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Things to do on Vancouver Island while vacationing at my YellowPointHaven

To give you an idea of some of the on and off site vacationing amenities please see the photos below. Imagine staying here with your whole family for a week or two in the Summer or relaxing for a month or two in the Winter, Spring or Fall.

Enter a peaceful vacation playground for
adults and children alike

Local Dining: Relax & dine nearby at the popular Crow & Gate English Pub or gourmet Mahle House. Both of these spots, only ten minutes North by car, are extremely popular dining establishments with patrons coming from many miles around. Crow and Gate is excellent for lunch anytime, but especially on a sunny day when you can sit outside in the gardens, and also popular for dinner.

Mahle House serves dinner only and has an award winning wine menu, serving 5 course gourmet meals. Reservations are recommended because it is often booked up due to good food and service.  

Local Places to visit and things to do near the condo and around Nanaimo

  1. Visit Mahle House - Located in the farming community of Cedar, ten minutes south of Nanaimo, The Mahle House is situated in a restored 1904 Heritage home on a one-acre property featuring an English-style ornamental garden.
  2. Tourism Nanaimo - The city of Nanaimo is a classic West Coast community, offering natural beauty at every turn, and vast recreation potential. Nanaimo has one of the longest shorelines in Canada, and a forested mountain backdrop just outside downtown. Here, you can go from the wilderness to the city centre in just a few minutes, and spend more time in the places you want to be.
  3. The Port Theatre - The Port Theatre Society is committed to our core values: PLAID—passion and professionalism; leadership; accountability; integrity; and diversity.
  4. Dingy Dock Pub - This is a favourite local eating establishment of many and it is located on Protection Island in the Nanaimo harbour. It's BC's only floating pub and restaurant. Take a short 10 minute ferry ride in an open boat from the inner harbour of Nanaimo departing from the boat basin, arrive at the pub for lunch or dinner. Stroll around Protection Island and then return. This pleasant easy day trip is very popular with adults and children as it allows visitors to enjoy Nanaimo's spectacular waterfront and harbour. The Nanaimo boat basin is only twenty minutes by car from the condo.
  5. Kayaking tours - by Kim Crosby of Wildheart Adventures: of the local islands can also be arranged by direct contact. Kim and his staff are the top kayaking guides in the area in the calm sheltered local waters. Kayaking Day Tours over to Pirates Cove Marine Park and Blackberry Point depart from Cedar by the Sea just down the road from the condo. All kayaking gear is supplied. Sometimes a gourmet lunch is served on the white sands of Blackberry Point. Ask Kim for details.
  6. Bungy Zone - Teenagers can go bungy jumping as over 130,000 have, in the world famous Bungy Zone, just 10 minutes away. Even a visit to watch is a big thrill for children and teenagers.
  7. Salmon fishing - Local salmon and cod fishing is excellent. If you don't have your own boat and want to fish in the ocean, tag along with another boat owner or arrange for charter fishing from Nanaimo.
  8. Diving - due to comparatively temperate, crystal clear local waters and famous sunken reefs, diving here is so popular divers come from all over the world to this favorite "cold dive" area.


We enjoy more sunshine and the best climate in Canada throughout the year according to Environment Canada. First in total sunshine hours and second in average daily temperature after Victoria. Spring and Fall on Vancouver Island are beautiful times of year, as is Summer. Winter is very mild and we have many visitors who come here to escape the cold Winters from far away places.

Here is some information on the local weather patterns:

The condo is located in the North end of the Cowichan Valley, on central Vancouver Island, 12 miles south of Nanaimo. Cowichan is known locally in history as the "warm land". This area is on the east side of Vancouver Island overlooking the Gulf Islands in south Nanaimo in the village of Cedar. The condos are 45 miles north of Victoria and about 12 miles south of Nanaimo. This area enjoys the second most temperate climate in temperature throughout the year in all of Canada after Victoria,( by only one or two degrees. Nanaimo has the highest number of sunshine hours throughout the year in all of Canada.

Temperature range in Fahrenheit by Month:

Dec 38-45
Jan 36-43 
Feb 37-46 
March 40-50 
April 45-58 
May 48-68 

April to June averages from 46 to 75 degrees F. June can be as high as 85 degrees F.

Ladysmith and the village of Cedar reports an average daytime temperature of 46 to 52 degrees F. during the months December to March.

Departure Bay in Nanaimo 12 miles north of the condo, is the second highest mean temperature throughout the year of anywhere in Canada. This has been verified by the Federal Government Fisheries Biological Research Station located there. We are actually second only to Victoria, which is famous for its temperate climate, by a couple of degrees C on average. However we have less wind and fewer winter storms, being on the leeward side of the Island.

There is hardly ever any snow here in winter. If it does snow, it normally lasts only a day or two. Locally, golf usually carries on right through the Winter on Vancouver Island, except on colder days in January and February. That is one reason this area is so popular, the temperate climate. Vancouver Island is very large and the condo is centrally located between Victoria and the Central and North Island. There is lots to see and there are many interesting places to visit. Welcome !!