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March 24, 2011

New weekly tour at Pacific Shores: Clam digging

New weekly tour at Pacific Shores: Clam digging

Our first clam digging expedition was a giant success and fun was had by all!

If you'd like to join us for this new weekly tour, make sure you bring your gum boots so you don't get your feet too wet! A guide will be there to help you determine the species of the clams you find.

If you wish to harvest your own clams during the expedition, make sure that you have a tidal water recreational fishing license. 

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March 11, 2011

Spring Break activities in Parksville

Spring break activities in Parksville

Looking for things to do in and around Parksville during Spring Break? 

Check out some of the recent posts by A-Life's Parksville-area bloggers LaVonne Reddicopp and Robin Schroffel!

Make memories at Tiger Lily Farm in Errington

Find unique gifts on Parksville's Craig Street

Discover the Village of Cumberland

Brant Wildlife Festival

March 01, 2011

Dining Around the Comox Valley

By Robin Schroffel


Craving a taste of Vancouver Island?

Head up to the Comox Valley, just 45 minutes north of Parksville, where many of the area’s restaurants are offering special three-course prix-fixe menus from now until March 6 as part of the Dining Around the Comox Valley event.

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Brandt Wildlife Festival

By Lavonne Reddicopp

BRANT T two birds feeding by Guy Monty In March, Parksville/Qualicum Beach is a popular pit stop for brave Brant geese travelling to the Arctic from Mexico and California.

So, it's time to roll out the sand carpet for these fine feathered friends that return by the thousands for a migratory visit each year.

The 21st Annual Brant Wildlife Festival, sponsored by the Nature Trust of BC, begins with the Opening Night Kickoff on Saturday (March 5) at 6:30pm at the Parksville Community Centre.

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February 21, 2011

They're baaack: "The Goats on the Roof" at Coombs

By LaVonne Reddicopp

They're almost baaack: "The Goats on the Roof" at Coombs

They’re baaaack.

Well, almost that is.

The world famous "Goats on the Roof" will be back keeping an eye over Coombs in just a matter of weeks.

As Larry Geekie and his loyal band of staff get ready to re-open the Old Country Market in Coombs on the 3rd of March, plans are underway to make this season one for the record books.

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February 17, 2011

Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival

By Robin Schroffel

Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival

I was out for a walk last week when I heard the shrill, distinctive whistle of a bald eagle.

High above, I counted eleven of the majestic creatures soaring in lazy circles before they made a beeline for the sea.

Since then, I’ve spotted them all over the place: perched on a low treetop along Highway 19A, flying over the Driftwood Mall parking lot in Courtenay, and hanging out along the beach near my home.

Spring is here again, and so are the eagles. This annual return is cause for celebration, and up in Campbell River locals are welcoming the bald eagles back from their Washington wintering grounds in style.

On Saturday, February 26, 2011, the Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society (MARS) presents the 6th Annual Campbell River Bald Eagle Festival, taking place in the Maritime Heritage Centre at Discovery Pier.

The festival is a great opportunity for avian enthusiasts to learn about the birds and the birding community on Vancouver Island.

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February 04, 2011

Mount Washington a must-do Island activity

By Robin Schroffel

Mount Washington a must-do Vancouver Island activity Early this season, Mount Washington was on top of the world.

Enjoying the best ski conditions on the entire planet, travellers holed up in chateaus on its slopes were literally digging themselves out the door to glide down the winter wonderland runs, while staff down at the mountain’s base were forced to turn cars away because the place was running at capacity.

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Head to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park for outdoor adventure

By LaVonne Reddicopp

Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park

If you're in the mood for a little adventure while visiting the Oceanside area, a day trip to Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park is in order.

Located approximately 15 minutes north of Qualicum Beach along the Qualicum River, Horne Lake Caves is the perfect place to spend the day with your family and friends—especially if you're looking for something a little more exciting than just a day at the beach.

Originally discovered in 1856, the lake is named after Adam Horne, the Hudson's Bay storekeeper that discovered it. The caves were discovered in 1964 by a husband and wife team from Nanaimo, Jim and Delores Johnson, along with their spelunking team. 

Incorporated into a provincial park in 1971, the area is a must see for those wanting an Oceanside experience outside of the norm.

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January 31, 2011

Oceanside day trips: French Creek Harbour

By LaVonne Reddicopp


If the sight of boats bobbing in the harbour as seagulls swoop overhead has you longing to set sail for open waters, then an afternoon spent at French Creek Harbour might be just what your salty soul needs.

Located just off Highway 19A between Parksville and Qualicum Beach, French Creek Harbour is a perfect spot to get away for a lazy afternoon of people watching and sightseeing.

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January 27, 2011

Raining? Got kids? Don't worry—Oceanside has plenty to offer indoors!

By Robin Schroffel

Raining? Got kids? Don't worry—Oceanside has plenty to offer indoors!

Drizzly days can be a fact of life during Vancouver Island’s mild winter, and solo travellers often take advantage of them to indulge in spa treatments or simply curl up in their cozy rooms and relax.

But when you’ve got kids in tow, their cabin fever can inevitably cause everyone to go crazy.

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