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FEATURED ARTIST: ANOUK HARTWELL

A former dog sled and kayak guide, Anouk’s paintings amplify her love for the outdoors. If she could, she would live a life under the ocean surface amongst...

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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: BRETT KROEKER

Brett Kroeker is a photographer based in the Comox Valley. His deep love for outdoor adventure is perfectly paired with the vast wilderness of Vancouver...

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THE ELK IN OUR BACKYARD

Words by Dave Flawse
Illustration by Christine Boyer
Cameras in hand, two determined documentarians spend a season in pursuit of the Comox Valley’s elusive Roosevelt elk.     “What was...

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CHASING SUNSETS

Words & Photos by Paige Owen
During a fashion-shoot visit to Fiji, a photographer connects with the beauty of ocean and land.     Bula! Pronounced “boo-la,” this...

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LITTLE VALLEY: KELLAN D'AOUST

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.     My name is Kellan and I am 8. I was born here at the old hospital in...

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THE ROOTS OF ALL GOODNESS

Words by Bevin Clempson
Photo by Jennifer Brazil
Digging deep for the superpowers of root vegetables.     Q: What do beets, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, yuca (cassava),...

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FEATURED WORDS: WINTER'S POEM

Words by Meaghan Cursons
Photo by Eugene Chung
Even in the darkest winter under the frost-hardened earth the roots are deep in discussion through mycelium threads exchanging plans for spring sharing secrets...

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THE PERKS OF PLAYING PRETEND

Words by Curt Carbonell
and Sam Larente
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
Roleplaying games open up a world of adventure and exploration… and it’s all in the players’ imaginations.     You have been...

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THE BIG ONE

Words by Andrew Findlay
Photo by Ron Pogue
In 1946, Forbidden Plateau was the epicentre of the Island’s last big earthquake. The Comox Valley experiences minuscule tremors all the time—are we due...

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THE MOUNTAIN CENTRE IS HERE. BUT DO YOU KNOW WHY?

Words by Alycia Traas
Photo by Kyle Hansen
The Vancouver Island Mountain Centre and Sports Society make Strathcona Park’s mountain terrain and experiences accessible to...

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BRAVO FOR BUCKET OF BLOOD

This is the first of a series where the book-loving Nora Bingham will recommend books by BC-based authors, often with an Island...

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YOU'LL BE GLAD TO HEAR: UNION BAY 2040

Words by Ryan Stuart
Photo by Alexandre Crouzet
A local writer imagines the letter his daughter will write him about her return to Union Bay 20 years from now.     Hi Dad, You are not going...

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A BACKCOUNTRY, MODULAR ROOM OF ONE'S OWN

Words by Dave Nowak
How one award-winning company is reinventing a classic design for modern adventurers.     Gaining popularity in the mid-1950s, the...

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HERITAGE FARMERS: JO SMITH AND HELEN NIXON

Words by Jen Groundwater
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
Think you’ve lived in the Comox Valley a long time? These women run a farm that’s been in the family since John A. Macdonald was prime...

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THE SONSHINE LUNCH CLUB: A LOCAL LIFELINE

Words by Mac Newton
Photo by Sara Kempner
Turns out there is such a thing as a free lunch. Five days a week, the Sonshine Lunch Club in Courtenay provides a nutritious meal and a gathering place for...

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LIFE BEGINS AT 40

Words by Mike Manara
The resort heads into its fifth decade with plans for many more bluebird days ahead.     A quick Google search on turning 40 will tell...

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SALMON AND STEWARDSHIP

Words by Lisa Levesque
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
The K’ómoks First Nation Guardian Watchmen use the bounty of the sea to help protect the forest.     The late autumn sun lazily...

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WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS

Words by Tim Ennis
Photo by Brett Kroeker
Winters in the Valley aren’t what they used to be. What does this mean for our water supply?     I grew up on Vancouver Island, the...

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THE ORIGINAL SPIN SESSIONS

Words by Meagan Roberge
Photos by Meredith Rose
Black Creek’s spinning community has nothing to do with stationary bikes, and everything to do with the art and craft of...

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WAIT ’TIL THE SUN SHINES, NELLIE

Words by Dawn Copeman
The hard work on logging Comox Lake—by hand and raft.     While looking at a 1931 photo of a crew of men seated on a logging raft,...

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THE SEASON OF EARTH

Opening Introduction by Jen Groundwater
Photo by Dave Prothero
Almost all the ancient civilizations identified four similar basic elements: earth, air, fire, and water. I believe there’s a part within all of us—even in...