The Harewood Plains in Nanaimo B.C is home to second growth forest and open meadows and highlights an amazing view of south Nanaimo. It is bordered by Harewood Mines Road, 10th St and McKeown in Chase River. It can be accessed via Harewood Mines road just past Rimrock Trail, or at the end of McKeown Way the first right off of Chase River road past the elementary school.
The Harewood Plains area is privately owned by stakeholders Island Timberlands and the BC Transmission Corporation (they maintain the transmission lines throughout this area). The area contains some rare plants, 10 rare plant species that are considered endangered or threatened. One extremely rare plant called the meadow bird's foot trefoil (Lotus pinnatus), is only found on the Harewood Plains and in a small area in Duncan.
This area is unprotected and at risk for being destroyed by motorized vehicles and people walking off-trail. It is important to respect the land and stay on designated trails. We entered …
They started out with a mobile catering truck in Cedar, quickly moving up to a pizza and pasta delivery place in 2011. In 2012 they turned their business into a full licensed restaurant serving up their delicious unique twists on homemade comfort foods. They locally source their ingredients whenever possible.
When we stopped in for lunch on a beautiful Sunday afternoon I was already well acquainted with their amazing pizza but had not checked out their fully licensed restaurant yet.
As soon as we entered the restaurant we were warmly greeted by the hostess/waitress and quickly seated in an awesome booth (who doesn't love a good booth!). The decor is funky and inviting, I checked out their creative pallet walls and found myself amused by the funny signs and fun decorations.
The service was great! Quick, efficient and thorough. We ordered a delicious poutine ($8.25) to start.
Then I ordered the crispy cod burger ($13.95) with a side of onion rings as the main. My mom ordered the…
Since prawning is open year round (in most areas always check the BC Sport Fishing Guide to learn of possible closures in your area)my dad and I decided to brave the unpredictable winter weather and head out just off of Neck Point Park to drop some prawn traps.
There are actually 6 species of shrimp/prawns that thrive off the British Columbia coast, but we were after the largest of the species; the local spot prawn. Large females can exceed 23 cm in total length! You can tell a spot prawn by 3 distinct white horizontal bars on their head area and two white spots on their first and fifth abdominal segment. Prawns are male in their second and third year, then becomes female in the third or fourth year, eggs can be found on the underside of their abdomen Oct - March. For conservation purposes it is suggested that these egg bearing prawns be returned to the ocean.
You can catch prawns via traps, ring nets or spear while diving. The daily limit for prawns is 200. You must obtain a licence…