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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 Anne Miller – How would you describe an amazing host? How about this: someone who welcomes you warmly with a smile; someone who puts you at ease in her home and makes you feel welcome; someone who shares her home with joy and pride; someone who wants to know about you and who listens to you, making you feel significant and interesting. That matters, doesn’t it? Sidney has the good fortune to have such a person in Hazel Phillips, who is among the 60 or 70 visitor counsellors whoRead More
story by Janice Henshaw | photos by Vince Klassen Is it possible to transform a BC “Box House” built in the 1970s into a classy, clean-lined family home that is perfect in every way? To make it contemporary, comfortable, full of light and crowned by a private rooftop deck that has an amazing ocean view? Yes, it is! How do you do it? Well, you zipper off the roof, strip the house down to its bones, and throw out the old floor plan. Move the bedrooms to the back ofRead More