Vancouver Island

The Queen of Tea

Victoria has long been steeped in tea; both British and Chinese tea traditions have been honoured in the city for well over a century, the venerable Fairmont Empress...

Road-tripping on Vancouver Island

There is air, there is fresh air, and then there’s the brisk, briny, oxygen-thick air that rides in on wild ocean waves. That’s the air you’ll breathe as you...

Craft Cider’s Comeback

It’s a sun-dappled Sunday in Vancouver Island’s Cobble Hill community, where several chatty visitors are raising their glasses at Merridale Cidery’s winery-style...

Canada 150

The official 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation may have passed, but the nation’s sesquicentennial is being celebrated all year long. In honour of Canada 150,...

Creative Capital

Something is going on in Victoria. There’s a new kind of energy here, a sense of invigoration and innovation that is forcing a rethink of the city’s reputation as a...

Living History

It’s a breezy, blue-skied morning off northern Vancouver Island, and forest-flanked Port McNeill is fading from view as the ferry moves swiftly across Broughton...

The Marine Detective

On the surface, the waters off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island are often too dark to peer into; the most evident signs of marine life tend to be sea lions...

West Coast Wellness

Go Forest Bathing in Parksville According to Japanese researchers—and Japanese custom—time spent in the forest can do wonders for your mental health and well-being....

Port Hardy’s Perfect Pit Stops

There’s plenty to see and do in Northern Vancouver Island’s busiest hub

Seaside Spooks

It’s a Tuesday evening in late September, and I’m standing in the dim light of Victoria’s Old Burying Ground (Pioneer Square). The nearby oak trees and the...