• Lara

Some Things are Worth Repeating on Gabriola Island

Three months ago we made a trip to Gabriola Island to visit an old friend of mine. I fell in love with smaller islands then and there and decided to return again last month with the kids. We visited some of our favorite spots like Alpaca Paradise- A small interactive farm with alpacas, goats and chickens and a seasonal fairy search and find forest walk. They now have a beautiful Llama as part of their addition to this by donation farm.

It was great to meet the owner and learn some Camelidae animal history.

Even though we had been here before, It felt like a completely different adventure because we explored new places on the island >>Click Here<< to read about our first visit.The chickens remained an all time favorite as they clucked in appreciation for the blades of grass the kids were allowed to put through the enclosure.

This trip was made over the Halloween weekend as we attempted to get away from the trick-or-treating pressure on the mainland. We were so impressed by the community's extensive drive through goody bag collections, and the ability for my kids to participate fully in Halloween activities while keeping their distance. After our visit to our previous favourites, we decided to visit some new gems. We loaded up into the car and went a few minutes to 1210 Barrett Road into an enchanted forest.

This wonderful trail on private land owned by Gary Badke, is open to visitors who are amused by marvel and the dreams of childhood. From teddy bears lined up on a mossy roof top...

...to the most adorable collection of trinkets, gnomes, owls, dolls, and interactive mobiles soaring above. Wow, what a breathtaking hobby!

This short walk through the forest is a whimsical adventure for all ages. And there we were from 4 -70 enjoying it together.