Nanaimo Journals

Hidden Gem on Vancouver Island

A March 2003 trip to Nanaimo by Kathi A E

Christos Restaurant Photo, Nanaimo, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Our Spring Break vacation to Pacific Shores Nature Resort and the surrounding area was a surprising peek into paradise, northwest style! Since we were travelling with three generations -- including a two-year-old -- it was important that we found things that everyone could enjoy yet still have a relaxing vacation.

Pacific Shores Resort & Spa Ltd

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Hotel | "Pacific Shores Nature Resort"

Pacific Shores Resort & Spa Ltd Photo, Parksville, British Columbia
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Best Things Nearby:Pacific Shores Nature Resort has the benefit of not being "near" anything, yet isn't too far away from a town with activities. The property is on the beach with a variety of coastal wildlife you can see even from your condo. If you have access to a car, you can go into Nanoose Bay and visit other beautiful beaches, play mini golf or go to the fantastic community park. This is a great way to vacation with naturalistic themed activities without having to camp.Best Things About the Resort:This timeshare was one of the better trades we've made. Since we were travelling with three generations -- including our two-year-old son -- it was especially important we ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2003

Pacific Shores Resort & Spa Ltd
1-1600 Strougler Road
Parksville, British Columbia V9P 9B7
(250) 468-7121

Christos Restaurant

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Restaurant

Christos Restaurant Photo, Nanaimo, British Columbia
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We were starving after our Sunday ferry ride, and all we had for a dining direction was one of the free newspaper flyers from the tourist racks. We stumbled upon Christos when the restaurant we were trying to visit was CLOSED! Since we were travelling with our two-year-old, the first glance inside wasn't exactly what we were looking for. The atmosphere inside included candle lit tables, white and green table linens, and a fantastic romantic atmosphere. But the food smelled great and we were hungry. We were greeted, seated and drinking fresh water with a lemon twist in what seems was one minute. Our personal host and waiter that evening was the owner, Chris Rounis. He suggested that we or...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 17, 2003

Christos Restaurant
335 Wesley Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia
(250) 754-5505

Tiger Lily Farm

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Attraction

Tiger Lily Farm Photo, Nanaimo, British Columbia
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Our drive through the country toward the Tiger Lily Farm was one of the most rewarding outings on our trip. We read about the farm in the "Kid's Guide Victoria & Vancouver Island" pamphlet we found on the ferry. Open daily 10am to 4pm, March through October, the farm is a family run, friendly kid place. We were greeted by the farm Australian Sheppard Willy and a three-week-old lamb, Wiggles. The admission fee was very reasonable and included a pony ride. We arrived at the height of farm baby season, so we saw calves, lambs, chicks, and the baby goats were only 72 hours old! Activities included a kids' stamp pamphlet to complete as animals were visited and we were also there du...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 18, 2003

Tiger Lily Farm
1692 Errington Road
Nanaimo, British Columbia
(250) 248-2408

Duncan Detour

Attraction

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The town of Duncan was where my in-laws honeymooned years ago. Since we were close by, we thought we'd take a look. Located in the heart of Cowichan Valley, Duncan has a nine-block walking tour of totem poles on display. The town has almost 80 totem poles on display in various location, with 41 of them can be seen on the self-guided tour. The tour is conveniently marked with painted foot prints on the sidewalk starting at the Cowichan Valley Museum. The museum chronicles local history including an example of a turn of the century (1900s) dentist office! Not for the faint of dental heart. Museum entry is a donation of your choosing. Duncan is also home to the World's Largest Hockey Stick. We ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2003

Duncan Detour
Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC
Nanaimo, British Columbia

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Kathi A E

Kathi A E
Salem, Oregon