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Editor’s Note Summer 2011

Welcome to the summer edition of Island Times Magazine! We have been looking forward to this season all year long. It is our absolute favourite time of year because there is just so much to do on the Island when the weather is this nice. The staff here at Island TImes hope that all of [...]

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Fire and Ice Street Festival, May 7, 11:00am – 3:00pm Qualicum Beach

Every year the main streets of the village are closed to traffic as up to 5,000 people from mid-Vancouver Island and Vancouver’s Lower Mainland visit for this fun-filled family event. Along with the festival, Qualicum Beach offers a unique mix of gift & specialty shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants. This area is also home to [...]

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Historic BC Ferry Becomes Vancouver’s Newest Wedding and Special Event Venue

Formerly called “Queen of the Islands”, this decommissioned BC ferry was the first ferry built to service the new routes to the Southern Gulf Islands and made its maiden voyage in 1963. After undergoing two years of extensive renovations and upgrading, Celebration On Water is now ready to receive the public again. Permanently anchored at [...]

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The Basics The concept behind backyardbc is simply to encourage residents of British Columbia to travel more within the Province. What this means for you is that participating hotels & resorts offer rates and specials that are available exclusively to residents of BC, essentially a “be a tourist in your own backyard” type of program. [...]

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NEW LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program – Parksville Selected as Umbrella Organization

Small businesses will be able to access free energy-efficiency advice, equipment and incentives with the new LiveSmart BC: Small Business Program. The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that they have been selected as the umbrella organization to provide the Services of a Business Energy Advisor to businesses with current BC [...]

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Fish Philosophy From The Finest

He’s been a fisherman all his life, and with 70-years of experience under his belt, Courtenay’s Ralph Shaw shows us the “magic” of fishing. Perched on the tailgate of his 1980 Ford pickup truck, the 84-year-old Ralph Shaw sips a cup of hot coffee, awaiting my arrival. Mr. Shaw has been at the lake since [...]

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Experience Salt Spring’s Finest! Hasting House Resort, Spa and Resort.

Hastings House is a country hotel and luxury resort, spa, and restaurant covering 22 acres of countryside at the waterfront of Ganges Harbour. The site has a unique history and many personalized touches, but each suite includes all of the modern-day amenities and finishing touches one would expect from a beautiful destination. “Our luxury resort [...]

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The Vancouver Island Pet Expo on May 28th & 29th at Pearkes Recreation Centre

The Vancouver Island Pet Expo is a two day consumer event for pet lovers on May 28th & 29th at Pearkes Recreation Centre. There will be wide variety of pet related exhibitors promoting or selling pet products, supplies and accessories, representatives from breeder clubs, pet adoption agencies, plus much more. In addition to the pet-related [...]

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The 2nd Annual Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo – Pearkes Recreation Centre – April 1,2 & 3, 2011

The 2nd Annual Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo comes to Victoria at Pearkes Recreation Centre on April 1,2 & 3, 2011. This three-day event is a must for the Outdoor Adventure seeker! With a large variety of exhibit spaces featuring camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, whale watching, biking, surfing, outdoor getaways, travel, products and accessories [...]

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Editor’s Note about the Holiday Season on Vancouver Island

As beautiful as it is to have a white Christmas, not all of us are fans of winter weather. For anyone wanting to speed up the arrival of warmer weather, it isn’t necessary to crank the heat in order to feel warm and cozy. The following quick and affordable ways to warm up can trick [...]

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