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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…)

Duncan to Nanaimo Via Rail

Crazy storms and grey weather inspired me to take the kids on an adventure Saturday morning. The Mister was in Victoria and the idea of being housebound due to cold and rain did not appeal. We were planning on going to Nanaimo later that evening, so instead of twiddling my thumbs with two whiny tots, I organized a trip up island on the E&N Via Rail train. (more…)