When planning your golf trip, finding the right courses to play or the best place to stay can sometimes be the easiest items to check off your list, especially when you can get all items in one simple quote. But what do you do when you’re not playing one of the award winning golf courses? Why you look to find Vancouver Island events that will fill your off-course time with great food, entertaining music and enjoying summer with other fun people.
Festivals, Events and Celebrations, Oh My!
We understand that often times, off-course activities are just as important as what happens on the golf course. When planning a trip to Vancouver Island, there are a plethora of activities and events that take place throughout the summer. To assist with your vacation planning, we’ve compiled a list of the must-attend events from Victoria to Campbell River. Plan your golf trip around one of these standout events and you will be entertained from sunrise to well past sunset.
North Island Events
Painter’s Lodge Womens Salmon Fishing Derby | June 19 – 23, 2014
Prizes, parties, friends, food, fun! This sounds like the perfect fishing trip. Here’s the catch, it’s for the ladies only. Every June, women from all over North America join in a 4 day fishing extravaganza in Canada’s salmon hotspot. Prizes make it fun, but it’s the camaraderie and friendship that keep the women coming back year after year. More details.
Tapped Beer Festival | July 11, 2014
Beer sampling and seminars, a pig roast dinner, live music and don’t forget the incredible views of Strathcona Provincial Park as your backdrop! This one day tasting event at Mount Washington will give your palette a sample of some great Vancouver Island breweries and a fun afternoon off the golf course. More details.
32nd Annual Filberg Festival | August 1 – 4, 2014
Celebrating the best in Arts, Crafts & Music from across Canada, the Filberg Lodge and Park will once again become home to Western Canada’s largest outdoor arts show. After your morning rounds at Crown Isle, Storey Creek or Quadra Island, make your way to enjoy fantastic food, lively entertainment and the works of over 120 artisans from around the world. More details.
Mid Island Events
Ladies Nine & Wine | Weekly on Wednesdays
Get the girls together for some sips and swings in this popular weekly event at Fairwinds Golf Club. Tapas, wine and prizes plus some helpful tips from the golf pros. More details.
Seaside Cruizers Fathers Day Show & Shine | June 13 – 15, 2014
When Oprah says it’s one of the top things to do for Father’s Day, you better guess it’s something special. Close to 600 classic cars will line the streets of Qualicum Beach. Cruise nights, show and shine, poker run and more this is a car lovers dream event. More details.
Canada Day Celebrations | July 1, 2014
The Biggest Small Town Canada Day Celebration in BC can be found in Parksville. The festivities kick off early with a super tasty Pancake Breakfast, followed by the Parksville Canada Day Parade, Live music and entertainment all afternoon followed by a beach fireworks extravaganza! More details.
Coombs Bluegrass Festival | August 1 – 3, 2014
36 years young, the Coombs Bluegrass Festival is the oldest bluegrass festival in BC. Slow jams, workshops and some great parkin’ lot pickin’. This festival was also chosen by RVWest magazine as one of the Favourite Festivals to Attend with an RV in BC.
Canadian Open Sandsculpting Competition | August 1 – 17, 2014
This is how you combine golf and the beach. Play nearby Fairwinds Golf Course or Pheasant Glen then hit the beach and see what stunning creations can be created with sand. Close to 100,000 visitors come each year to check out the amazing sculptures. There are kilometers of beach to explore, or just relax on afterwards. More details.
South Island Events
Victoria International JazzFest | June 20 – 29, 2014
When you get 10 time Grammy Winner Bobby McFerrin or jazz legend Maceo Parker attending, you know you’re in for something special. With over 80 performances scheduled over the 9 day event, there is the distinct possibility you could experience musical overload, not that there’s anything wrong with that! More details.
The Bear Mountain Resort Amateur | July 5 – 6, 2014
This Vancouver Island golf event will test your mettle, but you’ll have a great time doing it! Join this 36 hole, stroke play competition at one of the top golf resorts in Canada. Tournament includes 1 practice round, lunch both days, plus gross & net payouts in each flight. Register and more details.
Symphony Splash | August 3, 2014
A spectacular free event that sees Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour transformed into an outdoor floating concert stage where up to 40,000 onlookers enjoy the sights and sounds of the Victoria Symphony. More details.
Brewery & The Beast | September 21, 2014
Described as a unique and memorable culinary experience, Brewery & The Beast takes place in the “Backyard” of Phillips Brewing Company ensuring your afternoon enjoying tasty locally sourced dishes will be washed down with equally enjoyable beverages from this Victoria brewery. More details.
Savour Cowichan Wine & Culinary Festival | September 26 – October 5, 2014
Between rounds on Cowichan Golf & Country Club or Arbutus Ridge, enjoy the flavours of the Cowichan Valley during this week long celebration of the bounty from local farms, and vineyards. More details.
We hope to see you out at any one, or more, of these great events. We found a great resource for these and many other event listings, including over 30 different Farmers Markets, at HarboutLiving.ca. Go on and check them out and make Vancouver Island you destination this summer.