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CHEERS TO THE LAZO BARREL COLLECTIVE

Words & photos by Sara Kempner
Three self-proclaimed beer geeks are crafting unique, tasty brews.     It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon as I make my way through Alex Blais’...

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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: NICK THORNTON

As an adventure, wildlife, and sports photographer based in the Comox Valley, Nick chases the thrill of unique wildlife encounters and off-the-beaten-path...

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FEATURED ARTIST: MARIANNE ENHÖRNING

Marianne Enhörning is a West Coast Canadian artist. Born in Sweden, she split her work life for many years between architecture and being a kayak guide. She...

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FROM CLEARCUTS TO COMMUNITIES

Words by Jen Groundwater
Photos by Jenn Dykstra
Gallery photos by Jen Groundwater
The Valley’s community halls have stories to tell.     If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably driven past the community halls north...

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GET THEE TO A GALLERY

Each of these galleries features a wide selection of locally made artwork at a variety of price points. You’ll find no pressure to buy, just creativity and...

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SHARING THE LAND

Words by Andrew Findlay
Photo by Luke Phillips
We can’t fix the past for our forests and watersheds, but we have to get the future right.     Land is on my mind a lot these days, as a dad...

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ALL IN THE SAME BOAT

Words by Jim Whyte
Photos by Jenn Dykstra
Connected by water—reflections after an afternoon on Comox Lake.     On Friday, May 13, 2022, a group of paddlers from many backgrounds made...

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ELDER VALLEY: BETTE KOSMOLAK

Photo by Jenn Dykstra
Reflections from an older resident.     Every day, we hear and say, “I love this.”  And this. And this. And this. And oh, that over...

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BRANCHING OUT

Words by Mike B
Photos by Sara Kempner
As a planner, Pieter Rutgers helped shape Vancouver’s parks. Now in semi-retirement, he shapes wood into beautiful furniture.     Like most...

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LITTLE VALLEY: DARRAGH TORMEY

Photo by Sara Kempner
Reflections from a younger resident.     Hi, my name is Darragh Tormey, and this is my love essay.  Love can mean a million things, and...

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CREATING A CANOE

Photos by Ross Bodenmann
K’ómoks First Nation members combine ancient methods and modern tools to bring a new vessel to life.     K’ómoks First Nation (KFN)...

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SUPER TROUPERS

Words by Christine Baxter
After five decades and counting, the show goes on for the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre.     The Comox Valley in the 1960s was remote,...

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WILD SPACES BELONG TO EVERYONE

Words & photo by Erica Keen
Recreation in the great outdoors hasn’t always been an option for people of colour in Canada. Erica Keen reflects on her family's history and the importance...

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THE RISE OF MODERN GLEANING

Words by James McKerricher
Photos by Meredith Rose
This ancient practice may be getting a rebrand, but it’s still about using our food resources wisely.     Glean (v.): Gather (ears of grain,...

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T’AAM LAAN, STEERSMAN OF THE CANOE

Words by Ryan Stuart
Photos by Bruce Kirkby
A SUP adventurer’s trajectory through the mist.     In 2008, novice paddleboarder Norm Hann hatched a plan to travel by stand-up paddleboard...

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TRUE FACTS ABOUT FAKE BIRDS

Words by Neil Borecky
Photo by Nick Thornton
They’re among our most plentiful bird species, but seagulls don’t actually exist.     Deep in the heart of Utah Mormon country, in a place...

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SAVING PLACE

Words by Cleo Corbett
Photos by Luc Antaya
Managing gentrification to protect the communities we love.     We’ve all done it. Bragged about how we used to go somewhere when it was still...

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A COMMUNITY'S HEART IS IN ITS FORESTS

Words & Photo by Jennifer Jellett
The importance of knowing what you’ve got—before it’s gone.     The ferns have their fresh, feathery leaves and everything in sight is...

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FRIENDS OF FELINES

Words by Mac Newton
Photos by Jenn Dykstra
The Kitty Cat P.A.L. Society cares for the Comox Valley’s under-loved cats.     Two “very pregnant” cats. That was the delivery at the...

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A PASSION FOR CLAY

Words by Maeva Collins
After thirty years, The Potters Place Gallery continues to flourish.     In 1992, an eclectic group of local artisans joined together to form...

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DENMAN ISLAND READERS AND WRITERS FESTIVAL IS BACK

Words by Howard Macdonald Stewart
Authors and book lovers rejoice at the return of the big literary festival on a small island.     There is a natural intimacy to be found at the...

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THE POWER OF GROWING THINGS

Words by Tyler Johns
Photos by Meredith Rose
Ode to a Comox yarden (yes, that’s yard + garden).     My dearest Yarden, It wasn’t just one of your plants that snared me. Nor did my...

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THE NOSE KNOWS

Words by Janna Rist
Photos by Bill McLane
Raising a Search and Rescue dog.     Bark! Bark! Bark! We are an hour and a half into our wilderness validation search; Rudy has already found...

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WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW

Intro by Jen Groundwater
Photo by Jennifer Brazil
When LOVE was suggested as our summer theme, I jumped on it. I planned to write an inspiring intro that would bring the whole valley together in shared...