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There are two distinct separate species of otters in British Columbia; river otters (Lutra canadensis) and sea otters (Enhydra lutris).
Contrary to common belief there are no sea otters (Enhydra lutris) on East Vancouver Island.

Ask anyone who lives at Craig Bay in Parksville Estates and they will tell you that not only is the location beautiful there is also a true sense of community spirit that permeates the unique neighbourhood by the sea.

The castle is Craigdarroch Castle and was built by the wealthiest man in Western Canada, Robert Dunsmuir. He was the owner of coal mines, fully one-fifth of Vancouver Island, the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway, the Albion Iron Works, the Victoria Theatre, the Driard Hotel, etc. and one unfinished castle.  

On the Pacific Marine Circle Route you are dwarfed by the rainforest of magnificent trees that date hundreds of years old; they rival skyscrapers and if they could tell stories, all would listen. We chased waves, we found sea caves and we followed the creek to a sacred waterfall. As our trip navigating the Pacific Marine Circle Route continues from last edition; we ventured on to Sombrio Beach where there is a waterfall to be found.
Ask anyone who lives at Craig Bay in Parksville Estates and they will tell you that not only is the location beautiful there is also a true sense of community spirit that permeates the unique neighbourhood by the sea.  

The Pegasus Gallery of Canadian Art is excited to kick off a very unique opportunity to present a 40th anniversary summer exhibition schedule with A. J. Casson and the Group of Seven Canadian Artists. This historic event is a rare opportunity to preview famous Canadian art on beautiful Salt Spring Island.

100 YEARS IN COOMBS, VANCOUVER ISLAND. The Salvation Army led the first group of settlers to Coombs in 1911. The Salvation Army’s strong beliefs in assisting the poor created a powerful support and community effort with valuable and necessary leadership. The newcomers arrived from Britain. Thomas Bales Coombs was the Salvation Army’s first official leader in Canada and the new town was named after him.

DID YOU KNOW? SKI & SNOWBOARD EDITION. Not feeling up to the challenge of racing downhill? Just starting out? Cross country skiing burns more calories per hour than any other sport. It’s also a low-risk, low-impact form of aerobic exercise. However, it can be modified to be more challenging.

VANCOUVER ISLAND PARKS. Myrah Falls splash with splendour into Buttle Lake. They are located  approximately one hour and fifteen minutes from Campbell River heading southwest through Strathcona Park, first following Upper Campbell Lake and then Buttle Lake.  The first glimpse of the falls is from across the lake as they cascade from the east side.  It is a remarkable sight.  

'Tis the season for over eating, and perhaps indulging in a few too many treats that may knot up your stomach or stir up a little heartburn. Rather than heading to the corner-store to pick a roll of antacids, an easy and delicious solution may be sitting in your cupboard ready to calm the active belly.  

SMALL SPACES TRENDS. What a difference five years makes. According to a study by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), “A severe housing recession, concern over rising home energy costs, and changing lifestyles have all increased interest in smaller homes that are designed to reflect the changing lifestyles of households.”

Spectacular suites in a one of a kind community. Thornbridge Condominiums have it all.Thornbridge at Longwood Active Lifestyle Condominiums are part of the Longwood Community mid-island in north Nanaimo. Centrally located and cleverly designed, this low-rise complex combines modern comforts with rustic details. Thornbridge is the newest addition to a 50-acre award-winning, master-planned community known at Longwood in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC.
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