Things to do in Nanaimo, Tofino and Ucluelet this Winter

Nanaimo BC Skyline

February 21 – West Coast Winter Music Series
For the fifteenth year running, Winter Music in Tofino is showcasing amazing talent. Ensemble Vivant was founded and is led by pianist Catherine Wilson. The group plays a dazzling collection of classical piano, jazz and internationally-inspired pieces.


February 21 & 22 – Nanaimo’s Global Film Festival
This year’s festival features stories about people around the world who are re-inventing their world and their future. The films are a celebration of activism. All over the world, and right here on Vancouver Island and BC, hope shines through in action taken by ordinary people who are finding a way to a sustainable world by daring to confront global forces with the strength of their own vision.


March 5 – Six Guitars
Starring Chase Padgett, Six Guitars is a show designed for anyone who loves guitar music. It will feature performances from Nanaimo favourites: Nanaimo Band, The Lion, The Bear, The Fox will open this show.


March 7 – Royal Wood and Tiller’s Folly
Tiller’s Folly are modern day storytellers of lore, uniting past with the present. Creating songs of their Pacific Northwest home and life on the road, Tiller Folly continue to draw fans from around the globe. Their music reflects the many sojournes through the mystic landscapes of Scottish Highlands to the mist-draped mountains and sprawling vistas of the Carolinas, Virginia and Tennessee and their roots on the coast of the Pacific Northwest.
March 14 – Nanaimo Bar None Variety Show
For the second year running, the Nanaimo Bar None Variety Show will showcase a treats for your taste buds and your ears.

March 14 – 27 – Pacific Rim Whale Festival
Throughout the coastal towns of Tofino and Ucluelet and around the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, it’s an all-out celebration of life on the coast!

It’s about grey whales and marine life education, inspirational talks and interpretive walks, children’s fun for the small and culinary events for the tall, First Nations cultural workshops and more – come and experience a coastal tradition!


March 22 – Chowder Chow Down
As part of the Pacific Rim Whale Festival, the Chowder Chow Down in Ucluelet celebrates the regions amazing seafood chowder tradition!


April 10 – 12 – Pacific Rim Tea Festival
The Pacific Rim Tea Festival is a fun and educational event, whether you are new to tea or a bit of a tea geek, there is something for everyone. The goal is to provide a variety experiences about the diverse world of tea.


Things to do this Winter in Victoria

Kenmore Air in Victoria by Dan King Images

February 14 – Victorian Valentine’s Tea & Fashion Show
Savor an elegant high tea while listening to live harp music and seeing the latest fashions from Victorian Vogue.


February 15 – Handel’s Theadora
In a collaborative performance, the Early Music Vancouver and the Seattle Early Music Guild will be coming together to perform Theadora, some of Handel’s most glorious music. An amazing display of vocal range and instrumental expertisise, it tells the story of the self-sacrificial love between a Christian virgin and a Roman imperial bodyguard.


February 18 – 28 – Chinese New Year Afternoon Tea
In honor of the Chinese New Year, Executive Chef Rick Choy reinvents the Hotel Grand Pacific’s afternoon tea.


Things to do this Winter in the San Juans

Roche Harbor on San Juan Island

February 14 – May 3 – ILLUMINATED: Glass by William Morris 1998-2013
William Morris’ hauntingly evocative and beautiful glass sculptures will be on display at the San Juan Islands Museum of Art. A teacher at the world-renowned Pilchuck School, he’s drawn his inspiration from ancient cultures around the world including the Egyptians, Asians and Native Americans. His work speaks of human origins, myth, ancestry and ancient civilizations.


February 20 – Contra Dance with Sassafras Stomp
Love dancing? You’ll love the Sassafras Stomp, an evening filled with boot stomping and hand clapping fun.


February 27 – Taste of Lopez
The Taste of Lopez gathers farmers and friends together during the San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit. This tasting will feature Lopez Island farm products. Enjoy delicious bites and sips from Lopez Island Vineyard, Jones Family Farms Sweetwater Shellfish Farm, Vita’s Wildly Delicious Cafe, Barn Owl Bakery, Helen’s Farm and others.  (more…)

Things to do this Winter in Seattle

Even when it's a little gray in Seattle, there are still tons of fun things to do.

February 11 – 15 – Northwest Flower & Garden Show
Experience romance in bloom at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Held at the Washington State Convention Center, this unique event will feature over 300 exhibitors to wet your green thumb whistle. Stock up on the latest tools. Discover the best accessories. And, get inspired with new and old layout ideas.


February 21 – Lunar New Year Celebration 
Held in Seattle’s International District, the Lunar New Years Celebration includes a lion and dragon dance, drumming, martial arts displays, costume contests, cheap food and more!


February 21 – Venetian Masked Carnival Ball
Put on your best and slip into obscurity behind a mask. The eighth annual Venetian Masked Carnival Ball invites you to over-indulge in food and beverages. Plus, be dazzled by the circus troupe performances featuring slitters, contortionists, acrobats, pole performers and more.  (more…)

Add a Touch of Luxury Relaxation to Your Seattle Visit

Hotel 1000Past the virtual golf course and a gurgling fountain, is Spaahh. Like a hidden gem, it’s nestled in Hotel 1000’s lower foyer.


Just beyond the 1st Avenue entrance is the urban bustle of Seattle’s city streets. But, inside this quiet oasis you’ll discover a boutique spa that specializes in making you say “ahhh.”


Each treatment begins with a trip to their relaxation sanctuary. Don’t miss out on the seasonally infused water. A brightly flavored H2O, it’ll change the way you think about hydration. Aromatic teas, warm neck pillows and glowing candlelight round out the room, creating a space worth lingering. And you can. Don’t be afraid to stay for a bit, sipping infused water and relishing in your renewed body.  (more…)