Tag: Nanaimo
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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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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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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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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Williams and family

The Man in the Pictures

Posted: April 1, 2016 at 9:15 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Chelsea Mark “Hard to look at these, I miss him still.” My mother’s sad tone seeps through as I read these words in her e-mail, accompanied by photos of a man who wears the same smile that she often does. The build of his body is similar to that of my Aunt Joan — tall and […]

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Pet Project

Posted: March 30, 2016 at 6:20 pm   /   Central V.I., Featured

By Sarah Torgerson If it weren’t for all the signs hanging on the chain-link fence gracing the perimeter, one might mistake the building at 2200 Labieux Road in Nanaimo for just another time-worn house from the ‘70s (albeit one oddly located in a light industrial area). Inside, however, the crowded reception area is a bustling […]

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Tiny home on the road

Living Small, Thinking Big

Posted: March 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm   /   Central V.I., Featured

By Jessie Zhang In 1999, Jay Shafer, an American house designer, and owner of a 96 sq. foot home, published his first article on the merits of simple, compact living. Since then, the tiny home movement has spread throughout North America. Kate Beddows and Nico Rhodes are two of its Vancouver Island proponents. Video produced […]

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Woman with purple lipstick

Not Everyone Can Do It

Posted: March 15, 2016 at 9:39 pm   /   Central V.I.

By Molly Barrieau “Bonnie and Clyde?” “Honey and Bunny,” adds the other, laughing. Two women sit across from me in a bustling joint downtown, contemplating pseudonyms for the purpose of this article. I tell them I’ll make something up. Jordyn, 19, sports a new purple lipstick, while Erin, 22, wears burgundy-framed glasses around her kind […]

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Fentanyl citrate

Deadly cocktail

Posted: March 5, 2016 at 11:08 am   /   V.I.

By Benjamin Everett Over 40 fentanyl-related overdoses have been reported in Victoria and Nanaimo since December 20, 2015, 12 of them fatal. The victims have come from all walks of life, but Paul Hasselback, Medical Health Officer for Central Vancouver Island, says that “it’s the younger ones that are the most tragic.” Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate […]

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