April 2018
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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Sign in woods pointing to various trails

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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Young man in hoodie smoking a joint outside

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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