Summer

After being hampered by COVID-19 the past two years, a “full-fledged” Vancouver Island Exhibition takes place at the grounds of Beban Park from Aug. 26-28. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s VIEX excited about fair’s ‘full-fledged’ return

Vancouver Island Exhibition happens at Beban Park from Aug. 26-28

 

Valdy performs at the 2019 ROOTSandBLUES Festival. Do you know which communitiy hosts this iconic B.C. music festival? (Black Press file photo)

QUIZ: A celebration of summer fun

There are plenty of summertime activites to enjoy during the last weeks of August

 

Most British Columbians choose to leave their air conditioning on for their pets when they are away from home on hot days, BC Hydro found in a June 2022 survey. (CNW Group/Canadian Animal Health Institute)

British Columbians willing to pay the price to keep their pets cool, says BC Hydro

75% leave air conditioning on for furry friends even when not home, survey finds

 

A server sets up the outside patio for Frankie’s Modern Diner in this file photo. The Picnics and Patios campaign is returning for the month of June in Greater Victoria to help encourage residents to shop and eat local for a chance to win a free meal. (Black Press Media file photo)

Picnics and Patio campaign returning to Greater Victoria

Diners will have a chance to get a free meal out in the sun

A server sets up the outside patio for Frankie’s Modern Diner in this file photo. The Picnics and Patios campaign is returning for the month of June in Greater Victoria to help encourage residents to shop and eat local for a chance to win a free meal. (Black Press Media file photo)
Colwood is hosting its first beach food day of 2022 on Friday, May 6 at the Ocean Boulevard beach opposite Esquimalt Lagoon, followed May 7 by the first beachfront music offering of the season, Soul Shakers. Photo shows visitors gathering for the Eats and Beats festival in 2018. (Black Press Media file photo)

Food trucks, live music return to Colwood this summer

Events run May through August; hosted at various city parks, Esquimalt Lagoon

Colwood is hosting its first beach food day of 2022 on Friday, May 6 at the Ocean Boulevard beach opposite Esquimalt Lagoon, followed May 7 by the first beachfront music offering of the season, Soul Shakers. Photo shows visitors gathering for the Eats and Beats festival in 2018. (Black Press Media file photo)
The last official Orcafest was held in 2019, pre-covid. (North Island Gazette file photo)

Orcafest will be returning to the North Island this summer

The summer festival will be running for only one day on Saturday, Aug. 20

The last official Orcafest was held in 2019, pre-covid. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Summertime night markets that have drawn thousands to Nanaimo’s downtown in past years are returning in 2022. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo’s downtown night market will be back in business this summer

Planning underway for Commercial Street Night Market starting in late June

Summertime night markets that have drawn thousands to Nanaimo’s downtown in past years are returning in 2022. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Camp Qwanoes Screamer zipline is a favourite with campers. (Photo submitted)

Island children’s camp returns to day sessions after positive COVID-19 tests

Final week at the site of the summer season

The Camp Qwanoes Screamer zipline is a favourite with campers. (Photo submitted)
Cst. Darren Regush of the Oceanside RCMP cools off at the Lions Ventureland Playground splash park on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (Facebook photo)

VIDEO: RCMP officer beats the heat, delights kids at Vancouver Island splash park

Cst. Darren Regush joins the fun, cooling off on a hot day in Parksville

Cst. Darren Regush of the Oceanside RCMP cools off at the Lions Ventureland Playground splash park on Thursday, July 29, 2021. (Facebook photo)
Local artist Gillian Redwood and avid local pianist Carl Ivey pose with a painted piano at Turkey Head during a past summer. (Courtesy of Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture)

August to see return of community painted pianos in Oak Bay

Play your favourite tunes outdoors this summer, in five different locations

Local artist Gillian Redwood and avid local pianist Carl Ivey pose with a painted piano at Turkey Head during a past summer. (Courtesy of Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture)
Participants can tune in to what it was like to work in a field hospital during the First World War. (Courtesy of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS)

Fort Rodd Hill summer programs bring the past to light

Programs welcome all ages, include a taste of life at Fisgard Lighthouse

Participants can tune in to what it was like to work in a field hospital during the First World War. (Courtesy of Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse NHS)
Sparks Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)

‘Heat is just relentless’: Meteorologist warns of hot, dry summer ahead for B.C.

Environment Canada isn’t expecting any significant rain until the second half of August

Sparks Lake wildfire. (BC Wildfire Service)
Locals enjoy the many offerings of the Oaklands Sunset Market in this photo from a past year. The Wednesday evening event features fresh local produce and other goods, entertainment and a beverage garden. (Courtesy of Oaklands Sunset Market)

Oaklands Sunset Market kicks off biggest year yet in Victoria

Market to run Wednesdays until Sept. 1, features over 50 vendors, beer garden

Locals enjoy the many offerings of the Oaklands Sunset Market in this photo from a past year. The Wednesday evening event features fresh local produce and other goods, entertainment and a beverage garden. (Courtesy of Oaklands Sunset Market)
A man relaxes under a tree in a park in Montreal, Thursday, July 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Record-breakingly hot temperatures forecast for B.C. this weekend

An ‘exceptionally strong’ ridge of high pressure building Friday to Tuesday could leave parts of the province dangerously warm

A man relaxes under a tree in a park in Montreal, Thursday, July 5, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Tanning at a beach. (Pixabay photo)

Thermometers set heat records in multiple Vancouver Island communities

Heat advisories over, as 15 late summer heat records broken across B.C.

Tanning at a beach. (Pixabay photo)
In front of The Tube Shack last summer, it took this many tubes with someone in them to beat the Guinness World Record. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)

Town of Lake Cowichan’s river rules contradict CVRD’s hope for recreation opportunities

Lake Cowichan Mayor Rod Peters said the message is “Stay safe, stay…

In front of The Tube Shack last summer, it took this many tubes with someone in them to beat the Guinness World Record. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
(Pixabay photo)

Cottage communities eye summer season constrained by COVID-19 measures

Non-essential travel has largely stopped all over the country

(Pixabay photo)
The Tube Shack owner Aaron Frisby. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)

Lake Cowichan bans river tubing this summer

“We have to do it, unless something changes”

The Tube Shack owner Aaron Frisby. (Malcolm Chalmers photo)
The District of Saanich is moving forward with summer camp registration for 2020. (Saanich Parks & Recreation/Facebook)

Saanich moves forward with summer camp registration despite COVID-19

District to give full refunds if camps are cancelled

The District of Saanich is moving forward with summer camp registration for 2020. (Saanich Parks & Recreation/Facebook)
‘Roaring ’20s’ will be the Parksville Beach Festival’s theme for 2020. (File photo)

People tab ‘Roaring ’20s’ as theme for Parksville sand sculpting competition

‘Topsy Turvy’ and ‘Celebrate!’ also considered for 2020 beach festival event

  • Feb 22, 2020
‘Roaring ’20s’ will be the Parksville Beach Festival’s theme for 2020. (File photo)