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Nanaimo is located on the east coast of southern Vancouver Island. It is B.C.s sixth-largest city, it is also called the harbor city. It is a modern city with a great nightlife but you can go biking, swimming, hiking, boating, sailing, kayaking, scuba diving here and from the harbor, you can view wildlife, birds, whales, seals, sea lions and many other creatures. This is a great place. Read More….



Nanoose Bay

The first settler to arrive in the Nanoose Bay Vancouver Island area, the year was John Enos, he arrived in 1862.  He cleared the land himself, creating a wonderful home that he named the Notch Hill Ranch. He continued to live in Nanoose Bay for 27 years, farming and helping others to settle here. As more settlers arrived, the community grew. Read More….




The Parksville area has lots to do and see, there is so much history here and its celebrated at the Craig Heritage Park & Museum, this a pretty awesome little museum, loaded with the area history, did you know that they would use snowshoes on their horses because the snow would get so deep, well me neither but this and so much more can be learned at this museum. Read More….



Port Alberni

The city of Port Alberni, Vancouver Island is located at the head of Alberni Inlet on Vancouver Island. Its economy has historically been mining, fishing, and logging, but today it is tourism, Port Alberni is sitting at the head of the longest inlet on Vancouver Island and is the hub to the central west coast of Vancouver Island. Read More….



Port Alice

Port Alice is surrounded by lush rain forests that are filled with wildlife like black bears, cougars, sea otters, mink and many others, a place of pristine wilderness that just beckons to outdoor enthusiast and a wild west coast sea that is filled with wildlife that includes Orcas, gray whales, porpoises, seals and Stellar sea lions. Returning salmon fill Neroutsos Inlet during spawning season.  Read More….



Port Hardy

Port Hardy Vancouver Island is the largest community on the North Island. The first settlers came to the Port Hardy area at the turn of the century, Alec Lyon and his wife Sarah opened a store and post office on the east side of Hardy Bay in 1904, not far from the existing settlement of Fort Rupert on the shores of nearby Beaver Harbor. Read More….



Port McNeil

Port McNeil Vancouver Island sits on the edge of the Broughton Archipelago, on the northeast side of Vancouver Island. It is surrounded by misty rain forests, spectacular mountains, rushing rivers and serene lakes. The community has a resource-based economy, but it is balanced with a great tourism industry that will continue to grow and prosper. Read More….



Port Renfrew

Port Renfrew Vancouver Island is a great place to get away too, there is so much to do here. There is awesome wildlife viewing here, both marine and terrestrial, you will find big sandy beaches, raging rivers, beautiful lakes, great camping, winter surfing, and some of the biggest trees in the world. It’s one of those places you should see at least once in your life. Read More….



Qualicum Beach

Qualicum Beach is known as the Garden Village. The town has been a repeat winner in the Communities in Bloom competition. You can see why as you stroll through town. There are flowers and hanging baskets everywhere and it is always so clean. It’s a beautiful little community. The Qualicum Beach Museum has an incredible fossil collection, including a 70,000-year-old walrus skeleton excavated from a nearby beach, they call her Rambling Rosie. Read More….



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