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FEATURED ARTIST: ALEX MAERTZ

Alex Maertz is an illustrator based on the west coast. Born a stone’s throw from the woods, she instinctively draws on nature for inspiration. She loves to...

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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: PAIGE OWEN

Paige Owen is a photographer and graphic designer based in the Comox Valley. She takes inspiration from her travels abroad and adventures on Vancouver Island....

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IN SEARCH OF THE SIMPLE LIFE

Words & Photos by Andrew Talbot
Through an ever-changing landscape, a visual artist finds direction with a four-month road trip in a customized Chevy school bus.     No...

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CURIOUS CREATURES

Words by Christa Petch
Photo by Justine Adams
Catch-and-release aquariums provide a unique learning experience, sparking deep appreciation for the natural world.     Once upon a...

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FRIENDLY COMPETITION

Words by Cathy Clark
Photo by Lorenz Jimenez
As well as a destination trail race, The Cumby is a fundraiser to protect the forest it winds through.     The 2014 annual general...

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LITTLE VALLEY: JUSTIN YARETZ

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.     Age 12 My name is Justin, and I am a very active boy who loves the...

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SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION

Words by Randy Churchill
& Randy Grey
In partnership with School District 71, skilled timber framers are teaching their craft to Comox Valley youth.     We live in an...

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IN HER ELEMENT

Words and photo by Laurissa Cebryk
Through the push and pull of turbulence and peace, strength and submission, a surfer awakens.     Take a moment and listen to your...

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PROTECTING THE BALANCE

Words by Mac Newton
Photo by Keith Clark
Roughly one-sixth of Denman Island residents are a member of the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards, an organization doing work on the ground for...

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THE RETURN OF GIANTS

Words by Sarah Hauser
Photo by Brandon Hamilton
Following a decline due to the West Coast’s whaling history, the humpback population around Vancouver Island is making a massive comeback. ...

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CRUMBLING CANNERIES

Words & Photos by Oriana Smy
The profits from a thriving fishing industry dried up, and businesses moved on. Some of the sites left behind are in hazardous decay, polluting our oceans and...

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AQUA MAN

Words by Mike Berard
Photo by John Kelsey
The original underwater superhero swims the waters of the Pacific Northwest.     His name is Kumugwe (pronounced "koo-moo-gwee"). He...

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CURRENT DEMAND

Words by Dave Flawse
Photo by Mike LeBlanc
The nutrient-rich waters of Baynes Sound provide the ideal conditions for oyster harvesting, drawing workers to the Valley’s steady industry. ...

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ABANDON SHIP

Words by Ryan Stuart
Photo by Sara Kempner
Orphaned by their owners, a number of derelict boats litter the shores of Comox Harbour. Due to murky jurisdiction and a lack of accountability, they’ll...

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A LIFE THAT BENEFITS OTHERS

Words By Bevin Clempson
Photo by Gordon Ross
Now a permanent resident of the Valley, a Tibetan Buddhist monk has turned hardship into a teaching legacy.     The life of a Tibetan...

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IN THE FIELD

Words by Jen Groundwater
Photos by Jenn Dykstra
ERIC RUSH: EXPLORER To put it mildly, Eric Rush is pretty fond of road biking. A member of Courtenay’s Riverway Dental Racing team, he regularly puts in...

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UNLIKELY SHIPMATES

Words & Photo by April Bencze
A coast dweller and her dog navigate life's currents aboard a small sailboat.     I’m tied to the dock as a gale grows outside the...

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HOME BASE

Words by Camille Douglas
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
The history of CFB Comox tells of the West Coast’s strategic landscape and Canada’s defence strategies dating back to 1942.     Under...

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THE SURROUNDING BLUE

Opening Introduction by Allie Jenkinson
Photo by Paige Brown
I first sensed how landscape affects us while studying writing at the University of Saskatchewan. The books I recall most vividly from that time describe...