Vancouver Island

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...

Going Underground

I’ll admit it: I’m most comfortable on terra firma with the sky above. But I’m also drawn underground, to the magic and wonder of caves. Humans have always found...

Where the Surf Meets the Trees

Mist seeps through the Sitka spruce and western red cedars towering above Sombrio Beach. Sunlight glistening on ferns and the call of a raven complete the impression...