Final Destination Shawnigan Lake

Exploring Vancouver Island #iLoveCowichan Shawnigan Lake Road Trip

We love supporting local businesses while exploring where we live. And, so that is what we did on a sunny Cowichan Valley Thursday when we headed out to Shawnigan Lake.

Face Carving Recreation Road Shawnigan Lake BC

Shawnigan Lake BC

Once upon a time on a sunshiny day in Duncan, we hopped into the I Love Cowichan mobile and headed to Shawnigan Lake. There were errands to run, some exploring to do, passengers wanting a swim and parents looking forward to some yummy treats.

Look Out Shawnigan Lake Here We Come

First stop a drop off at the lake and then a quick trip to the vet for some of Leo the Blogging Cur’s medicine.

Thank you Shawnigan Lake Veterinary Wellness Practice for caring so much about our pup.

Then the grown ups partook in some taco taste testing at Compass Mexican Bistro. I had the veggie taco which was fresh and super yummy. They didn’t have ice coffee on the menu, but they happily made me some using their house Canadiana blend, which really hit the spot.

Next Stop the Village Chippery in Shawnigan Lake

Village Chippery MenuI love everything about the Village Chippery in Shawnigan! The decor, the ambience, the friendly smiles and conversation. But most importantly, the incredible, mouth watering, perfect in every way fries.

Before heading back to the lake to do some exploring, we stopped to pick some up as a surprise. Well, plus, I wanted some too.

They have a house made vegan burger on the menu that I can’t wait to try. Here’s a snippet of their menu. Keep in mind it may have changed, so it’s best to check for the most up to date

Old Mill Park Shawnigan Lake

When we got to Old Mill Park we started down the path and came to a fork. Right I went, and wrong I was.

I’d only been to the beach once before and followed someone in, so I didn’t know there were multiple walking trails in the park. What a wonderful accidental discovery. An easy walking pathway took me through the woods to a look out at the edge of the lake.

From there I could see the beach to my left, which is where I headed next. While taking a ton of pictures we ran into this little guy along the way.

I took so many great pictures that I’m hoping to share with you soon. Can’t wait to go and explore Old Mill Park in Shawnigan Lake, BC some more this summer.

Nanaimo Bound Early on a Saturday

Road tripping to VIU Nanaimo Campus

Leo the Blogging Cur Sleeping In
Leo took advantage by jumping into a warm bed

Early this morning we set out on a road trip to the Vancouver Island University Nanaimo campus.

VeeBeeArts needed a lift to her Bachelor of Arts program interview and the time had come for some grad shopping to be done.

A lot of yawning was going on as we got ready to head out around seven am. And, of course we did our best not to disturb Leo the sleeping brindle beauty.

When I stumbled out the door still half asleep, I was grateful I’d remembered to wear my sunglasses. It was surprisingly chilly but the sun was out in full force. The sky was cloudless and a pretty energising shade of blue.

After a few sips of coffee and soaking up some dazzling early morning rays, I was wide awake and ready to roll on down the highway.

Take a TON of Pictures In and Around Nanaimo

My plan was to walk around the campus taking pictures while we waited. But, it was so windy and cold that idea didn’t pan out so well. So, I headed back to the car where I enjoyed doing a little passenger seat photography instead.

After a positive interview, and some successful grad shopping it was still early, leaving us time to explore Nanaimo.

But first, we decided to seek out the Taco Revolution food truck.

You might be wondering why we’d be looking for them in that neck of the woods.¬† Well, that’s because I was taking taking side view mirror pictures and I spotted them behind us. So, VeeBeeArts checked their Instagram and ironically they were set up nearby at an Earth Day celebration.

I was able to take even more Nanaimo road trip pictures. Some of which I’ll share with you tomorrow on Instagram. Also, I’ll be adding more pictures and some videos to the blog over the next couple of days.

Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend! And, remember…..when you shop locally owned you are supporting your neighbours, your friends and your community.

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