Trip to the Island
We live so close to
Granville Island that we could visit the waterpark every weekend if
we wanted to. There are a few universal truths - if the sun is
out, you need to be wearing sunscreen and the water is going to be
The waterpark opens around
10am. If you get there right at 10am you find the park is
pretty empty (handy if you have young kids that would be knocked
over easily) and the ground is still pretty warm.
There is a nice sandbox at the park. The sandbox has a small
artifical stream flowing into it so the sand can become quite
muddy. Of course the kids love mud. On the plus side
there is a water park a few steps away so it's easy to clean up the
kids after they get covered in mud.
Grandparents 70th Wedding Anniversary
My Grandparents are celebrating 70 years
of marriage this year. It's pretty amazing. Most of
their progeny navigated to the island to help them celebrate their
special day. My aunt and uncle are hosting on the farm so there
was no end of fun for the kids.
One of the favorite activities for the kids is feeding apples to
the turkeys. The turkeys probably have a pretty monotonous
diet so getting a sweet (but bruised from falling on the ground)
apple is probably quite a treat. Everyone gets a few apples
to drop in the enclosure before we run out of apples.
We don't see all the family that often so a
party is a nice way to reestablish relationships. James and
Marcus have stay with Justin and Kayla for a few days so they were
Of course after feeding the turkeys, jumping on the trampoline a
close second on the fun scale. All the kids got a chance to
bounce but we had to take turns so the young kids could stand for
more than a few moments. Surprisingly, no collisions or fall
Next up is visiting family recent and
familiar. Keira is our newest member of the family and of
course she got a lot of attention.
Dinner was of course fantastic and there was a nice desert
Kin Beach Provincial Park
There is little point coming over to the
island for a party and not taking time to visit the attractions in
the Comox valley. Kin beach Provincial Park is a small park
(mostly campground) with a nice playground and beach access.
The tide was pretty high so there wasn't much beach, but everyone
had a good time.
The playground has lots of old generation playground equipment -
you don't see merry-go-rounds in Vancouver anymore and the slide
was the tallest free standing slide I've seen. There are
taller slides in Vancouver (the slide at Queen's park in New West
is a monster) but they generally have more platform at the top and
are either spiral or covered (Douglas Park). The beach was
quite nice - I even got to see some wildlife!
After the beach (and with tired kids) we visited the grandparents
for lunch. After lunch, we had a nap and then headed out to
Back To The Farm
Dinner the night before was plentiful so we
were invited out again to help clean up the left overs.
Nara, Lexi, my Dad, Jessica and I went for a walk down to the
lower fields. The saw a Red Legged frog, but it was too
quick for me to catch.
The next morning had a similar plan to the
day before - get the kids tired and then go visit the
Grandparents. Nara really wanted to try out the pool at the
hotel (it was cold so Nara and Claira didn't last long). We
decided to do another beach playground. We picked Kye bay
which has a fantastic sandy beach if the tide is out.
Unfortunately, the tide wasn't out far enough.
Helen had the great idea of taking some
family portraits - so now we have a photo with the four of us in
After another visit with the grandparents we hit the road to catch
a ferry. Thanks everyone for a great weekend!
Tags: Kye Beach(3), trampoline(3), playground(3), apple(3), portrait(2), beach(2)
People: Claira(13), Nara(9), Marcus(3), John(2), Helen(2), James(2)
From: John Harvey Photo > Blogs for 2020 to 2005 > August 2013
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