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Hidden Pond’s unique crystal clear spring fed pond is great for swimming, any time of year! Dan Shipley / West Coast Traveller photo

Vancouver Island hidden escape offers peace, private swimming pond + plenty of fun

When my wife and I left Victoria for our luxurious anniversary weekend…

 

BC Hydro’s power outages map, just after 9 a.m on Saturday, Nov. 5. (BC Hydro)

UPDATE: Thousands in Greater Victoria still without power after major windstorm

More than 100 crews continue to repair damaged power lines, power poles

 

The Paradise Meadows boardwalk at Mount Washington is totally accessible to TrailRiders, allowing those with mobility issues to enjoy the beauty of the park. Photo supplied

Accessible travel guides launched for the Vancouver Island region

The Vancouver Island Region now has a series of accessible travel guides…

 

Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, said the company’s goal is to see 50,000 hectares of seaweed cultivation by 2040. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Seaweed industry looking at potential to scale up production on Vancouver Island

Seaweed farming’s economic and environmental benefits discussed at economic summit in Nanaimo

Bill Collins, chairperson of Cascadia Seaweed, said the company’s goal is to see 50,000 hectares of seaweed cultivation by 2040. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
An air ambulance like this one transported a patient in serious condition to hospital after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 19 north of Horne Lake Road on Oct. 31. (File photo)

6 people taken to hospital after multi-vehicle crash near Horne Lake

One patient airlifted to hospital in serious condition

An air ambulance like this one transported a patient in serious condition to hospital after a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 19 north of Horne Lake Road on Oct. 31. (File photo)
Rain is expected to return on Oct. 21 after three months of almost no precipitation and hot weather in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Big shift’ to rainy, cool fall weather headed for Greater Victoria after drought

Rain in the week-long forecast starts Friday after just two millimetres since July

Rain is expected to return on Oct. 21 after three months of almost no precipitation and hot weather in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Bright lights have been a concern in Electoral Area F. (PQB News file photo)

Vancouver Island residents ask politicians to help them remain in the dark

Preserving dark skies seen as crucial in Coombs/Errington area

Bright lights have been a concern in Electoral Area F. (PQB News file photo)
Southern resident killer whale calf, named K45, has been identified as a girl. (Courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Girls just want to have chum: New southern resident killer whale a female

The whale, named K45, is the first born to K-pod since 2011

Southern resident killer whale calf, named K45, has been identified as a girl. (Courtesy of Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Black bears and many other wildlife species live throughout the Sooke to Renfrew region, and residents, organizations and businesses actively work to protect their habitat. TJ Watts photo / courtesy Sooke Renfrew Tourism Association

What makes the Sooke region ‘Wild by Nature’?

From Sooke to Renfrew, habitat and wildlife conservation is key for locals and visitors alike

  • Oct 3, 2022
Black bears and many other wildlife species live throughout the Sooke to Renfrew region, and residents, organizations and businesses actively work to protect their habitat. TJ Watts photo / courtesy Sooke Renfrew Tourism Association
Island Health’s new chief medical health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson outside Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Island Health’s new top medical officer eyes toxic drug crisis, health inequities

Dr. Reka Gustafson speaks on her goals to recover from the pandemic and more

Island Health’s new chief medical health officer Dr. Reka Gustafson outside Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Botanical Beach, near Port Renfrew, is a must-visit destination for families and others fascinated by the West Coast geography and marine life. Photo courtesy Sooke Tourism Association

From Sooke to Port Renfrew, Fall is made for beaches!

The Southwest Coast of Vancouver Island offers a whole new perspective on…

  • Sep 19, 2022
Botanical Beach, near Port Renfrew, is a must-visit destination for families and others fascinated by the West Coast geography and marine life. Photo courtesy Sooke Tourism Association
A recent photograph of Ottavio Cutillo. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: RCMP seek witness after man goes missing on Vancouver Island

Police in Parksville want to talk to driver of Chevy Silverado with Ontario plates

A recent photograph of Ottavio Cutillo. (Submitted photo)
Tofino Resort and Marina’s 1909 Kitchen and Bar was closed Tuesday and remained closed Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2022. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Events shut down at B.C. resort co-owned by ex-Vancouver Canuck Willie Mitchell

Tofino Resort and Marina responds to allegations of ‘highly inappropriate behaviour’

Tofino Resort and Marina’s 1909 Kitchen and Bar was closed Tuesday and remained closed Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 14, 2022. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Ocean Network Canada field services manager Dirk Brussow and senior project engineer Nicolai Bailly with the recovered wave glider from the seafloor geodesy system project. (Courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)

Research off Vancouver Island looks to uncover what makes megathrust earthquakes tick

Ocean Networks Canada team measuring tectonic plate movements underwater

Ocean Network Canada field services manager Dirk Brussow and senior project engineer Nicolai Bailly with the recovered wave glider from the seafloor geodesy system project. (Courtesy of Ocean Networks Canada)
Some PQB News readers cite a lack of good manners (such as holding a door open) as something people don’t seem to remember these days. (Black Press file photo)

WOLF: Readers cite manners, civility, reasonable debate as ‘lost skills’

COLUMN: Cursive writing, driving a standard and blacksmithing also seemingly forgotten

Some PQB News readers cite a lack of good manners (such as holding a door open) as something people don’t seem to remember these days. (Black Press file photo)
Sooke is filled with a spectacular array of trails for active nature lovers to experience

Sooke trails inspire: on foot, bike, or horse!

Sooke is filled with a spectacular array of trails for active nature…

  • Sep 5, 2022
Sooke is filled with a spectacular array of trails for active nature lovers to experience
Ted Eeftink of Ucluelet gazes out the window of Angel Flight pilot Bruce Burley’s Cessna C210) on the way to Boundary Bay Airport and cancer treatment in Vancouver. (PHOTO COURTESY BRUCE BURLEY)

Angels take flight over British Columbia coastline for 2,000 sick people

Angel Flight BC has made more than 2,000 special flights for patients needing medical treatment

Ted Eeftink of Ucluelet gazes out the window of Angel Flight pilot Bruce Burley’s Cessna C210) on the way to Boundary Bay Airport and cancer treatment in Vancouver. (PHOTO COURTESY BRUCE BURLEY)
Alycia Butterworth, right, and her training partner Regan Yee. (Mark Janzen photo)

PODCAST: Vancouver Island’s Alycia Butterworth discusses her chase of an Olympic medal

PQBeat: Steeplechase runner now has eyes on Paris Games in 2024

Alycia Butterworth, right, and her training partner Regan Yee. (Mark Janzen photo)
Delicious treats are the perfect accompaniment to great local coffee at Sooke’s Stick in the Mud café. Photo courtesy Sooke Tourism Association

From sea to shore, it’s easy to slow down and savour Sooke’s local bounty

To truly travel – to discover and experience a place and its…

  • Aug 20, 2022
Delicious treats are the perfect accompaniment to great local coffee at Sooke’s Stick in the Mud café. Photo courtesy Sooke Tourism Association
Master carver Tom LaFortune (left) and Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre inmate Brandon Castle work on the eagle atop the totem pole. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Vancouver Island inmates build community through totem pole project

Led by Indigenous master carvers, the project aims to raise the pole in October

Master carver Tom LaFortune (left) and Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre inmate Brandon Castle work on the eagle atop the totem pole. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)