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Everywhere we go on Vancouver Island the locals let us know of the very best, sometimes hidden treasures whose whereabouts are only known by them.

Here are some of our new discoveries.

Secret Coast

The Secret Coast Expedition 2018

Secret Coast
Jacqueline Windh and David Gilbert

The experience of a lifetime.

You can be one of the few people on earth to be immersed in the rich history of the Nuu-chah-nulth people while experiencing one of the world’s last true wildernesses.

Jacqueline and David are competent, skillful guides with all the knowledge required to lead the first single hiking journey through the Tatchu, Nootka and Hesquiaht Trails along northern Vancouver Island’s remote and rugged outer coast.

We understand that they are currently traveling in remote areas for the month of February and will be more responsive in the spring.



Tacos in Qualicum Beach

Tidal Tacos
6001 Island Hwy
Qualicum Beach

Just another reason to take a road trip up Hwy 19a.

If you don't pay attention you may just drive on by but that would be a travisty.

Those of us that love our Tex-Mex food must make a point of stopping by.

You may have to endure a bit of a wait because the word is out! But when was sitting on a beautiful Island beach a whoesome event?

Owner Ashley Martz has managed to hit all the right notes when it comes to all things taco or burrito.

Take our word for it. On your next foray up 19a make a point to have lunch or dinner at Tidal Tacos.

It may be hard to find but well worth the time.




Pizza in Tofino

Basic Goodness Pizzeria
551 Campbell Street Tofino

Brand new business in sunny Tofino.

Wood fired pizza has become somewhat of a trend but not all are created equal. But when it's good, it's really good.

Marco and Heather have nailed it! Using all local ingredients they offer the best in Neopolitan pizza.

Combine great pizza with award winning beer makes for a must stop and enjoy whenever in Tofino.

And less I forget, pamper yourself with a homemade tiramisu (a popular coffee-flavoured Italian custard dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee,layered with a mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese flavoured with cocoa)

I hear that it's not fattening. Yah, that's what I've heard.




Breakfast in Courtenay

The Hen and Hog Cafe
1190 Cliffe Avenue Courtenay BC
(250) 871-7001
Open 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Wednesday to Sunday

If you didn't know it was there you'd drive right on by.

Attached to the front of the Comox Valley Inn, this small cafe produces the very best breakfast anywhere. 

We stopped by on a Saturday morning and were fortunate to have a short wait as this cafe is rather small.

The staff were pleasant and attentive and soon we were seated with coffee and waters. 

The eggs benny being delivered to the table across from us called my name and oh my goodness was I pleased they did!

All things are made on site and it shows. Without a word of a lie the eggs benny were the best I have ever tasted.

And just when you think your culinary experience is all one could wish for, our server pointed to the bottle of hot sauce on the far reaches of our table. This sauce is so uniquely wonderful that I have no words to describe just  how delicious it is.

We are determined to work our way through the rest of the menu in the coming months.


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