David Maas: Vancouver Island History Comes to Life

Our September speaker, David Maas, originally from Ontario, moved to Vancouver Island over 20 years ago.  With a natural curiosity and interest in everything, his readings and research have resulted in a deep understanding and love of Vancouver Island history which he shared with us. Who knew, for example, that geology shows Vancouver Island came…

Mystery-History Tour

Mystery History Tour – Friday, October 19, 2018 David Maas, our guide, took us on a magical mystery tour via Forest Bus Tours to interesting points off the beaten track, south of Nanoose Bay.  The theme was the role coal played in our local history. First stop, Lantzville where we viewed the flat still waters…

PROBUS Appetizer Extravaganza

THE APPETIZER EXTRVAGANZA – September 9, 2018 — YUM!  The Appie Party on September 9th, though a very soggy kind of day, was lovely.  Thank you Robert for taking care of the tents which once again proved invaluable.  The food was exceptional and plentiful, with everyone going back for seconds and thirds.  Pat Scholz’ patio area…

PROBUS Goes to the Farm and the Market, and …

— A VISIT TO VAN VALLEY FARM — (and other highlights in the Duncan Area) September 19th Out and About Van Valley Farm was fascinating!  Never knew dairy farms could be so much fun.   Ben and Margie Van Boven were great hosts, providing us with so much information about their enterprise.  We watched the robots…

Mich Pambrun & Rick Fields: Vancouver Island’s wine and spirit industry

“Petit Milo, “Sauvignette”, “Cabernet Libre” were some wine varietals most of us had never even heard of.  Vancouver Island’s unique cool coastal climate requires special knowledge when it comes to wine-making…(Teaser) Local Sommellier, Mich Pambrun, presented us with some interesting details about these processes, taking us on a virtual trip to Unsworth Winery, where the…

Mount Washington Day Trip

We basked in the sunshine and perfect weather on our trip to Mt. Washington on August 9. Twelve Probus members enjoyed the chairlift ride to the top of the mountain where we meandered on the trails and took in the beautiful 360- degree views.  We ate our picnic lunches while balancing on cattywampus picnic tables…