Gay Vancouver Island for Romance – The Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 30th, 2018

Gay Vancouver Island for Romance - The Nomadic Boys

Vancouver Island is a fabulous place for a romantic weekend getaway in British Colombia – Canada’s westernmost province. Despite the name, it’s actually far from Vancouver downtown and involves either a short plane ride, or car/ferry ride to reach it. We came here for a weekend retreat during our trip in Vancouver and completely fell in love. There are many highly rated restaurants, beautiful sceneries to explore, and even a few wineries to check out. Yup – Canadian wine is a thing!

Following our trip, we’ve put together our 5 favourite romantic things to do in Vancouver Island, which we hope will inspire your trip. Please note the island is huge, and we only saw a glimpse of it, so there are of course many many more things one can embellish this list with!

The Hydropath at the Pacific Mist Spa

One of the most relaxing things we did as a couple on Vancouver Island is the Hydropath circuit at the Kingfisher hotel. We chose it because every local we asked for tips on what to do in Vancouver Island, suggested this. This is a guided circuit in what feels like an underwater sea cave. The circuit took us around various wellness pools including a mineral massage pool, waterfall massage, steam cave, tidal bath and more. Our favourite was the final bath, which included a sand and seaweed body scrub, presented on a large scallop shell.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Hung Homo Homestay, Victoria, British Columbia

Author: , August 28th, 2013

Hung Homo Homestay, Victoria, British ColumbiaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Seaside Getaway in Victoria for Men : Hung offers select accommodations for gay/bi gentlemen and travelling businessmen and is located steps from the ocean and a few blocks from Beacon Hill Park and the artistic gay friendly Cook St. village. The inner harbour, downtown and fisherman’s wharf are 20-30 minute walks from Hung’s.

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Discover Victoria, British Columbia, and Be Amazed

Author: , June 17th, 2012
by Susan, The English Inn, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Victoria HarborImagine yourself on an island with a cornucopia of tastes from around the world, fields of organic vegetables, world class wines produced on numerous estate wineries, scenic drives through the mountains and along the coastline of the West Coast……this is Vancouver Island.

Victoria, BCLocated on the island is British Columbia’s capital city of Victoria which brings traditional British, European, and Asian traditions together with the vibrant energy of the West Coast. Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and is easily accessible by land, air and water from Vancouver and Seattle, and is a scenic drive from the Victoria International Airport.

From great shopping in boutique-style stores to sea kayaking on the ocean, gallery browsing to gourmet dining in historic Chinatown, wine tours provided by local guides such as Vancouver Island Wine Tours, world-class golfing at gorgeous public courses, hiking at the many local parks or the famous Galloping Goose Trail, Victoria is the place for every kind of traveler and every type of vacation.

Victoria Inner HarbourDowntown Victoria has been called “a bit of Old England” because of its winding, narrow streets and beautiful gardens and best known as the City of Gardens for its multitude of private and public manicured gardens most notably Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria`s most famous tourist destinations.

Parliament, VictoriaIf museums are your thing, the Royal BC Museum is a world-class destination with their permanent exhibits of the First Nations culture before, during and after the Europeans, Human History Gallery and Natural History Gallery. Historical artifacts and displays of the early fishing, logging and mining industries which helped form British Columbia are recreated to mimic the sights, sounds and smells of the past and are so vivid that you might just think you are really there.

Just over the “blue bridge” which connects Victoria`s downtown is the very quaint, graceful village of the Township of Esquimalt, a town where some of the first European travelers entered onto Vancouver Island.

Esquimalt is one of the finest natural harbours on the West Cost of the Americas and where you can find the Royal Canadian Navy and where, after World War I, became one of Canada`s major shipbuilding capitals.

The Township is pleased to celebrate its 100th year as an incorporated township this September and offers 7 distinct historical walking or biking tours.

Next to the naval base is CFB`s Esquimalt Naval & Military Museum which focuses on four distinct military groups that have left a lasting impact on the region. The museum traces the ups and downs of the Canadian Navy with a series of exhibits, from the Navy’s formation in 1910, through the turbulence of two World Wars, the conflict in Korea, and beyond. To learn more visit

English Inn, VictoriaNestled on Lampson Street in Esquimalt, in a quiet neighborhood, is the English Inn, a boutique-style hotel on a 4.5 acre estate property. Formerly a set of residences, every room at the English Inn is unique and each offers its own special character amidst the beautiful garden setting and historical architecture with the Main Manor built in 1906. Three types of standard rooms are available as well as “The Crown Jewel” the luxurious heart of the English Inn and the 2 bedroom townhouse, great for large families or parties traveling together.

The Inn has been renovated in such a way that it allows them to offer contemporary amenities within a charming setting. Guests can bike or take a water taxi into downtown Victoria, or they can rely on public transportation to get around the area. The hotel allows its guests to feel they are in a peaceful area without being too far out of the city. Rates include free parking, daily continental breakfast and WiFi. Experience the English Inn by visiting for more information or to make your reservation call toll-free at 1-866-388-4353.

Visiting Langford, British Columbia – Victoria’s Lakeside Secret

Author: , February 25th, 2012
by Joanne Cowan, Cycle Inn, Victoria, British Columbia
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Butchart Gardens, Victoria

Langford, British ColumbiaLangford, British Columbia is know as the fastest growing community in Canada just now, and there is much evidence of this growth activity. Besides the abundant new housing of tasteful variety, and affordability, one spin off bonus is that there are also lots of infrastructures for enjoyment being built.

We now have a bowling alley, an indoor/outdoor skating rink, a mini golf and ballorama entertainment centre, and our 2 great artificial turf soccer fields which host the Rugby team, all with in walking distance.

A swimming pool is on the future horizon, as well as a new high school. It all sounds rather dense and “cityish” but no, there are lakes and seashores bordered with walking paths, biking trails, and beautiful vistas. Nearby are mountains to climb and hills to explore.

Craigdarroch Castle, VictoriaIf you like the city – there are cinemas, spa services, restaurants, technical service centers, DVD rental places, malls, and offices of all descriptions for your needs. If progress must be made, let’s do it with balance, and good taste.

Besides this little community there are the surrounding areas, which offer wonderful touristy opportunities, activities, and learning. The Butchart Gardens (photo at top), the Butterfly Gardens, the Victoria Art Gallery, the Royal BC Museum – with the IMAX Theatre- and the Craigdarroch Castle are all within biking distance for those of you who like to feast your eyes.

The Parliament Buildings, China Town, the Ross Bay Cemetery, the Maritime Museum, and Fort Rodd Hill are examples of historic sites, which offer great learning opportunities.

Golf in LangfordGolf? Many opportunities for those of you who like to golf 12 months of the year. I need not list them all but want to mention that there are enough near to the Cycle-Inn that you will not be wanting for a tee off time.

Tennis? Out door courts in every recreation centre, and indoor tennis in may areas as well including the Oak Bay Recreation Centre. Curling? Lots! Mountain climbing, hockey, figure skating, swimming, diving, skate boarding, BMX – and biking of all styles – in fact with the exception of snow activities (snow happens rarely) sports of all kinds flourish in Victoria.

Coming up are the Canadian Archery Championships, which will take place in the West Shore, for the target competition, and Duncan for the field events. The Bowman club is experienced in hosting national-level championships and is looking forward to showing this community the accuracy and precision involved in Olympic and National status. Opening Ceremonies are in the Victoria Bowmen Archery Club on Aug 9th. The competition is to take place on the soccer fields of West Shore Parks and Recreation from Aug 10-12.

Cycle Inn, Victoria, BCCycle Inn Bed and Breakfast is a great place from which to enjoy all these various activities. Located on the famous Galloping Goose Trail, and on the fresh water Glen Lake, it is an ideal location in which to relax, after a long and interesting day of sight seeing. You are welcome if you are on a bike, or in a car, or any other mode of transportation, with the exception of gas powered motorboats or airplanes (sorry there is a bylaw to that effect!). We have a 4 PM check in time but have ability to be flexible if you call us ahead to make other arrangements. People of all ages and from all over the world enjoy staying here, and your hostess, Joanne, welcomes you all with enthusiasm.

It is not unusual for Joanne to take you on a short bike ride before you head off to dinner, to show you a beautiful sunset, or scenic view of a lake or seashore. She is also know to send delicious healthy lunches for bike outings, and to invite guests along to rehearsals to experience the art in the making in various areas of music performance, and to volunteer alongside competitors in National Events. Life is enjoyment, and Cycle-Inn is a good place to share in this appreciation.

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Glenelg B&B, North Saanich, Canada

Author: , February 18th, 2012

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

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Glenelg B&B, North Saanich, BC, CanadaWelcome to the Glenelg B&B, on Vancouver Island’s beautiful Saanich Peninsula near the picturesque town of Sidney, and not far from Victoria

Our Vancouver Island B&B is a spacious, west-coast contemporary inn, known for its warm hospitality, and is licensed and inspected by North Saanich.

Relax at our lovely Victoria-area B&B, surrounded by tall trees and natural beauty.

Your hosts, Eric and Hayato, will welcome you warmly. We also offer plenty of off-street parking.

Glenelg Bed & Breakfast is just ten minutes from the British Columbia Ferry Terminal and from Victoria International Airport, making us the perfect gateway to Victoria, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

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Gay Travel Feature: Victoria, British Columbia

Author: , November 20th, 2010

Gay Victoria, BCIn early September, my partner and I visited Vancouver to explore British Columbia. While there I insisted that we travel to the elegant city of Victoria to retreat from the hustle and bustle of urban life to be embraced by the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Coast.

Victoria is a quaint town with only 82,000 people, but don’t let that fool you. There is an abundance of art, culture, shopping, architecture, food and more to enjoy. And it’s all within walking distance. No wonder Victoria was named Canada’s fittest city and the cycling capital of Canada as well. Victoria is a perfect getaway or romantic honeymoon destination for the LGBT community.

Rooted in rich British heritage, Victoria is influenced by many outdoor activities, luxury resorts and Asian traditions. There are many contrasts to the town and yet there is a sublime harmony and ease that makes it one of the most charming locations I have ever visited. Plan to stay longer than you think when you come. Your pace slows down ( it’s island time here ) and there is much to see and do!

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Swans Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia

Author: , November 20th, 2010

Swans Hotel, Victoria, BCPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly Victoria, British Columbia Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Come stay with us at the ‘Building of Flowers’ in the City of Gardens, in the heart of historic “Old Towne” Victoria. Swans Hotel is close to Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour where you can enjoy our local attractions, events and entertainment, shopping and much more.

Our Victoria, British Columbia boutique hotel offers twenty nine unique suites. Ideal for corporate and leisure travelers, our suites are also great for families, with children of any age.

Many of our guest suites have two-story lofts, which can accommodate up to six adults. Each of our suites offers large, comfortable living areas, complete with fully equipped kitchens – our average suite is approximately 500 square feet.

No matter when you come, you’ll enjoy a very comfortable stay. Each of our rooms offer luxurious feather duvets during the fall/winter months to keep you cozy. And in the spring and summer months you’ll enjoy the lightweight comfort of our stylish coverlets.

Our rooms offer a comfortable elegance and many guests say they enjoy the “home away from home feeling”. Open beams and skylights add character and accentuate the charm of our historic building.

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