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FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010

Weekend Adventurer: Festivals and Events on Vancouver Island

Looking for something to do this weekend? Plan a day trip (or stay for the weekend) on Vancouver Island! There are several events and festivals being held such as the 'Be a Tourist in Your Own Hometown', the 13th Annual Victoria French Fest, the Calving Festival, the 20th Brant Wildlife Festival and the 24th Annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival. Celebrating ecological diversity, tourism and cultural heritage, these festivals offer plenty to do on the Island.

Victoria is the capital of the province of British ColumbiaThis weekend there are several festivals and events happening on Vancouver Island exploring the province's capital, Victoria or celebrating spring and nature at its finest!

  • BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOMETOWN | Location: Attractions around Victoria | Times: March 3-7, 2010 (times varies for each attraction) | Cost: One ticket: $10.50 / Package (five): $40.00 | Information: Be a Tourist in Your Hometown provides tickets for free entry or discounted rates to dozens of local attractions such as museums, gardens, farms, restaurants and more! | Website

  • 13TH ANNUAL VICTORIA FRENCH FEST | Location: The Da Vinci Centre (195 Bay Street) and Centennial Square (at Government Street and Pandora Avenue) in Victoria [there will be free shuttle services between the two venues] | Times: March 4-7, 2010 (hours range) | Cost: FREE (except for some shows and food) | Information: Victoria French Fest is a four day event filled with music, art, Francophone culture, and traditional food, offering renowned singers, arts and crafts for children, movies, a French bistro and beer garden. | Website
  • CALVING FESTIVAL | Location: Morningstar Farm in Parksville (403 Lowry's Road) | Times: March 6 - April 18, 2010; 9:00am - 5:00pm | Cost: Adult: $8; Child: $5 | Information: Spring sees new arrivals at the farm and the Calving Festival celebrates cows and their new babies with pregnant and newly born calves to see (visitors might even witness a birth). Visitors get to walk through the farm and learn about cows, see other animals, tour the dairy and cheese The Pacific Rim Whale Festival celebrates over 20,000 grey whales which make their way down the coast during their migration.factory and even taste some locally produced varieties. | Website
  • 20TH BRANT WILDLIFE FESTIVAL | Location: Parksville Community Park off Cornfield Street North off the East Island Highway | Times: March 5 - April 28, 2010 - the Park is open all day for visitors to view the Brant Geese | Cost: FREE (except for some events and walks) | Information: Celebrating the International Year of Biodiversity, the Brant Wildlife Festival offers ing adventures, community celebrations, learn to fish and nature camps for children, family days and much more. | Website

  • 24TH ANNUAL PACIFIC RIM WHALE FESTIVAL | Location: The Festival takes place within the hosting communities of Tofino, Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve | Times: March 6-14, 2010; activity and event times vary | Cost: vary - some activities are free while some are by donation or by entry fee | Information: Celebrating the arrival of over 20,000 migrating Grey Whales, the Pacific Rim Whale Festival offers events, educational programs, workshops as well as celebrating this unique West Coast region. | Website

If you are coming from the mainland, there are BC Ferries that go to Vancouver Island from two departure points - the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal in West Vancouver which goes to the Departure Bay ferry terminal in Nanaimo and the Tswassen ferry terminal in Delta which travels to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal close to Victoria. There is public transit, buses and trains which are available for visitors who chose not to take a vehicle to the Island.






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