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The Island Through a Lens

Posted: May 23, 2018 at 12:59 am   /   V.I.

By Heather Froese I’ve always been inspired by photography. My earliest inspiration came from my older sister, Elizabeth, who was always taking sneaky candid photos of me before I could see the camera and pull my silliest face to annoy her.  But I wasn’t her only subject. Growing up on Vancouver Island also provided her […]

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Allison Mackenzie at Dark Side Chocolates

Taking Their Chances

Posted: April 24, 2018 at 4:10 pm   /   V.I.

By Shauna Andrews Vancouver Island is a small nook in the world made up primarily of oceanside communities with a distinctly relaxed vibe. Perhaps that’s why more and more people are choosing it as ground-zero to take on the risks of an entrepreneurial adventure. The island’s casual, small-town comforts open the doors to new ideas, […]

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Cars leaving ferry in Nanaimo

Urban Refugees

Posted: April 15, 2018 at 10:53 pm   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Laurie Jones Top photo: Richard James Milne With the continuing trend of rapidly rising home prices in Canada’s major centres, particularly Vancouver, Calgary, and Toronto, many hard-pressed urbanites are looking to smaller towns for affordable properties. To their delight, Vancouver Island has turned out to be a prime place to buy. “Vancouver Island will […]

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Hikes to Lose Yourself On

Posted: April 11, 2018 at 7:44 pm   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Anika Michaux Do you know that feeling of getting lost in nature? Losing yourself among the pine trees that coat British Columbia? I was born in Nanaimo, and grew up with mountains and forests only a short distance away. This temperate rainforest will always be a place I call home, not only because of […]

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Treasures Above the Tide Line

Posted: April 3, 2018 at 6:15 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Rose Willow The spectacular beaches in the Parksville, BC area entice strollers and beachcombers with an array of driftwood, rocks, shells, sand, and seaweed. You’re not supposed to remove these items from the beaches. However, if you find a small glass disk left by a Float Fairy, feel free to take it home. No, […]

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Weed Etiquette

Posted: April 3, 2018 at 10:43 am   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Zachery Cooper A plume of pungent smoke puffs out of the person walking down the street ahead of me. It makes my nose twitch, my brow furrow, and my mouth say Maui Wowie. It’s a common enough smell on Vancouver Island, which may be weed central in Canada. But with marijuana use set to […]

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A Caravan on the High Seas

Posted: March 29, 2018 at 12:28 am   /   Featured

By Caileigh Broatch If you find yourself wandering along the northern end of the Harbourfront Walkway in downtown Nanaimo, just past the Yacht Club and before you reach Departure Bay, turn your sights offshore and you might think that Jack Sparrow has sailed into town. Thankfully, there’s a three-foot banner to correct you: The Amara Zee isn’t […]

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Looking across the Salish Sea to Lasqueti Island

Please, No Frozen Graveyard For Me

Posted: March 7, 2018 at 10:26 pm   /   Gulf Islands, The 401

By Rose Willow Photos: Anthony Hutchins As another autumn approached and the otters splashed in the little cove in front of our house, and the sky turned crimson at dusk, Tony refilled our glasses with homemade blackberry wine, and brought up the subject of aging. He began by mentioning those who had left Lasqueti Island […]

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Bear cubs in enclosure

Cubs Fans

Posted: May 26, 2016 at 2:38 am   /   North V.I., Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Reid Eccles A computer monitor flips between different angles on what might be a forest floor, if it weren’t for the cement blocks enclosing it. There are logs, a pool of water, a wooden den. The screen flips again and a groggy black bear stands up, its motion having tripped the camera’s sensors. This video feed […]

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Waterfall at Beach Estates

The Hidden Waterfalls of Nanaimo

Posted: April 30, 2016 at 9:53 pm   /   Central V.I.

Story and photos by Spenser Smith I moved to Nanaimo, British Columbia, a city full of winding streams and rivers, in 2013. It was a big change from my home province, Saskatchewan, which has its own beauty, but not generally of the wet kind. In fact, all of Vancouver Island was a revelation. One of my […]

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