At Duncan Lanes, 20 well-oiled lanes hasten balls toward clusters of 5 or 10 pins. On Friday and Saturday evenings, Rock & Glow sessions cast incandescent hues upon the lanes, balls, and pins, simulating the rainbow eclipse that scientists have been anticipating for eons. The centre also hosts open-bowling hours throughout the week, along with leagues for adults, children, and seniors. Its on-site Lane 21 Lounge provides visitors with refreshments and a relaxing environment to help them forget about the stresses of losing balls in the alley's challenging water hazards. To keep orbs in top shape, the pro shop staff is adept at ball fitting, drilling, plugging, and resurfacing.
Landlubbers soak up sun and scenery along Lake Cowichan's sweeping 150-kilometre shoreline from Island Houseboat's decked-out watercrafts. Guests outfitted with a Pleasure Craft Operator Card are eligible to rent a Moon Cruiser, which accommodates up to 10 adults, their pets, and unlimited pirate-slang dictionaries on its spacious deck. The Operator Card is only required of captains who are Canadian citizens, so border skippers may freely join their northern counterparts in choosing among Island Houseboats' seasonal packages, such as a three-day weekend during the low season ($750), Labour Day weekend during midseason ($1,099), or a week-long watery extravaganza during high season ($2,499).
At the beginning of the 1960s, logging businessman Gerry Wellburn started collecting trains and forestry-related artifacts. He pulled locomotives from scrap yards and rescued tools that had been buried in the bush. Eventually, Gerry's collection grew large enough to spark discussions of him moving it to a site open to the viewing public. In 1965, he secured a six-acre property in Drinkwater, which just so happened to be the same location of Cowichan Valley's first public building?a combined schoolhouse and chapel.
Over the past six-plus decades, the museum has continued to grow, both in number of pieces and sheer size. Today, it stretches across a total of 100 acres on the Somenos marsh. Current exhibits continue to follow Gerry's original mission of honoring the past: You can check out logging machines, antique trains, and even intact bunkhouses, where loggers spent time ringing the guthammer and caring for their pet branches. Collections are located both indoors and outdoors. You can even hop on a historic train for a ride over the Somenos Lake trestle.
Smallville viewers will recognize one of The Falcon Lady's birds, Thorn, from his guest appearance on the episode "Veritas." But if glimpsing a bird of prey is what they're after, locals need only look down at their own arms. That's because The Falcon Lady, Joanne, teaches workshop attendees how to handle falcons themselves, crediting her and her apprentices' nuanced philosophy with making each experience safe. "Our companions," she says, "know themselves to respected, and loved." But Joanne doesn't anthropomorphize them. Instead, she and her staff take pride in socializing the birds of prey and earning their trust. Even 3-year-olds have held small falcons at her facility because Joanne is confident in the safe, trusting relationships she forges with the animals.
At Mountain View Stables, trainers specialize in educating equestrians in both English and Western styles of riding?trotting, cantering, and even jumping fences. On the surrounding paths, they lead groups on picturesque and leisurely trail rides on a fleet of friendly horses, which are paired with riders based on size, experience level, and habit of carrying around a stick and rope with a carrot on the end.
During "Richard Scarry's Busytown: Busytown Busy," adorable critters from the best-selling books and highly rated CBC television series make their theatrical debut, enchanting preschoolers and postschoolers alike in an interactive, family-friendly musical adventure. The story's plotline centres on a talent show in the magical world of Busytown, where sweet, irresistible animals work together to discover their own unique abilities, besides being able to talk and walk upright. A barnyard of domesticated characters––including Huckle Cat (the problem solver), Sally Cat (the confident socialite), Lowly Worm (the worm who is lowly), and Sergeant Murphy (the safety dog)––enlists the audiences’ help to resolve minor mysteries and belt out sing-alongs about safety, imagination, and community spirit. With captivating picture-book sets and snuggle-ready costumes, children can immerse themselves in the Richard Scarry experience without the dangers of commercial breaks or paper cuts.