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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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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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Stars and stripes shield with inscription "Welcome to America"

Is Toque a Real Word?

Posted: February 12, 2016 at 12:12 pm   /   The 401

By Chelsea Mark “Where are you headed, and how long?” “Pullman, Washington, a week.” “Pullman?” The customs agent looked at me confused. “Yes, Pullman, it’s right on the border of Idaho—“ “I know where it is. Why?” Anyone who knew anything about Pullman had reacted in the same way when I told them my travel plans. Apparently […]

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St. Michael's Residential School, Alert Bay, BC

Home Again

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:05 pm   /   North V.I.

By Alexandria Stuart Nanaimo was in the middle of a heat wave as my boyfriend Sean and I set out on our “nearcation” to northern Vancouver Island, A/C on high. The familiar landscape of coastal British Columbia flew by: Moss-draped forests alternated with scabs of clear-cut, blanketed in pink fireweed as the land tried to heal […]

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A gaily painted house in Sointula (photo:Sointula Resource Centre)

Home Again (Part Two)

Posted: February 12, 2013 at 11:04 pm   /   North V.I.

The village of Sointula, Malcolm Island’s main port, looked like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. Brightly coloured sea shacks dotted the waterfront and the homes lining the main street, sitting on small, tidy fenced lots, were gaily painted. Sointula, meaning “place of harmony,” was settled in the early 1900s by Finnish immigrants fleeing […]

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