Family activities

It’s a tight squeeze (roughly a foot) for PQB News reporter Kevin Forsyth as he exits Main Cave at Horne Lake Caves, west of Qualicum Beach. Chloe White photo

Exploring the world beneath in Vancouver Island’s famous Horne Lake Caves

PQB News reporter Kevin Forsyth shares experience venturing into iconic cave system

 

One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival

Your go-to guide: 8 ways to enjoy Parksville Beach Festival this August!

Activities for all ages continue at Parksville’s Community Park through Aug. 21

  • Aug 1, 2022

 

Mike, the bartending dog, in Bowser, B.C., on central Vancouver Island. Vancouver archives

Vancouver Island town plans celebration for Mike, B.C.’s famous bartending dog

Pooch became a small-town Vancouver Island sensation in the ’30s and ’40s for his tavern exploits

 

Parksville Beach Festival Society has unveiled a list of sculptors who will compete in the first event since 2019. The festival runs from July 14 to July 17 and is open to the public on July 15. (File photo)

World invited back to Parksville beach as sandcastles poised to make a return

Parksville Beach Festival Society unveils sand sculptor list for 2022

Parksville Beach Festival Society has unveiled a list of sculptors who will compete in the first event since 2019. The festival runs from July 14 to July 17 and is open to the public on July 15. (File photo)
The Porter family are flying around the world in a single-engine aircraft and aim to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages. Left to right: Michelle Porter, Christopher Porter, Sydney Porter, Samantha Porter, Ian Porter. (Courtesy of Ian Porter)

B.C. family of 5 set to fly around the world over the next year – and raise $1M for charity

The Porters plan to take 14 months to see 50-plus countries and support SOS Children’s Villages

The Porter family are flying around the world in a single-engine aircraft and aim to raise $1 million for SOS Children’s Villages. Left to right: Michelle Porter, Christopher Porter, Sydney Porter, Samantha Porter, Ian Porter. (Courtesy of Ian Porter)
Youngsters on decorated bikes and scooters as they followed the Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band through the Parksville Museum grounds on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, in the first annual 'Happiness Bike Parade'. (Submitted photo)

Parksville Museum holds first annual ‘Happiness Bike Parade’ for Family Day

Parade led by Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band around museum grounds

Youngsters on decorated bikes and scooters as they followed the Mount Arrowsmith Pipe Band through the Parksville Museum grounds on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, in the first annual 'Happiness Bike Parade'. (Submitted photo)
The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. Black Press Media file photo

Where to see spawning salmon on Vancouver Island this year

The top spots for fall fish viewing, from Goldstream to Campbell River

The spawning season lasts from late October to early December. Black Press Media file photo
2018’s first-place winner in the sand-sculpting solo division was Peter Vogelaar’s ‘Hendrix Live - Wild Thing’. (Photo courtesy Parksville Beach Festival)

Parksville Beach Festival expected to return in 2022

Event typically attracts visitor count of 125,000 during five-week period

2018’s first-place winner in the sand-sculpting solo division was Peter Vogelaar’s ‘Hendrix Live - Wild Thing’. (Photo courtesy Parksville Beach Festival)
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Youth summer fishing challenge: Go fishing, take a photo, then enter to win!

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s contest returns this summer

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B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend returns June 18 to 20

Get ready with a free Family Fishing Webinar Series June 12

B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.
Sign at Crofton beach tells the tale that there’s some treasures for kids to find. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Bounty of mysterious pirate treasure being found along Vancouver Island beach

Kids on a mission to search for wares left behind in Crofton by generous pirates

Sign at Crofton beach tells the tale that there’s some treasures for kids to find. (Photo by Don Bodger)
The 2021 Brant Wildlife Festival marks 31 years of raising awareness of our natural landscapes and the species that rely on them. Fern Fennell photo

Brant Wildlife Festival wings its way to local beaches, marshes, backyards + beyond

While the distinctive black-and-white Brant geese are the “poster birds” of the…

The 2021 Brant Wildlife Festival marks 31 years of raising awareness of our natural landscapes and the species that rely on them. Fern Fennell photo
Barbara, left, and Marissa Barnartt pose for a photo outside their condo building in Thornhill, Ont. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

COVID-19 brings some families closer together, as bonds strengthen in times of crisis

‘I didn’t realize how much all these people meant to me’

Barbara, left, and Marissa Barnartt pose for a photo outside their condo building in Thornhill, Ont. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The decision to tour Vancouver Island with my mom, aunt and cousin was a no brainer!

Road tripping through Vancouver Island

Deciding to move to Victoria this past summer was an easy decision…

The decision to tour Vancouver Island with my mom, aunt and cousin was a no brainer!
The coastal rains that drench lower elevations of Vancouver Island translate to piles of fresh snow at the Island’s two ski resorts. Amy Attas photo.

5 ways to experience the snow on Vancouver Island

There’s piles of snow for every mood and skill level on BC’s Vancouver Island

  • Nov 17, 2020
The coastal rains that drench lower elevations of Vancouver Island translate to piles of fresh snow at the Island’s two ski resorts. Amy Attas photo.
Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

Annual display opens Nov. 27; timed ticket reservations available now

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.
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Make your RV adventure this Ezy!

Rent an RV and adventure away.

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Sweeping landscapes like Dune Za Keyih Provincial Park beckon visitors to BC’s northern reaches. Taylor Burk photo.

Experience BC’s Northern Wild, Nature on a Whole New Scale

Discover glacial valleys, soaring mountain peaks and wildlife parks in BC’s northern reaches

  • Jul 6, 2020
Sweeping landscapes like Dune Za Keyih Provincial Park beckon visitors to BC’s northern reaches. Taylor Burk photo.
The Parks family of Crofton doesn’t get bored. They simply pull out the V.I. Combat game board, displayed by Zoey, front, and then Zebb, right, and dad Darryl, back, are all ready for action. (Photo submitted)

Not to become bored the game plan for COVID-19

Board game with an Island map developed by Island family just the remedy for filling time at home

The Parks family of Crofton doesn’t get bored. They simply pull out the V.I. Combat game board, displayed by Zoey, front, and then Zebb, right, and dad Darryl, back, are all ready for action. (Photo submitted)
Coombs Family Day a rousing success

Coombs Family Day a rousing success

The Arrowsmith Agricultural Association and Arrowsmith Community Recreation Association would like to…

  • Mar 3, 2020
Coombs Family Day a rousing success