Central Vancouver Island Getaway

The upper falls at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

The upper falls at Englishman River Falls Provincial Park

Last weekend, my friend and I went on a little Central Vancouver Island getaway with the goal of exploring new areas, a sort of bucket list trip. Friday after work, we headed north from Nanaimo on a short drive to the Cedar Song B&B in Errington. We were greeted by Annette, a natural and warm host who welcomed us into her home and beautiful property. The setting was exactly what we were looking for; nestled in the trees we sat, enjoyed a glass of wine, and relaxed in the pure beauty of it all.

Saturday, we woke to the birds chirping and sun shining, enjoyed a nice little walk through the forest on the B&B grounds, and were spoiled by Annette’s gourmet breakfast and great conversation with her and her guests. Relaxed and well fed, we headed out to explore Englishman River Falls Provincial Park before heading to Coombs to meet friends for lunch at Cuckoo’s. With bellies full of delicious food and laughter, we carried on north in search of a swim and found ourselves at beautiful Spider Lake, another gem in BC’s parks system. Our final destination was a friends’ house in Fanny Bay where the good food and even better company flowed making it hard to say goodbye and head back to Nanaimo—Sunday was the Silly Boat Regatta and I had a race to (try to) win with the Young Professionals of Nanaimo.

It’s amazing what can be done in a weekend on Vancouver Island. We didn’t have to go far to get away from it all or to find new places to explore. The opportunities that the people and the landscape of the island provide are abundant and we are incredibly grateful to all those who work hard to facilitate great little getaways like this. And to come home to Nanaimo and experience the fun energy of the Silly Boat Regatta with my YPN friends was the perfect way to celebrate the amazing place in this world that I am so fortunate to call home.