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Tue. December 31st, 2013 - NYE 2014 at The Queen's!

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Come ring in the New Year with our talented and stimulating cover band, Almost Famous!! Playing you the best top 40 hits all the way into 2014!!!

Tue. December 31st, 2013 - NYE 2014: A Masquerade Gala

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Come ring in the New Year with the electrifying enthusiasm and talent of BASSCASE & The FIDGET HEADS!!!

Tue. December 31st, 2013 - Stay & Ring in the New Year at the Beach Club

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Parksville: Join us at the New Year’s Eve Gala for a magical evening filled with a delicious gourmet buffet dinner, live music from Monkey Wrench, and celebratory champagne at midnight!

Tue. December 31st, 2013 - The Terminal Bandaids at the Firehouse Grill::New Year's 2014

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Six-peice band, with friends, hosted by the Terminal Bandaids. Horns, guitars, violin, mandolins, drums, vocal extravaganza- Fun, fun, fun- c'est amazing! Call the Firehouse to book your tickets!

Tue. December 31st, 2013 - Throwback Tuesdays at The Queen's

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Come out and enjoy the best hits from the 90’s to Now with the incredible band, The Femme Fatales!!

Wed. January 1st, 2014 - New Year Walk

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Happy New Year 5/10-km Waterfront and Bowen Park walk

Wed. January 1st, 2014 - New Years Day Polar Bear Swim in Tofino

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Tofino: Bring a towel, warm clothes and a mug for hot chocolate!

Wed. January 1st, 2014 - Polar Bear Splash

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Qualicum: A great way to start the New Year, you are welcome to come as a participant, spectator or volunteer.

Wed. January 1st, 2014 - Polar Bear Swim & Sweat

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Start the New Year with a fresh splash and help save the polar bears. We'll start with a polar bear dip at Long Lake, followed by a sweaty hot Moksha Yoga class with healthy refreshments to follow.

Thu. January 2nd, 2014 - Fri. January 3rd, 2014 - Camp Frosty Frolic

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: We can't promise that there'll be snow...but we do promise a week of winter adventures!

Thu. January 2nd, 2014 - Kidney Foundation Nanaimo Chapter Meeting

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Kidney Foundation Nanaimo Chapter Meeting

Thu. January 2nd, 2014 - Nanaimo Buccaneers vs Kerry Park Islanders

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Come and join us for the excitement when the Nanaimo Buccaneers host the Kerry Park Islanders at Nanaimo Ice Centre!

Thu. January 2nd, 2014 - Sat. January 4th, 2014 - The Claim | Nathan & Cedric Bomford

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: A multi-media exhibition, in which installation, sculpture, video, photography, and found-objects contest ideas of land-use, private property, and local history.

Fri. January 3rd, 2014 - Sat. January 4th, 2014 - "Clue" The Burlesque Play

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42

Fri. January 3rd, 2014 - Food Bank Ferry Fridays

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Every Friday in December 2013 and January 2014, the Protection Island Ferry service will be giving round trip ferry transport to the Dinghy Dock Pub for a donation to the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.

Fri. January 3rd, 2014 - Mark Crissinger Live In Nanaimo

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: His one man show combines acoustic & electric guitars with harmonica solos and soulful vocals.

Fri. January 3rd, 2014 - Sat. January 4th, 2014 - Moksha Yoga Karma Class - By Donation

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Nanaimo: Moksha Hot Yoga Karma Class - by donation. Proceeds support local and international charities to help make a BIG difference in our community!

Fri. January 3rd, 2014 - Teen Swim 13-18yrs

Harbour Living - Tue, 12/31/2013 - 07:42
Qualicum: Teens 13 – 18 years old take over Ravensong Aquatic Centre each Friday for games, music and swimming.

Queen of the Peak Women's Surf Championships 2013

Vancouver Island reviews and Information - Sun, 12/29/2013 - 19:39

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.

New Year’s Eve in the Nanaimo Area: What to Do?

Amazing Vancouver island - Thu, 12/26/2013 - 23:54





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New Year’s Eve is a day that is celebrated around the world, whether this means watching the ball drop in Times Square or escaping to a Vancouver Island resort. It is the day where people everywhere celebrate the year that is coming to an end and the one that is about to begin, all at once. New Year’s Eve is also a holiday that does not discriminate, as anyone from pint-sized kiddos to baby boomers join together in this joyous holiday. If you are opting to leave the comfort of your couch this New Year’s Eve, there are many different destination spots around the world that offer various celebration experiences.

The city of Nanaimo, located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, is also referred to as “Harbour City” and is one of those spots offering something for everyone. From family-friendly events to fancy cocktail parties for those who are looking to spend a classy evening ringing in 2014, Nanaimo has it all. In addition to the New Year’s Eve offerings in Nanaimo, nearby Victoria is also a hotspot for end of the year celebration. Located roughly one hour from Nanaimo on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the place to be if you are looking for a night full of dancing, fancy cocktails, and themed parties.

We have narrowed down some of the best options for celebrating the end of 2013 and the start of 2014 on Vancouver Island, and you will find more specific information on our top choices below.

Nanaimo NYE Options

Nanaimo has many different offerings as for as New Year’s Eve celebrations goes, but it is perhaps the best option if you are looking for something the whole family can partake in.

Family New Year’s Eve Party

This is the largest (and best!) family New Year’s Eve event in the Nanaimo area. From crafts and face painting to live music, there will be no shortage of activities and entertainment to keep you and the family busy! Other features of the party include swimming, skating, games, an appearance by Auntie Bobbi the Clown, and two countdowns beginning at 8 pm.

  • Location – Beban Park, Nanaimo
  • Time – 5 pm to 10 pm
  • Cost – $10 for adults, free for children 2 yrs and younger, and $24 for a family of four

New Year’s Night Out

One of the fanciest parties of the night is being hosted by the Tigh Na Mara Resort in Parksville, about 30 minutes north of Nanaimo. With a black and white masquerade theme and endless dancing, this is a must for any adults looking for a fun, classy evening.

The event also includes an extravagant buffet, midnight toast, and each guest will be handed a complimentary Venetian mask. The resort is offering packages starting at $332 for one night. For this package, guests will be able to choose which style of room they prefer and will also gain access to the exclusive party.

For more information, check out the resort website here: http://tigh-na-mara.com/specials-promotions/promo-code/new-years-night-out/

 Victoria NYE Options

There are a wide variety of New Year’s Eve celebration offerings in Victoria, most of which are being hosted by various clubs or venues throughout the city. If you are looking for a night away from the kiddos or a memorable evening celebrating with friends and loved ones, this is the place. Take a look at some of our top choices if you are spending New Year’s Eve in Victoria.

Crystal Ballroom New Year’s Eve Dinner and Gala

Located at the Fairmont Empress, this event boasts an impressive buffet dinner, live entertainment, dancing, and a champagne toast for $160. Doors open at 7:30 pm.

The Gatsby New Year’s Eve

Inspired by the parties of the fictional character Jay Gatsby, this extravagant party is being hosted by the Upstairs Cabaret. From over-the-top visuals, costumes, and decorations to a champagne bar, balloon drop, and one-of-a-kind countdown, the $30 early-bird ticket price is a steal.

Enchanted Forest New Year’s Eve

Another stylish option is the mystical-themed enchanted forest party that will be held at Publik. Boasting aerial performers, body painting, live music by Deriek Simon, and a champagne toast, the $15 ticket price seems well worth it.

Whether you are looking for a low key, family-friendly option in the heart of Nanaimo, or a fancier, “adult only” evening spent with beautiful strangers wearing masks, Vancouver Island can meet all your New Year’s Eve needs.

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