Tag: nature
A young woman with white skin in a white field

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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A tree trunk wrapped in a ribbon reading "Culturally Modified Tree"

When Trees Tell Stories

Posted: May 17, 2018 at 11:29 am   /   V.I.

By Sheena Robinson Photo top: seawolfadventures.ca Walking through the forests of Vancouver Island, it’s easy to become entranced by the density and beauty of the tall trees towering above you. Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, and Western Red Cedar are the most common coniferous giants here. They are a big part of what makes […]

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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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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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A wolf silhouetted against an evening sky

Searching for Staqeya

Posted: April 20, 2016 at 2:44 am   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

By Shanon Fenske The 25-foot Amanda Anne plows through the frigid February waters of the Juan De Fuca Strait. Somewhere in the darkness ahead of us are islands inhabited by a wolf many in the Songhees First Nation believe is sacred. Campers were the first to report a lone wolf on Discovery Island, five km. east […]

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Trees in the Walbran

Watchguards in the Walbran

Posted: April 1, 2016 at 9:35 pm   /   Featured, South V.I.

By Rob Wilson “RESCIND 4424!” reads a hand-painted banner adorning the plywood wall of the camp’s kitchen and main shelter. It’s a crudely constructed building made of 2x4s, tarps, and ropes, standing a few metres from the Walbran River bridge. Inside are cluttered tables and counters piled with power tools, a 3,000 Watt power inverter, pots and […]

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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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Young girl hugging pit bull

Powerful, and Stigmatized, Breeds

Posted: March 28, 2014 at 12:35 pm   /   The 401

By Sheena Gnos Imagine walking in a park on a beautiful day. The sun is shining and you’re basking in the summer heat, minding your own business. Suddenly, from around a corner, comes a Rottweiler. He’s bounding across the grass in great leaping strides, ears back, mouth gaping wide. What do you do? Is your […]

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Tyra the sturgeon

Moving day for VIU’s sturgeon

Posted: April 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm   /   Vee-Ai-Yi-Yi

 By Alexandria Stuart  It’s a warm, sunny day and I’m taking a refreshing swim in Cameron Lake,  just outside of Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, when something grazes my leg. It’s smooth but not scaly. Its texture is more like rows of firm, bony plates. I flash back to every horror movie I’ve ever seen […]

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