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February Field Trip
Feb 9 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Following another member suggestion we are going to the new Demex Wharehouse.  This is not the Demex store we went to previously but is on Price Road.  You can see it from the Alberni Highway and if coming from Parksville it is just before the Coop gas station.

We have over 20,000 square feet and two floors to explore.  The upstairs is set up with one main large area and several rooms off that area which are decorated in specific themes.

It should be a fun and very interesting


Lunch will be at the Bayside Bistro and Lounge at 12:00pm

240 Dogwood Street, Parksville BC


March Field Trip
Mar 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

It is finally time – we are going outside to play.  Using another suggestion from one of our members we are going to head to Naniamo and Maffeo Sutton Park

I have gone to check it out and there is something for everyone here.

Our Landscape people have the water and its views plus New Castle and Protection Island

Our macro enthusiasts there are flowers blooming and lots of spots for close up photography

For our texture assignment there are so many things here that you will find it hard to choose only three.

I think it will be a fun and exciting trip for all.



Lunch is right next door at Lighthouse Bistro and Pub.

50 Anchor Way

You can walk from the from our field trip or move your car over to the parkade next to them.

For our gluten free members they actually have a special menu just for you



Apr 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

No the location is not a typo.  We are going on an adventure to see the many treasures that are on the property of Sheilds Industrial in the Comox Valley.

There is something for everyone here.  They have a large property with treasures that have arrived throughout the years.  It should a lot of fun

Here are some directions to our location

Using the inland highway-

Take exit 117 toward Courtenay/Comox (Courtenay Connector)

Pass the Lafarge plant on your left

Left at set of lights – Cumberland Road (don’t go straight or you go into Courtenay)

follow past an “S” curve

Left on Marsden Road

at stop sign Left onto Lake trail

next stop sign Left onto Comox Logging Road and they are on the left side


Lunch will be at the White Spot in Courtenay at noon

If you back track the instructions to get to Shields Industrial then follow down to Cliffe Ave

(T intersection)

Left past Canadian Tire and it is in the next mall- Driftwood – Shell on the corner)

2299 Cliff Ave

May Field Trip
May 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm



Buttertubs Marsh is a bird and wildlife sanctuary.
There is a 2 km very easy loop around the marsh and a few observation decks and a tower perfect for photographing birds
The pathway is groomed so easy to walk on. Besides birds we may see spring flowers, shadows for our May assignment and so much more
We will be meeting at the entrance of Jingle Pot Road -1780 Jingle Pot Road

If you would like to or need to car pool please contact me

From Woodgrove Mall -Nanaimo, BC
Stay on Highway 19 S – 9.7 km
Turn left onto Jingle Pot Rd (signs for Jingle Pot Road/City Centre) – 750 m
Turn left to stay on Jingle Pot Rd – 95 m
Turn left – 43 m – Buttertubs Marsh Parking Lot

Lunch will be at Original Joes at noon
3280 N Island Highway

June Field Trip
Jun 9 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm


Moorecroft Pond in Nanoose is a great gem on the island.  It was originally a United Church Camp but was purchased by the RDN in 2011.  It is being kept very natural and you will see so much with the logs and rocks that have been washed for so long by the ocean creating fantastic designs.  Lots of flowers, eagles, trees with very interesting fungus on them plus a pond full of bull rushes and trees.   There will something here for every kind of photographer. Walking can be as easy or a little challenging, there are trails but you can explore out  onto the rocks


Weather permitting we would like to have a picnic in one of the picnic areas in the park so pack a lunch and come and join us. We will meet at noon

There will be extra for those who forget

If the weather doesn’t cooperate we will be going to the Kicking Horse Pub

Jul 13 @ 10:15 am – 11:45 am

(disclaimer – the photo used is from the internet not me)


Top Bridge is complete with a suspension bridge, water view and the fantastic ragged rocks make for great photos. For those of you who like taking impromptu photo pics there may be swimmers giving you a wonderful opportunity

If you have any questions during the event see Barb Hooper


Take the old highway (19A south) Do NOT turn to go to Nanaimo but go straight ahead onto Kaye RD. Turn right onto Chattle RD- go past the gun club… the road turns to gravel. Follow this road to the end. There is a large parking lot and the suspension bridge is right there.

Lunch will be at Boston Pizza in Parksville

430 East Island Highway- Parksville

August Field Trip
Aug 10 @ 10:30 pm – 11:45 pm


This month is going to be so much fun. We are heading up island to Union Bay. There are several historic buildings including the oldest wooden post office and yes it will be open for us to go inside.
The old school and church plus the museum house next to the post office. We can also visit Sea Change art studio that has many very unique items inside and outside. There is a marina boat launch area across the street, antique trucks and so much more.

Lunch will be at the Highwayman Grill and Saloon in which is also another photo op as well as great food.

Mark your calendars today – you won’t want to miss it.

**meeting spot will be by the church

cover photo is a stock photo

September Field Trip
Sep 15 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Step back in time and join us as we walk through the  rich history of the McLean Mill National Historic Site.  The train is no longer running but there is still so much to see there.  We will be walking through the historic village and heritage houses.  Though not running we can still see the  so much of the equipment that was used.

Lunch will be at 12:15 at the Alberni Golf Club    6449 Cherry Creek Road, Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada V9Y 8T3 | 250-723-5422

Vegetarian options are available


Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:45 pm











For the field trip we are going to leave our island and join up with the  Gabriola Photo Club to explore Gabriola Island.  For those of you who would like to we can walk on the ferry and meet up with our host on the other side. Others who want to drive are able to do that and once off the ferry can and follow one of our host cars.   They are going to take us to the beaches and do a circle route of the island.  We would like to have lunch or a snack on a beach (weather permitting) – bring your own snacks.  Lunch will be between 3- 5 and then back on the 5;50 pm ferry

I would suggest that we car pool to the ferry for easier parking.  I am trying to get London drugs to give us some of their spots so they don’t object to  us spending the day.

Lunch will be confirmed later – it will either be at one of two restaurants on Gabriola or we will chip in $5.00 each and one of our hosts has offered to provide the food at her home

This event will be rain or shine so watch the weather.  You may want to bring rain gear

The costs will include: walk on ferry= 9.70 each way  Total 19.40

Car if you want to take your own  = 22.70

Lunch if not in a restaurant = 5.oo

I think this should be lots of fun




Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Photo is from the Milner Garden website


Our next field trip is going to be a little different and will be in the evening.  We will be going to the family festival of lights and music in Milner Gardens on Sunday Dec 15th.  The time with Oceanside Photographers will be from 5pm til 6:30pm  but you are welcome to stay longer.  The grounds close at 8:30.  You can walk through the trails that have lots of lights on them.  If you want to go inside there is the Teddy Bear Cottage, the gift shop and the tea room each with their own specialty.  There is Santa’s den but I am not sure if that is inside or out.

The cost for this event is by donation but they suggest $5.00

Bring your tripods and enjoy some incredible Christmas lights.

This should be a fun time with some very beautiful lights