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REMARKABLY UNSINKABLE

REMARKABLY UNSINKABLE

It was April 1912 when Hilda Mary Slayter packed her travel trunk with an elegant trousseau in preparation for her ...

Words by

Claire King

Opening photo by

Alan Hustak

THE FUTURE  IS BRIGHT

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

Paige Whitehead was 13 years old when she saw bioluminescence for the first time, during a midnight dip in the ...

Photos courtesy of

NYOKA Design Labs

FEATURED ARTIST: JULIAN BARKER

FEATURED ARTIST: JULIAN BARKER

This quiet, unsung artist was born in July 1939 in North Vancouver. After a troubled time in boarding school, he ...
CHEERS TO THE LAZO BARREL COLLECTIVE

CHEERS TO THE LAZO BARREL COLLECTIVE

It’s a lazy Sunday afternoon as I make my way through Alex Blais’ yard, following the sound of laughter toward an ...

Words & Photos by

Sara Kempner

GET THEE TO A GALLERY

GET THEE TO A GALLERY

I-HOS GALLERY K'ÓMOKS FIRST NATION Owned and operated by the K’ómoks First Nation, I-Hos Gallery showcases a ...
WILD SPACES BELONG TO EVERYONE

WILD SPACES BELONG TO EVERYONE

Some of my dearest early memories involve water. My dad would tie a rope on my sister’s and my life jackets as we ...

Words & featured photo by

Erica Keen

FEATURED ARTIST: MARIANNE ENHÖRNING

FEATURED ARTIST: MARIANNE ENHÖRNING

Marianne Enhörning is a West Coast Canadian artist. Born in Sweden, she split her work life for many years between ...
T’AAM LAAN, STEERSMAN OF THE CANOE

T’AAM LAAN, STEERSMAN OF THE CANOE

In 2008, novice paddleboarder Norm Hann hatched a plan to travel by stand-up paddleboard (SUP), with boat support, ...

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photos by

Bruce Kirkby

A COMMUNITY’S HEART IS IN ITS FORESTS

A COMMUNITY’S HEART IS IN ITS FORESTS

The ferns have their fresh, feathery leaves and everything in sight is electric green. This is Vancouver Island in ...

Words & Photo by

Jennifer Jellett

FROM CLEARCUTS TO COMMUNITIES

FROM CLEARCUTS TO COMMUNITIES

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably driven past the community halls north of Courtenay along Highway 19A ...
FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: FRANCOISE GERVAIS

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: FRANCOISE GERVAIS

Born and raised in Quebec, Françoise is a self-taught wildlife/landscape photographer. Her first career was as a ...
FEATURED ARTIST: BRIAN JESSOP

FEATURED ARTIST: BRIAN JESSOP

A member of the Taku River First Nation by birth, Brian was adopted as an infant by Linda and Perry Jessop and ...
THE MCLOUGHLIN GARDENS

THE MCLOUGHLIN GARDENS

When Sarah McLoughlin passed away on February 10, 2021, at Mount Saint Joseph Hospital in Vancouver—her husband ...

Words by

Kerry Hale

Featured photo by

Susan Healy

TOWARD A MORE LIVABLE VALLEY

TOWARD A MORE LIVABLE VALLEY

You pretty much can’t have a conversation anywhere in the world today without one of our global crises popping up ...

Words by

RJ Herron

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

GETTING HIGH ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

GETTING HIGH ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

The secret’s out regarding Vancouver Island and its amazing mountains. While all alpine environments are ...

Words & Photo by

Shane Johnson

LITTLE VALLEY: ARLO FLEENOR

LITTLE VALLEY: ARLO FLEENOR

I have lived in the same place my whole life, in a smallish house in deep west Courtenay, near the river, forest, ...

Words by

Arlo Fleenor

FEATURED ARTIST: AVA LUNA

FEATURED ARTIST: AVA LUNA

Ava Luna is a professional henna and visual artist born and raised on Vancouver Island and new to the Comox ...
BENEATH THE HIGH

BENEATH THE HIGH

When it comes to doing drugs, Adam isn’t interested in getting high. “I’m a busy man,” the 49 year-old creative ...

Words by

Mike B.

Photos by

Sareh Puetz

IN THE FIELD

IN THE FIELD

MO MOSHIRI: EXPLORER “I’ve been a traveller since I was three,” says Comox-based MC, songwriter, and producer ...
HIDDEN RICHES

HIDDEN RICHES

We descended into a magical underworld. Giant, spider-like cave crickets filled the vast corridors of karst ...

Words & Painting

Nick Hutton-Jay

SPINNING GOLD

SPINNING GOLD

I feel most at home in vast wilderness landscapes. Here, the bears and wildflowers alike are my equals, and the ...

Words & Photos by

Leah Ballin

PIONEERS AND BROKEN DREAMS

PIONEERS AND BROKEN DREAMS

Drive northwest past the ferry line-ups, strip malls, and highways choked with RVs. Carry on until you’re out of ...

Words & Photos by

Tim Ennis

ALL POINTS TO THE WATER

ALL POINTS TO THE WATER

On the water, the fastest way between two points is rarely a straight line. Sailing, surfing, paddling, it's all ...

Words by

Ryan Stuart

UP, UP, AND AWAY FROM IT ALL

UP, UP, AND AWAY FROM IT ALL

The Comox Glacier is such an iconic mountain for the Comox Valley. Since moving here in the fall of 2006, it’s ...

Words & photos by

Sarah Hauser

PADDLE TO THE SEA

PADDLE TO THE SEA

As a very young child, I enjoyed my mum reading to me the story of Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling. It is ...

Words & photos by

Tim Ennis

FULL OF LIFE

FULL OF LIFE

EARLY MEMORIES One of my earliest memories is on the beach. I am six years old and I am standing next to my dad ...

Words by

Kelly Forbes

THE MAN, THE LEGEND

THE MAN, THE LEGEND

If you’ve been in the valley for a while, you’ve most likely heard of Bronco Moncrief. He grew up in the Village ...

Interview by

Sydney Moncrief

ABANDON LAND THIS SUMMER

ABANDON LAND THIS SUMMER

The Museum at Campbell River is a pure gem with outstanding permanent gallery exhibits, inspiring and thought ...

Words & Photos by

Mary Ruth Snyder

LOST IN THE WILDERNESS

LOST IN THE WILDERNESS

For those of us fortunate to live in the Comox Valley, we find ourselves encompassed by mountains, lakes, ocean, ...

Words & Photos by

Sara Kempner

THE ULTIMATE  SINGLETRACK  EXPERIENCE

THE ULTIMATE SINGLETRACK EXPERIENCE

The air is electric and alive with energy. Cumberland is packed with people. 600 competitors from all over the ...

Words by

Tara Miller

Photo by

DAVE SILVER

BOULDERING  AT COMOX LAKE

BOULDERING AT COMOX LAKE

From skipping stones to devouring ice cream cones, Comox Lake is a fond place for childhood memories. I enjoyed ...

Words & Photos by

Amanda Shpeley

POWER

POWER

It can be defined as ability, force or potential. Some call it influence or pressure, others relate it to ...

Words by

Photo by

THE FILBERG EVOLUTION

THE FILBERG EVOLUTION

It is perhaps one of the most quintessential views in the Comox Valley. The spit wrapping its sandy arm around the ...
GIDDY UP

GIDDY UP

Gone are the days of bundled up rides, getting home with frozen toes, and wet rain jackets. Today, we leave the ...

Words & photo by

Kyle Hansen

UNVEILING STORIES

UNVEILING STORIES

Daniel Kooman is a local filmmaker and a partner of Unveil Studios, an independent studio finding its roots in Red ...

Interview & photo by

Ross Bodenmann