Vancouver Island: Nanaimo


I have some bad news my friends.  The hiking trip to Mount Tzouhalem that I had planned was cancelled.  So the investigation of the mountain cannot happen on this trip.  But no worries, I also have some good news. 

I decided to go ziplining at WildPlay in Nanaimo.  While I was signing up at the desk, I was told that I could get a deal if I did more than one activity.  Since I did the bungee jumping last year, the staff recommended that I try the primal swing.  So I signed up, paid the $100.00 and tried it.  All I can say is, “Tarzan eat your heart out!”  It was so much

Zipline Starting Point

fun.  As the name implies it is a giant swing that you sit in with a friend and the staff comes behind you and pushes you.  Then you go swinging over the trees and the river.  I was so happy that I did this.  After the swing, I went on the ziplines.  You get attached to a line and you zip around from tree to tree.  Funny, I think that’s why they call them ziplines.  Anyway, it was more peaceful than thrilling but it’s still lots of fun.  I enjoyed hopping from tree to tree like a little forest fairy dancing in the wind. 


WildPlay is an interesting place.  You get to be one with nature and have a little adrenaline rush at the same time.  When you experience these things you get joy, peace of mind and a strange kind of release.  It’s like getting a new pair of eyes and everything becomes wondrous again.  There is a lot of

The Primal Swing

magic in that which brings me to the next event.


 A stop at the Calico Cat Tea House.  This little tea room serves soup, sandwiches and yes tea.  I decided to go for it and ordered the vegetable soup, and a tomato, cucumber, cheese sandwich with a side of potato salad.  The soup was super yummy.  It had a nice fresh and herbaceous flavor to it.  The sandwiches had a good mixture of nice, crisp vegetables.  The potato salad was just okay.

Then came our tea leaf readings.  We were told to drink our tea and turn the cup upside down over our saucer.  Our reader was friendly but she didn’t really read our tea leaves.  She kept looking over her shoulder to hear what some passed-on loved

Calico Cat Tea House

ones had to say.  She relayed some messages that they wanted us to know but we felt she missed a few marks.  Never-the-less, we had a lot of fun with her and our readings.  It was quite entertaining.


Curiously enough, this place has a supernatural mystery to it too.  So I didn’t leave you guys hanging without a mystery.  I have heard that there is a ghost of an old man in there.  The owners say he’s friendly while some customers say he is miserable.  I set out to find him; now it’s time to start my investigation.  I looked around the place which was pretty easy being that this place was also a gift store.  Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, I got no uneasy feelings or unusual cold spots.  I took some pictures but there was nothing unusual in them.  The air actually felt really nice in the place.  Very peaceful and

The Tea

serene which can only mean that either the house is not haunted or the ghost was away for the day.  Still, my companions and I had a nice lunch, a fun tea reading, and looked at some cute things in the gift shop.  It was well worth the stop. 


The Meal

Yep it was a full day and we decided to call it quits after the tea house.  It was a shame I couldn’t look more into Mount Tzouhalem but at least I managed to investigate one small mystery.  I also got to swing and zip into the trees for a short magical time.  Sometimes, all you need is a little mystery and magic.  What do you think?


  1. You’re brave – I would never go neither for zip lining or bungee jumping. And totally, a mystery and magic are enough to be happy. I believe that if you’re unable to do something that you planned before, then it is for the reason. 🙂

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