Celebrate Canada Day

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Parksville’s Canada Day celebrations are among the largest on Vancouver Island. July 1st, 2017. The day’s festivities kick off with the Shriner’s Pancake Breakfast, parade, family focused entertainment and activities as well as the fabulous grand finale fireworks, sponsored by Thrifty Foods. Add in food trucks, concessions, artisan booths and fun rides for the kids, and it will be a full day of family fun.

Shriner’s Pancake Breakfast 7:30 am -11:00 a.m.

Parade (Pioneer Crescent to Parksville Community & Conference Centre) – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Opening ceremonies – 12:00 noon

Entertainment – 12:30 pm to dusk, featuring a variety of talent, and headliners (TBA) at 9:00 pm.

Thrifty Foods Fireworks Spectacular – 10:15 p.m

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World Ocean Day June 8th, 2017

Life’s the Beach will donate $5.00 for every reservation booked between now and July 1st, 2016 to World Ocean Day to help save the Sea Stars of the Pacific Ocean.

World Ocean Day is June 8th, 2017

Only 1% of the ocean is currently protected and we at Life’s the Beach know how important healthy oceans are connected to a healthy world

As you think about what causes to support today, please remember World Oceans Day is a grassroots effort powered by hundreds of dedicated individuals around the world.

Help us help them:
It’s been three years since millions of sea stars from Alaska to Canada and down to Baja, Mexico started wasting away into gooey white mounds. And although the destruction wrought by this disease shows no signs of stopping, the pace of the die-off has slowed.

That’s partly because so many sea stars have already died, says Ben Miner, a marine biologist at Western Washington University in Bellingham. Some areas have seen up to a 90 percent decline in their populations.

Scientists identified the likely culprit last year: A pathogen known as a densovirus, part of the same parvovirus group that can cause gastrointestinal problems in unvaccinated dogs. So they’ve shifted their efforts to monitoring sea star populations and investigating why this disease—probably caused by a very common ocean virus—is now rampaging through 19 species of sea stars.
Cornell University microbiologist Ian Hewson, who helped narrow down the viral suspects, is looking at the densovirus’ genetic code to see what might have changed over time. He’s hoping to find a clue as to what’s triggered the virus to become so harmful.

Hewson also plans to conduct laboratory experiments to study in detail how the wasting disease progresses through an individual starfish after it’s infected. And he’d like to figure out how the virus is transmitted and whether it affects the babies and juveniles.

Altered Communities
Other experts have shifted to monitoring sea star populations and the communities they leave behind. “We’re more focused on assessing the consequences and looking at signs of recovery,” says Pete Raimondi, a marine ecologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

A Million Reasons For Hope

Miner and colleagues do still see the occasional adult sea star during their surveys off Washington State. And because one adult can produce hundreds if not thousands of larvae, it’s possible the remaining individuals could repopulate devastated areas, he says.

“If a population is doing well in one location, it has the potential to produce millions of offspring, which can be dispersed widely,” Miner explains.

This is part of the reason why Miner, Harvell, and Raimondi don’t expect to see local extinctions of sea star species in the near future.

In fact, 2014 was the biggest year for sea star babies Raimondi has ever seen for California’s tidepools since he began monitoring sites in 1992.

It will take a couple of years to know for sure whether these young sea stars will contribute to a recovery of populations along North America’s west coast. But “it gives us some hope,” Raimondi says.

We at Life’s the Beach are asking our guests to get involved by recording dates of sightings and numbers of Sea Stars at Rathtrevor Beach in Parksville and Qualicum Beach BC.

If you would like to get involved during your holiday this summer please email us at Admin@lifesthebeach.com and we will provide you with a free Field Guide to Sea Stars. You can also order a copy on our web site www.lifesthebeach.com

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April 22, 1832: J. Sterling Morton, Father of Arbor Day, is Born

Lets make Arbor Day an important day again! Plant a Tree for Mom by May 14th, 2017 and send us a picture or video and we will send you a special gift of 25.00 gift card

Peeling Back the Bark

“There is no aristocracy in trees. They are not haughty. They will thrive near the humblest cabin on our fertile prairies, just as well and become just as refreshing to the eye and as fruitful as they will in the shadow of a king’s palace.” — J. Sterling Morton

Before there was Earth Day, there was Arbor Day, the original environmental holiday that started it all. In honor of the national observance of Arbor Day this Friday, we would like to honor its founder, Julius Sterling Morton.  Morton,  a farmer, journalist, politician, territorial official, and the third Secretary of Agriculture, was born on this day in 1832 in Adams, New York.

J. Sterling Morton found his life’s calling through the fateful decision in 1854 to settle with his wife in the new Nebraska Territory. There, Morton began working for the territory’s first newspaper, the Nebraska City News, quickly rising…

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Arbor Day April 28, 2017

Cathedral Grove

 

In a Line from the Lorax: “Trees make Fresh Air “FOR FREE” It’s Called Photosynthesis” We Speak for the Trees because the trees have no voice!

Visit the 800 Year old Tree at Cathedral Grove.  Located only a short 20 Minute Drive from Qualicum Beach BC ~ Breath some of the Cleanest Fresh Air on the Planet ~ A Fresh  Perspective of Natural History.

Plant a Tree For Mom by May 14th, 2017 ~ Take a photo or Video and send it to us by May 14th and you receive $25.00 Gift Certificate to any of our Exclusive Homes!

For Every Reservation booked on May 14th before 8:30PM a $5.00 Donation will be given to The Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary Native Plant Garden in Victoria BC  ~ Receive 20% off your reservation when using ARBOR as the offer code for Stays April 27 – June 30th, 2017 There is more room for fun, when you get to save! Please enter the code “ARBOR” when booking online Offer valid on stays until June 30th, 2017. New reservations only! Rates are subject to change without notice and exclude, taxes, damage deposit waiver and departure cleaning.

Click on this video of Planting a Tree:  https://youtu.be/BJ3Gzw92bTY

https://www.arborday.org/celebrate/

When we celebrate typically is listed below.

Canada

In Canada, Maple Leaf Day falls on the last Wednesday in September during National Forest Week. Ontario celebrates Arbor Week from the last Friday in April to the first Sunday in May. And Nova Scotia celebrates Arbor Day on the Thursday of National Forest Week.

http://www.cathedralgrove.eu/text/01-Cathedral-Grove-1.htm

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/macmillan/

Nature and Culture

  • History: The name “Cathedral Grove” appeared in correspondence to the provincial government in the 1920s. This colourful description of the stately trees is reputed to have originated from the Governor General Viscount Willingdon in April 1928. Cathedral Grove was a well-known tourist stop on the Alberni Road in the 1920s and 1930s when the timber was owned by the Victoria Lumbering and Manufacturing Company. For 15 years the public encouraged the provincial government to acquire the lands within Block 35, Cameron Lake area. The citizens’ organizations, The Associated Boards of Trade of Vancouver Island, petitioned the government in 1929 to preserve forever, for the public benefit, the well-known stand of timber at Cameron Lake, known as Cathedral Grove. In 1944 H.R. MacMillan, a well-known forester donated the 136 hectares of land for the perpetual enjoyment of the public in recognition of the unique stand of trees. Three years later, the area was established as a Class A provincial park.
  • Conservation: The park protects and preserves an internationally significant representative example of Douglas fir old-growth forest within the East Vancouver Island and the Coastal Douglas fir Biogeoclimatic Zone.
  • Wildlife: Many species of wildlife use the old-growth forest as their home including several types of woodpeckers, owls, insects, reptiles, amphibians, deer, elk, black bear and cougar. The Cameron River, which flows through the park, contains rainbow, brown and cutthroat trout.

Below is sourced from  http://www.visitparksvillequalicumbeach.com/things-to-do-cathedral-grove-macmillan-provincial-park

Cathedral Grove – MacMillan Provincial Park is located at the top end of Cameron Lake, only minutes from Qualicum Beach and Parksville on Highway 4 just beyond Coombs. Cathedral Grove is a BC Provincial Park preserving a section of lush old-growth forest that is unique to Vancouver Island.

Plan to spend a few hours wandering Cathedral Grove’s trail system and gazing up at 800 year-old giant Douglas Fir trees. Cathedral Grove gives the visitor a sense of what Vancouver Island and the west coast looked like before the arrival of European settlers.

News paper Article

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/09/03/cathedral-grove-top-forest-walk_n_3862061.html

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Earth Hour March 25th, 2017 ~ 8:30 PM Turn your lights for 1 hour

Celebrating Earth Hour 2010, Canada

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. towards the end of March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.[1] It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movements.

Earth Hour 2016 was on Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. during participants’ local time. It was also changed to avoid coinciding with the Christian Holy Saturday, which fell on March 26 of that year. It was the 10th year anniversary of the campaign’s beginnings in Sydney, Australia. Östersund in Sweden cancelled the 2016 event, following a spate of sex attacks, highlighting safety as a subject for discussion when saving resources.[citation needed] Almost all the countries in the world observed Earth Hour, Pakistan also observed this day

Earth Hour 2016 by the numbers (based on initial estimates collected on 20 March 2016):

– record participation by 178 countries and territories;
– over 6,600 events registered on digital maps by individuals and organizations;
– 1.23 million individual actions taken to help change climate change (on-the-ground activities, digital actions and climate petitions);
– lights out at over 400 iconic landmarks including the Sydney Opera House (Sydney), Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (London), the Tokyo Tower (Tokyo), the Empire State Building (New York), Marina Bay Sands Hotel (Singapore) and the Eiffel Tower (Paris);
– over 2.5 billion impressions of official campaign hashtags in the week leading up to and on Earth Hour (14-19 March).

Since 2007, WWF’s Earth Hour has mobilized businesses, organizations, governments and hundreds of millions of individuals in over 7,000 cities and more than 170 countries and territories to act for a sustainable future.

Minister of Environment and Climate Change marks Canada’s Ratification of the Paris Agreement
Gatineau, Quebec – October 5, 2016 – Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, released the following statement on the occasion of Canada ratifying the Paris Agreement at the United Nations in New York:

“From the earliest days of our government’s mandate, as Minister of Environment and Climate Change, I have been invested in the Paris Agreement. In December 2015, I led Canada’s delegation to COP21, where Canada played an instrumental role in reaching that historic agreement to keep the global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius. And where Canada fought to make sure Indigenous rights were recognized in the Agreement by all 195 countries that signed on. And I was there when Canada signed the Paris Agreement on April 22, Earth Day.

“Today, Parliament voted to support the ratification of the Paris Agreement, true to our commitment to do so this year. And once again, Canada is a leader on climate change. Our action will bring the world over the threshold of 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions needed to bring the Paris Agreement into force.

“Here at home, we continue to work for Canadians, including Indigenous peoples, businesses, and the provinces and territories. We remain committed to developing a Canadian plan for clean growth and climate change to support families and businesses in making our country cleaner and more competitive.

“We are the first generation to truly feel the effects of climate change, and the last that is able to do something about it before it is too late. Canada’s children will remember today as the day the world did something about it.

“I’m proud to be a part of the Canadian and global effort to address climate change, and secure a cleaner future for our planet.”

Click here to learn more about World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour  

 

Spring Break in Oceanside ~ Attractions and Events March and April 2017


Parksville and Qualicum Beach offers attraction that will make your Spring break unforgettable.
You cannot miss the 27th annual Brant Wildlife Festival (http://brantfestival.bc.ca./). During March and April 2017, the festival celebrates nature, particularly Brant geese, on mid-Vancouver Island through many fun activities for all ages.
Events range from Spring Break Nature Camps for kids to wildlife viewing opportunities and guest speakers across Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and surrounding areas.

Below you can find the Brant Wildlife Festival’s main events, following by the complete events calendar for Parksville and Qualicum Beach between March 18 and April 16:

Nanoose Edibles Farm Open House

March 18, 10 am to 5 pm in Nanoose Bay
Experience the “Spring at the Farm” tour at Nanoose Edibles Farm. See what’s growing at this free event for the whole family. Enjoy a tea or coffee as you stroll around the farm and look for early spring pollinators. The farm has a lot going on as they seed, prune, make new beds and transplant to prepare for our coming season.
http://www.nanooseediblesfarm.com/
Migration of Life
March 18, 6 to 8 pm at Quality Resort Bayside, Parksville
Join ornithologist Rob Butler for a fascinating talk. Migration of Life will surprise, astound and delight you while revealing the natural world as never seen before. Coffee, tea and treats will be served. $10 per person at the door.
GO Wild Spring Break Camp – Moorecroft
March 20-24, 9 am to 3 pm in Moorecroft Regional Park, Nanoose Bay
Children aged 6 to 11 are invited to GO Wild and spend an incredible spring break in the outdoors with energetic Park Naturalists. Cost is $40 per day or $180 per child/5 days. To register or for more info visit http://www.rdn.bc.ca/recreation or call (250) 248-3252.
Spring Break Adventures – Deep Bay
March 20-24, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Children aged 11 to 14 can enjoy a Spring Break camp filled with science-based games, experiments, outdoor adventures and possibly a boat trip on Friday (weather permitting). $250 per child. A healthy and delicious lunch is available for an additional fee of $10 per day. For more information, e-mail amie.armet@viu.ca Register online (search “Deep Bay”) or call 250-248-3252
Building Tour and Lunch
March 28, 11 am to 1 pm, Deep Bay Marine Field Station
The Deep Bay Marine Field Station is committed to the promotion of ecologically sustainable development and marine conservation. Join the knowledgeable guides as they discuss green building, marine conservation, sustainable seafood and more in interactive group tours. After the tour, enjoy a lunch buffet. $25 per person (Advance tickets only). Call 250-740-6611 to purchase tickets.
Foraging for Wild Edibles
March 30, 2 pm to 6:30 pm, Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Curious and hungry foragers will be led in small groups on a foraging excursion, sampling ocean delicacies, Pacific oysters and Manila clams direct from their shells on the shellfish research farm of the University. Afterwards, participants will retire to the Field Station for a short cooking lesson/demonstration and a shellfish themed meal showcasing the products of local shellfish farms paired with Vancouver Island wines all prepared by the Field Station’s Chefs in residence. $125 per person (Advance tickets only) Call 250-740-6611 to purchase tickets.
Basic Bird ID and Bird-Watching for Adults
April 1, 8:30 am-12:30 pm (Age 16 years+), North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington
Dr. Lynne Brookes will lead this enjoyable, practical bird ID workshop suitable for beginning and intermediate level participants. Mounted and live resident birds will be studied, and bird ID skills will be practiced on site. Limited enrollment. Contact http://www.niwra.org or call 250-248-8534. $50+tax per person, $80+tax per couple. Payment in advance to reserve space.
Forest Bathing Tours
April 1, 8, 15, or 22, 9 am to 11 am
Join knowledgeable eco-tour guides for the ultimate forest bathing experience to embrace the healing properties of trees, forest plants, ferns, mosses and lichens. Tours depart from Parksville Community Centre. Maximum 12 people. Pre-registration is advised. Please call 250-248-3667 or email mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com. $30 per person. Proceeds to The Nature Trust of BC.
Coho Smolt Count
April 1 – 9, 9 am daily at Grandon Creek
Drop by Grandon Creek to see the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers doing the morning smolt count and learn all about salmon and the creek. Located at the bottom of Crescent Road West in Qualicum Beach. Contact info@qbstreamkeepers.ca or (250) 594-6788 with questions.
Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants Walk
April 1, 1 to 4 pm, Morrison Creek, Errington
While strolling along a forested path in Errington with biologist Jessica Wolf, discover a selection of wild plants that can be used for food and medicine. Sample early spring greens and flowers, and learn what berries are abundant and edible. Participants will also be on the lookout for edible spring mushrooms! Morrison Creek, Errington. Advance registration is required and limited to 15 people. Register at http://www.jessicawolf.ca or by calling 250-734-1422. $35 per person.
Brant in the Bay
April 2, 11 am to 3 pm at Parksville Community Park
Join the Arrowsmith Naturalists to view Brant geese and other birds through spotting scopes and to have all your nature questions answered. Free.
Little Qualicum Estuary Tour
April 5, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Little Qualicum Estuary
Join the Qualicum Beach Streamkeepers to learn all about this amazing estuary in Qualicum Beach. Contact info@qbstreamkeepers.ca or (250) 594-6788 with questions.
Wetland Tour and Lunch
April 6, 11 am to 1 pm, Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Visit the wetlands just a few steps from the station for a hands‐on exploration of this special ecosystem. Learn about the unique water treatment wetland system, observe local riparian plants and animals as well as discover evidence of First Nation practices of past and present. After the tour, enjoy a lunch buffet. $25 per person (Advance tickets only) Call 250-740-6611 to purchase tickets.
The Sights and Sounds of Spring at Englishman River Estuary
April 7, 10 am to noon in Parksville
Biologist Karen Barry will lead a walk to explore springtime biodiversity in the estuary. Meet at the gate at the end of Shelley Road. Bring binoculars if you have them, outdoor clothing, and good walking shoes. Free.
Eagle Release
April 8, 11 am to 3 pm, North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington
Explore nature at the centre and see a variety of owls, eagles, falcons and bears, then tour the wildlife garden. A rehabilitated eagle will be released into the wild at 2 pm. Suggested donation for admission of $5 each, children 12 and under free.
Celebrate Nature
April 8, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Quality Resort Bayside, Parksville
Join The Nature Trust of BC for an enjoyable evening featuring live music, pasta buffet dinner, engaging speakers and a silent auction. Reserve your spot by calling 1-866-288-7878 or emailing Robin Rivers at rrivers@naturetrust.bc.ca. $35 per person.
Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show
April 8, 10 am to 5 pm and April 9, 10 am to 4 pm at the Parksville Community Centre
One of Canada’s best known wildlife woodcarving competitions, this show features a variety of work from talented carvers and turners from across the Pacific Northwest and Canada. The show also attracts many popular BC wildlife artists, photographers and sculptors. For more information, visit http://www.thebrant.ca or view the brochure. $5 admission.
Seabird Tour
April 9, 8:30 am to 11 am
Join Gary & Ronda Murdock of Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours and Field Ornithologist Christopher Stephens for a wildlife viewing experience suitable for all ages. Here is your chance to visit all the Brant and seabird hot spots in Oceanside. Two viewing scopes provided. Tour departs from Parksville Community Centre. Maximum 12 people. Pre-registration is advised. Please call 250-248-3667 or email mail@rainforestnaturehikes.com. $40 per person. Proceeds to The Nature Trust of BC.
This Is My Home Concert
April 9, 2:30 pm at Knox United Church, Parksville
The Parksville and District Community Choir will be performing Canadian choral works plus Franz Liszt’s Missa Choralis for choir and organ. $18 per person from Mulberry Bush Bookstore or at the door.
Basic Bird ID and Bird-Watching for Families
April 15, 10 am to noon (Age 10 years+), North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington
Dr. Lynne Brookes will lead this 2-hour practical and fun bird-watching and ID workshop suitable for families with children aged 10 and older at North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, Errington. Mounted and live resident birds and appropriate materials will be used to learn and practice bird ID skills on site. Limited enrollment. Contact http://www.niwra.org or call 250-248-8534. $25+tax per family up to 3. $5+tax for each additional member. Payment in advance to reserve space.
BioBlitz
April 22, Milner Gardens & Woodland
Join expert scientists to help identify and count plants and birds on this special property, hosted by the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute. The data we gather will contribute to a growing understanding of the biodiversity of our region. No experience necessary! Email mabrri@viu.ca to sign up.
Hamilton Marsh Tour
April 23, 10 am to 3 pm at Hamilton Marsh
Bring your friends and family to explore this amazing marsh outside Qualicum Beach and learn about the interesting plants and wildlife with the Friends of French Creek and Arrowsmith Naturalists. By donation.
COMPLETE CALENDAR FROM MARCH 18 to APRIL 16

Migration of Life – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Mar 18, 2017
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Address: 240 Dogwood St, Parksville, BC
Location: Quality Resort Bayside
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Nanoose Edibles Open House – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Mar 18, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Address: 1960 Stewart Rd, Nanoose Bay, BC
Location: Nanoose Edibles Farm
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Oceanside Family Health and Wellness Fair

Start: Mar 18, 2017
End: Mar 19, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: 132 Jensen Ave. East, Parksville, BC
Location: Parksville Community and Conference Centre
Website: http://www.oceansidehealthyliving.com/

Qualicum Beach Farmers Market

Date: Mar 18, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Address: 644 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: Qualicum Beach Community Hall
Website: http://www.qbfarmersmarket.com/

Music on Sunday at The Old School House Arts Centre

Date: Mar 19, 2017
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Address: 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: The Old School House Arts Centre
Website: http://www.theoldschoolhouse.org/

Oceanside Family Health and Wellness Fair

Start: Mar 18, 2017
End: Mar 19, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Address: 132 Jensen Ave. East, Parksville, BC
Location: Parksville Community and Conference Centre
Website: http://www.oceansidehealthyliving.com/

Spring Sundays at VIU’s Milner Gardens & Woodland

Date: Mar 19, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm, last entry at 3:00pm
Address: 2179 West Island Highway, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: Milner Gardens & Woodland
Website: https://www2.viu.ca/milnergardens/

Go Wild Spring Break Camp at Moorecroft Regional Park – Brant Wildlife Festival

Start: Mar 20, 2017
End: Mar 24, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Address: 1563 Stewart Road, Nanoose Bay, BC
Location: Moorecroft Regional Park
Website: brantfestival.bc.ca

Oceanside Concert Band Weekly Rehearsals

Date: Mar 21, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Address: 407 Wembley Road, Parksville, B.C.
Location:Anglican Church
Phone: 250-586-9388

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walks

Date: Mar 21, 2017
Time: 9:00am
Location: Parksville Community Park
Website: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

Dine for Nature – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Mar 22, 2017
Address: 181 Beachside Dr, Parksville, BC
Location: Pacific Prime Restaurant at The Beach Club Resort
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Dance with Adham Shaikh at the Errington Hall

Date: Mar 25, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Address: 1390 Errington Road, Errington, BC
Location: Errington Hall
Website: http://www.erringtonhall.bc.ca/events.htm

Knox Presents Phil Dwyer Celebrating Spring Jazz Concert

Date: Mar 25, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Address: 345 Pym Street, Parksville, BC
Location: Knox United Church
Website: http://kucparksville.ca/

Qualicum Beach Farmers Market

Date: Mar 25, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Address: 644 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: Qualicum Beach Community Hall
Website: http://www.qbfarmersmarket.com/

Music on Sunday at The Old School House Arts Centre

Date: Mar 26, 2017
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Address: 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: The Old School House Arts Centre
Website: http://www.theoldschoolhouse.org

Spring Sundays at VIU’s Milner Gardens & Woodland

Date: Mar 26, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 3:30pm, last entry at 3:00pm
Address: 2179 West Island Highway, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: Milner Gardens & Woodland
Website: https://www2.viu.ca/milnergardens/

Deep Bay Building Tour and Lunch – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Mar 28, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 1:00 pm
Address: 370 Crome Point Rd, Deep Bay, BC
Location: Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Website: https://www2.viu.ca/deepbay/visit-us/events.asp

Oceanside Concert Band Weekly Rehearsals

Date: Mar 28, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Address: 407 Wembley Road, Parksville, B.C.
Location: Anglican Church
Phone: 250-586-9388

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walks

Date: Mar 28, 2017
Time: 9:00am
Location: Parksville Community Park
Website: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

Dine for Nature – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Mar 29, 2017
Address: 181 Beachside Dr, Parksville, BC
Location: Pacific Prime Restaurant at The Beach Club Resort
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Amazing Places Project Launch – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Mar 30, 2017
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Address: 100 Jensen Avenue East, Parksville, BC
Location: City of Parksville
Website: http://www.mabr.ca/amazingplaces-1/

Foraging for Wild Edibles – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Mar 30, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 6:00 pm
Address: 370 Crome Point Rd, Deep Bay, BC
Location: Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Website: https://www2.viu.ca/deepbay/visit-us/events.asp

Andrew Collins Trio CD Release

Date: Apr 1, 2017
Time: 7:30pm
Address: 600 Beach Rd, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: Qualicum Beach Community Church
Website: https://www.andrewcollinstrio.com/

Basic Bird ID & Bird-Watching For Adults (16yrs+) – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 1, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Address: 1240 Leffler Road, Errington, BC
Location: North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Website: http://www.niwra.org

Coho Smolt Count at Grandon Creek – Brant Wildlife Festival

Start: Apr 1, 2017
End: Apr 9, 2017
Time: 9:00am
Location: At the bottom of Crescent Road West in Qualicum Beach
Phone: 250-594-6788

Forest Bathing Tour – Brant Wildlife Festival

Start: Apr 1, 2017
End: Apr 29, 2017
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Address: 132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville, BC
Location: Parksville Community Conference Centre
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Music on Sunday at The Old School House Arts Centre

Date: Apr 2, 2017
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Address: 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: The Old School House Arts Centre
Website: http://www.theoldschoolhouse.org/

Oceanside Concert Band Weekly Rehearsals

Date: Apr 4, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Address: 407 Wembley Road, Parksville, B.C.
Location: Anglican Church
Phone: 250-586-9388

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walks

Date: Apr 4, 2017
Time: 9:00am
Location: Parksville Community Park
Website: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

Dine for Nature – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 5, 2017
Address: 181 Beachside Dr, Parksville, BC
Location: Pacific Prime Restaurant at The Beach Club Resort
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Little Qualicum Estuary Tour – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 5, 2017
Address: Parking lot at the end of Surfside Drive, Qualicum Beach
Location: Little Qualicum River Estuary Regional Conservation Area
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Wetland Tour and Lunch – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 6, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 1:00 pm
Address: 370 Crome Point Rd, Deep Bay, BC
Location: Deep Bay Marine Field Station
Website: https://www2.viu.ca/deepbay/visit-us/events.asp
The Sights and Sounds of Spring at Englishman River Estuary – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 7, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Address: Park entrance at the end of Shelley Road, Parksville
Location: Englishman River Estuary
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Annual Eagle Release – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Time: 2:00pm
Address: 1240 Leffler Road, Errington, BC
Location: North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Cari Burdett in Concert at the Errington Hall

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Time: 8:00pm
Address: 1390 Errington Road, Errington, BC
Location: Errington Hall
Website: http://www.erringtonhall.bc.ca/events.htm

Celebrate Nature Evening – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Address: 240 Dogwood Street, Parksville, BC
Location: Quality Resort Bayside
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Pacific Brant Carving and Art Show – Brant Wildlife Festival

Start: Apr 8, 2017
End: Apr 9, 2017
Address: 132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville, BC
Location: Parksville Community & Conference Centre
Website: http://www.thebrant.ca/

Qualicum Beach Farmers Market

Date: Apr 8, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Address: 644 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: Qualicum Beach Community Hall
Website: http://www.qbfarmersmarket.com/

Music on Sunday at The Old School House Arts Centre

Date: Apr 9, 2017
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Address: 122 Fern Road West, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: The Old School House Arts Centre
Website: http://www.theoldschoolhouse.org/

Seabird Tour – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 9, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 11:00am
Address: 132 Jensen Ave E, Parksville, BC
Location: Parksville Community Conference Centre
Website: https://www.facebook.com/BrantWildlifeFestival/

Second Sunday Market & Pancake Breakfast

Date: Apr 9, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Address: 240 Lion’s Way, Qualicum Bay, BC
Location: Lighthouse Community Hall
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/lighthousecommunityhall/

This Is My Home Concert – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 9, 2017
Time: 2:30pm
Address: 345 Pym St, Parksville, BC
Location: Knox United Church
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

Oceanside Concert Band Weekly Rehearsals

Date: Apr 11, 2017
Time: 7:30 to 9:30 pm
Address: 407 Wembley Road, Parksville, B.C.
Location: Anglican Church
Phone: 250-586-9388

Parksville Qualicum Beach Tuesday Bird Walks

Date: Apr 11, 2017
Time: 9:00am
Location: Parksville Community Park
Website: http://thebirdstore.blogspot.ca/

Dine for Nature – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 12, 2017
Address: 181 Beachside Dr, Parksville, BC
Location: Pacific Prime Restaurant at The Beach Club Resort
Website: http://brantfestival.bc.ca/

VIU’s Milner Gardens Bunny Trail

Start: Apr 14, 2017
End: Apr 17, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm, with last entry 4:30pm
Address: 2179 West Island Highway, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: Milner Gardens & Woodland
Website: https://www2.viu.ca/milnergardens/

Bird-Watching, ID & Bird Feeding for Families (10yrs+) – Brant Wildlife Festival

Date: Apr 15, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Address: 1240 Leffler Road, Errington, BC
Location: North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre
Website: http://www.niwra.org/

Qualicum Beach Farmers Market

Date: Apr 15, 2017
Time: 8:30am – 12:00pm
Address: 644 Memorial Avenue, Qualicum Beach, BC
Location: Qualicum Beach Community Hall
Website: http://www.qbfarmersmarket.com/

10 Best Dining Restaurants in OceanSide ~ Parksville and Qualicum Beach, BC

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Besides incredible beaches and breathtaking views, you will also find amazing options for dining.
 

Share Your Story by February 28th, 2017, 1 lucky winner will win a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Kalvas. Voted our Top Favorite Restaurant is Parksville, BC!

Here is one of our favorite stories about family and romance:

"THANK YOU for our best, most relaxing family vacation we have ever taken. Our kids are 5 and 7, both boys, and we just had the most amazing time. Our 10th anniversary with a bottle of Dom Perignon (surprise from my husband) and a full moon ocean view…stunning. I'll never forget it. We are already planning our trip back." View Property

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Kalvas

http://kalvastheloghouse.com/

Specializing in seafood and premium meats such as AAA Alberta Beef and Island Springs Lamb, Kalvas offers high quality meals at reasonable prices.

Adel Chmait, the Kalva’s chef, likes to take old recipes and change them into something new by adding unique ingredients. He specializes in presentation and insists on using quality products in any dish he makes.

With dark wood tables and a warm atmosphere, the classy upscale log cabin offers almost every table a view from large windows.

180 Moilliet Street, Parksville

Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday: 5pm – 10 pm

Lefty’s

http://www.leftys.tv/index.html

Lefty’s Fresh Food was born in December, 1996 in Qualicum Beach. The restaurant was built its reputation on offering quality fresh food and a great service. Now several years later, there is a Lefty’s Fresh Food also in Parksville.

The lunch menu offers a good selection of quesadillas, tacos, wraps, sandwiches, burgers and thin-crust pizzas, made fresh to order with hand-pressed dough and sauces handcrafted from scratch ingredients (present also in the dinner menu).

For dinner, the menu has options for all tastes, offering dishes with ribs, sirloin steak, salmon, cod, chicken, and pasta.

Qualicum Beach

710 Memorial Ave

Hours of operation: Sun to Thu: 8am – 8pm, Fri & Sat: 8am – 9pm

Parksville

101-280 E. Island Hwy

Hours of operation: Sun to Thu: 8am – 8pm, Fri & Sat: 8am – 9pm

 

Pacific Brimm

http://pacificbrimm.ca/

Just a block off of the Parksville Public Beach, Pacific Brimm focus on ambiance, great customer service and fare to delight every palate.

The lunch menu is made with only the highest quality ingredients.  You can enjoy homemade soups, thick deli sandwiches, or pick from daily specials.

The restaurant offers also a full breakfast menu until 1pm, including traditional bacon and eggs, omelets, pancakes, and the especial Brimm Eggs Benny.

Not only a great culinary selections, but also craft beer on tap and local BC wines!

123 Craig Street, Parksville

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday: 7am  – 6pm, Weekends & Holidays: 8am  – 3pm

 

Sushi Ichi

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SushiIchiJapaneseRestaurant/about/

Sushi Ichi was established in 1997, offering high quality food at reasonable prices. The restaurant has a large menu with a wide variety of delicious Japanese cuisine.

541 E Island Hwy, Parksville

Hour of operation: Tuesday to Friday: 12 am – 2pm/ 4pm – 9pm, Saturday and Sunday: 4pm – 9pm

 

The Beach Hut (no website)

2831 West Island Highway

Qualicum Beach, BC V9K2C4

Tel: (250) 752-5708

Cuisine: Burgers, Dessert, Fish & Chips, Hot Dogs, Ice Cream

 

The Black Goose Inn

http://www.blackgooseinn.com/

The beautiful Maclure House, originally constructed in 1921, is home to The Black Goose Inn. Situated on Rathtrevor Beach on the outskirts of the Oceanside town of Parksville, the British pub style restaurant has a traditional menu, with delicious home cooked food.

Open 7 days a week, with daily lunch and dinner specials, the menu brings a good selection of salads and traditional pies and entrees with reasonable prices.  The pies are all house made and topped with puff pastry, served with salad and bread.

Besides that, the drink menu offers 19 drafts to choose from, including some of the best UK beers.

 

Beach Acres Resort, 1051 Resort Drive, Parksville

Hours of operation: Open every day from 11:30am / Winter closing: 9pm / Summer closing: 10pm

 

The British Bobby Restaurant  

http://thebritishbobby.homestead.com/

Since 2003, the British Bobby’s owners John & Mary bring to Vancouver Island the authentic tastes of British favourites.

When we think of British Food no doubt Fish & Chips is the first thing that comes to mind, and British Bobby’s are considered the best in Vancouver Island! To ensure quality, it is used only premium Halibut and Cod and the chips are cut fresh every day, making sure that the taste and crispness.

The restaurant has a lunch menu from 11am to 4pm, and the dinner menu offers great options, from the classics burgers and fish & chips to vegetarian dishes.

3-1209 East Island Highway, Parksville

Hours of operation: Tuesday to Thursday: 11am – 7:30pm, Friday: 11am – 8pm, Saturday: 11am – 7:30pm

 

The Shady Rest Waterfront

http://shadyrest.ca/

The Shady restaurant has been synonymous with great food, breathtaking ocean views, and a casual relaxed atmosphere for over 75 years.

Located in the waterfront location, each and every table has an ocean view to make sure the experience will be memorable.

The menu brings a great seafood selection: oyster, prawns and chips, seafood fettuccine, steamed clams, and calamari.  You also can choose between a clam chowder and smoked salmon chowder as a starter.

The restaurant serves a brunch on Saturday, Sunday, and holydays, from 11am to 2 pm.

3109 West Island Hwy, Qualicum Beach

Hour of operation: Daily: 11am – 9pm

 

Top Tapas at Grotto Spa

http://grottospa.com/dining/treetop-tapas-grill/

The Grotto Spa is home to a dining experience unlike any other in Canada. Located on the 3rd floor overlooking the surrounding forest, the Treetop Tapas & Grill is reserved exclusively for robed spa guests.

We Love Our Guests ~ 25 % off New Year Special

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Was it your New Year’s Resolution to Travel, Explore, Play and Live More?  Restore the Body and Soul with a stay at Life’s the Beach!  Stay at one of our Available to Book ONLINE Vacation homes up to June 30th 2017. 

Receive 20% + 5% off Book ONLINE = 25% OFF when you Reserve Online and use the GETMOREOUTOFLIFE20 offer code at check out!  Book by Feb. 28th, 2017 for Stays up to June 30th, 2017.

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At this wonderful time of year we want to thank you for your business and your loyalty!  We would love to have you stay at one of our amazing exclusive vacation homes in 2017. 

Receive 10% + 5% off = 15% OFF when you Reserve Online and use the GETMOREOUTOFLIFE10 offer code at check out!  Book by Feb. 28th, 2017.

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