With gas prices and flight prices skyrocketing, it can be tricky to travel on budget (Unsplash).

Travel on a budget: Tips, tools to find the most cost-effective options for road trips, flying

KAYAK’s new Travel Tool helps travellers decide to fly or drive to their vacation destinations

With gas prices and flight prices skyrocketing, it can be tricky to travel on budget (Unsplash).
A ball python that was found in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Aug. 5, 2015. A teacher in B.C. was publicly reprimended for bringing his own ball python to class in 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP, Jerry Jackson, The Baltimore Sun)

B.C. teacher disciplined for bringing 3-foot snake to middle school as costume prop

One student didn’t know it was real until it was wrapped around his neck and began to slither

A ball python that was found in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Aug. 5, 2015. A teacher in B.C. was publicly reprimended for bringing his own ball python to class in 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP, Jerry Jackson, The Baltimore Sun)
BC Parks expects an increase in campers this Parks Day weekend (file photo).

BC Parks encourages British Columbians to follow Camper’s Code

The Camper’s Code provides ways to stay safe and respect nature during your camping trip

BC Parks expects an increase in campers this Parks Day weekend (file photo).
George Johnson shows off a tub racing hat from the early 1970s. The hat is fitted with ear phones and has pockets that contained a radio and batteries, so safety crews and race officials could listed to reports on the race progress. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Rub-a-dub-dub: Nanaimo family keeping up 55-year tradition of tub racing

Johnson family’s old racing tub being refurbished to enter Sunday’s Nanaimo bathtub race

George Johnson shows off a tub racing hat from the early 1970s. The hat is fitted with ear phones and has pockets that contained a radio and batteries, so safety crews and race officials could listed to reports on the race progress. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)

PODCAST: Victoria and Kelowna are Canada’s best small cities

TODAY IN B.C.: Mayors, Chamber CEOs talk amenities, housing, business and more

Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)
Ukrainian flag colours, hands entwined graphic (pixabay photo).

United Way calls on B.C. residents to open their homes to displaced Ukrainians

Applying to be a host home for Ukrainians can provide refuge in a time of need, UWBC said

Ukrainian flag colours, hands entwined graphic (pixabay photo).
The Strathcona Wilderness Institute will be hosting three TrailRider and Accessibility Days, one each month (July 24, Aug. 20 and Sept. 25). The TrailRider is a reclined wheelchair that is maneuvered by two volunteers (“Sherpas”) along the trails and boardwalks in the park. Photo contributed

TrailRiders and Accessibility Days opening Strathcona Park up to everyone

Accessibility Days offer those who can’t usually experience park’s meadows and trails that opportunity

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The Strathcona Wilderness Institute will be hosting three TrailRider and Accessibility Days, one each month (July 24, Aug. 20 and Sept. 25). The TrailRider is a reclined wheelchair that is maneuvered by two volunteers (“Sherpas”) along the trails and boardwalks in the park. Photo contributed
Biting into a Nanaimo bar is one of 101 things that everyone should do in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

Rejuvenated Nanaimo Bar Trail beckons for those looking for a sweet treat

Amplified tour offers some options for enjoying signature dessert well off the beaten track

Biting into a Nanaimo bar is one of 101 things that everyone should do in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
Tofino has been named one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations by TIME Magazine. (Westerly file photo)
Tofino has been named one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations by TIME Magazine. (Westerly file photo)
Bruce Waugh, from B.C., works on his masterpiece during the 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville on July 17. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Bruce Waugh, from B.C., works on his masterpiece during the 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville on July 17. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
This photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service shows the International Space Station on March 30, 2022, photographed by the crew of a Russian Soyuz MS-19 spaceship after undocking from the station. Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are trying to find new ways to produce huge batches of a type of stem cell that can generate nearly any other type of cell in the body _ and potentially be used to make treatments for many diseases. The cells arrived at the space station on a supply ship, on Saturday, July 16, 2022. (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service via AP)

High-flying experiment: Do stem cells grow better in space?

Scientists hoping to mass produce a certain stem cell with potential to treat numerous disease

This photo released by Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service shows the International Space Station on March 30, 2022, photographed by the crew of a Russian Soyuz MS-19 spaceship after undocking from the station. Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are trying to find new ways to produce huge batches of a type of stem cell that can generate nearly any other type of cell in the body _ and potentially be used to make treatments for many diseases. The cells arrived at the space station on a supply ship, on Saturday, July 16, 2022. (Roscosmos Space Agency Press Service via AP)
Vehicles line up to board B.C. Ferries sailing at Tsawwassen. British Columbia has the longest free ferry ride in the world. Do you know where this ferry can be found? (Black Press Media)

QUIZ: Are you ready for some summer driving?

How much do you know about roads and cars in Canada and beyond?

Vehicles line up to board B.C. Ferries sailing at Tsawwassen. British Columbia has the longest free ferry ride in the world. Do you know where this ferry can be found? (Black Press Media)
Cowboys prepare for the rodeo during the Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 5, 2016. Saturday, July 23, 2022 is Day Of The Cowboy. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of July 17 to 23

Day Of The Cowboy, No Pet Store Puppies Day, Hammock Day are all coming up this week

Cowboys prepare for the rodeo during the Chilliwack Fair on Aug. 5, 2016. Saturday, July 23, 2022 is Day Of The Cowboy. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
VIU professor Gregory Arkos highlights summer sky events anyone can observe from across Vancouver Island. Photo by Gregory Arkos

Off The Page podcast: Watching the summer sky with astronomer Gregory Arkos

“I think that what we get back … is that we understand the universe and ourselves better”

VIU professor Gregory Arkos highlights summer sky events anyone can observe from across Vancouver Island. Photo by Gregory Arkos
Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)

Gabriola Islander TikTok creator has millions foraging for her content

Elizabeth Burdock, known as @whichbetty, garners millions of views for foraging content

Elizabeth Burdock gathers reishi mushrooms while foraging West Coast forests in March. (Submitted photo)
A Wordle game is seen on a mobile phone, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Boston. Hasbro Inc. and The New York Times, which owns Wordle, announced Thursday that Wordle: The Party Game will be available for purchase in North America in October. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

5-letter word for fun? Hasbro, NYT create Wordle board game

Board version will give players opportunity to play against others, and play as much as they want

A Wordle game is seen on a mobile phone, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Boston. Hasbro Inc. and The New York Times, which owns Wordle, announced Thursday that Wordle: The Party Game will be available for purchase in North America in October. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was third best city hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Victoria hotels hit Top 10 for international travellers

Empress among a half dozen Fairmont properties on the Travel + Leisure list

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel was third best city hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
In this May 4, 2018 photo provided by NASA, the mobile service tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket with NASA’s InSight spacecraft onboard at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. NASA’s three-legged, one-armed geologist known as InSight makes its grand entrance through the rose-tinted Martian skies on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

Death by objects falling from space could be more likely than people realize

Researchers say governments should mandate rocket ‘junk’ be guided back

In this May 4, 2018 photo provided by NASA, the mobile service tower is rolled back to reveal the United Launch Alliance Atlas-V rocket with NASA’s InSight spacecraft onboard at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. NASA’s three-legged, one-armed geologist known as InSight makes its grand entrance through the rose-tinted Martian skies on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
A Canadian flag hangs from a lamp post along the road in front of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, June 30, 2020. (Photo: The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld).

British Columbians’ pride in Canada’s health-care system has dropped: poll

British Columbians least likely to say they are proud of monarchy compared to nation

A Canadian flag hangs from a lamp post along the road in front of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, June 30, 2020. (Photo: The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld).
Photo of Sonic and Mewtwo characters provided by Solitaire Bliss.

Is Mewtwo the most popular video game villain? Google search says yes

Most searched video game villains worldwide include Mewtwo in 1st and Mario villains in top five

Photo of Sonic and Mewtwo characters provided by Solitaire Bliss.