near downtown Victoria offers trails meandering through meadows, gardens and trees, along with a petting zoo, an 18-hole putting green (bring your own clubs and balls), splash park and playground. Walk up to the lookout for views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and Washington’s Olympic Mountains. Stroll past the duck ponds, over a bridge, through beautiful gardens, and find what was once the world’s tallest free-standing totem pole. The Cameron Bandshell features a variety of free concerts
points/day trips are available online from the CRD website: crd.bc.ca/parks, then select “Find a Park.”
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary consists of two distinct areas: marshy lowlands surrounding Swan Lake; and the rocky, oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. The 12,000-year-old lake is a rich habitat for a variety of birds and wildlife including muskrats, river otters and mink. Circle the lake along a 2.5-km trail but be aware that the boardwalk is
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during the summer (victoria.ca/cityvibe). beaconhillpark.ca. Galloping Goose Regional Trail. This 60-km partly paved trail (formerly a railway line) winds from Victoria to Sooke with access points along the way. Walk, run or cycle. Start in the heart of the city or drive out to a rural access point for more of a country experience. gallopinggoosetrail.com. The 29-km Lochside Regional Trail starts in Saanich and ends at the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay. In some places trail visitors must share paved or gravel public roads with motor vehicles and farm vehicles. Trail maps and suggested access
closed until its grand opening fall 2018. A full-lake loop is still possible, thanks to a temporary detour. Stop in at the Nature House for a map of the alternate route and to see interpretive displays. For more of a hike, the summit of Christmas Hill is 109 metres above sea level and gives a spectacular view of the city. Call 250-479-0211 or visit swanlake.bc.ca for info, to download a trail map or to check out the various programs for kids and families.
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passenger ferry from Sidney to Sidney Island (25 minutes). Explore the sandy spit at the northeast end or hike around the whole island. You’ll see tidal flats, salt marshes, rolling meadows and sandy beaches, not to mention various wildlife. Walk-in camping is also available for those who want to stay longer. The ferry leaves from Sidney Pier at the bottom of Beacon Avenue. From June 30-Sept 3, the ferry leaves Sidney Marina at 10am, 11:30am, 2pm, or 4pm (5:30pm Friday and Saturday only), and returns from Sidney Spit at 10:30am, 1pm, 3pm or 4:30pm (6pm Friday and Saturday only). Group reservations available. For more information, visit alpinegroup.ca or call 250-474-5145.
Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park in Metchosin. More than 5 kms of beautiful trails run through woodland, past lagoon and marsh. Watch for birds as you meander down to the sandy beach. The warm water means you can actually swim in the ocean (that’s rare around here). Add a low tide and this beach becomes a paradise for skim boarders, beachcombers and swimmers alike. The Nature House at the trailhead has some great hands-on displays. Approximately 40 minutes from downtown Victoria, on Metchosin Road. crd.bc.ca/ parks. Roche Cove Regional Park in East Sooke. Picnic at the protected cove after an easy walk from the parking area. Wander the 7 kms of trails through cedar forest and along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail. Hike along a cool creek or climb a mossy slope for hilltop views of Roche Cove and the Sooke Basin. Roche Cove is also a good access point for the Galloping Goose Trail. Head out on Sooke Road, turn left on Gillespie Road (just past the 17 Mile Pub), which leads to the park entrance on the left. Approximately 45 minutes driving time from Victoria. crd.bc.ca/parks. East Sooke Regional Park offers 50 kms of trails along the windswept rocky coast, over dry hilltops, through dark rainforest to sheltered coves. Find pocket beaches, grassy knolls, rocky bays and tidepools for exploring. Aylard Farm is popular with picnickers and those looking for an easy excursion. A 5-minute walk through open fields leads to a sandy beach. Trails head inland to hilltop views, or along the rugged, more challenging Coast Trail. From Sooke Road, turn left on Gillespie Road. Go to the end and turn left on East Sooke Road, then IslandParent.ca
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right on Becher Bay Road to reach the park route with good picnic spots. Maps for the entrance. Approximately one hour driving footpath can be picked up at the Duncan time from Victoria. crd.bc.ca/parks. Visitor Information Centre.
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Francis King Regional Park is 113 hectares of lush forest and wildflowers with 11 kms of gentle groomed trails. The Elsie King Trail is a forest loop of cedar boardwalk (wheelchair and stroller accessible) that includes interpretive signs and rest areas with benches and a shelter. Visit the staffed Nature House (noon-4pm Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays) for some interesting displays. Located on Munn Road, off Prospect Lake Road, 13 kms out of downtown Victoria. crd.bc.ca/parks. Thetis Lake. Go for a hike on the scenic trails hugging Upper and Lower Thetis lakes. For panoramic views of the lakes and surrounding hills, follow the more challenging trails up Seymour or Scafe hills. Help protect this sensitive habitat by staying on designated trails and keeping pets on the trail. The beach area of Thetis Lake is perfect for a family picnic or swim, although it tends to be crowded in the summer. If you have a canoe, try an early morning or evening paddle. From the Old Island Highway, turn right on Six Mile Road which leads to the park entrance. Pay parking: $2.25 for the day or $20 for the season. crd.bc.ca/parks. Goldstream Provincial Park. Take a trip into the old-growth temperate rainforest, just 17 kms from downtown Victoria. Douglas fir, giant maples and Western red cedars make this park a local favourite. Goldstream offers year-round activities with its riverside trails, salmon spawning, wildflowers, ferns and lush vegetation. Visit the Nature House or look for one of the old mine shafts from the late 1800s when miners panned for gold. 250-478-9414 or goldstreampark.com.
Cowichan River Footpath. The lower stretch of the footpath, from the Cowichan Fish and Game Association clubhouse to Skutz Falls, is a well-maintained trail, beautiful at any time of the year, with many excellent picnicking spots. To access the Duncan trailhead, drive north from Victoria on the Trans-Canada Highway (#1) to Duncan. Turn left at Miller Road and left again at Vaux Road. Follow Vaux (which changes its name to Robertson Road) for approx 6 kms to the Fish and Game Clubhouse parking lot. There is a 2.4-km circle route to Holt Creek and a 6.4-km circle 14 Family Summer Guide
Hemer Provincial Park is located on Holden Lake southeast of Nanaimo. There is a network of shady forested trails, including a main trail running alongside the lake, and a bird viewing platform overlooking
a marsh, approximately 1 km from the parking lot. You may see various types of ducks, Trumpeter swans, Bald eagles, turkey vultures and beavers. From Cedar Road follow the signs to the park entrance. Cable Bay Trail leads down through the cool forest to the ocean. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the mossy rocks, and watch for sea lions. The beach itself is sandstone and is under water when the tide is in. Two kms of well-maintained trail is fairly steep on the way back up, so make sure young hikers don’t use up all their energy at the shore. Off Holden Corso Road (which becomes Barnes Road); watch for the sign. This is a popular trail for dog walkers, but it doesn’t tend to be crowded.
Buttertubs Marsh Bird Sanctuary encompasses 49 acres of natural wetlands and grasslands. The 3.3-km loop of wide trail is level and perfect for strollers. You’ll make your way around a body of water buzzing with bird activity. Some ruins in the area, as well as the giant bleached remains of long-dead deciduous trees standing in the water give the marsh a wonderful ambience. No dogs allowed. 1780 Jingle Pot Road.
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Pipers Lagoon Park past Departure Bay off Hammond Bay Road is a great place to walk, beachcomb, fly a kite or have a picnic. An isthmus extends out to a rocky headland, and twisting trails lead to seaside lookouts. Spread your blanket on the sandy beach or play Frisbee or Bocce on the field. The lagoon is home to a variety of seabirds, including sandpipers, loons, kingfishers, oystercatchers, horned grebes and great blue herons. Neck Point Park is a short distance past Pipers Lagoon. This oceanside park includes forest, beaches, rocky cliffs and lookouts. Explore the various trails criss-crossing the park, watch the boats on the ocean, do some beachcombing, and just enjoy the sea breezes and sparkling water. Go along Hammond Bay Road, past the turn-off to Pipers Lagoon, then turn onto Morningside Drive to access the park.
The Top Bridge Trail in Parksville links Rathtrevor Beach with Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park on the scenic Englishman River. The trail is 5km each way and winds through public and private property, with a number of access points (a local favourite is at Industrial Way and Tuan Road). Enter from the Chattell Road trailhead and you’ll be at the suspension bridge over the river. The Information Centre at the south end of town will provide directions.
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Cathedral Grove – MacMillan Park is a day-use park just past Cameron Lake on Highway 4. View some of the largest and oldest trees on Vancouver Island, including over-800-year-old giants and lush vegetation on the interpretive trail system that winds through the park. Cathedral Grove is approximately 20 minutes from Parksville. Stamp River Provincial Park near Port Alberni is over 327 hectares of forests, rivers and waterfalls. Explore the 2 kms of hiking trails along the river, past fish ladders and crashing waterfalls. Starting in late August, spawning Sockeye salmon begin making their way up the Stamp River. The park is a 20-minute drive from town on Beaver Creek Road. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The stretch of Pacific Rim National Park between Ucluelet and Tofino boasts magnificent beaches and dramatic seascapes (and many tourists!). Check in with the
Tourist Information Centre at the UclueletTofino-Port Alberni Junction to find out about trails, beaches, eateries and activities. pc.gc.ca The Wild Pacific Trail in Pacific Rim Park. Follow the cliff-edges along the extreme outer coast, including the Amphitrite Point Lighthouse site. You’ll be able to view the ocean’s fury from the protection of the trail and from viewing platforms situated at the best headlands along the route. You’ll also be awed by the gigantic nurse-logs, raised root systems, mosses, fungi, lichens and ferns. The trail can be walked in two main sections: Lighthouse Loop and Big Beach. Then you can leave the wind-sculpted coastline to visit the largest trees in the area at Ancient Cedars Grove. Lighthouse Loop, Phase I of the Wild Pacific Trail and 2.6 kms long, can be walked in a 30-45 minute loop using the adjoining He-Tin-Kis Park boardwalk. The trail includes frequent viewpoints and benches for watching whales, birds or catching the sunset. New this year: Bog Interpretive Trail is open, a 300m interpretive loop (within the Loop!). wildpacifictrail.com for maps and descriptions of the various sections.
Paradise Meadows Loop Trail at Mount Washington starts adjacent to the Raven Lodge, 800 metres past the old trailhead area. A 1 km trail connects into the old trail system after winding its way around meadows. The Loop Trail is an easy walk of about 4.2 kms in length (1.5 hours) through sub-alpine meadows, and is suitable for all ages. You may catch glimpses of deer, black bears, eagles and marmots. You can also take a chairlift ride to the summit where you’ll see breathtaking mountain and ocean views. Other summer activities on the mountain include biking, disc golf, bungee trampoline, guided hiking tours, mini golf and more. Lake Helen McKenzie Loop Trail also begins at the Paradise Meadows trailhead in Strathcona Park. It is an easy 8-km (2-hour) walk on a boardwalk that takes you past Battleship Lake and sub-alpine meadows, and around beautiful Lake Helen McKenzie. The trail is well marked with some views of the mountain peaks through the alpine forest. If you’re eating a picnic lunch, make sure to protect your food from the gray jaybirds. discovermountwashington.com.
Lazo Marsh & Wildlife Park in the Courtenay area is a shallow wetland basin of cattail and yellow flag iris. Mallards, wigeons, wood ducks and Canada geese commonly nest here. Enjoy the forested trails through mixed woodlands and surrounding marsh. Parking and access from Lazo Road. On the north side is an easy stroller-friendly hike; the southside trails go deeper into the woods and marsh conservation area. Filberg Park includes many paths overlooking Comox Bay. Established in 1929, the old farmstead covers over 9 acres with over 100 different trees, perennials, annuals, herb gardens and rhododendrons.The site also offers a historic lodge, picnic areas and a petting zoo. Access from Comox Avenue.
Ripple Rock Trail is a good hike for families (although not recommended for small children), 15.5 kms north of Campbell River, just off the Island Highway (it’s wellsigned). The trail is 8 kms long and includes two patches of old-growth Douglas-fir and Sitka spruce, a sandy beach and good viewpoints. Have a picnic lunch at the top of the bluff overlooking Seymour Narrows. Easy to moderate trail with a steep section.•
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Endless Possibilities in Gulf Island Parks
s Islanders, we’re lucky to find soaring mountains, vast oceans, and serene landscapes in our own backyard. Yet it isn’t always easy to appreciate these special places for all they are, especially when it’s important to get the kids involved and stick to a budget. Fortunately, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve is looking out for you. The following free weekly programs and special events are the perfect activities for your next escape. You won’t have to travel far, spend much, or plan elaborate activities. Hop aboard BC ferries and you’ll be swept away by natural beauty, vivid culture, and friendly Parks Canada staff.
will be serving free ice cream, and the Heritage Committee will be giving tours of the landmark fog alarm building.
Families of night owls shouldn’t miss “Nuit Blanche” (August 10 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.) at Roesland, where bats, bioluminescence, and stargazing will light up the senses. Meet guest experts who will help track glowing creatures, spot distant galaxies, and identify different bat species based on live recordings of their sounds. Book your campsite now at one of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve’s three campgrounds on Pender Island. If stepping back in time is more your speed, visit 110-year-old Roesland’s Pender Islands Museum. Visit with volunteer museum hosts or enjoy a picnic, the scenery, and some R&R on the porch. Whichever adventure suits your family best, take a cue from your young ones and embrace a little childlike wonder.
If you’re hoping to spend the night, be it in a tent or a B&B, find your way to Saturna Island. Head to East Point on Friday for a truly special sunset experience. From 8 p.m., you’ll spend the evening under the spell of island musicians and storytellers, discovering the wildlife of the Salish Sea with a Parks Canada interpreter. The night sky’s vista at East Point will make for a spectacular moment and a lasting memory. Be sure to dress warmly and bring along blankets, chairs, and flashlights for ultimate coziness. On Sundays, grab your curiosity cap and a picnic lunch and drop in to Saturna’s Winter Cove between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The whole family will find clues along the trail to help solve the mystery and discover animals of the Park Reserve.
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Part of Saturna’s charm is the unique and close-knit community of its small population. This community bands together to host the Lamb BBQ (also at Winter Cove), which is a quintessential portrait of island life and should not be missed. The Lamb BBQ is an annual Canada Day celebration featuring delicious, local lamb barbecued over an open fire and sliced right onto your plate. Find more info and tickets at saturnalambbarbeque.ca. Finally, glimpse the wonders of the Salish Sea at the Intertidal Safari on Parks Day, July 21, anytime between 1 p.m and 4 p.m. Join Parks Canada Interpreters and the Saturna Island Marine Research and Education Society to learn about the wonders of the marine life of the Salish Sea. Divers will bring creatures up from the deep, the Parks and Recreation office
Seize the (Satur)day at the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea. Were Bill Nye and James Bond your childhood heroes? Give you and your kids a chance to tap into both as Science Secret Agents. Something has gone missing and time is running out! Delight in the action at 2 p.m. and remember that the entrance fee still applies. For folks craving some campfire time with their little ones, McDonald Campground in Saanich has special occasions in store for Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Coast Salish knowledge holder MENETIYE Elliot and a Parks Canada Interpreter will be sharing stories, songs, and S’mores. Park at the adjacent Blue Heron Park and bring a flashlight to find us at the group campfire ring. The nights of July 7 and August 18 will be special treats as stories about Indigenous cultures, local histories, and clam gardens capture the imagination. What is a clam garden you ask? For millennia, Coast Salish peoples have built rock walls at special beaches that stretch the low-tide line to harvest clams and more. Camping is the most sure-fire way to escape in this neck of the woods, but it can be daunting to take on without some experience. Whether it’s been a few years since you’ve pitched a tent or you’re brand new to it, the Taste of Camping event will help you build the confidence to enjoy all the Park Reserve has to offer. Join Mountain Equipment Co-op and Parks Canada staff to learn the fundamental skills and to sample some tasty camping food July 28 between noon and 3 p.m. at McDonald Campground IslandParent.ca
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Get away from it all and plan an excursion to Sidney Spit. Find a roving park interpreter on Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the inside scoop on the plants and animals that call Sidney Island home. As we embark on the joyful, and at times chaotic, months of summer vacation, Parks’ staff invite you to explore the many events and possibilities in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. They are designed to offer the freedom of that perfect vacation and the
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The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is engaging, challenging and inspiring. Along with the regular exhibitions and the gift shop, don’t miss the 31st annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In (Saturday, July 21) for Victoria’s favourite outdoor studio along Moss Street from the gallery to the ocean. A diverse range of over 170 painters, printmakers, sculptors, potters and other artists from the region will demonstrate their art and artistic process from 11am-4pm. Gallery open 10am-6pm. Food and familyfriendly Beer Garden 11am-9pm. Dancing from 5-9pm. aggv.bc.ca or 250-384-4171. Craigdarroch Castle. Use your floor map to take a tour and learn about the Dunsmuir family’s history. Climb the 87 stairs through the 41⁄2 stories as you discover the castle’s 39 rooms lavishly furnished in the style of the 1890s to 1900s period. Get to the tower to see panoramic views of Victoria, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. Step back in time and experience the life and times of the very rich and famous. Open daily June 15-Sept 6, 9am-7pm. thecastle.ca or 250-592-5323. IMAX Theatre in the Royal BC Museum offers an incredible immersive cinematic experience with a projected area of more than six stories high and 85' wide along with crystal-clear images and wraparound digital chair-shaking surround sound. Victoria IMAX transports you in a way no other film experience can and lets you feel like you’re really there. This summer, catch Mysteries of Egypt, Rocky Mountain Express, and Pandas, among other movies. For more details, visit imaxvictoria.com or see the Adventurous Family Attractions insert in this issue. Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf offers one spacious 18-hole miniature golf (putting) course located in a beautiful treed setting next to Cordova Bay Golf Course at Mattick’s Farm, 5325 Cordova Bay Road. The course is both tranquil and beautiful as it winds through the forest floor. Be wary of the resident dragon and mind the pixies who frequent the Hobbit House and hide behind the toadstools. Visit matticksfarm. com for more information.
Miniature World, located within the Empress Hotel, has been called The Greatest Little Show on Earth, with over 85 miniature scenes. See the world’s smallest operational sawmill, marvel at two of the world’s largest doll houses, experience one of the world’s largest model railroads, visit the wonerful world of the circus, take a spaceship to the stars, travel through the Enchanted Valley of Castles and more. 649 Humboldt Street. For more details, visit miniatureworld.com, or phone 250-385-9731. It’s the summer of Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs at the Royal BC Museum. Experience a time when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and people believed gods walked among us. With more than 300 original artifacts, some an astounding 4,500 years old, this exhibition covers all aspects of ancient Egyptian life, from the emergence of ancient Egyptian civilization along the Nile to the Ptolemaic and Roman eras. Also, Visit the museum’s three permanent galleries that showcase the human and natural history of B.C. Open 10am-5pm (Sunday to Thursday) and from 10am-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the summer. royalbcmuseum. bc.ca or 250-356-7226.
The Centre of the Universe is hosting Saturday Summer Star Parties on July 7, 14, 21, and 28, August 4, 11, 18, and 25, and September 1, from 7:15-10:45pm at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, 5071 West Saanich Road. During the summer stargazing nights, both the Centre and the Observatory will be open, with planetarium shows, lectures in the auditorium and displays. Entry gates close at 10pm and attendance is limited and admission is by ticket only. Tickets are free and will be available during the week preceding each Saturday evening from the EventBrite site at summerstarparties.eventbrite.ca. Saanich Historical Artifacts Society at 7321 Lochside Drive. Kids (and parents) can climb on the farming equipment, see the mini railroad, a sawmill, planer mill and other artifacts at this 12-hectare site with a small lake, forest trails and pond. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on-site. Summer hours IslandParent.ca
are 9:30am-4pm, until Sept 17. Trains run on various days in July and August. For dates and to book a train ride, visit vime.ca. From Victoria, head north on the Pat Bay Highway, turn right at Island View Road, then first left onto Lochside Drive. shas.ca or 250-652-5522. Butchart Gardens. 55 acres of breathtaking floral displays, offering spectacular views as you stroll along meandering paths and expansive lawns. Explore the gardens by taking part in the self-guided Family Discovery Walk. A free worksheet guides you through the gardens and provides interesting historical details and points out features. Children can draw pictures along the way to answer questions—it’s a great way for kids to take a closer look at nature. The Saturday evening fireworks during July and August are popular with visitors of all ages (times vary slightly as the summer progresses and it gets dark earlier, from 10:15pm in early summer to 8:45pm on Sept 1). There is musical entertainment most evenings as well as the night illuminations. The Rose Carousel in the Children’s Pavilion includes 30 animals carved from basswood. Carousel rides are $2 over the cost of admission. butchartgardens.com or 250-652-5256. Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney is a state-of-the-art aquarium and marine education centre focused on the amazing ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Visit the touch pools to shake hands with a sea urchin, see the huge aquaria teeming with marine life, learn about essential life forms such as algae, plankton and amazing jellies. There are a variety of workshops and classes to choose from, guided tours, scavenger hunts, Tot Tuesdays, and Sea Shirt Sundays, along with other kids’ activities. The Centre, located on the waterfront off Beacon Avenue at 9811 Seaport Place, is open daily from 10am-5pm (until Sept 3). salishseacentre. org or 250-665-7511.
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Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Explore gun batteries and underground magazines built a century ago to defend Victoria and the Esquimalt Naval Base. Step inside the first lighthouse built on the West Coast and check out exhibits about ships wrecked and lives saved. Picnic on the grass or at the beach and watch the ships and wildlife while you eat. 10am-5pm daily. For information, visit pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/ fortroddhill/index.aspx or 250-478-5849. For more details, see the Adventurous Family Attractions feature in this issue. IslandParent.ca
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For something different and exhilarating, try soaring at up to 60 km/hr over the forest on a zipline. Adrena LINE Zipline Adventure Tours in Sooke offers a multistage zipline course, consisting of eight distinct but linked rides, two suspension bridges, and an ATV ride. There’s also Night Zipping and Full-Moon Zipping. Trained guides emphasize safety and comfort, ensuring a ride full of thrills, awesome beauty and fond memories. You’ll also learn about the local ecology and wildlife while zipping through the 100 acres of coastal temperate forest. Minimum age is 5. adrenalinezip.com or 250-642-1933. City Centre Park in Langford is an exciting family playland with mini-golf, a play zone and a splash park for the kids. The play zone has three stories of miningthemed play equipment, where children can climb, slide, swing and crawl. Parents can relax with a coffee or snack in the parents’ section while children burn off energy under staff supervision. eagleridgecentre.com or 250-391-1738.
The Quw’utsun’ Cultural Centre in Duncan (200 Cowichan Way) is a great place to learn about Cowichan First Nations cultural traditions and legends. Enjoy interpretive tours where you’ll learn about the legends, teachings and stories of the Cowichan Tribes, traditional artwork, carving and knitting. There are also opportunities to make a dreamcatcher, see Native dancing and sample Native cuisine. cowichanculture .ca/quw_utsun or 250-746-8119. The BC Forest Discovery Centre just north of Duncan. Check out the indoor and outdoor exhibits and a bird sanctuary. Ride on the narrow gauge steam train, and tour an old logging camp. Bring a picnic lunch, watch a demonstration, or come for a special event (Canada Day, B.C. Day, Labour Day celerations). Summer season until Sept 3, open 7 days a week from 10am-4:30pm. Steam locomotive on weekends starting June 16. bcforestdiscoverycentre.com or 250-715-1113.
Celebrate the region at Nanaimo District Museum with stories that intersect local and national history. Highlights include Nanaimo in 1867, the E&N Railway, WWI home front experience in Nanaimo, the Battle of Vimy Ridge centennial plus a look at past community centennial celebrations. The museum showcases Nanaimo’s IslandParent.ca
early history as a coal mining town and port, explores the impact of forestry on the region, depicts daily life in a traditional First Nations longhouse, celebrates the town’s athletes and musicians, and includes more exhibits. Children’s programs are offered during the summer. Located in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, 100 Museum Way. Open 10am-5pm daily until Sept 3. nanaimomuseum.ca or 250-753-1821.
steam-operated sawmill in Canada. From a viewing platform, watch raw logs being trimmed and cut into lumber for sale. Costumed docents will be on hand to guide you around the site. Ride the rails (limited schedule) on the Alberni Pacific Railway from the Historical Alberni Train Station in downtown Port Alberni through the Alberni Valley and over three wooden trestles before arriving at Mclean Mill Historic Park. Total excursion time, 4 hours. There you’ll find Oceanside children’s activities, a restaurant and a gift Paradise Mini-Golf & Fun Park in Parks- shop. For hours and the train schedule, visit ville offers two 18-hole courses, bumper mcleanmill.ca. boats (with water cannons), an amusement centre, arcade and ice-cream. Paradise has Comox Valley something for everyone—including an Courtenay Museum. Hands-on disoceanfront RV park and gift shop. It’s also covery as you search for prehistoric fossils wheelchair accessible. Open 9:30am-10pm. on the Puntledge River with experienced 375 West Island Highway, paradisefunpark. guides. Fossil tours by appointment. Sumnet, 1-866-325-1874. mer hours until Labour Day: 10am-5pm Riptide Lagoon Adventure Golf in Monday to Saturday; noon-4pm Sunday. Parksville is an easy walk from Rathtrevor Stop by and check out the Courtenay and Beach and nearby resorts. Try your hand at District Museum and Paleontology Centhe Mountain or Lagoon course, or enjoy tre with its massive Elasmosaur exhibit. the Laser Tag Bumper Cars and the arcade. courtenaymuseum.ca or 250-334-0686. 1000 Resort Drive, adjacent to Rathtrevor Park. Open daily from 9:30am-8pm. Campbell River riptidelagoon.com, 250-248-8290. Campbell River Museum. The muThe Coombs Old Country Market is seum’s award-winning puppet theatre along Highway 4A, on the way to Port program returns once again to explore the Alberni from Parksville or Nanaimo, less history of Campbell River with help from than 5 minutes away from Butterfly World. various beloved characters. Shows start Wander the market, unique shops, galleries Tuesday July 3 and will be performed every and studios for gifts, groceries and great Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30am and food. Enjoy a selection of home-cooked 1:30pm until August 28. The cost is $2 per treats and meals, as well as international person and children aged 2 and under are foods. There’s lots to see. Be sure to look up free. Also see the First Nations history and when you’re outside the market—the goats art, pioneer history, a native plant garden, on the sod roof live there throughout the and learn about floathouse living and the summer. oldcountrymarket.com. salmon industry. Bring your lunch to enjoy Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park of- in the picnic area. Open daily during the fers a variety of caving tours, from gentle summer from 10am-5pm. crmuseum.ca or explorations to adrenalin-pumping adven- 250-287-3103. tures down a 7-storey waterfall. Cave tours vary in length, and you can choose from Pacific Rim guided or self-guided—make sure you bring The Kwisitis Visitor Centre near Tofino warm clothing that can be layered as it’s acts as a museum, exhibition and informachillier in the caves than you might expect. tion center for Pacific Rim National Park. You can also enjoy rock climbing, canoe The outside deck is the perfect year-round or kayak rentals, hiking, and more. 3905 spot to view whales, storms and surfers Horne Lake Caves Road. Allow 45 minutes alike. Inside the centre, you’ll find new from Parksville, north on Highway 19 or exhibits about the land, sea, sky and people 19A. hornelake.com, 250-248-7829. For of the area. See the First Nations canoes, more details, see the Adventurous Family tools, various works of art, and interactive Attractions feature in this issue. displays. There is also a small gift shop and a restaurant facing the beach. Trails lead to Port Alberni South Beach and Florencia Bay. pc.gc.ca/ The McLean Mill National Historic Site en/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/activ/activkwisitis • operates the only remaining commercial July 2018 23
Visit Ancient Egypt… in Victoria
he Royal BC Museum’s feature exhibition Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs is perfect for family fun on hot summer days when you need to beat the heat or on rainy ones when you need to keep your kids occupied indoors. Families will enjoy this interactive exhibition with lots to touch, play with and learn. Older kids in particular will enjoy checking out scale-model replicas of famous pyramid complexes, playing games and experiencing cutting-edge multimedia. Five things kids won’t want to miss when they come visit. 1. Their Own Entrance. The exhibition begins with a special entrance designed just for kids. Little ones can enter the pyramid and look through a peek-a-boo window at mummified animals. Adults, after they’ve come their own entrance, can see through a window on the inside of the exhibition space. 2. Animals. The first section of the exhibition features the Nile River with animated line drawings illustrating the different seasons. The displays are low enough that kids can easily see the variety of animals shown in the original ancient artifacts, including a hedgehog, lizard, hippopotamus, crocodile, frog, falcon and more. Don’t miss the large bronze cat from the late period (6th to 3rd century BC). Like us, ancient Egyptians had cats in their houses; they were valued for protecting grains from mice and rats, and seen as gentle and peaceful creatures. 3. Models. There are large-scale models of the Great and Small Temple of Aten positioned low so kids can get a good look at the whole layout. Follow the daily rituals of the temple by pressing a button to see how the ceremony played out. A 3-D printed replica of the famous Queen Nefertiti sculpture sits next to a model of the artist Thutmose’s workshop, where the bust was found in 1912. Choose your own adventure by selecting the story of the artist Thutmose, a labourer, or the steward’s wife. 4. Hieroglyphics. Can you crack the code? Museum volunteers are running a hands-on activity in the gallery asking visitors to try to figure out what message the hieroglyphics are communicating. Hieroglyphics can be pictures of living creatures, objects used in daily life or symbols. Some are easy to identify and others can be challenging. There’s something for all levels. Kids can also learn how to write hieroglyphics at a media station. They are shown how to form the shapes on a touchpad. 5. Enter the Realm of the Afterlife. Family members can find out if their heart is light as a feather, a requirement to enter the afterlife, by answering a series of tough double negative questions. This digital test mimics the Book of the Dead displayed in the same area. The museum’s Egypt-themed kids summer camps may be sold out, but did you know there is a day camp for adults? After you drop your kids off at their camps, pop over to the museum to re-awaken your inner child and explore ideas in the Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs. Get behind-the-scenes access to the exhibition and the experts who work at the museum. Camps take place on July 20 and 27, August 17 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each one is $50. Or combine a day camp with the Night at the Museum—Adults Only Sleepover for $115. Bring the whole family to the Night at the Museum sleepover in the Egypt exhibition in November. Join the three days of free outdoor events in celebration of Canada Day (June 29, 30 and July 1). Learn about the diverse communities in B.C. through music and dance on the main stage. And on Canada Day participate in the annual Penny Carnival and try your hand at some games.
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Beacon Hill Children’s Farm is an inexpensive and fun way to spend an afternoon outdoors with the kids. The farm’s goats, sheep, rabbits, peacocks, potbellied pigs, miniature horses and other animals are perennial family favourites. Visit the goat petting area and take part in the renowned goat stampedes at 10:10am and 5:10pm. Open daily 10am-5pm, weather permitting. Admission by donation. Enter Beacon Hill Park from Douglas Street (turn left across from Simcoe Street). beaconhillchildrensfarm.ca. Millstream Miniature Llamas offers a guided tour of the farm. The tour includes an explanation of why llamas are special, the history of llamas in North and South America, how llamas interact with people and with each other, a discussion of the uses of llamas today, a chance to meet several llamas, experience a “llama kiss,” and feel the fibre. Phone to arrange a tour. $10/adult, $5/child aged 12 and under. Visit the farm studio for roving, yarn, dryer balls, handknitted and Peruvian goods. 355 Atkins Ave. millstream-minis.com or 250-478-9969. Victoria Bug Zoo lets visitors get up close and personal with live giant walkingsticks, alien-eyed praying mantids, hairy tarantulas and glow-in-the-dark scorpions, to name a few. Discover roughly 50 fascinating species including Canada’s largest ant farm. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can hold some of the residents, an array of arachnids and friends. 631 Courtney Street, one block north of the Empress Hotel. victoriabugzoo. ca or 250-384-BUGS(2847).
6 at the fairgrounds at 1528 Stellys Cross Road. Gates open 8am-9pm. saanichfair.ca. The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney is a state-of-the-art aquarium and marine education centre focused on the ecosystem of the Salish Sea. Colourful aquarium habitats teem with marine life for you to observe. Hundreds of fish, invertebrates and marine plants recreate the ocean and give you a seldom-seen underwater view. At the touch tanks, use the one finger rule to shake hands with an urchin and be tickled by a sea star. Spend some time with the Oceaneers as they introduce you to hands-on/hands-wet learning. 9811 Seaport Place. Open daily 10am-5pm. salishseacentre.org or 250-665-7511. Victoria Butterfly Gardens. Enjoy the beauty of thousands of exotic butterflies (up to 70 species) flying free in their own tropical rainforest environment. Wander through the orchid exhibit or carnivorous plant section. You’ll also see colourful fish and tropical birds. The on-site naturalists are full of fascinating facts and will answer your questions. 1461 Benvenuto Avenue in Brentwood Bay. Open daily (starting July 1) 9:30am-4pm (explore until 5pm). butterflygardens.com or 250-652-3822.
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The Raptors, 10 minutes north of Duncan, invites you to meet some of the coolest birds in the world during one of the daily flying demonstrations (at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm). You can see a variety of raptors—eagles, falcons, owls, vultures and hawks—showcase their incredible flight Saanich/Sidney and hunting skills free and out in the open. Dan’s Farm and Country Market at Many other up-close learning experiences 2030 Bear Hill Road in Saanich is not just are available. Open daily 10:30am-5pm. a source for local produce, baked goods 1877 Herd Road. pnwraptors.com or and poultry raised using organic principles, 250-746-0372. but also boasts a petting farm for the kids. Visit the ducks, chickens, goats, rabbits and Parksville more, then stock up on berries, figs and toLittle Qualicum Cheeseworks is matoes. Bring along a picnic lunch and for just north of Parksville. Wander LQC’s dessert, treat yourself to an ice-cream cone. Morningstar Farm, meet the small herd of Open daily 8:30am-5:30pm. dansfarm.ca. Holstein, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss, and Ca250-652-9100. nadienne dairy cows and see how yummy, Although the Saanich Fair is not a artisanal local cheeses are made. Visit the farm, if your kids like to visit and pet farm calf pens, the pigsty, the store, picnic area animals, you’ll want to mark this event on and more. Guided tours can be arranged your calendar. There are 4H displays and for groups of 8 or more, or you can take demos, and animals to ponder and pet such your own self-guided tour around the 90 as horses, donkeys, llamas, alpacas, goats, acres of beautiful working farm. Open pigs, cattle, rabbits and more. There’s also daily 9am-6pm. Daily milking at 4pm. food, entertainment, a midway, exhibits 403 Lowrys Road. morningstarfarm.ca or such as quilts, needle arts, flowers, vegeta- 250-954-3931. bles, photography, and more. Sept 4, 5 and IslandParent.ca
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Tiger Lily Farm is located in Errington between Parksville and Coombs. At the Barn Yard you can visit lovable, huggable rabbits, portly pigs, daffy ducks, and even shy sheep. At feeding time you can help hold the bottle for the calf. Or learn how to milk a goat (every hour on the half hour). Or count chicks. Go for a trail ride and enjoy the old-time experience of horseback riding (phone ahead to book). Admission prices include a pony ride for the kids. Open daily 10am-4pm. 1692 Errington Road. If you’re heading north from Nanaimo, turn left onto Errington Road and follow the signs. tigerlilyfarm.ca or 250-248-2408.
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North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre (NIWRC), off Highway 4A near Coombs, is a rehabilitation facility, especially for raptors and black bears. The goal is to care for these animals and eventually reintroduce them into their natural environment. See eagles through one-way glass in the largest flight cage of its kind in Canada. Watch live raptor presentations (July and August, Mon/Wed/Fridays at 1:30pm). View bears, owls, falcons, hawks, swans and ravens. NIWRC offers activities and educational programs for the whole family. 1240 Leffler Road. Open daily 9am-4:30pm (gates close at 5pm). niwra.org or 250-248-8534. Butterfly World, just past Coombs on Highway 4A. Stroll among hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies in the indoor tropical jungle. You’ll also see hundreds of exotic living orchids landscaped in a beautiful indoor water garden, a turtle pond, and gift shop. Open Monday-Friday from 11am-4pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm. 1080 Winchester Road. butterflyworldcoombs.com or 250248-7026.
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The Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park on nine acres of waterfront in Comox has gardens, a tearoom, and the Hands-On Farm which is open daily to the public, 10am-4pm until August 29. Come talk, walk and squawk with the animals, including a miniature horse, a cow, pigs, sheep, ducks, rabbits and more. Admission of $5/ family helps to offset the cost of housing the animals. Note: Filberg Park, including the Hands-On Farm, will be closed July 31-August 2 for Filberg Festival set up and closed August 7-9 for the Festival take down. filberg.com, 250-339-3276. IslandParent.ca
Seaview Game Farm in Black Creek (north of Courtenay) runs hour-long tours, running July and August, at 10:30am and 2pm, reservations required. Take the tractor cart to visit the animals on an interactive tour of the mini farm. Feed and pet the chickens, llamas, peacocks, pigs, alpaca, Highland cattle, goats and sheep. Walk through the greenhouses and gardens and see what’s sprouting. Visit the onsite market and coffee shop. A picnic and play area provide even more fun. If you’re not in a rush, rent the Yurt and stay over night just a few metres from the ocean and public beach access. 1392 Seaview Road. seaviewgamefarm.com or 250-337-5182.
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Spend some time with us this summer. Collect gemstones in the Scratch Patch or browse our amazing store where you will find beautiful jewellery, fossils, minerals, toys and gifts. 9808 Seaport Place Sidney, BC (250) 656-0791 www.sidneymineralworld.com
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Protecting What We Love
aradise is defined as a place of extreme beauty, delight, or happiness. Its alternate definition? Vancouver Island. This island is an incredible place to be any time of the year, but it’s particularly special in the summer months. With so much to do and see, there’s a reason people who travel all over the world still say it’s the most beautiful place on earth. The summer is also a great time to get kids outside and exploring. Just because school is out doesn’t mean the learning has
to stop. Spending time outside gives kids the chance to create memories and build roots in their community, helping them develop a sense of stewardship for the places we call home, and all the creatures we share it with. Through building relationships with other people spending time outdoors, exploring the vast array of ecosystems the island has to offer, and connecting with all sorts of wildlife, children learn through their experiences why we love this place so much, and why we fight so hard to protect it.
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pod of orcas surfaced right in front of me. They were so close to the shore it seemed like they must be touching the ocean floor. I was so elated it brought tears to my eyes and I couldn’t help but shout out in excitement. Then I saw it: the tiny dorsal fin of one of the pod’s newest members, playfully surfacing and diving while never straying too far from the rest of the pod. I
Fostering a love and respect for nature at a young age helps us raise the leaders we so desperately need as we look toward the future. We protect what we love, and we love what we know. Parents and guardians have a significant role to play in exposing children to the magic and wonders of the natural world. It’s not always about teaching with words. We learn some of our most valuable lessons through experiences. felt such a profound love and connection So where do we find these experiences? to the Island and all its inhabitants in that Vancouver Island is a big place, and you moment, and I knew I would do whatever it takes to protect them. Vancouver Island is home to many endangered living things such as the southern resident orca whales, the peregrine falcon, and the entire Garry oak ecosystem. Our children are growing up in a time when things are changing at an unprecedented rate, but this doesn’t mean it’s too late to make impactful changes. Take a look at the sea otter, for example. They almost went extinct in the early 1900s, but over the past 50 years, their population has grown to roughly 3,000 members! In my experience, it’s easier to show someone why they should care about something than to tell them. It’s also more productive to highlight the positive things than to focus on the negative. How do we communicate to our kids about climate change? How do we talk about ocean acidity, or deforestation, or declining species populations? We take them to explore tide pools and all the creatures that call them home. We go for walks in the forest and marvel at all can find magic wherever you go—you just the species that live together in harmony. have to get out there. It’s not about finding We identify as many species as we can as the perfect place, it’s about the experiences we walk around our communities. Through you have and the memories you create. building relationships with animals and You could travel to every place on your list the natural world, we develop a sense of and still have a more impactful experience belonging, and with it a sense of protection at your local playground or in your own for these unique, beautiful, interconnected backyard. You never know. bionetworks. One of my favourite experiences on VanSo forget about planning the perfect couver Island was completely unexpected, day or adventure and just get outside. You and I still remember the day clearly even never know what’s out there, waiting to though it was many years ago. I was sitting be discovered. on the beach in the pouring rain at Devonian Regional Park in Metchosin when a Summer Goulden is Communications Specialist with Sierra Club B.C.
Bridge to Nature
wan Lake Nature Sanctuary’s Floating Boardwalk will be closed this summer but will be replaced with a new structure that will open in the fall to “Bridge People to Nature.” You don’t have to wait for the boardwalk to reopen in the fall to start making new memories. Trails surrounding the lake remain open during construction. Visit the Nature House for a map of an alternate route. Enjoy an evening stroll along the trails; feed the ducks off the Founders Wharf; watch the otters and majestic Blue Heron; spend quality time with loved ones as you watch the sunset atop Christmas Hill. Yes, while you wait for the new boardwalk to be completed this fall, you can continue to enjoy nature and create precious memories.
Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that offers the community a place to enjoy the natural habitat that surrounds the Nature House in which programs and interactive displays educate both children and adults. A registered charitable organization, it is run by the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society. Donations to Swan Lake will provide a new Bridge to Nature for generations to come. Please visit swanlake.bc.ca or call 250-479-0211 for more information about the Bridges to Nature Campaign. Kathleen Burton is the Executive Director of Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Society, and pictured here with her two sons, on the now closed Floating Boardwalk. IslandParent.ca
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Victoria & CRD Canada Day Celebrations 10am at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites 603 Fort Rodd Hill Road Come celebrate Canada’s special day. Be a kid again, dance yourself silly to the live music throughout the day, and take part in fun activities. Enjoy the food and snacks at the concession, but remember to leave a bit of room for a piece of the huge cake. Free. pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/ calendrier-calendar#canadaday. 250-478-6481. firstname.lastname@example.org.
flag raising. 12:15-3: endless activities for all ages. MONDAY ND Music, concession, games, inflatables, cake. Free. Cowichan Valley Canada Day Celebrations 10am at Charles Hoey Park, Duncan Chow Down Family Cooking Class Come join us for our musical celebration of Canada’s 4pm at Cowichan Green Community 151st birthday, a ball hockey tournament, cake, and For members of the community who are in the lower more. Free. 39daysofjuly.ca/canada-day. socio-economic status and who are facing barriers to accessing nutritious, healthy, local food. Child Canada Day 2018 minding is included. Free. 250-748-8506. jennifer@ 11am at Waterwheel Park, Chemainus cowichangreencommunity.org. 9799 Waterwheel Crescent Chemainus’ Canada Day Celebrations are gearing Nanaimo & Area up for another successful year. There is a little something for everyone of all ages. Free. Splish Splash Swim 9am at Ravensong Aquatic Centre Town and Cowichan Lake Arts Council Canada Day A water adventure you don’t want to miss. The Celebration lifeguards will bring out all the pool toys for you to 11am at Ts’uubaa-asatx Town Square, Lake Cowichan enjoy. From the rope swing to the snake to the dino Opening remarks, singing of Oh Canada, cake, ribs, there will be water play for everyone. Regular music, a large array of local artisans, and refresh- admission. rdn.bc.ca/recreation. 250-752-5014. ment sales. Free. cowichanlakeartsandculture.org/ community-up-coming.html. TUESDAY RD
Canada Day Celebration 11:30am in Iroquois Park, Sidney Face painting and inflatable fun celebrating Canada Day and Sidney Days. Come on down and wave to Slider in the Canada Day Parade at 11:30am in downtown Sidney. Free. panoramarecreation.ca. Ladysmith Celebrates Canada Day 250-656-7271. 1pm at Transfer Beach Kids games and activities, Stz’uminus First Nation, Cowichan Valley live music, giant cake, and more.
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Open Air Library 10am at Iroquois Park, Sidney 2295 Ocean Ave Canada Day Celebration Canada Day Celebration Come enjoy the fresh ocean air and free books this At Elsie Miles Field 6pm at Mesachie Lake Hall and Skydome Ball Field summer at the Open-Air Library in Sidney. Everyone 1775 Shawnigan/Mill Bay Rd Come out and celebrate Canada’s birthday. There is welcome to drop by and select from a wide range Celebrate Canada’s birthday. Parade leaves Cairn will be music, dancing, arts and crafts, kids’ games, of reading materials while relaxing with a good book Park at 11:15am and arrives at Elsie Miles Park. Noon: concession, and birthday cake. Free. on cozy blankets. Reading materials are available for all ages and you can take one home with you
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Victoria & CRD The Beach Rocks! 1pm at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park The tide is out. Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the kiosk near the main beach off Metchosin Rd. All ages. BC Transit #54 or #55. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
Play in the Park Launch Day 5:30pm at Pioneer Park Have dinner in the park to kick off the Play in the Park program for the summer. Sidney and Kiwanis club are providing a BBQ by donation. Free. panoramarecreation.ca. 250-656-7271. Cowichan Valley
Cowichan Valley Go Girls Summer Program 9am at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cowichan Valley In partnership with Island Savings Youth Ambassadors, girls ages 11-14 yrs are eligible for the group program designed to explore healthy bodies and minds, supporting informed choices about active living, healthy eating and self-esteem development. Free. cowichan.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/what-wedo/our-programs. 250-748-2447.
Victoria & CRD The Raptors 10:30am at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library Pacific Northwest Raptors from Duncan is visiting to talk about magnificent birds of prey. They will have live birds with them. Please email to register, or call for more information. Free. 250-656-0944. firstname.lastname@example.org. Nanaimo & Area Starlight Skate 6:30pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre An opportunity to come out and enjoy the soft light “stars” and passive LED glow lights. A great time for families before dinner. Regular admission. 250-756-5200.
Go Girls Summer Program 9am at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cowichan Valley See TUES 3 for details. Free. cowichan. bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/what-we-do/our- dusk (approx. 9:15 pm). Admission is by donation. programs. 250-748-2447. Snacks are available for purchase. cvrd.bc.ca/2577/ Movies-in-the-Park. 250-743-5922.
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Cowichan Valley Iron Mine Bay Walk 10am at East Sooke Regional Park Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist on this superb hike. From Pike Road along Pike Road Trail to the spectacular Iron Mine Bay. Meet at the information kiosk in the parking lot off Pike Rd. 5+ years. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Sunset Cinema: Peter Rabbit 8 pm at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre 1767 Old Island Hwy Bring the family to enjoy a movie by the light of the stars on a three story screen. Movie starts when it’s dark. Free. cccu.ca. 250-716-2834. kristin. email@example.com. Movies in the Park 9:15pm (dusk) at Kerry Park Recreation Centre, Shawnigan Lake Bring your lawn chair and blanket and come for a couple great summer movies. Films will start at
33rd Annual Wooden Boat Festival 8am at Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre 1761 Cowichan Bay Rd Come for a fun-filled two day event the 33rd Annual Wooden Boat Festival. Free. classicboats.org. 250746-4955. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victoria & CRD Saanich Strawberry Festival 11am at Beaver Lake Park From its start as a celebration of Saanich’s agricultural roots, the Strawberry Festival has blossomed into a grand event for all ages. Free. saanich.ca/EN/ main/news-events/events-list/saanich-communityevents/saanich-strawberry-festival-1.html. 250-4755558. email@example.com.
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Forest to Seashore 1pm at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and follow the water course of Bilston Creek to the shoreline of Witty’s Lagoon. Learn about Sitting Lady Falls, watch for herons feeding in the saltmarsh, and learn a few native summer plants as you follow the path to the sea. Meet at the Witty’s Lagoon Nature Centre off Metchosin Rd. 5+ years. BC Transit #54 or #55. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Cowichan Valley
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excels in providing high quality rowing experiences for all ages and abilities. Here is your chance to learn to row and enjoy the beautiful outdoors of Elk Lake this spring (break) and summer. Youth Programs 11-17 Half day beginner and intermediate camps during spring break and summer and full day camps during the summer. Adult Programs 18+ Beginner - Intermediate - Novice - Club - Competitive Challenge your collegues and friend in the Community Corporate Rowing Challenge and raise funds for KidSport Victoria
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Children’s Day (39 Days of July) 11am at Charles Hoey Memorial Park, Duncan Pony rides, mini train ride, swing ride, activity stations, face painting, games, puppets, Beverley McKeen, Norman Foote and Carlson’s Dance. Free. 39daysofjuly.ca/childrens-day.
Victoria & CRD Terrific Turtles 10am at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road Hands-on discovery, an outside ramble, a story and a craft. For children 3-5 years old and their adult friends. Pre-registration required. Members $15 per adult/child pair, Non-members $18. 250-479-0211. email@example.com. Cowichan Valley Chow Down Family Cooking Class 4pm at Cowichan Green Community See MON 2 for details Child minding is included. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 250-748-8506. Nanaimo & Area Monday Munchkinland Drop-in 9:30am at Munchkinland Family Place Bring your family and come play at the Munchkinland Exploration Centre this summer. Drop-in program for children 6 years and under and a caregiver. Free. rdn.bc.ca/recreation. 250-248-3252. Music Therapy Summer Camp 9am at Nanaimo Conservatory of Music 375 Selby St This summer camp is presented by The Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island and the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Includes Music Therapy and Physical Literacy. Free. vcm.bc.ca/ program-areas/therapy. 250-386-5311 Ext 1030. email@example.com.
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Comox Valley & North Island Sunset Cinema: Paddington 2 8pm at Willow Point Park 1800 South Alder Street See SAT 7 for details. Free. cccu.ca. 250-716-2834. firstname.lastname@example.org.
See SAT 7 for details. Free. 250-716-2834. kristin. Make Your Own Lantern email@example.com. 1:30pm at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library Join artist Jennifer Witvliet and create beautiful WEDNESDAY TH lanterns that you can carry in the Salish Sea Lantern Festival on August 25th. All materials provided Victoria & CRD including LED tea light. Ages 6-12. Please email to register, or call for more information. Free. 250-656Moon Walk 0944. firstname.lastname@example.org. TUESDAY TH 10am at Coles Bay Regional Park When the moon is new and the tide is low, down Cowichan Valley Victoria & CRD to Coles Bay you’ll go. Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to look for marine creatures like crabs, Sunset Cinema: Paddington 2 Open Air Library sea stars and the elusive moon snail. This program 8pm at Cowichan Sportsplex 10am at Iroquois Park, Sidney includes wadding in the water, so be prepared to get 5847 Chesterfield Avenue 2295 Ocean Ave See SAT 7 for details. Free. southislandliteracy.com. your feet and clothes wet (wear shorts and sandals See SAT 7 for details. Free. cccu.ca. 250-716-2834. or beach shoes). Meet at the information kiosk in email@example.com. 250-208-2975. firstname.lastname@example.org. the parking lot off Inverness Rd. 5+ years. Free. crd. bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. THURSDAY TH Cowichan Valley
Go Girls Summer Program 9am at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cowichan Valley See TUES 3 for details. Free. cowichan. bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/what-we-do/ourprograms. 250-748-2447. Comox Valley & North Island Sunset Cinema: Ferdinand 8 pm at Lewis Park
Bug Day Noon at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road They’re creepy, they’re crawly, and they’re cool. Explore the fascinating world of insects and spiders (who really aren’t bugs at all). Hands-on exploration, live bugs, crafts and games. By donation—$5/ person suggested. swanlake.bc.ca. 250-479-0211. email@example.com.
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Victoria & CRD Teen Summer Challenge: Crafter-noon 2pm at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library Meet other teens participating in this year’s Teen Summer Challenge. There will be supplies on hand to help you earn some points. Galaxy Eggs, Cubees and more. Drop-in program. Free. 250-656-0944. firstname.lastname@example.org. Nanaimo & Area Picnic & Play 5pm at Henry Morgan Community Park 95 Henry Morgan Dr, Parksville Kids, bring your adults and your dinner to the park. Games and activities are provided by RDN Recreation and Parks leader. Propane BBQs welcome. Free. rdn.bc.ca/recreation. 250-248-3252. Sunset Cinema: Ferdinand 8pm at Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo Harbour Front Walkway See SAT 7 for details. Free. 250-716-2834. kristin. email@example.com.
Victoria & CRD Marine Day 10am at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park Join CRD Regional Parks naturalists and guests for this celebration of our precious marine environment. See what creatures scuba divers bring up from the deep, see live displays, join in a beach seine, guided walks and more. Drop by anytime betwen 10am and 1pm. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet on the main beach off Metchosin Rd. All ages. BC Transit #54 or #55. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Cowichan Valley
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Duncan Summer Festival Panago Grand Parade 11am in Downtown Duncan Various business and organizations strut their stuff with invited marching bands as well. Free. 39daysofjuly.ca/grande-parade.
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artifacts. Free admission. facebook.com/ & Westhills Locations events/1675971919123650. 250-886-8520. info@ 900 Johnson St and 210-1314 Lakepoint Way island-homes.ca. Includes Music Therapy and Physical Literacy. The Conservatory is partnering with PISE (Pacific Institute Moon Walk for Sport Excellence) to offer a music therapy camp 1pm at Coles Bay Regional Park combining music and physical literacy activities. When the moon is new and the tide is low, down Free. vcm.bc.ca/program-areas/therapy. 250-386to Coles Bay you’ll go. Join a CRD Regional Parks 5311 Ext 1030. email@example.com. naturalist to look for marine creatures like crabs, sea stars and the elusive moon snail. This program Cowichan Valley includes wadding in the water, so be prepared to get your feet and clothes wet (wear shorts and sandals Chow Down Family Cooking Class or beach shoes). Meet at the information kiosk in 4pm at Cowichan Green Community the parking lot off Inverness Rd. 5+ years. Free. crd. See MON 2 for details Child minding is included. bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 250-748-8506. Cowichan Valley Nanaimo & Area Intercultural Day 11am at Charles Hoey Park, Duncan Monday Munchkinland Drop-in Cowichan Intercultural Society sponsors Intercultural 9:30am at Munchkinland Family Place, Parksville Day at the 39 Days of July. Free. 39daysofjuly.ca/ Bring your family and come play at the Munchkinland event-sundays. Exploration Centre this summer. Drop-in program for children 6 years and under and a caregiver. Free. Nanaimo & Area rdn.bc.ca/recreation. 250-248-3252. Learn to Fish 10:30am at Long Lake (Loudon Park) Join the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and learn the basics of freshwater fishing. Rapala fishing rods are provided, and program runs rain or shine. Parent participation required. Free. 250-756-5200.
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explore many different ways creatures can move. Presented by Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Please email to register, or call for more information. Free. 250-656-0944. email@example.com.
Cowichan Valley Go Girls Summer Program 9am at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cowichan Valley See TUES 3 for details. Free. cowichan. bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/what-we-do/ourprograms. 250-748-2447.
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Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games Various locations in the Cowichan Region Join the Cowichan Community welcoming 3000 young athletes competing in 18 Sports to the Cowichan Region between July 19th to July 22nd, 2018. bcgames.org.
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Creatures of the Summer Night 8pm at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road MONDAY TH Check out the amazing nightlife of Swan Lake. Sharpen your senses to look for owls, bats and Victoria & CRD other nighttime creatures. Using a grab-bag of Cowichan Valley tricks, discover how these animals are adapted to Beaming Butterflies their nocturnal life as well as take a guided evening 10am at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Go Girls Summer Program walk down to the lake in the search for nighttime 3873 Swan Lake Road 9am at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cowichan Valley creatures. Suitable for children over 6 years. Includes hands-on discovery, an outside ramble, See TUES 3 for details. Free. cowichan. Pre-registration required by calling 250-479-0211. a story and a craft. For children 3 to 5 year old bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/what-we-do/our- Members $5/Non-members $6. swanlake.bc.ca. and their adult friends. Pre-registration required. programs. 250-748-2447. 250-479-0211. firstname.lastname@example.org. Members $15 per adult/child pair, Non-members $18. 250-479-0211. email@example.com. WEDNESDAY TH SATURDAY ST
Open Air Library 10am at Iroquois Park, Sidney 2295 Ocean Ave See TUES 3 for details. 250-208-2975. smsleight@ gmail.com.
Tide Ticklers 10am at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park On this gentle introduction to beach exploration, search this intertidal home for fish, crabs, and other marine creatures. Your little ones will enjoy a short story, and hands-on discovery. Strollers not recommended. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). There is no fee for this program, but you must pre-register by July 11 as space is limited. 5 years and under. BC Transit #54 or #55. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Music Therapy Summer Camp 9am at Victoria Conservatory of Music, Downtown IslandParent.ca
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Cougar Capers 10am at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park Investigate the life of a cougar on this interactive walk with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. There is no fee for this program, but you must pre-register by July 13 as space is limited. 5 years and under. BC Transit #70 or #72. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
Evening Campground Program 7pm at Island View Beach Regional Park Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for stories and a beach stroll. Bring a beach chair and meet at the campfire ring at Island View Beach campground, off Homathoko Rd. All ages. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
Animal Particip-Action Cowichan Valley 1:30pm at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library Some hop, run, slither, crawl and sometimes fly. Honeymoon Bay Days Through activities, games and a surprise guest, 8am at Honeymoon Bay Hall July 2018 37
life. Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic Cowichan Valley shelter off Homathko Rd. All ages. Free. crd.bc.ca/ parks. 250-478-3344. Chow Down Family Cooking Class 4pm at Cowichan Green Community Nanaimo & Area See MON 2 for details Child minding is included. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. Nanaimo & Area Tracks and Scats 250-748-8506. 10am at Linley Valley Parking Lot Night Walk/Hike Even if you don’t see the animals in the park, you Nanaimo & Area 9pm at Englishman River Regional Park, Parksville know they are there when you become an animal Nighttime is a very special time to be out in the parks tracker and look for signs of their presence. 6+ Monday Munchkinland Drop-in and on the trails. When our sight is limited, our other years. $12/person. 250-756-5200. 9:30am at Munchkinland Family Place, Parksville senses step up to compensate. You’ll be amazed at Bring your family and come play at the Munchkinland the sounds and smells you notice when your sight Glow in the Dark Skate Exploration Centre this summer. Drop-in program for isn’t overpowering your brain. A special nocturnal 3pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre children 6 years and under and a caregiver. Free. snack is included. Children six years and older can Skate in an atmosphere of dimmed lighting and rdn.bc.ca/recreation. 250-248-3252. register to attend with an adult. $17/person. rdn. special effects. Regular admission. 250-756-5200. bc.ca/recreation. 250-248-3252. TUESDAY TH 10022 Park Drive Join the Honeymoon Bay Community Society, Cowichan Lake Recreation, the Honeymoon Bay Fire Department, and Island Savings Credit Union for a fun family event. Free.
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Victoria & CRD Rascally Raccoons Story Walk 10am at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 10am at Island View Beach Regional Park 3873 Swan Lake Road Get outside and experience a nature walk along Includes hands-on discovery, an outside ramble, your favourite user-friendly trail while stopping to a story and a craft. For children 3 to 5 year old enjoy an illustrated children’s book. A CRD Regional and their adult friends. Pre-registration required. Parks naturalist will be there to bring the story to Members $15 per adult/child pair, Non-members $18. 250-479-0211. email@example.com.
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Tree-mendous Trees 1pm at Francis/King Regional Park Unlock the mysteries of trees on a fun forest adventure with a CRD Regional Parks naturalist. Follow clues and riddles along the trail to meet Francis/ King’s giants. Meet at the Francis/King Nature Centre off Mun Rd. 5+ years. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
Stuffie Sleepover 6:30pm at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library Bring your own stuffie to a special Pajama Party storytime and craft. Then, leave your stuffie overnight for a sleepover. Pick it up anytime after 2pm the next day (or week). You’ll take home some photographs of the sleepover fun. For 4-9 years. Please email to register, or call for more information. Free. 250-6560944. firstname.lastname@example.org. Cowichan Valley
Victoria & CRD Cowichan Valley Tide Ticklers 10am at Island View Beach Regional Park On this gentle introduction to beach exploration, search this intertidal home for fish, crabs, and other marine creatures. Your little ones will enjoy a short story, and hands-on discovery. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). There is no fee for this program, but you must pre-register by July 20 as space is limited. 5 years and under. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
Go Girls Summer Program 9am at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cowichan Valley See TUES 3 for details. Free. cowichan. bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/what-we-do/our- Reptile Day programs. 250-748-2447. Noon at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road Nanaimo & Area Join in the fun of this popular annual celebration of our scaly friends. Featuring lots of live reptiles, Picnic & Play crafts, games and more. $5/person suggested do5pm at River’s Edge Community Park nation. swanlake.bc.ca. 250-479-0211. bookings@ 2190 Kaye Rd swanlake.bc.ca. Kids, bring your adults and dinner to the park. Games and activities provided by the RDN Recreation and Egypt: Time of Pharaohs Parks leader. Propane BBQs welcome. Free. rdn. 1:30pm at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library bc.ca/recreation. 250-248-3252. Learn about ancient Egypt and the field of archaeology through storytelling and a hands-on activity with the Royal BC Museum. Ages 6-12. Please email
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Read, Play, Win! Family Literacy Day 4pm at Island Savings Centre 2687 James St Come explore the many ways literacy goes beyond books and reading. The Vancouver Island Regional Library partners with the Island Savings Centre for an awesome day of activities and fun such as sports challenges, cartooning, Lego, and gaming.
Cowichan Valley Go Girls Summer Program 9am at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cowichan Valley See TUES 3 for details. Free. cowichan. bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/what-we-do/ourprograms. 250-748-2447. Nanaimo & Area Family Fun Night 4pm at Mansfield Park, Nanaimo Games, crafts, and much more. nanaimo.ca/ recreation-parks/parks-events. 250-756-5200.
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Picnic & Play 5pm at Maple Lane Community Park, Parksville 1035 Maple Lane Dr Kids, bring your adults and your dinner to the park. Games and activities are provided by the RDN Recreation and Parks leader. Propane BBQs are welcome. Free. rdn.bc.ca/recreation. 250-248-3252.
Happy Hummingbirds 10am at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road Includes hands-on discovery, an outside ramble, a story and a craft. For children 3 to 5 year old and their adult friends. Pre-registration required. Members $15 per adult/child pair, Non-members $18. 250-479-0211. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victoria & CRD Seals! Seals! 10am at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist to see Tower Point’s most avid sun worshippers and swimming enthusiasts—the harbour seals. Binoculars and spotting scopes provided. Meet at the Olympic View Drive parking lot. All ages. BC Transit #54 or #55. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Cowichan Valley
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Movies in the Park 9:15 pm (dusk) at Kerry Park Recreation Centre, Shawnigan Lake Bring your lawn chair and blanket and come join us at Kerry Park for a couple great summer movies. Films will show at dusk (approx. 9:15 pm). Admission is by donation. Snacks are available for purchase. By donation. cvrd.bc.ca/2577/Movies-in-the-Park. 250-743-5922.
Sensory Snoop 10am at Francis/King Regional Park Bring your preschooler to explore the sights and sounds at Francis/King Regional Park. Wake up your senses on a wander through the forest. Look for spring colours, listen for birds calling, smell forest perfume and more. No fee for this program, but you must pre-register by July 25 as space is limited. 5 years and under. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Cowichan Valley Chow Down Family Cooking Class 4pm at Cowichan Green Community See MON 2 for details Child minding is included. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org. 250-748-8506. Nanaimo & Area Monday Munchkinland Drop-in 9:30am at Munchkinland Family Place Bring your family and come play at the Munchkinland Exploration Centre this summer. Drop-in program for children 6 years and under and a caregiver. Free. rdn.bc.ca/recreation. 250-248-3252.
Victoria & CRD The Beach Rocks! 1pm at Island View Beach Regional Park The tide is out! Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and get a glimpse of the creatures that live beneath the rocks. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter off Homathko Rd. All ages. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Nanaimo & Area Learn to Fish 10:30am at Westwood Lake Jetty Join the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and learn the basics of freshwater fishing. Rapala fishing rods are provided, and program runs rain or shine. Parent participation required. Free. 250-756-5200.
Nanaimo & Area Starlight Skate 6:30pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre Come out and enjoy the soft light “stars” and passive LED glow lights. A great time for families before dinner. Regular admission. 250-756-5200.
Victoria & CRD Going Buggy 11am at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park We love ’em, we hate ’em. They’re fascinating, IslandParent.ca
finicky and fabulous. Drop by the tents at the main Beaver Beach between 11am and 2pm for a closeup look at some of our buggy friends and foes. All ages. BC Transit #70 or #72. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344 .
Victoria & CRD Beat the Heat 1pm at Francis/King Regional Park Enjoy the shade of the broadleaf maples on the universally accessible Elsie King Loop Trail. Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and check out the cedar lowlands, the lush salal understory and the cool arbutus enclaves. Strollers and wheelchairs welcome. Meet at the Francis/King Nature Centre off Munn Rd. All ages. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250478-3344. Cowichan Valley Ladysmith Days Parade 10am in Ladysmith The “theme” this year is “Seaside Celebration.” Free. ladysmithdays.com.
Sandy Shore Explore 10am at Island View Beach Regional Park Victoria & CRD Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for an intertidal exploration and discover the strange and wonderGoing Batty ful creatures that appear between the tides. Be 10am at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or Enjoy an interactive walk through the park with CRD beach shoes). Meet at the grassy area adjacent to Regional Parks naturalists to discover the world of the picnic shelter off Homathko Rd. All ages. Free. bats. There is no fee for this program, but you must crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. pre-register by August 1 as space is limited. 5 years and under. BC Transit #70 or #72. Free. crd.bc.ca/ Campfire Storytime parks. 250-478-3344. 6:30pm at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library Gather outside around the (fake) campfire for slightly TUESDAY TH spooky stories, songs, snacks and a craft. Nancy Dobbs will be the special musical guest. All ages Victoria & CRD welcome. Please email to register, or call for more information. Free. 250-656-0944. email@example.com. Open Air Library 10am at Iroquois Park Cowichan Valley 2295 Ocean Ave Come enjoy the fresh ocean air and free books Board Game Night this summer at the Open-Air Library in Sidney, BC! 4pm at Dice Bag Games Everyone is welcome to drop by and select from a #102-360 Festubert St Duncan wide range of reading materials while relaxing with Have a board game you want to play but no one to a good book on our cozy blankets. Reading materi- play with? Want to get into playing board games? als are available for all ages and you can take one Or hang out with people who love board games home with you too! Free. southislandliteracy.com. as much as you do? Bring your own or choose one 250-208-2975. firstname.lastname@example.org. from our extensive library. Fun for the whole family. dicebaggames.ca.
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Victoria & CRD Swan Lake Bingo Trails Noon at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road A great guided walk around Swan Lake, playing bingo as you hike—please wear comfortable footwear and bring a water bottle. Walks start from the Nature house at 12:15pm and 1:30pm. Visit with the Nature House animals and do some crafts after your walk. $5/person suggested donation. swanlake. bc.ca. 250-479-0211. email@example.com.
summer for more StoryWalk Wednesdays. Meet FRIDAY TH at the Munn Rd Loop trailhead. All ages. Free. crd. bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Nanaimo & Area Cowichan Valley
Hawaiian Holidaze 1pm at Westwood Lake Who needs a tropical getaway when you have your very own Westwood Lake. Enjoy a wide variety of tropical-themed games and activities for the whole family. 250-756-5200.
Lego Builders Club Summer Edition 4pm at Cowichan Lake Library 68 Renfrew Ave, Lake Cowichan Calling all architects. Bring your construction skills and we’ll provide the LEGO. New theme for each week. What will you build? This is best suited for SATURDAY TH children 6-12 years but anyone old enough to refrain from eating LEGO® is welcome! Free virl.bc.ca/ Victoria & CRD programs-and-events. Do You Have What it Takes to be an Astronaut? Feeling Crabby 1:30pm at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library THURSDAY TH 10am at Island View Beach Regional Park Find out with Jay Cullen from the University of Red, green, purple, hairy, and hermit crabs. This Victoria. Ages 9-12 (teens welcome). Please email Victoria & CRD bustling marine habitat has them all. Drop by any to register, or call for more information. Free. 250time between 10am and 1pm to meet some of these 656-0944. firstname.lastname@example.org. Between the Tides crabs and their cousins up close and personal. There 10am at Coles Bay Regional Park will be an aquarium, games, and lots of opportuniStory Walk Wednesday Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for an intertidal ties to explore the beach with buckets and dip nets. 6pm at Mount Work Regional Park exploration and discover the strange and wonder- Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or Get outside and experience a nature walk along ful creatures that appear between the tides. Be beach shoes). Look for the blue tent on the beach your favourite user-friendly trail while stopping to prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or off Homathko Rd. All ages. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. enjoy an illustrated children’s book. A CRD Regional beach shoes). Meet at the kiosk in the parking lot 250-478-3344. Parks naturalist will be there to bring the story to off Inverness Rd. All ages. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. life. StoryWalks are hosted by West Shore Parks 250-478-3344. & Recreation. Check westshorerecreation.ca this
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Annual Youbou Regatta 10:30am at Arbutus Park This free, fun event kicks off with the Youbou parade, which starts at 10:30 am from the Youbou Hall and Nanaimo & Area travels to Arbutus Park. Activities from 10:30am4:30pm. Free. 250-749-6742. firstname.lastname@example.org. Monday Munchkinland Drop-in 9:30am at Munchkinland Family Place SUNDAY TH Bring your family and come play at the Munchkinland Exploration Centre this summer. Drop-in program for Victoria & CRD children 6 years and under and a caregiver. Free. rdn.bc.ca/recreation. 250-248-3252. Beach Seine 10am at Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park TUESDAY TH Join CRD Regional Parks naturalists on a beach seine and see what creatures live in the underwater forest. Victoria & CRD Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the kiosk near the main beach Open Air Library off Metchosin Rd. 5+ years. BC Transit #54 or #55. 10am at Iroquois Park, Sidney Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. 2295 Ocean Ave Enjoy the fresh ocean air and free books this sumCadboro Bay Festival mer at the Open-Air Library in Sidney. Everyone 11am at Cadboro-Gyro Park is welcome to drop by and select from a wide 2600 Sinclair Rd range of reading materials while relaxing with a Watch world-class sand sculptors create giant works good book on cozy blankets. Reading materials of art using just sand, water and a whole lot of for all ages and you can take one home with you creativity. Free. saanich.ca/EN/main/news-events/ too. Free. southislandliteracy.com. 250-208-2975. events-list/saanich-community-events/cadboro- email@example.com. bay-festival-2.html. 250-475-5558. rob.phillips@ saanich.ca. Bug Buddies 10am at Mill Hill Regional Park Cowichan Valley What’s that bug? Bring your preschooler to explore the wonderful world of insects. Join a CRD Regional Heritage Fair and Family Picnic Parks naturalist on this bug safari and search for 10:30am at Elsie Miles Field, Shawnigan Lake grasshoppers, wood bugs and other not so creepy The Shawnigan Lake Museum invites you to the An- crawlies. No fee, but you must pre-register by August nual Heritage Fair & Community Picnic. Pack a picnic 9 as space is limited. 5 years and under. BC Transit and join us for an afternoon of old fashioned fun. #53. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Dress up photo booth; vintage cars; old fashioned races; artisan demonstrations; and more! 250-743- FRIDAY TH 8675. shawniganlakemuseum.com/Events.php. Victoria & CRD Nanaimo & Area Mad Science: SRC Wrap-Up Party Learn to Fish 2:30pm at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library 10:30am at Westwood Lake Jetty You’re invited to the Summer Reading Club Wrap-Up Join the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and Party to celebrate a summer of reading. Mad Scilearn the basics of freshwater fishing. Rapala fishing ence entertains with the dazzling Fire & Ice Show. rods are provided, and program runs rain or shine. Prizes, cake and lots of fun for everyone. All ages Parent participation required. Free. 250-756-5200. welcome. Please email to register, or call for more information. Free. 250-656-0944. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Victoria & CRD Splendid Snakes 10am at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary Saanichton Family Festival 3873 Swan Lake Road 9am at Saanichton Fairgrounds Includes hands-on discovery, an outside ramble, Family-oriented event with lots of games and prizes. IslandParent.ca
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Evening Campground Program 7pm at Island View Beach Regional Park Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for stories and a beach stroll. Bring a beach chair and meet at the campfire ring at Island View Beach campground, off Homathko Rd. All ages. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
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Open Air Library 10am at Iroquois Park, Sidney 2295 Ocean Ave Enjoy the fresh ocean air and free books this summer Cowichan Valley at the Open-Air Library in Sidney. Everyone is welcome to drop by and select from a wide range of readMovies in the Park ing materials while relaxing with a good book on the 9:15pm (dusk) at Kerry Park Recreation Centre cozy blankets. Reading materials for all ages and you Bring your lawn chair and blanket and join us at Kerry can take one home with you too. Free. southislandPark for a couple great summer movies. Films show literacy.com. 250-208-2975. email@example.com. at dusk (approx. 9:15 pm). Admission is by donation. Snacks are available for purchase. cvrd.bc.ca/2577/ Bejewlled Dragons of the Pond Movies-in-the-Park. 250-743-5922. 1pm at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for an up-close SUNDAY TH and personal look at the amazing world of dragonflies as they zig and zag in search of their prey Nanaimo & Area across the wetlands. Nets and field guides will be available for use. Meet at the grassy area adjacent 61st Annual QB Ocean Mile Swim to the picnic shelter in the Filter Beds parking lot off 1pm in Qualicum Beach Beaver Lake Rd. 5+ years. BC Transit #70 or #72. Take part in this long-standing community event that Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. celebrates the beauty of the oceanfront community of Qualicum Beach. All levels of fitness and those WEDNESDAY ND who just want to support participants welcome. The one-mile course runs along the shoreline of Victoria & CRD Qualicum Beach. Registration is free and starts at 1pm. Swim starts at 3pm. Free. rdn.bc.ca/recreation. Mammal Madness 250-752-5014. Noon at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road Glow in the Dark Skate I’m a mammal and so are you. Check out the marvel3pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre ous variety and adaptations of many of our fellow Skate in an atmosphere of dimmed lighting and mammals with pelts, skulls, games and more. $5/ special effects. Regular admission. 250-756-5200. person suggested donation. swanlake.bc.ca. 250479-0211. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outstanding Owls 10am at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road Includes hands-on discovery, an outside ramble, a story and a craft. For children 3 to 5 year old and their adult friends. Pre-registration required. Members $15 per adult/child pair, Non-members $18. 250-479-0211. email@example.com. Nanaimo & Area
Story Walk Wednesday 6pm at Francis/King Regional Park Get outside and experience a nature walk along your favourite user-friendly trail while stopping to enjoy an illustrated children’s book. A CRD Regional Parks naturalist will be there to bring the story to life. Hosted by West Shore Parks & Recreation. Check westshorerecreation.ca for more StoryWalk Wednesdays. Meet at Munn Rd Loop trailhead. All ages. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
Victoria & CRD Monday Munchkinland Drop-in 9:30am at Munchkinland Family Place Snake Day Bring your family and come play at the Munchkinland 11am at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park Exploration Centre this summer. Drop-in program for CRD Regional Parks has teamed up with Swan Lake IslandParent.ca
Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary for this slithery event. Watch snake shows, hold a snake, play a snake game and more. Drop by the tents at main Beaver Beach between 11am and 2pm. All ages. BC Transit #70 or #72. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
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Creatures of the Summer Night 8pm at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road Check out the nightlife at Swan Lake! Sharpen your senses to look for owls, bats and other nighttime creatures. Using a grab bag of tricks weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll discover how these animals are adapted to their nocturnal life. Suitable for children over 6 years. Pre-registration required by calling 250-479-0211. Members $5/ Non-members $6. swanlake.bc.ca. 250-479-0211. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Victoria & CRD Super Squirrels 10am at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary 3873 Swan Lake Road Includes hands-on discovery, an outside ramble, a story and a craft. For children 3 to 5 year old and their adult friends. Pre-registration required. Members $15 per adult/child pair, Non-members $18. 250-479-0211. email@example.com. Sandy Shore Explore 10am at Wittyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lagoon Regional Park Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist for an intertidal exploration and discover the strange and wonderful creatures that appear between the tides. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at the kiosk near the main beach off Metchosin Rd. All ages. BC Transit #54 or #55. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
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Sensational Seaweeds 10am at Island View Beach Regional Park A CRD Regional Parks naturalist will help you discover how important marine algae is for you, me, and the creatures that call them home. Be prepared to get your feet wet (bring sandals or beach shoes). Meet at grassy area adjacent to picnic shelter off Homathko Rd. 5+ years. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344.
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July Kids Camps Creative Drop-Ins 10am at Cowichan Valley Arts Council Early Evening Bat Exploration 2687 James Street 7pm at Elk/Beaver Lake Regional Park For the month of July, CVAC and PORTALS will be Join a CRD Regional Parks naturalist and the Habitat hosting drop in Kids Art Camps for two age groups. Acquisition Trust to explore the weird and wonderful Drop-in fee of $5/session helps cover material costs. world of bats. Hopefully you will get a chance to see Age 3-5 years, parent participation required. Tuesday them in action as they swoop through the air feeding and Thursday, July 5-28. cowichanvalleyartscouncil. on flying insects that are found at this time of year. ca/event/july-drop-art-camps-kids. 250-746-1633. Meet at the grassy area adjacent to the picnic shelter email@example.com. in the Filter Beds parking lot. 5+ years. BC Transit #70 or #72. Free. crd.bc.ca/parks. 250-478-3344. Nanaimo & Area
Nanaimo & Area Family Fun Night 4pm at Harewood Park, Nanaimo Games, crafts, and much more. nanaimo.ca/ recreation-parks/parks-events. 250-756-5200.
Silly Summer Saturdays Saturdays 3-5pm July and August at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre Bring your silly and funny side to the pool for summerthemed games and other silly and funny events (no program on July 21). 250-756-5200. Super Summer Sunday Sundays 3-5pm July and August at Nanaimo Aquatic Centre Superior summertime Sunday swimming. You will love it (no program on July 22). 250-756-5200.
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Summer Storytime 10:30-11:15am July 5-August 16 at Sidney/North Saanich Branch Library Bring your littlest ones to the library for stories, songs, rhymes and movement. All ages welcome. Drop in. 250-656-0944. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art From Nothing Wednesday, 6pm at Cowichan Lake Library 68 Renfrew Ave, Lake Cowichan Take rubbish things that seem to have no use and make awesome art with us. This is a free, weekly drop in event for teens ages 12-18 years. Younger children are welcome if they are accompanied by an adult. virl.bc.ca/programs-and-events.
Young Parent Weekly Drop-in Thursdays 10am-noon at Kiwanis Family Centre. Come and enjoy a hot meal, socialize with other young parents, enjoy a kids’ craft, let your little one explore the fully equipped playroom, or have a look in the ‘free’ store for gently used children’s items and household supplies. Staff available to help with information about relevant local resources, advocacy and counselling support, help with paperwork, and parenting support. 250-382-1004.
FAMILY Victoria & CRD Yoga in the Park Thursdays 6pm at Pioneer Park, Sidney Come and participate in free outdoor yoga while enjoying the fresh air of a summer evening. In collaboration with Play in the Park. Please bring your own mat. Weather dependent. All levels welcome. 250-656-7271. panoramarecreation.ca.
Victoria & CRD Museum Tots Saturdays 11am at Maritime Museum A weekly program introducing children 2-5 to the fun world of museum learning. New theme each week, allowing children to learn through crafts, play, games, song, and dance. $5/child. 250-385-4222.
Star Parties Saturdays 7:15pm at Dominion Astrophyscial Observatory Guest speakers, solar and nighttime observing with telescopes, tours of the historic Plaskett telescope, and more. Rain or shine. Free, but admission is by ticket only. victoria.rasc.ca. IslandParent.ca
Vic west toy library Saturdays 9:30am at HighPoint Community Church 949 Fullerton Ave $15/6 months or $30/year. 250-383-6290. dawn@ pointful.ca. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Circles A safe, supportive place to meet others in a similar situation and to share information and resources. For information about groups near you, call 250384-8042. Province-wide toll free information and support line at 1-855-474-9777 or email grgline@ parentsupportbc.ca. parentsupportbc.ca. Parent Support Circles Parenting isn’t always easy. Sometimes it helps to talk things through with other parents. At the Parent Support Services Society of BC, they believe that every parent is the expert of her/his own family. For more information about groups near you, call 250-3848042 or 1-877-345-9444 or visit parentsupportbc.ca.
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Nanaimo & Area Drop-In Science Studio Thursdays and Saturdays 10am-noon at NS3 Science Studio. Children can explore the many features of the Science Studio including KEVA blocks, marble wall, air field, wind tunnel, and a variety of discovery boxes. $4/child; adults free. Schedule subject to change, so please check nanaimoscience.org for most current schedule. 4355 Jingle Pot Rd. 778-971-6893. Water Parks Open 9am-8pm until September in Nanaimo (weather permitting) Departure Bay Kiwanis Park; Deverill Square Park; Harewood Centennial Park; Mansfield Park Hours are subject to change. It is recommended that all children use the parks with adult supervision. 250-756-5200. Bowen Park Kin Outdoor Pool Noon-3pm Monday-Thursday and 1-3pm FridaySunday in July & August Come swim in the outdoor heateed pool. Everyone welcome. $3.25. 250-753-816. kinpoolmanager@ gmail.com. Beat the Heat Everyone Welcome Skate 6:45-8:15pm Wednesdays July 4-August 22 at Oceanside Place Arena Beat the heat this summer and go for a refreshing skate. Regular admission. 250-248-3252. rdn.bc.ca/ recreation. •
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Avoiding the Summer Slump
he weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer, which means summer is almost here! With freedom from school on the lazy summer days, it’s easy for kids to slip out of their regular literacy routines that are established throughout the school year.
With fewer resources at their disposal and less guidance from educators, kids can experience the “summer slump,” a well-known and recognized issue that affects many children, especially those who struggle with reading. Studies in recent years have shown that depending on their age, children can lose up to two grade levels of reading skills during the summer. Encouraging your child to participate in literacy activities and to keep up with their reading during the summer is an excellent way to prevent this slump from happening. While it might seem like an overwhelming task to help maintain your child’s reading skills during their summer vacation, there are many ways that literacy can be made fun and woven into your summer activities. Cook Together. Cooking with your children is a great way to spend quality time together but is also a wonderful way for them to practice their reading and math skills, while creating a tasty treat. However, if the thought of tiny hands in the kitchen 48 Family Summer Guide
concerns you, inventing recipes, creating outdoor recipes, or helping to write or create a grocery shopping list are other ways to encourage literacy at home. Plan Family Reading Time. While DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) time is a regular occurrence at school, it may not
be so easy at home. Modelling reading for your kids is an essential way for them to pick up good reading habits and to foster a love of reading in your children. Invite your children to read to you, or take turns reading books together. Play Literacy Games. Making story stones (for instructions, Google “Story Stones”) is a fun and crafty way for children to hone in on their creative side, build critical thinking skills through storytelling and grow their imagination. If you are heading out on a family vacation or road trip, utilizing your surroundings to play literacy games is a wonderful way to pass the time. The License Plate Game (searching for license plates from different Provinces or States) or the Road Sign Game (looking for road signs that have each letter of the alphabet) are great family activities for extended time in the car. Journal. There are many online journaling resources available, or your child can keep a paper copy. A journal is a great way
to open dialogue with your child about their summer activities and it is also a wonderful memento that your child can keep for years to come. If you prefer a bit more guidance for you and your child to engage in literacy learning this summer, your local library is a terrific resource that is at your disposal.
Kate Wood Both the Greater Victoria Public Library and the Sidney/North Saanich Vancouver Island Regional Library offer the Summer Reading Club. This free, seven-week long program encourages children to read each day by offering small incentives. A takehome reading record tracks the amount of reading that they accomplish each day, and small prizes are awarded for their efforts. The Summer Reading Club is a provincewide initiative, so even if you go away for a vacation, your child may still be able to participate. Along with the Summer Reading Club, both public library systems offer a wide variety of free summer programs for all ages. More information can be found at their respective websites: gvpl.ca and virl.bc.ca The library is not the only place offering summer literacy programs this year. The fourth annual Open-Air Library will commence at Iroquois Park in Sidney on Tuesday, July 3 at 10 a.m. Offered Tuesday mornings throughout the summer, this drop-in event is a good opportunity for families to come together and enjoy some fresh air and family-friendly reading materials while relaxing on a blanket in the park. Books are available for all ages; there is no need to register. This free program is sponsored by Saanich Peninsula Literacy in partnership with The Town of Sidney, and Peninsula Connections for Early Childhood (PCEC) “1000 X 5” Children’s Book Recycling Project. For dates and information, visit southislandliteracy.com. Finally, let’s talk digital resources. While there is much to be said for children “unplugging” from technology, since so much of our day-to-day lives are spent being plugged in, there are many valuable, free resources that can support your child’s learning capacity. Here is a short list of resources that IslandParent.ca
can be accessed from computer, tablet or smart phone: Family Flit. Free App created by the Centre for Family Literacy. Reading, recipes, rhymes and games designed to build strong reading, writing and literacy skills. Ready4K. Free App created by Jefferson County Public Schools. Resources, games and activities that follow key learning areas for children. TumbleBooks. Free App, accessible with your public library card. Interactive ebooks for all ages. Meanwhile. $6.99 on App Store. Schoolaged interactive, Choose-Your-Own adventure style comic. PBS Parents Play and Learn. Free App created by PBS for young children.
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Stretch Your Summer Days W
hat do you like the most about summer? The warm summer days that stretch into relaxing evenings? The feeling of everlasting daylight that fills the sky? The special memories that will stay with you forever? With the weather on your side, summer evenings offer wonderful opportunities to stay outdoors. This year, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites have the perfect evening and daytime events to entertain everyone in your family. • On July 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Canada Day is the Fort’s biggest celebration of the year, with Victoria’s largest birthday cake to top it off! Be a kid again, dance yourself silly to the live music throughout the day, and take part in all the fun activities. • On July 14 and 15, Parks Canada and Mountain Equipment Co-op are hosting “Learn to Camp.” Rally a few friends for their first camping trip during Camp-Out at the fort. Challenge them to a S’mores cooking competition and a race to see who will master the tent-building puzzle first. Reservation required. • On July 27 from 6 to 10 p.m., wrap your kids in their favourite blanket during the first ever Camp-In Movie at the fort. Instead of a drive-in movie experience, you can watch films on the big screen within the fort walls and even pitch a tent if you’d like to stay overnight. • On August 10 from 8 p.m. to midnight, peer into the early night sky to witness with your own eyes—or with the help of provided telescopes—this year’s Perseid Meteor Shower, a Star Gaze event not to
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be missed by aspiring astronomers. Stay awake until your sleepy eyes can’t take it anymore, then retreat for a good night’s sleep in an oTENTik or your own tent. Reservations required for overnight stays. • On August 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the heat of August, kids of all ages now know that Victoria’s largest water gun battle always takes place at Fort Rodd Hill. Dress to get wet and have a blast—and bring your own water guns. Face painting and music will be on offer throughout the day. • On September 22, grab your coats and step into time as Fort Rodd Hill opens its doors for an exclusive, after-dark guided tour. Lantern tours start at 7 p.m. and run until 9:30 p.m. As the summer wraps up, grab your sweaters and step back in
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Oh, Canada & Sunny Day Reads
ere in Canada we are spoiled by all of the beautiful places we can visit and explore, especially here on Vancouver Island. We can walk under huge fir trees and marvel at their beauty, surf towering waves in Tofino, climb mountains and amble through gorgeous gardens. Now that school’s out for the summer there’s more time and opportunities for families to get outside and explore the wilderness around them. If you need some inspiration to get you started, the following books look at Canada as a whole and at our coast. The first book is Canada Year by Year by Elizabeth MacLeod and illustrated by Sydney Smith (Kids Can Press, 2016). This book is jam-packed with facts and interesting details about Canada, from Confederation to 2017. One good thing about this book is that it doesn’t sugar coat our nation’s past. In addition to talking about heroes like Georgina Pope, Leonora Howard King, and Tom Longboat, MacLeod also covers residential schools, Japanese internment camps, and the British home children. For ages 8 to 12. The other fact-filled book about Canada is A Canadian Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Canada’s Kids by Tania McCartney and illustrated by Tina Snerling (EK Books, 2017). Unlike Canada Year by Year, all the facts in A Canadian Year are current. As your child reads through this book they will be introduced to five children from across Canada who will teach them about our nation. They will learn new words in English, French and Inuit. As the book goes through the different months McCartney covers the different celebrations that take place across the country, as well as the different types of foods we eat and the clothes we wear. For ages 5 to 9. The first story that brings us closer to home is Taan’s Moons: A Haida Moon Story by Alison Gear and illustrated by Kiki van der Heiden with children who live in Haida Gwaii (McKeller Martin, 2014). This beautiful poem takes the
reader through the yearly cycle of the moon and how it impacts Taan, which means “bear” in the Haida language. Throughout the book the names of the different moons, like Berries Ripen Moon are also written in Skidegate Haida and Old Massett Haida to introduce children to these different dialects. If you and your child would like to learn more, the end of the book has more information about the different Haida dialects. The felt images were created by children in kindergarten and grade one under the guidance of van der Heiden. For all ages. Another book that celebrates native art is Animals of the Salish Sea: Coast Salish First Nations and Native Art (Native Explore, Native Northwest, 2016) which features images by 13 different Coast Salish artists alongside text by Melaney Gleeson-Lyall. As you read through the book you will get to enjoy stunning native art while you learn what the different creatures who live in the sea and surrounding lands mean to the Coast Salish people. For ages 3 to 8. For a different look at our coast read Jocey Asnong’s West Coast ABCs (Rocky Mountain Books, 2018). Nuptse and Lhotse sail around the West Coast from Anvil Island to Zeballos Inlet. Along the way they meet octopi and orcas, pause to ski down Grouse Mountain, and watch whales from Wickaninnish Beach. The pictures are bright and cheerful inviting children to explore this unique region and the flora and fauna found here. The narrative feels rather broken, which is pretty standard for ABC books because they go through every letter of the alphabet in order. For ages 0 to 2. If all of these books about Canada and the West Coast have encouraged you to get outside and explore it for yourself then this last book is for you. Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail by the editors of Storey Publishing (Storey Publishing, 2018) shows children how to recognize different trees, paw prints and cloud types. The book gives some
suggestions to make hiking even more exciting by teaching children to make acorn whistles and other natural instruments as well as trail crafts. This book also teaches children how to pronounce words like exoskeleton and encourages physical literacy by encouraging children to hop like a frog and slither like a snake. Finally this book comes with stickers and
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paper to make a map of your adventure, badges to stick to pages when you’ve seen the animal or animal tracks on that page, and a magnifying glass to see bugs and leaf veins up close. For ages 4 to 8. This summer if you and your family are looking for something to do, head outside and explore the world around you. Take time to enjoy the sun, the sea, and the bird songs. Take pictures, make mandalas with twigs and leaves, and relish the feeling of water on your skin as you splash in waves and skip rocks across the lake.
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Summer Eating Tips Healthy Families, Happy Families
Child, Youth & Family Public Health
Fibre is well known for promoting regularity, but it is also important for increasing feelings of fullness, blood sugar control, lowering cholesterol and overall gut health. It’s easy to get excited about classic barbecue foods but don’t skip the veggies. Add the traditional lettuce and tomato to your burgers, or try cucumber and red pepper. Grilled veggie skewers are also a crowd pleaser. Side salads are an excellent way to have more veggies and take advantage of the summer leafy greens. For salads with creamy dressings like your classic potato salad, try swapping out the dressing with
one made with oil and vinegar—they are quick, add a lighter taste and are lower in saturated fat.
Summer is prime time to gather the family to enjoy more meals together. Kids who eat with their families at least once a day develop better social and language skills, are more connected with their families and friends and have a better understanding of family values. They are also more likely to do better in school, be at a healthier weight and have an improved sense of belonging. Family meals are a great way to introduce nutritious foods, help children to develop positive relationships with food and learn food skills essential for life.
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Take advantage of the warm summer months and enjoy a picnic or barbecue outside with your family. Hot dogs and smokies can be high in salt and fat and low in important nutrients such as protein and iron. Burgers can be a better choice, but they may also be high in salt and fat, depending on the type you buy. For a homemade version with a twist, check out the beef and lentil burger recipe on the following page. These burgers can be a great way to encourage children and less adventurous adult eaters to try a new food. Lentils are affordable, quick to prepare, and high in protein, fibre and iron. Iron helps to maintain energy levels, and many children and adults do not meet their daily iron needs.
For a sweet treat, take advantage of the delicious summer fruit. Berries, melons and stone fruits like peaches, nectarines and cherries are sweet, available and generally more affordable in the warmer months. If you buy a large amount or find they are ripening faster than you can eat them, try freezing or canning the extras. Turn your ripe fruit into a smoothie with some milk or milk alternative and yogurt. If you don’t finish your smoothie, freeze the rest in an ice cube tray or popsicle mold for another day. Popsicles have a better texture if the IslandParent.ca
mixture is thick and creamy before freezing, so leftover smoothies work well. If you are a fan of jams or pies, ripe summer berries are a great option. Try cooking them down
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Happy Families, Healthy Families
another when they come back inside. If your child does not enjoy the taste of water, try flavouring their water with berries, mint leaves, or citrus to add flavour. Fruits and vegetables such as melons, berries, cucumbers, and tomatoes have high water content, so eating fruits and vegetables can also increase your fluid intake. Beef and Lentil Burgers Serves 4
and preserving them through canning or jarring for a naturally sweet fruit spread or pie filling.
Ingredients 3⁄4 cup (175 ml) cooked or canned green lentils 3⁄4 lb (350 g) lean ground beef Healthy Hydration 1 small zucchini, coarsely grated Kids often forget to drink water. When 1 egg you are eating and spending time outdoors 1⁄4 tsp (1 ml) salt Cook for four minutes each side or until in the sun, hydration could be one of the 1⁄4 tsp (1 ml) freshly ground black pepper lightly charred and cooked through. last things on your child’s mind. The risk Recipe from Canadian Lentils at lentils. for dehydration is higher on hot summer Directions org/recipe/beef-lentils-burgers/ days, when more water is lost through the 1. In a large bowl, add lentils, beef, zucskin, even if you don’t see sweat. Thirst is chini and egg. Season with salt and pepper. a late sign of dehydration so remind your Mix until well combined. Shape into four Grace Tan is a UBC Dietitian student in her kids to sip water throughout the day, even patties. Place on a baking tray. Cover and 5th and final year of the Dietetics Program, if they say they are not thirsty. If your kids refrigerate for 10 minutes to chill. and Kimberley Black is a Registered Dietitian are playing outside, encourage them to have 2. Spray a barbecue grill or chargrill with with the North Island Public Health program of a glass of water before going outside, and oil and heat the patties on medium high. Island Health.
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Photo of Skylar (2) and Bruce by Kath
Photo of Hudson M (4) by Stephan
dy Stepaniuk Photo of Avery (5) by An
Photo of Henri L (2) by Melissa Labelle
Every entry into Island Parent’s annual Family Summer Guide photo contest was cover worthy, but they a wouldn’t all fit! So here is a sampling of some of the beautiful, summery photos we received. The winner of Island Parent’s photo contest—and the $100 gift certificate—is Jennifer Bibb for her photo of Ethan S (9), shown on the cover. The accompanying three photos are of William G (15) by Alison Cairns, Jasper M (1) by Andrea Bingham, and Helena (7) by Emily Shorthouse. Three readers’ photos were also used in our “Adventurous Family Attractions” feature on page 7: Cruz W (31⁄2) by Adrienne Jopp, Dante D (7) by Sanjeeta Dewey, and Emmeline S (5) by Moraine Ruddick. And two more readers’ photos were used in our “Captivating Creatures” guide on page 26: Emma H (5) and Sofia H (8) by Dawn Harris.
Photo of Lukas S (5) and Marton S (8) by Agnes Sillem
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Karen Photo of William L (7) by
IslandParent.ca er Photo of Gavin M (2) by Jane Cald
Photo of Cadence R (11⁄2) by Judy Ranns
Photo of Cordelia M (4 months) by
Photo of Cassia B (8) by Heather Brown
Photo of Abigail M (5) by Sheena Davies
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Eat Drink Local
id you know that buying from a locally-owned businesses is a great way to invest in our Island economy? Research has shown that for every $100 spent: • local retailers re-circulate $45 back into the local economy, versus $17 for chain stores • local restaurants re-circulate $65 compared to $30 for chains To support B.C.’s local food industry, The Ministry of Agriculture has launched the Buy BC: Eat Drink Local Campaign to connect diners with local food producers and restaurants that feature locally grown foods. I recently talked with Samantha
• B.C. produces all sorts of different types of food. Delicious vegetables, beef, pork, poultry and dairy: fruits from the Okanagan, seafood on our coast. B.C. even has locally grown grains. • Visiting a farmers’ market or a farm creates community connections. It helps kids appreciate the people behind the food. • Local food is healthy, wholesome and fresh. Though Scholefield is based in Vancouver, she acknowledges the local food scene on the Islands. “B.C. tastes better because it is fresher and, when you know the story behind the food, you get more excited about it, even as an adult,” said Scholefield. “I
Scholefield, the Eat Drink Local program manager, who emphasized the importance of teaching kids about locally-produced food so they understand the connection between the food they eat, where it comes from and how food choices can support a local food system.
just found out there is a farm on Vancouver Island growing wasabi. I am super excited and I want to go check it out next time I’m on the Island.” To find out about local producers and restaurants featuring local food, visit eatdrinklocal.ca.
Some key points:
Farmers’ Market Tacos
• Shopping at farmers markets and farm stands teaches kids about where their food comes from. Carrots don’t just come from a plastic bag in a grocery store, farmers pull them from the ground from their leafy green tops. • Eating local foods builds awareness around the seasons—what’s in season when—and how flavour is related to freshness. A locally ripened strawberry has so much more flavour than one that’s been transported from California.
This recipe was inspired by a trip to the James Bay Farmers’ Market. This year a family is selling fresh corn tortillas. They smelled so good, I had to buy them. Then I bought ground beef, cheese and all the vegetables required for a make-your-own tacos party. Tacos are a great way to get kids interested in trying new foods. Make a bunch of different fillings for a fun, flavourful experiment. Basic Toppings: Taco shells IslandParent.ca
Shredded cheese Shredded lettuce Diced tomatoes Salsa (there are lots of local salsa producers.)
3. Add in the spices and salt. Cook for 3. Stir all the ingredients together in a 1 minute. large bowl and serve right away. 4. Stir in tomato paste, oregano and the cooked lentils. Mash the lentils until you Local Braising Greens reach the desired consistency. You may need Our coastal climate is just so good at to add in 1–2 tablespoons of water if the growing greens. Why not add them to mixture seems dry. your tacos?
Fresh Farmers’ Market Salsa
2 Tbsp olive oil This is a great dish for older kids to 1 onion (diced) prepare on their own. They love being able 1⁄2 tsp salt to make something all on their own, with 1⁄2 tsp ground black pepper just a little bit of supervision. Don’t worry 1 bunch of braising greens (chard, kale, Ground Beef Filling if the salsa ends up being a little chunky. spinach) This is nearly as easy as using a storeWhy not let your kids pick out the ingre- Juice of 1 lime bought package of taco seasoning and the dients at the farmers market, so they can 3⁄4 cup finely grated hard cheese flavour is delicious. connect their dinner to the farmers? 1. Wash and chop the greens into bite2 Tbsp oil 4 large tomatoes sized pieces. 3⁄4 cup chopped onions 1 yellow pepper 2. Sauté the onions in olive oil for 4 min1 lbs ground beef 6 spring onions utes. Add the greens, sprinkle with salt and 2 clove garlic 1 bunch cilantro pepper, and cook until the greens are wilted. 1 Tbsp chili powder 2 Tbsp lime juice 3. Remove from heat and stir in lime juice 1⁄2 tsp salt (to taste) 2 tsp ground cumin and cheese. Serve immediately. 1⁄2 tsp ground coriander 2 Tbsp tomato paste 1. Finely dice all the vegetables. Emillie Parrish loves having adventures with Salt to taste (about 1⁄2 tsp) 2. Remove the tough stems, then chop her two busy children. She lives in Victoria and the cilantro (leaves and soft stems). is the author of the fermentation-based blog 1. Sauté the onions in oil until soft (4 fermentingforfoodies.com. minutes), then add the beef, breaking it up with wooden spoon. Cook until it is no longer pink (about 3 minutes). 2. Stir in the garlic and spices. Cook for 1 minute, then add in the tomato paste and salt. 3. Reduce the heat to low, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4. Serve right away.
Here is a great alternative to refried beans. It’s sure to please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. 1 cup of dried lentils (brown or green) 1⁄2 diced onion 4 cloves of garlic 1⁄2 green pepper 1⁄2 tsp ground cumin 1 Tbsp chili powder 1⁄2 tsp ground coriander 1⁄2 tsp salt (to taste) 3 tbsp of tomato paste 1⁄2 tsp oregano
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1. Cook 1 cup of dried lentils in boiling water until soft (about 15 minutes). Drain and set aside. 2. Sauté onion, garlic and green pepper until soft. IslandParent.ca
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Family Getaways Feel like packing up and getting away from it all? Here are some ideas to help you with your family holiday. Enjoy seeing new sites or visiting old favourites as you leave the household chores behind.
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Bring your family to Blue Vista Resort and start a new tradition. Located steps from Bennett Bay and the Gulf Island National Reserve with its beaches and shoreline walks on Mayne Island, this Tourism BC Approved Accommodation has been catering to families for over three decades. With nine individualized housekeeping cottages to choose from and a quiet lawn with barbecues, picnic tables and a children’s play area, this small family-run resort invites you to join a tradition many families have been enjoying for years. Cabins start at under $100/night. Visit bluevistaresort.com for rates and details.
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS are no stodgy old museums! Let the kids explore this 100-year-old coast artillery fort and master the games inside Fisgard Lighthouse, the oldest one on Canada’s west coast. Surprise them with the idea of staying overnight. Soldiers’ families used to camp here in the early 1900s. Nowadays you can camp here too; the oTENTik cabins are equipped with everything you’ll need for a worry-free getaway. pc.gc.ca/ fortroddhill 250-478-5849.
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Check out the best in Canada! Visit Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park and give your family a trip to remember. There is something for everyone—learn about the crystals, fossils and mysterious marble caverns on a fun and adventurous guided tour. Or self-explore the smaller but more rugged caves with a map and rented helmet with headlamp. For those that prefer their adventure above ground, check Canada’s only Cave Theatre, Cave Museum and Interpretive Centre, or try a 2-hour outdoor rock rappel session. Nearby canoe rentals and lakefront camping make Horne Lake an outdoor-lover’s dream. Open year round. 250-248-7829. hornelake.com.
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Pools & Recreation Located in Parksville, TighNa-Mara Seaside Spa Resort is an all season destination resort offering comfort and tranquility, handcrafted log guestrooms that a r e surrounded by 22 acres of forest nestled above 3 km of sandy beach and the warmest swimming waters in Canada. With family accommodation, two unique restaurants, an award winning spa, Free WIFI, indoor pool and fitness facilities plus the most extensive seasonal children’s recreational resort program on Vancouver Island, TighNa-Mara is the natural choice or your next family getaway. tigh-na-mara.com. 1-800-663-7373•
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To find out more about travelling on Vancouver Island, visit the following websites or contact or visit the organizations.
Capital Regional District Parks & Trails Website: crd.bc.ca/parks Find out about 33 regional parks and trails on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands: maps, activities, rules regarding pets, feature hikes, nature programs.
Tourism Vancouver Island Website: vancouverisland.travel Find things to do, places to stay or sign up for the email newsletter. You’ll find maps and a distance chart, information about accommodations, camping, tours, attractions, festivals, events, entertainment, parks and outdoor activities in various communities.
Discover Camping Reservation Service Website: discovercamping.ca Toll free: 1-800-689-9025 You can use the Discover Camping website to view campsite availability, reserve a site (3 reservations per transaction) and manage your bookings. Most campsite reservations can be made up to 4 months in advance and no later than 2 days prior to your arrival date. You can also find out about service fees in the various parks and download a brochure for easy reference.
The Weather Network Website: weather.ca For weather forecasts, select “British Columbia” and click on a specific town or city, from Bamfield to Zeballos.
Drive BC Website: drivebc.ca For highway cams, incidents and conditions. Toll free 1-800-550-4997
Tourism Victoria Visitor Info Centre Website: tourismvictoria.com 812 Wharf Street, Victoria 250-953-2033; Toll Free: 1-800-663-3883 Find maps, a calendar of events, a vacation guide, things to do and see, accommodation info and more.
Visitor Info Centres You’ll find visitor info centres in most communities, often located along main routes. During July and August, most centres are open 9am-5pm. Also, most have websites with great information and links. To do some pre-trip planning, look online to find the location of specific centres (hellobc. com). Or just wait to pick up brochures and ideas when you’re on the road.
Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Website: reservation.pc.gc.ca Toll free: 1-877-737-3783 (Reservations) 1-866-944-1744 (Information) View campsite availability, reserve a site, manage your bookings, and find out about park reserve programs and events.
Marine Weather Website: weather.gc.ca/marine/index_e.html Click on the appropriate region for marine conditions and forecasts.
Ferry Information BC Ferries Information Website: bcferries.com Toll free: 1-888-BC-FERRY For routes, rates or schedules, to make a reservation or check traffic conditions.
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