it’s hard to top sleeping in the trees and dinner with bunnies, but that didn’t stop us from trying on day 2 of our island getaway.
after our unique and woodsy stay, we would be swinging the other way to comfortable and luxe accommodations. as we had a few hours to kill between checking out at free spirit spheres and checking in at tigh-na-mara resort, we brunched and explored the small towns between qualicum beach and parksville.
we were slightly bummed to find out that we could only view the 10 bear cubs through a TV feed. as part of the center’s bear cub release program, contact with humans were prohibited (understandably), as they were to be re-released back to the wild when the cubs reach 18 months old.
however, we were visit with the resident black bear, knut. rejected by his mother when he was a 5 lb cub, the centre took knut in and raised him to the point where he is not releasable into the wild.
knut was sleeping in his hay-filled pen and we were no more than 5 feet away from him. we could see his black fur and brown nose through the fencing. and what’s more we heard him snoring. he did open his sleepy eyes a couple of time to have a peek at us. having been reared by humans, he’s doesn’t seem to mind people at all. too adorable.
what was not at all adorable were the turkeys. nature didn’t gift them with the best looking appearance, did she? and the wall of spiders. it’s only because the spiders on display were dead, that i was able to look at them in fascination. i think i would shriek like a little girl if i ever saw these hand-sized arachnids crawling across the floor.
our next stop was the little town of coombs. because goats on a roof!
oh, and the coombs country market was a great place to visit too. for a small town, they sure do have a lot of great food stuff that even big city markets don’t carry. it reminded me new yorks’ dean & deluca, but more rustic.
after our afternoon of animals, it was time to check into our spa bungalow studio at tigh-na-mara.
i couldn’t wait to open those french doors and try out the jetted tub. and i’m not a bath person. other great features in the 500 sq.ft. room included: gas fireplace, kitchenette, private patio surrounded by forest.
sean, of course, couldn’t wait to take a swim in the grotto mineral pool, plus indulge in the 2 story cool-splash waterfall and whirlpool.