Vancouver Island

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...

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...

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...

Unique Stays

Free Spirit Spheres Qualicum Bay Imagine sleeping in a cocooning orb, gently swaying in a forest canopy. Now meet Eve, Eryn, Melody, Luna and Gwynn, five spherical tree...

The BC Summer Games

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the BC Games, a competitive multi-sport event (with both a winter and summer version) that supports the athletic development of...

Winter Wonders

From November to March, winter storms pummel the western coastline of Vancouver Island, and their dramatic effects are truly a sight to behold. Since the 1990s, Tofino...

Winter Diving in BC

Snow sports aren’t the only reason to gear up and head outside during BC’s fleece-hugging winters. This is also the favoured season for dive fans to plunge beneath...

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...