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The best beaches around Cowichan Lake and River

When we first moved to Lake Cowichan nobody seemed to be able to give me a straight answer when I asked where the town beach was. Now I know it's because there is no single "main beach" on the lake. Instead the lake is dotted with small to medium size beaches and secret spots as well as some private beaches. Here is a list of my family's favourite places to swim around the lake and the river.
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Truth, Love, Parenting – Meet the Parents

Papousse's Meet the Parents series offers a behind the scenes look at adventurous parents who are inspiring other families to explore. Truth, Love, Parenting. is a parenting blog written by Drew Tupper, a husband, father, and teacher based in Victoria, BC. Drew is an advocate and educator for thriving families and healthy children. He and his wife also take their kids on fun adventures around Vancouver Island and beyond. We recently caught up with Drew to learn more about his peaceful parenting approach and tips for parenting on the road.
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Courtenay’s Free Family Fun

My husband and I took our 3.5 year old daughter and 20 month old son to Courtenay, BC for a day trip. We had such a great time. There is so much to see...
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Parksville Winter Roadtrip

On Vancouver Island you can easily do some great day trips from Victoria. We had some time so went to check out Parksville's beach in the winter. ActivitiesMealsAccomodationsTravelResources Activities Parksville beach. This is the whole reason we...
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Meet the Parents: Wild and Tiny

Welcome to Papousse's feature series - Meet the Parents - a behind the scenes look at adventurous parents who are inspiring other families to explore. For our first in this series we are thrilled...
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Pachena Bay beach camping

We spent a long weekend at Pachena Bay Campground with my brother and his girlfriend and a couple other families. It's a beautiful beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island with a remote...
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Seals and sights in Victoria

We live in Victoria. Recently, we were watching all of these tourists pouring out into the streets of downtown and thought - we should do a staycation! So on a sunny weekend in July...
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Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park

Tofino is one of my favourite places in the world. I have amazing memories of visiting as a kid and I was so excited to share it with my own kids! I loved running...
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Vancouver Weekend Escape

We needed a bit of an escape from home since we didn't have any big family vacation plans. We took the ferry to Vancouver on a Friday afternoon in July and came home on...
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BC road trip to Kinbasket Lake

I took my daughter on our first road trip together to meet friends at Kinbasket Lake Resort, nestled in the Rocky Mountains. We stayed on Shuswap Lake on our way up and at Lac...

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