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Wining & dining in the South Island, Cowichan and North Central Island

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WHETHER you’re contemplating your first-ever holiday to Canada’s west coast, or you’re already packing to head back once again to your favourite Island get-away, Vancouver Island’s attractions and hospitality will make this a vacation to remember. You already know how much Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have to offer – mountain peaks to sandy beaches, primeval forests to cultured cities and friendly towns, open-air markets to world class shopping, and cuisine to suit any palate or mood. But take another look – and you’ll be in for a surprise! There’s always something new happening here. Fresh opportunities to experience the Island from a different perspective. The West Coast is a land of extremes, nowhere better exemplified than on Vancouver Island. Once again chosen by Travel and Leisure’s reader survey as Canada’s top island for 2016, the Island is described as ‘Equal parts romantic and wild.’ The wild side is experienced in the deep old-growth rainforests, craggy mountainside trails and the aweinspiring power of open ocean swells. An abundance of wildlife is found in the forests, in the skies, in inland water-

ways and offshore. Challenge yourself with outdoor experiences like hiking, climbing, diving, surfing, spelunking, kayaking or mountain biking. Or jump into the ‘wild side’ of a different sort … experience the energy of one of many music festivals or celebrations across the Island. The romantic side can be enjoyed not only with barefoot walks along soft sandy beaches, but by indulging in modern creature comforts and a bit of personal pampering. Plan for some satisfying retail therapy excursions. Book a restorative stay in resort lodgings or a warm and welcoming B&B. Graze on the slowest of slow foods in unpretentious, quietly world-class restaurants or try out a hip new restaurant making its début. Tour award-winning wineries, cideries and meaderies, or visit one of the Island’s unique distilleries. Enjoy live music, theatre and the fine arts. And experience a world of gracious hospitality. There’s simply so much to see and do. You’ll be sure to discover some unexpected aspect of Vancouver Island that will surprise and delight you!


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Discover is on the Web at www.timescolonist.com – follow the links. Discover Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, published by the Victoria Times Colonist, is also distributed in the Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal and in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland by Glacier Media. It is distributed in Greater Seattle by Sound Publishing.

What’s inside:

Vancouver Island Regional Map . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Public Markets . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Cowichan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

Welcome to Vancouver Island . . . . . . . . . . . 2

What’s On, Cowichan . . . . . . 39

Getting Here is Just the Start of the Adventure . . . . . . . 5

Central Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40

South Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

What’s On, Central Island . . . 44

A Great Place to Get Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Fourteen Fabulous Island Festivals . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Victoria: Night & Day . . . . . . . 13

Pacific Rim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Gastronomic Vancouver Island South Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Cowichan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 North Central Island . . . . . . . . . 56

What’s On, Pacific Rim . . . . . 52

Butchart Gardens . . . . . . . . . .18 What’s On, South Island . . . . 20 Royal BC Museum 2017 Exhibits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Gulf Islands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 What’s On, Gulf Islands . . . . . 29 Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Island Attractions . . . . . . . . . . 32

Nanaimo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

North Central Island . . . . . . . . 57 Discover the Summer Side of the Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . 60 What’s On, North Central Island . . . . . . . . 64 Rediscover Comox for the First Time . . . . . . . . . . . 66 North Island . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 What’s On,North Island . . . . . 69 Island Sportfishing . . . . . . . . . 70

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our Vancouver Island adventure starts even before you arrive! There are a number of options to make the journey from the mainland, and every one of them are breathtakingly scenic.

Getting here is just the start of the adventure

By water Travel with your car, RV or bicycle, or as a foot passenger on one of BC Ferries routes between Vancouver (Tsawwassen and Horseshoe Bay) and Vancouver Island (Swartz Bay near Victoria and the Nanaimo terminals at Duke Point and Departure Bay). BC Ferries also provides year-round connections between various Island communities and the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, Haida Gwaii, and mainland northern B.C. Other routes sail from Comox to Powell River on the mainland, and between the Island and the northern Gulf Islands (Denman, Hornby, Quadra and Cortes). For hasslefree transport between Vancouver and Victoria, the BC Ferries Connector runs a daily year-round scheduled coach service with multiple drop-off and pick up points along the route. A new foot-passenger ferry – V2V – will offer service between the Victoria and Vancouver Harbours, beginning this summer. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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From the U.S., you can take Black Ball Ferry Line’s classic MV Coho from Port Angeles in Washington State right into Victoria’s Inner Harbour. A high-speed passenger-only ferry, the Victoria Clipper, travels between Seattle’s waterfront at Pier 69 and Victoria’s Inner Harbour as well. And during the spring, summer and fall,

Washington State Ferries sails between Sidney and Anacortes. A growing number of cruise ships have made Victoria a stop, allowing passengers to disembark for excursions, shopping, museum visits and walking tours in B.C.’s capital. Nanaimo’s new cruise ship facility also invites visitors to step direct to shore (rather than via a launch) for daytrips around the Harbour City.

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By air Major airlines utilize Victoria International Airport (YYJ), Nanaimo Airport (YCD), Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), Campbell River Airport (YBL) and Port Hardy Airport (YZT). Harbour-to-harbour floatplane and helicopter services are also available to these towns as well as the Island’s west coast. Chartered and scheduled flights can be booked to smaller islands and communities in the region. Plan a flightseeing expedition for an aerial Island adventure.

Getting around the Island By automobile Bring your own vehicle or rent a car, RV or campervan while you’re here, and head out on your road trip adventure. The highway system leads from Victoria in the south to Port Hardy in the north, and cuts across the Island’s midsection out to Port Alberni, Tofino and Ucluelet.

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Inter-city and local bus services are available across Vancouver Island. Tofino Bus All Island Express has a new North Island schedule which provides three daily bus journeys travelling from Victoria to Nanaimo, Parksville, Buckley Bay, Courtenay and Campbell River. and a once-daily connection to Port McNeill and Port Hardy. The new routes are in addition to their service from Victoria to Nanaimo, Parksville, Port Alberni and on to Ucluelet and Tofino. Other motorcoach options range from group charters to sightseeing and activity tours.

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he South Island region is a study in contrasts, from the aweinspiring and ancient old growth forests of Port Renfrew – known as the ‘Big Tree Capital’ of Canada – to bustling, cosmopolitan Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city. You’ll find plenty in between those two extremes too … pastoral countryside;

forested parklands; pristine lakes, rivers and beaches; and friendly small towns. Victoria is the point of first arrival for many visitors. Named after Queen Victoria, the city is proud of its rich history. Walk along Government Street from the Inner Harbour to Bastion Square and you’ll find bricks embedded in the pavement, tracing the outline of the original

Fort Victoria. Picturesque heritage buildings; horse-drawn carriages, double-decker sight-seeing bus tours; not just one, but two castles; and the quintessential treat – tea at the Fairmont Empress hotel overlooking the Inner Harbour – are all reminiscent of a British heritage. But Victoria also claims the oldest Chinatown in Canada (it is also the sec-

ond oldest in North America, after San Francisco). The district was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1995, and its gateway on Fisgard Street at Government Street is graced with the ‘Gate of Harmonious Interest’. Victoria’s Chinatown is home to Canada’s narrowest street, Fan Tan Alley – originally the site of restaurants, gambling and opium dens.

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At Thunderbird Park and the Royal BC Museum you can view a part of a uniquely West Coast First Nations heritage – with a collection of totem poles and the striking Mungo Martin House – a Kwakwaka’wakw big house in Thunderbird Park, and an extensive collection of artifacts in the First Peoples Galleries of the Royal BC Museum next to the park. If you only have a few days here, you’ll find the City of Victoria has attractions, events, shopping, culture, parks, festivals and more to have you planning your next trip back just to fit it all in. But if you have a bit more time, why not venture out of town to the beautiful Saanich Peninsula. Spend some time at the world-renowned Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay. If your visit to The Gardens takes in a summer Saturday evening, you can enjoy a spectacular fireworks display choreographed to music.

Victoria Butterfly Gardens, also in Brentwood Bay, is a delightful tropical garden with butterflies flying freely, turtles, exotic birds, reptiles and poison dart frogs. They’ve just opened an Insectarium … adding a whole new insight into the world of insects from around the globe. Be sure to make a stop in Sidney. This friendly seaside town is Canada’s only designated ‘Booktown’ ... due to the numerous bookstores found here. The concept of a ‘Booktown’ was created by an eccentric Welsh bookseller named Richard Booth. Book Towns worldwide are officially united through the International Organisation of Book Towns. Sidney also has a thriving arts community, with the Sidney Fine Arts Show taking place each fall. Numer.ous fine arts, literary and performing arts events take place throughout the year. For those interested in learning about the waters surrounding Vancouver Island, head to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea on Sidney’s waterfront. The Saanich Peninsula enjoys a perfect climate for viticulture, and is home to numerous wineries, as well as a cidery and a distillery. For an enjoyable afternoon, take a ride on the tiny passenger ferry from Sidney’s waterfront over to Sidney Spit Marine Park for a beach picnic. Another day trip (or longer if you have the time) would be to head west … through rolling

farmlands and on to the ‘wilder’ side of the South Island region. Visit East Sooke Park for a West Coast wilderness adventure. The park is the largest in the Capital Regional District network, encompassing 1422 hectares, and contains over 50 km of hiking trails. The Sooke Potholes Regional Park is a favourite summer spot for picnicking and swimming in the deep pools and crystal clear waters of the Sooke River. Following the West Coast Road towards Port Renfrew, you’ll find a number of beaches, including French Beach, China Beach (with access to the spectacular Juan de Fuca Marine Trail), Sombrio Beach and Jordan River … these last two both known for first-rate surfing. Port Renfrew is a draw for sports fishing enthusiasts, and is also known as the “Big Trees Capital” of Canada. Nearby Avatar Grove is a stand of enormous old-growth forest where the ‘World’s Gnarliest Tree’ grows. ‘Big Lonely Doug’ ... estimated to be around 1000 years old, is the second largest Douglas Fir in Canada. The largest is the Red Creek Fir found about 20 km east of Big Lonely Doug. Botanical Beach is another ‘must-see’ in the Port Renfrew area. The abundance of life in the tidal pools includes starfish, sea urchins, gooseneck barnacles, mussels and sea anemones.

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competition to build a new legislative building in Victoria, the British Columbia Parliament Buildings are a neo-baroque masterpiece. The front lawns are often the venue for public celebrations, and at night the buildings are beautifully illuminated. The buildings were first lighted in 1897, in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. Today, the nightly display uses over 3,300 energy-efficient bulbs.

Journey back in time through the province’s natural, geologic, First Nations and pioneer history at the Royal BC Museum, and thrill to big-screen entertainment at the IMAX theatre. Thunderbird Park is located next to the Museum, and is home to a collection of impressive totem poles and a traditional big house. Helmcken House is also located next to the Museum. Built in 1852 by Dr. John

Helmcken, it is one of the oldest houses in B.C. still on its original site. Visit the Robert Bateman Centre, located across from the Parliament Buildings, in the historic Steamship Terminal on the harbour. It houses an exhibition of Bateman’s work as one of Canada’s premier artists. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 2017

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The magnificent Fairmont Empress was also designed by Francis Rattenbury, as the terminus hotel for Canadian Pacific Hotels’ series of iconic Canadian hotels. Taking ‘afternoon tea’ in the tea lobby with views to the Inner Harbour is a Victoria tradition. The venerable hotel has recently undergone significant renovations. Miniature World, just around the corner on Humboldt St., is billed as ‘the greatest little show on earth’. This delightful attraction will fascinate visitors with historic and storybook scenes depicted in incredibly detailed dioramas. Follow Government Street north past the Fairmont Empress to find a charming, historic shopping area. Try an authentic ‘Victoria Cream’ from Rogers Chocolates’ nostalgic confectionary. Bastion Square, leading off of Government Street, marks the original site of Fort Victoria. It is home to a seasonal public market and artisans market. Munro’s bookstore is housed in an impressive neo-classical building, originally designed for the Royal Bank of Canada in 1909 by Thomas Hooper. Munro’s Books has been a destination for book lovers for more than 50 years and was named ‘one of the Top Ten Bookstores in the World’ by National Geographic Magazine.

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AS AN AUSTRALIAN EXPAT LIVING IN VICTORIA for over 10 years now, I have been fortunate to be a part of and to see the change in Victoria’s dining and drinking scene. The metamorphosis of the city has been gurgling just below the city and has begun to break out into the mainstream psyches over the last few years. When we speak of drinking in Victoria the change has been coming since 2008 when Solomon Siegel opened the birth place of our cocktail culture, Solomon’s. I give Solomon’s credit not just for cocktails but also for our vibrant beer culture. Solomon’s gave us Storm Brewing Kriek on tap along with a very well made Manhattan. This was the experiment that spawned the great bars in Victoria such as Veneto, Clive’s Classic Lounge and Little Jumbo; two of which I have been lucky enough to be a part of.

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But with the foundations set with bartenders such as Solomon Siegel, Simon Ogden and Nate Caudle, we have a new, young breed of bartenders picking up the mantle. They may not only be crafting quality cocktails, but also giving you knowledge of local craft beers and spirits, or regaling stories of wine. Victoria’s steady evolution into a world class dining city has

been slow and quiet, but it’s no longer just about high teas, gardens and sun lit walks along the harbour. This is my love letter to Victoria of places outside the norm of usual offerings.

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beers are treated the way they should be, with correct temperatures and glassware. It’s old school in the most non-hipster way possible; you grab a table and order at the bar and chill out with your friends. The Drake has a lack of pretention that you may find down an alley in San Diego, the staff are amazingly knowledgeable and even if it’s your first time in; you feel like a regular.

bourhood cocktail tavern in San Francisco somewhat like Elixir. It’s relaxed, sports on the TV, maybe a little Radiohead flowing through the speakers and bartenders who can knock out a pint as well as they can regale you with the history of the cocktail. This is where bartenders hang out on Sunday afternoons with a late brunch, impressive back bar and side bets on the game.

This is Victoria’s newest cocktail bar and it breaks the mould on what you expect from your typical bar in Vancouver or Victoria. It reminds me of finding a neigh-

Hanks is a restaurant that went through a rebirth, from a BBQ restaurant to its current incarnation of a restaurant with no

boundaries. Housed in a small hole-in-thewall on Douglas Street, it plates some of the most creative, over-the-top dishes that you can imagine. The chefs, along with a few staff, cook and serve you everything from the moment you walk in till the time that you leave … with a wry smirk on your face knowing that you have experienced something abnormally fantastic.

Coates to more than the glory of it’s yesteryear. Owners Brad and Hilda Olberg brought back a Victorian icon and created something better and beyond the previous incarnation. Elevated Mexican cuisine, over 100 tequilas and mezcals behind the bar along with a craft cocktail program; it’s a spot that has gone to hell and back and come good.

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coupled with amazing cocktails from talented bartenders. Scott leads the bar there and creates drinks with the use of local spirits along with the addition of his own proprietary bitters. The level of creativity that comes from this small bar, along with a somewhat cult following from many of the bartending brethren, makes this a place that’s a must.

Look beyond the expected tourist attractions of Victoria and delve into the real Victoria; a diverse city with incredibly talented people behind some obscure, fantastic dining and drinking experiences. The people sitting beside you, experiencing it for themselves, just may become your best tour guides for what real Victoria is.

Tucked above the latest foodie corner of Blanshard and Broughton across from the Royal Theatre is The Livet. The Livet is reminiscent of my time in Iceland, very Scandinavian in design; clean and tastefully accented. The cocktail menu and back bar are small but curated with the right mix of approachability and creativity to appeal to the theatre crowd and the hoards of food and drink-savvy clientele that are now flocking to that corner. A char-grill in the kitchen is the real star of the show with the chef working the menu around the glowing embers. The Livet has one of the city’s best patios and will not disappoint.

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BY KATHRYN MCAREE IT WAS SOOKE HARBOUR HOUSE who first put Vancouver Island on the gastronomic map over 30 years ago, long before anyone was talking about eating local. Proprietors Sinclair and Frederique Philip have always walked the talk when it comes to sustainabili-

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ty, organics, and sourcing food nearby including their own three-acre property. With several full-time gardeners on staff, they grow an array of edible herbs and flowers to complement the almost exclusively locally grown products used in their kitchens. Their cuisine is truly world-class with everevolving five- to seven-course menus. From the surrounding waters, there is always delectable seafood such as sweet and succulent Dungeness crab or perhaps sablefish grilled over an open fire with lemon verbena butter sauce. Hope Farm duck confit with red huckleberry duck jus and Jerusalem artichoke purĂŠe is such an indulgent treat as is Metchosin rabbit with house-smoked bacon terrine, morel mushrooms and red lentils. Surprising to most, lentils are grown

on Vancouver Island, along with many other intriguing crops such as daikon, hazelnuts, melons, kiwi, and truffles, too, plus all sorts of wild foods from matsutake mushrooms to miners lettuce. If this all sounds a little too froufrou for you, Sooke Harbour House more recently opened the bistro-styled Copper Room, serving more simple local fare.

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Its charming atmosphere invites one to be just as comfortable sipping a beer as they would a flute of award-winning Island bubbly. Their wine list is an extraordinary work of art which features over 90 per cent British Columbia wines, including many from Vancouver Island and the nearby Gulf Islands. Given the culinary mecca that is Sooke Harbour House, it’s no surprise that the Sooke area along Vancouver Island’s west coast has grown to be a gastronomic haven. Just up the road, Tugwell Creek Honey Farm and Meadery produces a liquid gold libation which, historically, is the original alcoholic beverage. Mead is crafted from honey which is mixed with water and yeast and sometimes combined with local berry juice, herbs or spices. Learning about the mead making process is fascinating with co-owner and entomologist Bob Liptrot. Partner Dana LeComte will happily sample the meads with you in their farm tasting room. Mead pairs fabulously with local fare including local cheeses made from Vancouver Island cow, goat and even water buffalo milk. Further up the road in the town of Shirley, Sheringham Distillery is hand-crafting their Seaside Gin, vodka, akvavit, and a white whisky. Visit the husband and wife team on weekends for a taste or book an appointment. The Saanich Peninsula is home to many farms, such as the sixth generation family owned and operated Michell Bros. Their farm market is open year round with a food truck out back spring through fall for a true taste of the farm! Beautiful views will keep you gazing across the Peninsula from atop the mountain which houses de Vine Vineyards. Their hospitable tasting room welcomes you with samples of their whites and reds and perhaps a spirit as well. Winemaker Ken Winchester is also a Master Distiller, having trained at Michigan State and apprenticed at Bruichladdich Distillery in Scotland. If you’re a scotch and whisky lover, you won’t want to miss his Whisky School which is the most enjoyable and interesting evening class ever! Victoria Distillers, in Sidney, hosts regular tours and tastings and has a gorgeous cocktail lounge. Their hand-crafted Victoria Gin is spectacular and is sure to produce martini lovers whether you prefer shaken or stirred! One of the newest additions to the Saanich Peninsula is Victoria Caledonian Brewery

and Distillery. As their name implies, there is much to choose from in their tasting room plus regular tours to show you behind the scene. The craft brewing scene on Vancouver Island continues to grow beyond expectation prompting brew tours and many open doors where you can taste. In an industrial area of Victoria, you will find Hoyne Brewing, where brewmaster Sean Hoyne’s Dark Matter is the clear winner in a local brew popularity contest! Moon Under Water Brewery & Pub is a few blocks away as is Phillips Brewing, one of the most wildly successful craft brewers who is also producing gin, and the tastiest ginger ale and rootbeer sure to make you feel like a kid again!

FRESH PENINSULA-GROWN PRODUCE IS AVAILABLE YEAR-ROUND AT MICHELL BROS. FARM MARKET ON THE SAANICH PENINSULA.

so many restaurants to choose from, dining out is a treasure hunt for the culinary tourist! Food, wine and cocktail festivals also abound attracting many for a gastronomic adventure.

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The grand daddy of brewpubs in Victoria is Spinnakers. It is the first gastrobrewpub on the west coast and it is Spinnakers who set the scene for the burgeoning industry south of the border. Spinnakers brews are top notch and their pub fare is some of the best. Chef Ali Ryan and team source locally, paying great respect to the farmers and fishers of southern Vancouver Island. Hats off to owner, Paul Hadfield, who, like those at Sooke Harbour House, has always supported local farmers and suppliers first and believes in a seasonal approach in the kitchen. This local and seasonal attitude prevails in restaurants throughout the capital. Victoria places second only to San Francisco in North America when it comes to number of restaurants per capita. With

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THE BUTCHART GARDENS, a National Historic Site of Canada has been enthralling visitors for over 110 years with its stunning 22 hectares (55 acres) of floral display gardens. Located in Brentwood Bay, The Gardens are open every day of the year, welcoming nearly a million people from around the world each year. The Gardens are still owned and operated by the Butchart family, and today comprise several major gardens, including the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden, the Concert Lawn, and the Ross Fountain.

Spectacular spring bursts forth at The Gardens in a show of unparalleled beauty. One of the finest displays in the world heralds the season with hundreds of thousands of bulbs in bloom, joined by a host of flowering trees and shrubs. Summer at The Gardens is breathtaking with floral splendor greeting you at every turn. Experience Night Illuminations from June 15 to Sept. 15. As dusk falls, thousands of lights of varying intensity and colour, give a magical glow to the shrubs, trees and flower beds. CONTINUED ON PAGE 19

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Each summer evening the Concert Lawn stage comes alive with a variety of performing artists. Come and enjoy the marvelous music and entertainment in the open air. Visitor’s young and old can take away lasting memories by riding on the handcarved Rose Carousel within the Children’s Pavilion. During the summer months, enjoy a 45minute boat tour on one of the four electric boats, exploring the history and wildlife of Tod Inlet and the local waters of Brentwood Bay. Saturday night visitors in July through the Labour Day weekend will be thrilled by the pyrotechnic marvels of one of the most extravagant firework displays in North America. As warm days transition to crisp nights, autumn’s perennial parade of red, russet and golden maples make their mark at The Gardens. It’s the best time to visit CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: THE ROSE GARDEN ARBOR IS CROWDED WITH ROSES FROM LATE JUNE THROUGH JULY; TOUR THE LOCAL WATERS FROM THE GARDENS' DOCK IN AN ELECTRICALLY OPERATED BOAT; the tranquility of the Japanese SUMMER SATURDAY NIGHTS FEATURE A DAZZLING FIREWORKS DISPLAY CHOREAOGRAPHED TO MUSIC.; THE BRONZE DRAGON FOUNTAIN WAS A GIFT FROM THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AND THE CITY OF SUZHOU; Garden before winter arrives. ENJOY LIVE ENTERTAINMENT EVERY SUMMER NIGHT.

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SOUTH ISLAND Culinaire March 23, 5 p.m.–7 p.m. or 8 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St. Culinaire, Victoria’s Premier Food Tasting Experience, offers guests the opportunity to experience a selection of the most unique restaurants and purveyors of fine food and beverage this region has to offer. Featuring presenters from Victoria, The Cowichan Valley and Saltspring Island. culinairevictoria.com

The Local Libations of the Saanich Peninsula – A Tasting Event April 17, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse 2487 Mt St Michael Rd., Saanichton The Peninsula Libation Trail is a sampling event that brings together the best beer, wine, spirits and cider of the Saanich Peninsula! Join Category 12 Brewing, Tod Creek Craft Cider, De Vine Vineyards Winery and Distillery, Victoria Distillers and Muse Winery at Sea Cider for a fun-filled day of sampling the fer-

mented fruits of the Saanich Peninsula. Brewers, distillers, winemakers and cidermakers will be on hand to provide an informative, educational and entertaining tasting experience for the public. This is a free event with $2 sampling tickets available for purchase. seacider.ca

TC 10K/Thrifty Foods Family Run April 30 28th Annual TC10K. Join 10,000+ walkers and runners on this beautiful scenic race. The whole family can enjoy the Thrifty Foods Family Run. Walk, run or stroll the 1.5km course. tc10k.ca

Esquimalt Buccaneer Days May 11–14 Pirate-themed fun-filled weekend loaded with events for all ages. Midway, beer garden, rugby tournament, sky divers, kids’ playzone, races … and the Buccaneer Days Parade esquimaltbuccaneerdays.ca

Uno Fest May 17–28 Intrepid Theatre’s Uno Fest, North America’s longest running festival of solo performance is a hotbed of experimental theatre and contemporary performance, featuring acclaimed artists, new voices, and local premieres. Intrepid Theatre has presented more than 300 solo shows at Uno, and is proud to bring some of the country’s – and the world’s – most innovative solo talents to Victoria every May. intrepidtheatre.com

154th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival May 20, 21 & 22 Topaz Park, Victoria The largest Scottish cultural event in Western Canada! victoriahighlandgames.com

Island Farms Victoria Day Parade May 22 Celebrate Victoria Day in B.C.’s capital city at the 118th Island Farms Victoria Day Parade! This is Victoria’s largest parade, attracting well over 100,000 people. It features Canadian and American marching bands, hundreds of floats, cultural shows and festive clowns. Led by the Canadian Forces, this annual event is free and fun for the whole family! gvfs.ca

Swiftsure International Yacht Race May 25–29 The Swiftsure International Yacht Race is the premier long distance sailing race in the Pacific Northwest and B.C., and is organized by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. swiftsure.org

Oak Bay Tea Party June 3&4 Willows Beach Park 2017 marks the 55th year running. The Oak Bay Tea Party Parade begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Windsor Park, winds through the streets of Oak Bay, and ends at Willows Park about 45 minutes later. The Esquimalt Lions will be providing a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. oakbayteaparty.com

TD Victoria International JazzFest June 23–July 2 jazzvictoria.ca/jazz-fest

Tall Tree Music Festival June 23–26 Brown’s Mountain, Port Renfrew Tall Tree Music Festival is a celebration of community spirit, the environment and artistic creativity. talltreemusicfestival START OF THE SWIFTSURE INTERNATIONAL YACHT RACE. DARREN STONE/TIMES COLONIST


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Sidney Days June 30–July 1 Experience all the fun of Canada Day and the parade in Sidney. BBQ, opening ceremonies and cake, entertainment and fireworks on June 30, then on Canada Day, a Family Fun Fair, pancake breakfast, Build-a-Boat contest and parade. peninsulacelebrations.ca

The Phillips Backyard Weekender July 7–9, 5 p.m. phillipsbeer.com

Downtown Victoria Buskers Festival July 11–16 Victoria becomes a hub of busking talent

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30th Annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In July 15, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Moss St., Waterfront to Fort St. aggv.ca

Rock the Shores July 21–23 West Shore Parks & Recreation, lower fields 1767 Old Island Highway, Colwood The biggest rock event of the summer on Vancouver Island. rocktheshores.com

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2017 Sooke Fine Arts Show July 28–Aug. 7 SEAPARC Leisure Complex, 2168 Phillips Rd., Sooke The Sooke Fine Arts Show brings together the finest artists from Vancouver Island and B.C.’s coastal islands to showcase and sell their work. The Sooke Fine Arts Show is Vancouver Island’s longest-running juried fine art show and the Island’s premier summer arts event. The 11day art show and sale draws more than 8000 art lovers from Canada, the U.S. and abroad. More than 375 works of original island art are on display in a stunning, 17,000-square-foot gallery at the SEAPARC complex on Sooke Harbour. sookefinearts.com

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VICTORIA SYMPHONY’S NEW CONDUCTOR, CHRISTIAN KLUXEN, TAKES OVER FROM LONG-STANDING MAESTRA TANIA MILLER. BORN IN DENMARK, KLUXEN HAS PREVIOUSLY HELD THE POSTS OF DUDAMEL FELLOW AT THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC, AND ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR WITH THE SCOTTISH NATIONAL ORCHESTRA. HE HAS CONDUCTED THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC AND THE STRASBOURG PHILHARMONIC, AND WAS SELECTED FOR THE VICTORIA SYMPHONY FROM MORE THAN 100 APPLICANTS. KLUXEN WILL BE LEADING DARREN STONE/TIMES COLONIST THE 2017 VICTORIA SYMPHONY SPLASH.

Symphony Splash Aug. 6 Victoria Inner Harbour Tens of thousands of people will take to Victoria’s Inner Harbour for the annual Victoria Symphony Splash. From a floating stage in the Inner Harbour, Maestro Christian Kluxen, the Symphony and special guests will perform, ending with the grand finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture … with fireworks! victoriasymphony.ca

23rd Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Aug. 18, 19, and 20 Teams race from Laurel Point towards the Fairmont Empress Hotel, in an intense display of strength and teamwork. The festval helps support the BC Cancer Foundation. victoriadragonboat.com

Victoria Fringe Aug. 23–Sept. 3 Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival takes over downtown Victoria each summer for a 12-day celebration of live performance from around the world, featuring an eclectic mixture of spoken word, drama, musicals, dance, comedy, magic, theatre for young audiences and more intrepidtheatre.com/festivals/ fringe-festival

40th Annual Victoria Classic Boat Festival Sept. 1–3 Victoria Inner Harbour Presented by Canoe Cove Marina and Boatyard. The Pacific Northwest on both sides of the border is blessed with an enormous number of traditional boats of all descriptions. The wonderful craft – both yachts and workboats – are cared for by their owners and a supportive community of boatyards, trades people, and admirers. There are also some amazing maritime non-profit organizations throughout the region. The boat owners and those that support them are why we are still celebrating our maritime heritage after 40 years. classicboatfestival.ca


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Saanich Fair Sept. 2–4 Saanich Fairgrounds, 1528 Stellys X-Rd., Saanichton Western Canada’s oldest continuous country fair celebrates 149 years! The 2017 theme is ‘Saanich Fair Salutes Canada’. saanichfair.ca

Rifflandia Music Festival Sept. 14–17 Royal Athletic Park, 974-1050 Caledonia Ave Annual four-day festival features a multitude of events celebrating the art and music community. Highlights include art installations, a cinema area, food vendors, an art area called Artlandia featuring local arts and crafts and several stages

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Sidney Fine Arts Show Oct. 13–15 Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula. World class juried art show for serious artists and patrons of the arts. sidneyfineartshow.ca

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Get away to one of the Capital Regional District’s three regional park campgrounds! Each offers affordable, self-contained RV and tent camping in nature with fabulous water views.

Island View Beach Regional Park Panoramic Seascape Views on the Saanich Peninsula > Picnic on the long sandy beach > Enjoy bird watching > Close to ferry, airport, downtown Victoria, Lochside Regional Trail, Butchart Gardens www.crd.bc.ca/islandviewbeach

Jordan River Regional Park West Coast Beauty Along the Strait of Juan de Fuca > Walk the cobble beach with views of the Olympic Peninsula > Hike the trails through hemlock & cedar forest to Sandcut Beach > A local favorite for camping & surfing www.crd.bc.ca/jordanriver

Sooke Potholes Regional Park Spring Salmon Place [KWL-UCHUN] on the Sooke River > Swim and fish in the potholes > Hike the forest and river trails > Cycle the Galloping Goose Regional Trail www.crd.bc.ca/sookepotholes

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THE ROYAL BC MUSEUM TERRY FOX RUNNING IN ONTARIO (BETWEEN TORONTO AND THUNDER BAY), LATE JULY OR EARLY AUGUST 1980.

awareness of and money for cancer research – a legacy that continues to this day.

2017 IS CANADA’S 150TH YEAR, and the Royal BC Museum has big plans to mark this national milestone with a range of special events, feature exhibitions and activities for the whole family. What better way to celebrate the character of Canada than with a powerful exhibition about one of our most enduring and popular national heroes, Terry Fox? Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada opens in April. Explore the story of a young man who inspired a nation 35 years ago, and established himself as a hero through his courage, hope and determination. At the age of 18, Terry Fox lost part of his right leg to bone cancer. The loss didn’t diminish his drive or courage; in fact, it inspired great-

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VISITORS CAN SEARCH FOR LETTERS THEY WROTE TO TERRY FOX IN THIS “DEAR TERRY” INTERACTIVE DISPLAY. PHOTO COURTESY ROYAL BC MUSEUM

ness. Once he recovered, this young man from Port Coquitlam, B.C. set out to run across Canada in what he called a “Marathon of Hope” to raise money for cancer research. In the summer of 1980, Terry began his 143-day, 5,300 kilometre journey. Sadly Terry’s cancer returned and he was forced to finish his run in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Terry Fox still succeeded in his goal of raising

The story of the Marathon of Hope is told through maps and a wealth of contemporary photographs and newspaper imagery. The presentation includes sections showing a day-in-the-life of the run, Terry’s Marathon of Hope T-shirts, cards and letters sent by Canadians, the heart-breaking end of the Marathon, and the thrilling story of Terry Fox’s ongoing legacy. See Terry Fox: Running to the Heart of Canada from April 12 to Oct. 1, 2017. This travelling exhibition was produced by the Canadian Museum of History, in partnership with the Terry Fox Centre.

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What is a family? Can you pick your family or is it determined by blood? Is family who you share holidays with? Or who you share your daily routines with, like getting coffee together or hitting the gym? Explore these questions and discover some surprising answers in the Royal BC Museum feature exhibition, Family: Bonds and Belonging, opening in June. The exhibition kicks down the “white picket fence” to challenge conventional ideas of family and shows how family can be defined by blood, choice, community or place. Walk into a living interactive photo album and see what First Nation families, early settlers and recent immigrants from all over the world have in common. See how traditions have changed and stayed the same. Explore stories from historic to contemporary families, and appreciate the traditions brought to B.C. by immigrant families. Discover tools to help you dig into your own family history. Celebrate the contribution of B.C. families to Canada during our country’s 150th birthday-and leave your own mark on the

around the world, presented in dramatically back-lit oversized format. exhibition, telling us what family means to you. Take part in this journey exploring the joy and pain of bonds and belonging. Family: It’s not all relative. See Family: Bonds and Belonging from June 2 to Oct. 31, 2017.

The Royal BC Museum will close 2017 with a crowd favourite – Wildlife Photographer of the Year. View a selection of 100 of the most stunning images from

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etween the B.C. mainland and the east coast of lower Vancouver Island lie the beautiful and bucolic southern Gulf Islands. They stretch from Saturna Island in the south, by the Canada-U.S. border, northward to Gabriola Island, just offshore to Nanaimo. The larger islands can be accessed via BC Ferries from either Vancouver Island or the mainland, making the Gulf Islands an ideal vacation destination for a quick weekend away, or for a longer stay to truly unwind. A Gulf Island holiday is sure to leave you feeling rested, relaxed and rejuvenated. Accommodations run the gamut from campsites to comfy BnBs and resorts. Outdoor enthusiasts can go kayaking, cycling, paddle boarding or hiking on any of the Gulf Islands. There are spas and retreats, boutique shopping and dining choices for every taste. Fine and performing arts play a big part here on the Gulf Islands – plan to follow an artists’ studio tour or take in a show or concert. And with a bit of planning, you can schedule your visit to include any of the numerous festivals and special events held year-round on each of the islands. Known as the “Isle of the Arts”, Gabriola Island is home to numerous artists, sculptors, photographers, writers and musicians. Pick up the Gabriola Loop map for cycling and driving tours that wind past numerous galleries and home studios. Relax on warm

beaches, hike the Petroglyph Trail, or explore the Malaspina Galleries, Gabriola’s amazing sandstone formations. Salt Spring Island is the most populous of the Gulf Islands, with Ganges Village at its heart. The village is known for its boutiques, galleries and restaurants, and an amazing Saturday market in Centennial Park where you’ll find fresh local produce and unique arts and crafts. The market runs from Easter weekend until the last Saturday in October. You can hike Mount Maxwell’s cliffside trail, picnic at Beddis Beach, dine by the water in Fulford Harbour or tour the island by bicycle. Follow the self-guided Salt Spring Studio Tour, which welcomes visitors yearround. Pender Island – North and South – is home to resorts, cafés, bistros, bakery, pub, and the shops at Driftwood Centre, Medicine Beach and Hope Bay. On summer and fall Saturdays, a local farmers’ market takes place at the Community Hall. Kayak the shoreline, visit the public whale-watching area, hike the mountains, walk along the shoreline, swim the lakes or relax in privacy. Discover the numerous artist studios and galleries found on Pender Island.

Direct service from the BC Ferries terminal in Tsawwassen makes Galiano the most readily accessible of the southern Gulf Islands for visitors from the mainland. Sturdies Bay is home to most of the amenities on the island. Ferry foot passengers can rent mopeds or bikes to explore beaches, parks and hiking trails further up-island. Explore ancient shell midden beaches at Galiano Island’s Montague Harbour. Small and serene, Mayne Island lies on the outer edge of the Southern Gulf Islands. Its landmark lighthouse is a picturesque sight for ferry passengers as they sail into Active Pass from the BC mainland. Water activities such as kayaking and swimming, as well as cycling are popular with visitors. Take a stroll through Mayne Island’s Japanese memorial garden or visit the 1896 Plumper Pass Lockup, the Island’s former jail. Visitors to Saturna Island arrive at Lyall Harbour via ferry transfer from Mayne Island or by floatplane. Almost half of the island is protected parkland, encompassing forest, oceanside parks and Brown Ridge with its panoramic views. Visit artists’ studios, pop into the pub or watch orcas swimming past the East Point lighthouse.

EXPERIENCE A NATIONAL PARK RESERVE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD! Gulf Islands National Park Reserve offers an experience for everyone, ranging from accessible, drive-in, car camping convenience and family friendly interpretive programs at McDonald Campground in Sidney, to beautiful beaches, birding, and relaxation at Sidney Spit, to Orca watching at East Point, Saturna Island. No matter which islands you visit, there is something amazing to discover!

NARVAEZ BAY CAMPGROUND NOW ACCEPTS RESERVATIONS. PARKS CANADA PHOTO

Gulf Islands National Park Reserve has expanded their reservation service to include three (out of ten) backcountry campgrounds. You can now book a campsite in advance at Shingle Bay Campground, North Pender Island, Beaumont Campground, South Pender Island and at Narvaez Bay Campground on Saturna Island. These three campgrounds have a lot in common. They are all accessible via hiking trail or by water with paddle in or dinghy accessible beaches. To access the campgrounds via hiking trail, you need to be prepared to carry your gear in and out on hiking trails. All of the backcountry campgrounds are pack-in-pack-out. For more information on the different camping experiences in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve visit: pc.gc.ca/gulfislands

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Get away from it all and discover the wild in your own backyard while visiting Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. Only a short ferry ride from Victoria or Vancouver, you can find yourself immersed in a distinct island culture where you can climb a mountain or swim in the Salish Sea, meet the locals or find serenity with only the sounds of your paddle strokes to keep you company.

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Welcome to your Gulf Islands National Park Reserve basecamp. Surround yourself with tall cedars at this RV and tent friendly campground. Only minutes from the town of Sidney and the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal, you will be ideally situated to plan day trips to the Gulf Islands, spend a day at the beach by hopping on the foot passenger ferry to Sidney Spit, or plan a visit to the Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea and learn about some of the fascinating creatures found throughout the park reserve waters. Located just adjacent to the Lochside Regional Trail, you can easily try your hand at cycle camping and leave the car at home!

Hop on the foot passenger ferry at Sidney Pier and crelax car-free for the day. Wander miles of white sandy beaches, explore hiking trails and reward yourself with a stunning sunset. Take time to connect with friends and family, book a campsite, pack your tent and prepare for a magical getaway under the stars. This year Sidney Spit has a new revitalized look and feel with upgraded privies, picnic tables and a new boardwalk in the day-use area.

where you can learn the story and unique history of an Orca. On June 9 and 10, 2017, the Penders will play host to a very special event: Gulf Islands National Park Reserve’s third annual Parks Canada Bioblitz. Bioblitz takes place over 24 hours and challenges participants to find and identify as many plants and animals as possible. Participants take photos of every plant and animal they spot and upload them to iNaturalist for experts to identify and add to the species tally. Scientists and experts lead excursions to help find and identify species. Find more information and registration details at pc.gc.ca/gulfislands. For a relaxing weekend getaway that blends unique island culture and the great outdoors, check out the Pender Islands! Explore the history at Roesland where you will find the Pender Island Museum. If you are planning an overnight, choose from three welcoming campgrounds; Prior Centennial for car camping, Shingle Bay a waterfront walk-in campground for the ultimate backcountry experience only a short jaunt from convenience, and lastly, for the adventurous, plan to setup camp after a challenging hilly hike to Beaumont Campground. All three campgrounds on the Penders now accept reservations.

HIKING AT LYALL CREEK, SATURNA ISLAND. PARKS CANADA PHOTO

Saturna is one of the best kept secrets on the West Coast. If you go, take time to slow down to the pace of island life. Spend a day at East Point and take in the legendary land-based whale watching. Attend one of the park reserve’s weekly interpretation programs in July and August (check out the website for details and schedules) and plan to visit the small museum in the iconic Fog Alarm Building

Pack a picnic and hike or drive to the summit of Mt. Warburton Pike where you’ll be treated to an incredible view of the Gulf Islands stretching out before you – you can spot the wild goats and watch the breathtaking sunset. For a family-friendly adventure, try geocaching at Winter Cove. Take a short hike to Boat Pass and watch the tides rush through. Download the Explora guided trail app (available for iPhone or Android) and immerse yourself in the history of the site at your own pace. No matter what kind of explorer you are, you will find something amazing on Saturna Island!

BACKCOUNTRY CAMPING AT PORTLAND ISLAND. PARKS CANADA PHOTO

Hoist your sails or grab your paddle and set your sights on an adventure at one of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve’s backcountry camping getaways! Choose your adventure and sleep under the stars. Relax to the sound of the waves on the beach. Get up early enough to see the sun rise. You’ll be welcomed by white sandy beaches, gentle pebble slopes, glimpses of seals, sea lions, and if you are lucky, an Orca. Choose the perfect backcountry getaway from any of the 10 water-accessible campgrounds throughout the park reserve. You can check-out all the need-to-know info in the park reserve’s Hiking, Camping and Boating Guide, available online. For full details and trip planning information, go to parkscanada.gc.ca/gulfislands, phone 250-654-4000 or call toll free, 1-866-944-1744. To book a campsite visit reservation.parkscanada.gc.ca or phone 1-877-737-3783

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Gabriola Isle of the Arts Festival

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April 6–16 Gabriola Island Ten days with over 50 hands-on creative workshops. Literary evenings, night markets, concerts, professional development and more! Don’t miss it. artsgabriola.ca

Festival Active Pass April 21–23 Mayne Island Celebrate the unique magic of Active Pass and the Islands that share it. Great food, music, live theatre, excursions and more! festivalactivepass.com

Gumboot Gala April 24, 7 p.m. Salt Spring Folk Club, Fulford Hall, 2591 Fulford-Ganges Rd., Salt Spring Island saltspringfolkclub.com

Ruckle Farm Day May 7, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. Ruckle Park, Beaver Point Rd., Salt Spring Island Ruckle Heritage Farm Day is an educational family day for the community and visitors alike, with displays of heritage farming and crafts side-by-side with nature in the beautiful Ruckle Farm’s setting. Experience the beauty of this magnificent park, and the ‘oldest operating family farm in B.C.’. The day is geared toward children, educational farm-related themes, and free family fun. There’s facepainting for the kids and a fishpond. Enjoy blacksmithing demonstrations; spinning, weaving and quilting; butter and ice cream making; sheep herding; antique tractor displays; farm animals; music and more! ruckleheritagefarm.com

Gulf Islands Tour des Îles

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June 23–25 Galiano, Mayne, Pender, Saturna and Salt Spring Islands Three days of special events, local music, natural beauty and art displays on Southern Gulf Islands. Each island will be offering transportation, special events, music and fun.

Saturna Lamb BBQ Canada Day, July 1 Hunter Field, Winter Cove, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Saturna Island A joyous celebration of Canada Day, centred around a traditionally prepared barbequed lamb meal, with an old-fashioned country fair flavour. Delicious local lamb barbequed over an open fire, served along with coleslaw, Spanish rice, buns, coffee, tea and cookies. All-day live entertainment, local crafts, entertainment for the children, veggie burgers, hamburgers and hot dogs, an adult beverage garden and a host of other activities. saturnalambbarbeque.com

Ninth Annual Gabriola Theatre Festival Aug. 17 – 20 Folklife Village, 575 North Rd., Gabriola Island The ninth annual Gabriola Theatre Festival focuses on bold, innovative, full-length productions that inspire and entertain. theatrefest.artsgabriola.ca

18th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival Oct. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Begin at Fulford Hall, 2591 Fulford Ganges Rd., Salt Spring Island A chance to visit Apple Heaven while still on earth! Over 500 organically-grown apple varieties. The Salt Spring Island Apple Festival is an incredible community event, attracting about 1500 apple lovers, celebrating the apples (and food) of Salt Spring Island and connecting you with the farms and farmers that produce this very special diversity of tasty, healthy food. At the 2016 Apple Festival, 430 varieties were on display! saltspringmarket.com

Gabriola Thanksgiving Studio Tour 2017 Oct. 7 -9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Gabriola Island Every year, more and more artists call the Isle of the Arts home, making Gabriola Island more vibrant and creative than ever. The Tour includes artists working in many media. artsgabriola.ca

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SOUTH ISLAND Abkhazi Garden, conservancy.bc.ca ALL FUN-Karts-Cages-Clubs-Camping at Western Speedway, allfun.bc.ca Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, aggv.ca Beacon Hill Park, victoria.ca/EN/main/departments/park s-rec-culture/parks/beacon-hill.html BC Aviation Museum, bcam.net The Butchart Gardens, butchartgardens.com See ad on page 72 Capital Regional District Parks, crd.bc.ca/parks See ad on page 23 Craigdarroch Castle, thecastle.ca See ad on page 5 Emily Carr House, emilycarr.com Finnerty Gardens, uvic.ca/finnerty Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, pc.gc.ca Government House, Victoria, ltgov.bc.ca Hatley Park National Historic Site, hatleycastle.com Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, leg.bc.ca Miniature World, miniatureworld.com

Point Ellice House, pointellicehouse.ca Royal BC Museum, royalbcmuseum.bc.ca See ad on page 24 St. Ann’s Academy, stannsacademy.com Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, salishseacentre.org Sooke Region Museum, sookeregionmuseum.com Victoria Bug Zoo, victoriabugzoo.ca Victoria Butterfly Gardens, butterflygardens.com Victoria Harbour Ferries, victoriaharbourferry.com

GULF ISLANDS Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, pc.gc.ca Helen Point Peninsula Japanese Gardens, Mayne Island, mayneisland.com/places/ japanesegarden Ruckle Provincial Park, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/ruckle St. Mary Magdalene Anglican Church, mayneisland.com/stmarymagdalene

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BC Forest Discovery Centre, bcforestdiscoverycentre.com Carmanah-Walbran Provincial Park, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/carmanah Chemainus Murals, chemainus.com/arts/murals Chemainus Theatre Festival, chemainustheatrefestival.ca See ad on page 30 Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre, classicboats.org Cowichan Estuary, cowichanestuary.ca Cowichan Valley Museum, cowichanvalleymuseum.bc.ca Duncan Farmers’ Market, duncanfarmersmarket.ca Duncan Totem Tours, tourismcowichan.com G.B.S. Glass Blowing, glassblow.ca Kaatza Station Museum, cowichanlake.ca/2014/05/ kaatza-station-museum Kinsol Trestle, tourismcowichan.com Ladysmith Community Marina, Maritime Museum and Heritage Vessels, lmsmarina.ca Mayo Creek Gardens, mayocreekgardens.ca Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre, quwutsun.ca Shawnigan Lake Museum, shawniganlakemuseum.com Somenos Marsh, somenosmarsh.com Honeymoon Bay Ecological Reserve, cowichanlake.ca The Raptors Flying Birds of Prey, pnwraptors.com West Coast Trail, pc.gc.ca

Butterfly World and Gardens, nature-world.com Coombs Goats On the Roof, oldcountrymarket.com Deep Bay Marine Field Station, viu.ca/deepbay Englishman River Falls Provincial Park, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/englishman_rv Horne Lake Caves, Campground and Outdoor Centre, hornelake.com See ad on page 33 Milner Gardens & Woodland, viu.ca/milnergardens See ad on page 49 Nanaimo Museum, nanaimomuseum.ca Newcastle Island Provincial Park, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/newcastle North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, niwra.org See ad on page 49 Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/rathtrevor Tiger Lily Farm, tigerlilyfarm.ca

PACIFIC RIM Port Alberni Harbour Quay, portalberniportauthority.ca/en/ harbour-quay-marina Alberni Valley Museum, alberniheritage.com Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield, bms.bc.ca

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Broken Group Islands, pc.gc.ca Cathedral Grove, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/macmillan Hot Spring Cove, tourismtofino.com McLean Mill National Historic Site, alberniheritage.com Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, pc.gc.ca/eng/pnnp/bc/pacificrim/ index.aspx Robertson Lake Fish Hatchery, www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/seppmvs/projects-projets/robertson/ robertson-eng.html The Whale Centre & Museum, tofinowhalecentre.com Tofino Botanical Gardens, tbgf.org Ucluelet Aquarium, uclueletaquarium.org Walk the Wildside Trail, Flores Island, wildsidetrail.com Wild Pacific Trail, wildpacifictrail.com

NORTH CENTRAL ISLAND The Alberni Project – HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial, alberniproject.org Campbell River Maritime Heritage Centre, maritimeheritagecentre.ca Comox Air Force Museum, comoxairforcemuseum.ca

Comox Museum and Archives, comoxmuseum.ca Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre, courtenaymuseum.ca Cumberland Museum & Archives, cumberlandmuseum.ca Discovery Fishing Pier, campbellriver.travel Elk Falls Provincial Park, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/elk_falls Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park, filberg.com Haig-Brown BC Heritage Property, haig-brown.bc.ca Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens, woodlandgardens.ca Miracle Beach Provincial Park, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/ explore/parkpgs/miracle_bch Mount Washington Ski Resort, mountwashington.ca Museum at Campbell River, crmuseum.ca Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, nuyumbalees.com Pier Street Historic Mile, pierstreet.ca

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Quinsam Salmon Hatchery, rivercorp.ca/visitor-centre/ quinsam-hatchery Ripple Rock Hiking Trail, campbellrivertourism.com Seaview Game Farm, Black Creek, seaviewgamefarm.com Smith Lake Farm, smithlakefarm.com Strathcona Provincial Park, www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/strath TyeeClub, Tyee Spit, tyeeclub.org

NORTH ISLAND Cape Scott Park, capescottpark.com Little Huson Caves Regional Park, rdmw.bc.ca/regional-services/parks

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Mount Cain Ski Area, mountcain.com Port Alice Heritage Centre, portalice.ca/visitors/visitor-centre Port Hardy Museum & Archives, porthardymuseum.com Quatse Salmon Stewardship Centre & Hatchery, thesalmoncentre.org Raft Cove Provincial Park, env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/ parkpgs/raft_cove Ronning Gardens, Holberg, vancouverislandnorth.ca/ communities/holberg U’Mista Cultural Centre, umista.ca Whale Interpretive Centre, Telegraph Cove, killerwhalecentre.org

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Victoria and the South Island BC Ferries Connector/ Wilson’s Transportation . . . . . . . . . 6 Belfry Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Butchart Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Cafe Mexico . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Capital City Center Hotel . . . . . . 19 Capital Regional District . . . . . . . 23 Craigdarroch Castle . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Eaglehurst Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Flytographer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Grayline Sightseeing Victoria . . . . 6 Great Canadian Cannamall . . . . 21 Greater Victoria Harbour Authority . . . . . . 7, 12, 17 Howard Johnson Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Huntingdon Manor . . . . . . . . . . . 7 IDAR Jewellers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 IMAX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

Island Outfitters (Fishing Charters) . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Munro’s Book Store . . . . . . . . . . 12 Pacific Landing Oceanfront Living . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 PetaPalooza Festival . . . . . . . . . . 33 Prince of Whales Whale Watching . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Robin Hood Motel . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Royal BC Museum . . . . . . . . . . . 24 SG Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Sherwood Marine Center . . . . . . 23 Sooke Harbour House . . . . . . . . . 17 Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub . . . . 16 Stinking Fish Studio Tour . . . . . . 31 Travelodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Victoria Jazzfest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Western 66 Motor Inn . . . . . . . . . 6 YYJ AIRPORT Shuttle . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Salt Spring Studio Tour . . . . . . . .30 The Glass Foundry . . . . . . . . . . . .31 Blue Vista Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28 Quadra Island Studio Tour . . . . . .31

Black Rock Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Seachart Lodge & Lady Rose Marine Services . . . . . 52 Terrace Beach Resort . . . . . . . . . . 55 Waters Edge Suites . . . . . . . . . . . 55 West Coast Motel on the Harbour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Wickaninnish Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Wild Pacific Fishing Charters . . . . 70

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Fairwinds Oceanfront Golf & Community . . . . . . . . . . .45

Anchor Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . 63 Browns Bay Resort . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Campbell River Whale Watching 63 Comox Business in Action . . . . . 67 Coast Discovery Inn – Campbell River . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Comox Valley Economic Development . . . . . . 57, 58, 65, 68 Comox Valley Bed & Breakfast Ass’n. . . . . . . . . 62 Holiday Inn & Suites – Comox Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Kingfisher Oceanside Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Marine Link Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Horne Lake Caves . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Salmon Point Resort . . . . . . . . . . 63 Thunderbird RV Park & Resort . . .65

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Best Western – Dorchester Hotel 43 Hartmann & Co. Furniture . . . . . 43 Howard Johnson Hotel . . . . . . . .42 Inn On Long Lake . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Lobelia’s Lair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 McLean’s Specialty Foods . . . . . .42 The Waterfront Suites & Marina .41 Travelodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Value Lodge Motel . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Parksville/ Qualicum Beach

Crown Mansion Boutique Hotel & Suites . . . . . . . 48 Madrona Beach Resort . . . . . . . . .49 North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre . . . . . . .49 Ocean Sands Resort . . . . . . . . . . .48 Ocean Trails Resort . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Paradise Fun Park . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Tigh Na Mara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Travelodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

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Spring and Summer Markets, Events & Craft Fairs Public Markets

Every Saturday, May 6 to September 30 9 am to 3 pm Corner of Menzies & Superior Fresh Local Produce, Specialty Foods Local Award Winning Artisans Great Live Music & Lots of Parking Come support your LOCAL Farmers, Food Producers and Artisans and share in the fun! www.jamesbaymarket.com

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Peninsula Country Market Your Central Saanich Community Market since 1991 Saturdays, June 3 to Oct 7, 9am - 1pm June 3: Look for us in Pioneer Park, Brentwood Bay at the Brentwood Bay Festival June 10 - October 7: Saanich Fairground (1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Saanichton) No market September 2 (Saanich Fair) Enjoy a country morning among friends. Local produce, seafood, fine crafts, baked goods, hot coffee and treats, awesome music. www.peninsulacountrymarket.ca Facebook: /PeninsulaCountryMarket Tel 250-216-0521

Multiple Dates Tillicum Centre Antique and Collectible Show and Sale May 19 - 27 November 3 - 11 Mall hours Knowledgeable Dealers on Both Levels. Free Admission - Free Appraisals China, Crystal, Jewellery, Art Glass, Kitchenalia, Silverware, Art, small furniture items, and treasures from yester-year

April 16

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 16th Winspear Centre, Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC Over 100 tables/60 vendors at the islands longest running vintage/retro & collectible show/sale. Gen Admission: $4 @ 9:30am. Early Birds: $20 @ 8:30am. Contact: (250) 744-1807 josiejones@shaw.ca Like us on Facebook VintageRetroCollectible

Cancer changes lives, so can you! Join us in the battle against cancer at a Relay for Life • Nanaimo: Saturday June 3, 5-11pm • Comox: June 11-12, 6pm- 6am Celebrate. Remember. Fight Back. www.relayforlife.ca

Metchosin Farmers’ Market May 14 - October 29 Every Sunday 11am - 2pm Located on Happy Valley Rd. behind the firehall - only 30 minutes from Victoria. Lovely country market featuring local produce, meat products, wine, handicrafts, honey, fresh baking and much more. Live entertainment. Join us and enjoy our relaxed, rural atmosphere!

2017 Sidney Street Market May 18th to August 31st Every Thursday Night 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Beacon Avenue In Beautiful Sidney by the Sea There is something for Everyone! COME AND JOIN THE FUN! www.sidneystreetmarket.com

The Breakwater Market @ Ogden Point Sundays, June 25 - August 13 11 am - 4 pm Free Parking, Live Music Featuring Vancouver Island Grown Food Products and Produce Award Winning Artisans and Crafters Wine and Beer Tastings Come walk the Breakwater and join us for a snack and enjoy our Market Handmade, Homemade, Homegrown www.breakwatermarket.com SHIRLEY COUNTRY MARKET Every Sunday 11 AM to 3 PM June 25th to September 3rd Beside the Shirley Community Hall (a 20 minute drive from Sooke on scenic West Coast Road) Family fun in our beautiful park. Local Artisans, Crafts, Gifts, and Good Things to Eat! Info: Shirleymarket@gmail.com

April 29 St. Luke’s Anglican Church Spring Fair Saturday, April 29th 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 3821 Cedar Hill X Rd. Featuring plants, antiques and collectibles, silent auction, jewellery, floral arrangements, needlework, handicrafts, home baking, jams & jellies, books, toys, white elephant and more! Lunch is available - admission is FREE. Wheelchair accessible. For more information call: (250)-592-2842

May 7 March 17 Victoria Rock & Gem Show March 17 - 19th, 2017 Da Vinci Centre, 15 Bay Street Fri. 12:30 - 8:30 pm Sat. 10am - 6pm, Sun. 9:30am - 4pm Canadian Vendors Specimens from all over the world Adults $5, Seniors & Students $4, Family (4) $12, Age 6 and under free. Weekend pass $10. Cash only please.

Plan now to attend the 2017 Westie Walk event Date: Sunday, May 7th, 2017 Registration: 12:30 PM Time: 1 - 3 PM Location: Dominion Brook Park North Saanich Please bring your camera for taking souvenir photos. $1.00 donation to FLED. $5.00 draw tickets - all proceeds for Westie Rescue. All dogs must be on leads, and all owners will receive a free draw ticket.

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April 8 “SPRING INTO SUMMER” Craft Sale & Market Presented by the Juan de Fuca Arts & Crafts Guild Saturday, April 8, 2017, 10AM - 4PM Esquimalt United Church 500 Admirals Road (Wheeley Hall entrance on Lyall Street) Locally made, handcrafted products, including baking, chocolate, body products, jewellery, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, felting, hand woven rugs, artwork, cards, children’s things. Concession operated by the Rainbow Kitchen. Free admission, free parking, wheelchair & stroller friendly. Information at jdfguild@gmail.com or 250-661-6550 36

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PACIFIC RIM POTTERS 31st Annual Spring Show and Sale Saturday, May 13 - 10am-4pm Knox Presbyterian Church Hall 2964 Richmond Rd. Local ceramic artists will exhibit a wide variety of handcrafted, useful and exquisitely artful clay creations for home and garden. Free admission, door prizes, refreshments. For more info: 250-592-8257


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SCATTERED ARTISTS 2017 STUDIO TOUR May 20 - 21, 11 - 4 daily Join the artists in their studios and gardens surrounding Cedar Hill area and beyond. Pottery, jewellery, paintings, photography, drawings and more. See the map with locations on www.GoBC.ca under BC Arts and Culture.

May 28 27th Anniversary Victoria Model Railway Show 2017 Sunday, May 28, 10am-4pm Curling Rink at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre, 1767 Island Highway, Colwood. Free Parking. BC Transit Bus #50 Operating model Railroad, Commercial and Individual sales and displays. Admission: adults $7, family $15, Children free with adult 250-595-4070

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ANWG Weavers’ Conference and Marketplace July 1 & 2 at the University of Victoria Pre-Conference Workshops June 28 to 30 Registration is now open for classes in weaving, spinning, basketry, dyeing, knitting, and other fibre arts. Our Keynote Speaker is Charllotte Kwon of Maiwa. There will be a Fashion Show of handmade garments and accessories. Tickets for the Keynote Speaker and Fashion Show go on sale April 1st for $45 each. In addition, there will be Displays of fibre art and a Market Hall with over 30 vendors from Canada and the USA. Admission is open to the public and free of charge. Market Hall hours are Friday noon-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am-5pm. For more information visit www.anwgconference2017.com

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June 24 Art at the Vineyard Saturday June 24 11 am - 4 pm Enjoy some time with family and friends Sale of ‘previously loved’ art Tea Room, Bake Sale, Artisans and Plant Sale Kids play area, explore the grounds Fundraiser for the Prospect Lake District Community Association Admission $2, under 12 free 5271 Old West Saanich Road

Sooke Car Show and Swap & Shop 100s of cars at the Scenic Sooke River Campground “Home of All Sooke Days” 2259 Phillips Rd. Sunday, July 23, 2017 (10 - 3pm) Sooke River Campground, Food, door prizes, car parts and more . 16 categories to win our “Made in Sooke Trophies” plus Peoples Choice Category, your opportunity to choose. To enter your car or become a vendor please go to our website to register www.sookefallfair.ca Proceeds to benefit Sooke Fall Fair

September 9 Sooke Fall Fair presents Something’s Fishy at the Sooke Fall Fair Celebrate Canada 150 Animals, food, games, pie eating, chicken bingo. Introducing Sookiemon, Auction & Entertainment Saturday, September 9th (11 - 6pm) Sunday, September 10th (10 - 5pm) Sooke Community Hall and Upper Legion Hall Sheilds & Eustace Rds. www.sookefallfair.ca

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6th Annual Island Mavins Handmade and Vintage Market

June 3 18th Annual Potters Guild Sale Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 join local potters from the Vancouver Island Potters Guild at their annual pottery sale at the Fairfield Community Centre beside the Moss St Market, 10am to 3pm. FREE admission. The over 25 potters participating range from emerging artists to established potters. One location - wide range of styles - choose the perfect piece for yourself or a friend. For more information contact Nancy Fraser, nancyfraser@gmail.com

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Markets, Events & Craft Fairs Organizers!

Saturday, July 22nd 2017 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, July 23rd 2017 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

On April 29, 2017 the Times Colonist will publish SPRING & SUMMER MARKETS, EVENTS & CRAFT FAIR LISTINGS within the Island Events & Activities Guide

Admission: $3.00 per person/$5.00 for both days (children under 12 get in free) Location: 2734 Island View Rd. Saanichton, B.C. (free parking on site)

Spring & Summer Guide

Featuring over 40 vendors all bringing an array of fabulous items such as antiques, refurbished furniture, vintage/upcycled home decor, handmade jewellery, vintage linens, handmade soaps and lotions, handmade paper goods, and so much more!

Island Events & Activities Guide Listings will appear in the April 29th Edition PLUS in TC Classifieds the 1st day of your market, event or craft fair.

St. Mark’s Fair The Qualicum Beach Community Fair July 22, 8:30am - 3:00pm. Downtown Qualicum Beach Veterans Way and Memorial Avenue With 140+ vendors from the Island and Mainland, food, entertainment and children’s activities it is one of the biggest fairs on Vancouver Island! Come and celebrate our 45th year.

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he name Cowichan comes from the Coast Salish word meaning ‘the land warmed by the sun’. And that translates to a region that enjoys the longest growing season on Vancouver Island, with a bountiful harvest of locally grown and produced foods and wines. The climate makes the Cowichan perfect for the numerous vineyards found in the region, many of which offer tours and tastings. You can also find a cidery, distilleries and craft breweries. The region is not only remarkable for its cuisine and viticulture, but also for the rich culture, music, art and commerce found in its friendly communities. Recreational opportunities abound in towns, countryside, forested areas or on the water. Duncan is the Cowichan’s largest town, and is known as the ‘City of Totems’ for

the totem poles (the world’s largest urban collection) found throughout downtown. Find a fabulous choice of restaurants along with great shopping and entertainment. Just north of Duncan, take a ride on a steam train at the B.C. Forest Discovery Centre. And a little further along, witness the agility and power of birds of prey at The Raptors. Heading north, the small communities of Genoa Bay and Maple Bay look out over Sansum Narrows. From Crofton you can catch a ferry to neighbouring Salt Spring Island. The town of Chemainus is known as ‘the world’s largest outdoor art gallery’ thanks to the colourful murals that adorn almost every available wall in town. More than 40 wall murals and 13 sculptures depict the history of the town. Ladysmith is a small, pretty town with Edwardian-era architecture, antique shopping and some great eateries.

COWICHAN Cowichan Artisans Spring Studio Tour April 21–23, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. A wonderful way to explore the rich culture and stunning landscape of the Cowichan Valley. cowichanartisans.com

Brentwood International Rowing Regatta April 28–30 Brentwood College School, Mill Bay Prestigious junior regatta. Over 1600 athletes and coaches traveling from the U.S. and all parts of B.C. to participate. regatta.brentwood.bc.ca

Victoria Symphony May 12, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 2687 James St., Duncan Tanya Miller’s farewell concert. Tanya Miller, Conductor. Timothy Chooi, Violin. www.cowichanpac.ca 38

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Heritage Boat Festival May 27, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladysmith Community Marina Heritage vessels from all over the coast. lmsmarina.ca

Kids’ Pirate Day June 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ladysmith Community Marina Community docks are alive with fun-loving pirates of all ages. lmsmarina.ca

32nd Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Festival Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre June 17 classicboats.org

Chemainus Bluegrass Extravaganza & Festival July 15&16 Waterwheel Park,Chemainus Two magical days of bluegrass music. chemainusbluegrass.com

Cowichan If you head south from Duncan, you’ll come to Cowichan Bay, a charming seaside village where you can take a walk on the pier and visit the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre … or experience the natural beauty and diversity of life of the Cowichan Estuary. In waterfront Mill Bay, catch a ferry to Brentwood Bay on the Saanich Peninsula. The 25-minute voyage has been called ‘Vancouver Island’s most beautiful shortcut’. Cobble Hill, perched high above the sparkling Saanich Inlet, is tucked into a pastoral landscape of parks, farmland and vineyards.

For a cottage getaway, visit the village of Shawnigan Lake. Nearby, the Kinsol Trestle – one of the world’s highest wooden trestle railway bridges – is the highlight of the Cowichan Valley Trail. Cowichan Lake is the second largest lake on the Island, and is home to a number of communities such as Lake Cowichan, Youbou and Honeymoon Bay.

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July 21–23 Providence Farm, Duncan Join this celebration of music, featuring all the best elements of a homegrown folk festival. islandsfolkfestival.ca

Aug. 26, 6:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. First Avenue, Ladysmith Light Up the Night is an evening of light, music, art, and food. artsontheavenue.ca

Sunfest Country Music Festival Aug. 3–6 Laketown Ranch, 5 km from Lake Cowichan 2017 Headliners: Little Big Town and Toby Keith. sunfestconcerts.com

Ladysmith Days Aug. 4 A local celebration of living in Ladysmith! ladysmithdays.com

Legends Valley Music Festival Aug. 23–27 Laketown Ranch, 5 km from Lake Cowichan Camping, Cannabis Expo and Awards legendsvalleymusicfestival.com

Ladysmith Arts on the Avenue Aug. 27, 10 a.m.–4p.m. First Avenue, Ladysmith 19th Annual Arts on the Avenue! Over 55 artists with their original paintings, jewelry, fabric art, carving, native art and more. artsontheavenue.ca

Lake Cowichan Salmon and Mushroom Festival Sept. 23&24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Lake Cowichan Centennial Hall Celebrate the “Wild Edible” treats of the Cowichan Valley – Mushrooms and Salmon. Proceeds will be applied to the education of Cowichan Valley Students in the Natural Sciences. Mushroom identification, mushroom slide show, a children’s craft table and Saturday field trips. salmonmushroomfestival.com


BY KATHRYN MCAREE JUST AN HOUR’S DRIVE north of Victoria lies the Cowichan Valley. Peppered with craft breweries and distilleries like Ampersand Distillery Co., you will also find Merridale Cidery. Yet it is the wineries of the Cowichan Valley that will captivate you! Wineries like Cherry Point and Zanatta were some of the first on Vancouver Island, along with Blue Grouse, whose new owners have rebuilt the winery and created an enchanting spot to visit. Regular tours and tasting are scheduled daily. Try Blue Grouse’s Ortega, a varietal you don’t come across often, but is prolific and fruitful among some of the top Vancouver Island wineries.

Venturi-Schulze is not to be missed for a tasting of wines made with true dedication plus a taste of their balsamic vinegar. Made from their own juice from estate-grown grapes in the traditional way, it’s hard to leave without your own bottle of balsamic! Cherry Point was the first to produce a blackberry Port-like wine from wild blackberries that grow eagerly all over the Island. This deep, rich wine makes a perfect dessert and is marvelous with dark chocolate.

Rocky Creek also produces a blackberry dessert wine and has a quaint tasting room. When wine touring in the Cowichan Valley, Unsworth Vineyards is the perfect stop for lunch or dinner. Their striking tasting room welcomes you with palate-pleasing whites, rosé, and reds. Their talented winemaking team also produces a bubbly, Charme de L’île, a prosecco-like charmat that scores high points with the most savvy wine connoisseur. It is perfect with the appetizer and small plates in the Unsworth restaurant or on the deck overlooking the vineyard. Be sure to make a reservation. For an unforgettable dining experience, visit Deerholme Farm for their forest and farm to table dinners and classes. Chef and cookbook author Bill Jones hosts themed, seasonal dinners in his farmhouse that are always an amazing and delicious experience. His weekend cooking classes are a great way to learn about our local cuisine scene and will leave you craving more! Chef Jones also leads mushroom and wild food foraging literally in his own back yard. A visit to the Cowichan Valley is not complete without visiting the old fishing village of Cowichan Bay and True Grain Bakery. True Grain mills their own flour, concentrating on natural and organic. They use non-hybridized heritage and ancient grains such as Red Fife, Einkorn, Emmer, Spelt, Khorasan and Rye and create the most wonderful breads and pastries. The Kamut bread is divine, but it’s the hand-made pretzels and croissants that steal the show.

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Nanaimo Harbour. (Kids can fish through a hole in the restaurant’s patio floor while you wait for your meal). A bit further north of Nanaimo is the Parksville Qualicum Beach region, with its popular warm and shallow beaches that seem to stretch forever – ideal for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and skimboarding. Qualicum Beach has been a winner in the ‘Communities in Bloom’ competition numerous times. The Qualicum Beach Heritage Forest harbours some of the region’s oldest trees.

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the waterfront, the park is home to manmade Swy-a-Lana Lagoon, a fishing pier, and the terminus to catch a walk-on ferry for the short trip to Newcastle Island

Marine Provincial Park. The Dinghy Dock floating pub and restaurant is moored off of Protection Island, and is accessible via the ‘Protection Connection’ ferry from

Travel inland a short distance to find yourself in Arrowsmith Coombs Country. The community of Coombs is well-loved for its country market and the goats that graze on its roof. Continue inland from Coombs through the Mount Arrowsmith region along Hwy 4 in the direction of Port Alberni – you’ll come to an awe-inspiring stand of ancient Douglas Fir trees. Cathedral Grove in MacMillan Provincial Park, and the trails that run through it, are easily accessible from either roadside. Horne Lake Regional Park is another big draw for campers, boaters and summer-fun enthusiasts. The Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park will draw you deep underground on a spelunking adventure.


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NANAIMO IS VANCOUVER ISLAND’S JEWEL, embraced by mountains, enveloping a spectacular harbour ringed by islands, pubs, restaurants, parks and populated by all manner of sea mammals. Look for Lucy, the harbour’s resident seal, hanging around the crabbing docks trying to entice fishermen to throw her a morsel or two.

Salmon follow their primal urge to spawn and power their way up the Nanaimo and Millstone Rivers to fulfill their role in the circle of life. And seals play with you when you go snorkeling off Snake Island, a short boat ride from the city’s downtown. You may be among the few human beings who will hear what a seal’s laugh sounds like.

Nanaimo has a big heart, full of outdoor adventure and teeming with all sorts of urban wildlife. Families od sea otters sun themselves on the docks in the harbour.

A leisurely stroll or a power hike along any of the city’s oceanside trails, Piper’s Lagoon, Neck Point, Departure Bay Beach (this is a water city) will both have you

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from urban delights. Make sure you visit the shops and studios of its many talented artisans. Break the early-morning surface of Pipers Lagoon with your paddle, propel yourself across the lagoon and see the 1890s-era shacks that cling to the rugged island rise out of the mists. Keep one eye in the sky for sea birds and the other on the water for sea otters. Is this a city or a natural wonder? Yes. It is.

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BEYOND THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE HARBOUR CITY, Nanaimo is also the heart of central Vancouver Island. From here, you can indulge your love of exciting outdoor adventure or marvel at the spectacular gifts Mother Nature has endowed this magical Isle with. You’re near the top of the canopy, checking your harness, hanging on tight to the zip line as you slide through the rain forest. Or perhaps you would rather explore the majesty of Cathedral Grove’s 250 foot, 800 year-old Douglas First. Be prepared to catch your breath. Cathedral Grove is on the road to Vancouver Island’s west coast. The word “iconic” is often overused, but the stunningly magnificent Ucluelet and Tofino can be described in no other way. A short drive will also bring you to the rolling hills of the Cowichan Valley, famed for its wineries. The seaside Cowichan Bay is renowned for its stunning waterfront and artisan shops and fine restaurants. Be sure to stop in Chemainus to see the magnificent murals that have captured the imagination of the world. All these natural wonders are within an easy drive from Nanaimo, making them a daytripper’s delight.

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And along the way you can enjoy a snack in a café and general store where goats graze on its green roof, feast on the bounty of the land at farmer’s markets set among yet another grove, or walk mileslong beaches in Qualicum and Parksville as the setting sun paints the mainland’s coastal mountains in hues of amber and gold across the Salish Sea. Then, back to Nanaimo, savouring the day’s moments and searing them into your memory. Time for a fine meal, served with local wines and craft beer. Then to a welcoming bed to refresh yourself for tomorrow’s adventures.

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Stay Happy in Nanaimo Welcome to our eco-friendly hotel in downtown Nanaimo. Across the street from the inner harbour seawall. We provide clean and comfortable guest rooms. Easy access to area’s top attractions and scenic parks. Pet Friendly and Free Parking Enjoy a stroll along the waterfront at the Nanaimo Seawall, or 1 kilometer to beautiful Beban Park. Close to many sporting venues in Nanaimo. We offer free parking for vehicles of any size. Perks to Smile About Enjoy free WiFi. Stream you favourite video from the comfort of your room. 100% non-smoking hotel. Enjoy a workout in our fitness facility and go for a swim in our heated, seasonal outdoor pool. Plan Your Group Travel With Us Book your wedding party, sports team, or other group travel at our hotel. Contact the hotel for special rates.

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Longwood Brew Pub, uptown. Or take a 10-minute ferry ride to listen to live music on a floating pub while you look back at the night skies of the city. THE SUPER, NATURAL BEAUTY OF NANAIMO and central Vancouver Island is nothing short of spectacular, but memorable vacations are not built on nature alone.

and really, this is the very best way to take in the charms of the city centre. Oh, and if you like gelato, there are a couple of places along the harbourfront that might make your taste buds think they’re in Italy.

In Nanaimo, you have an abundance of urban pleasures to engage and enchant all your senses. Its wonTOM PARKER PHOTO derfully revamped downtown is lined with bookshops, local fashion boutiques, cafés and fine restaurants. Downtown, the Old City Quarter and the Harbourfront District are all within walking distance of each other,

The downtown district is also home to the Port Theatre, which features the finest local, regional, national and international entertainment. When the sun goes down, you will find lots of venues for superb live music. Nanaimo has a thriving music scene featuring rock, pop, contemporary and blues – the hugely popular Summertime Blues Festival is in its fifth year and getting stronger. You’ll find wonderful musicians across the city – in cafés like The Vault and nightclubs like The Queens downtown, and in pubs like the

Dining in Nanaimo is a culinary delight with restaurants serving everything from Thai to organics, featuring the very best of Vancouver Island. Whatever your tastes, you’ll find an eatery to satisfy them. Every vacation always has a shopping excursion attached to it, and Nanaimo offers everything the discerning shopper could want. Browse boutiques for exquisitely designed clothing, jewelry, home décor and West Coast art. Or find the bargains you’ve been looking for in familiar brand-name outlets. You will find your hearts content, a wonderful or that perfect memento of time in the shining city by the sea.

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Third Annual Nanaimo Boat Show March 30–Apr. 2 Waterfront Suites and Marina, 1000 Stewart Ave., Nanaimo, Hosted by The Waterfront Suites and Marina, the Nanaimo Boat Show is Vancouver Island’s most exciting floating and land-based event. Proceeds go to the John Howard Society of Nanaimo. nanaimoboatshow.com

27th annual Brant Wildlife Festival March–April Parksville Qualicum Beach This festival celebrates mid-Vancouver Island nature, particularly Brant geese, through activities for all ages. Events range from Spring Break Nature Camps for kids to wildlife viewing opportunities and guest speakers across Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and surrounding areas brantfestival.bc.ca

Port Alberni Paper Chase 10K April 2, 11 a.m. Cherry Creek Hall 3720 Highmoor Rd., Port Alberni The seventh race of the Island Series. The course is a pretty, rural route. Regular series runners will want to challenge themselves on this route. islandseries.org 44

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Port Theatre Spotlight Series: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal: Minus One April 5, 7:30 p.m. Nanaimo Gradamir Pankov, Artistic Director. Creative, innovative and bold, Les Grands Ballets has been wowing audiences for 60 years. This complex piece is set to a propulsive soundtrack that alternates between traditional and pop songs, baroque pieces, world rhythms and original compositions. porttheatre.com

Nanaimo Kinsmen Beer Festival April 7, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Beban Park Social Centre , 2300 Bowen Rd., Nanaimo Representatives from various breweries will be on hand to answer questions and provide tastings of their products. kincanada.ca

Vancouver Island Symphony presents: Epic Spirit – Invention April 22, 7:30 p.m. Port Theatre, 125 Front St., Nanaimo A show of truly Epic proportions featuring original, movie trailer-style compositions by VIS Artistic Director Pierre Simard, in

an audio-visual chronological journey through mankind’s life-changing Inventions (along with a tribute to the Inventors). Vocal power, huge drums, hybrid orchestral music fused with conductor-controlled synths pave the way to a world of sound unlike any you’ve ever experienced live. porttheatre.com

Nanaimo Concert Band 145th Anniversary Spring Concert April 23, 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. Port Theatre, 125 Front St., Nanaimo The Nanaimo Concert Band, known as the oldest continuous community band in Canada, was established in 1872. Today the band has over 55 members, representing a wide range of ages and walks of life. The band is recognized in the musical community as one of the finest such groups in the country. nanaimoconcertband.com

Nanaimo Earth, Water & Wild Foods Day April 23, 11a.m.–3 p.m. Bowen Park, Nanaimo A free festival-style community event. Workshops, demos, interactive community displays, children’s activities, food vendors, and live music all honouring our local environment! nanaimo.ca

Nanaimo Gem & Mineral Show May 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; May 21, 10 a.m. –4 p.m. Nanaimo Legion hall, 1630 Wellington E. Rd., Nanaimo Two-day rock and gem show. Crystals, rocks, fossils, beads, jewelry supplies. Door prizes and concession.

Second Annual Serauxmen “Shut Up & Fish” Salmon Derby May 27 Brechin Boat Launch, 1890 Zorkin Rd., Nanaimo serauxmen.com

50 Years of Fabulous!! May 27, 2 p.m.–4 p.m. 50 Years of Fabulous!! is a hilarious barbershop bonanza in four-part harmony, taking the audience on a musical spoof of the City of Gardens Chorus upcoming summer tour of the UK. City of Gardens Chorus is celebrating their golden anniversary with an exciting summer singing tour of Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland, performing along the way with several other Sweet Adelines choruses, Welsh men’s chorus Cor Godre’r Aran, and the Goodwick Brass Band. cityofgardenschorus.ca


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July 7–9 Maffeo Sutton Park , 50 Arena St., Nanaimo A weekend of fun for the entire family! Save On Foods presents the 14th Annual Nanaimo Dragon Boat Festival. 70+ racing teams. nanaimodragonboat.com

July 22– 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Parksville Community Park Food concessions, vendors, kite building for beginners, demonstrations, displays, and the everpopular Teddy Bear Drop. bcka.bc.ca

Qualicum Beach Airport Day & Airshow 2017 July 8 Qualicum Airport, Ravensbourne Ln., Qualicum Beach Aerobatic performers, local and visiting vintage and homebuilt airplanes, Canadian Forces, skydiving, radio control aircraft demo, Go Cart demo and concessions. visitparksvillequalicumbeach.com

Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition Competition July 14–16, Exhibition July 17–Aug. 20 Proudly organized by the Parksville Beach Festival Society, the Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition is a world class event for Master Sand Sculptors and is an official qualifying event for the World Championship of Sand Sculpting. Master Sand Sculptors travel from all corners of the globe to participate in this remarkable competition and exhibition. Sculptors have 30 hours over four days to create their masterpieces from just sand and water (and a lot of ingenuity!). parksvillebeachfest.ca

Nanaimo Marine Festival and World Championship Bathtub Race July 21–23 Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo Four days of exciting celebrations. Free events for the whole family, Arts & Crafts Fair, food vendors, beer garden, entertainment stage and a children’s

craft tent at Maffeo Sutton Park and Swy-a-lana Lagoon.The spectacular Quality Foods Festival of Lights & Music takes place in Nanaimo Harbour Saturday at 10 p.m. The annual International World Championship Bathtub Race starting at 11 a.m. Sunday in Nanaimo Harbour. bathtubbing.com

45th Annual St. Mark’s Fair July 22 Downtown Qualicum Beach This community fair has been held in Qualicum Beach since 1972, when it was started as a flea market. It has evolved into a really fun event for the whole family, with entertainment, delicous food, a children’s area and new surprises every year! stmarksqualicum.bc.ca

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35th Annual Alert Bay Seafest, Artfest and Musicfest July 28–30, Alert Bay alertbayseafest.com

Orca Fest 2017 Aug. 19&20, Port McNeill orcafest.org

Quality Foods Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition Competition July 14–16; Exhibition July 17–Aug. 20 parksvillebeachfest.ca

Campbell River Salmon Festival

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August 11, 12 & 13, Nunns Creek Park, Campbell River crsalmonfestival.com

July 21–23, Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo bathtubbing.com

BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival

Saturna Lamb BBQ Canada Day, July 1, Saturna Island saturnalambbarbeque.com

June 9–18, Comox Valley bcshellfishfestival.com

18th Annual Salt Spring Island Apple Festival

Feast Tofino May 5–22, Tofino feasttofino.com

Ukee Days July 21–23, Ucluelet ukeedays.wordpress.com

Oct. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Salt Spring Island saltspringmarket.com

Sunfest Country Music Festival Aug. 3–6, Laketown Ranch, Lake Cowichan sunfestconcerts.com

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whales, birds, trees, ocean … or culinary themes: mushrooms, shellfish, salmon, oysters and lamb, not to mention the amazing wines produced here. Numerous arts, cultural and music festivals celebrate the incredible creative spirit that thrives here. With so much going on, it is difficult to select only 14 festivals to highlight. Check the ‘What’s On’ listings to find more events for each region.

Lake Cowichan Salmon and Mushroom Festival Sept. 23&24, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Lake Cowichan Centennial Hall salmonmushroomfestival.com

54th Victoria Highland Games & Celtic Festival May 20, 21 & 22, Topaz Park, Victoria victoriahighlandgames.com

Pet-A-Palooza Tour 2017 Aug. 12&13, Victoria petapaloozawest.com


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Start your next story with ‘there were goats on the roof’ or ‘we slept in a suspended treehouse’, and see what kind of a reaction you get from your friends. Quirky opportunities create incredible memories, and Parksville Qualicum Beach is full of them. Feel the prickly spines of a colourful urchin or the bumpy exoskeleton of a starfish. Explore crystal formations and ancient fossils while sliding through a worldfamous cave. Get a hole-in-one on a pirate ship or watch creative vision turn into reality at the annual sandcastle competition. Fascinating stories begin in Parksville Qualicum Beach.

Remember when vacations meant actually getting away from it all? No voicemail to check, no emails to respond to. No stress, no worries, just good times and great memories. In Parksville Qualicum Beach, you can still find that vacation. Lose yourself in the local culture and unique experiences. Sample fresh, local cheeses and wines, or discover vintage excellence in a cute boutique. Play eighteen, or listen to nature as you hike a scenic path to the falls.

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and seals, watching from a respectful distance as they observe you, too. Or connect with nature and enjoy the

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The spectacular setting of this Resort, which overlooks Parksville Bay with its endless sandy beach, is worth the visit alone! This is a fun-filled place meant for the entire family at affordable prices. Featuring two 18-hole miniature golf courses with exquisite scale fantasy scenes, which include a Pirate Galleon, Treasure Cave, Victorian House, Windmill, Waterwheel and Lighthouse to mention a few.

Nestled along the shores of spectacular Rathtrevor Beach, our family friendly resort features attractive fully appointed Studio, 1 & 2 bedroom vacation homes. All with stunning panoramic mountain & ocean views right from your private balcony or patio. Our 2 bedroom townhouses are just steps to the sand (full kitchen, 2 baths, fireplace, in suite laundry & BBQ). Open plan Studios & 1 bedroom condos are ideal for smaller families & couples (kitchen or kitchenette, some with fireplaces, patio/balcony). Amenities include, free WiFi, BBQ’s, Tennis Court, and Children’s Playground, walking trails and golf nearby.

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dventure awaits you on the wild west coast. Dense forest and legendary surfing beaches are complemented by civilised creature comforts second to none. This spectacularly scenic region welcomes visitors with a complete range of accommodations – from rustic campsites to luxurious resorts. Port Alberni, at the head of a deep inlet, is an inland port known for eco-tourism, and has a reputation as the salmon fishing capital of Vancouver Island. Find shopping, dining and accommodations here. For a unique adventure, take a trip on the Alberni Pacific Railway steam train to the McLean Mill National Historic Site. Della Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada, can be reached from Port Alberni by boat followed by a 15km hike.

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You can travel by boat or logging road from Port Alberni to visit Bamfield, a tiny town renowned as the spectacular setting for the annual Music by the Sea Festival. On the edge of Barkley Sound, Bamfield is one end-point of the challenging West Coast Trail – a five to seven day hike that was established in 1906 as a lifesaving trail for shipwreck survivors along the ‘Graveyard of the Pacific.’ If you travel scenic Hwy 4 west from Port Alberni, you will wind your way to the

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open Pacific Ocean and its awe-inspiring shoreline. At the coast junction, turn right to reach Tofino or left to go to Ucluelet. Tofino is world renowned as a cold-water surfing destination. The laid-back town offers unique and casual eateries as well as world-class cuisine, art galleries, fantastic boutique shopping, and modest lodgings to high-end resorts and spas. The ocean is the main attraction … and beachcoming, kayaking, fishing and whale watching excursions are as popular as the surfing. If you’re not a surfer, but have always wanted to try, Tofino has a number of surf schools offering lessons. CONTINUED ON PAGE 51


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The Long Beach segment of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve stretches between Tofino and Ucluelet. This is the park’s most accessible segment, and while it encompasses several beaches, it is named after the 10-km Long Beach. Other beaches in this section include Schooner Cove, Combers Beach, Wickaninnish Beach and Florencia Bay. Find information on the park at the Visitor Centre at the Hwy 4 junction. You can follow interpretive trails through the park’s dense rainforest and along the coastline. The Nuu-chah-nulth Trail (also known as the Wickaninnish Trail) runs for 2.5 km from Wickaninnish Beach to Florencia Bay, and takes about an hour in each direction. CONTINUED ON PAGE 55

THE RUGGED COASTLINE OF VANCOUVER ISLAND’S PACIFIC RIM REGION IS RENOWNED THE WORLD OVER FOR ITS FABLED SURFING BEACHES, DRAMATIC LANDSCAPES AND AMAZING INTERTIDAL LIFE. PHOTO COURTESY MELODY, FOR FLYTOGRAPHER


SET SAIL FOR SPECTACULAR WEST COAST SCENERY

PACIFIC RIM

JUMPING INTO THE SPIRIT AT THE PACIFIC RIM WHALE FESTIVAL BEACH SEINE.

Frances Barkley

– Cruise spectacular Barley Sound on the Frances Barkley. There are year-round sailings to Bamfield, and June-September sailings for Ucluelet and the Broken Group.

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EXPERIENCE THE WILDERNESS OF BARKLEY SOUND

Sechart Lodge

Enjoy a relaxing and affordable retreat in a scenic wilderness setting

Closest Accommodations to the Broken Group Islands

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Feast Tofino

Pacific Rim Whale Festival On until March 26 Ucluelet, Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park Join the coastal celebration! The festival, now in its 31st year, honours the annual migration of over 20,000 Gray Whales past our shores. Over the years, the festival has grown to feature events including educational discussions/panels, concerts, Maritime Kids Days, culinary events and more. pacificrimwhalefestival.com

Tofino Shorebird Festival May 5–7 Tofino Every year from late April through May, flocks of sandpipers, plovers, whimbrels, and many other shorebirds pass through the Tofino area. Thousands stop here to feed and rest as they make their impressive journey from South and Central America northward to their Arctic breeding grounds. tofinoshorebirdfestival.com

May 5–22 Tofino Taste Tofino’s sustainable boat-to-table cuisine in this two-week-long culinary celebration. Prix-fixe menus are offered at partnering restaurants, highlighting local and sustainable seafood offerings such as salmon, crab, spot prawns and shellfish. www.feasttofino.com

Rip Curl Pro Tofino May 12–14 Tofino Rip Curl Pro Tofino is Canada’s largest surfing competition and the only one in Canada open to all divisions. Sanctioned by the Canadian Surfing Association, it’s also the Canadian Surfing Championship. ripcurlprotofino.com

15th Annual Tofino Food and Wine Festival June 2–4 Tofino Botanical Gardens, Tofino, Tofino Food and Wine Festival celebrates the marriage of food and wine, with the main event, Grazing in the Gardens, showcasing local culinary talents and B.C. wines in the beautiful Tofino Botanical Gardens. tofinofoodandwinefestival.com


Edge to Edge Marathon June 11 Long Beach, Ucluelet The 18th Edge to Edge Marathon will start at Long Beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and follow the Wild Pacific Trail – one of British Columbia’s top natural attractions – to finish at the Village Green in Ucluelet. edgetoedgemarathon.com

Tofino SUP Challenge June 17&18 Tofino Join the fun and fast growing sport of Stand Up Paddle Boarding, showcased at each race location with off-the-beach sprint races, fun relays and long distance courses for all ages and experience levels. Each event includes a BBQ, music, demos for the public and information on new water sports products. The weekend provides a fun and safe environment for all levels from first time racers to advanced riders. Come join us and make the race part of your vacation plans! tofinopaddlesurf.com

Woof-fit Beach Walk and Breakfast for dogs and their people June 18 Chesterman Beach, Tofino Tofino Beach Walk and Breakfast for Dogs and Their People, in support of The Smiling Blue Skies® Cancer Fund. The Smiling Blue Skies Cancer Fund is part of the University of Guelph’s Veterinary College and Teaching Hospital Pet Trust. Together, we can make a difference and take a big bite out of Cancer, on behalf of the precious pets and people in our lives. tourismtofino.com

Pacific Rim Summer Festival July 1–9 Tofino and Ucluelet The Pacific Rim Arts Society is gearing up with an amazing lineup of performing and visual arts for this year’s Summer Festival! pacificrimarts.ca

Tofino Saltwater Classic Fishing Derby July 14–16 Tofino The Tofino Saltwater Classic fishing derby was created by the National Hockey League’s Brendan Morrison as a fundraiser for Tofino community initiatives. Start your derby weekend with the welcome event at The Shore, food provided by Wolf in the Fog restaurant, and cap off Saturday fishing with the evening reception. tofinosaltwaterclassic.com

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It’s Ukee Days! July 21–23 Ucluelet Ukee Days is a three-day, weekend-long festival celebrating westcoast life, featuring Logger Sports Canadian Championships, live music and performances, awesome food and retail vendors, a fantastic parade, beer gardens, deluxe breakfast, Surf & Turf BBQ, hilarious contests and much more. ukeedays.wordpress.com

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Music by the Sea July 22–30 Bamfield Classical and contemporary solo and chamber music, sophisticated jazz and alternative music – each concert features an unique and diverse selection. Superb acoustics and the spectacular backdrop of Vancouver Island’s mystic, bold Pacific make this truly the most inspiring venue anywhere in the Pacific Northwest – an intimate musical experience in a breathtaking setting! musicbythesea.ca

Carving On The Edge

Tofino Lantern Festival

Sept. 16 A day at the beach, dedicated to all the mini hardcore Canadian surfers who brave the cold water because they love to surf! The FREE, fun and competitive event showcases the youngest Canadian surfers who brave the cold waves for their love of surfing. For ages up to 18 years. Preregistration is mandatory and limited. Equipment will be offered to kids who don’t have their own. bruhwilerkidsclassic.com

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GATHER THE POD & PARTY Bring the family to welcome the whales at the Wickaninnish Inn. Wander through the Henry Nolla Carving Shed, fuel up with treats at the Driftwood Café and warm your heart with the nostalgic return of the Gray Whale. Make some memories that will last a lifetime. pacificrimwhalefestival.com/events tel 1.800.333.4604 54

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Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., trails open at 8:30 p.m. Tofino Botanical Gardens The Tofino Lantern Festival is a signature community event, drawing a following with an unbelievable variety of handmade lanterns. This is the largest annual fundraiser for the Raincoast Education Society, facilitating its delivery of educational walks, talks and courses for curious minds of all ages. During the week leading up to the festival, lantern-making and -decorating workshops take place at the botanical gardens, allowing you to flex your creative muscles. Lanterns have taken the shapes of a plane, “yellow submarine”, various real and imaginary animals, Star Wars characters, a tea set and more! The evening features a variety of entertainment from a children’s lantern parade, live music and DJs, to artistic dance performances, a laser light show and fire spinning. Don’t miss out on one of Tofino’s most beloved events. raincoasteducation.org

Sept. 2–14 The Shore, Tofino, Carving on the Edge Festival is a celebration of the West Coast carver, showcasing traditional and contemporary West Coast wood carving with a full calendar of exhibits, storytelling, family programs, demonstrations and a variety of hands-on workshops. carvingedgefestival.com

Bruhwiler Kids Surf Classic

Queen of the Peak Sept. 29–Oct. 10 Tofino Queen of the Peak is an annual allwomen’s surf championship, created by Surf Sister and Shelter Restaurant to showcase and celebrate the amazing female surf talent present here on the west coast. Competitors vie for cash and prizes in longboard, shortboard and “Princess of the Peak” (16 years and under) divisions. queenofthepeak.com


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On the southern end of the peninsula, Ucluelet (the name originates with a Nuuchah-nulth phrase meaning ‘safe harbour’) claims refuge from the open Pacific Ocean waves. A relaxed destination, the town is a picturesque resort and adventure tourism destination, with an reputation for great sport fishing – especially salmon and halibut.

rugged Pacific coast and grants breathtaking views of the Broken Group Islands, Barkley Sound and Amphitrite Point.

The Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet is a familyfriendly trail that runs along the rocky and

The Broken Group Islands in Barkley Sound near Ucluelet comprises more than 100 islands and islets. Accessible only by boat, the clear waters and abundant marine life are ideal to explore by kayak.

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THE NORTH CENTRAL ISLAND’S emergent food and wine scene could keep you busy for several days. Just north of Courtenay and Comox, Coastal Black steals the show with their farm tasting room and picnic patio. Their fruit wines, both still and sparkling, are a delight and they are more recently producing three different meads. This family-run winery hosts stellar events like summer art shows, a fall pumpkin fest, and Christmastime fun featuring real reindeer! Forty Knots Vineyard and Estate Winery’s Cellar Tasting Lounge is a spot where you could easily spend an entire afternoon. Being one of the largest grape wineries on Vancouver Island, the bucolic views will invite you to linger (and there somehow just always seems to be a party getting started). Many will be fascinated to learn that Beaufort Vineyard and Estate

Winery is owned by environmentalist and Hollywood producer James Cameron and wife Suzy Amis Cameron. The Beaufort Leon Millot red wine is a unique, award-winning wine and their delicious dessert wine, Forté, is a robust blend of blackberry and blackcurrant. Blue Moon Winery & Ciderworx creates inventive fruit wines and apple ciders. They pair well with local fare and their dessert wines can either be a perfect complement to your dessert or be the star feature all on their own. Doesn’t Harvest Moon Apple Brandy Cider sound scrumptious? Craft breweries are also appearing in the Comox Valley. The Gladstone Brewing Company got its start in Victoria, later moving to Courtenay and Cumberland. Brewing has always been right at home in the very hip town of Cumberland! While the wine and craft beer industries grow throughout the Comox Valley, what it is recently developing a following for is its spirits. The Wayward Distillation House is making incredible gin and vodka from honey. Wayward’s Unruly Vodka and Unruly Gin begins with B.C. honey first fermented into mead. The mead is then distilled and crafted to create smooth, flavourful spirits and liqueurs. The Wayward team’s innovative spirit (pun intended) also shows in their very cool and unique packaging, as well. Shelter Point Distillery is making artisanal vodka in addition to small batch single malt whisky. This dedicated team at Shelter Point begins this lengthy process by growing their own barley on their idyllic 380-acre seaside property. Their farm practices are stringent and they are true stewards of the land. The distillery is absolutely stunning and definitely worth a visit. Taste, tour and learn about the process of making whisky, and revel in Shelter Point’s devotion to its craft. There is such an abundance to taste and experience across Vancouver Island. Cheers to indulging in local artistry!

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T North Central Island A FIRST NATIONS CARVING IN A TREE ON QUADRA ISLAND BOOMER JERRITT/TOURISM VANCOUVER ISLAND PHOTO

he North Central Island Region stretches across the breadth of Vancouver Island from coast to coast, over the peaks of the mountainous centre. It encompasses the Island’s largest Provincial Park (Strathcona Provincial Park), and is home to Mount Washington … a top summer alpine and winter ski resort destination. The Comox Valley or Campbell River airports will welcome you to the North Central Island. Or, if you arrive in Nanaimo by ferry, just an hour’s drive north will bring you to the region. The three largest communities of the North Central Island … Campbell River, Courtenay and Comox, lie along the protected east coast and are easily accessible from Hwy 19 or Hwy 19A. Courtenay and Comox sit on either side of the Comox Harbour. Both of these centres offer a choice of accommodations, boutiques, spas and restaurants serving locally-grown or raised delicacies sourced fresh from the Comox Valley. The valley’s name derives from a K’omoks First Nation word meaning ‘land of plenty’, and, not surprisingly, the region is one of the West Coast’s finest culinary, farm and aquaculture regions. A number of excellent wineries, distilleries and breweries are found here. CONTINUED ON PAGE 59

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A PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN SWIMS IN THE WATERS OFF OF QUADRA ISLAND.

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ABOVE: THE COMOX GLACIER TOWERS OVER THE COMOX VALLEY

LEFT: CHEF AND COOKS FROM KINGFISHER OCEANSIDE RESORT & SPA IN COURTENAY PRESENT THEIR SEAFOOD BUFFET. BOOMER JERRITT / TOURISM VANCOUVER ISLAND PHOTO

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lbs. pounds or more. Visit the Maritime Heritage Centre, the Museum at Campbell River, the Discovery Passage Aquarium or stroll along the seaside promenade.

Comox is a pretty seaside town, and aquatic pursuits such as kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding are favourite summertime activities. Fresh seafood can be purchased right from the dock, or enjoyed at one of Comox’s great restaurants. The Filberg Heritage Lodge hosts the annual Filberg Festival – a juried arts and crafts show that has earned a world-wide reputation for excellence. For aviation aficionados, be sure to pay a visit to the museum at CFB Comox. Courtenay is a cultural centre, and the setting for the Vancouver Island MusicFest. Produced by the Comox Valley Folk Society, this three-day festival of roots and world music takes place each summer. Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre is a fascinating place

to learn about the natural and cultural heritage of the Comox Valley. The city of Campbell River – known for some of the best salmon fishing in the world – lies north of Courtenay and Comox. Fishers from all over the world are drawn here for the year-round fishing –

primarily for salmon, but also for halibut, red snapper and ling cod. Trapping crab and prawns is popular as well. The biggest prize are Chinook salmon. To become a member of Campbell River’s famous ‘Tyee Club’, an angler must follow a set of regulations to catch a Chinook that weighs 30

Quadra Island is gateway to the spectacular Discovery Islands – an archipelago featured by National Geographic as one of Canada’s ‘Places of a Lifetime’ – and is accessible by a short ferry ride from Campbell River. Quadra Island and Cortes Island are the best known of the Discovery Islands. On Quadra Island, visit the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre to see potlatch treasures. To reach Cortes Island from Quadra Island, catch another small ferry leaving from Heriot Bay. On laid-back Cortes Island, de-stress and enjoy strolling the shoreline at Smelt Bay Provincial Park. CONTINUED ON PAGE 62 2017

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MOUNT WASHINGTON ALPINE RESORT is renowned for exceptional skiing and winter sports … but there’s another side of the mountain to discover at Vancouver Island’s largest year-round family resort. During summer months, you’ll find ample opportunity for alpine adventure of a different sort — lift-accessed mountain biking, exhilarating hiking trails, scenic chairlift rides, festivals, competitions and celebrations. A significant investment in the rebuilding and expansion of mountain bike trails saw Mount Washington’s Bike Park re-open for the 2016 summer season following a three-year hiatus. A highly experienced trail crew utilizing new techniques MOUNT WASHINGTON ALPINE RESORT PHOTO

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and incorporating best practices from around the mountain biking world have created a ‘fun, flowy, smooth and fast’ sustainable trail system, with experiences to entice every skill level and style of rider. Continuing enhancements are planned for 2017 and into future seasons.

alpine meadows and, for the more adventurous, multiday trekking routes.

live music, a pig roast and BBQ. Guests vote to decide the winner of the coveted ‘Beer of the Year’ award.

In addition to mountain biking and hiking, summer visitors can try their hand at disc golf, miniature golf, boardwalk chess or checkers, or take a turn on the high-flying quad bungy trampoline.

Mount Washington’s hiking trails offer an amazing experience for all ages and abilities. Discover unique alpine flora and fauna, and take in one of North America’s best views. Look south to the snowy peaks of Strathcona Provincial Park, or turn east to view the deep blue waters of Georgia Strait … a true alpine-toocean vista. Hike from the bottom, or take a Mile High Scenic Chairlift ride to the summit (1588 m elevation). Interpretive signs identify alpine flora and fauna as well as the more distinct landmarks seen along easy bark mulch trails. You can choose to take the breathtaking chairlift ride back down, or hike the rugged downhill trail back to the Alpine Lodge. Mount Washington is also the gateway to the oldest provincial park in B.C., Strathcona Provincial Park. Paradise Meadows Trailhead is located at the base of Mount Washington, where you will find a wheelchair accessible boardwalk through

Fun and fresh air can really whet the appetite, and Mount Washington’s eateries will hit the spot. A favourite place to come and hang out, the Eagle View Bistro is an in-house bakery in the morning and bistro in the afternoon. Serving organic espresso, wine, beer and in-house made bites, the Bistro’s large picture windows provide far-reaching views from the top of the mountain to Strathcona Provincial Park. Ted's Bar + Grill pours craft beer, mixes signature cocktails and serves casual pub fare and coast-inspired entrees, all in a lively and exciting atmosphere.

The Alpine Wine Festival in August sells out each year. Sample favourite wines from the Comox Valley, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan, accompanied by delectable gourmet treats. Proceeds from both festivals go to the Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society.

Time your visit to take in one of the popular summer season events on Mount Washington. Billed as the Island’s most scenic beer festival, ‘Tapped’ takes place in July, in beautiful Strathcona Park at the Raven Lodge. Enjoy samplings from local and craft breweries,

Family events planned for this coming summer include a Scavenger Hunt in July and an Inukshuk Building contest during the August long weekend. Make 2017 the year you explore Mount Washington’s ‘other side’ ... the side that summer brings out! Mount Washington Alpine Resort is located just 30 minutes from the Comox Valley. Off-island visitors can use WestJet, Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, and Pacific Coastal Airlines which provide air service to the Comox Valley Airport (YQQ), or they can fly right into Comox Marina via Harbour Air. Alaska Airlines, out of Seattle, flies into Victoria International Airport (YYJ). For more information, visit mountwashington.ca

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Further inland, Gold River is a former mill town at the edge of Nootka Sound. It is a great base for outdoor adventure and sport fishing. Close by, explore five limestone caverns at Upana Caves – named for the river that flows

underground through the system. South of Courtenay and Comox, Cumberland is a small community whose past was as a coal mining town. Now it is a hotspot for mountain biking, and its historic

streets are lined with boutiques, cafés and galleries. A little further south, take a short ferry ride from Buckley Bay to Denman Island – a laid back spot known for arts and literary

InCON Family Gaming Convention April 21–23, Florence Filberg Centre and Native Sons Hall, Courtney Geeks Unite! InCON Family Gaming Convention is brought to you by Games and Grounds Coffee House and a great bunch of amazing volunteers. From the popular Cosplay Costume Contest to opportunities to learn and play a myriad of games – there’s a lot happening on-site. Special guests, demo’s and info booths. Tournaments include miniatures, Magic: The Gathering, board games, computer and console games, and learn-to-play sessions. Find geeky, nerdy stuff in the vendor hall. The popular Kids’ Fair welcomes special guest ‘The Dark Knight’ of Victoria. Proceeds from the Kids’ Fair goes to YANA. inconcv.com 62

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festivals. A second ferry ride from Denman Island will take you to another of the Northern Gulf Islands, Hornby Island. Hornby’s idyllic Tribune Bay is a favourite summer destinations, and is sometimes known as ‘Little Hawaii’.

NORTH CENTRAL Art and Bloom Festival

BC Shellfish and Seafood Festival

May 20& 21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. May 22, 10 a.m.–4p.m. Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens 6183 Whitaker Rd., Courtenay The Annual Art & Bloom Festival is focused on presenting a variety of original works by painters, potters, sculptors, glass blowers, stained glass designers, garden art and other unique art forms. woodlandgardens.ca

June 9–18 Comox Valley 10 days of fabulous seafood! A unique event that offers tastings, aquaculture producer tours, signature dinner events, competitions and family fun! The Comox Valley produces more oysters than anywhere else in Canada and boasts nutrientrich waters, spectacular coastal scenery and friendly hospitality. Join the celebration of this delicious and sustainable resource, and experience the Comox Valley while you savour seafood creations prepared by some of B.C.’s finest chefs. bcshellfishfestival.com


5K Foam Fest … Canada’s #1 Fun Run June 10 Nanoose Bay The 5K Foam Fest is a one-of-a-kind

event. Grab your friends and family and laugh your way through over 22 obstacles, mud, and of course foam! A fun and exciting challenge for experienced and beginner runners alike. the5kfoamfest.com

Salmon Enhancement Derby June 24&25, Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet Two-day Salmon Enhancement Derby.

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Vancouver Island Musicfest July 14–16 Comox Valley Fairgrounds Produced by the Comox Valley Folk Society, Vancouver Island MusicFest has been bringing great roots and world music to the Comox Valley and Vancouver Island since 1995. islandmusicfest.com

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theatre and spoken word. Enjoy stunning performances against a backdrop of the mountain, ocean and rolling hayfields at Olsen’s Farm and Hornby Island’s charming community centre. hornbyfestival.com

Filberg Festival Aug. 4–7 Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park, 61 Filberg Road, Comox Festival grounds are surrounded by beautiful gardens, rustic out-buildings and magnificent views of Comox Harbour and the Beaufort Mountain Range. The Filberg Festival has established a world-wide reputation for the excellence of the work of its juried artisans, and today is one of Western Canada’s largest juried outdoor art shows. All funds raised from this and other fundraising activities are used the show and for the operational costs associated with managing the Filberg Park for the community to enjoy. filbergfestival.com

Campbell River Salmon Festival August 11, 12 & 13 Nunns Creek Park, Campbell River 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Campbell River Salmon Festival. The prime industries of Northern Vancouver Island are Forestry and Fishing and the Campbell River Salmon Festival is a tribute to them. “Logger Sports” depict past and present logging practices. Enjoy a mouth-watering Salmon Barbeque. crsalmonfestival.com

Tuna Derby Aug. 25–28 Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet Second Annual Tuna Derby. The Derby raises funds for salmon enhancement and habitat restoration projects within the Nootka Sound watershed. nootkamarineadventures.com

Kayak Fishing Derby Sept. 2& 3 Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet 13th annual two-day Kayak Derby. Moutcha Bay Resort serves as headquarters for the derby where the fish weigh-in and prize ceremonies will take place. nootkamarineadventures.com

The Artisans’ Festival Labour Day Weekend Sept. 2–4 Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens 6183 Whitaker Rd., Courtenay The Annual Artisans’ Festival – held the September Labour Day Weekend – is focused on presenting high quality original works ... pottery, fine art, ceramics, carvings, furniture, weaving, jewellery, wrought iron, glass are just a few of the many works that are eligible. woodlandgardens.ca


2017 Coho Enhancement Derby Sept. 9&10 Nootka Sound and Esperanza Inlet Nootka Marine Adventures will be holding its first annual two-day Coho Enhancement Salmon Derby, in the waters of Esperanza Inlet. nootkamarineadventures.com

MOMAR: The Atmosphere Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race Sept. 23 Cumberland Cumberland is an adventure racer’s dream destination, with world-class single-track trails, breath-taking terrain and set in a cozy little historic mining town. This MOMAR will feature kayaking, mountain biking, trekking (trail running/hiking), maybe some bushwhacking and possibly a few mystery challenges too. It will be a test for both the seasoned weekend warrior and the dedicated novice. Make sure you plan on staying the Saturday night as this race features a ‘not-to-be-missed’ awards dinner and after party. mindovermountain.com

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Rediscover Comox for the first time BY CHRIS BAIKIE

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nce primarily thought of as an idyllic seaside retirement village, the town of Comox is quickly outgrowing its sleepy reputation. From paddleboarding and sailing to fine dining and even finer shopping, today’s Comox by the Sea offers a full oceanside experience for anyone with the energy to take it on. My rediscovery of Comox started, like many others, at the ocean itself. Goose Spit is the local go-to for many aquatic pursuits like stand-up paddleboarding (“SUP”ing), kayaking or just plain swimming. On hot summer days, the spit feels almost tropical – hence the locals’ nickname of “Little Mexico” for one of its

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sandy inner beaches. When the wind picks up, so do the sailboats, kite boarders and windsurfers; with calm water on the inside and chop on the outside, the spit offers a challenge for all skill levels. Those without the equipment or daring to tackle these activities by themselves can take a sailing or SUP course from Compass Adventure throughout the spring and summer. Situated in the heart of Comox Bay Marina Park, Compass also rents SUPs, kayaks and sailboats. (Insider tip: enrol the kids in a day camp and give yourself some grown-up time to explore the town!) While at the Marina, I was told I couldn’t miss a visit to Comox’s own Fisherman’s Wharf, where fresh seafood is sold directly from the local fishermen who ply the

shimmering waters of the Salish Sea. After all, how often do you get to shake the same hand that hauled your fish? I scored a pirate’s bounty of prawns, but depending on the season you can also purchase shrimp, salmon, tuna and halibut. Find out the catch of the day at www.comoxharbour.com. Of course, if you feel your gourmet dinner is best handled by a professional chef, Comox has you covered - whether you’re craving seafood or sushi, Indian or Italian, contemporary or just coffee. As an added bonus, many of the Comox eateries feature oceanside patios from which to enjoy the Comox Valley’s locally produced (and often award-winning) food and drink. And

since no day by the ocean is complete without an ice-cold treat, you’ll also find some of the best gelato this side of Milan. After overindulging on all of the above, I hiked off my delicious meal on one of the many trails etched into Comox’s impressive geography. This one wound its way through towering firs; others hug the contours of the sea or weave through the eclectic shops and boutiques of downtown Comox. Stop in at one of those shops for a self-guided walking tour brochure; while you’re at it, stroll along Comox Avenue to see the unique treasures that await the casual seaside shopper. Plan your visit wisely and you could experience one of the many festivals Comox hosts each summer, celebrating everything from fine art and First Nation culture to local shellfish and seaside shenanigans. On August long weekend alone (“Festival Weekend” in Comox), you can take in as many as four different festivals. This cozy community perched on the edge of the ocean has a heck of a lot going on. My advice? Make time to experience everything Comox has to offer – now. Plan your next Comox adventure at www.comoxbythesea.com.


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Strathcona Provincial Park

BUTTLE LAKE IN STRATHCONA PROVINCIAL PARK.

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t just 25 km east of Strathcona Park, Campbell River makes a great base for exploring this vast recreational area. Strathcona Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in B.C. – founded in 1911 – and is the largest on Vancouver Island.

Extremely popular as an outdoor adventure destination, the park features an extensive network of trails for hikers and mountain climbers. Its lakes and rivers make it ideal for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.

The Park is known for spectacular lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers. There is a campground by the shore of beautiful Buttle Lake, the source of the Campbell River. Visitor facilities can be found at Buttle Lake as well as at Forbidden Plateau.

Situated in the traditional territory of the Nuu-chahnulth First Nation, the park encompasses the Elk River Mountains. The highest mountain peaks of the Vancouver Island Ranges are found here.

Also located in the park is Della Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada. The Falls were named after the wife of prospector and trapper, Joe Drinkwater, who discovered them in In 1899.

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SEA STACKS AT SAN JOSEF BAY.

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he remote North Island is about as far away from it all as one can get within a day’s travel of Victoria. First Nations peoples have resided here at least 8,000 years, and the traditions of the Kwakwaka’wakw live on in Alert Bay. Accommodations, shops, galleries and restaurants make Port McNeill and Port Hardy the prime bases for visitors. Along with Telegraph Cove, these communities are centres for a thriving eco-tourism industry – outings in search of bears, orcas, humpback whales, porpoises, Steller sea lions, Minke whales and harbour seals. Scuba divers can explore the cold-water marine life at spots like Quatsino Narrows and God’s Pocket Marine Provincial Park. And kayakers can explore the deep coastal inlets and fjords. Take an hour-long walk to San Josef Bay’s beaches or embark on an epic, multi-night trek along the North Coast Trail. There’s no end of adventure here at Vancouver Island’s last frontier.

T’sasala Cultural Group Traditional dance Weekly, Thursday-Saturday from June 29 to Aug. 26 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Traditional Native dance performance in the Big House. tsasalaculturalgroup.com

BC Family Fishing Weekend June 16–18, Port Hardy A great way to get outdoors, and enjoy Father’s Day Weekend. visitporthardy.com

Filomi Days Third weekend of July Port Hardy 40th Anniversary of FiLoMi days. Three days of fun and festivities, commemorating the primary resource industries that founded Port Hardy’s local economy; fishing, logging, and mining. filomidays.com

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July 28–30, Alert Bay A three-day festival that takes over the picturesque waterfront. alertbayseafest.com

encourages a healthy lifestyle, and helps local businesses. This is an event which showcases not only Cormorant Island and those who live there, but also the culture and the many wonders found on Northern Vancouver Island, including the Broughton Archipelago. alertbay360.com

Alert Bay Salmon Run

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July 29, 60 Fir Street, Alert Bay 5K and 10K run/walk and kids fun run. Ferry terminal start. www.salmonrun.ca

Aug. 19: Parade, 10:30 a.m.–11 a.m., Vendor event and kids activities 10 a.m.–4p.m. Aug. 20: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Port McNeill Port McNeill’s annual community festival with parade, children’s activities, races, carnival games, face painting, vendors, entertainment, salmon cookoff and more! orcafest.org

35th Annual Alert Bay Seafest, Artfest and Musicfest

8th Annual Alert Bay 360 Eco Paddle Aug. 6, Alert Bay Annual kayak race around Alert Bay (Cormorant Island). The Alert Bay 360 is an eco-tourism based event which

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Something’s Always in Bloom at The Butchart Gardens

Spring March 20th – June 14th

Spectacular spring bursts forth in Victoria, BC and at The Butchart Gardens in a show of unparalleled beauty. One of the finest displays in the world heralds the season with hundreds of thousands of bulbs in bloom, joined by a host of flowering trees and shrubs. The gardens are alive with the colours and scents of spring.

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Summer at The Gardens is breathtaking. Floral splendour greets you at every turn. Nightly to September 15th —as dusk falls, thousands of lights, of varying intensity and colour, give a magical glow to the shrubs, trees and the flower beds. This wonderland of light is known as Night Illuminations. Each summer evening the Concert Lawn stage comes alive with a variety of performing artists. Come sit on a bench, or bring a blanket for the lawn and enjoy marvellous music and entertainment in the open air. Choose from a wide array of dining options including free-standing food carts, simple family friendly meals to fine dining in the original home of Robert and Jennie Butchart. Saturday night visitors in July through to the Labour Day weekend will be thrilled by the pyrotechnic marvels of one of the most extravagant firework displays in North America.

Summer June 15th – September 30th

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