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AXÉ CAPOEIRA AND KUMUGWE DANCERS

AXÉ CAPOEIRA AND KUMUGWE DANCERS

Warrior spirit in the Bighouse

Words & photos by

Sara Kempner

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: COLIN PENDZIWOL

FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: COLIN PENDZIWOL

FEATURED ARTIST: LEE GASS

FEATURED ARTIST: LEE GASS

CAMPBELL RIVER FOOD BANK’S DREAM FOR THE FUTURE

CAMPBELL RIVER FOOD BANK’S DREAM FOR THE FUTURE

Planting the seeds of food security

Photos by

Shelby Reid

CREATING A SANCTUARY FOR CORKY THE ORCA

CREATING A SANCTUARY FOR CORKY THE ORCA

Double Bay Sanctuary

Words & photos by

Michael Reppy

CVOX: COMOX VALLEY COMMUNITY RADIO

CVOX: COMOX VALLEY COMMUNITY RADIO

A local fountain of music, culture, and information

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

HA̱’ME’ RESTAURANT REOPENS AT KWA’LILAS HOTEL

HA̱’ME’ RESTAURANT REOPENS AT KWA’LILAS HOTEL

Food security and a celebration of culture

Words by

Camilla Sampson

Photos courtesy of

Ha̱'me'

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

Centre Stage

Centre Stage

The appeal of taking part in community theatre.

Words & photos courtesy of

Doris Wagner

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

The Heriot Bay Inn

The Heriot Bay Inn

Where ghosts, custodians, and community gather.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

BUSINESS IS BLOOMING

BUSINESS IS BLOOMING

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

Words & photos by

Lydia Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Colin Somers

Colin Somers

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

SAVING PLACE

SAVING PLACE

Managing gentrification to protect the communities we love.

Words by

Cleo Corbett

Photos by

Luc Antaya

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

FROM CLEARCUTS TO COMMUNITIES

FROM CLEARCUTS TO COMMUNITIES

The Valley’s community halls have stories to tell.

Words by

Jen Groundwater

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

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.

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

Featured Photographer: True Dennison

Featured Photographer: True Dennison

Little River

Little River

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

Words by

Sophie Kuhl

Words by

Simon Kuhl

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 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

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

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

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

THE NORTHEAST WOODS

THE NORTHEAST WOODS

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

Words by

Kerry Hale

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

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

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

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

Jake Tinkler-Josephi

Jake Tinkler-Josephi

The Future is Digital

The Future is Digital

Adversity Sparks Creative Innovation At Campbell River’s Tidemark Theatre

Words by

Alison Bell

Photos by

Tidemark Theatre

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

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

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

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

Humming Bird Zen

Humming Bird Zen

A local family’s amazing interaction with their feathered friends

Words & Photos by

Erin Wallis

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haig-Brown Writer in Residence Program

Haig-Brown Writer in Residence Program

A place of welcome and inspiration on the banks of Campbell River.

Words By

Ken Blackburn

Words By

Sandra Parrish

Finding Connection, Nourishing Community

Finding Connection, Nourishing Community

One family's renewed commitment to celebrating food, family, and friends.

Words By

Carmen Amberson

Photos By

Erin Wallis

Featured Photographer: Moira Le Patourel

Featured Photographer: Moira Le Patourel

Featured Artist: Sonny Assu

Featured Artist: Sonny Assu

An Aerial Perspective

An Aerial Perspective

Seeing the forest and the trees without leaving the ground.

Words & Photo By

Colin Filliter

COVID MOMENTS

COVID MOMENTS

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

Words by

Christa Petch

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

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

Salmon, Fundraising, and Volunteering

Salmon, Fundraising, and Volunteering

How one night of celebration supports a community vision.

Words By

Naomi Tabata

Photo by

Eiko Jones

Biking and Learning with Sprockids

Biking and Learning with Sprockids

Seeing health and connection to community in kids of all ages.

Words & Photo By

Matthew Fox

Little River

Little River

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

Words & Photo By

Raegan Collins

Featured Photographer: Eiko Jones

Featured Photographer: Eiko Jones

Featured Artist: Cathy Holfeld

Featured Artist: Cathy Holfeld

Living with Less

Living with Less

How one woman’s quest to shop less ended up expanding her life.

Words By

Briana James

Photo by

Alison Dawn

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LITTLE VALLEY: ARLO FLEENOR

LITTLE VALLEY: ARLO FLEENOR

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

Words by

Arlo Fleenor

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

IN THE FIELD

IN THE FIELD

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

LITTLE VALLEY: JUSTIN YARETZ

LITTLE VALLEY: JUSTIN YARETZ

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

Words by

Justin Yaretz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CREATIVE CONTROL

CREATIVE CONTROL

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

Words by

Archie Pateman

Photo by

Jodie Ponto

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

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

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

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

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

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

LITTLE VALLEY: TAYLOR GRINDE

LITTLE VALLEY: TAYLOR GRINDE

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

Words by

Taylor Grinde

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

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

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

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

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

FIELD NOTES

FIELD NOTES

Homesteading in the Comox Valley.

Words & photos

Sarah Kehler

NATURALLY AWARE

NATURALLY AWARE

An interview with April Bencze.

Interview & photo by

Ross Bodenmann

LITTLE VALLEY: VIJAY HOWE

LITTLE VALLEY: VIJAY HOWE

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

Words by

Vijay Howe, age 13

NANAIMO

NANAIMO

Appreciating the old and discovering the new.

Words & Photos by

SERENITY IN SEAL BAY

SERENITY IN SEAL BAY

Finding beauty on the trails.

Words & Photos by

Kyle Hansen

COMOX VALLEY’S CRAFTING COMMUNITY

COMOX VALLEY’S CRAFTING COMMUNITY

Connecting a community of Comox Valley crafters with the world

Words by

Nat Raedwulf Pogue

Photos by

Ron Pogue

A LIFE’S WORK, IN PROGRESS

A LIFE’S WORK, IN PROGRESS

An interview with Comox Valley’s Poet Laureate Kevin Flesher.

Interview & Photo by

Ross Bodenmann

MORE THAN GOOD DESIGN

MORE THAN GOOD DESIGN

Dialect Design Studio

Words & Photos by

Jamie McCue

ELEGANT STRENGTH

ELEGANT STRENGTH

An interview with Dianne Hawkins.

FAST FOOD ISN’T ALWAYS BAD FOOD

FAST FOOD ISN’T ALWAYS BAD FOOD

Our local food movement provides convenient, delicious, and healthy meal options.

Words by

Hans Peter Meyer

Photos by

Ron Pogue

LITTLE VALLEY: MOLLY MCCUE

LITTLE VALLEY: MOLLY MCCUE

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

Words by

Molly McCue, age 10

LOCAL TOURISM’S LURE

LOCAL TOURISM’S LURE

Island residents will deepen their social, environmental, and cultural connections by vacationing close to home.

Words by

Laurel Sliskovic

Illustrations by

Laurel Meyer

WATER-PROOFED PIONEERS

WATER-PROOFED PIONEERS

'Wet-Coast' inspired waterproof solutions for world travels and backward adventures.

Words by

Dave Nowak

Featured photo by

Jenn Dykstra

THE MAN, THE LEGEND

THE MAN, THE LEGEND

An interview with William 'Bronco' Moncrief.

Interview by

Sydney Moncrief

LITTLE VALLEY: BHODI LAPERRIERE

LITTLE VALLEY: BHODI LAPERRIERE

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

Words by

Bhodi LaPerriere, Age 9

PASSIONATE BREWING

PASSIONATE BREWING

The story of cancer, community and a hospital mini fridge.

Words by

Kerry Hale

Photos by

Karley Bracey

OUTSIDE IN

OUTSIDE IN

A young man’s journey from the forest to the Banff International Film and Book Festival.

Words by

Tao Werner

Photos by

Sara Kempner

GROWING UP IN THE WOODS

GROWING UP IN THE WOODS

The technique of Métissage storytelling blends a child’s, an educator’s, and a historical point of view, for a holistic understanding of learning in the outdoors.

Words by

Heather Thomson

Photos by

Karen McKinnon

COMPLETE COMBUSTION

COMPLETE COMBUSTION

A young mason unites modern heating challenges with ancient solutions.

Words by

Dave Nowak

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

ART ALCHEMY

ART ALCHEMY

Artists in the Comox Valley create and cultivate a vibrant studio/gallery.

Words by

RJ Herron

Photo by

Karen McKinnon

LITTLE VALLEY: ANJA LEIKERMOSER

LITTLE VALLEY: ANJA LEIKERMOSER

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

Words by

Anja Leikermoser, Age 13

COMPLEX TERRAIN

COMPLEX TERRAIN

Navigating art and nature in the heart of Vancouver Island.

Words & Paintings by

Clive Powsey

BRIDGING HISTORY

BRIDGING HISTORY

The Trent River Trestle connects Cumberland and Royston with more than steel and timber.

Words & Photos by

Bevin Clempson

SEWING WILD

SEWING WILD

A man, his sewing machine, and a passion for new experiences come together in a Cumberland business.

Words by

Dave Nowak

Photos by

Jenn Dykstra

YOUTHFUL CYCLE

YOUTHFUL CYCLE

A Comox Valley adventure prodigy looks to the future without stressing about the present.

Interview by

Amber Zirnhelt

Photos by

Chris Webster

LITTLE VALLEY: SHOLEH KERRIGAN

LITTLE VALLEY: SHOLEH KERRIGAN

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

Words by

Sholeh Kerrigan, Age 9

OUT OF THE BLUE

OUT OF THE BLUE

An interview with Marla Limousin.

A TREASURE IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD

A TREASURE IN YOUR OWN BACK YARD

The Kingfisher Oceanside Resort and Spa.

Words by

Susan Jane Griffin

THE VERDANT VALLEY

THE VERDANT VALLEY

A trio of greenhouse gardeners share their secrets for a bountiful backyard.

Words by

Nik Dunn

Photos by

Nik Dunn

GET ON BOARD

GET ON BOARD

Empowering youth one board at a time.

Photos by

Ron Pogue

UNVEILING STORIES

UNVEILING STORIES

An interview with Daniel Kooman.

Interview & photo by

Ross Bodenmann

THE COMPETITOR’S PERSPECTIVE

THE COMPETITOR’S PERSPECTIVE

An interview with Darcy Lange.

Interview & photos by

Ross Bodenmann

AUDIBLE INSPIRATION

AUDIBLE INSPIRATION

Drac’s Castle

Drac’s Castle

Merville, Vancouver Island

Words & Photos by

Ross Bodenmann