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Island Holiday Recap

This is going to be a long post, so at least I warned you all…

After a week on the (Vancouver) Island we are home, the trip was pretty darn good, even better than expected. Chad’s step-sister was getting married in Comox which was the initial reason the trip and from there we decided to tack on a few extra days since we were already flying out there. We spent 3 nights in Comox at the golf resort where the wedding was and another 3 nights in downtown Victoria.

I never know how to do trip recaps, I honestly wrote out a typical recap and then re-did the entire post! It was too long and well boring Winking smile I think this way is much better…

Sights Seen:

Ocean views GALORE! Guys, I was in LOVE.

From Beacon Hill Park in Victoria:


Not a view, but Avery’s first time in the ocean!



From behind the aquarium in Sidney:




From by Spinnakers of the Victoria harbour:


Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria – a must see! So adorable and unique. People live in these little houses! And there were seals that popped up and down in the water Smile


Buchart Gardens. I am not a huge fan of flowers really but was told to go here so we did, it was really pretty, we both enjoyed it and it was much more than flowers:






Our family holiday selfie!


Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre. The aquarium was small, but still lots of fun to see local sea “creatures”, Avery enjoyed it a lot more than we thought she would, plus the views outside of it are picture perfect.




Comox Valley Farmers Market. The best market we have been to, so many great vendors and the vibe was just very chill, I felt like I could stay there all day. The had a band playing and it just added to the whole atmosphere.

Mini Golf in Parksville, Avery had a blast! She inherited our love for the game Winking smile


Best Eats – this was tough, the food was all so good.

Ill Terrazzo in downtown Victoria. Nicole recommended this restaurant and we loved it. Such great Italian food.


Thanks Nicole!

Habit Coffee in Victoria. We found this gem just down from our hotel and went back a couple times. Perfect lattes Smile

The Sidney bakery (?), I think that was its name, regardless if you are in Sidney get there! You will want to eat it all. I had a massive ginger cookie that was the best cookie of my life.

Spinnakers, the view of the harbour was a perfect supper setting, the food was great and they had local craft beers which made Chad more than happy.

Not the best photos but this girl was so happy during supper out, she loved all the attention she got from strangers at restaurants…



hot chocolates in Comox, so many chocolates! And some of the best gelato we have had.


Best AccommodationSwans Hotel, Victoria

I cannot recommend this place enough, a good price, great location, that is walking distance to everything, a brew pub that has local craft beers, great food and it reasonably priced and awesome staff. We had a loft room which was perfect for travelling with an infant since they can go to bed at their usual time and you are not stuck sitting in a dark room (we swear by this now and had a suite in Comox too).


I saved the best for last, the wedding!

It was all held at the Crown Isle (also where we stayed), which is a beautiful golf resort. The ceremony was outside at a gazebo. The bride (sister-in-law) was stunning, loved her dress!



It was a later ceremony so after family photos I quickly fed Avery in the room before we went to the reception. Sorry, I have no photos of us together but when I get some (others took) I will share Smile

I will share the one I have, where I look like a fool trying to get Avery to smile and she was being a bugger:


Avery was a trooper for the reception, she was a tad cranky around supper (her usual bedtime) so we took turns walking her around the lobby where she was extremely pleased with all the attention she got. Let me tell you this kid is a ham and people love her, she is always waving at people and reaching out with her hands when they talk to her. Yeah – I have that kid…

We decided to try and push her to the first dance and then this happened in Chad’s arms:


She slept for over an hour in her Grandpa’s arms then Grandma took her so we could dance a bit. We called it a night around 11pm – way later than we thought we’d be able to stay up!

We had such a great holiday, on our walk back to the hotel from supper Wednesday we said we’d move there in a heartbeat if it was not for all our loved ones here. Such a beautiful city!

We were up and early yesterday morning for our trip back, and guess who we ran into at the airport, Tawnya and her family! Such a small world, I cannot wait to see them all again in a few weeks.

We had a great flight home and Avery slept the entire flight, every Mom’s hopes Smile

And that is our week on the island!

Also, there will be a Foodie Friday post later today AND I will announce the winners from the giveaway.


Our Week Off

Hope everyone has had a good week and weekend, for us it went by way too fast – Monday tomorrow?!

Since I have been away over a week now there is so much to catch up on, I do not know where to start.

Last Saturday I met up with Destini for the first time! She was in Calgary so we had to make the trip south to see her and her husband. So glad we did, we had an awesome lunch at The Coup Smile

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Now they just need to move here so we can see each other more Winking smile

Sunday morning we left on our road trip to Tofino. I had never been that far west before and Chad had a long, long time ago.

Day 1 we drove to Vernon which was pretty uneventful.

Day 2 we had a much shorter drive to Chilliwack – only about 4 hours. Once there we found a lake to hang out at for a few hours (Cultus Lake), then we went to a putting course – as the owner called it “mini golf on steroids”. It was just like a actual golf course but obviously all putting. It was really nice!

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Day 3 was our ferry ride to the island. My first time on the ferry!

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Nothing too exciting, and no whale sightings Sad smile I also bought myself a fedora at the ferry terminal:


From the ferry to Tofino was ROUGH. These signs are an understatement:

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I get car sick on a good day let alone at 7 months pregnant and almost 3 hours of winding roads were no fun. Once in Tofino I started to feel better. Our accommodation in Tofino was amazing, right on the bay, and the perfect little space:



We enjoyed the sunny patio before heading for supper.


A candid photo from Chad Smile

Before supper we went to inquire on whale tours. I am scared of the water in general and no a fan of boats so when we found a place with a newer, bigger boat I was pretty happy. However, after talking to the guy we were told no whale watching for pregnant ladies…the open ocean can be too choppy I guess. But he sold us on a bear tour since its in the inlets and much calmer waters. We went for supper and then went back to book the tour and it was sold out!!! I was so disappointed, the next tour was for the day we were leaving and this place had also given us a good deal. We decided to go on a hunt for another company and finally found one that had space and was reasonably priced. The only downside – small motor boat… Eeek.

The next morning we were up bright and early for the tour at 7am. The boat was older but totally safe and I was fine the entire time just cold. I had no idea before getting Tofino but it is not a warm place and usually really foggy.

Tofino morning:


Our bear tour was great, we saw 4 black bears, including one cub, lots of bald eagles, seals and jelly fish.



The smaller boat was good since we got way closer to the animals too.

After the tour we went back to warm up – it seriously felt like November to me! Then we went for brunch. I am experiencing the whole pregnancy thing where I am starving, eat a few bites of food and I am stuffed, then an hour later repeat that all over again. Brunch took me about an hour to eat because of this!

We decided to check out a few of the beaches in the afternoon, however the fog was still around and it made for a cold beach day!



After a while the fog had not lifted so we made our way back to Tofino, but first we stopped at a place for gelato, all this for $5:

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Lavender honey and Pistachio. So, so good! We also spotted the famous Tacofino food truck there and decided to come back later for supper.

Back in Tofino the sun was out and we enjoyed some sun tanning on the balcony:


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That might the only time I am a bikini this pregnancy, summer is going too fast!

Our taco (we had the tuna one) was our vote for best meal while on the trip.

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It had ginger, seasweed salad, tuna and other great things. A must visit if you are in Tofino, thanks to Amber for the suggestion Smile

That night it was semi clear to get some sunset photos:


Not too bad, but the fog started to creep in again. Boo.

Thursday morning we had breakfast at the apartment, then stopped at a coffee place for coffee:

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Totally reminded me of Cool Beans at home.

The rest of Thursday and Friday were fairly uneventful, spent most if the day travelling, almost missed our ferry (we were 3 minutes late for reservation) but snuck on thankfully, stopped at a fruit stand where Chad got to feed the goats:

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The trip home seemed to take forever but we finally got back home Friday evening.

Overall we had a good week, it went too fast and were happy to see Tofino and the island. However, next time we might fly out there Smile

Be back tomorrow with our Mud Hero and weekend recap!


Anyone else been to Tofino, thoughts?

What is your ideal vacation?

I like to be busy, I do prefer warmer destinations, and I like to move around lots to see as much as we can – probably why we’ve done the all inclusive thing. I do have my favorite relax spots such as Phoenix though too!