Wow, I am really slacking the posts for hikes/trails/walks etc. This hike is HIGHLY recommended for the summertime. Super fun but you have to get there early.
Recommend being there at 7:45AM as it opens at 8AM. The line already forms before it “officially” opens. There are limited kayaks, so you have to hurry!! If you have your own then you’re good. The next best time to come is probably late afternoon like 2-3PM when people are heading back from there.
- Kayak for an hour or less (if you’re synchronized with your squad)
- Hike for an hour or so
- Hang out/swim play/lunch etc
- Hike back for an hour
- Kayak back for an hour
You’re looking at spending roughly 5 hours there!
- Water Shoes or flip flops for the kayak part
- Shoes for the hike
- Bathing Suit
- Waterproof gadgets for recording awesome footage!
***** 5/5 trail hands down.
I’ve been here for take-out a few times – for Dim Sum and for the Noodles. I would say their specialty is the different style of noodles (ramen, etc.. LOL). @yvrnomswidlindu won a 3-course meal (The Christmas Special) for two so she took me instead of her (picky) boyfriend 🙂
Variety – 8/10 – There’s dim sum options, lots of noodles (dry or soup base or fried), and meat options. I guess it is to your discretion what you think would be good at a SHANG NOODLEHOUSE
Service – 9.5/10 – The staff is very friendly and understanding. They noticed we didn’t really touch our Lobster Bisque so they asked us if anything is wrong with it. I was too shy to say anything so I said it’s fine, but L was quick to speak her mind. As a result, we got it replaced with the other appetizer option, Smoked Salmon and Spring Roll. The oddest combination but meh.
Taste – 7/10 – The best dish was the XLB, then the two dessert (Milk Tea Pudding with Pearls and Mango Pudding), then the coffee, then the Squid Ink Noodles with Steak + the other soup base noodles, then the Lobster Bisque and Spring Roll w/ Smoked Salmon tied for last – l o l. I guess appetizers aren’t there forté? But no seriously, The Milk Tea Pudding with Pearls was BOMB DOT COM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUST TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Atmosphere – n/a
Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – I would say it’s very expensive for dim sum. The soup and/or noodles are okay priced – you get your bang for the buck for this one. Since this was free (thank goodness), I can’t really say much about the pricing…
Overall, I wouldn’t come here again for the Christmas special, but I would still come back for the soup and noodles stuff (Thai Style Noodles yum yum!)
Again, we just googled what restaurants were on the way to the ferry from Parksville and this was one of the best options that we all agreed on…
Variety – 9/10 – There were a lot of different choices to choose from. Your typical Greek options plus pasta (which is usually not on the menu for legit Greek Restaurants according to my former Greek boss). But it was nice to have that variety.
Service – 7/10 – It was very busy so the service was a little slow. Perhaps we were overlooked because we just got back from the caves/hiking and were on the way to the ferry so there was no pampering up, thus we looked scrubby and we were the youngest group there. They did, however, offer us a free dessert which was really nice of them considering they didn’t do anything wrong… (and we did check the other tables who had left or were about to leave, they did not get free dessert like we did).
Taste – 9/10 – Everything was very delicious. Taste just like how a Greek restaurant should. The meat was tender and soft.
Atmosphere – 5/10 – it was pretty cool that they turned the house into a restaurant but it was not cool that the place (or the area of our table) smelled like urine. Occasionally we would get a whiff of urine – maybe the walls were a little stinky… but something definitely reeked.. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – Some things were very overpriced but some was very worth the money. What I assumed I was getting, was definitely not it, and WOW the portion was HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!! I did not dent that plate at all (lamb rack).
Overall, I would recommend just for the one time experience.
Address: 347 Wesley St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 3A7
Since we were hanging out in Richmond for the early afternoon, DIM SUM was the appropriate lunch cuisine! I’ve never been here, but I think it is one of my favourite places now….
Variety – 9/10 – It’s DIM SUM. There’s always a variety of food choices and lunch menu items
Service – 9/10 – Maybe it’s because my friend was speaking in Cantonese, but the service was good?
Taste – 10/10 – Everything was delicious or I was really hungry. The ha (g/c)ao wasn’t soggy like some places. My taste buds were dancing in a good way.
Atmosphere – n/a – However, it started to snow and it was so beautiful to watch it fall while we were on the upper level…
Reasonably Priced – 8/10 – I don’t think it was cheap but it was not expensive either. Just about right for Dim Sum here anyways….
Overall, I would definitely come here again!!
Went here for a friend’s birthday. Saw someone else go here for an occasion and saw that they have this cute painted wall outside the restaurant… You know what they say .. do it for the ‘gram.
Dungeness Crab Taglierini
8oz Kettle Ridge Hanger Steak
Wild Mushroom Risotto
Variety – 8/10 – Pasta, Risotto, Salads, Appetizers, Duck, Seafood, Steak; I guess that is a good variety. We got a bit of everything and shared among the 3 of us so that we weren’t stuck with one dish.
Service – 7/10 – they wanted to charge us $3.50 PER person just to cut OUR cake.. We could do that ourselves thank you very much… =\ They were kinda slow when we needed them but the female server was super nice to us. I think the owner was there, he wasn’t very talkative.
Taste – 9/10 – everything that we got tasted very good. The Risotto turned out to be my favourite and i wasn’t excited for it either.. The lemony pasta was my 2nd. The steak was my least favourite next to the “supposedly alcoholic drink”.
Atmosphere – 8/10 – really bright by the windows or you can be in the dim dining room. The furniture was cute.
Reasonably Priced – 7/10 – Kind of expensive but you should expect it when you’re in downtown/yaletown etc. I don’t think the “steak” was worth it. The risotto was worth the price though. The pasta – not really. The drinks was DEFINITELY not worth $13. There was not an ounce of alcohol. I was drinking carbonated JUICE with bits of watermelon.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t come to this restaurant again. Maybe only to take photos outside their wall..
NOTE NUMBER ONE: do not search up crystal falls on your Google Maps. It will take you along side on the road .. literally .. but you won’t be able to see it because of all the trees etc. You have to search “Karley Crescent” and park at the residential area..
The end of the trail is anti-climatic. The waterfall/stream is very yellow and dirty looking… It seems like there’s something in the stream that’s making it all yellow and it also had stuff forming in the water.
Time: It’s a short/flat-ish trail but it was very muddy .. maybe because we went the first day it was sunny. Took about 30 minutes 1 way maybe?
Difficulty: It wasn’t hard at all. Just very muddy..
Crowded-level: There were a lot of dogs on this trail because it’s dog friendly.
Overall, I probably wouldn’t recommend this to others unless they want a “lazy” trail with a small waterfall at the end for the ‘gram.
Time: 40 minutes to go up (to the first lake)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate – some parts were really steep so going up was a tiny bit tricky but going down was probably the most I’ve ever struggled… You really have to use your legs to go down for some parts of the hike
Crowded-level: Popular – we went early so it wasn’t packed at the viewpoint. Going down though, we bumped into a lot of people who were going up so there were a lot of delays in certain parts because we had to step aside and let them go by etc.
The drive was longer than the hike so I probably wouldn’t do this hike again anytime soon (unless we are going to all the way to Green Drop Lake).
Highly recommend you go at least once!!
Quick Video: https://youtu.be/EPGR-ekJRaY