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Saanichton is located on the Saanich Peninsula, on the southeast side of Vancouver Island. Saanichton is a place of rose gardens and farms, forests and estates. It’s a very beautiful place. Saanichton is a small, well-maintained community where rural and urban lifestyles come together. Saanichton is just a 20 km drive north of downtown Victoria. Read More….



Shawnigan Lake

Shawnigan Lake Village is located on southern Vancouver Island, 5 km west of Mill Bay and 45 km north of Victoria. Shawnigan Lake Village is known for its artists and craft people. Built on the eastern shore of the lake, the village has two small general stores, a couple of restaurants, several beaches, a barbershop, and a wonderful little museum. There are several more beaches and picnic sites at various spots along the lake. Read More….




Sooke is located just 60 minutes from Victoria’s, along the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. There are many things to do here as a tourist, you could hire a guide to go fishing, go surfing, hiking, whale watching, mountain biking, or bird watching here. You could also just walk on our beautiful beaches for a great day of exploration. Read More….




Sidney is located on southern Vancouver Island, on the Saanich Peninsula, the town is a beautiful little community. This busy little town is the business hub of the Saanich Peninsula. It was at one time, a small farming community. The heavily wooded forests of the areas early past created a logging and sawmill boom. The economy now runs on tourism and it is a tourist’s destination for sure, it is a friendly town with many great shops, restaurants, boutiques, and marinas. Read More….




Tahsis is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island,  there is a good gravel road that runs from Gold River to Tahsis now, but when l was a boy, there was no road then and you ether flew or took the Uchuck boat into town. The Tahsis Inlet and the surrounding Rugged Mountains are becoming well known for mountain climbing, hiking, caving, bird watching, and wildlife viewing. You should come out for a visit and don’t forget your camera. Read More….



Telegraph Cove

Telegraph Cove’s first industry was a lumber mill and salmon saltery in the early 20th Century. It acquired its name in 1912 when the Superintendent of Telegraphs was looking for a north island community for the northern terminus of the telegraph line from Campbell River, this little Cove was perfect for the job and became known as Telegraph Cove. Read More….




Tofino is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The town is in the Clayoquot Sound area, this sound measures about 400,000 hectares in land and marine inlets. The Nuu-chah-nulth First Peoples have made Clayoquot Sound their home for many thousands of years. The Village of Opitsaht on Meares Island has been continuously inhabited for at least the past 5,000 years. Read More….




Ucluelet, about 80 km from Port Alberni, is located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, at the westerly entrance of Barclay Sound, it is not a new settlement by any means. In 1899, there were about fifteen settlers living here. The First Peoples have lived here continuously for at least the last 5000 years. Read More….




Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria BC is one of the older cities in the Pacific Northwest and is the capital of B.C., Canada. World-renowned for its gardens, Victoria is often referred to as the garden city, a city of gardens, ocean vistas and mild year-round West Coast climate. Victoria and its surrounding communities are a mix of cityscapes, towns, and farmland.  Read More….



Winter Harbor

Winter Harbor Village got its name from the merchant sailing ships of the 1700s. During the winter months, the cove was used for protection from the storms. Winter Harbor is still very active along its waterfront. The commercial fleet still puts it to good use and its a destination for tourism and a put in for small boats, kayaks and a port for sailboats during the summer months. Read More….




Woss is a pretty little village, more of a logging camp than a town though. It was built during the time of the train logging era and up until the end of 2017 was still using trains to haul logs.  They shut that down in 2017 after there was a tragic accident involving a runaway loaded log car, 3 workers lost their lives with others being seriously injured.  One must wonder if this is what so quickly ended the train era. Read More….




Youbou is located on the north shore of Cowichan Lake on Vancouver Island. The Lake is over 30 km long, and one of the largest bodies of freshwater on Vancouver Island. Formerly called Cottonwood, it was renamed Youbou in 1914 in honor of 2 of its employees, one was the general manager, a man named Mr. Yount and Mr. Bouten, who was the president of the company. It was built to house the mill employees. Read More….




Zeballos was a small, west coast fishing village until 1924, at this time a small gold vein was found. It attracted prospectors from around the country. The vein proved to be very difficult to get at and after a number of years, the mine was abandoned. Then in 1934, a substantial gold vein was discovered by Albert Bird. Albert subsequently sold the claim to a Victoria mining company, turned out to be a bad move on his part as this mine was soon producing between 30 and 40 ounces of gold per ton of ore. Read More….



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