Like many old world traditions, the days of celebrating Beltane have come and gone. There was a time in Northern Europe though, when Beltane (May 1st) and Samhain (Nov. 1st ) were considered the most important dates in the calendar year. These dates are mid-haven between Equinox and Solstice, and carry an important traditional significance as the beginning of Summer and Winter. As such, they were celebrated with many rituals and ceremonies to ensure a prosperous and healthy season to come. Beltane also served to connect everyone in the community with the importance of giving thanks for the abundance they already had.
Innisfree Farm – 3636 Trent Road, 5 kms south of Courtenay
Coming from the South of Vancouver Island on Highway 19 (Inland Island Highway) you can take one of two ways:
Take the Buckley Bay Exit, and turn left on Highway 19A towards Courtenay. After 18 Km or so turn left at the traffic light onto Royston Road towards Cumberland. Pass the railway line. Trent Road is the second on the left and 3636 is the last house on the left before you come to the woods.
Alternatively you can stay on Highway 19 all the way to Courtenay, take Exit 117 and the Connector road. After one Km or so, take the first exit on the right on Minto Road. After 4 Km you come to a T intersection with Royston Road. Turn left, Trent Road is the first turn on the right, 3636 is the last house on the left.