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Beautiful Bowen

Blue sky filters through the copper-coloured arbutus trees that frame the view of Howe Sound from the summit of Mount Gardner. Near the lookout, a statue-still...

Women on the Water

Most memorable moment on the job: for Susan Sharp, it was the day she looked out her “office” window to see humpback whales in all directions. For Nadine Fraser, it...

Sidney, Pier

Sidney by The Sea Is the Gateway to Vancouver Island

Rich in history, surrounded by natural beauty, Sidney is the gateway to Vancouver Island. Nestled on the Saanich Peninsula just north of Victoria, Sidney melds seaside...

Summer Sound Bites

The space is small, intimate and packed. There’s a warm glow in the dark, retro lounge as the microbrew-pint-clutching crowd grooves along with the five-piece band...

Spectacular by Nature

Fjord-streaked shorelines and dense woodlands teeming with wildlife fringe the sawtooth crags of British Columbia’s Central Coast region. Gateway to the rugged Great...

Feast Your Eyes

1. One of my favourites is Botany Bay, in Botanical Beach Provincial Park, just past Port Renfrew. After a 20-minute walk on a trail through the forest, you come to a...

Meet Oyster Jim

He’s the man behind the Wild Pacific Trail, a network of accessible gravel paths that cuts through dense forest and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s...

Whale-Watching

Grey Notable Features A hump and a few bumps in place of a dorsal fin; two blowholes (that can create a heart-shaped blow). Behaviour Greys forage on the seabed and swim...

Sharing Cultures

I’m in a small tour boat near the northern end of Vancouver Island when six orcas cruise past, their sleek dorsal fins slicing through the waves. “Aboriginals...

Brunch in Victoria

The city is heralded as the Brunch Capital of Canada and is home to a multitude of restaurants offering variations of brunch fare. Here, Rebecca Wellman, author of the...