Vancouver Island continued

I found that the area around Nanaimo had some lovely small towns that you should see. Driving north and south of Nanaimo you will find some unique small towns.

Coombs Country Market & "Old West" Village The market is well-known for the family of goats which nimbly graze on its grass roof..Yes on the roof!! July is the time for "Old West" activities: a fiddle jamboree, bluegrass festival and rodeo.This is a Must Stop!!

Little Qualicum River Falls A system of bridges across the river offers great views of the falls in this provincial park. You can hike beside the river and stop for a picnic at a number of scenic spots. It's an invigorating place to go at any time of year. beautiful but wheelchair difficult at places.

Cathedral Grove A must to see, nearly spiritual in nature.!! Massive trees create an magnificent green roof . MacMillan Park-Cathedral Grove is a preserved stand of old-growth forest which is at least 800 years old. Trails are dotted with interpretive signs explaining what you see. It's difficult to describe these forest giants but maybe one dimension will bring it home: the largest tree in the grove measures over 30 feet around.Spend some time here- savour the moment among the tees.

Chemainus Tourism has replaced trees as the of the economy in "The Little Town that Did." Chemainus became Canada's largest permanent outdoor art gallery. Over 32 murals cover the public buildings, depicting the early life of the area. There's also a popular dinner theatre and numerous shops and galleries.What a wonderful place to walk around. I really didn't believe until I saw this town!! a fun place!!

Duncan The City of Totems is proud of its First Nations heritage. The 41 totem poles erected around town are linked by yellow footprints painted on the sidewalk, allowing you to take a self-guided tour. Definitely a place to wander...

Ladysmith Here's a town rich in heritage to browse through. Stroll along First Avenue to see the restored buildings and their unique contents. This revitalization project was given the "Western Canada Award for Excellence".



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