A Chemainus Treasure Hunt

Last Sunday the kids and I met Nanna and Grandad in Chemainus for brunch at Bonnie Martin’s. We arrived early so had some time to follow the big yellow footprints on the sidewalks around town. It wasn’t 11 a.m. and Chemainus was hopping busy. A tour bus full of Nanna and Grandads from Australia had stopped in for the morning and any store that was open early that morning was full of ready customers. (Can someone please explain to me what the attraction is to a Christmas store in May?). (more…)


The Kinsol Trestle: Before Restoration

After reading a friend’s research project on the Kinsol Trestle, I was intrigued to go see it for myself. The trestle bridge, built in the early 1900s to carry logging trains across a canyon over the Koksilah River, is up for a 3.7-million-dollar restoration after a long debate about its historical value. I had to see what all the fuss was about. (more…)

The Hike that Took My Breath Away

Sleepy-eyed on a morning after the day it snowed (after the weekend I was on the beach with my t-shirt on), my neighbour invited me to hike up Maple Mountain. She raved about a new trail that she’d discovered the week before and wanted to share it with me. (more…)