Shantael Sleight reads the story Owl Babies to her three-year-old son Finnley Davie at Goldstream Park. A story walk at the provincial park is just one of the many literacy activities held on Sunday

Tour the ABCs of the West Shore

Goldstream Park is one of 14 locations participating in the 2014 Westshore Family Learning tour, Jan. 26.

A day at Goldstream is always a walk in the park, but on Jan. 26, it will double as a story walk.

Goldstream Park is one of 14 locations participating in the 2014 Westshore Family Learning tour.

Pages of the story Owl Babies will be posted on stakes along the path so families can stroll through the park and read the story along the way.

Three-year-old Finnley Davie loves the tale and is excited for the upcoming walk with his mother Shantael Sleight, literacy outreach co-ordinator with Your Literacy Connection Westshore.

The self-guided story walk  runs from noon to 4 p.m.

“It’s an opportunity for families from children to seniors to come out and learn,” said Sleight.

This is the second year the tour has been offered  and the locations have doubled from last year’s seven. Sleight is hoping to beat last year’s 300 participants as well.

“Literacy is more than just reading and writing. It’s a strategy and it can affect how successful you are at your job and your quality of life,” Sleight said. “Literacy is how you gain new knowledge and learn new skills and build on what you already know.”

People are encouraged to travel through the 14 locations spanning the West Shore to get a bigger idea about what literacy is. Some of the events include Highlands school house, Floyd’s Diner, Goudy library and Metchosin Community House.

For a full list of locations, times and activities go to


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