Oct. 7, 2019

Moving with Children & Pets

How to Move with Children & Pets

Moving with Children and pets can be stressful.  Since they thrive on routine, breaking it will often cause them to act out, especially when they’re younger.  Make it easier with the following tips:

1.       Start preparing ahead of time.  For children, have a question – and -answer conversation about where you’re moving and why.  While older children will understand right away, younger ones may not.  For toddlers and younger school-aged children, discuss the move with them several times.  For children of all ages, give them a time frame for the move so they can get used to the idea and prepare to wind down their school and athletic activities.

2.       Visit the new area.  Take your children and pets to parks and trails located near the new house.  Build excitement about the new area by visiting your children’s future school to pick up flyers for activities on campus or at the local recreation center.  Visit the local dog park to meet your neighbors and fellow pet owners and allow your pet to meet other dogs in the community too.

3.       Include the children in the moving process.  Give them age appropriate tasks to help with the move, from moving light boxes to packing their rooms.  Getting them actively involved will give them some ownership of the move and make them feel more comfortable and in control of their circumstances.

4.       Hire a sitter.  Having someone watch your children or pets the day of the move will ensure you can pack and load the truck safely and efficiently.  Knowing your little ones and furry friends may be stressed, anticipate that your sitter’s duties may be intensified and plan ahead.  Provide plenty of meal options and treats to keep everyone nourished and happy.  For after meals and during drives, make sure your sitter has favorite games and toys to keep the group entertained.

5.       Reward everyone’s hard work.  Give everyone something to look forward to after the move.  Go out for a nice meal and take time to relax in your new home for the remainder of the day.  Give your pet their favourite treat or take them for some pet pampering

 

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Oct. 1, 2019

Fall in Nanaimo

 

What to do in the Fall in Nanaimo

 

It's the many options from sea to sky that attract visitors to Nanaimo, where pedals push you over trails and the soles of your boots take you down to the base of rainforest waterfalls. And yet all will find the stillness to rejuvenate when kicking back on the beach to watch the ferry dock or enjoying a cold handmade beverage at one of 4 craft breweries.

When you’re ready to feel the ocean air, set sail from Nanaimo’s harbour—one of Vancouver Island’s most industrious and beautiful ports—on a catamaran, fishing boat or hovercraft. It’s just one of the ways to catch a glimpse of Nanaimo’s locals—the wildlife of British Columbia who call the Salish Sea home. Get up close and personal with the harbour seals when you dive off Snake Island with a knowledgeable guide.

Sample Nanaimo’s culture, history and unique way of life – play hard, relax well and enjoy beauty in 360 degrees.

1. The Nanaimo Bar Trail

So you’ve got a sweet tooth, do you? Follow this self-guided tasting trail to discover all the secret variations of the legendary Nanaimo Bar dessert. Your taste buds will love you!

2. Whale Watching Tour

Ever wondered what it’s like to see whales blowing and skimming across the ocean waters? Head out with Vancouver Island Whale Watch on a tour and keep your eyes peeled for orca, humpback, and other marine mammals!

3. Catamaran Cruise

With the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, sailing has got to be one of the purest forms of escape. Relax and let your skipper attend to the sails while you take in the sights, wildlife and action of the Nanaimo Harbour. Your vessel awaits!

4. Craft Beverages And Culinary Tour

Welcome fellow wine snobs, beer fanatics and bonafide foodies from far and wide – we can’t wait to share our tasty vittles with you! Book a culinary, craft beverage and/or Estate Winery tour with one of our fun and knowledgeable local guides to treat your palate to the Island’s finest. Learn more about the BC Ale Trail.

5. Historic Cannon Firing

Did you know that Nanaimo was originally established as a Hudson’s Bay Company trading hub? These 19th century cannons were part of the original defenses, and are still functional! You can watch the daily cannon firing ceremony – accompanied by bagpipes – on the waterfront at 12 noon, May thru September.

6. Discover Downtown

Find quaint shops, heritage buildings, culinary experiences and attend an event in Diana Krall Plaza or the Old City Quarter historical district.

7. Artisan Trail

For the ultimate artisan experience, we recommend driving along the Cedar Yellow Point Artisan Trail loop. There’s plenty of beautiful stops along the way, providing a chance to visit farms, meet local growers, and chat with artists who are famous for crafting one of a kind creations!

8. Fishing And Crabbing Charter

Whether you are an experienced fisherman or have yet to feel the thrill of catching a meal on a hook, Nanaimo & Region’s fishing and crabbing charters will not disappoint! One of our local guides can get you out on the water, where you’ll be able to catch fresh seafood and bring it ashore for a feast!

9. Paddles Up

Nothing clears the mind and calms the spirit like a good paddle. The protected waters of the Nanaimo region’s lakes and harbours are full of secret coves and inlets to explore by kayak, canoe or paddle board. This is one of the best ways to spot rare wildlife or catch the perfect coastal sunset!

10. Nanaimo’s Natural Wonders

With some many nature-rich parks to chose from in the Nanaimo region, peace and quiet is never hard to find. Common favourites include the tidal lagoon at Pipers Park, sandstone rock formations at Malaspina Galleries, the Abyss fault line, and Ammonite Falls. Ask a local about their favourite natural wonders!

 

Posted in News
May 7, 2018

Beautiful Westwood Lake Park

Visit Nanaimo real estate parks.The city’s many beautiful parks are a big draw for people considering a Nanaimo real estate purchase. One of the local favorites is Westwood Lake Park. The picturesque setting invites people to bring a picnic and settle in with good friends and good food to relax and shake off the pressures of work. The playground is an excellent place for kids to run, play, climb, and make new friends. Leashed dogs are welcome to accompany their owners around the park, and there is also an area set aside for dogs to frolic off-leash.

Everyone in Nanaimo Can Enjoy the Park

Walkers and joggers from Nanaimo enjoy the tree-lined trails around the park. A well-maintained, 5.5 km loop goes around the lake and is mostly flat and gives a nice, easy pace. There are also shorter loop trails. Bikes are welcome as well.

From June through August, swimmers can enjoy the lake and have the security of knowing a lifeguard is present. Non-motorized boats and electric boats are welcome, and fishing is permitted. A wheelchair-accessible fishing float is at the south end of the park. Washrooms and changerooms are on site.

Visit Westwood Lake Park to get all the details about the park’s amenities and plan a trip.

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