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art in our new home

When we were in Salt Spring Island, we went to the Saturday Market, and I instantly fell in love with this man's work.  Salt Spring artist Lorne Tippett uses wine-barrel stays to create a hanging frame, and carves the designs from reclaimed wood. We splurged and bought one. It's not like we're spending money on anything else this year! It's now hanging on our covered deck. We hung it where you can also see it from inside the house. I love the shape of the wooden base; it echoes t...
Tags: Travel, Art, Personal, Indigenous Peoples, Pacific, Chris, Julie, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Cluxewe Waterfront Bistro, Lorne Tippett, Cluxewe


21 of the Best Hikes in BC to Add to Your Bucket List

British Columbia is a dream destination for hikers and backpackers. The geography of the province is diverse with landscapes that include rocky coastlines, ancient forests, lakes, sandy beaches, mountains and even an inland desert. Deciding what part of the province you want to focus on is important – not just from the perspective of what landscape you like to hike in but because distances are huge. Did you know that British Columbia is the size of France and Germany combined? Choose a hike d...
Tags: Travel, France, Germany, Hiking, Canada, Vancouver, Pacific Ocean, British Columbia, Alberta, Nelson, Lake Louise, Black Tusk, Field, Don, Yoho National Park, Fernie


cpmvfsgu days 8 and 9: monday and tuesday on salt spring island; whether or not to leave a negative review for an airbnb

I've spent the last two days reading, blogging, scratching, and occasionally eating and sleeping. There were other things to do on Salt Spring Island, but I was too uncomfortable to do anything. It was very nice to have uninterrupted time to read and write.Tomorrow we'll take an early ferry to Crofton, drive up to Campbell River, take care of our appointments, then head back home. * * * * I've had a long running argument by email with the host of this cottage. I'd like to leave a negative r...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Complaints, Tripadvisor, Travels, Consumer Issues, Vancouver Island, Crofton, Campbell River, Laura K, Salt Spring Island


SOMETHING WORKING ON NOW

Just a little painting from a photo reference taken year’s ago when we visited our friend in Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.  Orchids growing and lots of photos taken.   I need to take care to not make it too sweet with the pinks and blues.   [Author: RH Carpenter]
Tags: Art, Rh Carpenter, Vancouver Island, BC Canada Orchids


cpmvfsgu day 7: salt spring island (sunday)

Today's big news is that the GP Dermatologist in Campbell River will see me on the day we are driving through that town, on our way home. Which is two days from now! I'm so relieved I could cry.I called and pleaded my case -- to be honest, just a simple explanation, I didn't need to exaggerate! -- and also explained we would be passing through town in a couple of days. The scary part was waiting to see if they actually had the referral. I suppose if they hadn't, I could have corrected that with ...
Tags: Travel, Oregon, Personal, Travels, Allan, Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Laura K


cpmvfsgu day 6: salt spring island (saturday)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times? Perhaps not as dramatic as all that, but yesterday was a tale of two days, for sure.We had a leisurely morning -- well, when you barely sleep, all mornings seem long -- and drove the dogs over to Salty Dog, the local daycare and boarding spot. When I made the arrangements, Jaime was the opposite of every doggie daycare place I've spoken with in any city. She was so totally laid back. Whatever day, whatever hour, just come on by. She didn't ask...
Tags: Travel, Art, California, US, Personal, Ireland, Egypt, Travels, Allan, Maude, Sophia, Jaime, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Ganges Ganges, Lorne Tippett


cpmvfsgu day 5: victoria to salt spring island

I am having the surreal experience of looking through photographs of the wildfire devastation in Washington State, Oregon, and California, and seeing the names of towns where much of my family live. They are all personally safe, and as of right now their homes are intact. It's very scary, both in the immediate and the larger pictures.My own personal surreality continues, my skin covered in red welts, scabs, and bruises. (Bruises from scratching; my skin bruises easily.) I've learned that chronic...
Tags: Travel, New York, California, Personal, Vancouver, Victoria, Travels, Allan, Ndp, Cookie, Ganges, Vancouver Island, Crofton, Saanich, Kai, Swartz Bay


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: days 1 and 2: business in campbell river

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


cpmvfsgu day 4: victoria

I slept more last night than I have since the hives started, and this morning felt halfway human for the first time in months. I took Cookie and Kai for an early-morning walk on the harbour. There are few things I love more than a paved, accessible, waterfront walk. (On our first trip to Vancouver Island in April 2018, I was in love with a very special such walkway in Sidney, not far from here, that is also studded with public art.) The Victoria harbour is beautiful, and/but full of expensive-lo...
Tags: Travel, Washington, Oregon, Victoria, Washington State, Travels, Allan, Bay Area, Sidney, Vancouver Island, Munro, Campbell River, Laura K, Greater Victoria Public Library, Russell Books, Jam Cafe


cpmvfsgu day 3: campbell river to victoria

We had another good breakfast at Popsey's, then hit the road to Victoria. Campbell River is halfway between Port Hardy, the northernmost town on the Island, and Victoria, at the southern tip. We really felt the change in climate, from the north and west coast cool, temperate barely-summer weather, to the rest of the island's hot dry summer. We had a good drive down, and went straight to the doggie daycare place where the pups will be tomorrow, for their "meet and greet". Cookie and Kai have neve...
Tags: Travel, Portland, Island, Victoria, Oakland, Travels, Allan, Powell, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, Kai, Port Hardy, Laura K, Tala, Popsey, Victoria Campbell River


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: days 1 and 2

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


cpmvfsgu day 3

We had another good breakfast at Popsey's, then hit the road to Victoria. Campbell River is halfway between Port Hardy, the northernmost town on the Island, and Victoria, at the southern tip. We really felt the change in climate, from the north and west coast cool, temperate barely-summer weather, to the rest of the island's hot dry summer. We had a good drive down, and went straight to the doggie daycare place where the pups will be tomorrow, for their "meet and greet". Cookie and Kai have neve...
Tags: Travel, Portland, Island, Victoria, Oakland, Travels, Allan, Powell, Vancouver Island, Nanaimo, Kai, Port Hardy, Laura K, Tala, Popsey, Victoria Campbell River


consolation-prize mini-vacation featuring special guest urticaria: day 1 and 2

This is the time when wmtc turns into a travel journal, which I write almost entirely for myself, for a record of my travels.First of all, we were supposed to travel in April, an ultimate road trip that would take in everything I could want in a vacation, from beloved friends and family -- many of whom we had not seen in many years, and who I really miss -- to gorgeous scenic drives, and, of course, baseball. And with our dogs, too! That is truly my little heaven. Even before the lockdown, we re...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Travels, Allan, North Island, Campbell, Vancouver Island, Kai, Campbell River, Port Hardy, Laura K, COVID-19, Campbell River Campbell River, Campbell River Hospital, Popsey


Jesse Metcalfe on How to Shoot a Kissing Scene During COVID-19

After taking off the spring in Los Angeles due to the coronavirus, Jesse Metcalfe is working again. Last week, the 41-year-old actor began as a lead on a Hallmark TV movie, “Ships in the Night: A Martha’s Vineyard Mystery,” on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The production, which was delayed from March, finally got off […]
Tags: News, Los Angeles, British Columbia, Jesse Metcalfe, Vancouver Island


Don't Even Think About Sneaking Across the Border Into Canada

Oh, Canada, you temptress to the north, with your universal health care and cheese-curd-and-gravy-covered fries. There are so many beautiful spots, from Prince Edward Island to Vancouver Island, and everything (well, most parts) in between, making it a popular spot for American vacationers. And given that it has been…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Lifehacks, Borders, Don, Prince Edward Island, Vancouver Island, Border Into Canada


Which PS4 games should I know about?

As the next generation of game consoles get ready to roll out, a good friend has opted to give me the long-term use of his PS4. I am so totally stoked. During a rough financial patch, a few years back, I had to sell mine in order to keep the heat on and put food on our table. I've missed it, ever since. Over the past couple of weeks, I got to finally finish Fallout 4 (with all of the DLC!) as well as Batman: Arkham Knight. But there's still like, almost five years of games out there, that I've n...
Tags: Gaming, Post, News, Playstation, Batman, Ps4, Dlc, Vancouver Island, Next-Gen Gaming, Old Games, PS5


in which i reflect on the joys of summer in north vancouver island, especially during the pandemic

In 2015, Allan and I moved into an apartment, for the first time since leaving New York City in late 2005.We had rented a series of houses for 10 years. Now the market had changed and it was clear there were no houses for rent in our price range that would offer long-term stability and a decent commute.There is no way we would consider buying a house in the Toronto area, and we had no interest in buying a condo. This meant we were forced to move back to rental apartment life. We found a great ap...
Tags: Travel, New York City, Toronto, Personal, Canada, Vancouver, Allan, Mississauga, Vancouver Island, Port Hardy, Laura K, Life In A Small Town, COVID-19, Bonnie Henry


Vancouver Island hit hard by drug overdose crisis

Victoria resident Fiona Howlett works at an overdose prevention site run by AIDS Vancouver Island and says she knows the job intimately as a drug user since her teenage years."I've struggled with addiction since I was 14. Curiosity, depression, isolation, joy, rebellion. Just so many reasons why I got involved," says Howlett, originally from the Maritimes, but who has been on the move for years. Howlett is just one of the many drug users in the Island Health authority which recorded the thi...
Tags: Health, News, Clarke, Vancouver, Victoria, Cumberland, Vancouver Island, David Clarke, Howlett, Comox Valley, Nanaimo, Northern Vancouver Island, Guthrie House, Fiona Howlett, Kerry Waters, Neil Lilley


Chantel Moore's family calls for removal of officer who killed her

It's been four weeks and a day since Martha Martin received the call telling her that her daughter, Chantel Moore, had been shot dead by a police officer.On Friday, Martin stood outside the Edmundston Police Force headquarters with her daughter's ashes, expressing her outrage that the officer has returned to work on a desk-duty basis. "The fact that this guy is still working is appalling," Martin told CBC News. "My daughter's life mattered and it feels like, by them putting him ba...
Tags: News, New Brunswick, Quebec, Bureau, Martin, Moore, CBC News, Vancouver Island, TLA, Edmundston, Letica, Chantel Moore, Edmundston Police Force, Martha Martin, BEIQ, Russ Letica


B.C. premier concerned about Americans allegedly using 'Alaska loophole' to visit province

Premier John Horgan turned to a board game metaphor Thursday when asked about Americans apparently playing around with the so-called "Alaska loophole" to visit B.C. despite strict border rules."Do not pass go. Go directly to Alaska," Horgan said, referencing the game of Monopoly, during a news conference about a hospital expansion in Richmond.Canada's borders were closed to most travellers on March 21, but Americans travelling for non-discretionary purposes, such as returning home to Alaska...
Tags: Texas, News, California, Canada, Alaska, Seattle, British Columbia, Yukon, Vancouver Island, Public Health Agency of Canada, John Horgan, Horgan, CBSa, Chrystia Freeland, Richmond Canada, Port Renfrew


Things to do at Harrison Hot Springs with kids in the summer

Harrison Hot Springs with kids Located on the shores of Harrison Lake and surrounded by evergreen mountains, the quaint Village of Harrison Hot Springs in British Columbia is a perfect family getaway for Vancouverites. We’ve known about it for years (it’s a recommended day trip from Vancouver), however, this was our first time visiting Harrison Hot Springs with kids. As I reflect on our 4 day trip to Harrison Hot Springs, I’m questioning why it took so long for us to visit? I’m not sure what ...
Tags: Travel, Canada, New Brunswick, Vancouver, Whistler, British Columbia, Sasquatch, Lake, Niagara Falls, Travel Stories, Beautiful Bc Series, Trip Ideas, Morgan, Don, Langley, Fraser River


25 Awesome Day Trips from Vancouver, Canada

The best day trips from Vancouver, British Columbia If you’ve visited Vancouver, chances are you’ve walked around Stanley Park’s iconic seawall, visited Granville Island, snapped a photo of the old Steam Clock in Gastown, shopped on Robson Street and raised a glass in Granville’s entertainment district. In this post, we want to get outside the city and share our favourite day trips from Vancouver. While there are countless things to see and do in Vancouver, there’s even more adventure waiting...
Tags: Travel, Featured, Hiking, Canada, United States, Adventures, Vancouver, Victoria, Sightseeing, North America, Whistler, Washington State, Seattle, Travel Tips, Glamping, British Columbia


Underrated wilderness Western Canada

The parking lot at Banff’s Moraine Lake can fill up by 7:00 AM, and traffic jams, shuttle lines, and relentless crowds don’t exactly spell summer fun. Instead of fighting to get into Banff, let’s dedicate 2020 to the lesser-known spots, the crowd-free spots, the stay-six-feet-away spots. In Western Canada, even these spots look like stock desktop wallpaper, practically offensive to the rest of the planet in their outrageous beauty. The below national and provincial parks — the provincial par...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Jasper, Norway, British Columbia, Alberta, Yellowstone, Banff, Rockies, Revelstoke, All, Canadian Rockies, Yoho National Park, Fraser River, Roger, Western Canada


Providing emergency funding for 5,300+ local news organizations

COVID-19 has upended the news industry, hitting local news particularly hard with job losses, furloughs, cutbacks and even closure. To provide some help, last month the Google News Initiative launched the Journalism Emergency Relief Fund. Today we’re announcing that more than 5,300 small and medium local newsrooms around the world will receive funding ranging from $5,000 - $30,000. Applications covering a number of publications under one organization will be capped at $85,000. As we await a fina...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, UK, Indonesia, France, Africa, Canada, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Wisconsin, Romania, Kenya, North America, Medellin, Latin America, Rochdale


Canucks News & Rumors: NHL Hub Cities, Baertschi, Leivo & Scouting

The Vancouver Canucks, like all other NHL teams, haven’t played a game since the NHL’s regular season was suspended. Although things have been silent on the ice since March 12, there seems to be action over the past week or at least some discussion is happening. The last word we have is that the NHL’s administration and the National Hockey League’s Players Association are moving closer to creating a 24-team playoff format. Related: Canucks News & Rumors: Brackett, Buble & Salary-Cap Decisions...
Tags: Sport, Victoria, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Portland Oregon, British Columbia, Columbia, George, Gary Bettman, Vancouver Canucks, Canucks, Sportsnet, Utica Comets, Kelowna, WHL


There’s nothing to fear yet from giant ‘murder’ hornets, UC Riverside researcher says

RIVERSIDE — A UC Riverside entomologist said Wednesday that the sightings of fearsome Asian Giant Hornets in Washington state and Vancouver last year do not mean that they’re anywhere else in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the species or similar ones won’t settle down somewhere in the country in the future. Professor Doug Yanega has studied the giant hornets — known in scientific circles as V. mandarinia — and has been watching developments in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, as well as t...
Tags: Japan, Science, News, Instagram, California, Washington, Southeast Asia, US, California News, Sport, Ap, Canada, Soccer, United States, Fda, Vancouver


There’s nothing to fear yet from giant ‘murder’ hornets, UC Riverside researchers says

RIVERSIDE — A UC Riverside entomologist said Wednesday that the sightings of fearsome Asian Giant Hornets in Washington state and Vancouver last year do not mean that they’re anywhere else in the United States, but that doesn’t mean the species or similar ones won’t settle down somewhere in the country in the future. Professor Doug Yanega has studied the giant hornets — known in scientific circles as V. mandarinia — and has been watching developments in Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, as well as t...
Tags: Japan, Science, News, Instagram, California, Washington, Southeast Asia, US, California News, Sport, Ap, Canada, Soccer, United States, Fda, Vancouver


Tracking the 'Murder Hornet': A Deadly Pest Has Reached North America

BLAINE, Wash. -- In his decades of beekeeping, Ted McFall had never seen anything like it.As he pulled his truck up to check on a group of hives near Custer, Washington, in November, he could spot from the window a mess of bee carcasses on the ground. As he looked closer, he saw a pile of dead members of the colony in front of a hive and more carnage inside -- thousands and thousands of bees with their heads torn from their bodies and no sign of a culprit."I couldn't wrap my head around what...
Tags: Japan, News, Washington, Canada, United States, New York Times, North America, Chris Looney, Whatcom County, Blaine, Takahashi, Vancouver Island, Looney, Berube, Nanaimo, McFall


Restoring Vancouver Island rail service between Victoria and Courtenay could cost up to $548 million

Restoring passenger rail service on southeastern Vancouver Island would cost hundreds of millions of dollars depending on what level of service is chosen, according to a new report.  Passenger trains stopped running on the E&N Line in 2011, and since then there has been growing support to bring passenger rail transportation back to the region. Last year the provincial government commissioned business consulting firm WSP Canada to look at the state of the E&N Line, now called the Island Rail Corr...
Tags: News, Island, Victoria, South Island, Vancouver Island, All Points West, Parksville, Esquimalt, Ministry of Transportation, Cadillac Escalade, Courtenay, Barb Desjardins, Langford, Port Alberni, WSP Canada, Island Rail Corridor


ayoubs.ca for the best nuts and dried fruit shipped to your door

Isn't this beautiful? I had an instant flashback to stores we visited in Amman. For a healthy snack, you can't beat nuts. They're packed with protein, healthy oils, vitamins, and minerals. They're high in fibre, they have antioxidant properties, and they contain almost nothing of what you want to avoid eating. (They are also vegan and gluten-free, for people who want those.)All kinds of health claims are associated with nuts, but whether or not those are true, nuts are the perfect between...
Tags: Travel, US, Canada, Recipes, Newfoundland, Vancouver, Instacart, Alberta, Cairo, Canada Post, Amman, Eastern Canada, Vancouver Island, Ayoub, Laura K, Food Issues