My Place – Kyla Karakochuk

Everyone has a special place, a place where you have memories, where you can find peace and harmony. A place where you know you are just happy being there. For some it’s a quiet place, for others it’s a noisy place. But all of these places have one thing in common; they are places where you think of first when asked “Where is Your Place?”.

Kyla - On the Beach1. Who are you and how long have you lived on Vancouver Island?

I am Kyla Karakochuk.  I moved to Nanaimo 16 years ago, and after living in Vancouver, Victoria, Australia and Belize, I wanted to come back to make Nanaimo my permanent home. I have been back for six years now and can’t think of a better place to live!


2. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy exploring new parts of the Island, golfing, hiking and walking my dog Aero.  As an outdoor enthusiast, this is the perfect place to call home. Kyla - Cape Scott Hike - Sea LionsThe hiking trails are endless and the scenery never fails to impress me. Spotting sea lions along the water’s edge or hiking up to the Mount Benson summit for a view of Nanaimo are both incredible experiences.

3. Where on Vancouver Island is “Your Place”?

This is a tough decision, but I would have to say my favourite place is Cape Scott Provincial Park on the northern tip of the Island. I have hiked the 23.7km trail to the Cape in the summer and the winter, and both were fantastic for different reasons. The summer is great because you can camp right on the sandy beaches and the winter weather is perfect for hiking if you dress appropriately.

So what makes it so great? The landscape changes from old growth forest to meadows to hiking along pristine beaches. Kyla - Cape Scott Hike - LighthouseThere is a good chance you will see bears and wolves (be sure to visit the Cape Scott Provincial Park website to prepare for the hike) and you will come across remnants of an old Danish settlement from between 1897 to 1910.

There is no cell reception in the park so it really allows you to disconnect. The hike can be done in a day but it is worthwhile spending a few days exploring the sea stacks, beaches and trails. Happy hiking!Kyla - Cape Scott Hike - Beach

To read more about Kyla’s adventures all around Vancouver Island check out her blog at