Will Stroet and the Backyard Band kept the kids and the adults entertained with his silly songs and easy manner. Chickadee transformed into a superhero before our very eyes.
Newcastle Island for a day of biking and strolling. We rented bikes there and had a beautiful ride along pine-needle trails with a view of the seashore. My kids have never seen me ride a bike. They kept telling me how its done. Somehow the bikes didn't make it into the pictures. Here we are at resting point.
Milner Gardens where we enjoyed a woodland stroll, a nice gift-shop, an lovely tea shop with scones and devon cream, and a beautiful view of the ocean. I doubt if the gardeners are too thrilled about the deer in the gardens, but we thought this little fawn was darling.
We also had a lovely time at the Little Qualicum Cheeseworks which featured a petting zoo, cheese samples, wine samples, gift shop, ice cream.
Miniature Golf at Riptide Lagoon where Chickadee got two hole-in-ones. There are two miniature golf centers in Nanaimo. Both are enjoyable.
And, as we do every year, we visited the Old Country Market aka "Goats on the Roof": import shop, food market for foodies, bakery, deli, cafe, ice cream, and goats. The goats stroll about on the roof above you as you eat.
New finds this year include:
Springford Farms where we could have bought organic produce, eggs, beef, and chicken if we had found it earlier.
Bread and Honey: a new lunch stop. Freshly baked bread, sandwiches, cookies, really yummy soup. Very friendly proprietresses.
Note to Self: Next year we want to make sure that we visit Little Qualicum Falls and the Historical Museum.