• Things to do in Parksville

    A fun and interactive way to explore Parksville for kids and adults is by grabbing our book and heading off to explore the many beautiful locations we have created an interactive scavenger hunt for. Be sure to stop at one of our favourite farms, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks to grab some snacks. One of our favourite playgrounds is the Parksville Community Park which has one of the biggest playgrounds on the island, tennis and pickle ball courts as well as a skatepark and an incredible beach to explore.

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  • Things to do in Nanoose Bay

    Nanoose Bay is a hidden gem of the island. It has incredible hiking, not to mention parks that bring you around lakes and to the Pacific Ocean for some breathtaking views. Did you know that Nanoose Bay has a mountain bike park, plus loads of great bike trails? Grab our book, check out the trails and be sure to tag us in your adventures. We love to hit up Nanoose Bay Cafe for a post-ride snack and yes they have a kids menu. So your little riders can have their chicken strips while you enjoy something from their big kids menu.

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  • Things to do in Qualicum Beach

    Looking for beach adventures? Look no further. Qualicum has an incredible beach that will soon have a new and improved walkway which will be accessible and great for the littles who like to skate and ride. Fun fact, the 4 Poles page in our adventure book is now actually 3 Poles and many years ago Qualicum Beach actually had a pier. You can take a peek at some history of the town at the local Museum. This not only has a scavenger hunt from our book but often has events for all ages, be sure to check them out.

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  • Things to do in Coombs & Errington

    It is not all just goats on the roof you know! Coombs and Errington are full of adventures for the whole family. Kids will be pumped to hit up Butterfly World and the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre as they are both very unique experiences to explore animals and insects up close. Both of these locations are included in Book 3 where they have curated scavenger hunts and colouring pages to engage the whole family in an adventure like no other!

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  • Things to do in Lantzville

    Lantzville is full of incredible parks and you wouldn't even know it! Not to mention it has a mountain bike skills park! This park is great for all levels and offers accessible features that can prepare you for the trail. It has great flow between berms and has different levels of bridges and ladders. This spot is great to satisfy all the little risk-takers in your group! Grab our book, and head out to Lantzville for some adventures! Be sure to tag us in all your epic shredding photos.

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  • Nanaimo Book 4 Coming Soon!

    Ashley and her little adventurer Claire have been working hard, or playing hard we should say at creating book 4. They have been checking out waterfalls, scouting out the best parks and even going on long hikes to ensure you and your families have the most epic adventures this coming Spring! We look forward to sharing more details with you soon. Head over to our Instagram to follow along with us on our Nanaimo adventures.

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About the Author

Ashley Kuramoto is passionate about sharing her love for the outdoors with others. She is a local teacher in the Qualicum School District who specializes in Outdoor Education and play-based learning. She is set to graduate with her Master's from Queens University this Spring after completing research in Outdoor Education and creating her Little Adventurers on Vancouver Island Series. She wanted her books to mean more than just getting outside and going on adventures. She wanted her readers to understand the impact we have on our outdoor spaces to to respect them. Her first year since publishing her first edition she sold over 1400 copies, donated over $8000 to local charities and is currently working on her 4th edition set to launch Spring 2024.

  • Alum of the Month at VIU

    Ashley was featured as Alum of the Month, May 2023. Ashley graduated from VIU with her Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Sports Health and a Bachelor of Education. Check out the article here.

  • PQB News - Qualicum Edition

    Qualicum Beach Teacher Releases Interactive Colouring Book

    Ashley was featured in the PQB News when she released her first book in November 2022. Check out the article here.

  • PQB News - Parksville Edition

    PQB highlighted Ashley's most recently published book being released which focuses on the Parksville, Coombs and Errington Region. Her launch took place at Qualicum Cheese Works. Check out the article here.

  • TIMES COLONIST

    Ashley's most recent article was published in November 2023, which highlights her work in renaming Contaminant Pond into Salamander Pond. She discovered its original name when researching her first book. Check out the article here.