In 2003, Angie and Bruce Barnard purchased the Painted Turtle Guesthouse, a European-style accommodation located in the heart of downtown Nanaimo. The couple devoted 11 years to the hotel/hostel, committing hard work and innovation to grow and develop the award-winning business that now serves local and international community members.
Fast Time Grand Prix outdoor NASkart experience celebrates its 2nd season of operation this spring. Doug McLean and Norm Spann’s dream race track took 7 years to plan, and 75 days to build, with persistence and the support of Community Futures Central Island. The two former Saratoga racers’ dreams materialized last June when a scale model took shape as a 35-turn road course with 1,600 feet of outdoor track to accommodate 21 carts.