Great Artists of the Canadian Coast – Free Walking Tour for Victoria and Tofino Vancouver Island – Suitable for all ages Families, Seniors and Couples

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On the Most Western coast of Canada, Vancouver Island’s Majestic Rain Forest is located in the Clayoquot Sound World Heritage Site UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Tofino and Ucluelet have inspired many renowned Artists and Artisans

Vancouver Island is famous for its exuberant nature, stunning landscapes, and preserved wilderness. What is not well known is the fact that the Canadian Coast is also home for great Living artists, and for World Renowned Art Galleries, Museums, Lighthouses, and Heritage Sites.  Surfers, Luxury Vacation Storm Watchers, Walking, Hiking and Bike Tours, Bird Watching, Whale Watching, Bear Watching, Kayak Tours and Hot Spring Cove can all be reserved packages we offer on our 7 night Vancouver Island Package or choose your location.  For Groups of 8 or more please email us for Great Package Rates

Location of Vancouver Island off the West Coast of British Columbia Canada

 Eagle Aerie Gallery Tofino is Roy Henry Vickers’ artist-owned gallery located in Tofino. A stunning traditional Northwest Coast longhouse with a carved and painted cedar plank exterior and doors of beaten copper is a recognizable Tofino landmark.

Inside you will find Roy’s artwork of paintings, original prints, calendars, art cards, and reproductions hanging on hand adzed cedar walls among totem poles and carvings. At the large main hall, the soft lighting and restful music creates an atmosphere of harmony and peace.

Built in 1986 with the help of Roy’s family and legendary carver Henry Nolla, the gallery welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year from all around the world.

Located at 350 Campbell Street, the place is open free to the public seven days a week throughout the year, from 10am to 5pm.

Eagle Aerie Gallery

 Mark Hobson Gallery

Mark Hobson Gallery houses original paintings and limited edition reproductions, as well as gift shop items such as calendars, art cards and matted & framed reproductions.

A selection of Mark’s work can also be viewed in the entrance and rooms of the Wickaninnish Inn, in the entrance and the Great Room at the Long Beach Lodge and at Jamie’s Rainforest Inn. The originals at these venues are owned, however in some cases the giclée reproductions can be ordered on this site.

Located at 366 Campbell Street, the Mark Hobson Gallery is open daily from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Mark Hobson Gallery



  Victoria Arts Map

Robert Bateman Centre

On Victoria’s Inner Harbour, you will find the gallery of art and nature dedicated to the legendary Canadian artist and naturalist Robert Bateman, one of Canada’s best-known artists. For seven decades, he brought the magic of nature to his realistic paintings, featuring wildlife in its habitat.

At the Robert Bateman Gallery Shop are available a unique selection of Robert Bateman’s books, prints and gifts, as well as handmade glassworks, jewelry, pottery, woodwork and textiles by other local artists.  

Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, the Robert Bateman Centre is located in the historic Steamship Terminal on Victoria’s Inner Harbour, steps away from the Legislative Assembly of BC and the Royal BC Museum.

The Robert Bateman Gallery

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria  

With almost 20,000 works of art, The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has the largest public collection in BC, presenting a diverse assortment of exhibitions, including showcases of own Canadian artists, historical and world-class Asian collection, as well as creating, commissioning and hosting important contemporary exhibitions.

On permanent display is the work of British Columbia’s foremost historical artist Emily Carr. An exhibition including paintings, excerpts from her books and archival images offers an insightful look at this inspiring local artist who captured the BC landscape and the lives of its First Nations peoples in paint.

Located only 2km of distance from The Robert Bateman Gallery, The Art Gallery is open from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm and Sunday and most holidays from 12pm to 5pm.

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

 Emily Carr House

Emily Carr, born in Victoria, 1871, is one of Canada’s most renowned artists, significant as a landscape painter and a modernist. The most important BC artist of her generation, she is best-known for her attention to the totemic carvings of the First Nations peoples of British Columbia and the rain forests of Vancouver Island.


Emily Carr House and Garden, a National and Provincial Historic Site, an interpretive centre dedicated to the life, art and writings of this Canadian icon.

Discover more about this renowned artist: walking through the rooms of her childhood home you will gain a sense of the context of the times in which she lived but also come to appreciate how she was so remarkably ahead of her times.

Emily Carr House is located at 207 Government Street in Victoria, B.C.  Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm (May to September).

Emily Carr House


 Located in the scenic Sidney by the Sea, a half hour drive from the heart of Victoria and minutes away from Victoria’s international airport and ferry terminals, Several Book Stores, Gift Shops and Galleries

Snowbird Free Golf and Free Homes for Sale Tour

Stay 1 Week or 4 Weeks and Receive a FREE round of GOLF and a FREE homes for Sale TOUR! Escape from the snow and the cold and come spend a comfortable winter Vacation in the Warmest Canadian Climate of Oceanside, Vancouver Island. It’s not too late to plan a great get-a-way to Vancouver Island. With so many events, attractions and dining options it’s a great time to shake off the winter and fly Early Spring



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SO much to Explore and enjoy with such mild weather. At night come back to the fireplace and share your memories of the day with loved ones.


Take your time, relax… Go birdwatching, GOLF, Explore or Wander the pedestrian friendly streets and, shops. Find a new book to read and Relax with and then get ready for some adventurous times! Everything is possible here, at every age and at any time of the year!

There is more room for fun, when you get to save!

Please enter the OFFER CODE “SNOWBIRD”

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Offer valid on stays until June 30th, 2018. New reservations only! Rates are subject to change without notice and exclude, taxes, damage deposit waiver and departure cleaning.

Happy New Year! Exciting news! Don’t miss out on Great Speicals, Packages, Events, and Attractions




Was it your New Year’s Resolution to Travel, Explore, Play and Live More?  Travel Restores the Body and Soul. Exciting NEWS!  

Every Week we will have a new Blog from A to Z with Exciting Specials, Packages, Eco Trips, Adventures, and Relaxing Family and Senior Speical Trips to Plan.  Don’t miss the boat!  Follow our blog and share it with your friends and be the first to know about all the great things there are to do in 2018. 

We kick off the year with The Snowbird Getaway Special

For Stays Between Jan 5 – June 30, 2018

Stay 1 Week or 4 Weeks and Receive a FREE round of GOLF and a FREE homes for Sale TOUR! Escape from the snow and the cold and come spend a comfortable winter Vacation in the Warmest Canadian Climate of Oceanside, Vancouver Island. It’s not too late to plan a great get-a-way to Vancouver Island. With so many events, attractions and dining options it’s a great time to shake off the winter and fly into an Early Spring

Receive A FREE round of GOLF + A FREE homes for Sale tour + Get 5% off when you Book ONLINE = NO MORE WINTER BLUES when you Reserve Online and use the SNOWBIRD offer code at check out!  For Stays of 1 Week or 4 – up to June 30th, 2018.

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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 2018. 

Receive 10% + 5% off = 15% OFF when you Reserve Online and use the GETMOREOUTOFLIFE10 offer code at check out!  Book by Feb. 28th, 2018.

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Celebrate Canada Day

parksville-fireworks.jpgIt is not too late to book a beautiful fully furnished Vacation Rental and Celebrate Canada this July with Life’s the Beach! We have a few homes that are still available. You don’t want to miss all the excitement!!

Book Online with CELEBRATECANADA in the options at Check out to receive 15% off any of our Exclusive and able to book online homes.

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Check out the great homes available!

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Number 4 Qualicum Landing

Number 55 Tanglewood

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Number 17 Tanglewood


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

The Great Summer Sail 20% off! Only a few dates still available Don’t miss the Boat!

The Great Summer Sail 20% off! Only a few dates still available Don’t miss the Boat!


20% off all remaining dates on our fabulous Exclusive Book Online Vacation Homes.
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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.

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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 and we will provide you with a free Field Guide to Sea Stars. You can also order a copy on our web site


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:

When we celebrate typically is listed below.


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.

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.

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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.

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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