The Ultimate Surfing Company receives sanctioning by the Canadian Surfing Association to become the Canadian Surfing Championship and announces Rip Curl Pro Tofino 2013 event dates.

The Canadian Surfing Association (CSA) has officially sanctioned the Rip Curl Pro Tofino as the Canadian Surfing Championship. The event will take place June 1st and 2nd at Cox Bay in Tofino, BC. The event is Canada’s largest surfing competition and the only one in Canada open to all divisions.

President of the Canadian Surfing Association Dom Domic said “The Canadian Surfing Association is very excited to sanction the Rip Curl Pro Tofino as the Canadian National Championship for the first time.” He added “Now in its 7th year, the Rip Curl Pro Tofino has been at the forefront of a rapidly increasing level of competitive surfing in Canada.”

The annual surf competition provides an arena for competitive surfing in Canada. The divisions for the event are: Pro Men, Pro Women, Masters, Men’s Longboard, Women’s Longboard, Junior Men, Junior Women, and Children. The CSA recognition means that the Rip Curl Pro Tofino will deliver a national champion in each of these divisions.

On your way to Tofino, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B for a few days relaxation on the lake

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 – Sunday, March 3rd, 2013
Saturday 9a-5p Sunday 10a-4:30p

A two day lifestyle show for and about women. Over 90 booths with information, products and services of interest to Women. Gifts, financial information, health information, gifts, business opportunities, cosmetics, fitness, fashion and jewelery, seminars and much much more!

Lots more info to come!

While attending the show, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B 

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Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Organizers Lloyd & Swan MacIlquham announce the upcoming date for their 6th annual Nanaimo Scottish/Chinese tradition, “Robbie Burns & Chinese New Year Celebration”. The event will take place on Saturday, February 2, 2013, from 4 to 7 pm, in the Bowen Park Auditorium in Nanaimo.

Net proceeds go to the Nanaimo Art Gallery.

The event will jointly celebrate the Scottish poet Robert Burns’ 254th birthday and the Chinese Year 4710, also known as “Year of the Snake”.

Guests will be entertained with Scottish Highland dancing by Brigadoon Dance Academy, with Piper Bill Poppy, a pipe and drum band, Chinese Gu Zheng by Selena Yu, as well as Chinese folk dancing by Shu Zeng & The Flowers of Nanaimo and the Chinese lion dance and lion sword dance by Shifu Jackie Li.

Tickets are only available in advance and cost $20 per person, or $10 for children 6-11.

Tickets are available from Swan and Lloyd MacIlquham by calling 250-729-9948 or contact them by email,, or from the Nanaimo Art Gallery at 150 Commercial Street, Nanaimo.

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New year’s resolutions are as reliable as the turning of the calendar pages to a new year.  The question is how easy are they to sustain? Inns and B&Bs come to the rescue to help you fulfill your 2013 resolutions and make it as easy as a rhyme to take better care of yourself in the upcoming year.

Did your resolution for the new year resemble one of these? Here are some solutions for your resolution rescue.

Treat her like a queen in 2013

She’s the love of your life, but how often do you tell her that?  More importantly, how often do you treat her like the queen she is?  This year, give her the treat of a better way to stay.  Book a B&B getaway each quarter.  Return to some of your favorites or try a new one. Better yet, if you’ve never experienced an inn or B&B, make this the year you do.  She’ll feel like a queen and your resolution to pay closer attention to both her welfare and yours will be accomplished in some memorable travel.

Break the routine in 2013

If your resolution was to spice life up a bit, we’ve got the answer for you.  No cookie cutter, always-the-same-look lobbies at inns and B&Bs.  Each one offers a unique experience, with plenty of welcoming hospitality and everything from modern to traditional and local/sustainable to high cuisine.  Take a cooking class, try a couples massage, eat a good breakfast, get a good night’s sleep for once; all of these experiences will help you break out of the routine in 2013.

Try new cuisine in 2013

Dieting not only tops the list for the most popular resolutions, it also tops the list for the most broken one too.  Make 2013 the year you commit to trying new cuisine.  Start with a good breakfast, which you’ll find with a focus on locally sourced and homemade healthiness at inns and B&Bs throughout the country.  And while breakfast is the second half of the B&B’s name, good food doesn’t stop there.  You’ll find complimentary snacks, or afternoon teas and stocked guest pantries at the majority of inns and B&Bs throughout the country.

Article compliments of our friends at Better Way To Stay

For a great B&B in Nanaimo BC , try Long Lake Waterfront B&B 

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Welcome to Cedar and Yellowpoint Artisans Christmas self guided tour. Four Days of fun, food and Artisan talent. November 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th 2012. You are invited to visit studios, shops, galleries and farms to get you inspired for Christmas giving.

While enjoying the tour, stay at the Long Lake Waterfront B&B where you can receive a 2 night minimum booking for 10% less than the winter rate.  Ask for the Artisans’s tour special.

Friday, October 19th, 2012        4:00 PM to 9:00 PM   

TheatreOne presents the 20th Annual Bite of Nanaimo, Vancouver Island’s granddaddy of Food Fairs.  “The Bite” is TheatreOne’s biggest fundraiser of the year and has become Nanaimo’s unofficial “good bye to summer” event, heralding the return of a new, full season of arts, entertainment and culinary delights.
At this year’s Bite of Nanaimo, fifty cents from each ticket will be donated to the Loaves and Fishes food bank. For a sell out event of 900 people, that’s $450 for out local food bank!
Imagine sampling the fare of our region’s fine dining establishments in one evening, all under one roof. The Bite draws up to 900 people annually, making it the perfect promotional tool to showcase your culinary excellence and reach new customers.
During the event guests vote for their favourites in the following categories: Best Appetizer, Best Meat Dish, Best Seafood Dish, Best Vegetarian Dish, Best Dessert, Best Refreshment, Best Booth Design, Best Hospitality & Best Use of Local Ingredients. Winners receive trophies and are recognized in a post-event press release. Everyone receive plaques commemorating their involvement.

When in Nanaimo, stay at Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast

Information coutesy of our friends at Harbour Living Vancouver Island Events

August 16, 17, & 18, 2013  !  

This year’s theme is “Picture Yourself At the Fair – From Pioneer Days To Modern Ways”.
The Fair originally started over 100 years ago and continues now as an annual event to advance the education of agriculture and showcase local farmers and 4-H clubs, bringing agricultural awareness to our community. As farming changes and land becomes more urban, we need to keep our farms alive, to provide top quality products and to encourage the education of the past, present and future of all areas of agriculture. Although some professionals show at Fairs, it is the children that most impress the fairgoers. Bright eyed children and animals are a winning combination. We take a step back to celebrate the simple, but important things in life.
Our country Fair is more than just entertainment. The one value we truly exhibit is Family. At our Fair, everyone of every age can participate. From displaying jams, jellies and livestock to showing heirloom quilts, artwork, pumpkins, prize flowers, home grown zucchini, fresh baked cookies and pies. Many painstaking but loving hours, go into every item and animal on display, with the hopes of encouraging others to learn different crafts and skills and to especially excite beginners to try new things that can enhance their life skills and self-sufficiency. Our Fair is a place to come with family and friends, a place to have fun and honour accomplishments. Our entry fees are kept very low, as is the prize money. The intent has never been to make the winners rich by having or making the best, the biggest or the most expensive entry, but to enjoy the variety of talents and efforts put forth by our neighbours and to honour accomplishments.
Our Fair is presented each year by a core group of hard working volunteers, who donate many hundreds of hours to carefully organize this annual 3 day event. Many community minded corporate sponsors lend or donate countless services, too numerous to mention. The Fair would like to thank all of these supporters in the community for their efforts, be it financial, material, hard work, time or effort. With your kind generosity, we are excited to welcome you back this year.
We wish all exhibitors the best luck with your entries and extend an invitation to everyone to come to our Fair, view the many animals, exhibits and shows, to relax and just have fun!
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When visiting the VIEX, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B

Innkeepers take a holiday


Did you ever wonder where B&B Innkeepers go to get away from it all?    They go to other B&Bs!  Even though we have to tie them to their chair so they don’t clear the table after breakfast, we love when our fellow innkeepers come for a visit. Gary and Judy came to Nanaimo for a couple of days for a getaway.   Gary is always on the water with his boat taking kayakers to the Broken Island group but when I ask him if he wanted a Sea Doo ride around the lake, he said yes and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.  There is always something wonderful to experience in every different B&B. We enjoyed sitting on their deck watching the waves crash , the otters enjoying the surf, and fresh crab and wine to top off the scene.  Ask Judy about the Wild Pacific Trail – one not to miss for sure.

Check out  Bostrom’s Bed and Breakfast on Little Beach Bay in Ucluelet

Saturday, March 17th, 2012 -  Sunday, March 25th, 2012        8:00am – Midnight Nine Day Festival  40-60 Events!   

We are thrilled to announce that the Pacific Rim Whale Festival Society is celebrating their 26th year in your community at our annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival in Tofino BC March 17-25th, 2012.
The passion of our non-profit organization is to provide access, knowledge and understanding to thousands of local residents and visitors, about the value of life here on the west coast.
What makes our lives so unique? Surely it is our outstanding environment, the people that live here and the connections between us. Each year, our Volunteer Event and Education Committee work hard to program an eclectic and dynamic event calendar, with educational workshops, cultural demonstrations and performing arts just for you.
Our festival attracts thousands of islanders, and international tourists to Tofino, Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in the spring. It is our marketing efforts combined that cause this number to rise annually, making the Pacific Rim Whale Festival the largest of its kind world-wide!
We believe that education can change lives and save the future of our eco-system. Lets show the world why the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia is the best place on earth!

On your way to Tofino, stay in Nanaimo at Long Lake Waterfront B&B
To learn more about our festival and supporting this event, please go to

Information courtesy of – Vancouver Island’s Events Website



Nanaimo Bar Shot Glass Desserts (Serves 6)


  • 3 graham cracker broken into smaller pieces
  • 6 tbsp marsh mellow fluff (jarred)
  • Chocolate mousse

Chocolate Mousse:

  • 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼  cup egg whites
  • 1/8th tsp cream of tartar
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 6 shot glasses


  1. Divide broken graham crackers into bottom of shot glass
  2. Mousse: Microwave chocolate and butter for 45 seconds on high just until chocolate is soft. Mix until smooth. When cool add egg yolk and mix well.
  3. In clean glass bowl beat egg whites and cream of tartar just until foamy. Gradually add sugar and beat until stiff. Fold whites into chocolate until all incorporated.
  4. Divide marshmallow fluff between shot glasses. Top with mousse. Garnish with piece of graham cracker

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