Get to know Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island Book of Everything has, well … everything

Vancouver Island, as we know it, is one big island. It takes an average of nine hours to drive it tip to tip, and along the way lies some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

There’s also far more that meets the eye, as each pocket of the Island is jam-packed with colorful history and culture. Whether you’ve a recent transplant to B.C. from another province, or even new to Vancouver Island, an easy guide about this place is integral.

Fortunately, there is. It’s called the Vancouver Island Book of Everything, and in its recently updated second edition, it’s bigger and more detailed than its 2008 version.

And it really does cover everything, from First Nations history, places and people of interest, climate and weather, culture, economy, politics, and demographics, to name a few.

“There are contemporary facts that don’t come up in Google Search, you need to work at it,” said Peter Grant, who wrote and collected much of the data in the book.

Two key chapters are the Essentials chapter, that includes demographic data, socioeconomic data, and the Economy chapter, which provides easy to follow stats directly from B.C. Stats Canada.

Grant also identifies Vancouver Island as a significant food centre, and “slow” food in particular, referring to the service in the local restaurant trade. In the movement more towards local ingredients in locally grown food, he noted Sooke has become a name of its own.

“In Sooke, you have the mecca, the fountainhead, the ground zero of slow food,” he said, referring to the Sooke Harbour House that laid down the foundation for the idea of locally grown food.

“You get your food locally, you make sure it’s organic, you make sure it’s sustainable if you’re serving seafood, such as locally caught by hook rather than net,” Grant said.

In the Essentials chapter, Grant’s research revealed the Island has varied socioeconomic indicators, such as economic hardship, crime rate, health problems, educational concerns, children at risk, youth at risk. Stats are published by B.C. Stats by local health areas, 77 in B.C.

A low socioeconomic indicator indicates a relatively healthy community. A high socioeconomic indicator indicates a community with more social and economic problems.

In retrospect, Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford area ranks 11th out of 77, so “doing pretty good” in that field, noted Grant.

History of the Sooke area is embedded throughout the book as well, going back to the area’s early logging and fishing days, as well as its origins and the evolving community diversity.

There are also lists of music, food and drink festivals that reflecting the microclimate, with events such as Seedy Saturday and the Sooke Fall Fair.

One thing’s for certain; if you can think of something you’d like to know, the Book of Everything is there to help better understand Vancouver Island and her still-mysterious wonders.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

West Shore Parks and Recreation facilities face a challenging future in terms of funding, due to reduced operations throughout the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
West Shore Parks and Recreation faces challenging future

West Shore Parks and Recreation Society submits 2021 budget request to owner municipalities

Saskatoon resident liajah Pidskalny poses with his bike near the University of Victoria after putting on thousands of kilometres to raise awareness of the overdose and mental health crisis. (Courtesy Iliajah Pidskalny)
Saskatoon cyclist winds up mental health and overdose awareness ride in Victoria

Iliajah Pidskalny braves prairie winter conditions to get word out to communities

(Black Press Media file photo)
Saanich police seek suspect after woman nearly robbed while getting out of vehicle

Incident occurred before 7 a.m. Feb. 17 in parking lot off Cordova Bay Road

BC Ferries experienced heavy traffic on Feb. 27 following cancellations the day before due to strong winds and adverse weather. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries sailings fill up quickly after cancellations on Friday due to high winds

Waits expected on Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen route, Horseshoe Bay-Departure Bay route

Goldstream Food Bank president Gayle Ireland is the Goldstream Gazette’s 2021 Local Hero as Community Volunteer of the Year. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Two-week stint at Goldstream Food Bank turns into 35 years of volunteer service

Goldstream Food Bank’s Gayle Ireland is the 2021 Community Volunteer of the Year

Abbotsford’s Kris Collins turned to TikTok out of boredom when the provincial COVID-19 lockdown began in March 2020. She now has over 23 million followers on the video app. Photo: Submitted
Internet famous: Abbotsford’s Kris Collins is a TikTok comedy queen

Collins has found surprise stardom alone with a phone

Nanaimo children’s author and illustrator Lindsay Ford’s latest book is ‘Science Girl.’ (Photo courtesy Lindsay Ford)
B.C. children’s writer encourages girls to pursue the sciences in new book

Lindsay Ford is holding a virtual launch for latest book, ‘Science Girl’

Pig races at the 145th annual Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 12, 2017. Monday, March 1, 2021 is Pig Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6

Pig Day, Canadian Bacon Day and Grammar Day are all coming up this week

Staff from the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, passersby, RCMP and Nanaimo Fire Rescue carried a sick 300-kilogram steller sea lion up the steep bluff at Invermere Beach in north Nanaimo in an attempt to save the animal’s life Thursday. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Rescue Centre)
300-kilogram sea lion muscled up from B.C. beach in rescue attempt

Animal dies despite efforts of Nanaimo marine mammal rescue team, emergency personnel and bystanders

Doctors and counsellors warn of an increase in panic attacks, anxiety, depression and suicide ideas between ages 10 to 14, in Campbell River. ( Black Press file photo)
Extended pandemic feeding the anxieties of B.C.’s youth

Parents not sure what to do, urged to reach out for help

Gina Adams as she works on her latest piece titled ‘Undying Love’. (Submitted photo)
‘Toothless’ the kitty inspires B.C. wood carver to break out the chainsaw

Inspired by plight of a toothless cat, Gina Adams offers proceeds from her artwork to help animals

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson presents bill to delay B.C.’s budget as late as April 30, and allow further spending before that, B.C. legislature, Dec. 8, 2020. (Hansard TV)
How big is B.C.’s COVID-19 deficit? We’ll find out April 20

More borrowing expected as pandemic enters second year

The first of 11 Dash 8 Q400 aircraft's have arrived in Abbotsford. Conair Group Inc. will soon transform them into firefighting airtankers. (Submitted)
Abbotsford’s Conair begins airtanker transformation

Aerial firefighting company creating Q400AT airtanker in advance of local forest fire season

The Canada Revenue Agency says there were 32 tax fraud convictions across the country between April 2019 and March 2020. (Pixabay)
Vancouver man sentenced to 29 months, fined $645K for tax evasion, forgery

Michael Sholz reportedly forged documents to support ineligible tax credits linked to homeownership

Most Read