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WERE IT NOT FOR THE BIKE

Words by Dave Nowak
Featured photo by Dave Nowak
Gallery photo by Gary Egli
Three days, two cyclists, and one island-sized mission.     This past January, I received an email from the organizer of the BC Epic thanking me...

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ELDER VALLEY: RETIREMENT REDEFINED

Photo by John Bonner
Opening up, embracing new ideas, and making time for wonder.     I spent most of my career trying to demystify things. Working as a civil...

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LITTLE VALLEY: DAKOTA BLOMGREN

Reflections from a younger resident.     Hi, my name is Dakota Blomgren. I was born in the Comox Valley and I am nine years old. I am a proud...

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ALTERED LANDSCAPES

Words by Meaghan Cursons
Photos by Scott Bell
Restoring and reconnecting land and water includes understanding our history.     My first home in Cumberland was on Camp Road, in a row of...

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FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN

Words & Photos by Kyle Hansen
Spend a Monday night at the LINC.     What an ugly night. It’s dark, pouring rain, and there are still remnants of slushy snow melting in the...

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WHALE BREATH AND ANGEL WINGS

Words by Ryan Stuart
Photos by Luke Phillips
The forces behind the tides aren’t as simple as you think.     You don’t need to be an oyster farmer or sport fisherman for the daily ebb...

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JUMP SCARES AHEAD

Words by Mac Newton
Illustration by Ian Adams
Filmmaker Dan Webb brings sci-fi and horror to the Comox Valley.     Decades ago, I was sitting in a cinema seat in Toronto, gripping the...

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THE DAY THE PRINCE CAME TO TOWN

Words by Dave Flawse
An irreverent look at a long-ago royal visit to the Comox Valley.     Over a century ago, on a Monday in late September, crowds of young and old...

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A DOORWAY TO HOPE

Words & photos by Karen McKinnon
ReStore helps get families into safe, sustainable NEW homes.     When David and Angela Mackenzie open the door to their new home, they will...

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SUNSET AT SMITH LAKE FARM

Words by Sara Kempner
Photo by Meredith Rose
Gallery photos by Jenn Dykstra
Sara Kempner
Karen McKinnon
and Meredith Rose
Four photographers capture more than just snapshots.     As I pull through the gates of Smith Lake Farm, I’m greeted by the sounds of chickens...

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MISADVENTURES IN BAKING

Words by Bevin Clempson
Photos by Jennifer Brazil
A look at the delicious possibilities of going gluten-free.     Back in 2013, I started shopping around for healthy nutrition options to...

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THE SCIENCE OF SASQUATCH

Words by Terrance James
Photo by Jo-Anne Johnson
Dr. John Bindernagel spent decades researching BC’s most elusive creature.     Do you laugh when you hear the word sasquatch? Do you believe...

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VIVA LA TRASH PANDA

Words by Neil Borecky
Photo by Jenn Dykstra
It’s been around for 19 million years. So can the raccoon get a little grudging respect?     I’ve occasionally yearned to wear a Davy...

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THE WOMAN IN THE FLORAL DRESS

Words by Heather Gray
Photos by Kareen Sanderson
Élise Turgeon’s creative, generous spirit has brought a neighbourhood together.     Our new Cumberland home came with a view of the crisp...

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RIDING DRAGONS ON THE SALISH SEA

Words by Anne Arseneau
Photos by Sara Kempner
Hope Afloat marks 20 years in the fight against cancer. Paddles up!     The very first time I dipped my paddle into the Salish Sea, wedged...

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EVERYTHING WE KNOW IS WRONG

Intro by Jen Groundwater
Photo by Ron Pogue
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.– Søren Kierkegaard, 1843  I don’t usually go around quoting Danish...