HOW IT WORKS
Bring friends & family to Oceanside beaches and experience the fun of hunting for glass art pieces while enjoying our area.
1. We Hide It!
"Float Fairies" hide handcrafted glass floats and other dazzling sea creatures above the high tide line on specific beaches at random times and locations. No treasures are hidden in environmentally sensitive areas.
2. You Find It!
Look for treasures along the beaches’ high tide line near and around logs. Access the beaches through designated public beach access. If you find one, you keep it! See below for maps.
3. Win Bonus Prizes!
Thank-you for checking out our website. Tidal Treasures Vancouver Island is an off-season initiative taking place in the winter months. We are not hiding treasures at this time. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Tidal Treasures Vancouver Island is a showcase for the large number of talented glass artists working on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, bringing their artwork directly to you. Visit their websites to learn more about them.
Address: Duncan BC
Website: Artwork available exclusively through E.J. Hughes Gallery in Duncan BC
Cowichan Valley resident Allan Gott’s journey with hot glass began in Calgary 30 years
ago and continues today on Gabriola and Vancouver Island. Always adventurous in the studio, Gott explores the interaction of hot glass with any materials that come to hand, considers the results and goes forward. Unique combinations provide designs that satisfy his non-traditional glass aesthetic.
Bob McLeod Glass
Bob McLeod and Shannon Proctor-McLeod work out of their own studio and revel in the immediacy of glass: once you start a piece, you have to finish it. Their wall hangings are truly a collaborative effort with Bob making the individual components, and Shannon’s eye and imagination that completes each piece.
D' Dance Glass
Art made with passion and fire, D'dance Glass offers functional and decorative glass. D’dance Glass is Dirk Huysman and Mary Ann Richards. They have been delving in the magic of glass for 17 years. Come watch 1000 degree C glass become art from the viewing gallery during the open house events or by appointment throughout the year. See us on the annual Gabriola Island Studio Tour.
The Glass Foundry
Founded in 1996, the Glass Foundry is a working example of a small scale manufacturing business that recycles approx. 12,000 pounds of scrap glass per year. Mark Lauckner also designs super energy efficient glass furnace equipment, now in use in numerous countries around the world.
Robert Held Art Glass
Robert Held Art Glass offers beautiful, unique pieces of glass blowing art for sale as well as classes for those looking to learn more about this creative and fun art medium. With more than 45 years of glass blowing experience, our pieces add vivid splashes of color and sophistication to any home, office space or gallery... there is a beautiful glass art piece for every taste and style!
Sarah Mulligan Glass
Sarah Mulligan was fascinated by the grittiness of the process yet the beautiful fluid nature of the medium of molten glass. Sarah’s work is comprised of both blown and fused glass, which both display elements of simple design, attention to detail, and exhibit an affinity of the natural world.
Find out about what inspired this non-profit program and what our goals are.
Glass floats were once used by fishermen to keep their fishing nets afloat. Occasionally they would break loose and wash up on shore, becoming a popular collectors' item for beachcombers. With this in mind, Robert Held, a local glass artist, thought it would be exciting and fun to hide glass floats on our beaches in Oceanside. The idea was presented to other glass artists from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, some floats were made, and Tidal Treasures was born.
We chose to run our program in the off- season to create excitement during the quiet winter months.
Tidal Treasures is a non-profit group made possible by cash donations and grants and the many volunteers who work behind the scenes.
Beaches are alive. They are home to birds, grasses, invertebrates and more. Our recreational activity has an impact on beach ecosystems and therefore it's important that we pay special attention to our surroundings while using our beaches. Please observe the signs placed in front of environmentally sensitive areas. For more information, go to:
Tourism & Art
Oceanside is a travel destination with no shortage of things to see and do. It offers an abundance of talented artists from potters to painters and glass blowers to quilters. Discover the extraordinary beauty of our islands, mountains, oceans, wildlife, nature and the friendliness of our people. It will leave you with wonderful memories and a lingering desire to return again and again.
Besides creating some fun and excitement, the goal of Tidal Treasures is to attract tourists during the off-season, raise the profile of island glass artisans, increase business for local merchants, and educate the public about our beach environments.
PARTNERS & SPONSORS
Tidal Treasures is possible due to the generous support of the Regional District of Nanaimo and local businesses. We urge all treasure seekers to pay these businesses a visit to thank them for their participation.
We love receiving your treasure hunt photos and videos. Please tag us: #tidaltreasuresvi
Robert Held Art Glass is where many Tidal Treasures are born.