Tag Archives: Nanaimo

Surf Scoters of the Salish Sea

Spring in the year 2020. For most of us, it’s likely to live in infamy for some time, after all, it isn’t every year that a pandemic takes place. My family is fortunate enough to live on Vancouver Island, where the Coronavirus has not taken a strong foothold yet, but one of the things that keeps me sane is the time I get to spend in nature. Now, more than ever, outside is the place to be! Continue reading Surf Scoters of the Salish Sea

Gemini Mountain, Welcome to The Island

It had taken us the better part of two years to sort out our move to Vancouver Island, but having finally done that, I wanted to climb a mountain here! Recently I’d joined a local hiking group called Island Mountain Ramblers
, and while checking out the trips they had planned, I discovered one I had to join! Gemini Mountain, deep within the Nanaimo River Valley, sounded like a place I needed to see Continue reading Gemini Mountain, Welcome to The Island

The Disappearing World of the Garry Oak

When most conservationists speak of forest protection here in the Pacific Northwest region, they are usually talking about the giants of valley floor forest ecosystems, such as  Western Red Cedar, Douglas Fir, and Sitka Spruce. There is a species, though, that seems to consistently fly under the radar. That tree is the Garry Oak Continue reading The Disappearing World of the Garry Oak

Three Days in March, An Island Sojourn

With precious days off and a rare chance to get our whole family together, we headed over to Vancouver Island two Saturdays ago in March for a short vacation. The idea was to catch an afternoon ferry over to Departure Bay from Horseshoe Bay, then hang out in Nanaimo for the first night. There’s a nice private campground near the mouth of the Nanaimo River called  Living Forest Campground that we like to stay at there. Continue reading Three Days in March, An Island Sojourn