Vancouver Island

  • 5 acre shaker

    We all know when something is done right. You have that sense of contentment, and, in some cases, a feeling that you were a part of something pretty magical. Such is the case with the now five-year running Five Acre Shaker, a music festival with the best intentions as described by writer and photographer Chris Istace, the Mindful Explorer. His life’s work is curating and connecting with communities to tell their stories and help elevate your festival and travel experiences.

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    Enjoy the Alberni Valley during the Solstice Arts Festival, an incredible weekend of art in one of Vancouver Island's most beautiful settings.

    Community: Port Alberni
    Region: Vancouver Island
    Province: British Columbia
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    Enjoy the Alberni Valley during the Solstice Arts Festival, an incredible weekend of art in one of Vancouver Island's most beautiful settings.

    Community: Port Alberni
    Region: Vancouver Island
    Province: British Columbia
  • Five Acre Shaker

    Unzip your tent, take a stretch in the sweet forest air, walk down the lawn past the old steam engine, past the historic sawmill, hear the buzz of guitar amps receiving their charge, and get ready to rock out and take in the beauty of this unique festival site. The Five Acre Shaker at McLean Mill Historic Park took the concept of a celebration - for a cause - and cranked it up to 11.

     

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    Port Alberni is the place to be Aug. 9 to 11 for the Five Acre Shaker, a festive weekend of music, food, camping, games, workshops and wellness activites at McLean Mill Historic Park. And, you can’t miss the Shady Acres After Party that is sure to keep the good weekend vibes going.

    Region: Vancouver Island
    Province: British Columbia
  • carving on the edge

    Carving on the Edge delivers a spirited experience that is so special it’s a bit hard to explain, but ideally this story will help give you a taste for it. But first, I want to paint a picture that transports you there.

  • I’d always been intrigued by Haida Gwaii, back to when I was in elementary school, when it was called the “Queen Charlotte Islands." Tucked about 130 km off the northwest coast of British Columbia, the archipelago is sometimes referred to as “Hawaii Gwaii” or the "Galapagos of Canada” because of its vast coastlines and abundant wildlife.

  • Fall is definitely upon us. The snow is falling as fast as the leaves and kids are madly going about making costumes to wear under their winter coats. But before you say good-bye to the festival season, take a look at our last few perfect picks. Some are scary, some are educational and some are really weird.

     

  • Whether you are gearing up for a White Christmas in Calgary, a green one on Vancouver Island, or are lucky enough to experience a combination of both, the holiday season evokes a magical air of cheer, wonder, and good tidings.

  • Spring is the time to get out and explore and feed our awakening senses from the slumber of winter. There’s no better way to welcome the beauty and arrival of spring than to head to Nanaimo in March for Festival Nanaimo.

    The fourth annual Festival Nanaimo happens from March 1 to 31 throughout the city.