Nanaimo is located in the center of Vancouver Island
and has wonderful FOUR SEASON activities for a relaxing,
yet invigorating holiday! Hammond Bayside Bed and Breakfast
is located in the heart of it all, and is the perfect
launching point for exciting and entertaining day trips
and sightseeing adventures.
North or South
of Nanaimo there is much to see and do on Supernatural
NORTH of Nanaimo
NANOOSE ART LOOP AND SCENIC DRIVE
Get ready to explore numerous show rooms and studios.
Paintings, sculptures, pottery, handmade crafts and
photography abound. But first we recommend you pick
up your copy of their brochures from the Nanaimo Tourist
Info Centre as addresses and driving instructions are
RATHTREVOR Park - This provincial
park has one of the greatest beaches in the area. It
also sports an excellent programme of interpretive nature
walks. For the bird-loving enthusiast, Springtime Brant
geese stop on their annual migration. In August, Rathtrevor
Farm Days, demonstrate what the area used to be historically
when it was a working farm.
PARKSVILLE AND QUALICUM OFFER MUCH TO SEE
1. PARKSVILLE'S PUBLIC BEACH AND CHILDREN'S
The sandy beach seemingly goes out for miles at low
tide times allowing you to observe shell and marine-life
treasures. Warm tidal pools delight the little ones
to splash about and watch little bullhead fish. A well-designed
children's playground offers fun for them and rest for
2. SPECIAL EVENTS
Every summer, Parksville hosts the International Sand
Castle Competition. Check it out if you're fortunate
to be here during this event. Mid July - the Vintage
Car Clubs meet here. In April - the Brant Festival -
see migrating Brant geese.
3. GOLF COURSES!!! You're in the area
of golf courses galore between Parksville and Qualicum.
4. DOWNTOWN VILLAGE OF QUALICUM - QUAINT AND
Live theater attractions. Check them out at the Village
tourist stop. Neat specialty shops, and bakeries
5. LITTLE QUALICUM RIVER FALLS - a GREAT place
to view and picnic!
Beauty captivates you as you traverse over a system
of bridges across the river and see the falls. Hike
or picnic there. A wonderfully supernatural scenic place
any time of year.
BUTTERFLY WORLD and BOTANICAL GARDEN
Where colorful butterflies flitter everywhere and visit
with you. It is an amazing place to observe so many
different species and enjoy their unique beauty. Near
PARROT / BIRD WORLD - A riot of color
and sounds. Near Coombs.
CATHEDRAL GROVE toward Alberni
Macmillan Park-Cathedral Grove comes quickly after
you pass Cameron Lake. Old-growth forests contain trees
ranging up to 800 years or older. These wonderful giants
have weathered many difficult forces, but they still
prevail to be enjoyed by you. The largest tree in the
grove measure over 30 feet around, so bring you camera!
The trails are dotted with small signs that explain
the habitat you are observing. A must to see and enjoy!
COOMBS - OLD COUNTRY MARKET & MORE, MUCH
On top of the Old Country Market lives a family of
goats! They will entertain you with their presence and
antics as they munch on the grass roof of this unique
Market. OCM offers local produce, specialty foods from
many corners of the world, and interesting items for
sale. Inside it a restaurant and bakery flourish, and
an ice-cream counter offers a myriad of flavors.
Numerous boutique and specialty shops offer an array
of items for sale. Local artists display and sell wonderful
treasures and souvenirs. It's a spot to explore, relax
and enjoy the vast offerings and pick up unusual items.
HORNE LAKE CAVES
A great place to see a wonder of nature. This Spelunking
experience is considered on of the finest in North America,
so some restrictions apply in order to protect the fragile
ecosystem. During July and August, between 9-4, tours
are offered on a first come / serve basis. Warmer clothing
and good footwear are needed. Located about half way
between Nanaimo and Courtney.
Summer of winter, Mount Washington is a winner! The
winter skiing is fantastic, and summer hiking is spectacular!
Mountaintop dining is available though out the year.
AND the Mt. Washington Resort rents llamas! Now that's
the way to sight see! (See Sports - Skiing)
DENMAN AND HORNBY ISLANDS
Another great daytrip to consider! Short ferry rides
transport you into the laid-back world of the residents
where artisans flourish, and the scenery is wonderful.
Beaches are great! Biking, hiking, or just poking around
makes for an interesting side trip / daytime adventure
PORT ALBERNI and AREA
The picturesque town built on the forestry and fishing
industries. It has also focused on developing an inner
port area worth viewing and enjoying. Pretty. Unique.
Interesting. Educational. Mill tours available - Macmillan
Bloedel Forestry Center. Check out Stamp Falls, very
near Port Alberni.
WEST COAST OF VANCOUVER ISLAND -
see the internet for the Pacific Rim Park and Tourism.
You may need more than a day away to explore this area.
SOUTH of Nanaimo
Visit the most northern Gulf Island by boarding the
car ferry from Down Town Nanaimo for a 20-minute ride.
The island has three provincial parks, all with beaches.
One of the most wonderful sights is the Gabriola Sandstone
Galleries and Cliffs- marvously sculptured from wind,
rain and sea over the years. Eagles Bluff is home to
thousand of cormorants and Bald Eagles. SCUBA diving
is superb - clear cuts nearby abound. Kayaking available.
Artists and artisans thrive on Gabriola, and you will
find numerous studios and galleries.
Rolling hills, rural living, and a myriad of small
lakes are found in the Cedar / Yellow Point area. The
area is just minutes south of Nanaimo and is a Cottage
industry and artisan haven.
Cassidy sports 3 major attractions - the BUNGY JUMP
@ Nanaimo River, the Nanaimo Salmon Hatchery, and the
Collishaw Airport - with its commercial and charter
air services. There you can book an aerial tour of Nanaimo
"Heritage" is the focus of this charming
town and Ladysmith is a delight to visit. Ladysmith
won the "Western Canada Award for Excellence"
when they restored and revitalized their town. Stroll
its main avenue. Enjoy its little bakery's and cafes
and unique shops. Relax. Explore. Good Beach. In December,
see the greatest little town's Christmas light up. Spectacular.
The "Little Town that DID" did wonders after
it's lumber mill (one of the largest on the continent)
was forced to close / cut back. Tourism has replaced
this industry, and you will not be disappointed as you
stroll through the colorful streets. Chemainus has become
Canada's largest permanent outdoor art gallery. Huge
murals (over 30) cover public buildings and depict the
early life of the area. A wonderful dinner theatre and
numerous shops and galleries are a treat to see. Don't
forget to stop for tea and homemade desserts in the
quaint tea houses along the main street.
City of Totem Poles is proud of its First Nations Heritage.
Forty-one Poles are erected throughout the area. Learn
more about them from the Native Heritage Center. Ride
the BC Forestry Museums' steam train and see numerous
LAKE COWICHAN & Area
See the village of Lake Cowichan and visit its Kaatza
Station, an Award winning museum in an old railway station.
Visit nearby Youbou, and experience the mind-boggling
technology at eh Satellite Earth Station operated by
Teleglobe Canada. Take the south road from the village
of L.Cowichan, to the B.C. Forest Research Station at
Mesachie Lake. A self-guided tour shows 33 species of
trees. They were imported from around the world. Hiking
trail, picnic areas, campsites are found along the lake.
SOUTH TO VICTORIA and Area - Check
greater Victoria areas tourist attractions on line.