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Mike, the bartending dog, in Bowser, B.C., on central Vancouver Island. Vancouver archives

Vancouver Island town plans celebration for Mike, B.C.’s famous bartending dog

Pooch became a small-town Vancouver Island sensation in the ’30s and ’40s for his tavern exploits

 

Filling the waterfront grounds of Filberg Park with some of the West’s top artists, artisans, musicians and entertainers, the Filberg Festival returns to Comox July 29 to 31!

Filberg Festival’s celebration of arts, music and food returns to Comox!

Tickets on sale now for July 29 to 31 festival

  • Jun 21, 2022

 

Ziplining is just one of the activities available at Mt. Washington Alpine Resort this summer. Photo courtesy Mt. Washington

Bounce-back summer expected for Comox Valley tourism industry

Of all the industries adversely affected by the pandemic, the tourism industry…

 

The 2022 PNE Fair, billed as “British Columbia’s longest running and largest ticketed event,” will run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5 at the fair site in East Vancouver. (File photo)

PNE Fair to return with daily capacity limits and paid-ticket concerts, starting Aug. 20

The B-52s ‘Farewell Tour,’ Blue Rodeo and Barenaked Ladies among concert highlights for 2022

The 2022 PNE Fair, billed as “British Columbia’s longest running and largest ticketed event,” will run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 5 at the fair site in East Vancouver. (File photo)
Coastal Black Tulip Fest owners Dan and Justine Ludwig had a dream of recreating, at least in part, fields of the infamous tulips in Keukenhof. They planted 200,000 tulip bulbs last fall.

Coastal Black celebrates first annual tulip festival

Tulips symbolize perfect love, rebirth, and charity. Their simple yet striking colours…

  • Apr 3, 2022
Coastal Black Tulip Fest owners Dan and Justine Ludwig had a dream of recreating, at least in part, fields of the infamous tulips in Keukenhof. They planted 200,000 tulip bulbs last fall.
The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor

1,000 km route opens northern Vancouver Island to ‘bikepackers’

Bikepacking combines ultralight backpacking and bicycle touring

The Tree to Sea loop is a 1,000 km bikepacking route around the north end of Vancouver Island. Photo courtesy Miles Arbor
As the heat of the summer season subsides and the crowds decrease, it’s the perfect time to visit the Comox Valley. Jordan Dyck photo / Courtesy Discover Comox Valley and Tourism Vancouver Island.

Pack your bags! Autumn in the Comox Valley has it all

Planning a trip during the crisp, less-crowded season of fall unveils one…

  • Sep 21, 2021
As the heat of the summer season subsides and the crowds decrease, it’s the perfect time to visit the Comox Valley. Jordan Dyck photo / Courtesy Discover Comox Valley and Tourism Vancouver Island.
Graeme Macaloney from Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery

A neat discovery: Savour a taste of Vancouver Island’s whisky distilleries

Whisky is inextricably linked to the British Isles, but whether it originated…

Graeme Macaloney from Macaloney’s Caledonian Distillery & Twa Dogs Brewery
A humpback spotted just off Cortes Island breaches. This humpback breached several times, as it played by itself for nearly half an hour. Photo by Terry Farrell

PHOTOS: Humpbacks put on a show for visitors to Vancouver Island

Whale watching tour leaves participants in awe

A humpback spotted just off Cortes Island breaches. This humpback breached several times, as it played by itself for nearly half an hour. Photo by Terry Farrell
A humpback spotted just off Cortes Island breaches. This humpback breached several times, as it played by itself for nearly half an hour. Photo by Terry Farrell

PHOTOS: Humpbacks put on a show for visitors to the Comox Valley

Whale watching tour leaves participants in awe

A humpback spotted just off Cortes Island breaches. This humpback breached several times, as it played by itself for nearly half an hour. Photo by Terry Farrell
Eagle’s Flight ZipTour has opened at Mt. Washington. Photo supplied

Speeding over treetops at Mount Washington again an option

Take a ride with our reporter as mountain resort’s zipline open for the season

Eagle’s Flight ZipTour has opened at Mt. Washington. Photo supplied
Comox Valley Pride Beer Brew Day. Photo supplied

6 Vancouver Island breweries unite for Pride Month

Love Wins Juicy Session IPA launched May 29 in Comox Valley and Campbell River

Comox Valley Pride Beer Brew Day. Photo supplied
(Metro Creative photo)

Youth summer fishing challenge: Go fishing, take a photo, then enter to win!

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s contest returns this summer

(Metro Creative photo)
B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend returns June 18 to 20

Get ready with a free Family Fishing Webinar Series June 12

B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.
“I wanted to support the food system, not take from it,” says Dave Brimacombe, whose Wayward Distillery was Canada’s first to produce spirits using 100 per cent B.C. honey. Wayward is among the unique distilleries, wineries and breweries crafting delicious beverages in the Comox Valley.

3 unique Comox Valley purveyors to sip and savour

Wine, beer and spirits highlight this tasty tour of the Valley

“I wanted to support the food system, not take from it,” says Dave Brimacombe, whose Wayward Distillery was Canada’s first to produce spirits using 100 per cent B.C. honey. Wayward is among the unique distilleries, wineries and breweries crafting delicious beverages in the Comox Valley.
In Bike Tag, you find the location of the previous photo, based on a clue, and then take a photo of your own bike at that location. Then you go to a new location, take a photo of your bike, add a clue, and load it onto the website.

Tag, Vancouver Island cyclists, you’re it!

International photo tagging game Bike Tag a hit with cyclists and expanding on Vancouver Island

In Bike Tag, you find the location of the previous photo, based on a clue, and then take a photo of your own bike at that location. Then you go to a new location, take a photo of your bike, add a clue, and load it onto the website.
Courtenay’s Ace Brewing Company’s Jet Fuel IPA was chosen for second place in the annual Canadian Brewing Awards. Photo submitted

Courtenay brewery takes silver medal at Canadian Brewing Awards

“It’s huge - they are the biggest awards in Canada that you can get (in the brewing industry).”

Courtenay’s Ace Brewing Company’s Jet Fuel IPA was chosen for second place in the annual Canadian Brewing Awards. Photo submitted
The coastal rains that drench lower elevations of Vancouver Island translate to piles of fresh snow at the Island’s two ski resorts. Amy Attas photo.

5 ways to experience the snow on Vancouver Island

There’s piles of snow for every mood and skill level on BC’s Vancouver Island

  • Nov 17, 2020
The coastal rains that drench lower elevations of Vancouver Island translate to piles of fresh snow at the Island’s two ski resorts. Amy Attas photo.
Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.

The magic of Christmas returns to the Butchart Gardens

Annual display opens Nov. 27; timed ticket reservations available now

Can you spot all 12 Days of Christmas displays at the Butchart Gardens? Jen Blyth photo.
The Northern Lights have long captured our imaginations. Here’s how to experience the magic. Stefan Wackerhagen photo/Travel Yukon

Northern Lights return to dance across the Yukon sky

If the Northern Lights have captured your imagination, here are a few tips to plan your adventure

The Northern Lights have long captured our imaginations. Here’s how to experience the magic. Stefan Wackerhagen photo/Travel Yukon