Category: Art, History and Culture

Morning Star Bison Ranch

September 5, 2014

A few weeks ago one of our summer students, Laura, wrote about the Morning Star Bison Ranch. Laura had researched the ranch but was unable to make the drive down south to experience the ranch first hand. When the opportunity came about to take Erika, a masters student at VIU, on a tour around Bison Bob’s Morning Star Bison Ranch Laura and I jumped at the chance! Morning Star Bison Ranch is located south of Nanaimo in the Cassidy region by the Nanaimo Airport. Signs clearly mark the turnoff for the farm, which is an additional 4km from the turnoff off of […]

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Shopping Along Rutherford Boardwalk

August 26, 2014

Nanaimo has so many little hidden gems and the Boardwalk on Rutherford definitely falls into this category. It is located right at the top of Rutherford hill in North Nanaimo. Quilted Duck Gift Shop Tucked away in this centre you can find the Quilted Duck Gift Cottage, which is a decoration and gift paradise. You can find a selection of candles and soaps, pictures, paintings, beautiful napkins along with ceramic and glass ornaments, wooden signs, cushions, and so much more. Around Christmas the entire shop gets transformed into a Christmas wonderland with countless ornaments, tree decorations, basically everything that you […]

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Shopping for Art in Nanaimo!

August 13, 2014

Hey y’all! I’ve been looking to fill my house with some art, local art to be specific. I love supporting my local artists, and it’s pretty easy to when all the art they make is beautiful! So if you are looking for something a little more than just a souvenir magnet, here are some great places to pick it up from! Hills Native Art Being aboriginal myself, I just love this place. But ya don’t have to be aboriginal to enjoy the beautiful pieces of art and embrace the culture. They offer apparel, moccasins and the famous Cowichan Sweater, jewelry, […]

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EQ Profile: No Hassle Traveller

July 17, 2014

Hello Everyone! This summer we are featuring example itineraries for the different EQ profiles outlined by the Canadian Tourism Commission. If you want to find out what kind of traveller type you are you can take the fun quiz (here) Today’s EQ profile is the No-Hassle Traveller! According to the CTC you: In the world of explorers, you are a No-Hassle Traveller. As a bit of an escapist, you search for relaxation and simplicity. You favour worry-free travel and spending time with family and friends. Short breaks and getaways are preferred to long-distance travel. Things rarely planned in advance; when you […]

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Nanaimo Souvenir Shopping: Postcards, Art, Wood Carvings, and More!

June 30, 2014

Whether you are on vacation and are looking for some nice souvenirs, or if you’re a local looking for some presents to send friends or family living abroad, Nanaimo can offer you great little shops and boutiques in downtown to find that special something that will remind you and your friends and family of a great vacation and visit to Nanaimo. Museum Gift Shop The local museum is always a good stop on your visit, because besides portraying Nanaimo’s history from coal mining until today, the Nanaimo Museum also has a large, well-stocked gift shop right adjacent. Here you can […]

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Children’s Shopping in Downtown Nanaimo

June 18, 2014

Hey y’all! I have a couple of nieces and nephews I needed to do some shopping for, well I didn’t really need to, I just enjoy to, hehe. Anyways, I went to a few different children’s stores downtown to look for the perfect gifts. The first stop on my children’s shopping spree was Pumpkin Pie which is located in the Old City Quarter and has been open for 21 years! They have a large assortment of children’s items; baby gear for bath time, teething items, diapers, baby carriers, the list goes on and on! They have baby wear for casual, […]

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