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Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort and Spa is “as good as it gets.”

I’ve heard so many great things about the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and the Parksville area in general over the years, yet somehow I always bypassed it while on my way to… somewhere. Whether I was headed to Tofino, Campbell River, or Cape Scott, Parksville was simply neglected. I’m here to tell you… this is a destination. This […]

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I’m a “one night cruise” kind of girl…

At the ripe old age of 41, I finally went in my first cruise. It was a 1 night cruise from Vancouver to Seattle. then you take the Amtrack train back home. I’ve never been all that keen on cruising to be honest. I’m a little claustrophobic, and the thought of being trapped on a […]

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Puddle Jumping at Rathtrevor Beach

A couple of weeks ago I stayed at the Tigh-Na-Mara Resort and Spa in Parksville, B.C. (Post on the resort coming in a couple of weeks!) Rathtrevor Beach is right in front of the resort, and I can’t decide which has the bigger draw… the beach or Tigh-Na-Mara’s Grotto Spa. I’ll call it a draw! […]

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Boating down Memory Lane…

I went on a boat ride about 4 years ago around Howe Sound, which is probably one of the most beautiful places I can think of, and I’ve been to a lot of truly beautiful places. It’s the view you will gaze upon as you drive to up to Whistler from Vancouver. On a sunny […]

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I live in Paradise (when the sun is shining.)

Looking towards the Lions Gate Bridge and North Shore mountains. Ah, my sweet city of Vancouver. You really are pretty, aren’t you? The mountains, the ocean, the fresh air. The title of this post might be deceptive to indicate that I only like Vancouver when it’s sunny. The opposite is in fact true. I LOVE […]

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Mussel Beach, not to be confused with “Muscle Beach.”

This was our one sunny day while camping in Ucluelet this August. This is the way of the West Coast. The likelihood of clouds and rain is very good, so when you have sun… you savor every drop of it. We stayed at a campsite called Mussel Beach. I’m a total wilderness camper, and to […]

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The sea stars of Ucluelet (and one little crab!)

Oodles of tidal pools on the coast. I just got back from a fabulous camping trip to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Tofino is usually my port of call when I go, but this time we decided to make the less popular Ucluelet our home base instead. We camped at a private campground (something […]

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Back to life, back to reality!

Does it ever feel good to be home. I’ve only been back 3 weeks, but it almost feels like my 6 months away was just a dream… it’s hard to believe how fast it all passed, and now I’m back and it’s like nothing has changed. That’s not a bad thing, I sort of like […]

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