Showing posts from September, 2012

Vancouver Island Photo of the Day: Nanaimo River Estuary

Thanks to Matt Munroefor this stunning morning shot of the Nanaimo Estuary , which is the LARGEST estuary on Vancouver Island. 

The first known inhabitants were the Snuneymuxw First Nation (SEN or Snuneymuxw), to whom the Nanaimo River estuary is still an important spiritual and traditional use area.

Oceanside Rotary Donates Over $6000 toward new Hospice House

Oceanside Rotary Donates Over $6000 Towards New Hospice House PHOTO: left to right, Jeanne Fahlman, Hospice, Jeet Manhas, Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside president, Wendy Pratt, Hospice

 Nanaimo, BC – September 26, 2012 – The Expand the Heart of Hospice fundraising campaign recently received a $6250 donation from Rotary Club of Nanaimo Oceanside. The funds will go towards the renovation of the new house on Waddington Road, which Hospice recently took possession of.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of Oceanside Rotary and to all the Rotary Clubs in Nanaimo who are working together to support this campaign and bring us closer to our final goal,” said Wendy Pratt, Executive Director, Nanaimo Community Hospice. “Death, dying and grieving touch everyone and the support hospice provides is critical to the health and strength of our community.  It is only through the support of our community that we are able to continue the legacy of caring started over 30 years ago.”
Funds raised fr…

What's happening on Vancouver Island in September....

Guest article by @Valvdg

As summer draw to a close and the kiddies go back to school it’s time for foodies and gourmands to come out to play. This September is a bonanza of food and wine experiences. Here are a few I’ll be attending as well as my short list of favourites: Head over to the Cowichan Valley for the “Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival” happening from September 8 to 16.
I’m particularly interested in the Thursday, September 13 Savour! at 'The Barn' at Bird’s Eye Cove Farm. The “barn” is their newest venture and is a terrific venue for this premier wine tasting event. Featuring wines from ten of the Cowichan Valley wineries as well as culinary treats prepared by the farms’ own chef Ashley Lee incorporating the farm's signature Highland beef. $79. Each which includes a Reidel wine glass souvenir. Tickets available by Paypal or at Spinnakers Spirit Merchants, James Bay Spirit Merchants, Damali Lavender & Winery, Rocky Creek Winery, Silverside Fa…

Vancouver Island Musician: Keisja Cox

Keisja Cox hails from beautiful Courtenay, Keisja has always shown an innate musicality, expressing her love for music even in her earliest childhood. At the age of 10, Keisja was among the winners of Valley Idol Season 3, a talent competition held in Courtenay, BC. Included in her prize was an opportunity to showcase her talent at VIMBC, a music business conference that introduced Keisja to other artists, music industry panelists, and those who have made music their career.

I had the wonderful opportunity to connect with Keisja via a quick e-mail interview that you can read below, also you can connect with Keisja via Facebookor follow her on twitter: @KeisjaCox.

Keisja also has a CD release party coming up Oct.11 - Please support local music and go check her out or purchase a CD!


1.Q: Hi Keisja, when did you first become interested in being a singer/songwriter and where are you from?

A: Hi! I’m from Courtenay, B.C. I first knew that I…

Vancouver Island Photo Of The Day

Highlighting the beauty of Vancouver Island scenery, food, places, events, people and anything else you can photograph! Each day we will feature a "Vancouver Island Photo of The Day"!

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View from the Malahat en route from Victoria

Vancouver Island Outdoor Places: Little Qualicum Falls

Little Qualicum Falls straddle the little Qualicum River and incorporates the entire southern shore of Cameron Lake. It highlights a gorgeous waterfall cascading down a rocky gorge in a lovely forested setting, it is one of the most beautiful places on Vancouver Island.

Photo and article By David Hillier Photography"
As I reach the stop sign at the bottom of the hill from my house I am faced with either turning left and heading north or right and heading south.

About 40 min later I arrive at the parking lot of Little Qualicum Falls.

With 6km of walking trails that are well laid out, maintained, and marked, and with many of the steeper sections either stepped or with stairs even those who are not so sure footed should not have to much difficulty as you wander your way through both old and new growth forest exploring.

As you follow the looping trail on the high banks above the river ( chain link fenced all the way) it works its way to both the lower and upper falls and offers som…

Vancouver Island Restaurant Review(8): Acme Food Co.(Nanaimo)

Acme Food Co. is located on lovely Commercial Street down town Nanaimo. It has been open since I can remember and has always been a favourite place to go for fine sushi and drinks before a night out.

On this particular evening I read on their Facebook Page they were showcasing a jazz performance with Lauren Bush so we decided to come in for the food and stay for the tunes. We made reservations for 6:30, this is highly recommended on weekends as it can get extremely busy.

Even though it was indeed extremely busy when we arrived, we were quickly seated and informed about the specials and our drink order was taken. We ordered a couple of their well-known 2 oz martini's and got the night started. We decided to order a few appetizer's so we could try a few different things on the menu, we've had the sushi plenty of times and it never disappoints!

After careful contemplation we decided on a half dozen local oysters, the Frazzled prawns and the award winning wild pacific salmon cake…

Vancouver Island Event: Chef Survival Challenge at Madrona Farm

Proudly Presented by the Chef Survival Challenge Event SocietyMEDIA RELEASE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: September 4, 2012
"THE BIG DREAM FARM FUND": GREAT NEWS FOR FARMLAND CONSERVATION! After 5 years of raising funds for farmland conservation, The Chef Survival Challenge Event organizers have made it official: this September 30, 2012 at The 5th Annual Chef Survival Challenge Event at Madrona Farm, will be the launch of “The Big Dream Farm Fund”. This fund will be available to organizations dedicated to farmland conservation and sustainable farming education and outreach. The fund will be filled with the proceeds from Chef Survival Challenge event, as well as Society Memberships and donations.The Chef Survival Challenge was originally created by Nathalie Chambers as an awareness-buildin…

Vancouver Island Event: Savoury, Spicy & Sweet (2nd Annual James Barber Fundraiser)

Savoury, Spicy & Sweet Return of the James Barber Fundraiser
Duncan, BC: Cowichan Chefs Table and Providence Farm are pleased to announce the 2nd Annual James Barber Fundraiser will be hosted on Sunday, October 7th, 2012 from Noon till 4 pm at Providence Farm, 1843 Tzouhalem Road. Cowichan Chefs Table and invited BC chefs are hosting this culinary showcase in honour of the late James Barber, Canada's Urban Peasant. This year's James Barber Fundraiser has the theme of savoury, spicy & sweet dishes made with local honey. This fundraiser for Providence Farm will feature stations throughout the historic buildings offering culinary delicacies paired with local beer, wine and cider. Tickets are $100. Guests will be provided a $50 charitable tax receipt. Beverages are included. To order tickets email or call 250.746.4204.

The following Cowichan Chefs Table and invited BC chefs along with food & beverage producers are confirmed to participate:

Vancouver Island Business: Coastal Wilderness Adventures (Campbell River)

Since Vancouver Island is completely surrounded by ocean and has a multitude of lakes and rivers, it's not surprising it offers year round world-class recreational sports fishing that appeals to all kinds of fishing interests. You can fish for a huge halibut far out on the ocean to a small rainbow trout in one of the MANY lakes in the region. I had the opportunity to connect with a young successful sports fishing business owner, Curtis Smith of Coastal Wilderness Adventures.

1.Q - Hi Curtis, where do you live on Vancouver Island and what is your business?

A: I live in Campbell River and my business is guided Sport fishing on the North Central Island. We do river, lake and ocean fishing trips 12 months a year.

2.Q - What do you love most about your business and what do you find challenging?

A: It is absolutely fantastic to be able to do something that I love and share the outdoors of Vancouver Island with people from all over the world. The challenge most often is mother nature…