Skydive Vancouver Island
By Mary Ann Bell
There’s no shortage of fun events taking place along Vancouver Island’s east coast, and in our beautiful capital city of Victoria, this spring. From celebrating the majestic bald eagle and spending a morning learning about our feathered friends to an epic symphony-rock concert, a festival designed for the ultimate adrenaline junkie or an afternoon spent shopping for artisan food and gifts, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few of events that we think are worth checking out if you travelling on Vancouver Island this spring.
Celebrate Vancouver Island’s best growers, bakers and makers at the second annual Vancouver Island Spring Market in Nanaimo. Located in the old Sears Building at 4750 Rutherford Road, the spring market is the largest craft market in Nanaimo and features over 150 local artisan vendors, food trucks, educational workshops, giveaways, a silent disco, goat yoga and more. As a bonus, the first 100 shoppers each day, to visit the UFF Screen Printing Designs booth, will receive a complimentary print commemorating the market.
Let the Victoria Symphony Orchestra “rock you” with the musical genius of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor in this electric symphony-rock tribute. Sing along to legendary hits like We Are the Champions and Bohemian Rhapsody and experience the harmonies, hits and nostalgia of one of world’s most prolific rock bands. Whether you’re a casual listener or a hard-core Queen fan you won’t want to miss this concert.
The bald eagle is iconic to many, and in the Parksville Qualicum Beach region of Vancouver Island they can often be spotted perched high in the trees along the beaches. In celebration of the Brant Festival, the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre invites you to their annual Eagle Release event from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, April 6th. Be sure to get there early and observe the resident raptors. At 11:30am enjoy a live raptor presentation followed by an eagle talk and then, at approximately 2pm, a rehabilitated eagle will be released back into the wild.
The Eagle Release is a Brant Wildlife Festival event. The festival features over 25 events for all ages during March and April.
Have you always wanted to skydive? Or maybe terra firma is your happy place and you’d rather watch? Either way from April 26 – 28, the 5th Annual Island Fever Skydive Festival in Qualicum Beach is the place to be! The theme this year is Hawaiian, so grab your favourite hula skirt and head over to Skydive Vancouver Island. Approximately 80 skydivers are expected to attend and, while there are opportunities for both experienced and first-time skydivers to take to the skies in the 20 passenger NoMad Air Skyvan, there is also an excellent viewing area to watch parachutes landing. And, if you’re a little more daring, you can go for an observation ride in the Skyvan and act as co-pilot for a 20-minute ride. Skydiving starts daily around 9am and goes until sunset. And the event wraps up with an evening of music, dancing and prizes.
Spring is a perfect time for bird watching on Vancouver Island as many species of birds call the area’s beaches and sanctuary’s their home. Bird watching is a great outdoor activity that combines a relaxing walk with the thrill of the chase … with your camera of course. Every Sunday and Tuesday, a bird walk leaves from either the Backyard Wildbird & Nature Store (Sunday) or Parksville Beach Community Park (Tuesday) at 9:00am. These walks are a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow bird enthusiasts and enjoy spotting loons, mergansers, eagles, herons, oystercatchers and more bird species. Birders on recent walks have spotted up to 52 different bird species. Check the Backyard Wildbird and Nature Store website for details about where the walks will explore each week.
Lovers of cheese (and meat) rejoice! The Victoria Cheese & Meat Festival is the perfect opportunity for visitors to taste products that you would see on a charcuterie board and items that pair with the board. Taste international and local artisan cheese, meats, pickles and breads and if you find something that you have to take home with you there will be an on-site shop which allows you to purchase the product that you taste. The Victoria Cheese & Meat Festival takes place in downtown Victoria at the Roundhouse Centre on May 11.
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Published: March 21, 2019
As a tourism marketer and community manager for some of British Columbia’s most spectacular destinations, Mary Ann Bell spends her days writing, tweeting and posting! When she’s not online, Mary Ann can be found exploring Vancouver’s North Shore trails with her family and her camera, and trying new restaurants in the hunt for the best taco in Metro Vancouver.