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Your West Coast Culture. A magazine about the people and places that make the Saanich Peninsula the little piece of paradise we call home.

Posted On April 3, 2019By seasideIn Regulars

First Word with Sue Hodgson

So what makes up a great community? Is it the architecture? The people? The scenery? The gathering places? When I was a little girl growing up in the Maritimes, it was the park at the end of the street, where we had an ice rink in the winter; the local church, where we had Brownies; the public school I went to; and our favourite gathering place, the beach, where we went to boil the clams we’d dug that day.  I think about what was important back then and it wasRead More

Posted On April 3, 2019By seasideIn Top Stories

Haida Gwaii: A Sea Voyage

by Debra Lewis – Local retired naval officer, Doug Mitchell, decided to journey to Haida Gwaii in his 45-foot boat for several reasons. He had not yet seen the central and north coasts of British Columbia, and he had a yearning to take his 65-year-old decommissioned BC Forest Service patrol vessel further afield. Mostly, though, he was “fascinated by Haida Gwaii, a unique area which has been inhabited by the Haida people for over 12,000 years.” Doug and his friend, John Gourlay, made the 2,300-nautical-mile round trip to Haida Gwaii viaRead More
by Jo Barnes – Many years ago, living on the Saanich Peninsula required people to draw their sustenance directly from the land upon which they lived. While most of us today rely on grocery stores, markets, or at best tend to backyard gardens, there are still those in our community for whom living off the land is a way of life. A critical part of farming is getting the product to market, and one local farming enterprise is not only working hard to bring fresh locally raised product to itsRead More
by Cassidy Nunn – At Seaside Magazine’s eighth annual Women to Watch event, Vanessa Lee, the Founder and Director of Storyoga, was honoured with the 2019 award.  “I always knew I wanted to teach but I never knew that I wanted to be a business owner or entrepreneur,” she says. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her to a very successful career here on the Saanich Peninsula inspiring the next generation through her Storyoga programs and preschool.  Born and raised on the Peninsula, Vanessa left the Island to attend school atRead More
by Dr. Kristen Bovee, Peninsula Naturopathic Clinic and Hydrate IV Wellness Centre – Itchy eyes? Runny nose? Yes, it’s hay fever time! For most of us this marks a joyous return to spending time outdoors; for others it’s the start of congestion, discomfort and daily annoyance. Most people who have allergies are aware of what they are allergic to, but other than taking antihistamines and keeping away from the offending elements, there is little more people know how to do to manage their condition. In my practice, quercetin is oftenRead More