ALL Comox Valley Collective
AXÉ CAPOEIRA AND KUMUGWE DANCERS

AXÉ CAPOEIRA AND KUMUGWE DANCERS

Warrior spirit in the Bighouse

Words & photos by

Sara Kempner

THE RISK OF FIRE TO THE COMOX LAKE WATERSHED

THE RISK OF FIRE TO THE COMOX LAKE WATERSHED

Fire is the number-one risk to our watershed. We need to talk about it now.

Words by

Meaghan Cursons

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE

THE ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE

Celebrating 100 years of aviation

Words by

Tyko Adams

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: AMY SHAW

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: AMY SHAW

FEATURED ARTIST: MICHAEL PRATT

FEATURED ARTIST: MICHAEL PRATT

THE ART AND CRAFT OF WOODTURNING

THE ART AND CRAFT OF WOODTURNING

From wood to wow

Words & photos by

Jim Whyte

WESTCOAST TRIPLE PLANK

WESTCOAST TRIPLE PLANK

A fun weekend for a fishy cause

Words & photos by

Sara Kempner

WEST COAST EXPEDITIONS ON TLE:HOH

WEST COAST EXPEDITIONS ON TLE:HOH

Building business and community on Spring Island

Words by

Marie Maccagno

Photo by

Erik Marks

CVOX: COMOX VALLEY COMMUNITY RADIO

CVOX: COMOX VALLEY COMMUNITY RADIO

A local fountain of music, culture, and information

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

REFLECTIONS OF A YARD CAR

REFLECTIONS OF A YARD CAR

Content to be still after years of motion and freedom

Words & photos by

RJ Herron

OUR COMMUNITY RUNS ON HUMAN CREATIVITY

OUR COMMUNITY RUNS ON HUMAN CREATIVITY

Creative Director's Introduction to Vol. 37

Words & Photo by

Ian Adams

LIVES OF LOGGERS AND FARMERS

LIVES OF LOGGERS AND FARMERS

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: KALI WEXLER

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: KALI WEXLER

FEATURED ARTIST: JARED POPESCU

FEATURED ARTIST: JARED POPESCU

BEAUTY BEFORE AMBITION

BEAUTY BEFORE AMBITION

Pianist Sarah Hagen has earned her place among the best without sacrificing her soul.

Words by

Mike B

Photo by

Karen McKinnon

40 YEARS OF VOLLY PATROL

40 YEARS OF VOLLY PATROL

Some dedicated folks who help keep the rest of us safe on the slopes.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photos by

Jess Cavanagh

COMOX VALLEY TRANSITION SOCIETY

COMOX VALLEY TRANSITION SOCIETY

Safe, affordable housing makes all the difference.

Photos by

Meredith Rose

A LINK TO THE PAST

A LINK TO THE PAST

The history of the Grieve family barn.

Words & Photos by

Jim Whyte

A (SNOW) SHOE-IN

A (SNOW) SHOE-IN

Finding peace in the winter mountains.

Words & photos by

Joanne McElroy

FROM THOUGHT TO REALITY

FROM THOUGHT TO REALITY

Publisher's introduction to Vol. 36

Words & Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

GRIT AND GRACE

GRIT AND GRACE

Kayleen VanderRee and Tyler Turner might be more competitive than your average couple. But when they participated in The Amazing Race Canada, they had to go with the flow to stay in the game.

Words by

Kayleen Vanderee

Photo by

Amazing Race Canada

KEEP IT GREEN

KEEP IT GREEN

In an era of climate change and housing pressures, how can urban forests survive and thrive?

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Opening photo by

Jen Groundwater

DRIPPING IN CULTURE

DRIPPING IN CULTURE

Sweating my way through the public saunas of Finland and Estonia.

Words by

Lisa Jaster

&

Dan Webb

THE SEA IN THEIR BLOOD

THE SEA IN THEIR BLOOD

Meet the diving family who’ve been harvesting geoducks by hand for three generations.

Words by

Serena Kerr

Photos by

Coast Seafoods

A CARING PRESENCE

A CARING PRESENCE

Every week, Indigenous Elders connect with students at 11 Valley schools through the Ni’nox¯sola program.

Words by

Ni’nox¯sola program Elders

FROM VENTURE CAPITALIST TO VINTNER

FROM VENTURE CAPITALIST TO VINTNER

Alex Guertin’s circuitous path to a Comox Valley vineyard.

Words by

Dave Nowak

Photo by

Michelle Bucher

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: CHUCK BURDICK

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: CHUCK BURDICK

FEATURED ARTIST: SARAH CLARK

FEATURED ARTIST: SARAH CLARK

WHY WITCHCRAFT?

WHY WITCHCRAFT?

Modern witchcraft and how it may be able to help heal the planet.

Words & Photo by

Catriona Richardson

ANODIZED DOWNHILL DAYS

ANODIZED DOWNHILL DAYS

Local downhill and enduro racers fit right into the Valley’s monster mountain bike heritage.

Words by

Mike B

Photo by

Liam Wallace

OLD HOUSE ON THE RIVER

OLD HOUSE ON THE RIVER

The Kirk family home that houses Locals Restaurant is part of Courtenay’s history—and future.

Words by

Allie Jenkinson

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

A WORK OF COMPASSION

A WORK OF COMPASSION

The Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) marks its 40th anniversary of care.

ECHOES IN CHINATOWN

ECHOES IN CHINATOWN

How exclusion, discrimination, and racism took their toll on a thriving community.

Words by

Erica Keen

Photos courtesy of

The Keen Family

THE ART OF DRYING FLOWERS

THE ART OF DRYING FLOWERS

A fusion of Indigenous heritage and modern artistry is a way to keep memories forever.

Words by

Karen Bezaire

Photos by

Meredith Rose

FALLING IN LOVE WITH FUNGI

FALLING IN LOVE WITH FUNGI

The Cumberland Fungus Fest celebrates the marvellous multitaskers of the natural world.

Words by

Meaghan Cursons

Photos by

Shawn Pigott

REMARKABLY UNSINKABLE

REMARKABLY UNSINKABLE

Denman Island’s Hilda Slayter Lacon was a stalwart survivor of multiple disasters.

Words by

Claire King

Opening photo by

Alan Hustak

THE FUTURE  IS BRIGHT

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

Paige Whitehead is going beyond glow sticks to disrupt an entire toxic industry.

Photos courtesy of

NYOKA Design Labs

BRIDGING THE ART/TECH GAP

BRIDGING THE ART/TECH GAP

The Comox Valley Digital Creation Hub: a new resource for local creatives.

Words by

Jennifer Casey

Photos by

Caresse Nadeau

ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT

ANY WAY YOU SLICE IT

There’s not much you have to do to a summer cucumber to render it delicious.

Words by

James McKerricher

Photo courtesy of

Shamrock Farm

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: REM SKOLNEY

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: REM SKOLNEY

FEATURED ARTIST: JULIAN BARKER

FEATURED ARTIST: JULIAN BARKER

NOT A BIKE SHOP

NOT A BIKE SHOP

Everyone’s welcome at Gravity MTB’s new Cumberland clubhouse.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photos by

Luke Phillips

BEYOND BUSINESS AS USUAL

BEYOND BUSINESS AS USUAL

The CVCF is pioneering an innovative trust-based approach to grants. It's helping community funds get to where they're needed, faster.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photos by

Kareen Sanderson

SAFE AND SOUND

SAFE AND SOUND

For modern festivals, harm reduction services are part of the game plan.

Words by

Max Lyman

Opening photo by

Zenon Kai Imaging

LISTENING TO PLANTS

LISTENING TO PLANTS

In tending to the land, we can restore diversity—and restore ourselves.

Words & Gallery Photos by

Juliana Bedoya

Opening photo by

Juan Martinezguerra

A TRUE COMOX GEM YOU’LL LOVE

A TRUE COMOX GEM YOU’LL LOVE

Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park.

MARMOTS IN FOCUS

MARMOTS IN FOCUS

The world’s rarest marmot lives on Vancouver Island. Photographer Catherine Babault wants to share its story with the world.

Words by

Mac Newton

Photos by

Catherine Babault

COME AS YOU ARE

COME AS YOU ARE

Conscious dance requires no skills or substances. And it’s remarkably freeing.

Words by

Bevin Clempson

Photos by

Meredith Rose

WE CAN DANCE IF WE WANT TO

WE CAN DANCE IF WE WANT TO

Two stories exploring different perspectives on this passionate, beautiful art form.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photo by

Meredith Rose

LIVING YOUR ZEST LIFE

LIVING YOUR ZEST LIFE

As Bill Nye said, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” So keep an open mind..

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photo by

Nick Thornton

MOUNTAINS AND MOTHERHOOD

MOUNTAINS AND MOTHERHOOD

Not every new mom’s to-do list includes summiting 53 peaks over 6000 feet.

Words & featured photo by

Eryn Tombu Haigh

AN ICONIC TRAIL IN THE MAKING

AN ICONIC TRAIL IN THE MAKING

It’s time to get The Vancouver Island Trail across the finish line.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Featured photo by

Chris Istace

WILD GARDENING

WILD GARDENING

Being a part of the great chain of life, and nourishing it.

Words & Art by

Sally Podmore

EYES ON THE TREES

EYES ON THE TREES

The nominations are closed, but the voting has just begun in the annual Tree of the Year (TOTY) contest. And everyone, of any age, is eligible to vote for their favourite tree between April 1 and May 31.

Words by

Carol White

Photo by

Jim Whyte

STOCKING THE WORLD

STOCKING THE WORLD

Got an appetite for DIY global cuisine? Find international ingredients right here at home.

Words by

Nicole Bergot

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

INSPIRING RECOVERY

INSPIRING RECOVERY

Rediscovering the joy of sport and my own spirit at the Invictus Games.

Words by

Nick Holyome

Photos courtesy of

Soldier On

LITTLE VALLEY: MAX WARD

LITTLE VALLEY: MAX WARD

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Max Ward, age 13

IN SEARCH OF OUR INDIGENEITY

IN SEARCH OF OUR INDIGENEITY

Diving into ancestral stories from Europe with Mythology Club Comox Valley.

Words by

Kester Reid

Photo by

Amy Shaw

FRASER CAIN’S UNIVERSE

FRASER CAIN’S UNIVERSE

The Valley resident behind one of the galaxy’s most popular websites.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Featured photo by

Sara Kempner

THE NIGHT RIDE

THE NIGHT RIDE

Moody, quiet, calm, serene. Wild, reflective eyes. Oh, how I love the secrets of the darkness.

Words by

Mical Dyck

Photo by

Lorenz Jimenez

ADVENTURES IN PADDLING

ADVENTURES IN PADDLING

Circumnavigating Vancouver Island by sea kayak.

Words & Photos by

Erica Keen

THE ELEVENTH HOUR FOR OLD GROWTH

THE ELEVENTH HOUR FOR OLD GROWTH

After decades of clearcutting, can a fundamental shift protect what’s left of BC’s ancient trees?

Words & Featured Photo by

Andrew Findlay

Gallery photo by

Chris Istace

BUSINESS IS BLOOMING

BUSINESS IS BLOOMING

Farm-to-table flowers are a growing movement in the Comox Valley.

Words & photos by

Lydia Jackson

TUNING IN TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES

TUNING IN TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Invented for music festivals, silent disco headphones find new life during COVID-19.

Words by

Ellian Bell

Photo by

Eugene Chung

THE COOL OF CURLING

THE COOL OF CURLING

There’s a place for everyone within the quintessential Canadian game.

Words by

Keith Parry

Photos by

Sara Kempner

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: LUC ANTAYA

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: LUC ANTAYA

Photo By

Luc Antaya

A BENEFIT FOR ALL

A BENEFIT FOR ALL

The Immigrant Welcome Centre helps new residents succeed in the Comox Valley.

Words by

Mac Newton

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

STEPS IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION

A student-led walk in the snow to help end homelessness.

Words by

Carrera Teal

Photo by

John Gower

THE GIFT OF LIFE

THE GIFT OF LIFE

It’s not on your driver’s license! Register to become an organ donor.

Words by

Sara Cherewaty

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

FAREWELL TO THE DENTAL BUS

FAREWELL TO THE DENTAL BUS

After over three decades, Peter Walford has parked his mobile practice.

Words by

Laura Busheikin

Photos courtesy of

Peter Walford

BY DESIGN

BY DESIGN

Using the language of architecture to build a life in a new country.

Words by

Vivian Dean

Photos courtesy of

Supermod

FEATURED ARTIST: LAURIE MARTZ

FEATURED ARTIST: LAURIE MARTZ

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: JIM WHYTE

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: JIM WHYTE

Photo By

Jim Whyte

FOLLOW THE MOUNTAIN HOME

FOLLOW THE MOUNTAIN HOME

A journey to one of Strathcona Provincial Park’s most iconic peaks.

Words & photos by

Claire Gordon

MAGIC IN THE DYE POT

MAGIC IN THE DYE POT

Fibre and fungi are key ingredients in Amy Crook’s creative process.

Words by

Marie Maccagno

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

WERE IT NOT FOR THE BIKE

WERE IT NOT FOR THE BIKE

Three days, two cyclists, and one island-sized mission.

Words & Featured Photo by

Dave Nowak

Gallery Photo by

Gary Egli

LITTLE VALLEY: DAKOTA BLOMGREN

LITTLE VALLEY: DAKOTA BLOMGREN

Reflections from a younger resident.

Photos by

Shannon Koroll

THE DAY THE PRINCE CAME TO TOWN

THE DAY THE PRINCE CAME TO TOWN

An irreverent look at a long-ago royal visit to the Comox Valley.

Words by

Dave Flawse

ALTERED LANDSCAPE

ALTERED LANDSCAPE

Restoring and reconnecting land and water includes understanding our history.

Words by

Meaghan Cursons

Photos by

Scott Bell

FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN

FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN

Spend a Monday night at the LINC.

Words & photos by

Kyle Hansen

WHALE BREATH AND ANGEL WINGS

WHALE BREATH AND ANGEL WINGS

The forces behind the tides aren’t as simple as you think.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photos by

Luke Phillips

JUMP SCARES AHEAD

JUMP SCARES AHEAD

Filmmaker Dan Webb brings sci-fi and horror to the Comox Valley.

Words by

Mac Newton

Illustration by

Ian Adams

A DOORWAY TO HOPE

A DOORWAY TO HOPE

ReStore helps get families into safe, sustainable NEW homes.

Words & Photos by

Karen McKinnon

SUNSET AT SMITH LAKE FARM

SUNSET AT SMITH LAKE FARM

Four photographers capture more than just snapshots.

Words by

Sara Kempner

Featured photo by

Meredith Rose

THE SCIENCE OF SASQUATCH

THE SCIENCE OF SASQUATCH

Dr. John Bindernagel spent decades researching BC’s most elusive creature.

Words by

Terrance James

Featured Photo by

Jo-Anne Johnson

VIVA LA TRASH PANDA

VIVA LA TRASH PANDA

It’s been around for 19 million years. So can the raccoon get a little grudging respect?

Words by

Neil Borecky

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

CHEERS TO THE LAZO BARREL COLLECTIVE

CHEERS TO THE LAZO BARREL COLLECTIVE

Three self-proclaimed beer geeks are crafting unique, tasty brews.

Words & Photos by

Sara Kempner

THE WOMAN IN THE FLORAL DRESS

THE WOMAN IN THE FLORAL DRESS

Élise Turgeon’s creative, generous spirit has brought a neighbourhood together.

Words by

Heather Gray

Photos by

Kareen Sanderson

RIDING DRAGONS ON THE SALISH SEA

RIDING DRAGONS ON THE SALISH SEA

Hope Afloat marks 20 years in the fight against cancer. Paddles up!

Words by

Anne Arseneau

Photos by

Sara Kempner

ALL IN THE SAME BOAT

ALL IN THE SAME BOAT

Connected by water—reflections after an afternoon on Comox Lake.

Words by

Jim Whyte

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

CHEERS TO THE LAZO BARREL COLLECTIVE

CHEERS TO THE LAZO BARREL COLLECTIVE

Three self-proclaimed beer geeks are crafting unique, tasty brews.

Words & Photos by

Sara Kempner

BRANCHING OUT

BRANCHING OUT

As a planner, Pieter Rutgers helped shape Vancouver’s parks. Now in semi-retirement, he shapes wood into beautiful furniture.

Words by

Mike B.

Photo by

Sara Kempner

GET THEE TO A GALLERY

GET THEE TO A GALLERY

Each of these galleries features a wide selection of locally made artwork at a variety of price points. You’ll find no pressure to buy, just creativity and brilliance aplenty to admire, and a warm welcome from people who love to talk about art.

LITTLE VALLEY: DARRAGH TORMEY

LITTLE VALLEY: DARRAGH TORMEY

Reflections from a younger resident.

Photo by

Sara Kempner

CREATING A CANOE

CREATING A CANOE

K’ómoks First Nation members combine ancient methods and modern tools to bring a new vessel to life.

Words by

K’ómoks First Nation

THE RISE OF MODERN GLEANING

THE RISE OF MODERN GLEANING

This ancient practice may be getting a rebrand, but it’s still about using our food resources wisely.

Words by

James McKerricher

Photos by

Meredith Rose

WILD SPACES BELONG TO EVERYONE

WILD SPACES BELONG TO EVERYONE

Recreation in the great outdoors hasn’t always been an option for people of colour in Canada. Erica Keen reflects on her family's history and the importance of nature.

Words & featured photo by

Erica Keen

FEATURED ARTIST: MARIANNE ENHÖRNING

FEATURED ARTIST: MARIANNE ENHÖRNING

T’AAM LAAN, STEERSMAN OF THE CANOE

T’AAM LAAN, STEERSMAN OF THE CANOE

A SUP adventurer’s trajectory through the mist.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photos by

Bruce Kirkby

SAVING PLACE

SAVING PLACE

Managing gentrification to protect the communities we love.

Words by

Cleo Corbett

Photos by

Luc Antaya

TRUE FACTS ABOUT FAKE BIRDS

TRUE FACTS ABOUT FAKE BIRDS

They’re among our most plentiful bird species, but seagulls don’t actually exist.

Words by

Neil Borecky

Photo by

Nick Thornton

A COMMUNITY’S HEART IS IN ITS FORESTS

A COMMUNITY’S HEART IS IN ITS FORESTS

The importance of knowing what you’ve got—before it’s gone.

Words & Photo by

Jennifer Jellett

FRIENDS OF FELINES

FRIENDS OF FELINES

The Kitty Cat P.A.L. Society cares for the Comox Valley’s under-loved cats.

Words by

Mac Newton

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

SHARING THE LAND

SHARING THE LAND

We can’t fix the past for our forests and watersheds, but we have to get the future right.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photos by

Luke Phillips

FROM CLEARCUTS TO COMMUNITIES

FROM CLEARCUTS TO COMMUNITIES

The Valley’s community halls have stories to tell.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

THE POWER OF GROWING THINGS

THE POWER OF GROWING THINGS

Ode to a Comox yarden (yes, that’s yard + garden).

Words by

Tyler Johns

Photos by

Meredith Rose

THE SNOWLINE

THE SNOWLINE

A tale of seeking adventure—and finding satisfaction—amid the unpredictable charm of the mountains.

Words & Photos by

Damien Jannet

A LOVE LETTER TO WATER

A LOVE LETTER TO WATER

Explore water as a living entity through a convergent program at the Comox Valley Art Gallery.

Words by

Glen Sanford

Photo by

Clea Minaker

FEATURED ARTIST: CHRISTIAN GEISSLER

FEATURED ARTIST: CHRISTIAN GEISSLER

NOSY NEIGHBOURS WELCOME

NOSY NEIGHBOURS WELCOME

During the Cumberland Home, Garden, and Culture Crawl, it’s totally okay to peek into your neighbours’ lives. They might even offer you a drink while you admire their tomato plants.

Words by

Meaghan Cursons

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: MORGAN NORTH

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: MORGAN NORTH

COMMUNITY, CARE, AND QUILTING

COMMUNITY, CARE, AND QUILTING

Local quilters have created a thriving guild, block by block and decade by decade.

Words by

Joline Martin

Photo by

Meredith Rose

LITTLE VALLEY: MYLA BEHZAD

LITTLE VALLEY: MYLA BEHZAD

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Myla Behzad

TUNED TO THE COMMUNITY’S FREQUENCY

TUNED TO THE COMMUNITY’S FREQUENCY

100.7 The Raven’s diverse team revitalizes a language and works to heal a nation.

Words by

Dave Flawse

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

THE THRILL OF THRIFTING

THE THRILL OF THRIFTING

Only got $20 in your pocket? Pop some tags in the Comox Valley.

MIND YOUR SKIN, NATURALLY

MIND YOUR SKIN, NATURALLY

Your skin protects you from the world. Take care of it with plant-infused products from local makers.

Words by

Zaaven Forest

Photo courtesy of

Native Naked Naturals

THE SEA IS RISING

THE SEA IS RISING

It's hard to get excited about something measured in millimetres. But ignoring climate resilience is no longer an option.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photo by

Luke Phillips

STYLE AND SUNSTAINABILITY

STYLE AND SUNSTAINABILITY

The Comox Valley’s artisanal clothing designers create slow fashion that will look and feel great for a very long time.

A GARDEN FOR EVERYONE

A GARDEN FOR EVERYONE

For 25 years, the Gardens on Anderton have offered peace and beauty to all who enter.

Words by

Loraine Hartley

Photo by

Cherry Ong

BURNING QUESTIONS

BURNING QUESTIONS

Landfill tours help youth rethink the hows and whys of waste—and what to do about it.

Words & photos by

Tina Willard-Stepan

GREENING YOUR MONEY

GREENING YOUR MONEY

Is it possible to invest for retirement—without supporting companies you don’t approve of?

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

FELLOWSHIP OF THE FOREST

FELLOWSHIP OF THE FOREST

Along the Cumberland Trail Network, you’re sure to be in good company.

Words by

Dawn Copeman

Photos by

Sara Kempner

FEATURED ARTIST: SHELLEY VANDERBYL

FEATURED ARTIST: SHELLEY VANDERBYL

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: ANIUEMILIA

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: ANIUEMILIA

VIDEOGRAPHERS AND FILMMAKERS

VIDEOGRAPHERS AND FILMMAKERS

The Comox Valley is home to a diverse group of visual artists who use video to tell compelling stories about nature, humanity, and community.

Words by

WANTED: DEATH COMPANIONS

WANTED: DEATH COMPANIONS

We’re all going to die, but most of us don’t want to talk about it. Let’s reframe the conversation.

Words by

Madeline Christie

Photos by

Jennifer Jellett

MEET THE BOOT FITTER

MEET THE BOOT FITTER

When you’ve got happy feet, you just ski better.

Words by

Neil Borecky

Photos by

Luc Antaya

LITTLE VALLEY: AVA THOMAS

LITTLE VALLEY: AVA THOMAS

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Ava Thomas

Photo by

Sara Kempner

THE BLUE BUZZ

THE BLUE BUZZ

Wild swimmers are only ever one swim away from a good mood.

Words by

Kerry Hale

Photo by

Glenn Naylor

THE GIFT OF MOTION

THE GIFT OF MOTION

A new non-profit wants all queer athletes to have role models and cheerleaders.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photos by

Meredith Rose

RETHINKING ONIGIRI

RETHINKING ONIGIRI

A Hornby Island entrepreneur takes a beloved Japanese seafood snack to the next level.

Words by

Britt Hanson

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

GETTING THE DRIFT

GETTING THE DRIFT

As a vibrant poetry scene emerges in the Valley, a new anthology showcases over three dozen poets’ work.

Words by

Ed Varney

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

DROP INTO A DEEP READ

DROP INTO A DEEP READ

Photographer Duncan Hague creates space to tell mountain biking’s unsung stories.

Words by

Dave Flawse

Photo by

Duncan Hague

SALMON AND STEWARDSHIP

SALMON AND STEWARDSHIP

the K’ómoks First Nation Guardian Watchmen use the bounty of the sea to help protect the forest.

Words by

Lisa Levesque

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

BREWMOX VALLEY 2.0

BREWMOX VALLEY 2.0

Not even a pandemic has stopped our growing love for local craft beer.

Words by

Max Oudendag

Photos by

Sara Kempner

WHERE THERE’S WATER, THERE’S HOPE

WHERE THERE’S WATER, THERE’S HOPE

Clearflo Solutions was already working on the global clean water crisis. Then their technology was needed much closer to home.

Words by

Bevin Clempson

&

Jenny Deters

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS

Winters in the Valley aren’t what they used to be. What does this mean for our water supply?

Words by

Tim Ennis

Photos by

Brett Kroeker

LET THE RIVERS RUN

LET THE RIVERS RUN

Streamkeepers keep a watchful eye on the Valley’s precious waterways.

Words by

Tanis Gower

Photos by

Meredith Rose

THE DUBIOUS PLEASURES  OF WINTER BIRDING

THE DUBIOUS PLEASURES OF WINTER BIRDING

Join the hardy, determined, somewhat anti-social ranks of winter birders.

Words by

Jason Straka

Photo by

James Mackenzie

BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED

BLOOM WHERE YOU’RE PLANTED

From Cumberland to the Caribbean, Chicago, and back: a local couple comes full circle.

Words by

Anja Roberts

Photo by

Crystal Chowdhury

A LIFE LIVED WITH VOLUME

A LIFE LIVED WITH VOLUME

We dedicate this volume of the CVC to Thomas Dunn, who inspired family, friends, and entire communities to experience everything in a big way. He will be missed.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photo by

Nik Dunn

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: CURTIS BLACKBURN

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: CURTIS BLACKBURN

THE COHOUSING CONCEPT

THE COHOUSING CONCEPT

Courtenay’s sustainable, social cohousing community creates a village of neighbours.

Words by

John Gower

Photos by

Meredith Rose

FEATURED ARTIST: SHARON LALONDE

FEATURED ARTIST: SHARON LALONDE

THE NORTHEAST WOODS

THE NORTHEAST WOODS

Comox’s favourite forest playground has many stories to tell.

Words by

Kerry Hale

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

PUBLISHED IN A PANDEMIC

PUBLISHED IN A PANDEMIC

Recent and recommended – books by local authors.

LITTLE VALLEY: RORY KEHLER

LITTLE VALLEY: RORY KEHLER

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Rory Kehler

SHELTER IN A NEW LAND

SHELTER IN A NEW LAND

For decades, private sponsors have been helping refugees find safe haven in the Comox Valley.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photo collage courtesy of

Sue Rambow

EVEN BETTER TOGETHER

EVEN BETTER TOGETHER

The Comox Valley Healthcare Foundation harnesses the power of collective giving to enhance local healthcare.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photo by

Marcie Dumais

PUTTING DOWN THE SAWS

PUTTING DOWN THE SAWS

Sy Pederson’s short film Tree Killer tells a story of rebellious loggers and advocates for change in BC’s forestry industry.

Words by

RJ Herron

Photo by

Chukwumuobi Obasi

FROM SECRET KNOWLEDGE TO SELF-IMPROVEMENT

FROM SECRET KNOWLEDGE TO SELF-IMPROVEMENT

A brief history of freemasonry.

Words by

Kevin Flesher

Featured photo by

Jim Whyte

SHOW US YOUR WORDS

SHOW US YOUR WORDS

Comox Valley Arts and the selection committee were thrilled with the response to our 2021 Elevate Summer Poetry Contest. Thanks to everyone who submitted entries, and congratulations to our winners, whose work is published here.

Photo by

Sara Kempner

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: FRANCOISE GERVAIS

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: FRANCOISE GERVAIS

FEATURED ARTIST: BRIAN JESSOP

FEATURED ARTIST: BRIAN JESSOP

ON A HUMBLE SCALE

ON A HUMBLE SCALE

An ordinary stormwater retention pond turns out to be remarkable, indeed.

Words by

Mac Newton

Photos by

Lorenz Jimenez

COMOX VALLEY STARGAZING

COMOX VALLEY STARGAZING

How to explore space from your own backyard.

Words & photo by

Sara Kempner

BRINGING BACK THE BYGONE

BRINGING BACK THE BYGONE

By restoring vintage furniture, we pay homage to the craftsperson, and to the forest which provided the raw material.

Words by

Dave Nowak

Photos by

Meredith Rose

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GREEN BURIAL

A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO GREEN BURIAL

It’s better to burn out than to fade away? Not always. New alternatives to cremation allow bodies to return to the earth naturally.

Words by

Madeline Christie

Featured photo by

Sita Then

THE EVOLUTION OF BANNOCK

THE EVOLUTION OF BANNOCK

This delicious, iconic food is both a staple of life and a symbol of Indigenous persistence.

Words by

Lyndsey Bell

Photos by

Jennifer Brazil

ROCK BEATS WATER

ROCK BEATS WATER

For climbers, the attraction of Comox Lake has always been the cliffs.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Featured photo by

Sara Kempner

THE MCLOUGHLIN GARDENS

THE MCLOUGHLIN GARDENS

A summer cottage becomes a place to dream and create.

Words by

Kerry Hale

Featured photo by

Susan Healy

TOWARD A MORE LIVABLE VALLEY

TOWARD A MORE LIVABLE VALLEY

Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness combines compassion and action.

Words by

RJ Herron

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

REIMAGINING REGIONAL RECREATION

REIMAGINING REGIONAL RECREATION

Four local governments working together for better parks and recreation management? It could be a reality very soon.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photos by

Sara Kempner

GETTING HIGH ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

GETTING HIGH ON VANCOUVER ISLAND

Singing the praises of our unique alpine environment.

Words & Photo by

Shane Johnson

SAILING FORTH

SAILING FORTH

A thirst for adventure, a boat of her own, and the Salish Sea as her playground.

Words by

Judith Wright

Featured photo by

Jenn Dykstra

WELCOME TO HISTORIC CUMBERLAND

WELCOME TO HISTORIC CUMBERLAND

The newly renovated Cumberland Museum offers more stories and more points of view.

Words by

Dawn Copeman

Photo by

Sara Kempner

GET AWAY TO GOLD RIVER

GET AWAY TO GOLD RIVER

Sure, it’s the gateway to Nootka Sound. But for outdoor lovers, Gold River is a treasure in its own right.

Words by

Anita Lawrence

Featured photo by

Dave Prothero

CUMBERLAND, A TINY-TOAD SUPERHIGHWAY

CUMBERLAND, A TINY-TOAD SUPERHIGHWAY

Small but mighty western toads have places to go, and we need to help them get there.

Words by

Annabelle Sproule

Photos by

Maxwel Hohn

SCENES FROM CVAG, 2020

SCENES FROM CVAG, 2020

An invitation to enter the Comox Valley Art Gallery, where art and community intersect.

Words by

Glen Sanford

Featured photo by

Kyle Little

SMASHING BARRIERS WITH SIP

SMASHING BARRIERS WITH SIP

Local organization aims to empower wheelchair users with the wonder of whitewater.

Words by

Haeley Dewhirst

Photos by

Dave Prothero

ART AND MENTORSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY

ART AND MENTORSHIP IN THE 21ST CENTURY

With family guidance, a young Indigenous artist expands her practice.

Words by

Keisha Everson

Featured photo by

Zac Whyte

FEATURED ARTIST: MIKE SAVAGE

FEATURED ARTIST: MIKE SAVAGE

FEATURED PHOTOGTAPHER: SHANNON KAY

FEATURED PHOTOGTAPHER: SHANNON KAY

THE POOP ON CUMBERLAND’S AMBITIOUS NEW WETLANDS PROJECT

THE POOP ON CUMBERLAND’S AMBITIOUS NEW WETLANDS PROJECT

…And three other fantastic sewage lagoons to see before you die.

Words by

Jason Straka

Photo by

Jenn Pentland

LITTLE VALLEY: OLIVIA KLASSEN

LITTLE VALLEY: OLIVIA KLASSEN

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Olivia Klassen

Photo by

Anna Rambow

PEDDLERS OF DELICIOUSNESS

PEDDLERS OF DELICIOUSNESS

Local food trucks do more than serve quick and tasty food. They help connect the community.

Words by

James McKerricher

Photos by

Sara Kempner

SECOND CHANCES

SECOND CHANCES

Hunting nearly emptied the Salish Sea of whales. Many species are returning—but they’re still at risk.

Words by

Trish Weatherall

Photo courtesy of

Eagle Eye Adventures

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT

Comox Valley Head Injury Society helps people with acquired brain injury walk the path toward recovery.

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

SUPERSONIC MEMORIES

SUPERSONIC MEMORIES

Tour the Comox Air Force Museum with a former Canadian Forces fighter pilot.

Words by

Rick Zyvitski

Featured photo by

Sara Kerr

THE RISE OF GRIND

THE RISE OF GRIND

Gravel bikes are bringing rhythm and cadence off the road and back into the wilderness.

Words by

Mike B.

Photos by

Roanne English

PERCEPTIONS, PREJUDICE, AND PRIDE

PERCEPTIONS, PREJUDICE, AND PRIDE

A small-town boy reflects on coming out in the Comox Valley.

Words by

Sam Peterson

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

THE NATURE CURE

THE NATURE CURE

The Comox Valley isn’t just a pretty place—it can heal what ails you.

Words by

Shawn Peters

Photo by

Sara Kempner

DEMYSTIFYING MUSHROOMS

DEMYSTIFYING MUSHROOMS

Move over, sourdough. The newest homesteading trend is mushrooms, and they’re popping up all over the place.

Words & Photo by

Darren Howlett

THE THREADS OF RECOVERY

THE THREADS OF RECOVERY

A former adrenaline junkie becomes a different kind of adventurer, exploring new cultures through weaving.

Words by

Andrea Townsend

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

SPEAKING FOR THE TREES

SPEAKING FOR THE TREES

The lush forest along the Puntledge River feels like a protected sanctuary, but some areas are slated for logging. A new local group aims to change that.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

FEATURED ARTIST: ZOEY MAYENBURG

FEATURED ARTIST: ZOEY MAYENBURG

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: JARRETT LINDAL

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: JARRETT LINDAL

HEALING DIRT

HEALING DIRT

Building up communities, one bike trail at a time, with Patrick Lucas.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Featured photo by

Scott Horley

LITTLE VALLEY: ZOË HENDERSON

LITTLE VALLEY: ZOË HENDERSON

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Zoë Henderson

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

COASTAL COLLABORATION

COASTAL COLLABORATION

In a pandemic season, tourism operators partner with First Nations to protect the shoreline.

Words & Photos by

Oriana Smy

RAISING WOMEN

RAISING WOMEN

Now in its 21st year, Comox Valley Girls Group provides a safe space for the development of female empowerment.

Words by

Allie Jenkinson

Photo by

Wendy Morin

CALLED TO THE BAR

CALLED TO THE BAR

Hornby Organic is building an energy-bar empire based on a family recipe.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photo by

Josh Dooley

TAKING THE TEMPERATURE ON GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS

TAKING THE TEMPERATURE ON GEOTHERMAL SYSTEMS

When it comes to energy efficiency, what’s hot may not be that cool.

Words by

Daniel Booy

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

UNHINDERED GOOD TIMES ON FORBIDDEN PLATEAU

UNHINDERED GOOD TIMES ON FORBIDDEN PLATEAU

It was all fun and games ’til the roof caved in—but the former Wood Mountain Ski Park still delivers the goods.

Words by

Mike B.

Featured photo by

Lindsey Pattinson

GOING DEEP

GOING DEEP

Reflections on life under water.

Words & Photos by

Ryan Miller

LITTLE VALLEY: ZOLA FINDLAY

LITTLE VALLEY: ZOLA FINDLAY

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Zola Findlay

with help from her sister

Sabine

GLOBAL BUSINESS, LOCAL IMPACTS

GLOBAL BUSINESS, LOCAL IMPACTS

When is it better to do something by half? Allow AquaQuest to demonstrate.

Words by

Meaghan Cursons

Featured photo by

Sarah Barrie

BEAVERS, WIDE OPEN!

BEAVERS, WIDE OPEN!

As RuPaul might say, getting to know more about our beavers may improve our quality of life.

Words by

Kristof Trout

Photos by

Bruce Moffat

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH

Hunger Moon is a shining read for a season of strangeness.

Words by

Nora Bingham

FROM FENCE BOARDS TO SURFBOARDS

FROM FENCE BOARDS TO SURFBOARDS

No foam here: old cedar takes on new life in handcrafted heirloom surfboards.

Words by

Dave Nowak

Photos by

Sara Kempner

GREY TURNED GREEN

GREY TURNED GREEN

Comox, British Columbia, tops the list of Best Communities to Live in Canada 2040.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photo by

Luke Phillips

MORE THAN KUS-KUS-SUM

MORE THAN KUS-KUS-SUM

Project Watershed is using a federal grant to restore the salmon highway: the Salish Sea's nearshore habitat.

Words by

Jennifer Sutherst

&

Dan Bowen

THROUGH THE VENEER

THROUGH THE VENEER

Getting creative in the place between water and air, where the perspective is elastic and welcoming.

Words & photo by

Lisa Graham

INFLUENZA’S DEADLY TRAIL

INFLUENZA’S DEADLY TRAIL

At the close of World War I, the so-called Spanish flu claimed lives all over the world, even in the Comox Valley.

Words by

Dawn Copeman

Photo courtesy of

The Cumberland Firehall

THE BEAUTY OF THE BURN

THE BEAUTY OF THE BURN

Buddhist wisdom tells us that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional. Try telling your body that.

Words & Photo by

Sarah Seads

THE SUSPENSE WON’T KILL US

THE SUSPENSE WON’T KILL US

COVID-19 has changed global tourism forever. Here on the island, local operators and residents need to imagine a new future for the industry.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photo by

Kat Craats

ALL FIRED UP

ALL FIRED UP

Award-winning potter Gordon Hutchens may be in his seventies, but he’s still got plenty of clay to shape, students to teach, and ideas to pursue.

Words & Photo by

Trish Weatherall

FEATURED ARTIST: RICHARD MRAVIK

FEATURED ARTIST: RICHARD MRAVIK

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: GLYNNIS GREY

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: GLYNNIS GREY

COURTENAY AFTER COVID

COURTENAY AFTER COVID

Twenty years after the pandemic, a local historian looks back.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

DRAWN TO THE FLAMES

DRAWN TO THE FLAMES

Because our personal relationship with fire is a cautious one, we love the excitement of fire shows.

Words by

Lisa Hamilton

Photo by

Ali Marie Parker

VERACITY OF THE VESPIDS

VERACITY OF THE VESPIDS

Wasps are a family of insects truly to be loathed. Or are they?

Words by

Neil Borecky

Photo by

Curtis Parker

PUTTING THE SUN TO WORK

PUTTING THE SUN TO WORK

Vancouver Island’s first Passive House Plus is healthful, comfortable, beautiful—and costs nothing to heat.

Words by

John Gower

Photos by

Luke Phillips

COVID DISCOVERIES

COVID DISCOVERIES

COVID MOMENTS

COVID MOMENTS

Reflections on going with the flow with a young family in this unusual time

Words by

Christa Petch

COMOX VALLEY SCHOOLS AND CORONAVIRUS

COMOX VALLEY SCHOOLS AND CORONAVIRUS

Pivoting with compassion

COLLABORATING AGAINST COVID-19

COLLABORATING AGAINST COVID-19

THE EGG EQUATION

THE EGG EQUATION

Not all eggs are created equal—here’s some straight-up clucking about which ones are best.

Words by

Bevin Clempson

Photo by

Jennifer Brazil

EASY, BREEZY E-BIKES

EASY, BREEZY E-BIKES

Rad new rides give biking a boost.

Words & photo by

Dave Prothero

LITTLE VALLEY: SAM GOLDBY

LITTLE VALLEY: SAM GOLDBY

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Sam Goldby

FED UP NO MORE

FED UP NO MORE

Edible Island and the evolution of alternative eating in the Comox Valley.

Words by

Mike Redican

Photos courtesy of

Susan Holvenstot

FEATURED ARTIST: JO PAYNE

FEATURED ARTIST: JO PAYNE

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: MATT NEWFIELD

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: MATT NEWFIELD

AIMING FOR ZERO

AIMING FOR ZERO

From circular to linear and back again: the human economy on a finite planet.

Words by

Tanis Gower

Photos by

Femke Overmaat

THE CURVE OF TIME

THE CURVE OF TIME

The classic story of a BC family’s sailing adventures still thrills modern readers.

Words by

Nora Bingham

Cover painting by

Harry Heine

TURNING DOWN THE TEMPERATURE

TURNING DOWN THE TEMPERATURE

Cumberland 2040: How Cumberland reached carbon negative

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

THIS PLACE IS FOR THE BIRDS

THIS PLACE IS FOR THE BIRDS

From fresh waters to the salty sea—the K’ómoks Important Bird Area.

Words & photo by

Sophie Vigneau

THE ART OF THE ARCHTOP

THE ART OF THE ARCHTOP

At the pinnacle of guitar making, you might just find Comox Valley luthier Wyatt Wilkie.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photos by

Sara Kempner

HOME IN THE HILLS

HOME IN THE HILLS

It took a community to build Vancouver Island’s backcountry hut.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photos by

Alex Mackay

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL LAND

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL LAND

The history and community behind Courtenay’s beloved Airpark.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

CHASING SUNSETS

CHASING SUNSETS

During a fashion-shoot visit to Fiji, a photographer connects with the beauty of ocean and land.

Words and Photos by

Paige Owen

THE VANCOUVER ISLAND MOUNTAIN CENTRE AND SPORTS SOCIETY

THE VANCOUVER ISLAND MOUNTAIN CENTRE AND SPORTS SOCIETY

The Mountain Centre is here, but do you know why?

Words by

Alycia Traas

Photo by

Kyle Hansen

LITTLE VALLEY: KELLAN D’AOUST

LITTLE VALLEY: KELLAN D’AOUST

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Kellan D'Aoust

FEATURED ARTIST: ANOUK HARTWELL

FEATURED ARTIST: ANOUK HARTWELL

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: BRETT KROEKER

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: BRETT KROEKER

THE ELK IN OUR BACKYARD

THE ELK IN OUR BACKYARD

Cameras in hand, two determined documentarians spend a season in pursuit of the Comox Valley’s elusive Roosevelt elk.

Words by

Dave Flawse

Painting by

Christine Boyer

THE PERKS OF PLAYING PRETEND

THE PERKS OF PLAYING PRETEND

Roleplaying games open up a world of adventure and exploration… and it’s all in the players’ imaginations.

Words by

Curt Carbonell

and

Sam Larente

THE BIG ONE

THE BIG ONE

In 1946, Forbidden Plateau was the epicentre of the Island’s last big earthquake. The Comox Valley experiences minuscule tremors all the time—are we due for another big one soon?

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photo by

Ron Pogue

BRAVO FOR BUCKET OF BLOOD

BRAVO FOR BUCKET OF BLOOD

This is the first of a series where the book-loving Nora Bingham will recommend books by BC-based authors, often with an Island connection.

Words by

Nora Bingham

Illustration by

Claire Guiot

YOU’LL BE GLAD TO HEAR: UNION BAY 2040

YOU’LL BE GLAD TO HEAR: UNION BAY 2040

A local writer imagines the letter his daughter will write him about her return to Union Bay 20 years from now.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photo by

Alexandre Crouzet

LIFE BEGINS AT 40

LIFE BEGINS AT 40

The resort heads into its fifth decade with plans for many more bluebird days ahead.

Words by

Mike Manara

Photos courtesy of

Mount Washington

A BACKCOUNTRY, MODULAR ROOM  OF ONE’S OWN

A BACKCOUNTRY, MODULAR ROOM OF ONE’S OWN

How one award-winning company is reinventing a classic design for modern adventurers.

Words by

Dave Nowak

PROFILE OF COMMUNITY IN ACTION SPONSORED BY NORTH ISLAND UROLOGY

PROFILE OF COMMUNITY IN ACTION SPONSORED BY NORTH ISLAND UROLOGY

Think you’ve lived in the Comox Valley a long time? These women run a farm that’s been in the family since John A. Macdonald was prime minister.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

THE SONSHINE LUNCH CLUB: A LOCAL LIFELINE

THE SONSHINE LUNCH CLUB: A LOCAL LIFELINE

Turns out there is such a thing as a free lunch. Five days a week, the Sonshine Lunch Club in Courtenay provides a nutritious meal and a gathering place for people who need a little help.

Words by

Mac Newton

Photo by

Sara Kempner

THE ORIGINAL SPIN SESSIONS

THE ORIGINAL SPIN SESSIONS

Black Creek’s spinning community has nothing to do with stationary bikes, and everything to do with the art and craft of wool.

Words by

Meagan Roberge

Photo by

Meredith Rose

NOW OR NEVER

NOW OR NEVER

A family of four pursues vast and vivid collective memories on a 10-month road trip.

Words & Photos by

Alice Grasby

COVERING NEW GROUND

COVERING NEW GROUND

The Stratchcona TrailRider Program, and others like it, strive to make the backcountry truly accessible.

Words by

Mike B.

Photo by

Scott Bell

LITTLE VALLEY: MIA BEATTIE

LITTLE VALLEY: MIA BEATTIE

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Mia Beattie

CREATIVE MOMENTUM

CREATIVE MOMENTUM

An inventive art show rallies local talent and business for the sake of environmental sea change.

Words by

Ross Bodenmann

Photos by

Gordon Ross

LITTLE VALLEY: ARYO BEHZAD

LITTLE VALLEY: ARYO BEHZAD

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Aryo Behzad

A NATURAL TEACHER

A NATURAL TEACHER

Ralph Shaw’s passion for the outdoors was paralleled by an enthusiasm for sharing his knowledge with future generations.

Words by

Kerry Hale

WITCHES OF THE WOODS

WITCHES OF THE WOODS

Folklore tells of female forms that dwell in the forest, personifying the power of this dark, natural world to frighten and mystify.

Words by

Meaghan Cursons

Photo by

Karley Bracey

FEATURED ARTIST: SARAH BERGERON

FEATURED ARTIST: SARAH BERGERON

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: VIKTOR DAVARE

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: VIKTOR DAVARE

CHANNELING THE STORM

CHANNELING THE STORM

In the face of climate change, the City of Courtenay is working on an integrated system to handle a resource that knows no boundaries.

Words by

Aly Bird

Photo by

Jenn Pentland

DARK SCIENCE

DARK SCIENCE

Biologists and “citizen scientists” in the Comox Valley have banned together to gather data on an elusive creature that has long been a metaphor for the fears of mankind.

Words by

Tim Ennis

Photos by

Neil Borecky

PERSONAL STYLE

PERSONAL STYLE

By rethinking what we wear, the slow fashion movement provides support for local artistry and a path to sustainability.

Words by

Nicole Bertram

Photos by

Meredith Rose

THE FOREST  AS OUR WITNESS

THE FOREST AS OUR WITNESS

There is a dark thread tangled into the rich and fascinating history of Cumberland. We follow along with those carrying the stories of the deceased into the former.

Words by

Ashley Hamilton-Macquarrie

Photos by

Shawn Pigott

HELLO GHOST

HELLO GHOST

In anticipation of the Halloween season, we offer a formal introduction to the spirits of the Comox Valley.

Words by

Kim Bannerman

Illustration by

Clive Powsey

COOL AND COLLECTED

COOL AND COLLECTED

The upcoming Farmers’ Market differs from the summer season, but provides an equally valuable way to fill your fridge and pantry.

Words by

Meagan Roberge

Photo by

Bill Jorgensen

REBUILDING A HERITAGE HOME

REBUILDING A HERITAGE HOME

After a Cumberland home catches fire, local professionals help the owners pay homage to history.

Words by

Jenn Laing

Photos by

Joanne McElroy

PROPHETS AND HARBINGERS

PROPHETS AND HARBINGERS

While we mostly live in harmony with owls, our fascination with these highly evolved predators is well represented in literature and mythology.

Words by

Neil Borecky

Photo by

Alexandra Stephanson

STROKE OF MAGIC

STROKE OF MAGIC

Accessing a glacier for a spring paddle board session is leagues above one couple’s regular adventures.

Words by

Alaina Vesper

Photo by

Bastian Fleury

DIFFICULT TERRAIN

DIFFICULT TERRAIN

Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue trains for innumerable circumstances in order to return people to civilization. But some challenges are more than physical.

Words by

Brad Kilgour

Photo by

Allan Sawchuck

FASHION FORWARD

FASHION FORWARD

How one small business is making an environmental sea change with thoughtfully crafted swimwear.

Words by

Bevin Clempson

Photos by

Matt Meredith

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

With the Federal Government on the verge of legalizing recreational marijuana use, Comox Valley municipalities drag their heels on implementing non-medicinal dispensaries while consumers find out-of-town alternatives.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photo by

Ultimate Grow

THE BRIGHTEST PATH

THE BRIGHTEST PATH

A serendipitous trip to New Zealand provides soothing reprieve from the west coast winter.

Words by

Nora Bingham

Photos by

Meredith Rose

MARKINGS OF THE MIND

MARKINGS OF THE MIND

A designer and artist utilizes his craft to break down the barriers of schizophrenia.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photos by

Ian Mckenzie

STOLEN MOMENTS

STOLEN MOMENTS

Time slows and memories collect and blur together while climbing amongst the Valley’s age-old terrain.

Words by

David Benton

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

FEATURED ARTIST: AVA LUNA

FEATURED ARTIST: AVA LUNA

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVE INGRAM

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: DAVE INGRAM

DEEP BLUE

DEEP BLUE

One of our community’s most crucial water sources is right under our feet.

Words by

Tim Ennis

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

FORTUNE FLAVOURS THE BOLD 

FORTUNE FLAVOURS THE BOLD 

Add depth and novelty to the summer season by branching out from your standard wine selection.

Words by

Ashley Shelest

Photos by

Yolanda Holderness

WHEREVER HELP IS NEEDED

WHEREVER HELP IS NEEDED

Celebrating 10 years in the Valley, the Comox Bay Care Society’s mobile Care-A-Van continues to drive forth positive values in our community.

Words by

Mac Newton

Photo by

Sara Kempner

ADAPT OR DIE

ADAPT OR DIE

Boomer Jerritt’s long history with photography represents the unique combination of skills needed to succeed in a saturated industry.

Words by

Jenn Dykstra

Photos by

Boomer Jerritt

REMARKABLE SOFTNESS

REMARKABLE SOFTNESS

Yarn bombing, the spontaneous act of applying textiles in public spaces, liberates both artist and observer from expectation.

Words by

Leanne Prain

Photos by

Jeff Christenson

BENEATH THE HIGH

BENEATH THE HIGH

Microdosing has become popular in places like Silicon Valley to increase productivity and creativity. Can taking a hit expand our thinking, or will it just mess with our minds?

Words by

Mike B.

Photos by

Sareh Puetz

GROWING CONSCIOUSNESS

GROWING CONSCIOUSNESS

Whether for our health, our planet, or the simple joy of food, the benefits of plant-based eating have become impossible to ignore.

Words by

Sally Podmore

Photos by

Joanne McElroy

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK

The economic boom of the early 20th century brought more than coal to the surface. This is the tight-lipped history of the Comox Valley sex trade.

Words by

Christa Petch

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

IN THE FIELD

IN THE FIELD

HIDDEN RICHES

HIDDEN RICHES

Long before it became a popular tourist destination, two adventurers stumbled upon the unexpected while exploring the Upana Caves.

Words & Painting

Nick Hutton-Jay

ON A WING AND A PRAYER

ON A WING AND A PRAYER

The misunderstood sport of speed flying requires practiced skill and careful calibration. It can also take a leap of faith.

Words by

Kyle Hansen

Photos by

Marc Jardine

IN SEARCH OF THE SIMPLE LIFE

IN SEARCH OF THE SIMPLE LIFE

Through an ever-changing landscape, a visual artist finds direction with a four-month road trip in a customized Chevy school bus.

Words & Photos by

Andrew Talbot

CURIOUS CREATURES

CURIOUS CREATURES

Catch-and-release aquariums provide a unique learning experience, sparking deep appreciation for the natural world.

Words by

Christa Petch

Photos by

Justine Adams

FRIENDLY COMPETITION

FRIENDLY COMPETITION

As well as a destination trail race, The Cumby is a fundraiser to protect the forest it winds through.

Words by

Cathy Clark

Photos by

Lorenz Jimenez

LITTLE VALLEY: JUSTIN YARETZ

LITTLE VALLEY: JUSTIN YARETZ

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Justin Yaretz

FEATURED ARTIST: ALEX MAERTZ

FEATURED ARTIST: ALEX MAERTZ

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: PAIGE OWEN

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: PAIGE OWEN

SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION

SUPPORTING THE NEXT GENERATION

In partnership with School District 71, skilled timber framers are teaching their craft to Comox Valley youth.

Words by

Randy Churchill

&

Randy Grey

IN HER ELEMENT

IN HER ELEMENT

Through the push and pull of turbulence and peace, strength and submission, a surfer awakens.

Words & featured photo by

Laurissa Cebryk

Gallery photo by

Mélina Lamoreux

PROTECTING THE BALANCE

PROTECTING THE BALANCE

Roughly one-sixth of Denman Island residents are a member of the Association for Denman Island Marine Stewards, an organization doing work on the ground for the sake of surrounding waters.

Words by

Mac Newton

Photo by

Keith Clark

THE RETURN OF GIANTS

THE RETURN OF GIANTS

Following a decline due to the West Coast’s whaling history, the humpback population around Vancouver Island is making a massive comeback.

Words by

Sarah Hauser

Photo by

Brandon Hamilton

CRUMBLING CANNERIES

CRUMBLING CANNERIES

The profits from a thriving fishing industry dried up, and businesses moved on. Some of the sites left behind are in hazardous decay, polluting our oceans and tarnishing BC’s coast.

Words & Photos by

Oriana Smy

AQUA MAN

AQUA MAN

The original underwater superhero swims the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Words by

Mike B.

Photo by

John Kelsey

CURRENT DEMAND

CURRENT DEMAND

The nutrient-rich waters of Baynes Sound provide the ideal conditions for oyster harvesting, drawing workers to the Valley’s steady industry.

Words by

Dave Flawse

Photo by

Mike LeBlanc

CRUCIAL AND COMPASSIONATE CARE

CRUCIAL AND COMPASSIONATE CARE

The Vancouver Island Hospice Society provides assistance for people with terminal illnesses and the families that surround them. One woman takes to the bike to provide support in return.

Words by

Ellissa Prendergast

Photos by

Leah Hull

CONTINENTAL DRIFT

CONTINENTAL DRIFT

During a kayaking trip to Ecuador, a local photographer’s interests converge with like-minded North American adventurers.

Words & Photos by

Dave Prothero

A LIFE THAT BENEFITS OTHERS

A LIFE THAT BENEFITS OTHERS

Now a permanent resident of the Valley, A Tibetan Buddhist Monk has turned hardship into a teaching legacy.

Words by

Bevin Clempson

Photo by

Gordon Ross

THE WATERS WITHIN

THE WATERS WITHIN

Reflecting our past through a lens of sustainability to voice our hope for the future.

Words & Photos by

Paige Brown

ABANDON SHIP

ABANDON SHIP

Orphaned by their owners, a number of derelict boats litter the shores of Comox harbour. Due to murky jurisdiction and a lack of accountability, they’ll remain indefinitely.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photo by

Sara Kempner

UNLIKELY SHIPMATES

UNLIKELY SHIPMATES

A coast dweller and her dog navigate life's currents aboard a small sailboat.

Words & Photo by

April Bencze

HOME BASE

HOME BASE

The history of CFB Comox tells of the West Coast’s strategic landscape and Canada’s defence strategies dating back to 1942.

Words by

Camille Douglas

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

PLAYING THE LONG GAME

PLAYING THE LONG GAME

A lot of change comes with the passing of multiple decades, but a committed gathering of floor hockey players shows that some good things stay the same.

Words by

Dave Nowak

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

BEARING WITNESS

BEARING WITNESS

Just across the Salish Sea, only 70 kilometres from Campbell River as the crow flies, the Xwémalkwu (Homalco) people share the land with dozens of grizzly bears—and awe-struck visitors.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

LITTLE VALLEY: CADENCE HERRON

LITTLE VALLEY: CADENCE HERRON

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Cadence Herron

FEATURED ARTIST: JENNIFER EATON

FEATURED ARTIST: JENNIFER EATON

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: SHERYL HANULA

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: SHERYL HANULA

GROUND RULES

GROUND RULES

In a rapidly growing community, development sprawl and the preservation of common space is a tense subject. Despite new demands and changing ownership, our old habits are hard to break.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photo by

Dave Ingram

WHAT TIME LEAVES BEHIND

WHAT TIME LEAVES BEHIND

The Trent River’s unique ecology has made its banks host to many exciting fossil discoveries, by palaeontologists and casual visitors alike.

Words & Photo by

Pat Trask

WINTER FUN FOR EVERYONE

WINTER FUN FOR EVERYONE

Vancouver Island Society for Adaptive Snowsports strives to make the joy of skiing and snowboarding accessible to all.

Words by

Peter Gardiner-Harding

Photos by

Chris Baikie

SMOOTH MOVES

SMOOTH MOVES

Through hard work and distinct vision, a network of local trail builders are carving out the future of mountain biking in Cumberland.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

A CHILLING TURN

A CHILLING TURN

For a pair of spirited river surfers, a surge of excitement for ideal conditions quickly turns dangerous.

Words by

Curtis Parker

Photo by

Ali Marie Parker

WHAT MOVES US

WHAT MOVES US

The rivers of the Comox Valley have the power to carry us home.

Words by

Mike B.

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

LONG MAY YOU RUN

LONG MAY YOU RUN

Dancing In Gumboots is an intimate portrait of a bygone era on the coast, telling the tales of bold and inventive women arriving to the Valley in the '60s and '70s.

Words by

Allie Jenkinson

Photos courtesy of

Jane Wilde

AN ELEGANT STRUGGLE

AN ELEGANT STRUGGLE

The tranquil experience of our riverbanks betrays the life-and-death cycle that is central to the health of our forests and watersheds.

Words by

Kristen Walters

Photos by

April Bencze

UNIVERSAL LOCAL

UNIVERSAL LOCAL

Dancer and teacher Cathy Stoyko’s many cultural contributions include a multi-purpose space in Cumberland dedicated to inclusivity and creative freedom.

Words by

Zoë Cooper

Photo by

Shane Philip

WITH CHILDLIKE WONDER

WITH CHILDLIKE WONDER

With nostalgic food, a coastal road trip, and unforgettable animals, a family trip to South Africa reunites generations.

Words & Photos by

Andy Phillips

THE GEM OF ISLAND  MOUNTAINEERING

THE GEM OF ISLAND MOUNTAINEERING

Three locals tackle Mt. Colonel Foster to find that it has more lessons to teach than a single climb can provide.

Words & Photos by

Tyler Bellows

STANDING TALL

STANDING TALL

Karver Everson and Randy Frank are resurrecting a style of totem pole carving traditional to the K’ómoks people. Their Guardian poles continue to be raised on unceded traditional territory throughout the Valley in honour of First Nations History and the path we must all walk toward reconciliation..

Words by

Roger Albert

Photos by

Sara Kempner

CREATIVE CONTROL

CREATIVE CONTROL

Considering the perpetual excellence of Cumberland-based musician and producer Corwin Fox.

Words by

Archie Pateman

Photo by

Jodie Ponto

ON THE RISE

ON THE RISE

The techniques and ingredients used in old-world bread baking are better for you, from starter to finish.

Words by

Bevin Clempson

Photo by

Danika Mcdowell

VOTING FOR  VITALITY

VOTING FOR VITALITY

While the political process can be disenchanting to voters, the accessibility of local politics allows us to get closer to the roots of democracy and play a direct role in shaping the future of the Valley.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Illustration by

Ian Adams

THINKING BEYOND BUSINESS

THINKING BEYOND BUSINESS

Much more than a local accommodation, a lodge in BC’s oldest national park trains outdoor educators and guides while acting as a steward to the surrounding environment.

Words by

Laurel Sliskovic

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

ON ANY GIVEN THURSDAY

ON ANY GIVEN THURSDAY

Dropping in on the members of the Comox Valley Horseshoe Club, where simple pleasures are honoured and everybody’s welcome.

Words by

Dave Nowak

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

THE CLARITY OF GLASS

THE CLARITY OF GLASS

A New Zealand artist reclaims herself through the sensory joys of a Campbell River studio.

Words by

Suzanna Weimer

Photos by

Vince Kehn

PREPARING FOR THE PRESENT

PREPARING FOR THE PRESENT

Paying attention, being aware, and having presence of mind is habitual.

Words by

Mac Newton

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

SPINNING GOLD

SPINNING GOLD

A search for wilderness, adventure, and single track in the land of the midnight sun.

Words & Photos by

Leah Ballin

THE GREAT INDOORS

THE GREAT INDOORS

Blurring the lines between woods and water, comfort and camping, Brown’s Bay Resort is a charming getaway for Vancouver Island travellers./h2>

Words by

Laurel Sliskovic

Photos by

James Headrick

LITTLE VALLEY: NAOMI CHARETTE

LITTLE VALLEY: NAOMI CHARETTE

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Naomi Charette

GIRL ON FIRE

GIRL ON FIRE

The quiet dirt road in Merville where Arcade Fire violinist Sarah Neufeld was raised led her loudly around the globe.

Words by

Mike B.

Photo by

Gesi Schilling

OPPRESSION AND RESILIENCE

OPPRESSION AND RESILIENCE

134 years ago, the Canadian Government introduced legislation to ban the P'a_sa, or Potlach, in an attempt to disassemble the culture of Indigenous peoples in Canada. An exhibit at the Comox Valley Art Gallery aims to educate the public about this section of Canadian history, and the impact that continues to reverberate today.

Words by

Keisha Everson

Photo by

Boomer Jerritt

SMOOTHING A DIFFICULT PATH

SMOOTHING A DIFFICULT PATH

Today ‘N’ Tomorrow provides guidance through teenage pregnancy, allowing parents to finish school and plan for the future.

Words by

Thea Miller

Photos by

Jenny Deters

PIONEERS AND BROKEN DREAMS

PIONEERS AND BROKEN DREAMS

Exploring northern Vancouver Island’s San Josef Bay with Cove Adventures.

Words & Photos by

Tim Ennis

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

Cycling opportunities in the Valley are growing, combining the best of the area’s food, wine, and scenery into a selection of man-powered packages.

Words by

Paula Worthington

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

A SELFLESS PROTECTOR OF ALL THINGS WILD

A SELFLESS PROTECTOR OF ALL THINGS WILD

Remembering the legacy of Ruth Masters and the priceless gifts—both physical and intangible—that she bestowed on our community.

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photos by

Friends of Ruth Masters

FAMILY FRAMEWORK

FAMILY FRAMEWORK

Through strong vision and tireless effort, an easily dismissed property in Union Bay becomes a unique and envious west coast gem.

Words by

Jamie McCue

Photos by

Sara Kempner

THE DIRECTION OF DISCOMFORT

THE DIRECTION OF DISCOMFORT

How moving outside of your regular patterns can help you manage fear and map your own future.

Words by

Mia Jerritt

Photo by

Kyle Hansen

RACING THE LIGHT

RACING THE LIGHT

A team of Comox Valley runners road trips to the Alberta/BC border to test themselves with the Sinister 7 Ultra Marathon.

Words by

Leah Knutson

Photos by

Mike LeBlanc

THE PLACES WE MAKE

THE PLACES WE MAKE

The Cumberland Community Forest Society reflects deep-rooted passions to map out a flourishing future.

Words by

Meaghan Cursons

Photos by

RJ Herron

INTO THE GREAT WHITE OPEN

INTO THE GREAT WHITE OPEN

For the intrepid traveller, Antarctica offers remote beauty and wilderness on a startling scale.

Words & Photos by

Gordon Ross

GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE

GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE

From snowboard pro to media master, Comox-raised Eric Greene continues to forge his own way in New York City.

Words by

Mike B

Photos by

Lucy Laucht

BAR CART BOUNTY

BAR CART BOUNTY

From humble Roman origins, the refreshing shrub is making a comeback in the craft cocktail scene.

Words by

Elisabeth Lee

SPIN IT TO WIN IT

SPIN IT TO WIN IT

A trio of world-class athletes steps up to provide off-season training for young riders.

Words by

Clay Ward

Photo by

Eugene Chung

DEATH OF A WORKER’S FRIEND

DEATH OF A WORKER’S FRIEND

From the UK to Nova Scotia to his final resting place in the heart of Cumberland, Ginger Goodwin’s life represents a voice for workers the world over.

Words by

Dawn Copeman

GRAVITATIONAL PULL

GRAVITATIONAL PULL

Straight across the Strait, a manicured bike park and cycle-forward community provides a draw for amateur and experienced riders alike.

Words by

Nicole Rippel

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

LITTLE VALLEY: TAYLOR GRINDE

LITTLE VALLEY: TAYLOR GRINDE

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Taylor Grinde

THE PEACOCK BEAN PARADOX 

THE PEACOCK BEAN PARADOX 

How a drive to be independent and self-sufficient unexpectedly led to community connection.

Words by

Joyce Lindemulder

Photos by

Re Bastien

THE TROUBLE WITH WOLVES

THE TROUBLE WITH WOLVES

In an attempt to protect ungulate species, BC is faced with a difficult dilemma. Is culling their predators an ethical response—and a scientifically sound solution?

Words by

Andrew Findlay

Photos by

April Bencze

FINDING YOUR SPARK 

FINDING YOUR SPARK 

For those in search of inspiration, Quadra Island’s Hollyhock provides a unique opportunity for learning and growth.

Words by

Mary Ruth Snyder

Photos by

Amanda McNaughton

HOME VIDEO

HOME VIDEO

Balancing the give-and-take required to responsibly host the filmmaking process in our own backyard.

Words & Photos by

Ross Bodenmann

THE STAY-AT-HOME DEFENCEMAN

THE STAY-AT-HOME DEFENCEMAN

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, former NHL player Willie Mitchell embraces the captain role at Clayoquot Sound’s newest resort.

Words by

Allie Jenkinson

Photos by

Jeremy Koreski

BRIDGING THE GAP

BRIDGING THE GAP

By offering direct assistance to those in need, The Dawn to Dawn Organization is addressing homelessness and affordable housing head on.

Words & Photo by

RJ Herron

A WILDERNESS RETREAT, REIMAGINED

A WILDERNESS RETREAT, REIMAGINED

With a pair of new managers at the helm, a Comox Valley Lodge switches gears to service both locals and tourists.

Words by

Allie Jenkinson

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

THE NATIVE SONS HALL

THE NATIVE SONS HALL

The history of a storied and culturally significant building in the heart of our community.

Words by

Kerry Hale

Photos by

Sara Kempner

STRAIGHT AND TO THE POINT

STRAIGHT AND TO THE POINT

For a skilled bow and arrow craftsman, the pursuit of stump shooting provides a path toward engaged living and a deeper awareness of our place in the world.

Words by

Blayne Prowse

Photo by

Lorenz Jimenez

THE DIRTY AND THE DEDICATED

THE DIRTY AND THE DEDICATED

Cumberland braces for Dodge City X, the Village’s first off-road triathlon.

Words by

Ryan Parton

Image supplied by

DODGE CITY

CHOSEN ROADS

CHOSEN ROADS

By four-stroke engine or clipless pedals, a Cumberland Rider finds power in two wheels, however they spin.

Words by

Erika Anderson

Photo by

Brian King

ANCHORED IN ICELAND

ANCHORED IN ICELAND

An experienced traveller connects the past, present, and future on a sail and ski adventure.

Words & Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

A COMMUNITY EMERGES

A COMMUNITY EMERGES

Redefining the curriculum to create a better chance of success for Indigenous students.

Words by

Rory Mcclure

Photos by

James Headrick

LITTLE VALLEY: INDI NEUFELD

LITTLE VALLEY: INDI NEUFELD

Our young residents reflect on the home they’re growing up in.

Words by

Indi Neufeld, age 9

EVERYDAY INDULGENCES

EVERYDAY INDULGENCES

Favourites during the season of coziness and comfort food, certain chocolate and cheese varieties offer positive (and surprising) neurological effects.

Words by

Elisabeth Lee

Photo by

Meredith Rose

READY AND ABEL

READY AND ABEL

Iconic and quirky, Mount Cain is more than a mere ski hill. It’s a cog set of individuals making turns for themselves, and for the better.

Words by

Neil Borecky

Photos by

Patrick Kitto

ON A SWELL AND A PRAYER

ON A SWELL AND A PRAYER

In one year a local paddler goes from rookie to evangelist in the fastest man-powered boat on the water.

Words by

Ryan Stuart

Photo by

Dave Prothero

POWER MOVE

POWER MOVE

A longtime admirer of hip hop dance gets out of the corner.

Words & Photo by

Bevin Clempson

GOING PUBLIC

GOING PUBLIC

Collaborating towards a beautiful future through art initiatives in the Comox Valley.

Words & photos by

Ross Bodenmann

TOUGH LOVE

TOUGH LOVE

Four artists collectively known as the Wood Vibe Tribe are refreshing woodworking traditions and using the power of camaraderie to shape their own identities.

Words by

Dave Nowak

Opening photo by

KAIN McCOLLUM

THE SWEET SPOTS

THE SWEET SPOTS

Using Shinrin-yoku and the beauty of our surroundings to heal during times of transition.

Words by

Terry Folks

&

Wendy Turner

FIELD OF DREAMS

FIELD OF DREAMS

Turning the tides to de-industrialize the estuary in the heart of our community.

Words by

Tim Ennis

Featured photo by

Robert Lundquist

HEROES,  BIG AND SMALL

HEROES, BIG AND SMALL

For over 30 years, YANA has been assisting Comox Valley families struggling to cope with their children’s medical emergencies. The organization, and the passion of its volunteers, is as strong as ever.

Words by

April Trigg

Photos by

Karen McKinnon

THE CONSTANT GARDENERS

THE CONSTANT GARDENERS

A determined settler and a reflective musician find solace in a single piece of land, decades apart.

Words by

Katrina Kadoski

Illustration by

Laurel Meyer

FOOD AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

FOOD AT THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY

LUSH Valley Food Action Society.

Words by

RJ Herron

Photos by

Amy Shaw

AT JOURNEY’S END

AT JOURNEY’S END

The radiant compassion and wisdom of Amida Buddha and the grace and forbearance of the Japanese who once lived here.

Words by

Dawn Copeman

Photo by

Jenn Dykstra

COMPASS ADVENTURE

COMPASS ADVENTURE

All points to the water

Words by

Ryan Stuart

UP, UP, AND AWAY FROM IT ALL

UP, UP, AND AWAY FROM IT ALL

Comox Glacier bike and hike.

Words & photos by

Sarah Hauser

PADDLE TO THE SEA

PADDLE TO THE SEA

Exploring the Puntledge Hatchery.

Words & photos by

Tim Ennis

FULL OF LIFE

FULL OF LIFE

Clam Gardens in the Salish Sea.

Words by

Kelly Forbes

25 YEARS OF FRESHNESS AND CARE

25 YEARS OF FRESHNESS AND CARE

Confessions of a Comox Valley Farmers’ Market Junkie.

Words by

Traci Skuce

Photo by

Bill Jorgensen

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: BRYAN WALWORK

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: BRYAN WALWORK

FEATURED ARTIST: JULIE SABEY

FEATURED ARTIST: JULIE SABEY

THE ROOT OF INDOCHINA

THE ROOT OF INDOCHINA

A pilgrimage to Fanispan Mountain.

Words & Photos by

Lindsay Elms

THESE LEGENDARY WALLS.  THESE STORIED WATERS.

THESE LEGENDARY WALLS. THESE STORIED WATERS.

Many of the Comox Valley’s iconic pubs have come and gone, but, like empty cans of Lucky Lager beside a gravel road, the memories remain.

Words by

Mike B

Photo courtesy of

Courtenay and District Museum 990.24.299

FIELD NOTES

FIELD NOTES

Homesteading in the Comox Valley.

Words & photos

Sarah Kehler

PAINTING WITH FIRE AND SODA

PAINTING WITH FIRE AND SODA

Conjuring art in the midst of chaos: ceramics of Jeff Brett

Words & Photo by

Jeff Brett

NATURALLY AWARE

NATURALLY AWARE

An interview with April Bencze.

Interview & photo by

Ross Bodenmann