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Inn & Around the Wick: March 2014

Taking flight: It’s easier than ever to get to the Inn, thanks to a new Kenmore Air flight linking Seattle and Nanaimo. Kenmore Air is a family-run airline based in Seattle, and has earned kudos for its service, safety and terrific team of pilots and staff over many years. It has just launched twice-daily, non-stop flights year-round between Seattle’s Boeing Field and Nanaimo Airport. Parking is free at Boeing field! For more info or to book a ticket, visit .

Dining Out for Life: Eat good food; do good deeds. On Thursday, April 24, The Pointe Restaurant will donate 25 per cent of all food sales to AIDS Vancouver Island. It’s all part of the annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser, which in 2012 raised more than  $35,000 on the island. Book now, and let’s see if we can raise even more this year. For reservations at The Pointe, please call 250-725-3106.

A whale of a festival: It is, quite literally, one of the biggest events on the West Coast. March 15 to 23 marks the 27th annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival, when some 20,000 Grey whales swing past Vancouver Island on their 13,000-kilometre journey from Mexico’s Baja Peninsula to the Bering Sea. The festival features speakers, presentations, documentaries, art shows, photo exhibits, interpretive walks and, of course, whale watching. For more info, visit

The highlight of the fest is the Wickaninnish Gala and Silent Auction on Tuesday, March 11, when the Inn’s Chef Warren Barr and his kitchen brigade will create culinary magic paired with exceptional wines. Tickets for the gala are $110 per person, including taxes and service, and all proceeds go to support the festival. 

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