With great delight , we learned today that Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast has been presented with the Travellers Choice Award 2012 for being in the top 25 B&B’s and Inns in Canada by Tripadvisor.com

Recognition by our guests is a humbling and gratifying . It reaffirms that our efforts are worth it and that you like what we do!

We are also proud to be in such great company with our fellow Innkeepers at BcsBestBnbs that show travellers why we really are “A Better Way to Stay”

Thank you to all our guests for sharing their experience at our property.  Facebook




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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International Centre for Sturgeon Studies

VIU to host 2013 International Sturgeon Symposium
For over 200 million years, sturgeon have been swimming the waters of the
world.  They outlived the dinosaurs, yet in less than one sturgeon’s lifetime,
humans have brought this prehistoric fish to the brink of extinction.  Almost
all species and populations worldwide are in trouble.
Vancouver Island University (VIU) in Nanaimo, British Columbia, has been
working with the white sturgeon since 1984 conducting field and laboratory
research projects as well as teaching students and the general public about
these amazing fish.   To continue developing sturgeon research, VIU has reached
a stage that requires an expansion of its facilities. The World Sturgeon Conservation Society has
also identified the need for a dedicated sturgeon research centre in North
America. To fill these needs, VIU has built the International Centre for
Sturgeon Studies (ICSS) on campus.
The conservation of these important fish will require a
collaborative research approach through field and laboratory
studies. The ICSS will bring together research activities at the regional,
national and international levels involving conservation, enhancement and
commercial interests.    The ICSS at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo BC , will become a
place where institutions, government, First Nations, industry and NGO’s
can consolidate their activities and learn from
each other, to help understand and aid the sturgeon populations of this country
and the world.  A research team has been assembled that includes
world-class and emerging new scientists from across Canada, the United States
and internationally (Russia, Germany, Iran, France and Italy). Their research
will aid in conserving and restoring endangered sturgeon populations
In addition to a research facility,  students
and the general public can go to learn about and appreciate these unique “living
For accomodation in Nanaimo BC , Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast is pleased to welcome delegates attending the conference at a 10% discounted rate.

Museum Remembrance Week: Honour Canada’s
military veterans by visiting the Remembrance Week exhibit hosted by the
Nanaimo Museum and the Vancouver Island Military Museum. The exhibit will run
from Monday, Nov. 7 to Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Nanaimo Museum by the Nanaimo Conference Center. Visitors will
get a glimpse into the lives of those who served our county through
a display of local photos, uniforms, war medals, and war time artifacts. The
Remembrance week exhibit at the Nanaimo Museum commemorates the contributions
of the Canadian service men and women who protected our rights and freedoms.
The exhibit will feature the war time experiences of  people on Vancouver Island. It includes a gas mask
designed for children and stored under school desks in preparation for bomb
threats, to photos of Nanaimo’s military camp during World War II. Artifacts
such as model aircraft and a model ship will be on display. For more
information, please call Aimee Greenaway at 250-753-1821.

While in Nanaimo , stay at Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast .

Friday, October 21st, 2011
4:00 PM to 9:00 PM   

Tickets are $12 in advance only, at all participating restaurants, at Tourism Nanaimo and at TheatreOne. Cash only at all outlets except TheatreOne.

$1 food and drink tickets are sold at the event in exchange for sample-sized ‘bites’ priced $1-5.


A Wee Cupcakery
Acme Food Co.
Amrikko’s Indian Grill
Gabriel’s Café
Lighthouse Bistro
Markt Artisan Deli
Mix Restaurant
Montana’s Cookhouse
Richardson Foods Group
Sandy’s Ukrainian Kitchen
Serious Coffee
The Keg Steakhouse
VIU Professional Baking Program
White Spot
Winston’s Tea Co.
Wolf Brewing Co.

Thanks to everyone who comes out to savour the flavours of our local restaurants and help raise funds so that TheatreOne can continue to offer our audience quality, live, professional entertainment.

For more information, visit:

Information courtesy of Harbourliving.ca
While visiting the Food Festival, stay at Long Lake Waterfront B&B

Nanaimo, the Harbour City is a stunning community centrally located on Vancouver Island.

See for yourself why Conde Naste has rated Vancouver Island the top island in the Americas for the past 9 years!

Stay in a great 4.5 star resort on the lake while visiting Vancouver Island BC Canada – Long Lake Waterfront B&B

Canada’s Own…the ‘Nanaimo Bar’

Canadian cuisine varies widely from region to region. A cross-country culinary tour from the west coast to the east represents these diverse origins. Canadian cuisine is the fusion of modern culinary techniques and uniquely Canadian ingredients. Each Province and Territory has something to offer that is exclusively Canadian.

Starting on the west coast in British Columbia, we find a diverse type of cookery. It is in Nanaimo, British Columbia we find the home of the famous and uniquely Canadian dessert called the ‘Nanaimo Bar’. The chocolate slice of heaven as it is referred to, first became known in the 1930′s. It consists of a crumb-based layer, covered with buttery custard and topped with a soft chocolate. In 1985, Major Graeme Roberts of the City of Nanaimo ran a contest to find the greatest ‘Nanaimo Bar’ recipe. Local resident Joyce Hardcastle’s recipe won and has now become the legendary ‘Nanaimo Bar’. You can read all about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanaimo_bar . There are many versions of the recipe online but this is the official recipe courtesy of The Mayor’s Office, Nanaimo, BC http://www.nanaimo.ca/visitors/index_inside.asp?id=189

Nanaimo Bars Recipe

Bottom Layer
½ cup unsalted butter (European style cultured)
¼ cup sugar
5 tbsp. cocoa
1 egg beaten
1 ¼ cups graham wafer crumbs
½ c. finely chopped almonds
1 cup coconut

Melt first 3 ingredients in top of double boiler. Add egg and stir to cook and thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in crumbs, coconut, and nuts. Press firmly into an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Second Layer
½ cup unsalted butter
2 Tbsp. and 2 Tsp. cream
2 Tbsp. vanilla custard powder
2 cups icing sugar

Cream butter, cream, custard powder, and icing sugar together well. Beat until light. Spread over bottom layer.

Third Layer
4 squares semi-sweet chocolate (1 oz. each)
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Melt chocolate and butter over low heat. Cool. Once cool, but still liquid, pour over second layer and chill in refrigerator.

Chelsea Barr, Media Relations & Travel Trade Destination Nanaimo was extremely helpful with providing me with more current information regarding a new brochure titled the Nanaimo Bar Trail, that let’s the visitor indulge in a self-guided sugary adventure throughout Nanaimo where you can taste many versions of the Nanaimo Bar. The first stop is at the local Nanaimo Museum where you can learn first hand all about the bar’s history. Along the way are a series of stops that serve the Traditional Nanaimo Bar. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy what about; The Peanut Butter Nanaimo bar, Deep Fried Nanaimo Bar, Nanaimo Bar ice-cream, fudge or cheesecake. There is a bar for everyone including a Gluten Free Nanaimo Bar as well as a Vegan version. The brochures are available at the Tourism visitor centres

By the end of your tour you might be thirsty so why not sit down at the Modern Café http://www.themoderncafe.ca/ for a Nanaimo Bar Martini. Owner Scott Cooper says that, “I cannot take credit for the invention of the Nanaimo Bar Martini. The honour would go to one of the bartenders that work here; however, as the Nanaimo Bar Martini is a closely guarded secret, we cannot even divulge any history or give any credit to whom it is so richly deserved.” He did however tell me what the ingredients were in the Nanaimo Bar Martini: Vanilla Vodka, Crème de Cacao, Espresso and Coconut Syrup laced with Chocolate.

The Nanaimo Bar is truly a unique Canadian dessert and deserves a place as part of our culinary heritage. TREASURED RECIPES

Many thanks to: Chelsea Barr, Elizabeth Williams, Jan Kemp, & Scott Cooper for their help with this article and the photographs.

courtesy – Tempt Every Palate blog

I refer to Nanaimo BC as Vancouver Island’s “front door” because it opens up to a variety of diving activities to suit any­one’s needs. There are 8 to 12 excellent boat dives and several good shore dives to pick from.

Winking seal

Popular wrecks include the retired naval ships Saskatchewan (111m/366f) and Cape Breton (122m/400f) scuttled as artificial reefs in 1997 and 2001 by the local dive community and the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC). The latest edition is a 47m/157ft North Sea Rescue Tug Rivtow Lion scut­tled in 2005. Technical and extended range divers like to practice their skills in and on the two larger wrecks while photographers and naturalists enjoy them all. Maximum depth on the Saskatchewan is 36m/120ft, the Cape Breton – 43m/142ft and the Rivtow Lion – 24m/80ft.

If wall diving is your pleasure, huge deep walls can be found at Snake Island and Orlebar, on Gabriola Island. The Snake Island wall has enormous white plumose anemones cascading down sandstone formations, dotted with bright pink snakelock anemones, red blood stars and orange finger sponge. I have also seen wolf eels out in the open at 12m/40ft and clusters of cloud sponge at depth. In between dives, snorkeling with resident harbour seals is always an option. Orlebar is steeper, hosting an array of odd shaped chimney sponge (boot sponge), tiger and quillback rockfish and an assortment of crustaceans. This is also a shore-accessible site utilized by technical divers.

As for drift diving, there are two narrow pas­sageways where the currents reach 8 knots at full flow. This in turn provides a nutrient-rich environ­ment for a multitude of invertebrate life to flour­ish. Both are divable during slack times (when the water stops to change direction). Dodd Narrows is located southeast of town between Nanaimo and Mudge Island.

Brilliant giant green anemones and aggregat­ing green anemones with pink tips line the shore of Mudge in the shallows, along with yellow zoanthids, orange cup corals, and metridium anemones on the boulders below. Patches of orange colonial tunicates, burrowing sea cucumbers and several species of rockfish can also be found at depth.

Gabriola Passage is equally as picturesque, hosting a population array similar to Dodd. In addition I have found red sea urchins, gray encrusting lobed ascidians, cabezon fish, grunt sculpins hiding in empty giant barnacle shells and the ever brave little painted greenlings. Small healthy aquarium-like kelp forests are located at both ends of both channels.

Long Lake Waterfront B&B offers qulaity private accomadations and is an excellent day trip center to all activities on Vancouver Island.


Text by Barb Roy

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Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have created a charitable gift fund to help celebrate their wedding. The fund will focus on assisting charities which support the five causes chosen by the couple. These causes are close to their hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far. Having been touched by the goodwill shown to them since their engagement, they have asked that anyone wishing to send them a wedding gift consider doing so in the form of a donation to the fund.
Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Named to Charitable Gift Fund for the Royal Wedding

photo courtesy of Clarence House

The Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary is deeply honoured to be included in the Charitable Gift Fund, a registry of charities hand-picked by Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton.  The Royal Couple is asking well-wishers to donate to the Fund in lieu of gifts.

“They are charities that have a particular resonance with Prince William and Miss Middleton and reflect issues in which the couple have been particularly interested in their lives to date.

Gordie Robinson owner of Long Lake Waterfront B&B , is also the Station Leader for the Marine Rescue Station 27 of the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is very pleased that Prince William and Miss Middleton have chosen a Canadian Search and Rescue organization to support.

nanaimo-massage-view-from-deck Hammond Bay Massage Therapy Relax and recharge … perched high above sparkling Hammond Bay in Nanaimo B.C., a secluded hot tub deck and outdoor massage room await your arrival. In a private, park-like garden, warm basalt stones are laid upon the muscles of your back as the tension in your leg and feet muscles are kneaded out … you take your first full breath in months and begin to unwind.

At the same time … your senses come alive. Open your eyes to an exotic flower floating in a vase beneath you. Breathe in the rich healing properties of lavender, geranium, and bergamot oils released by the heat of the stones. The sounds of the pond fountain and bamboo wind chimes drift to you, and if you have the energy, lift your head out of the face rest to watch a palm tree sway in the soft ocean breeze. Or turn your head the other way and gaze at the coastal mountains across the Strait of Georgia …

Your normally busy mind begins to let go as soft music lulls you. The warm stones that have been on your back have prepared each muscle for deeper work, and your therapist addresses your problem areas using deep tissue massage and Trigger Point Therapy.

At this point, you will almost feel at one with the table, but after a soothing hot compress to your back, it’s time to turn over. A heated towel is slipped under your neck and your legs are massaged while aromatherapy drifts deeper into your nervous system. Before each arm is massaged, enjoy a misting of sweet orange while lavender infused hot towels are gently applied to your face, taking you to an even deeper level of relaxation. Not only will your muscle pain be relieved, but you’ll feel as if you’ve had a blissful vacation.

This magical massage by RMT  Maia Caron can be held in the privacy of your suite overlooking Long Lake at Long Lake Waterfront Bed and Breakfast .

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