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Thu. December 8th, 2016 - NS3 Science Studio Drop-in

Harbour Living - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:20

Drop in to the NS3 Science Studio to explore our hands-on science activities! Check out the marble wall, wind tunnel and air field! No preregistration necessary!

Thu. December 8th, 2016 - Home Style Workshop

Harbour Living - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:20

Ever wondered what look would best suit your home? Discover your personal style and create your own mood board. Everything is supplied for a fun evening. Free

Thu. December 8th, 2016 - Hand Drumming Class

Harbour Living - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:20

Learn the basics of hand drumming in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. All levels welcome.

Thu. December 8th, 2016 - Fri. December 9th, 2016 - O Christmas Tea – A British Comedy (Nanaimo)

Harbour Living - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:20

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss... Grab your Teacups!

Thu. December 8th, 2016 - Lounge Music – Port Alberni’s own David Morton on Guitar

Harbour Living - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:20
Port Alberni:

Dave's inspiration musically comes from old folk, roots, and blues musicians. He loves fingerstyle acoustic guitar and works constantly to improve his skills. He enjoys playing at Char's Landing...

Thu. December 8th, 2016 - Tom Morrissey

Harbour Living - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:20


Thu. December 8th, 2016 - Folk Band

Harbour Living - Fri, 2016-12-09 00:20

This weekly all-ages music class welcomes acoustic instrumentalists to learn traditional and contemporary fiddle music.

Orcas hunting a pod of dolphins in Departure Bay (Nanaimo)

This is a pod of Biggs killer whales which typically feed on other mammals (rather than the resident orcas that mainly feed on fish) chasing a pod of white-sided dolphins. 

Warning, the CTV link I've included may not be suitable for some people.

CTV Story

Photo of the day

The quality of "Art" that is seen in most galleries on Vancouver Island is outstanding!        Vase by Ted Jolda as seen at Oceanside Village Artists' Gallery in Parksville. Submitted by Dee Aguilar, Owner of the gallery and image.

Jayden Holman

Jayden Holman (http://www.jaydenholman.com)A young Vancouver Island musician with amazing raw talent, Jayden Holman won the PNE Star Showdown in 2012 and we were lucky enough to catch a show at Simon Holt recently. Jayden has great stage presence and it was a pleasure seeing a very gifted Nanaimo musician show off his singing and guitar playing skills!

Jayden Holman on Facebook & Twitter & YouTube

San Josef Bay

Me exploring San Josef Bay This beautiful pristine beach is located in the Cape Scott Provincial Park via a gravel road from Port Hardy. This park is at the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island. San Josef Bay is only one of the amazing beaches in the park, there are actually about 30 kms of remote beaches!

Prawning in Nanaimo

Between Piper's Lagoon and Neck Point Park in Nanaimo
 Since prawning is open year round (in most areas always check the BC Sport Fishing Guide to learn of possible closures in your area) my dad and I decided to brave the unpredictable winter weather and head out just off of Neck Point Park to drop some prawn traps. 

 There are actually 6 species of shrimp/prawns that thrive off the British Columbia coast, but we were after the largest of the species; the local spot prawn. Large females can exceed 23 cm in total length! You can tell a spot prawn by 3 distinct white horizontal bars on their head area and two white spots on their first and fifth abdominal segment. Prawns are male in their second and third year, then becomes female in the third or fourth year, eggs can be found on the underside of their abdomen Oct - March. For conservation purposes it is suggested that these egg bearing prawns be returned to the ocean.

the local spot prawn with it's distinct white stripes on the headYou can catch prawns via traps, ring nets or spear while diving. The daily limit for prawns is 200. You must obtain a licence in order to fish for prawns. A fishing licence is $21 annually which covers all fin fish, except salmon which requires an additional $6 salmon stamp.

A typical ring net prawn trap with bait holder in the middleYou can use a variety of things for bait, fish heads/guts, crab & prawn pellets, or even wet canned cat food. On this particular day we used a combination of canned cat food and a few pellet in each trap. 

Prawns generally thrive in more rocky areas so you want to avoid dropping on muddy bottoms. A sonar system is needed! Sometimes you can even see the cluster of prawns on the bottom! You're looking for between 200ft and 400ft as far as depth goes.

Prawns are the best with some garlic butter! Happy fishing!

To all Mount Washington Season Passholders

To all Mount Washington Season Passholders, 
 Believe us when we say we understand how frustrating the start of this season has been. We appreciate your business, your patience and your loyalty to Mount Washington Alpine Resort. We are happy to provide you with this opportunity to get on some snow before it arrives in earnest on Vancouver Island.
 Here are the details you will need to know before skiing and boarding for free from January 6-31, 2014 on Whistler Blackcomb:

  • Applies to 2013-14 Mount Washington Gold, Alpine, Midweek and Student seasons passes only
  • Midweek passholders get the deal from January 6 - 31, weekends included
  • Does not apply to Mount Washington Volunteer or Staff passes
  • Deal does not apply to pre-purchased 6Paks, multi or single day tickets

  • All eligible Mount Washington passholders are entitiled to receive one Whistler Blackcomb day ticket per person when they show up at a Whistler Blackcomb ticket location between January 6 to 31, 2014
  • Mount Washington passholders must show their current 2013.14 winter season pass to receive a day ticket. This process must be followed for each day the Mount Washington passholder wishes to ski/board
  • No multi day tickets will be issued by Whistler Blackcomb as part of the deal, single day tickets only
  • You will be requested to attach the day ticket to your jacket at the Whistler Blackcomb ticket window location with your seasons pass

  • The free ticket deal lasts until January 31, 2014 or until Mount Washington opens enough terrain for a full-price lift ticket, whichever comes first.
  • If Mount Washington opens before the end of January with a full price ticket, the deal at Whistler Blackcomb ends (with a three-day grace period)

  • Mount Washington passholders will need their current 2013.14 winter season pass plus a seperate piece of photo ID. additional paperwork required by Whistler Blackcomb will be needed

Vancouver Island woman on shortlist to go to Mars and never come back

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 Now this is a story that's out of this world hahaha!

Queen of the Peak Women's Surf Championships 2013

The third annual Queen of the Peak women's surf championship saw both blustery and sunny skies (and waves!) Cox Bay Beach October 9 & 10, 2013. Leah Oke of Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island took first place in the longboard competition while Tofino's own Catherine Bruhwiler claimed victory and the Queen of the Peak title on her shortboard! Over 20 girls ages 16 and under took to the waves in the Princess of the Peak contest, where ten year old Matea Olin of Tofino took the crown with an impressive performance - rememeber her name.

Nanaimo Squash Club

 When the wonderful people at Island Daily Deals offered up an opportunity to pick up a 5 punch pass at the Nanaimo Squash Club for an unreal price I took advantage.

 I had never tried squash, but after reading about how it's the world's healthiest sport, I was looking forward to trying it out and getting a great workout. 

 There are 4 courts (2 with glass backed viewing galleries) which for non-members you need to book between 4pm-9pm Monday to Friday. The drop in rate is $10 which includes equipment if you need it. Depending on whether you are a beginner or more experienced, there are different balls you will want to use. 

 I simply e-mail to book a court and have a time block of 45 minutes. For a high intensity, quick game like squash - 45 minutes is the perfect amount of time to get a serious sweat going. 

 As a member you have full access to the bar and lounge area, fitness area and sauna. 

Membership Prices: 

Type of MembershipMonthly Payment PlanAnnual Payment PlanSingle$68.00$816.00Couple *$108.00$1296.00Student/Junior **$32.00$384.00Senior (65+)$50.00$600.00Fitness$36.00$432.00

 You can also find the Nanaimo Squash Club on Facebook

Restaurant Review: Frankie's Modern Diner (Nanaimo)

Frankie's Modern Diner Signage   When I heard Moxie's had closed it doors and had re-opened under a new restaurant (and modern diner style at that!) I was eager to check it out. I've always enjoyed the nostalgic look and feel of a modern diner. We arrived on Sunday morning for breakfast and I was eager to indulge in one of the many bennys that were presented on the menu. 

"Fresh, Local, from scratch cooking -

Our goal is to provide local, sustainable products and prepare field for fork meals for your pleasure. We cook as much as possible from scratch and fresh daily. Menu items are created and tested by our culinary team and we welcome your thoughts and comments"

This is straight from their menu. 

They have one of the largest menus I have ever seen, including ALL-DAY breakfast. So if you're a breakfast lover like myself, you'll LOVE this.

 We arrived with a party of 6 and we were all impressed with the extensive menu. 

I had a hard time deciding on which eggs benny to try as they all looked delicious and unique (there is even a duck benny with truffled hollandaise!). I settled on the gluten-free Don Juan - on polenta cakes (corn mash patties) with grilled chorizo, roasted red peppers, portobello mushrooms and CHIPOTLE hollandaise! Served with BC redskin hashbrowns and a fresh fruit brochette. The full order was $14 and half $10. Very reasonable. The chipotle hollandaise was unreal!

The gluten-free Don Juan Benny
 Our food arrived hot and delicious after a short delay. Yes, food to table was a bit slow but the food (in my opinion) was worth the wait. Hopefully this is something the restaurant finds a solution for in the near future. Just don't expect super fast service either when it comes to "from scratch cooking", it just takes longer!

 Frankie's Modern Diner gets kudos from me. I love the "from scratch" and "local" food options coupled up with the modern diner style of the menu and restaurant decor.

Frankie's Modern Diner on Facebook

Frankie's Modern Diner on Twitter

Or you can visit them at 102-6750 North Island Hwy Nanaimo (250-933-3281)

Open at 7am daily.