Archery’s new cool

By Diane Bolt  Archers and archery have been a hot commodity in Hollywood lately. Pixar’s Brave, the super hero film The Avengers, and teen blockbuster The Hunger Games have all featured characters making their way based on prowess with a bow and arrow. Taking aim at the trend, Incline decided to head out and see if archery’s new cool has spread to Vancouver Island. Parksville-Qualicum’s Fish and Game Association operates a busy archery club called the Arrowsmith Archers. Over 35-years … [Read more...]

Hockey Night *is* Canada

By Meagan Dyer "Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive." — Stephen Leacock The National Hockey League entered its third work stoppage in just two decades on September 15, 2012, putting the season on hold as hockey’s doomsday clock struck midnight with no last-minute resolution. Fans would wait 113 days for … [Read more...]

Hockey Night *is* Canada (Part Two)

Hockey and geopolitics meshed differently but with just as much emotion nearly three decades later, during the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. Canada had not won a tournament in 20 years, mostly because the rules prohibited NHL players from taking part. That left our energetic but definitely B-list national team to battle Soviet players who were were also KGB and army officers, paid by the government to train year-round. We were in danger of losing our international hockey dominance … [Read more...]