Island Parent Pre-Summer 2023

Vancouver Island’s Parenting Resource for 35 Years • Explore the Island: A Region-by-Region Guide • Road Trip Food • Things to Do in June & July • Play On: Outdoor Games for Families • Seas, Trees & a Gentle Breeze • Tweens & Teens

Vancouver Island’s Parenting Resource for 35 Years • Explore the Island: A Region-by-Region Guide • Road Trip Food • Things to Do in June & July • Play On: Outdoor Games for Families • Seas, Trees & a Gentle Breeze • Tweens & Teens


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PRE-SUMMER <strong>2023</strong><br />


Vancouver <strong>Island</strong>’s <strong>Parent</strong>ing Resource for 35 Years<br />

Inside:<br />

Play On!<br />

Outdoor Games for Families<br />

Road Trip Food<br />

Explore<br />

the <strong>Island</strong><br />

A Region-by-Region Guide

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Environmental Education<br />

St. John's Academy (Grade 4-12) in Shawnigan Lake is nestled<br />

between the forests of Baldy Mountain and the waters of<br />

Shawnigan Lake. Teachers aim to incorporate environmental<br />

learning through inquiry topics, hands-on projects and interdisciplinary<br />

learning. Our full Environmental Education program<br />

encompasses many aspects of our school experience.<br />

IB Education<br />

There are endless reasons to choose St. John's Academy, but the<br />

IB Program builds a solid foundation. A foundation that delivers<br />

transformational learning programs to ensure students have the<br />

skills and knowledge to be ready for university and beyond.<br />

CAS Activities<br />

Our Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) Activities are<br />

offered during school hours. These CAS Activities help<br />

students to learn a new skill, support further academic<br />

pursuits and meet new students they would not otherwise.<br />

250-220-4888 info@stjohnsacademy.ca<br />

2371 Shawnigan Lake Rd.<br />

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From ‘Aaaaa! What Now?’<br />

to ‘Ahhhh! At Last!’<br />

There’s something about June and July—with the end of<br />

the school year and the start of summer holidays—that<br />

is both exhilarating and terrifying all at once. A toss<br />

between “Aaaaa! What now?” and “Ahhhh! At last!,” summer<br />

for parents takes on a whole new meaning than it did when we<br />

were kids, the endless summer days stretching out in front of us<br />

for what felt like forever.<br />

Sure summer can still feel endless, but this year, let’s hope it’s<br />

for all the right reasons!<br />

To help you get the most out of <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2023</strong>, this issue<br />

features the season’s must-see-and-dos along with ways to take<br />

advantage of when you hear that old familiar refrain: “there’s<br />

nothing to do!” Because on the <strong>Island</strong>, there’s always something<br />

to see or do! It’s the options that are endless!<br />

No matter what you have planned this summer—or what<br />

just happens—we hope this issue helps you have a great time.<br />

Within these pages you’ll find information on outdoor games<br />

to play this summer, a selection of family-friendly <strong>Island</strong> hikes,<br />

numerous Vancouver <strong>Island</strong> activities and attractions, places to<br />

explore, road trip food recipes, walking trails suited to families,<br />

places to ride a train, climb a tree, good summer reads and<br />

much more. Check out Parks Canada’s three apps and don’t<br />

forget the summer events page with highlights of what’s happening<br />

on the <strong>Island</strong> in June and July. And as an added bonus,<br />

don’t miss the special feature, Tweens & Teens with a focus on<br />

the importance of open and honest conversations.<br />

Here’s to finding a middle ground between “Aaaaa! What<br />

now?” and “Ahhhh! At Last!”<br />

Happy <strong>Summer</strong>!<br />

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Father’s<br />

Day<br />

Walk/Run<br />

The Raymond James Father’s<br />

Day Walk Run on June 18 is a fun,<br />

family-friendly event, hosted each<br />

year on Father’s Day to honour all<br />

men and their families who may<br />

have lost a life to prostate cancer.<br />

100% of funds raised through this<br />

event directly support programs<br />

and services offered through<br />

<strong>Island</strong> Prostate Centre; serving<br />

men and families facing prostate<br />

cancer, right here on Vancouver<br />

<strong>Island</strong>. To get involved, visit<br />

islandprostatecentre.com/<br />

fathersdaywalkrun.<br />

Earlybird<br />

<strong>Parent</strong>ing<br />

App<br />

Two Vancouver <strong>Island</strong> moms, Renée<br />

Jordan and Sarah Hunter, are changing<br />

the parenting game with Earlybird,<br />

a free-to-download parenting<br />

app that supports child development<br />

from birth to age six, providing<br />

play-based activities and researchbacked<br />

resources. The goal is to<br />

ensure every child has a strong start<br />

in school and in life. Over 56% of<br />

kids start kindergarten behind in at<br />

least one developmental domain<br />

(numeracy, literacy, social-emotional<br />

and motor). And it’s hard to catch up.<br />

That’s where Earlybird comes in.<br />

learnwithearlybird.com<br />

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Strong<br />

Minds,<br />

Strong<br />

Kids<br />

Children’s mental health continues to<br />

suffer post-pandemic and new ways<br />

to provide support are needed now<br />

more than ever. Strong Minds Strong<br />

Kids, Psychology Canada (SMSKPC),<br />

a national charity dedicated to helping<br />

children and teens become more<br />

resilient, has developed a new online<br />

game to help children and teens<br />

build skills that will foster resilience.<br />

ThriveLandia is filled with fun games<br />

and challenges for kids and teens<br />

that will help them build key coping<br />

skills. The goal is to teach skills associated<br />

with resilience in a way that is<br />

engaging and relevant for youth so<br />

they can thrive in life.<br />

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<strong>Summer</strong><br />

Boating<br />

Safety<br />

Whatever your boating preference<br />

or level of experience may be this<br />

summer, an informed and confident<br />

boater is a safe and happy boater—<br />

and that means anything that floats:<br />

kayaks to catamarans, power, sail<br />

or stand-up paddleboards. If you<br />

haven’t completed your safety<br />

course, you are encouraged to do<br />

so. For more information about how<br />

to get started in boating and tips on<br />

boating safety visit boatingbc.ca.<br />

Pop-Up<br />

Dog<br />

Parks<br />

Your canine companions can enjoy<br />

play dates at three different Saanich<br />

parks until the end of September<br />

at the following locations: Hyacinth<br />

Park, Lambrick Park and Rudd Park.<br />

Pop-up dog park hours are 7am to<br />

10pm daily and they will remain in<br />

the same three locations all summer<br />

long instead of rotating like they<br />

did in previous years. Learn more<br />

about our pop-up dog parks at<br />

saanich.ca/dogs.<br />

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I ❤ ISLAND<br />

Sun Safe <strong>Summer</strong><br />

Nozone Clothing offers an array of stylish products<br />

designed to provide maximum protection<br />

from solar radiation, using specialized fabrics that<br />

have been awarded the highest rating possible of<br />

UPF 50+. Sunsuits, shirts and sunglasses are just<br />

a few of the many sun-safe items. This Vancouver<br />

<strong>Island</strong> family owned and operated business was<br />

founded in 1996 by parents who were determined<br />

to find a better way to protect their family from<br />

the harmful effects of the sun and endless applications<br />

of chemical-filled sunscreens.<br />

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Under Wraps<br />

Made from Turkish muslin cotton, Tofino Towel’s<br />

Pebble Kids Poncho features a loose fit that is<br />

non-restrictive and highly durable. The Turkish<br />

cotton offers a highly absorbent and fast drying<br />

option for sun protection. Enjoy days at the beach<br />

or pool while keeping your kids sun safe in this<br />

breathable poncho.<br />

tofinotowelco.com<br />

It’s in the Bag!<br />

These gorgeous roomy bags are made from repurposed<br />

vintage sails here on Vancouver <strong>Island</strong><br />

in small batches. Their wide footprint gives them<br />

a burly stance, especially on rocky boats or uneven<br />

beaches. They will haul just about anything<br />

you can throw at them with ease, but beware,<br />

they can hold it but you still need to schlepp it!<br />

With two internal sleeves to hold your refreshments<br />

and another large one to accommodate<br />

other loose items, this bag lets you ride it out in<br />

style. Gym bag, mobile office, weekender or diaper<br />

bomber, the possibilities are endless!<br />

ahoybags.com<br />

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PLAY<br />

Play On!<br />

Outdoor games for kids and families<br />

Play is sacred.<br />

Kids need more experiences and space for play to take<br />

place. Play isn’t work but it does have many functions.<br />

By design, play takes you to the edge. When kids roughhouse,<br />

they learn about what they can and cannot do to others.<br />

As well as, what feels safe and unsafe. They learn to read signals<br />

and know their own boundaries.<br />

Pursuit games can have a child feel an element of alarm in a<br />

safe bubble. Where it’s not for real, and attuned adults are close<br />

by.<br />

Can we interrupt play less this summer and take part ourselves<br />

in games and activities? Here are a few games to try:<br />

Wolf Ball<br />

Audience age: 5+<br />

Time needed: 10–15 minutes<br />

Materials: Ball (soft) or 10–15 handkerchiefs/bandanas.<br />

When using bandanas, use 5 to create the “ball” in a knot and<br />

10 to mark your boundary.<br />

Where to play: a field or grassy area is best.<br />

How to play: One player is “it,” (the wolf) and tries to hit<br />

the other players which are deer with the ball. The goal is to<br />

not get hit. The wolf throws the ball each time standing from<br />

the place where the ball last landed. Once the wolf hits a deer,<br />

they are out. Out deer go to the nursery, lining up outside the<br />

boundary. If the wolf throws the ball and it’s caught by a deer<br />

in the nursery, the first out deer can rejoin the game. The game<br />

ends when the wolf gets all the players out.<br />

How many can play? 5–15 players (a large boundary for<br />

many players)<br />

Fun fact: great “trickle in game” or warm-up game<br />

Cougar Stalks Deer<br />

Audience age: 4+<br />

Time needed: approx. 10 minutes/round<br />

Materials: None.<br />

Where to play: A field, lawn or pathway<br />

How to play: One player is the deer and all other players are<br />

cougars. The deer starts with their back to the cougars. The<br />

game starts when the cougars begin to stalk the deer. The deer’s<br />

goal is to turn around and spot a moving cougar! The cougars<br />

must freeze before the deer spots them moving. If the deer sees<br />

any cougars moving, they call out their name, and the cougar<br />

must go back to the starting point. The game ends when the<br />

first cougar reaches the deer and tags them.<br />

How many can play: 4–20+ players<br />

Source: wyp.org/resource-portal/activities/cougar-stalks-deergame<br />

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Run Rabbit Run<br />

Audience age: 4+<br />

Time needed: 15–20 minutes<br />

Materials: a handful of bandanas can mark the boundary<br />

lines on each side.<br />

Where to play: Field or grassy meadow<br />

How to play: One player starts as “it,” (the wolf), everyone<br />

else are rabbits. The wolves start in the middle, and the rabbit’s<br />

line up on one side of the play area. When the wolves say,<br />

“run, rabbit, run,” the players try to run to the other side. If<br />

the wolves tag them before they get to the other side, the player<br />

must sit down where they were tagged. They become a tree and<br />

can use their arms to tag other runners. The game ends when<br />

all but one player has been tagged.<br />

How many can play: 6+ players<br />

Variation: Play with two wolves<br />

Source: greatgroupgames.com/run-rabbit-run<br />

If a child needs a break from pursuit games, try:<br />

Hungry Birds<br />

Audience age: 4+<br />

Time needed: 15–20 minutes<br />

Materials: 2–3 balls of yarn, each in a different colour<br />

Where to play: A forest or garden<br />

How to play: Cut 20 strips of yarn (15 cm long) for each colour.<br />

An adult hides all yarn pieces, keeping in mind the height<br />

of players. Explain the game on the edge or away from the play<br />

area. Players are birds and need to find worms (yarn) because<br />

they are hungry! But you can only pick up worms that are your<br />

team’s colour. The other colours are poisonous. Depending<br />

on player age, you can set a time limit or play until they’re all<br />

found. Collect worms into a pail or tie them to a stick. Ask kids<br />

to reflect on how they found them? What colours of yarn were<br />

easiest to find? Count the worms!<br />

How many can play? 4–20+ players<br />

Fun fact: This game encourages observation skills (developing<br />

a search image), kids learn about camouflage (nature’s adaptation),<br />

test fine motor skills and practice counting. Kids love<br />

to take turns hiding the worms for their playmates or parents.<br />

Scent Scavenger Hunt<br />

Audience age: 3+<br />

Time needed: 15–20 minutes<br />

Materials: 1 egg carton/child<br />

Where to play: A forest, field or garden<br />

How to play: On the top cover of an egg carton write these<br />

six scents—piney, earthy, mossy, fruity, flowery. Send teams to<br />

find 1–2 items for each scent. Embrace respectful harvesting<br />

practices, like only taking one blossom or fruit.<br />

How many can play? 4 or more players.<br />

Lindsay Coulter is a writer, educator, facilitator,<br />

naturalist, community catalyst, soul activist, mentor,<br />

and dedicated mother of two. She’s the Director of<br />

Communications, Culture and Community at EPIC<br />

Learning Centre, a forest and nature school in Victoria.<br />

Find her @SaneAction on Instagram and Facebook.<br />

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See the Sights in the CRD<br />

With so much to do in the Capital Regional<br />

District, your biggest challenge will be narrowing<br />

down your options! To help, here’s<br />

a list of favourites. From “star” gazing (both sea<br />

stars and the stars in the sky!) and chasing butterflies<br />

to cooling off at the Potholes and stretching<br />

out at Sidney Spit. Hint: No matter what you<br />

choose, you can’t go wrong!<br />

Plan Your Escape<br />

Victoria Escape Games offers both indoor and<br />

outdoor adventures. Watch for Raiders of the Lost<br />

Tomb coming soon! Indoor and outdoor adventures.<br />

victoriaescapegames.com<br />

Dominion Observatory & Telescope<br />

Star Parties are back this summer at The Centre<br />

of the Universe. Take a Dome Tour, get involved<br />

in children’s programs and see the night sky<br />

through the Plaskett Telescope (weather permitting).<br />

Specific Saturdays throughout the summer.<br />

From 7:30–11pm. Gates open at 7:15pm.<br />

centreoftheuniverse.org<br />

Meet SUE the T-rex at RBCM<br />

Royal BC Museum’s SUE: The T-rex Experience<br />

starts in June and runs until January, 2024. Meet<br />

SUE, the most complete and best-preserved<br />

Tyrannosaurus rex ever found. Learn how SUE<br />

survived their challenging and dangerous world,<br />

living to old age despite the odds. Don’t miss<br />

Angkor: The Lost Empire of Cambodia where you<br />

can marvel at 120 spectacular artworks and original<br />

artifacts from ancient Angkor, never before<br />

seen in Canada. royalbcmuseum.bc.ca<br />

See a Show at IMAX Victoria<br />

Escape the heat—or the rain—and watch the<br />

Super Mario Bros. Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy,<br />

Animal Kingdom or Wings Over the Water to name<br />

a few. There’s nothing like the big BIG screen to<br />

make you feel like you’re part of the action.<br />

imaxvictoria.com<br />

Roam Around at Fort Rodd Hill<br />

Tour through secret bunkers, military command<br />

posts and original 19th century buildings at Fort<br />

Rodd Hill, a west coast artillery fortress on active<br />

duty from 1895 to 1956. Learn the personal stories<br />

of soldiers and their families. Camp overnight<br />

in a group-friendly oTENTik. Grab the wheel as<br />

a “master mariner” at Fisgard Lighthouse, the<br />

oldest on the Canadian west coast and wander<br />

through a rare Garry Oak meadow.<br />

pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill<br />

Think Small<br />

Miniature World, located within the Empress<br />

Hotel, is open Wednesday through Sunday from<br />

10am-5pm. The Greatest Little Show on Earth<br />

features over 85 miniature scenes. At Miniature<br />

World it is as if you suddenly became a Gulliverlike<br />

giant among the tiniest of villages, or has the<br />

world itself shrunk? You be the judge, it is a question<br />

Alice must have asked herself many times in<br />

Wonderland so enter now this miniature wonderland.<br />

miniatureworld.com<br />

Stroll the Wharf<br />

Fisherman’s Wharf is a hidden treasure waiting to<br />

be discovered. Peruse food kiosks, unique shops<br />

and eco-tour adventures in a working harbour<br />

setting. Buy seafood fresh off the boat, check out<br />

the unique array of commercial, pleasure vessel<br />

and float home moorage, watch the commercial<br />

fishing vessels unload their wares, become a<br />

pirate and see the seals. tourismvictoria.com<br />

Play in the Park<br />

Beacon Hill Park offers 200 acres to play in, just<br />

steps from downtown Victoria. Explore the trails<br />

meandering through meadows, gardens and<br />

trees, the 18-hole putting green (bring your own<br />

clubs and balls), spray park and playground. Stroll<br />

past the duck ponds, over bridges, through gardens<br />

and find what was once the world’s tallest<br />

free-standing totem pole. beaconhillpark.com<br />

Gallop Along the Goose<br />

The 60-km partly paved Galloping Goose Trail<br />

winds from Victoria to Sooke with access points<br />

along the way. It also intersects with the E&N<br />

Rail Trail-Humpback Connector, the 17km cycling<br />

and pedestrian trail. Start the Goose in the heart<br />

of the city or drive out to a rural access point for<br />

more of a country experience.<br />

gallopinggoosetrail.com<br />

Lose Yourself on the Lochside Trail<br />

The 29-km Lochside Regional Trail starts in Saanich<br />

and ends at the ferry terminal in Swartz Bay.<br />

In some places trail visitors must share paved or<br />

gravel public roads with motor vehicles and farm<br />

vehicles. Trail maps and suggested access points/<br />

day trips are available from the CRD website:<br />

crd.bc.ca/parks, then select “Find a Park.”<br />

Loop Swan Lake<br />

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary<br />

features both marshy lowlands and the rocky,<br />

oak-forested highlands of Christmas Hill. The<br />

12,000-year-old lake is home to a variety of<br />

birds and wildlife including muskrats, river otters<br />

and mink. Circle the lake along a 2.5-km trail<br />

and cross the floating walkway then stop in at<br />

the Nature House (open on a limited schedule).<br />

swanlake.bc.ca<br />

Stretch Out at Sidney Spit<br />

Sidney Spit Marine Park is a great destination<br />

for a day trip. The foot-passenger ferry service<br />

has re-opened so now you can book your trip to<br />

Sidney <strong>Island</strong> (25 minutes). Explore the sandy spit<br />

at the northeast end or hike around the whole<br />

island. Walk-in camping is also available.<br />

For updates on the ferry service, visit<br />

sidneyspitferry.com.<br />

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While Away the Day at Witty’s<br />

Witty’s Lagoon Regional Park in Metchosin offers<br />

more than 5 kms of beautiful trails run through<br />

woodland, past lagoon and marsh. Watch for<br />

birds as you meander down to the sandy beach.<br />

The Nature House at the trailhead has some great<br />

displays. Check for opening hours. On Metchosin<br />

Road, approximately 40 minutes from downtown<br />

Victoria. crd.bc.ca/parks<br />

Retreat to Roche Cove<br />

Roche Cove Regional Park in East Sooke. Picnic<br />

at the protected cove after an easy walk from the<br />

parking area. Wander the 7 kms of trails through<br />

cedar forest and along a cool creek or climb a<br />

mossy slope for hilltop views of Roche Cove and<br />

the Sooke Basin. Roche Cove is also a good access<br />

point for the Galloping Goose Trail.<br />

crd.bc.ca/parks<br />

Ease into East Sooke Park<br />

East Sooke Regional Park offers 50 kms of trails<br />

along the windswept rocky coast, over dry hilltops,<br />

through dark rainforest to sheltered coves.<br />

Aylard Farm is popular with picnickers and those<br />

looking for an easy excursion. A 5-minute walk<br />

through open fields leads to a sandy beach. Trails<br />

head inland to hilltop views, or along the rugged,<br />

more challenging Coast Trail. crd.bc.ca/parks<br />

Dig Deep at Dino Lab<br />

Check out this high-tech/low-tech, all fun fossil<br />

restoration lab nestled in Victoria. Tour the private<br />

gallery, roll up your sleeves, grab a tool and help<br />

turn back time using the same pneumatic tools<br />

and equipment that the experts use. Don’t forget<br />

to pre-book. dinolabinc.ca<br />

Make a Splash at Thetis Lake<br />

Hike scenic trails hugging Upper and Lower<br />

Thetis lakes. The beach area of Thetis Lake is<br />

perfect for a picnic or swim, although it tends to<br />

be crowded in summer. If you have a canoe, try<br />

an early morning or evening paddle. Pay parking:<br />

$2.25 for the day or $20 for the season.<br />

crd.bc.ca/parks<br />

“Star” Gaze at The Shaw Centre<br />

for the Salish Sea<br />

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea in Sidney is a<br />

state-of-the-art aquarium and marine education<br />

centre focused on the ecosystem of the Salish<br />

Sea. Spend a moment with calming, drifting jellies.<br />

Take a peek at invertebrates of all shapes<br />

and colours. The Centre is open and welcomes<br />

visitors on Thursday though Tuesday from 10am–<br />

4:30pm. Masks mandatory. salishseacentre.org<br />

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See airplanes,<br />

seaplanes, helicopters<br />

and more at the<br />

BC Aviation Museum<br />

Learn about BC’s aviation<br />

history from early bush planes<br />

to bombers and beyond!<br />

Fly by Butterfly Gardens<br />

Victoria Butterfly Gardens. See thousands of<br />

exotic butterflies (up to 70 species) flying free in<br />

their own tropical rainforest environment. Wander<br />

through the orchid exhibit or carnivorous plant<br />

section. You’ll also see colourful fish and tropical<br />

birds. Open daily from 10am–4pm with the last<br />

admission into the facility at 3pm. Group bookings<br />

are only allowed between 8–10am.<br />

butterflygardens.com<br />

Scream for Ice Cream<br />

Beacon Hill Drive Inn. Cones, cups, sundaes and<br />

avalanches! So many choices—and you can’t go<br />

wrong! beacondrivein.ca. Cold Comfort’s Can<br />

Canteen window is open in summer and offers<br />

cool treats ranging from scoops of Plain Jane<br />

ice cream to Choc ’o Clock Sandwiches and<br />

dairy-free options. coldcomfort.ca. Parachute<br />

Ice Cream is offering “walk-thru” scoop service<br />

daily from noon–7pm. Try the strawberry rhubarb<br />

sorbet or brown butter brownie.<br />

parachuteicecream.com.<br />

Take a Swing at Golf<br />

Mattick’s Farm Mini Golf is open weekends only<br />

from 11am–5:30 (last tee off time at 4:45). Covid<br />

protocols are in place. After golfing, visit Mattick’s<br />

Farm Market for an ice cream cone from<br />

groom ponies, go for a pony ride and then feed<br />

the ponies treats. poniesandpipsqueaks.com<br />

Bowl, Ice Skate & Golf<br />

City Centre Park in Langford has opened some<br />

facilities. There’s Mini-Golf, now open from 9am–<br />

9pm daily, drop-in ice skating at Westhills Arena,<br />

snacks at City Centre Grille, bowling at Langford<br />

Lanes and indoor themed play structures at Play-<br />

Zone. citycentrepark.ca<br />

Seek Sun & Surf<br />

Gonzales Beach: sure the water is freezing, but<br />

this is a beautiful sandy beach with the southfacing<br />

views and sunshing. It’s a great beach for<br />

skim boarding and splashing about in the shallow<br />

waters. Willows Beach has all the amenities at<br />

hand: bathrooms, a tea room for concessions, a<br />

playground and a sweeping sandy beach. There’s<br />

a grassy park for picnics and lots of trees for<br />

shade. Gyro Beach at Cadboro Bay Beach and<br />

home of the Cadborosaurus! The ocean is no<br />

warmer at this beach than any of the other Victoria<br />

beaches, but the stretch of sand and nearby<br />

Cadboro-Gyro Park make it a hit with families.<br />

Cool Down at Sooke Potholes<br />

Sooke Potholes are a series of deep fresh-water<br />

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Adrienne’s Ice Cream. Or grab picnic ingredients<br />

from Red Barn Market and cycle the nearby Lochside<br />

Trail to a shady spot for a picturesque lunch<br />

break. matticksfarm.com<br />

Pet a Pony<br />

Ponies & Pipsqueaks’ Meet the Ponies program<br />

runs year round and is a great way to introduce<br />

kids to the responsibilities of ponies and experience<br />

their first ride. Go on a barn tour, learn to<br />

the Sooke River. Enjoy the views, explore the<br />

trails, camp under the stars or take a refreshing<br />

dip on a hot summer day. You can access the<br />

potholes at different points. crd.bc.ca<br />

Take a Dip at Shawnigan Lake<br />

Shawnigan Lake’s Mansons Beach Park and Old<br />

Mill Park are the perfect swimming spots. The<br />

beaches are shallow and they’re on the east side<br />

of the lake so they catch the afternoon sun. West<br />

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Shawnigan Lake Park is great for families. It’s quieter<br />

than the other two and there’s some shade,<br />

but there’s more of a lawn than a beach.<br />

Love a Llama<br />

Millstream Miniature Llamas offers a guided tour<br />

of the farm for families and small groups. The tour<br />

includes an explanation of why llamas are special,<br />

the history of llamas in North and South America,<br />

how llamas interact with people and with each<br />

other, a discussion of the uses of llamas today,<br />

a chance to meet several llamas, experience a<br />

“llama kiss” and feel the fibre. Phone 250-478-<br />

9969 to arrange a tour. millstream-minis.com<br />

Behold the Bugs<br />

Welcome to the amazing world of insects, arachnids<br />

and their many-legged relatives. See live<br />

giant walkingsticks, alien-eyed praying mantids,<br />

hairy tarantulas and glow-in-the-dark scorpions,<br />

to name a few. Discover roughly 50 fascinating<br />

species including Canada’s largest ant farm.<br />

Masks are mandatory. To guarantee your spot<br />

at the time you’d like, book online at<br />

victoriabugzoo.ca.<br />

Take Flight<br />

At Wild Play Adventures you can soar through<br />

the air on six exhilarating zipline flights that crisscross<br />

through the treetops. A guide will attach<br />

your harness to each zipline along the way. Just<br />

lean back and enjoy the ride. Afterwards, try your<br />

hand—and eye—at axe throwing (12+). Open Fri–<br />

Mon from 10am–7pm. wildplay.com<br />

Visit the Farm<br />

Beacon Hill Children’s Farm is located in Victoria’s<br />

beautiful Beacon Hill Park. Enjoy the farm animal<br />

experience, from alpacas to miniature goats, tropical<br />

birds and miniature pigs. The Farm is home to<br />

all kinds of fuzzy, furry, feathered creatures and<br />

features a goat petting area and the famous goat<br />

stampedes. Open seasonally. For dates and hours<br />

visit beaconhillchildrensfarm.ca.<br />

Appreciate Art<br />

A visit to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is a<br />

one-of-a-kind experience. The diversity of exhibits<br />

and programs is welcoming for all and there’s<br />

always something new to discover. On Thursdays<br />

from 5–9pm, admission is by donation. aggv.ca<br />

Find Out About Flying<br />

See airplanes, seaplanes, helicopters and more<br />

at the BC Aviation Museum. Learn about BC’s<br />

aviation history from early bush planes to water<br />

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Get to Know Nanaimo & Area<br />

Bike at Top Bridge<br />

The Top Bridge Trail in Parksville links Rathtrevor<br />

Beach with Top Bridge Mountain Bike Park on the<br />

scenic Englishman River. The trail is 5km each<br />

way and winds through public and private property,<br />

with a number of access points (a local favourite<br />

is at Industrial Way and Tuan Road). Enter<br />

from the Chattell Road trailhead and you’ll be at<br />

the suspension bridge over the river. The Information<br />

Centre at the south end of town will provide<br />

directions. rdn.bc.ca/top-bridge-regional-trail<br />

Try Your Hand at Disc Golf<br />

Bowen Park Disc Golf is free and open to the<br />

public every day of the year. The par 54 course<br />

starts at a large, introductory sign that’s located<br />

across from the main complex building, near<br />

Bowen Road. For a course map and score card,<br />

visit nanaimo.ca.<br />

Hiking, biking and watching goats graze away<br />

the grassy roof in Coombs—Nanaimo and<br />

environs has it all. Follow the Nanaimo Bar<br />

Trail, play at Venture Land Playground and Splash<br />

Park, look waaaayyy up at Cathedral Grove or<br />

bike at Top Bridge. There’s something here for<br />

everyone!<br />

Brush Up on <strong>Island</strong> History<br />

Nanaimo District Museum offers guided and selfguided<br />

tours that encourage visitors to “Make<br />

a Discovery” while exploring the history and<br />

heritage of our area. The Museum Gallery is open<br />

from 10am–4pm, admission is by donation. The<br />

Bastion remains closed, and cannon firings have<br />

been cancelled until further notice.<br />

nanaimomuseum.ca<br />

Gander at the Goats<br />

Coombs Old Country Market is along Highway<br />

4A, on the way to Port Alberni from Parksville or<br />

Nanaimo. Wander the market, unique shops, galleries<br />

and studios for gifts, groceries and great<br />

food. There’s lots to see. Be sure to look up when<br />

you’re outside the market—the goats on the sod<br />

roof live there throughout the summer and “mow”<br />

the lawn. The Market is open from 9am–6pm.<br />

oldcountrymarket.com<br />

Take Your Best Shot at Mini Golf<br />

Sink some putts at Paradise Mini Golf and Fun<br />

Park (paradisefunpark.net) featuring two worldclass<br />

mini-golf courses complete with a mini lighthouse,<br />

pirate ship and Victorian mansion. Riptide<br />

Lagoon Adventure Golf (riptidelagoon.com) will<br />

whisk you away to another land filled with mini<br />

mountains, rapids and a research station.<br />

Play in the Park<br />

Lions Venture Land Playground and Splash Park is<br />

a landmark in the Parksville Community Park. Kids<br />

love the brightly coloured slides and sea creatures,<br />

swings, jungle gyms, in-ground trampolines<br />

and the ever popular Zipkrooze. Not only that, but<br />

there are horseshoe pits, a skate park, kite field,<br />

lacrosse box, sports field, ball diamonds, picnic<br />

shelter and gazebo.<br />

Go Underground at Horne Lake<br />

Explore the beauty and mysteries of Vancouver<br />

<strong>Island</strong>’s Underworld in a subterranean adventure<br />

at Horne Lake Caves. A wide variety of tour options<br />

offers many levels of experience for families<br />

and adventurous park visitors. To reserve a tour,<br />

visit hornelake.com.<br />

Zip, Swing & Bungy at Wildplay<br />

At WildPlay Nanaimo, you start with a training session<br />

on the ground to get comfortable using the<br />

ziplines and continuous belay system. Then you’ll<br />

climb up a ladder and start making your way from<br />

tree to tree by walking across tightropes, climbing<br />

up cargo nets, sliding down ziplines, flying<br />

through the air on rope swings and leaping onto<br />

swinging logs and balancing on wobbly bridges.<br />

There’s a Kids Course, too. Feeling really brave?<br />

Then give bungy jumping and the primal swing a<br />

try. wildplay.com/nanaimo<br />

Look Waaayyy Up at Cathedral Grove<br />

Cathedral Grove–MacMillan Park is a day-use<br />

park just past Cameron Lake on Highway 4. View<br />

some of the largest and oldest trees on Vancouver<br />

<strong>Island</strong>, including over-800-year-old giants and<br />

lush vegetation on the interpretive trail system<br />

that winds through the park. Cathedral Grove is<br />

approximately 20 minutes from Parksville.<br />

bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/macmillan<br />

Hike to the Falls<br />

Stamp River Provincial Park near Port Alberni is<br />

over 327 hectares of forests, rivers and waterfalls.<br />

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Explore the 2 kms of hiking trails along the river,<br />

past fish ladders and crashing waterfalls. Starting<br />

in late August, spawning Sockeye salmon begin<br />

making their way up the Stamp River. The park<br />

is a 20-minute drive from town on Beaver Creek<br />

Road.<br />

Spend a Day at the Beach<br />

Rathtrevor Beach is a three-mile stretch of sandy<br />

seaside, perfect for families craving a day at the<br />

beach, with water warm enough not only for<br />

wading, but for swimming, too! Stick around for<br />

the sunsets, often some of the most spectacular<br />

on the <strong>Island</strong>. The nearby BC Parks campground<br />

is also a family favourite. bcparks.ca/explore/<br />

parkpgs/rathtrevor<br />

Meet the Herd at Morningstar Farm<br />

Little Qualicum Cheeseworks is just north of<br />

Parksville. Wander LQC’s Morningstar Farm, meet<br />

the small herd of Holstein, Ayrshire, Brown Swiss<br />

and Canadienne dairy cows and see how yummy,<br />

artisanal local cheeses are made. You can take<br />

your own self-guided tour around the 90 acres<br />

of beautiful working farm. Open daily 9am–6pm.<br />

403 Lowrys Road. morningstarfarm.ca<br />

Be Wowed by Wildlife<br />

North <strong>Island</strong> Wildlife Recovery Centre (NIWRC)<br />

in Coombs is a rehabilitation facility, especially<br />

for raptors and black bears. The goal: to care<br />

for these animals and eventually reintroduce<br />

them into their natural environment. See eagles<br />

through one-way glass in the largest flight cage<br />

of its kind in Canada. View bears, owls, falcons,<br />

hawks, swans and ravens. NIWRA offers activities<br />

and educational programs for the whole family.<br />

Open daily 9am–4:30pm. niwra.org<br />

Follow the Nanaimo Bar Trail<br />

Looking for the ultimate Nanaimo Bar? Look no<br />

further than these top three options: Red’s Bakery,<br />

Hearthstone Artisan Bakery or Vault Café.<br />

Or follow the self-guided tasting trail<br />

(tourismnanaimo.com/what-to-do/sip-andsavour/nanaimo-bar-trail)<br />

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Play in the Sand<br />

Known to locals as Beachfest, this 5½ week long<br />

family-oriented festival runs from mid-July to the<br />

third week in August and includes the Quality<br />

Foods Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition,<br />

weekend concerts, daily buskers, an artisan market<br />

and a special weekend evening light up of the<br />

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Road Trip Food<br />

Travelling with kids is like taking your work on vacation.<br />

You still have to meet all the usual needs (food/sleep/<br />

laundry) while throwing in a bunch of extra jobs (cleaning<br />

sand out of the back of the car, ice cream highs, entertaining<br />

everyone during the long-distance drives).<br />

A little prep-ahead food goes a long way towards keeping<br />

everyone happy. Whether it’s lunch on the side of the road or<br />

just giving everyone enough calories to make it to your final<br />

destination, having a bag of go-to snacks is necessary.<br />

Here are a few prep ahead recipes that are perfect for packing<br />

into your lunch bag or cooler. They are easy to make,<br />

simple to serve, and packed with nutrition.<br />

Homemade Hummus<br />

Hummus is SOOO cheap and fun to make, I really don’t understand<br />

how grocery stores can justify the price of pre-made hummus.<br />

It’s also the perfect road trip lunch. Skip the soggy sandwiches and<br />

have this dip instead!<br />

I’ve written this recipe as a larger batch. This way you have<br />

enough to feed a bunch of hungry kids. Hummus also freezes really<br />

well, so if 4 cups is too much for your family, freeze smaller portions<br />

so you can enjoy your hummus all summer long!<br />

2 cans of chickpeas (2 x 14 oz cans)<br />

1 cup tahini roasted paste (raw tahini can taste bitter)<br />

1 ⁄2 cup lemon juice<br />

2 cloves of garlic<br />

1 to 2 tsp salt, to taste<br />

1⁄2 cup cold water<br />

1 ⁄4 cup olive oil<br />

Tex-Mex Dip<br />

This recipe is based on my go-to sandwich filling as a teenager.<br />

However, it is much nicer as a Tex-Mex alternative to hummus. A<br />

perfect dip for vegetables and corn chips at a road side lunch stop.<br />

Best of all...it’s ridiculously easy to make!<br />

1 can of refried beans (14 oz can)<br />

1 1 ⁄2 cups of salsa (mild, medium, or spicy)<br />

Optional 1 cup of finely shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella)<br />

Simply mix the salsa into the refried beans. For a bit of added<br />

creaminess, stir in 1 cup of finely shredded cheese. Store in an airtight<br />

container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Like hummus, this dip<br />

can also be frozen for up to 4 months. Bonus tip: Frozen dips work<br />

great as ice packs for your cooler. A two-cup container will take<br />

about 1 day to fully defrost in the fridge or cooler.<br />

Optional Flavour Additions:<br />

Roasted red peppers<br />

Pesto<br />

Chopped olives<br />

Toasted pine nuts<br />

Za’atar spice mix<br />

Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Combine the chickpeas, tahini,<br />

lemon juice, and garlic in a large blender or food processor. Blend<br />

until it starts to form a paste. Add a 1 ⁄2 cup of water. Then add more<br />

water 1 tbsp at a time until you have a smooth and creamy dip. The<br />

flavour additions can be pureed into the hummus at this point or<br />

added on top afterwards. After adding any additional flavours, taste<br />

the hummus and add salt. The exact amount of salt required will<br />

depend on the saltiness of the chickpeas. Scrape the hummus into<br />

an airtight container. Top with olive oil and any additional flavour<br />

toppings. Hummus will last in the fridge for up to 4 days, or up to 4<br />

months in the freezer.<br />

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Back Seat Snacks<br />

Having a good supply of snacks is a road trip necessity. It’s hard to<br />

eat well while travelling, so start with some healthy snacks and save<br />

the chips, cookies and ice cream for the road side cafes and diners.<br />

This list of snacks focuses on everything you need to feel good: fresh<br />

fruits and vegetables, protein and fiber.<br />

Vegetable Sticks: Stick with firm vegetables like carrots, celery,<br />

radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and sweet peas. Cucumber<br />

and coloured peppers just don’t last well on a long road trip. To add a<br />

bit of flavour to your vegetables, toss them with some fresh herbs (mint,<br />

basil, parsley or chives) and a pinch of salt.<br />

Fruit: Chopped fruit doesn’t last very well in a hot car. If you don’t<br />

have a cooler, stick with whole fruits instead. Better yet, stop off at a<br />

roadside fruit stand to pick up some fresh seasonal fruit!<br />

Nuts and Seeds: I love serving nuts and seeds because they are so<br />

good at filling kids up. The fat and protein are really sustaining. Make<br />

your own mixes with dried fruit, pretzels, cereal or candy-coated chocolate<br />

pieces. I don’t recommend chocolate chips because they’ll melt<br />

in a hot car. Also, don’t give nut mixes to young kids, as it is a choking<br />

hazard.<br />

Wholegrain Chips and Crackers: Wholegrain crackers (like flax<br />

crackers or brown rice cakes) and chips (like low-salt corn chips) are<br />

also hearty snack options. They tend to have more fibre and protein<br />

than other crackers, which means they’ll keep everyone full for longer.<br />

Salty Snacks: There are lots of snacks that seem to be healthy, but<br />

really are just an alternative potato chip. These include things like pea<br />

snacks, vegetable chips, etc. While these sometimes contain more fibre<br />

and protein than a typical potato chip, they are usually quite high in<br />

salt and fat, and are more of a treat than a snack. Choose homemade<br />

popcorn instead.<br />

Emillie Parrish loves having adventures with her<br />

two busy children. You can find more of her recipes<br />

in her recently released cookbook Fermenting Made<br />

Simple. fermentingforfoodies.com<br />






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Chillin’ in the Cowichan Valley<br />

Walk among the totems or take a trip through the past, present and<br />

future at one of the local museums or discovery centres. Where else<br />

can you attend a meet-and-greet with raptors?! Explore the Cowichan<br />

River Footpath while you’re here or float down the river instead on an inner<br />

tube! What better way to spend the summer?!<br />

Ahoy! from the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre<br />

Originally an oceanfront boat-building workshop, this gorgeously restored<br />

building is now a museum and home to a variety of boats on display, along<br />

with the heritage of boat-building just waiting to be discovered. Build your<br />

own tiny boat or folding camp stool in the workshop with museum volunteers,<br />

or take part in camp activities that include crabbing off the dock, arts<br />

and crafts, boat building, water safety and more. classicboats.org<br />

Walk Among the Totems<br />

Duncan, aka “The City of Totems,” has over 40 beautifully carved totems<br />

scattered throughout the city, just waiting for you to take a self-guided walking<br />

tour. Follow the yellow footprints or take a virtual tour with an interactive<br />

map. Take as long as you want; stop along the way for a drink, treat, lunch<br />

or to browse the toy shop. downtownduncan.ca<br />

Change Your View of the World at Hand of Man<br />

Step inside this 17,000-square-foot museum of some of the most interesting<br />

personal collections in the world. Every bit of wall space is covered with a<br />

treasure, artifact, oddity or piece of culture and history. Don’t be surprised if<br />

the owner curator Jim Shockey joins you and starts talking about his incredible<br />

world-wide adventures over the last 40 years. This museum is a rarity<br />

and treasure all to itself. handofmanmuseum.com<br />

All Aboard at the BC Forest Discovery Centre<br />

Take a trip through the past, present and future on 100 acres! Forestry and<br />

logging take an important place in history and our present-day-lives, all<br />

captured in the Forests Forever interactive exhibit. No visit is complete without<br />

a locomotive ride across the spectacular grounds and over the Somenos<br />

Lake trestle. Plan on lunch from the concessions or bring your own picnic.<br />

bcforestdiscoverycentre.com<br />

Gear up for Biking<br />

Bring your bikes and ride the trails! Hundreds of kilometres of trails for all<br />

levels of ability. Enjoy the lush forests, the vistas, waterfalls, and the adrenaline.<br />

Camps and clinics for kids 8–14 are available at Next Level Riding<br />

(nextlevelriding.ca). Need a bike rental to get started? Check out Cycle<br />

Therapy in Duncan to get on a bike and start seeing the sights of Cowichan<br />

from a whole new perspective (cycletherapy.ca).<br />

Cool Down on the Cowichan River<br />

Dive into the fun of tubing down the Cowichan River with a leisurely but<br />

exhilarating floating experience. It’s Vancouver <strong>Island</strong>’s best kept secret for<br />

cooling off in the slow-moving, crystal clear waters of the Cowichan River.<br />

Rent a tube at The Tube Shack where you’ll find licensed and insured tube<br />

rentals and complimentary shuttle back to Lake Cowichan. Then sit back,<br />

and relax on this journey down the Cowichan River.<br />

cowichanriver.com<br />

Spend the day at Transfer Beach<br />

One of Ladysmith’s gems, Transfer Beach is a seaside park that will keep the<br />

little ones entertained for hours. Swimming, spray parks, playgrounds and<br />

sheltered picnic areas—all surrounded by flora and fauna, viewpoints and<br />

lookouts. Pick up a game of basketball, horseshoes or sand volleyball then<br />

grab a bite and drink at the concessions and food trucks. This beach has it<br />

all, and is centrally located right off Trans-Canada highway. ladysmith.ca<br />

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Let Your Spirit Soar with The Raptors<br />

The Raptors, 10 minutes north of Duncan, invites you to meet some of the<br />

coolest birds in the world. Check out the flying demonstrations featuring<br />

eagles, hawks, owls and vultures. Want to get closer? Take a walk through<br />

the woods with a hawk, hold a falcon on your glove, meet an owl face to<br />

beak or spend an entire day immersing yourself in the world of raptors.<br />

pnwraptors.com<br />

Fall in Love with Stocking Creek Falls<br />

This gentle waterfall is situated just north of Chemainus in the seaside community<br />

of Saltair. Part of the Cowichan Valley Trail, this easy path to the waterfall<br />

is full of wildlife, birds, trees, flowers and fresh air. Pick a salmonberry<br />

along the way and count all the owls in the tall trees. Enter Stocking Creek<br />

Park from Chemainus Rd. cvrd.bc.ca<br />

Explore the Cowichan River Footpath<br />

The lower stretch of the footpath, from the Cowichan Fish and Game Association<br />

clubhouse to Skutz Falls, is a well-maintained trail, beautiful at any<br />

time of the year. You’ll also find many excellent picnicking spots. There is a<br />

2.4-km circle route to Holt Creek and a 6.4-km circle route with good picnic<br />

spots. Maps can be picked up at Duncan Visitor Information Centre.<br />

Hunt for Fairies at Merridale Cidery & Distillery<br />

Explore Merridale’s 20-acre apple orchard in Cobble Hill and learn about<br />

apple trees, indigenous plant life and little known facts about Cowichan.<br />

This tour also highlights “Merri and Dale”—the magical apple blossom<br />

fairies living on the property. Pick up a “Mystical Orchard Adventure Map”<br />

to search for fairies, dryads, hobgoblins, gnomes and elves or download<br />

it at merridale.ca.<br />

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FAMILY<br />



The Family Resource<br />

Directory is designed<br />

to highlight the caring<br />

community that we are<br />

a part of. This directory<br />

showcases organizations<br />

and businesses that provide<br />

services and support for<br />

families and children.<br />

Navigate is an award-winning<br />

school, recognized nationally and<br />

internationally for our innovative<br />

approach to blended learning.<br />

We’ve implemented the new BC<br />

curriculum and built unique, flexible<br />

learning options for every student.<br />

This allows us to meet a diverse<br />

range of student needs, abilities<br />

and learning styles.<br />

Discover more at<br />

NavigateNIDES.com<br />

Thriving Roots<br />

Wilderness School<br />

Thriving Roots provides hands-on, wilderness<br />

education and counselling services for youth<br />

and adults. Our year-long programs and summer<br />

camps are immersive in nature, fostering<br />

connection to land and community through<br />

earth-based skills, play, music and more.<br />

thrivingroots.org info@thrivingroots.org<br />

Poke Around<br />

the Pacific Rim<br />

Surf, whale watch, explore the beach or hike<br />

one of the many raiforest trails through Pacific<br />

Rim National Park. Bookeneded by Ucluelet<br />

on one side and Tofino on the other, the area<br />

offers a wealth of natural wonders.<br />

Visit the Saturday Market<br />

Throughout the summer until mid-October, you<br />

can experience something truly local—the Market’s<br />

motto is “ake it, bake it, grow it and gather<br />

it.” The festive atmosphere is fun for the whole<br />

family with live music, delish food and unique<br />

local products.<br />

Rent a Bike<br />

Tofino has a 7km long paved bike path that runs<br />

from Cox Bay almost into downtown Tofino, passing<br />

by several beaches along the way. This is a<br />

multi-use path (MUP), so you could be sharing the<br />

route with skateboarders, tots on tricycles and<br />

the occasional surfer with a board tucked under<br />

their arm. For bike rentals, visit tofcycles.com.<br />

Hang 10 in Tofino<br />

Want to learn to surf? You’ve come to the right<br />

place. Here are three rental places and surfing<br />

schools In Tofino:<br />

Surf Sister surfsister.com<br />

Pacific Surf Co pacificsurfschool.com<br />

Tofino Surf School tofinosurfschool.ca<br />

Watch Whales<br />

A jaw-dropping experience in Tofino is an Ocean<br />

Outfitters whale watching safari. Book fully enclosed<br />

boat and Zodiac tours with potential bonus<br />

sightings of sea lions, harbour seals, sea otters,<br />

bald eagles and more. Discounts available for<br />

youth and children, with kids 3 and under being<br />

free (one/booking).<br />

See the Sawmill<br />

McLean Mill National Historic Site will be open<br />

for self-guided tours with maps available outside<br />

the administration office. The Mill will also be<br />

offering guided tours in limited group sizes. Dates<br />

and times to be confirmed. Gift shop and Steam<br />

Pot Cafe are open daily, hours to be confirmed.<br />

Campground is open, with online booking available.<br />

mcleanmill.ca<br />

Explore the Trails<br />

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve: the stretch of<br />

Pacific Rim National Park between Ucluelet and<br />

Tofino boasts magnificent beaches and dramatic<br />

seascapes (and a few tourists!). Check in with the<br />

Tourist Information Centre at the Ucluelet-Tofino-<br />

Port Alberni Junction to find out about trails,<br />

beaches, eateries and activities. pc.gc.ca<br />

Get Wild on the WPT<br />

The Wild Pacific Trail in Pacific Rim Park: follow<br />

cliff-edges along the extreme outer coast, including<br />

the Amphitrite Point Lighthouse site. See the<br />

sights from viewing platforms situated at the best<br />

headlands along the route. Marvel at nurse-logs,<br />

raised root systems, mosses, fungi, lichens and<br />

ferns. Walk the trail in two main sections:<br />

Lighthouse Loop and Big Beach.<br />

wildpacifictrail.com<br />

Littles to the Lighthouse<br />

Lighthouse Loop, part of the Wild Pacific Trail and<br />

2.6 kms long, can be walked in a 30–45 minute<br />

loop using the adjoining He-Tin-Kis Park boardwalk.<br />

The trail includes frequent viewpoints and<br />

benches for watching whales, birds or catching<br />

the sunset. The Bog Interpretive Trail is open, a<br />

300m interpretive loop (within the Loop!).<br />

wildpacifictrail.com for maps and descriptions of<br />

sections. wildpacifictrail.com/lighthouse.html<br />

Learn About Local Marine Life<br />

Visit Ucluelet Aquarium, Canada’s first catch-andrelease<br />

aquarium, where you’ll find a diversity<br />

of local marine life. Follow the Salmon Trail from<br />

June 1–Aug 30 with five self-led learning experi-<br />

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ences between Tofino and Ucluelet. Open every<br />

day, including holidays, from 10am–4:30pm.<br />

uclueletaquarium.org<br />

Get Out in the Garden<br />

The idea of the garden is that it can be both a<br />

basic introduction to the natural and cultural history<br />

of Clayoquot Sound, and a place where the<br />

relationship between culture and nature can be<br />

explored. A COVID-friendly way to spend a day<br />

in Tofino “just to set the heart free.” Now open<br />

seven days a week, from dawn to dusk.<br />

tofinobotanicalgardens.com<br />

Try Out Tuff City Skatepark<br />

Tuff City Skatepark is a surf-inspired park built<br />

and powered by the determination of local residents.<br />

The result is a well-designed, safe skateboarding<br />

area for the young and old, those who<br />

are learning or the experienced skateboarders.<br />

tourismtofino.com/plan-your-trip/businessdirectory/tuff-city-skatepark<br />

NEW!<br />

Kid<br />

Zone<br />

Peninsula<br />

Since 1991<br />

Story<br />

Time<br />

for<br />

Kids<br />

Or Ride on Over to the Bike Park<br />

This mountain bike park is Tofino’s newest addition<br />

to its outdoor playground. The park is located<br />

beside the Tofino Community Hall and includes a<br />

pump track, table top jumps, a learning area, ladder<br />

planks and other natural obstacles. The park<br />

is “use at your own risk” so think safety first when<br />

biking in the park.<br />

Indulge in Gelato<br />

Chocolate Tofino offers handmade gelato flavours<br />

including Dutch Chocolate, Salted Caramel,<br />

White Chocolate Raspberry, Hammerhead—a<br />

secret recipe—“Kookville” and Lavender Honey,<br />

to name a few. With a menu that’s “sometimes<br />

seasonal, sometimes as we please,” you never<br />

know what you’ll find. chocolatetofino.com<br />

CORN<br />

HOLE!<br />

Saturdays 9am – 1pm<br />

June 3 – Oct 7 at Saanich Fairground<br />

1528 Stelly’s Cross Road, Brentwood Bay/Saanichton<br />

Weekly Kid Zone Activities<br />

Storytime: 9:30am<br />

Interactive Educational Activities: 11am<br />

Full schedule on our website:<br />

peninsulacountrymarket.ca<br />

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Seas, Trees & a Gentle Breeze<br />

It is a wonderful time to enjoy the feel<br />

of sand beneath our feet and the smell<br />

of the ocean as the breeze wafts it over<br />

us. Or to feel warm rain drops as they<br />

splash on our cheeks and listen to them<br />

plinking off of roofs and windows as we<br />

enjoy the smell of petrichor rising from<br />

the grass. If the last few years have taught<br />

us anything at all, it’s that small moments<br />

are worth relishing. It’s good to be<br />

outside no matter the weather. And that<br />

we can accomplish great things when we<br />

work together.<br />

The first story really highlights those<br />

truths. The Great Global Pause by Maggie<br />

Reidy and illustrated by Andrew<br />

Sharp (Self-Published/Friesen<strong>Pre</strong>ss, 2021)<br />

looks back over the pandemic through<br />

wouldn’t help him and the government<br />

was too busy to do anything except give<br />

him a bag of bamboo seedlings to plant<br />

on his own. Returning home, he picked<br />

an abandoned sandbar and began his<br />

lifelong work of growing a forest. Once<br />

again, the illustrations in this book are<br />

stunning. They’re warm, colourful and<br />

filled with enough details that your children<br />

will be able to look at the picture<br />

over and over again and notice something<br />

new each time. For ages 4 to 7.<br />

The second book about trees is Elinor<br />

Wonders Why: Forest Giants by Jorge<br />

Cham and Daniel Whiteson (Kids Can<br />

<strong>Pre</strong>ss, 2020). This graphic novel, which<br />

is based off of the TV show by the same<br />

name, is bright, colourful and filled with<br />

the eyes of Grandmother Turtle and a<br />

young child. They talk about how this<br />

pause helped humans learn to love and<br />

appreciate each other and work together,<br />

and how it helped the environment rebalance<br />

itself. As an added bonus, Reidy is<br />

a Registered Clinical Counsellor, so she<br />

wrote different coping tools and advice<br />

throughout the story without pulling the<br />

reader out of the tale. For ages 5 to 9.<br />

Another book that takes place in<br />

the ocean is Whales to the Rescue by<br />

Adrienne Mason and illustrated by Kim<br />

Smith (Kids Can <strong>Pre</strong>ss, 2022), which is<br />

a non-fiction book all about whales and<br />

the unique ways they help us save the<br />

environment. Unlike many non-fiction<br />

books about whales, Whales to the Rescue<br />

doesn’t feature photographs. But the<br />

phenomenally detailed illustrations are<br />

rich with colour and vibrant with life.<br />

They are fantastic, and it is worth getting<br />

the book just to look at the pictures. For<br />

ages 8 to 12.<br />

Now it’s time to move on to stories<br />

about trees. The first is a The Forest<br />

Keeper by Rina Singh and illustrated by<br />

Ishita Jain (North South, <strong>2023</strong>). This<br />

true story happened in India. Every year<br />

during the monsoon season the river<br />

spills over its banks wrecking havoc on<br />

the plant life and taking the soil with<br />

it (before depositing new soil as it recedes).<br />

One year, in 1979 a 16-year-old<br />

boy decides to do something to protect<br />

the land he loves. However, his elders<br />

Christina Van Starkenburg lives in Victoria with her husband,<br />

children and cat. She is the author of One Tiny Turtle: A Story You Can Colour<br />

and many articles. To read more of her work and learn about her upcoming<br />

books visit christinavanstarkenburg.com. Facebook: facebook.com/<br />

christinavanstarkenburg and Twitter: @Christina_VanS.<br />

facts about trees as Elinor and her friends<br />

go on a field trip to learn about sequoias.<br />

If your child is a budding forest ecologist,<br />

or even just a bit curious about how tall<br />

trees can grow and why they don’t fall<br />

over like a tower of blocks (which is also<br />

a question they answer in the book), they<br />

will enjoy this story. For ages 4 to 7.<br />

Finally, to round it out is Our Green<br />

City by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and illustrated<br />

by Colleen Larmour (Kids Can <strong>Pre</strong>ss,<br />

2022). The point of this book is to show<br />

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Register Now for <strong>Summer</strong> Programs<br />

For Kids who LOVE to Swim<br />

• Daily <strong>Summer</strong> Skills at 4pm or 5pm<br />

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children that living green doesn’t just<br />

have to happen in the wild spaces like the<br />

ocean or deserted riverbed, it can also<br />

happen within our cities. Our Green City<br />

teaches children the many ways that cities<br />

can be green from using wind power to<br />

community gardens to safe active transportation.<br />

Each page ends with a question<br />

for you and your child to discuss or<br />

a clue for something to find within Larmours<br />

illustrations. For ages 4 to 7.<br />

And there you have it: five new books<br />

for you to enjoy this summer to remind<br />

your children that learning and fun can<br />

happen together. I hope you find something<br />

to inspire you in the pages of these<br />

five books. I really enjoyed learning<br />

about plants, animals and city planning<br />

as I was reading them.<br />

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Explore the Gulf <strong>Island</strong>s<br />

Want to see wildlife? You’ve come to the right<br />

place. You’ll find black-tailed deer, seals,<br />

whales, song birds, sea birds, sea lions<br />

and porpoises. Biking, hiking and kayaking are<br />

some of the best ways to explore the islands. So<br />

choose your mode of transport—be that on your<br />

feet or seat—and get going!<br />

Meet You at the Market<br />

Salt Spring Saturday Market on the waterfront in<br />

Ganges is famous for a reason: there’s lots to see<br />

and do. Oh, yeah…and the Salt Spring fruitsicles!<br />

You’ll find 140+ stallholders who, between April<br />

to October from 9am–4pm, sell what they make,<br />

bake or grow. saltspringmarket.com<br />

See the Seashells at the Seashore<br />

Montague Harbour was declared the province’s<br />

first marine park in 1959 and the area has been<br />

home to Coast Salish people for over 3,800<br />

years. You’ll find middens made of discarded<br />

clam, oyster and abalone shells. Crushed by<br />

storms and bleached by the sun, the shells have<br />

created beautiful white beaches, perfect for exploring.<br />

bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/montague<br />

Play in Paradise<br />

Visit Big Tribune Bay on Hornby <strong>Island</strong>, dubbed<br />

“Hawaii of the North” for its crystal-clear blue waters<br />

and sweeping sandy beach. With lots of tidal<br />

pools to explore at low tide, this Hornby favourite<br />

provides a day’s worth of to-dos so pack a picnic<br />

and beach toys and kick off your shoes.<br />

bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/tribune<br />

Commandeer a Kayak<br />

Go kayaking on Galiano <strong>Island</strong> with a kayak from<br />

Gulf <strong>Island</strong> Kayaking and see the sandstone<br />

shoreline and maybe even a whale or two. As<br />

the original kayak outfitter in the Southern Gulf<br />

<strong>Island</strong>s, the owners chose Galiano <strong>Island</strong> as its<br />

base because of the exceptional beauty of the<br />

island’s undeveloped coastline, the abundance<br />

of diverse wildlife and the reliable tranquility of<br />

its sheltered waters. For rates and tours, visit<br />

seakayak.ca.<br />

Find the Mountain Fairies<br />

Follow the Fairy Door Trail at Mount Erskine on<br />

Salt Spring. A good, stiff hike up the 488-metre<br />

mountain takes you past twisted trees, mossy<br />

forest floors and an assortment of fairy doors. Be<br />

forewarned: the first door is further along the trail<br />

than you might expect. For details and a map,<br />

visit travelingislanders.com/enchanted-fairydoor-trail-on-salt-spring-island.<br />

Hit the Hilltops<br />

Explore Helliwell Park on Hornby <strong>Island</strong> and take<br />

in some incredible views. This 5km hike is stroller<br />

friendly, with an all-terrainer. The expansive grass<br />

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fields mean lots of room to roam, but beware of<br />

the steep cliffs!<br />

bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/helliwell<br />

Ramble on the Ridge<br />

Hike along Galiano’s 75km+ of trails. One of the<br />

best hikes is the 90-minute roundtrip hike in<br />

Bodega Ridge Provincial Park. At the top, 328<br />

metres above sea level, you’ll have a spectacular<br />

view of Trincomali Channel. Watch for endangered<br />

peregrine falcons in this safe critical habitat.<br />

bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/bodega_ridge<br />


Roam at Roesland<br />

Walk the trail to beautiful Roe Lake on North<br />

Pender <strong>Island</strong> and take a dip. Roesland Park is<br />

another outpost of Gulf <strong>Island</strong>s National Park<br />

Reserve; while you’re here, explore the Pender<br />

<strong>Island</strong> Museum.<br />

Visit Vesuvius<br />

Vesuvius Beach on the northwest coast of Salt<br />

Spring <strong>Island</strong> has the warmest swimming waters<br />

and stunning sunsets. Another place to swim on<br />

Salt Spring is at St. Mary’s Lake where you’ll find<br />

a small public beach and, not too far from the<br />

beach, a rope swing popular with locals. Cusheon<br />

and Stowell Lakes are also popular with families.<br />

discoversaltspring.com/vesuvius<br />

Say Cheese!<br />

Visit the Salt Spring <strong>Island</strong> Cheese Company and<br />

take a peek through one of the viewing windows<br />

into the cheesemaking facility. Stay for lunch at<br />

the café and choose from housemade soups,<br />

pizza, salad and a delicious goat cheese cake for<br />

dessert. saltspringcheese.com<br />

Try Out the Tree House Café<br />

In Ganges and set amidst the trees, this quaint<br />

and quirky restaurant is a local favourite, one that<br />

Lonely Planet called “the kind of place where a<br />

hobbit would feel at home.” treehousecafe.ca<br />

Scream for Ice Cream<br />

To cool down, drop by Lix Ice Cream & Espresso<br />

on Hornby <strong>Island</strong>. You’ll know you’ve arrived<br />

when you see the building at Ringside Market,<br />

painted with as many colours as there are ice<br />

cream flavours. 7am–3pm.<br />

facebook.com/LixHornby<br />


JUNE 20–AUGUST 20<br />

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Discover the Comox Valley<br />

Peruse the Courtenay Museum<br />

& Palaeontnology Centre<br />

Find out why the Comox Valley, past and present,<br />

is one of the most plentiful places on earth. Take<br />

a fossil tour and travel 80 million years back in<br />

time; browse the galleries to delve into the stories<br />

that make our history come alive. Open Tues–Sat<br />

from 10am–4pm. courtenaymuseum.ca<br />

Sway on the Suspension Bridge<br />

Elk Falls Suspension Bridge. Just a 30-minute<br />

walk from the parking lot, the suspension bridge<br />

gives a bird’s eye view of Elk Falls, cascading 64<br />

metres to the canyon below. The high wire sides<br />

mean you can relax and enjoy the view without<br />

worrying about any climbing kids. The area is well<br />

signed. bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/elk_falls<br />

Surrounded by rolling mountains, lush forests<br />

and gorgeous beaches—not to mention parks<br />

galore!—the Comox Valley is the perfect<br />

place for outdoor recreation activities and kicking<br />

back. Feel like ziplining through the trees at Mt.<br />

Washington? You can. Rather keep your feet on<br />

the ground with a trip to a museum, fish hatchery<br />

or aquarium? You’ve come to the right place!<br />

Cool Off at Rotary Water Park<br />

The water park is located at Lewis Park, next to<br />

the Lewis Centre parking lot at 489 Old <strong>Island</strong><br />

Highway. Other nearby features include the outdoor<br />

pool, wading pool and playground area at<br />

Lewis Park. Open daily throughout the summer:<br />

10am–7pm.<br />

Splish at Comox Marina’s Splash Park<br />

Splash around in the Comox Valley’s newest<br />

splash park complete with a pirate ship. Open<br />

between 10am and 8pm daily, throughout the<br />

summer season. The park is a popular destination<br />

for families taking in the warm weather while<br />

visiting Marina Park. Nearby are food trucks, playgrounds,<br />

washrooms and a boat launch.<br />

Filmore Park Petting Zoo<br />

Walk, grunt, squeak and squawk with the animals!<br />

Hands-on Farm is Comox’s very own petting zoo<br />

for animal lovers of all ages. Located in Filberg<br />

Heritage Park. Open daily throughout the summer,<br />

10am–4pm. filberg.com<br />

See the Standing in the Gap Exhibit<br />

Campbell River Museum’s Sybil’s Students: A<br />

Local Legacy exhibit is a stunning example of the<br />

comradery of the classroom and how the expertise<br />

and mentorship of Sybil shines brightly in the<br />

work of her students. Open daily during the summer<br />

from 10am–5pm. crmuseum.ca<br />

Wonder About Whales<br />

Look up at the Whale Interpretive Centre in Telegraph<br />

Cove and you’ll see the 18-metre skeleton<br />

of a fin whale hanging from the ceiling. Walk<br />

between the jawbones of a blue whale or check<br />

out the skull of a sperm whale with giant teeth.<br />

Housed in an old freight shed, the interactive<br />

museum’s goal is to increase public awareness<br />

about whales and other local marine mammals<br />

and the threats they face. killerwhalecentre.org<br />

Catch a Fish<br />

Cast a line from Discovery Pier and see what you<br />

catch. Or pack a picnic and sit at one of the tables<br />

on the pier for dining al fresco. There’s a concession<br />

stand nearby that sells ice cream and rents<br />

fishing rods in the summer.<br />

campbellriver.travel/attractions/discovery-pier<br />

Zip-pidy Do Da<br />

Unfold your wings and fly on Mt. Washington’s<br />

“Eagle’s Flight” ZipTour. This dual-line, four-span<br />

zip line offers an adrenaline-filled and scenic<br />

adventure down the terrain of the Mt. Washington<br />

Alpine Resort. The total tour length is 1.44-milelong<br />

with a vertical drop of 1,364 feet! Or skip the<br />

zip and take a chairlift ride to the summit to see<br />

breathtaking mountain and ocean views.<br />

Open weekends, book in advance at<br />

mountwashington.ca.<br />

Go Go-Carting<br />

The Saratoga Speedway provides family-friendly<br />

entertainment and activities. Get a ride in a monster<br />

truck, race a go-cart or watch the action at a<br />

Crash to Pass race featuring everything from travel<br />

trailers to boats! For a current racing, schedule<br />

visit saratogaracing.ca.<br />

Discover Local Marine Species<br />

The Discovery Passage Aquarium features local<br />

marine species and habitats from the Discovery<br />

Passage. The Aquarium offers education and fun<br />

hands-on experiences that are suitable for all<br />

ages. With a focus on conservation and education,<br />

the Aquarium will re-open this summer with<br />

the species that are collected in the spring being<br />

released in the fall.<br />

Make a Quick Stop at the Quinsam<br />

As one of Canada’s largest salmon rearing facilities,<br />

the Quinsam River Hatchery plays a vital role<br />

in restoring natural spawning runs to the Campbell<br />

and Quinsam Rivers during the fall. Check<br />

out the fish floor inside the hatchery’s interpretive<br />

centre, a glass floor covering a re-creation of the<br />

nearby rivers with salmon, trout and other native<br />

aquatic species. Check for re-opening and hours.<br />

pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/sep-pmvs/hatcheriesecloseries/quinsam-eng.html<br />

Celebrate the Return<br />

of <strong>Island</strong>s Folk Festival<br />

<strong>Island</strong>s Folk Festival resumes live performances<br />

at Providence Farm in Duncan on July 21–23.<br />

With on-site camping, a “Wee Folks” kid zone,<br />

shuttle service, beverage garden and food and<br />

craft vendors, this family-friendly event will feature<br />

great music and performers, craft vendors<br />

and family fun. For a full list of performers visit<br />

islandsfolkfestival.ca.<br />

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PLAY<br />

Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival<br />

This all-ages weekend festival is BC’s largest Bluegrass and old-time<br />

music festival. Grab your tickets now and head out to Lake Cowichan<br />

from June 16–18 to enjoy a weekend filled with music, food and fun.<br />

Campsites are available to book. Anyone under age 17 is FREE if they’re<br />

with an adult and there will be on-site performance workshops and<br />

musical education to increase your music appreciation.<br />

cowichanbluegrass.com<br />



Father’s Day in the Park<br />

This Father’s Day (June 18) all fathers and father figures should head<br />

to Maffeo Sutton Park in Nanaimo to be celebrated! There will be free<br />

food, activities, exhibits, classic cars, live music, face painting and lots<br />

of opportunities to make fun family memories.<br />

themenscentre.ca<br />

CRX’s Stars of Tomorrow<br />

Buy your tickets now to see Campbell River’s best dancers as<br />

they show off their moves on June 16 at the Tidemark Theatre. These<br />

award-winning CR DanceXtreme Inc. students have competed on stages<br />

around our province and are next headed to LA in July to compete!<br />

tidemarktheatre.com<br />



Father’s Day & <strong>Summer</strong> Fair<br />

at Heritage Acres<br />

Have a fun filled family day at Heritage Acres the weekend of<br />

June 16–17! Not only will you get to see the agricultural demos,<br />

the heritage museum, field tours, tractor pulling and everything<br />

else Heritage Acres is known for, you’ll also be treated to family<br />

entertainment and refreshments!<br />

heritageacresbc.com<br />

Need help with the Affordable Child Care Benefit?<br />

Looking for child care? Taking care of children?<br />

Need child care training?<br />

Call your local CCRR for free referrals and resources.<br />

Victoria & Gulf <strong>Island</strong>s: 250-382-7000<br />

Sooke: 250-642-5152 ext 239 West Shore: 250-940-4882<br />

Cowichan Valley: 250-746-4135 local 231<br />

PacificCare (Ladysmith North): 250-756-2022 or 1-888-480-2273<br />

gov.bc.ca/ChildCareResourceReferralCentres<br />

Your community’s best source of<br />

child care information and resources.<br />

Funding for the CCRR is provided by the province of B.C.<br />

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Are you ready to explore Vancouver <strong>Island</strong>’s nature<br />

playgrounds this summer?<br />

It is wonderful to see families spending time in<br />

nature and taking advantage of the many seasonal activities<br />

that Parks Canada places have to offer. As you guide your<br />

family in appreciating the outdoors, it is important that they<br />

be equipped with the essential tools to do so responsibly and<br />

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Booking a campsite ahead of time is one of the most important<br />

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Campground in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, sell<br />

out months in advance. Since unauthorized camping is not<br />

permitted in national park reserves and surrounding communities,<br />

if you do not have a reservation you may have to<br />

travel far to find somewhere to stay overnight. The Parks<br />

Canada National App is a great one-stop shop to access<br />

Parks Canada’s reservation system, learn more about the area<br />

you will be visiting and find out about how to visit respectfully,<br />

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Adventure Smart App<br />

When spending time in nature, one of the most important<br />

things you can do to is make a trip plan and tell someone<br />

where you are going and when you are planning to return.<br />

However, this simple task can be overwhelming for many<br />

parents as they are busy planning activities for the kids or<br />

packing the right clothes for the weather. The Adventure<br />

Smart App is an excellent tool that simplifies creating a trip<br />

plan. To learn more, visit the Adventure Smart website at<br />

adventuresmart.ca/trip-plan-app.<br />

Teaching our children to enjoy nature’s playground safely<br />

and respectfully is essential for us as well as the planet.<br />

Let’s all do our part to protect and preserve these special<br />

places while we are out there enjoying nature. Remember be<br />

#ParkSmart and always plan ahead!<br />

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&<br />

Tweens Teens<br />

Vol V, Ed III<br />

Conversations On<br />

Substance Use<br />

Let<br />

Them<br />

Talk<br />

Speaking of—& About—Sex

Speaking of—& About!—Sex<br />

Elvis’s gyrating hips. Madonna’s cross-adorned bodice. Nikki’s ode to the<br />

anaconda. Decades apart yet these media moguls all share the same<br />

thing: a real-time illustration that oversimplifies and objectifies the complexities<br />

of sexuality. Who receives the bulk of this exposure? Our youth.<br />

Day in and day out, they’re bombarded with images and messages that<br />

often depict sexuality as a simple act or performance. Exposure to these<br />

messages happens at the same time their natural awareness of and curiosities<br />

about sexuality also begin to occupy more of their time. For years, I<br />

have watched as the media has taken up more and more space in shaping<br />

the sexuality of our youth. Many of the questions I hear in workshops and<br />

through our youth texting line can be traced back to the influence of the<br />

media on sexuality. Questions and concerns about the size, appearance,<br />

and function of genitals and whether everyone else is actually “#netflixandchilling.”<br />

These concerns are often prefaced by, “I read on this website…a movie<br />

I was watching or my friend saw….” The motivation for these questions is<br />

rooted in the media and the messages that more often than not simplify<br />

and portray sexuality through a narrow lens. Whether it’s popular media,<br />

social media or restricted content media intended for adults, aka pornography,<br />

we’re receiving information that has the potential to diminish<br />

and limit positive definitions and understandings of and experiences with<br />

sexuality, if we let it.<br />

As adults, the messages we receive may cause us to laugh, shake our<br />

head in disapproval, flush with embarrassment and sometimes, yes, even<br />

be turned on. The key difference between us as adults and our youth is<br />

that most adults have developed maturity and the skills to understand,<br />

accept, challenge or as the youth often say “un-see” these messages.<br />

I believe that our youth hold the same capacity, but they haven’t had<br />

the life experience yet to fully realize this. This is where our role as the<br />

supportive adults around them cannot be underestimated. Without a<br />

guide on the side of these messages, there is potential for the media to<br />

become a trusted and reliable source of (mis)information and education<br />

for youth. This is especially true for youth who lack strong connections to<br />

family, trusted adults and community resources.<br />

So how do we work with youth to challenge these messages and help<br />

them realize the potentially joyous experience of the puzzle we know as<br />

sexuality? My experience as a sexual health educator tells me the answer<br />

lies in conversations focused on what they are not seeing in the media.<br />

They know all too well what’s not being left to the imagination! These<br />

conversations will help empower them to practice critical thinking as they<br />

begin to sort and place all of the developing pieces of their own sexuality<br />

puzzle. The four major puzzle pieces most commonly absent in the media:<br />

communication, consent, comfort and care.<br />

Communication. Our biggest skill when it comes to exploring, understanding<br />

and sharing our sexuality is communication. Yet when sexuality is<br />

portrayed, there is often little to no communication between friends, partners<br />

or families unless it’s in the context of ridicule or humour. The very<br />

act of speaking with and listening to our youth about big life topics is role<br />

modelling engaged and active communication. Sexuality and the decision<br />

to share your sexuality with a partner require strong, assertive and intentional<br />

communication. An opportunity to practice communication not only<br />

helps youth to communicate in the relationships they may choose to have<br />

but also for their sexual health care.<br />

Consent. An essential factor in healthy sexuality and sharing those<br />

experiences with a partner is consent. One of the articulate youth I work<br />

with recently defined consent as a “positive and free agreement to share<br />

yourself and experience physically and emotionally in a sexual way with<br />

another person.” Active and enthusiastic consent is sadly rarely ever<br />

shown between sexual partners in current media—it is implied and assumed<br />

through gestures, disrobing and action. Now more than ever, we<br />

must chat realistically with our youth about when consent is legal and how<br />

to give and receive consent in a natural and comfortable way with respect.<br />

It is too important to assume that we all have the same understanding of<br />

consent. Consent is not implication and assumption; it’s a positive and<br />

free agreement that will only work to support our positive experiences if<br />

we understand and utilize it.<br />

Comfort. Very few things will require a more personal level of mental,<br />

intellectual, emotional and physical comfort with oneself throughout<br />

our lives. Youth in my workshops tell me that a major reason why young<br />

people choose to delay sex (according to the McCreary Centre Society, the<br />

majority in BC are delaying!) is because they aren’t comfortable enough.<br />

When I ask them to explain what being comfortable means, they candidly<br />

speak of ideal body image, competing family and societal values,<br />

narrowly defined orientation and identity and privacy concerns. The images<br />

we see in media rarely represent, validate or celebrate the natural<br />

physical, emotional and cultural diversity that is us. Understanding the role<br />

of comfort in sexuality is a great opportunity to remind youth of their es-<br />

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<strong>Summer</strong> FUN at GNS<br />

Looking for the most current and relevant sexual health information<br />

to educate yourself and share with the youth in your life but afraid<br />

to type “youth and sexuality” into a search engine? Here’s a current<br />

listing of Safe, reputable and useful online resources for youth and<br />

their adult allies around the many topics of sexuality:<br />

islandsexualhealth.org<br />

yesmeansyes.com<br />

scarleteen.com<br />

teenhealthsource.com<br />

nativeyouthsexualhealth.com<br />

beyondthetalk.ca<br />

smartsexresource.com<br />

sexualityandu.ca<br />

mcs.bc.ca<br />

alterheros.com<br />

tablished self-knowledge and the value of checking in with themselves to<br />

know when they are comfortable and the power of using this knowledge<br />

as a guide in sexual decision making.<br />

Care. We must talk about what caring means in a sexual situation. What<br />

does a person need to care for the physical and emotional components<br />

of sexuality? Why do the media rarely show methods to reduce the risk of<br />

sexually transmitted infections and/or pregnancy? If a person is sharing<br />

their sexuality with a partner, are they prepared to take on the individual<br />

and shared responsibility of sexual health care? Things such as testing,<br />

consistent barrier use (condoms, gloves, dams) and, potentially, birth<br />

control.<br />

Challenge your youth to think about how they would expect to be cared<br />

for before, during and after sharing a sexual experience with a partner.<br />

How would they show a partner that they care for them? This conversation<br />

prepares them to develop the skills to balance expectation with experience<br />

if and when the opportunity presents to have a partnered sexual<br />

experience.<br />

While we have good reason(s) to be concerned with the multitude of<br />

explicit images and messages that our young people see in the media,<br />

it’s really what isn’t being shown which holds the materials for genuine<br />

conversations with our youth. These are the conversations that will help<br />

them understand your values, expectations and hopes for them and their<br />

sexuality and will help them more easily choose which pieces of their<br />

puzzle are the most important. So next time you’re rushing your kids to<br />

school or hockey/dance/riding/lacrosse, turn on the radio and ask them to<br />

think about what Nikki is not saying about the anaconda! Therein lies the<br />

solution to the puzzle.<br />

Glenlyon Norfolk School is offering a variety<br />

of fun summer camps for students age 3 to 17.<br />

Arts, cooking, baking, field hockey, day camps,<br />

kayaking and more—our summer programs<br />

offer something for everyone!<br />

www.mygns.ca/summer-fun<br />




Jennifer Gibson, MA, is also known as “The Sex<br />

Lady”— for close to 20 years in Greater Victoria!—<br />

to the thousands of amazing youth and adults she<br />

is lucky to educate and learn with through her<br />

job as the Coordinator of Community Education<br />

at <strong>Island</strong> Sexual Health. She’s passionate about<br />

making sexuality education as positive, fun and<br />

non-cringe-able as possible.<br />

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Let Them Talk<br />

It’s hard to negotiate with a teen when they don’t even like the<br />

sound of your voice. Even your breathing can be annoying so<br />

how on earth are you going to get to the brainstorming phase<br />

of resolving an issue?<br />

When my daughter was 15 she announced to me that she<br />

wanted to go to a party where there were drugs and alcohol<br />

and no adults. Gulp. At this point, after years of parenting her, I<br />

knew that this persistent young women wouldn’t go along with<br />

anything that 1) threatened her autonomy and 2) was about my<br />

fear and needs. Actually, she was completely allergic to my<br />

needs and thought I was a paranoid freak.<br />

Thanks to having just taught a conflict resolution workshop<br />

the night before I blurted out, “What about this is important to<br />

you?” Meanwhile my heart was pounding and I felt like saying,<br />

“Are you nuts? What makes you think I’d say yes to anything<br />

like this?”<br />

She told me about all the cool people that would be there<br />

and that she was excited to be invited. I knew I had to listen to<br />

her and do my best to hold up her needs because this really<br />

was important to her.<br />

Any time we discuss a prickly issue with our kids, we have to<br />

connect with their feelings and needs first. For one thing, it role<br />

models respectful communication and it also takes them out of<br />

feeling defensive.<br />

If they know you at least understand how they feel and why<br />

they feel that way, they might be interested in seeing the discussion<br />

through to the end. That doesn’t mean that they stand<br />

and listen to you pontificate, lecture or moralize! It means that<br />

you briefly explain what your needs might be and how you<br />

feel.<br />

I told my daughter that I was concerned about the situation<br />

and how it could get out of control. I let her know that her safety<br />

and well-being were important to me. Naturally, she rolled<br />

her eyes but that I could ignore. She most likely wanted to hear<br />

some form of protest or concern from me because she knew<br />

that her annoying mother cares for her.<br />

We stood there staring at each other. I couldn’t think clearly<br />

because it just seemed like this wasn’t going to end well until<br />

out of my mouth popped parenting guru Barbara Coloroso’s<br />

great line, “Convince me.”<br />

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Ahh yes. My daughter wanted this freedom, why did I have<br />

to do all the work? It was up to her to convince me that she<br />

was ready for this responsibility. If you can convince me that<br />

you have a plan to stay safe and that you can handle this, I’m<br />

willing to figure this out with you.<br />

She started coming up with some ideas.<br />

“What else?” I asked.<br />

Never be afraid to ask that question ten or more times, it’s<br />

amazing what great ideas can be squeezed out of a person.<br />

This was brainstorming at its finest because my determined<br />

daughter was able to be the boss of herself, the one person<br />

she wouldn’t argue with and who made sense to her. We actually<br />

came up with a plan that I could live with although I still<br />

wished she just wouldn’t go!<br />

<strong>Parent</strong>ing teens can feel a little wishy washy and it would<br />

be nice just to say “no” and have them respect our limits but<br />

in reality, it might not be that great after all. Don’t we want our<br />

kids to think for themselves? Did it work when our parents took<br />

all the control? How did you respond to that? I just got good at<br />

lying and climbing out the basement window. I didn’t want that<br />

for my kids but it was hard, I had no solid proof that this was<br />

the right thing to do.<br />

Looking back now I realize that this was one of the most important<br />

pieces to keeping my kids safe and helping them navigate<br />

through the toddler years of adulthood. I had to be their<br />

consultant, their coach, not the boss. This approach taught<br />

assertiveness and preserved a close relationship between us.<br />

It didn’t always feel right but what does when you go through<br />

some of these typical challenges of raising teens?<br />

Dr. Allison Rees is parent educator, counsellor and<br />

coach at LIFE Seminars (Living in Families Effectively),<br />

lifeseminars.com.<br />

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Conversations On Substance Use<br />

How to keep your conversation age-appropriate<br />

Middle School: Ages 9–12 years<br />

Traits: Independent, Vulnerable, Emotional, Self-absorbed, Inquisitive<br />

Tweens are engaging and interesting. This is a time when they may feel<br />

torn between the safety and security of family and the excitement of being<br />

with friends. Some kids may be more vulnerable to substance use and<br />

other negative behaviours. They may start to spend more time engaged<br />

in social media and other technology. They may become very “body conscious”<br />

and they might experience peer pressure, low self-esteem and<br />

a “roller coaster” of emotions. As parents, what we say and how we say<br />

it will have an impact on their thinking, decision-making, risk taking and<br />

choices.<br />

Tips that may help you connect with your tween about substance use:<br />

• Tone is everything. Think discussion, not lecture. Ask them calmly<br />

what they know about drugs and what they see most often in their school<br />

and community, and actively listen to what they say.<br />

• Focus on smoking, alcohol, and cannabis, as these are most often the<br />

first substances tweens try. “What do they know?” “Where do they get<br />

their information?” “How would they know if it is reliable?”<br />

• Communicate that you are concerned about substance use and be<br />

honest if you do not know all of the information. “To tell you the truth,<br />

I’m not completely up to date on all of the harmful substances out there.<br />

Maybe we can learn more together.” Research “unknowns” or misconceptions<br />

about drugs together.<br />

• Be aware of the impact on your own actions—your tween is watching<br />

you.<br />

Other suggestions:<br />

• Get to know your tween’s friends. Invite them to your home. Engage<br />

with the parents. Establish clear, realistic and attainable rules and consequences.<br />

• Agree on the rules as a family. Follow through if they slip up. Consistency<br />

is important, especially when establishing safe rules around<br />

substance use.<br />

• Celebrate good choices. Be genuine with your praise.<br />

• Find healthy activities to do together as a family.<br />

• Be aware of the impact on your own actions—your tween is watching<br />

you.<br />

High School: Ages 13–18<br />

Traits: Social, Emotional, Defiant, Passionate, Independent<br />

This pivotal age is one of the most exciting and maybe even challenging<br />

for parents. Teenagers are developing their own individuality, ideals and<br />

dreams. They may be passionate about a cause, an educational endeavour,<br />

a sport or anything else that interests them.<br />

Suggestions for talking with your teens about drug use:<br />

• Pick a time when you’re doing something together to bring up substance<br />

use. Respect any refusal to talk calmly and let them know you’re<br />

ready when they are. “Well, when you want to talk to me, I’m here.”<br />

• Keep your cool, and don’t use fear tactics. Encourage mutual respect<br />

and honesty in your conversations by discussing, not lecturing. You listen—they<br />

listen.<br />

• Alcohol, nicotine and cannabis are the most widely consumed substances<br />

by teens, and the popularity of vaping has increased. Spend extra<br />

time discussing these substances. “What are their opinions about using<br />

these substances?” “Why do they feel this way?”<br />

• Get to know their friends and express any concerns in a non-judgemental<br />

way.<br />

• Remind them of the importance of not taking any medication that is<br />

not prescribed to them and discuss opioids such as fentanyl and oxycodone.<br />

Talk with them about tainted street drugs that cause death, even<br />

the first time.<br />

• Establish code words with them for any “I need help” or “Come and<br />

get me” situations that may save them from harmful conditions or negative<br />

peer responses.<br />

Other suggestions:<br />

• Get to know your teen’s passions and interests. Do something together<br />

to promote positive choices.<br />

• Get to know their friends. Notice if the group of friends suddenly<br />

changes and talk to your teen about why this happened.<br />

• Set up a volunteer experience for your teen—something they can<br />

do with you, their friends or a trusted adult. Consider helping at a soup<br />

kitchen, mission or neighbourhood community service centre.<br />

• Talk about the experience with them.<br />

• Work with your kids to help them develop strategies to use or things<br />

they can say to help them get out of uncomfortable or potentially harmful<br />

situations that might involve drugs and alcohol with their peers.<br />

Drug Free Kids Canada is building a movement that encourages and<br />

supports parents to prevent and reduce the harms of problematic drug<br />

use by youth. For more information visit drugfreekidscanada.org.<br />

38 <strong>Island</strong> <strong>Parent</strong> Magazine <strong>Island</strong><strong>Parent</strong>.ca

JUN 2, <strong>2023</strong>–JAN 14, 2024<br />



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