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summer issue

The best of outdoor living and fair weather interior design

HOMES 28 Freshen Up Your DÉcor

10 brilliant ways to freshen up your décor By Jane Lockhart



Craigflower Schoolhouse By John Adams

40 haunting OF...

Craigflower Schoolhouse By John Adams

54 DRAB TO FAB home DÉcor

Easy ways to bring the summer into your home By Michelle Hopkin

60 FEATURE HOME: the ‘vue’ by abstract Developments An urban twist on West Coast contemporary By Jessica Krippendorf


78 the perfect deck How to create the ultimate living space just outside your door By Ben Vorst

84 Garden Splendour

Container and terrace gardening for condos and urban living By Pat Burkette

88 Al Fresco Dining – West Coast Style Outdoor kitchens move beyond the backyard BBQ to the full culinary experience By Roberto Bernardi

102 H&L’s galleria


Bringing the outdoors in - decorate your home with a living art gallery this summer season By Jill Lang


151 H&L’s Source Guide Directory Look What I Found, In the news, and H&L’s guide to quality retailers, local builders, suppliers & showrooms



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living 20 celebrity profile DIY demon Bryan Baeumler By Tracey Drake

44 AGGV: The Messenger William Kurelek and the quest for true self By Jill Lang


72 tony’s take Tony Parsons’ take on books By Tony Parsons

96 H&L’s Epicure A fresh taste of summer By Victoria Ryan

108 Escape to the Okanagan A summer road trip down memory lane By Robert Read

118 carr house Birthplace of the incomparable Emily Carr Words and paintings by Robert Amos

126 words on the street Rattenbury Place: Architect of his own demise By Danda Humphreys

140 Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht Floating elegance with world class functionality By Chelsea Forman

144 Health & Wellness Summer boot camps By Kyle Kolkman

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148 Legacy Lifestyle Program What are your dreams and desires? By Robert Pesti


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Growing up in Ontario, I thought that summer was the same for everyone – a few short months of hot, sticky, and insufferably humid weather. When I moved to British Columbia, the first year was a big adjustment for me. The temperature rarely rose above 23, the ocean waters were too cold to swim in and it was impossible to get a good tan. For a native Ontarian, it felt like summer never really came that year. Luckily, by summer number two, I got it. A snowless winter and early spring flowers were a treat for this native Ontarian, but it was the summer that was so glorious. It came very early, and lingered well into the fall months. The days were long and sunny, with little to no rain and there were no mosquitos or blackflies. It is impossible to live here and not love the outdoors, and this issue of Homes & Living magazine celebrates outdoor living.


HGTV DIY superstar, Bryan Baeumler is H&L’s Celebrity Profile, and if you thought you knew him from watching his numerous award winning television shows, think again. My interview with this hard working (and hilarious) handyman, family man and astute businessman uncovered some interesting sides. An H&L exclusive… so grab a coffee – this is a fun read {page 20}.


H&L’s feature home, Vue One by Abstract Developments {page 60}, is an urban architectural oasis that perfectly combines natural elements with modern lines. With private terraced decks that offer city, ocean and mountain views perfect for relaxing and entertaining, Vue One is a West Coast contemporary design by award winning KB Design with exterior detailing that includes natural slate and rough-hewn cedar.

This issue is jam packed with home and lifestyle goodness! Read H&L’s exclusive article about the William Kurelek Exhibit - at the AGGV – one of just three galleries honoured with showcasing this important artist {page 44}. In Retirement Living, we take a look at the dilemma of downsizing to a condo and where the home office fits into that smaller space equation {page 124}. As always, our talented team of writers came through, offering readers tips, insights and how-to articles on everything from building the perfect deck to planning an outdoor kitchen. Whatever life throws at you this season, take time to put your feet up in the backyard with friends and family, or maybe take a leisurely bike ride every now and again, and enjoy these long, sun-filled days of summer.

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DIY Demon: “Construction is 50% science and 50% art.” — Bryan Baeumler

design, destroy, rebuild. repeat.

At the 2012 National Home Show in Toronto, I had the privilege of spending some time with Bryan Baeumler, chatting with him about building a life and a business. It was not your everyday interview. Staying true to his laid back style, I followed him out to the back parking lot behind the Energy Centre at Exhibition Place, and jumped into his mammoth sized pick-up truck. Most builders I come across have trucks that look like they are lived in, literally. Bryan’s truck was surprisingly clean and orderly, which was a little surprising given his very busy life, which has seen his star rise quickly in just a few short years. There is no one more surprised by fame than Bryan himself. As the host of HGTV’s popular show Disaster DIY and Disaster DIY – Cottage Edition, it didn’t

take long before Baeumler became the darling of the network. New shows followed, including House of Bryan, and most recently Leave it to Bryan and House of BryanOn the Rocks. Disaster DIY was a first of its kind; an exciting hit show about DIY renovations gone wrong and the homeowners responsible for the misdoings. As hands-on handyman host, Bryan Baeumler would show up and save the home from disaster, teaching the homeowner a thing or two about renovation along the way. HGTVs website has this to say about their DIY superstar: “Despite Bryan’s apparent charm, his passion for building, and his pride in craftsmanship, he never saw himself as the conduit for a weekly reno series. But Bryan is a natural in front of the camera who aims to inspire and entertain both troubled homeowners and viewers alike.” I would have to agree. Sitting in the passenger seat of his truck, and listening to Bryan talk affably and patiently about the homeowners he meets and how he just wanted to “teach, inform and have a little fun along the way”; it is easy to see how he would be a natural for a reality show about home renovations.

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I once hemmed a new set of drapes with scotch tape before a dinner party. I am also guilty of hanging artwork with thumbtacks because I couldn’t find nails. I am a ‘right here – right now’ decorator and I suspect that if I had a hankering for home renovations, I would be the stuff that Bryan Baeumler’s television shows are made of. Of course, if you have seen any of Bryan’s award winning series on HGTV, you know we aren’t talking about the right stuff.


For the Baeumler dream house, Bryan designed it on a napkin.

The Life of Bryan Bryan spent his youth learning from his father, who built airplane parts for a living and who instilled in Bryan the importance of a meticulous work ethic and attention to detail. This lesson in life would be a common thread that is woven into every part of Bryan’s life.


When he was just fourteen, Bryan started a summer handyman business with a friend at the family cottage. Although this inadvertently became the foundation for Bryan’s career, he did make a few detours and hit a few roadblocks along the way to DIY stardom. Bryan graduated from the University of Western Ontario in London, ON with a degree in Political Science and Business, played football and sang in the choir. After dismissing the thought of law school, Bryan became an entrepreneur at the young age of 22, starting his own cargo business. “I would sit in the office staring at my watch wishing I was renovating my house. I finally decided that wearing a tie and pushing paper wasn’t for me and it was time to get paid for doing what I love, building and fixing things, just like my Dad.”


Realizing that experience is something that is never wasted, Bryan decided to combine his business management and home building skills and the result was a new company, Baeumler Quality Construction, which is still thriving today and doing on average eight to ten custom spec homes each year.

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Left to right. Sarah, Quintyn, Charlotte, Lincoln and Bryan Baeumler relaxing on Georgian Bay.


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There was a palpable passion in Bryan’s voice as he talked about his family and their involvement in recent projects. Of course, we have all ‘met’ his wife Sarah – the beautiful, self-assured and design savvy right-hand woman, during the series House of Bryan, in which the Baeumler family embarked on an epic adventure to demolish their tiny bungalow in Oakville, Ontario and build a 3,500 square foot dream home. With their (then) two children, Quintyn and Charlotte, the reality based HGTV show chronicled the foursome as they added walls, picked out furniture and surprised Bryan with a garage for the serious handyman. House of Bryan became the highest rated series ever aired on HGTV and Baeumler won a Gemini Award for “Best Host in a Lifestyle/Practical Information, or Performing Arts Program or Series” for his work on camera.

Filming on Disaster DIY started the year Quintyn was born. He has grown up around a television crew. He thinks that cameramen and sound checks are just part of everyday life.

As a third child joined the Baeumler clan, Bryan and his growing family, including new baby boy Lincoln, geared up for the newest series House of Bryan-On the Rocks, as they build a summer cottage, from the rock up, on a remote island in Muskoka. Building a 3,700 square summer home from the ground up was a monumental task. Sarah has given Bryan just four short months to build their summer getaway on Georgian Bay. From barging in building supplies to hitting rock bottom; battling blackflies to balancing family life, this build tested Bryan’s skills and patience. The cottage location is near and dear to Bryan, who grew up in the area as a kid and used to fish off the rocks. He became aware that the rock was a separate parcel of land, and made an offer. The second generation owners accepted with the condition that when the property was done, they could come and see it. The land has belonged to their father, who passed away before he could realize his dream of building on the beautiful rocky shoal.



Baeumler also stars alongside Mike Holmes (Holmes Inspection), Scott McGillivray (Income Property) and Jillian Harris (The Bachelorette and Extreme Makeover Home Edition) as judges on Canada’s Handyman Challenge. Baeumler is impressed with how far the building trade has come in the last ten to fifteen years. “It is pretty amazing that just being in the trades has become a completely different profession. It used to be that to be successful you had to wear a tie and sit in an office. I did that and it didn’t work for me, but I couldn’t deny what I love doing – building and getting dirty. The building trade is becoming more white collar.”

Bryan is a natural born leader, an affable teacher and a conscientious contractor who believes that he hasn’t put in an honest day’s work unless he gets his hands dirty. The many shows that Bryan Baeumler stars in are shown across Canada and the US and more recently, in many countries around the world. His most recent success on HGTV, Leave it to Bryan, has a whole new spin on reality DIY.

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Personal Side Q&A: In House of Bryan, did you ever learn to live with the ‘branch’ chandelier? “You know – yeah. Once it made its way up to the master bedroom, it grew on me. The show is edited to have an element of entertainment and the team does a good job editing the home building conflict between me and Sarah. Of course, it wasn’t all editing magic. We definitely had a difference of opinion on certain topics.”

What is Baeumler Approved? “Everyone needs a good contractor and unfortunately, lots of homeowners get lost in the process and hire the wrong person or company. There are so many good guys out there. Baeumler Approved connects the good guys with the homeowner.”

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Homeowners get a much needed reality check in the ultimate renovation tug-of-war between want and need! Couples who apply to the show pitch which space in their home that needs to be renovated, but Bryan gets final say on which room is tackled. Bryan chooses each project based on which room or space is most in need, and inevitably priorities and personalities clash, and homeowner renovation dreams are put on hold. Bryan helps (or in some cases, pushes) homeowners to re-evaluate expectations; ultimately leaving it to Bryan Baeumler to do what’s right for their home.


“As an HGTV contractor nowadays, you almost have rock star status, and I do have the final say on which project we tackle. The homeowners sign off on that at the get-go. However, they trust me to do what’s right and I do put myself in their shoes. I take each decision very seriously.”

“When in doubt, hire a professional. It is one of the things I loved about doing Disaster DIY. You have to be honest and tell homeowners that they are screwing around with your biggest investment. It is not a game. So, it makes no sense to me to devalue that investment by tearing it apart and then trying to piece it back together, poorly.”

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10 Brilliant Ways to Freshen Up Your DÉcor

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Jane Lockhart B.A.A.I.D, Intern, A.R.I.D.O is the principal Interior Designer with Jane Lockhart Interior Design in Toronto and host of Colour Confidential on W Network. Interior Design and Story by Jane Lockhart Jane Lockhart Interior Design | Photography by Brandon Barré courtesy Colour Confidential, W Network

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Display colourful art There are so many options available today for sourcing artwork from original pieces by local artists to big box retailers that sell affordable large scale reproduction pieces. Artwork is an easy way to bring colour into your life without having to paint your walls. Create an instant focal point using a large piece of art, framed or unframed, with strong visual elements that are easy to read from a distance.

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Freshen Up

Your DÉcor Refreshing your home is a great way to change the look of your interior spaces without the massive cost and chaos of renovating and rebuilding. Here are ten easy-on-the-budget ways to revive your spaces for a bright and breezy summertime look that will endure all year long.

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A fresh white tile backsplash with mosaic band accent is a quick and inexpensive update.


Accent with fresh flowers

infuse brightness Colour is an excellent way to infuse brightness and personality into your space

Such a simple addition to any room in the house, decorating with fresh flowers adds a touch of colour and texture. This is a quick and inexpensive way to liven up and add summer-fresh fragrance to a room that anyone can do. Tip: Remove as many extra green leaves that will be below the water and cut the stems short so that the flower heads dome above the rim of the vase for a fuller look.

Add throw pillows This is a simple way to bring an old sofa or chair back to life. Choose a few toss pillows in various shapes and sizes with lots of colour, texture or pattern and layer them on the furniture. A great designer tip: pillows help tie a room’s colour scheme together and also make the whole space flow better, making the room appear larger.


Add lighting


Lighting is one of the most overlooked design elements for adding life to a room. Lighting draws your eye into a space and is instrumental in creating focal points when used to highlight a specific area or item in the space. In addition, more lighting means a brighter space which is important in Canada with our long dreary winter months. Save energy and create more lighting options in your space by putting lights on dimmer switches and use LED bulbs whenever possible.

Bold colours with good lighting solutions make the perfect combination for dark spaces.


Add a new rug Area rugs are the perfect way to unify a space and brighten a room. If you have dark wood floors, a light carpet can add the sense of light. The addition of a colourful area rug draws people to the centre of the space where the rug is placed. Rugs and carpets add warmth texture and dimension to any room, as they are often pieces of art themselves!





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To keep a space open and airy it’s important to allow as much light as possible to filter into the room. Covering your windows with sheer drapes and blinds rather than heavy lined drapery will allow light to filter into the room and will make the room feel big and spacious. Sheers are an excellent solution for small condo spaces. Today’s sheers are available in a vast array of colours and patterns and can be installed to look fresh and modern.

Hang mirrors It’s no secret that mirrors reflect light or draw attention, but they’re also a great tool to create drama! Adding mirrors on walls across or adjacent to windows will create the sense of a secondary window and can add depth in otherwise flat spaces. For more interest, choose a mirror with a chucky or detailed frame for even more impact.


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Although a more costly update, replacing an old countertop with sparkling new ones can have a huge impact. Adding a solid surface countertop can increase the value of your home and add style and function to kitchens and baths. Options like quartz or granite are durable and beautiful and really do make these spaces look brighter and more expensive! Your new countertops will inspire you to choose a sleek and modern under-mounted sink and add a new faucet. This is a lifetime investment and a fabulous way to refresh the two most important rooms in the house.

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Change wall colours Painting is the fastest way to change the atmosphere of a space. It’s inexpensive and relatively fast to do. If you’ve been living with dark colours, switch to lighter shades and experience the high impact a colour change can bring.

Add throw pillows Pillows help tie a room’s colour scheme together and also make the whole space appear larger.

Colour shy? The simplicity and sophistication of a black and white palette loves to play backup to pops of colour.


Group accessories


Often the challenge is not which accessories to purchase, but how to arrange them. Arrange reflective accessories including fresh flowers on a large tray in groupings of three, five or seven and place it on a large ottoman or coffee table place. These colourful accents will make a powerful statement, create a focal point and keep the space less cluttered. Without the clutter, the room will open up and flow better.

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This panorama of Craigflower shows the schoolhouse on the right hand side. To its left is Craigflower Manor beyond it. The small farm village is partly visible on the left. BC Archives G-4771.

John Adams is a Victoria historian, author and operator of Discover the Past Tours offering guided tours of Victoria. He and his wife live in a 1909 restored heritage house in James Bay.

“They don’t build them like they used to.”


In the case of Craigflower Schoolhouse, that’s probably a good thing. In fact, it’s a wonder the wood-frame structure survived at all, let alone remained standing long enough to become the oldest school building in western Canada.


The Schoolhouse sits perched precariously beside Admirals Road, so close that if a truck were to veer off the road, the building would probably be demolished. That wasn’t a worry back in 1854 when construction began because there was no road there at all. Need for the school arose in 1852 when Kenneth McKenzie and a crew of workers, many with families, came from Scotland to

establish Craigflower Farm for a subsidiary of the Hudson’s Bay Company. Two years later Governor James Douglas agreed that construction and operation of the school would be looked after by the Colony of Vancouver Island. It was the third Colonial school, after Central School in Victoria and one in Nanaimo, both buildings long ago demolished. Details of how Craigflower Schoolhouse (or Maple Point School as it was at first called) got built were recorded in the diary of one of the farm’s settlers, Robert Melrose. His daily jottings of everyday events in the colony are fascinating to read. First mention of the school was made on Monday August 21, 1854: “Gideon [Halcrow] and his Gang commenced to build a School, and Schoolhouse.”

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Craigflower Schoolhouse

Booze apparently was readily available, but building materials were not. Most were made right at Craigflower Farm. A steam powered sawmill produced lumber, and soon a crew was making bricks and burning lime for plaster. A blacksmith shop produced some needed items, but glass and most hardware such as hinges, door handles and window fasteners were imported. Another complication was that the Schoolhouse was across the Gorge from the main farm settlement and source of supplies. Goods, therefore, had to be rafted across the water.

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So far, so good, but the following day Robert Melrose noted that he and his pal, James Wilson, got themselves “½ D[runk].” Whether or not this affected construction is not known, but perhaps as an act of contrition, one day after his binge Wilson delivered a lecture entitled “Immortality of the Soul.”


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Left. Robert Melrose was from Eas Lothian, Scotland and came as one of the original settlers to Craigflower Farm in 1853. He wrote a meticulous diary about daily events at Craigflower. BC Archives F-07393. Right. Melrose’s Diary contains an amazing amount of trivia about life at Craigflower and about strengths and foibles of its inhabitants. This is the page for August 1854. The entry for August 24 notes the start of constructing the schoolhouse. BC Archives E/B/M49.1.

Work progressed quite quickly under the circumstances. In hindsight, it might even have been too fast. Melrose’s notation for September 23 suggests there was another distinct problem at the building site: “School-house frame erected, whole company in general notoriously drunk.” A pattern seems to have been developing because a few days later Melrose wrote that James Wilson continued his lecture on “Immortality of the Soul.”


No entries specifically about the schoolhouse were made until November 16 when this succinct comment was made: “School vents finished.” The vents referred to were the chimneys. Fire bricks from the English Midlands stamped ‘RUFFORD Stourbridge’ were used around the fireplaces, in addition to locally produced ones.


The new schoolmaster was an Englishman, Charles Clark, accompanied by his wife, Eliza. She had lost her first baby on the five-month voyage out and was five months pregnant when they arrived, just before the end of the year. They found temporary lodgings until they moved into the schoolhouse on January 8, 1855. However, the building wasn’t finished and work went on around them for six more weeks before Melrose was able to note: “School and school-house finished.” The total cost was $4,300. We can only try to sympathize with Mrs. Clark as she approached her seventh month of pregnancy with carpenters and plasterers tramping in and out of her home. She gave birth to a girl on May 1. The baby survived, but Eliza died about one month later.


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Top. This is the oldest class picture from Craigflower Schoolhouse, from 1865. Henry Claypole, standing in the middle, was the teacher. BC Archives A-2666. Bottom. Craigflower Schoolhouse. Photograph by the author.

Craigflower Schoolhouse is the oldest standing school building in western Canada and is a National Historic Site The schoolhouse was plagued by many problems that ultimately stemmed from incomplete or shoddy construction. In all likelihood the lumber used in construction was green. This, combined with the site itself (a First Nations shell midden) which probably was not properly prepared, soon resulted in the building’s roof and floors sagging toward the centre, away from the chimneys. To make it more comfortable in 1856 Clark installed an indoor toilet and made other repairs to the premises, including painting. In those days painting had to wait for the plaster to properly cure.

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Clark was followed by a succession of teachers. There was often no money to pay them and even less money for maintenance. By the mid-1860s the building was so deteriorated that inspectors recommended it be demolished. Instead, it was propped up and somehow kept from falling down. It closed as a school in 1911 and was opened as a museum by the Native Daughters of BC in 1931. After the provincial government took over the operation in the late 1970s extensive conservation work was done. Today it is a National Historic Site and is managed by The Land Conservancy of BC on behalf of the provincial government.

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that Craigflower Schoolhouse is haunted. After all, it’s the oldest standing school building in western Canada, the school bell was taken from a shipwreck, there has been at least one death in the building, and it’s standing on the site of the ancient Kosapsom village. In addition, of course, are the collective energy imprints of generations of students who endured the chilly classroom, hard wooden benches and stern discipline of days gone-by. Craigflower Schoolhouse closed in 1911, but was occupied by a caretaker for many years. It has been a museum since 1931. It has ghost stories galore.


About twenty-five years ago, in an attempt to breath new vitality into the historic site a gala evening was planned. There was Scottish food, dancing, a bagpiper and actors in period costume. If anything could arouse sleeping ghosts, the combination of haggis and the pipes should do the trick. Even though that was not at the intention, it worked. A young actress was upstairs, straining above the din of the pipes to hear her cue to descend the stairs and enter the

schoolroom. During rehearsals she had examined all the artifacts on display where she waited, especially an old clock that had caught her attention. It didn’t work and no one seemed to know where the key was. But now suddenly it began to chime out the hour. She left the room in a hurry, but when she inspected the clock later, it was as inoperative and silent as it had been for decades. One of the popular activities in the restored classroom is for school groups to book an old-fashioned lesson. In the mid-1990s a young man volunteered to act the part of the first schoolmaster, Mr. Clark. The visiting pupils donned period clothing (scarves and caps for the boys and pinafores for the girls), wrote on slates and recited their sums. On one particular day the volunteer lost track of time and realized the students were late for their bus. Without tidying up he ushered them out of the building, being sure to activate the burglar alarm and lock the door before he left. He was gone ten minutes, and then returned to prepare the room for the next group. He unlocked the door and turned off

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The oldest recorded ghost story from the site dates from 1918, when Hugh Pallister lived there with his wife and children. Hugh was the caretaker of the new school across the street. Their kitchen was in a lean-to structure which had been added to the rear of the building many years before. There were two access doors to the kitchen: one was from inside the schoolhouse and the other was from the back yard through a wood shed. The couple spent most of their evenings in the warmth of the kitchen where they read by lamplight.

Above. The Craigflower Bridge was built to connect the schoolhouse to the rest of Craigflower Farm. In this picture from 1865 the students from the school and their families pose on the bridge, with Craigflower Manor in the distance. BC Archives F-05882.

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the alarms, but was shocked when he looked into the schoolroom. Caps and scarves were neatly folded, the aprons were on their pegs and the slates and slate pencils had been stowed where they belonged in the cupboard! No one else was there that day and it would have been impossible for anyone to enter the schoolroom without a key or without turning off the alarms. The volunteer was convinced a ghost had done the work. Who could it be? One suggestion is that is was Eliza Clark, wife of first schoolmaster, who died there in 1856.


the haunting of... After Craigflower Schoolhouse closed in 1911 it was used as a residence for a caretaker, but became very dilapidated, as seen in this photograph from the early 1920s. Just what you expect a haunted house to look like! BC Archives G-01952.

The schoolmaster, Thomas Russell, and wife Sarah pose with their family in this picture from 1865. The baby died when he was four. Some suggest he is responsible for many of the ghostly pranks which occur. BC Archives G-01948.

The schoolroom of the 1850s was sparsely furnished, with bare walls and no blackboard. The desks and benches ran lengthwise, as seen in this 1983 photograph when the schoolroom was restored. The room is sometimes kept tidy by the ghost of the first schoolmaster’s wife. Photograph by author.


The caretaker lifted the lid of the box and saw the skull staring at him. He quickly buried it in the yard. Photograph by the author.


One day a truck was driving across the Admiral’s Road Bridge when the rotten timbers gave way and the truck fell into the Gorge. No one was hurt. Workers preparing to winch the truck out unearthed a skeleton in the soft soil near the bridge. Hugh decided to take the skull as a relic, so he put it in a wooden crate and stowed it on a shelf in his wood shed. That evening the latch from the woodshed into the kitchen lifted twice and each time a cold blast of wind rushed in. Strangely, it wasn’t windy and the door from the wood shed to outside was securely bolted. When it happened again the next night, Hugh sat in wait because he was convinced it was the work of pranksters. When the door swung open Hugh rushed into the wood shed with his lantern. But no one was there. Then the light fell shone on the crate. As he lifted the lid he thought the skull was leering at him. Hugh grabbed the box and a shovel and headed into the backyard. He never told anyone where he buried the skull, but the hauntings ceased. Over the years, passersby have reported hearing the school bell ring on its own and seeing phantom lights inside the building late at night when no one was there… just as one would expect at such a venerable old building.

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The Messenger: William Kurelek and the Quest for True Self

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William Kurelek, This is the Nemesis, 1965 | mixed media on masonite, 114.8 x 115.6 cm | Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gift of Mrs. J.A. McCuaig.


The Messenger: William Kurelek and the Quest for True Self

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It’s tough to tell if William Kurelek’s overtly religious paintings ever converted anyone to Roman Catholicism, but fans of his work admire his persistence and sincerity. The evangelistic artist’s paintings seem to fall in two distinct categories: “joyful chronicles of simpler times” and “explicit warnings of a coming apocalypse.” AGGV Chief Curator Mary Jo Hughes says, however, even the most innocent paintings carry strong underlying moralistic messages.

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Left. William Kurelek | (detail) The Ukrainian Pioneer, 1971-1976 | acrylic, graphite, coloured pencil, gouache on masonite, 152.5 x 726 (6 panels, each 152.5 x 121.5) | National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Transfer from the House of Commons of the Parliament of Canada, 1990 (no. 30836.1 - .6)


Right. William Kurelek | (detail) The Painter, 1974 | mixed media on hardboard, 121.9 x 91.4 | The Thomson Collection


A portion of Kurelek’s painting “The Maze” appeared on the cover of Van Halen’s 1981 album “Fair Warning”

From May 25 to September 3, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (AGGV) will host the third and final leg of The Messenger, Kurelek’s first exhibition in 25 years and largest exhibition ever mounted. The Messenger kicked off at the Art Gallery of Winnipeg in September 2011, and then moved on to the Art Gallery of Hamilton in January 2012, where an astonishing 2,256 people showed up to the opening. “That gives you an indication of how popular he is,” says Hughes. “Of course they have the entire Toronto region to draw from, but that was the largest crowd that Hamilton has ever attracted.”

Kurelek’s work grew increasingly popular during the late 60s and into the 70s, towards the end of his life and career, when he started using his paintings to create children’s books. People not familiar with Kurelek will recognize works like the Ukrainian pioneer that decorated a Canadian postage stamp in the 70s, works found in some of his books, and a portion of The Maze, which appeared on the cover of Van Halen’s 1981 “Fair Warning” album. The Maze depicts a man’s unravelled head lying in a wheat field, while a curled up laboratory rat, representing his spirit, is trapped inside the maze of troubled thoughts and memories. Kurelek painted The Maze while in England as a patient in the Maudsley and Netherne psychiatric hospitals, several years prior to his conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1957. In 1969, award-winning filmmaker Robert Young was approached by a professor at Cornel University to make a film about psychotic art, and later that year released a short biographical film featuring Kurelek to demonstrate the relationship between art and psychology. Over forty years later, Young’s sons Nick and Zack uncovered and completed a longer version of their father’s work, which explores Kurelek’s life and struggles with attempted suicide and his search for identity. The Maze will be screened at UVic’s Cinecenta Tuesday, May 29 at 7:15 p.m., with Nick Young in attendance for a postscreening Q&A with Hughes.

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Hughes has been working on the project for six years and says that Kurelek is definitely one of her favourite Canadian artists. Kurelek painted two significant self portraits—one before his conversion to Catholicism (Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, 1950) and one after (Self Portrait, 1957). These two works illustrate Kurelek’s struggle with and acceptance of identity through spiritual crisis and enlightenment. He used his paintings to understand and refine his sense of self as he continued to uncover and develop his identity.

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Along with being an artist, Kurelek was also a master picture framer, and almost all of the works in the exhibition are in original Kurelek frames. To him, the frame was an extension of the painting. Some frames are painted, some are carved, some have fabric, wood or newspaper glued on, and one of them is a collage of newspaper clippings.



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William Kurelek, Parable of the Lost Sheep, 1963 | mixed media on masonite, 59 x 121.9 cm | Proposed gift to the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria


Hughes will be hosting three tours throughout the exhibition: Kurelek as Evangelist-Artist, Portrait of the Artist and Framing Kurelek. On Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m., Tobi Bruce, senior curator of Historical Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Hamilton and co-curator of the exhibition, will discuss Kurelek’s use of photography in his artistic process. In August, Kurelek’s son Steven Kurelek will speak about particular works in the exhibition and share behind the scenes stories that only someone who lived with the artist would know.


William Kurelek, Lumberjack’s Breakfast, 1973 | egg tempera on board, 58.5 x 80.8 | Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Freeman and Rosita Tovell

After The Messenger is finished in Victoria, all paintings go back to their owners and there won’t be another show of this magnitude for a long time. William Kurelek painted prolifically throughout his fifty years of life and always had a clear picture in his mind of what he wanted to paint. A devout Catholic for the latter twenty years, Kurelek took his role as messenger seriously, yes, but he also wanted to make the world a better place.

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The signs of summer are everywhere. Soft blue skies, lush green lawns, gardens bursting with blooms and sun filled days – it is a time to open doors and windows and let the fresh air in.


Whether your house is modern or traditional, you can add a little bit of summer to your room with a few simple changes; transforming a tired, drab looking room into one that is bursting with life and brightness.


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Rethink wall space. According to another interior designer, condense your family photos into multipictured frames or update your art work with new, colourful wood frames to add memory focal points. Welcome the summer hues into your home. This season, the hottest trends in home décor draw inspiration from Mother Nature. Get that summer palette – blues, from robin’s egg to navy, yellows, greens, and pastels inside to give your room a shot of colour. According to experts, some of the easiest and most inexpensive ways get the look is by changing your winter lap throw and sofa cushions for lighter fabric versions that are inspired by the season. Lovely lap quilts and accent pillows in yellow or lime green on a slip covered white couch can look elegant, fresh and breezy. You can have two looks each year by simply having a winter and summer slip cover made for your favourite couch.

BRIGHTEN A BEDROOM – SIMPLY AND BEAUTIFULLY. Put your winter quilt and linens away and replace them with summer weight versions in beautiful colours. Another simple solution is to wallpaper or paint your headboard for a fabulous fresh look. Stenciling is another simple mode to add a blush of colour and a touch of whimsy to your décor. You can also emulate some of that outdoor serenity with a whitewash, weathered look for your furniture. Then, create a summer garden on your tabletop with chunky candles, layered books and cactus plants. Another great tip

As we all know, accessories individualize a room and give it new life – instantly. To achieve a light summer theme, consider nautical items, such as beach signs, bowls filled with white sand, sea shells and kitschy lighthouse art.

is to put away some of your knick knacks … don’t keep something that isn’t quality or that you are tired of. Bring the outdoors in by placing twigs in sculptures and in your flower arrangements to breathe new life into a room. Another simple, yet attractive, way to renew any tabletop is to go down to the beach and find some driftwood, place it in large, contemporary container or fill it with peddles or balls for a real organic, west coast look. This season is about getting down to earth and letting Mother Nature guide your interior design decisions. It’s amazing what nature can do to liven up a room.

CHANGE A ROOM’S MOOD DRAMATICALLY WITH JUST A CAN OF PAINT. Colour is a quick fix. Paint is a great and inexpensive way to change the look of your room without spending a fortune. Choose whites, off-whites and creams for a light and airy look. To warm up the look a bit, try colours inspired by the beach and seaside itself. Go for soft, muted blues and greys (to represent the sea and sky) ranging from turquoises and aqua to deep slate blues and navy. For yellows, choose soft beiges and golds – real sand colours.

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Freshening up old lamp shades with bright, colourful ones is a real simple fix. When it comes to lighting, wood and barrel lamp shades can add chic to any room. A flat white dish with lime green candles, white sand and a green plant on the kitchen table might make dinner a miniretreat from the long day at work.


Because we are creatures of habit we may not see design possibilities in our own homes, so why not you invite a friend or two over and play with rearranging the furniture in a room. Don’t be afraid to let your creativity soar. Artificial fruits and simple flower arrangements on a table top can also add punch to a room. Tired of our old photo and art frames? Slap paint on your wood frames or replace your old frames with trendy mirrored frames.

Don’t neglect your outdoor space. Recover your patio cushions in a rainbow of colours and take your pots, group them in three and get creative with flower arrangements. The latest accessory for your patio is a charcoal barbecue that comes in a kaleidoscope of colour. They really are stylish for your summer patio living, and add a new sense of fun in your outdoor space.

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“The most economical way to rejuvenate a room or your house is paint,” says Robert Ledingham, principal at the award-winning Robert Ledingham Design. “Nothing can transform a room better than a fresh coat of paint. Choose colours that make a statement … for 2012, daffodil yellow is big.” Another surefire way, Ledingham adds, is to change the canvas of your sofa. “Take your dark, winter slip cover off and replace it with a gorgeous unbleached cotton slip cover in white and add toss cushions in floral, stripes or even a nautical theme.” Sharon Bortolotto, principal at BBA Design Consultants has this to say: “It’s as simple as fresh flowers, buy three batches of tulips and they will brighten up any room.” “Splurge on new bedding, dishes and bowls with a bright and cheery summer theme … all of those simple and not too costly things, will certainly set a mood.”

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In the kitchen, a deep olive green glass backsplash is an elegant detail behind stainless steel appliances and quartz counters. White lacquer cabinet faces keep the lines clean and crisp, while dual ovens and dishwashers, and a built in wine fridge and espresso maker make this spectacular space highly functional. Long stainless steel pulls and a deep under mount bar sink are industrial accents in an otherwise ultra modern space. Five rectangular pendants are suspended over the island, creating geometric continuity in the lightest of details.



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In the powder room a raised vessel sink on a floating vanity lends a contemporary edge among natural stone inset tiles and laminate wall covering. On the back wall around the floating toilet, natural white stone tiles cover the entire top half of the wall. Beautiful engineered hardwood flooring creates room and visual distance between glazing in the front and rear of the home. In the great room, the central feature is the fireplace, set into limestone and against a waxed and buffed Venetian plaster that creates a dynamic textured effect. Running underneath is a built-in shelving unit with a white lacquered top. Textures layer flawlessly in a rug made of shagged circular felt pieces, and in cushions and textiles draped on a black leather L-shaped sofa. White leather accent furniture, including a minimalist, round edged chair and layered white lacquer and wood coffee table bring the design and all of its elements together in this central space. At the forward facing end of the space, high efficiency Pella windows with aluminum exterior frames and wood detail on the inside maximize the view and natural lighting and lead out to a protected patio. Driftwood and natural fibre artistic pieces throughout the home’s interior bring a natural flare to the otherwise modern finishes and complete the West Coast contemporary motif.

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The challenge with this home was similar to that of each one in the development. [Abstract’s owner] Mike Miller is intimately involved with ensuring the best use of space. The biggest thing with this development was providing each home with a strong view and outdoor space on a limited footprint. Abstract definitely achieved that, because each home feels separate and not part of a development—they are completely unique. On the upper level, a master wing-style room configuration offers a walk-in closet and spa like en suite bathroom. Ceramic tiles with a hint of sparkle lead to a square bathtub with a wood surround and sleek curving fixtures. Double stainless steel sinks are set into a floating vanity that alternates cubed taupe lacquer and wood laminate cabinets in a horizontal row. White quartz on the counter and a large frameless mirror create openness and crisp lines in the space, as does an open frameless shower with ceramic tile within.

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In the master bedroom, exposed structural glulam beams in the ceiling recreate the ambiance of a mountain retreat. Extensive custom built-ins around the bed and a dedicated seating area make this a functional space for relaxing and enjoying the view through double glass doors that lead to a balcony overlooking the city and ocean. Two additional bedrooms on this level leave plenty of space for family or guests. The first features a chic platform bed and accessories in a green and black palette, and the second room is made up in neutral grey, black, and earth tones. A laundry area with quartz counters and wood accents is also on this floor. In the main bathroom, a mirrored backsplash wraps around the window, serving dual purpose as a vanity and wall covering, while fresh, natural finishes complete the space.


“Abstract Developments’ ultimate goal is to build Victoria’s finest homes, be they custom or an on spec development,” says Williams. “We help customers realize their vision of home and ideal living space.”



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Williams emphasizes that building your dream home can be an overwhelming experience, but one that Abstract Developments helps to smooth over with an accountable process, high craftsmanship, and quality work.


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Counters Colonial Countertops 646 Alpha Street Victoria, BC 250.383.1926

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ElectRonics Simply Automated 16 - 755 Vanalman Avenue Vcitoria, BC 250.479.7877

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Electrical Gorge Electrical 250.658.0960


Finishing/Millwork Hobson Woodworks 250.818.9565

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Plumbing RTR Plumbing 250.818.9805

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Windows Pella Windows 250.475.7477

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on books I just love books. They`ve been a part of my life ever since I learned to, well, read.


But those were the days when there was little if any television to divert our attention and radio, or the wireless as I first came to know it, only carried a few programs that could pull me away from a good book. I even remember the name of the first book that captivated and enthralled me. It was titled Arlo the Fiddler, and was written, I`ve since found out, back in 1927. It was the telling of the life of a young gypsy boy who, as the title would suggest, had some fascination with a violin that, as I recall, was passed down through the family over the years but only released it`s real magic when Arlo tucked it under his chin. Instant virtuoso.


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— Tony Parsons

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Born in England in 1939, Tony came to Canada as a 10 year old boy. Originally wanting to be a lawyer, Tony was persuaded to become a broadcaster, and after decades of broadcasting in radio and television across Canada, Tony now works for CHEK and CBC Vancouver.

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i love books. i even wrote one once.


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I also remember being exposed to poetry then as well. One poem in particular‌


It was a piece from A Child`s Garden of Verse, a collection of charming writings by Robert Louis Stevenson whose more grown-up offerings included Treasure Island and Kidnapped. I took the words to heart and remember them to this day. I might have been ill the first time I read it because when sickness took me down, an occasional cold, the flu, or later on a bout with rheumatoid arthritis, it always crept into my mind and just playing around with the words in my head, made me feel better. It went like this:

When I was sick and lay a-bed, I had two pillows at my head, And all my toys beside me lay To keep me happy all the day. And sometimes for an hour or so I watched my leaden soldiers go, With different uniforms and drills, Among the bed-clothes, through the hills; And sometimes sent my ships in fleets All up and down among the sheets; Or brought my trees and houses out, And planted cities all about. I was the giant great and still That sits upon the pillow-hill, And sees before him, dale and plain, The pleasant land of counterpane.

It never failed to cheer me up as it did, I`m sure, thousands of others of my generation.

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The importance of books was driven home by my mother who, admittedly used them as some parents use television today; as a babysitter or, as she would call it, a minder. Her reasoning was that, I suppose, a child left to its own devices could quickly and easily find trouble. But a child wrapped in the arms of a good story could, for one thing, always be found where it had been left; unharmed and happy. And for her at least it worked better than that timeless threat‌ just wait ‘til your father gets home!


Not all the books I buy and keep get read. They sit there like so many half-eaten apples.

Just at eye level from where I sit at this moment is a shelf full of books. A couple of them have to do with golf instruction. So far they haven`t helped. There are books by an old favourite author of mine, Bill

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Bryson. A few by Ken Follett picked up after I bought and read his most recent novel Fall of Giants. That one I could recommend when you`re whiling away the hours in the summer sun in Osoyoos or Whistler this year. Then there`s an autobiography by British actress Judi Dench. Ian Rankin`s latest novel is there, as is Peter Robinson’s. Unread (so far) along with a couple of misfits that must belong to my wife, Tammy, who’s also an avid reader.

Not every book is a masterpiece, but they all seem to have a purpose.

In a drawer not far away I`ve stored a Kindle and a Sony Reader - those trendy e-book gadgets that were supposed to change the world of books forever. I`m a bit of a gadget person so I just had to have one; they have their advantages. When you head for the cottage at the lake in the Interior this summer one instrument, the size of a book oddly enough, will carry enough reading material to take you through the coming season and well into the winter. But it`s just not the same. There`s something about paper pages that trump electronics. They`re tactile; they just feel better than a clump of plastic and metal. I`ll admit real books present a storage problem. If you’ve moved around as much as I have you`ll agree that they are a burden when it comes to trucking them to your next home. I`ve given up hefty libraries just to forego the agony of another move.

Not every book is a masterpiece. But they all seem to have a purpose. To educate, to comfort, to promote an argument or a point of view, to move its` readers in any way it can. And, of course, to sell a gazillion copies. I love books. I even wrote one once.

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As I mentioned previously not all the books I buy and keep get read. So many of them are book marked at the point where my immediate interest tailed off. They sit there like so many half-eaten apples. I`ve discarded them, but only for the moment. I`ll devour them when I have more time.


Shuffling the Deck for a Perfect Outdoor Deal


How to Create the Ultimate Living Space Just Outside Your Door


Words by Ben Vorst

The cherry on top of British Columbian domestic life has got to be the perfect deck; no proper coastal lifestyle is complete without it. Living so close to (or even in the midst of) one of the planet’s most rewarding and intact natural areas, all of us are drawn to the magic of the rainforest, the majesty of the great ocean… even if it’s only the slice we nurture in our backyards and acreages.

The cherry on top of British Columbian domestic life has got to be the perfect deck; no proper coastal lifestyle is complete without it. Living so close to (or even in the midst of) one of the planet’s most rewarding and intact natural areas, all of us are drawn to the magic of the rainforest, the majesty of the great ocean… even if it’s only the slice we nurture in our backyards and acreages.

So the perfect deck is as much inside each of us as it is around us, but that doesn’t mean that exploring the options isn’t a good way to navigate our own desires. Consider some of the aspects below when you’re planning your dream deck.

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The perfect deck is not a single, static thing: it’s going to be different for each of us, depending on priorities and preferences

Although we all cherish our touchstone moments with nature, the perfect deck is not a single, static thing: it’s going to be different for each of us, depending on our priorities and proclivities. For some of us, it’s a place to commune with friends and family, every chance we get, around good eating and rewarding company. For others, it’s a sun-drenched spot to bake away the cares of the week, as far from reports and ringtones we can get. For others, it may be a place of quiet contemplation, or a showcase for design talents, or even the world’s most peaceful workspace, if we’re so lucky.


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The “natural” choice for British Columbians is to use native woods for decking: they fit naturally into the surroundings and they support the local economy


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Decks are an extension of our homes, and as such need to be in proportion to our houses. Even if you have a lot of space to work with, don’t max out on deck size: the maintenance will likely wear you down. If you have a large area to work with, consider a funky angular design, even modular, that can work as several spaces instead of a vast expanse.

Ground level decks have the advantage of not needing a lot of structural support, so their layout can be a lot more flexible; if this is the case, get creative in shape and design. Raised decks need to stick closer to the house, so consider a longer, narrower layout to maximize utility; this will also multiply any panoramic potential you have.

An exterior deck is an extension of the house, so pay attention to scale and proportion


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Choosing materials for your fantasy deck is an exercise in balance to rival any yoga position: you should consider what is appropriate (a material that blends with both the house and the natural surroundings), what you can handle (ease of installation, cost, ongoing maintenance), style (what is easiest on your eyes and sensibilities), and usage (who will use the deck, how many and how often). The “natural” choice for British Columbians is to use native woods for decks: they fit the surroundings, they’re nice to be around, and they support the local economy. Cedar is still far and away the most popular option, for good reason, but redwoods are also available and attractive. Exotic foreign woods are enticing and gorgeous, if a bit harder to install. Pressure-treated wood is a good compromise between function and cost, easy to build with and maintain.

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If low maintenance is more your priority, consider the many synthetic materials available. Composite woods and vinyl are durable and easy to clean; ocean-front decks are well-accented by decks in aluminum and glass that highlight the scenery, cut down on wind, and make good use of sunlight.


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Pair an espresso brown stain with modern deck furniture or carry indoor hardwood floor colours onto the deck for an inside-out aesthetic.

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Finishing Touches that Put You at Ease


Everyone’s dream deck is defined by how and how much they use it; surprisingly, little touches can go a long way to making us feel that the space is ours and thereby providing a comforting aura.


Glass rail panels offer an unobstructed view while painted wood spindles are ideal for a traditional home.

If your goal is to get in touch with your earthy side, use natural materials and go easy on the colours; fill the deck with classic (natural) furniture that creates an instant hominess and reflects the surrounding area, and use large plants to soften the space. If you want to make a big personal statement, start out with a comprehensive colour scheme and make the materials fit into it; speak your piece in the vibrant tones of the furniture fabric, the classy seating arrangements, and the colourful sunshades. When it’s a warm, friendly gathering place you dream of for family & friends, use durable but familiar touches (like weatherproof, parlour-style furnishings) to make the deck an inviting extension of your home. The vision of a perfect deck evokes all the best our beautiful province has to offer: the sights, sounds, smells, and feels of a coastal paradise. If you’re tired of making do with a deck chair on the driveway, it may be time to wake up and smell the forest.

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Container and Terrace Gardening for Condos and Urban Living


Container gardening is fun, colourful and low maintenance for the busy city slicker. Photo provided by Room 8.

Words by Pat Burkette

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For urban gardeners without big land - small is beautiful

An interesting mixture of colours and textures perfect for any summer container. Succulents and Sedums, Echeveria, Agave, and Aeonium. Drought tollerant, although not Hardy in BC - must be brought inside or greenhouse over winter. Photo provided by Landeca.

Terrace gardening on rooftops, balconies, patios and decks is the new norm in BC cities, thanks to shrinking lot sizes and increasingly vertical housing developments.

Choosing containers with a common theme or style pulls the garden together. Grouping containers creates impact, especially if you place containers within each group at a couple of heights. Raise containers at the back of a grouping with bricks or flat stones. A striking unplanted container or two can become a sculptural object in the terrace garden, encircled with smaller planted containers. Define terrace borders with built-in flower boxes or a row of containers at edges. Decorative mulches, like washed stones, can dress up dirt at the tops of containers.

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Condo green thumbs looking to join the terrace revolution should determine whether their structure can accommodate the load from plantings, then evaluate available light and wind exposure before choosing plants. Since planting in soil right on a balcony or deck requires a drainage system, most terrace gardens are created with containers. Containers are fun to plant, rapidly rewarding mobile mini gardens.


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Left above. Containers are fun, rapidly rewarding mobile mini gardens. Right above. Stonecrop and Succulents (Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’ and Sempervivum tectorum) in a handmade concrete planter. Drought tolerant evergreen sedums and succulents for year round colour. Sustainable design and very low maintenance. Photo privided by Landeca.

Besides pots and planters, Brooke Smith, Manager of Marigold Nurseries, says “Living walls are also huge now. You can make use of vertical space on a terrace. A lot of them are self-contained with a drip tray.”


Whatever containers you choose should not only inspire, they should be downright holey! Good drainage prevents water-logged plants. Fertilize with dilute liquid fertilizer every other watering. Plant saucers will prevent water dripping down to a neighbor living below you.


To create fabulous, colourful containers, experiment with plant combinations that combine light and dark shades, flowers and foliage, and various textures and growth habits. Consider height and breadth of plants, choosing several plant sizes to create a layered effect. Look for plants that offer at least two seasons of interest. Annual flowers, with their shallow root systems and long lasting blooms, planted in a light potting mix, are naturals for summer containers.

Smith also recommends supertunias, which have high disease resistance, for sunny spots. For shadier terraces, Smith likes Bonfire or Chocolate begonias with their dark brown flowers and trailing habit. Ipomea Blackie, aka sweet potato vine, is another trailing plant to watch for. Drought tolerant perennials with long bloom seasons do well in pots, as long as the container is large enough to accommodate their roots. Coreopsis Solanna is a hardy, compact perennial with vivid yellow flowers that bloom from spring to fall. Euphorbia Diwali is an airy filler plant with long lasting white blooms and a mounding habit that’s great for containers. Heucheras, with their dark, lime green and burgundy leaves are good foliage choices. Hostas are recommended for shade because they create structure with their beautiful foliage, and the variegated versions bring light to a space. Stunning specimen plants add drama to the terrace garden. Japanese maples make good container plants. Tibouchina, or Princess Flower, grows like a small tree, and has vibrant purple velvety flowers. Abutilon hybridum (Chinese lantern), with pink or yellow bell shaped flowers also makes a beautiful patio tree. Climbing plants, such as clematis, and grasses, like the show stopping Purple Fountain grass, provide vertical interest. Don’t forget to tuck a few edibles, like lettuce and herbs, into containers too, so that your terrace garden satisfies both body and soul.




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Some great sun loving annuals are Fortunia Purple Heart petunia, and the Summertime and 3D series of Osteospermums. Marguerite daisies, like Butterfly, are non-stop bloomers. For shadier spots, the Strike and Sun Harmony series of New Guinea Impatiens offers vibrant colours. For texture, add the vibrantly variegated foliage of coleus varieties like Black Jack, Under the Sea and Sultana, or Rex Begonias such as Moonlight. Fuchsias, like Heidi Ann and Royal Velvet, are long blooming shade flowers.


Al Fresco Dining – West Coast Style


Outdoor Kitchens Move Beyond the Backyard BBQ to the Full Culinary Experience


An outdoor kitchen can ramp up the splendour of a sun-drenched daydream into a full blown fantasy

Words by Roberto Bernardi

the modern backyard cookout bring out your inner chef

One element that can ramp up the splendour of a sundrenched daydream into a full blown fantasy: the smell of a mouth watering, palate-popping repast wafting by. With the advent of fully stocked outdoor kitchens, you no longer have to hang out under the window to get it.

Backyard cookouts have long been a staple of North American living, and on our temperate West Coast we tend to get more amenable days than our eastern brethren, so it’s no surprise that the explosion in popularity of full scale outdoor kitchens has been driven by regional demand. British Columbians also have a penchant towards the good life in general, and nothing says living life to its fullest more than enjoying restaurantgrade food in one’s own al fresco haven. Forget the blackened, dented barbecue of the past: modern outdoor kitchens encompass all the amenities we enjoy indoors, as well as a few tasty aspects that don’t fit domestic kitchens (like a wood-fired pizza oven). The ideal location for the outdoor kitchen is close enough to the house to be easily covered by a retractable overhang, yet far enough to avoid any smoke damage. If the open air cooking and dining space is going to be a permanent extension of your existing home, try to ensure that the vertical clearance and air flow will draw away into the yard, and consider how windy your surroundings usually are. Don’t try to skimp on space: you’re only going to build it once, so give yourself a large, airy layout in which to work.

Almost all outdoor kitchens will need a couple of requisite conditions: a solid base, like brick, weather-proof tile, or a slab of concrete; and building materials that can handle the rigors of year-round exposure. Commonly, the latter include a variety of stonework, but you can also use cedar for many of the spaces and structures. Cooking and prep areas should always be non-flammable, and you can find many suitable granites and cultured stone options that will blend with the layout and still provide a nice transition from the indoors (usually an adjacent kitchen). The gamut of options available for outdoor cooking is now sumptuously mind boggling – from full ranges with rotisserie capability, to teppanyaki griddles and wood chip smokers, to wood-fired artisan brick ovens for pizza or even your own bread – the options are seemingly endless, and endlessly tasty. Everyone will have a different emphasis for their own design, based on what they like to eat, how much they entertain, and how often they will use their outdoor kitchen. Just keep in mind that proper planning and good communication with your contractor is the best way to end up with a result that will be the envy of all your friends and neighbours.

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Ah, sweet summertime… is there anything that tops the freshness of the grass, the languor of hammock living, and the warm embrace of sunshine offset by a gentle breeze through the leaves?


Al Fresco Dining – West Coast Style

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The gamut of options available for the modern outdoor kitchen is sumptuously mind boggling


While outdoor kitchen islands can be as simple or as complex as you like, there are a few basics that everyone needs to get the job done. Investing in a high quality grill is a no-brainer: even if you only cook occasionally, you’ll thank yourself in the long run for the durability they provide. For all your appliances, make sure they are made of stainless steel that is grade 304 or better, otherwise it will not last outdoors.


Propane ranges are still a popular choice for grilling, but consider that the ease of gas or electric cooking is possible

with the investment of having the lines run out from the house, and this provides a wider array of options for other appliances. Newer options like infrared elements and hybrid fire drawers can translate into tremendous savings in time and wonderful flavours, and warming drawers and searing surfaces (both standard options on most premium grills) are especially handy for doing up a large number of juicy steaks when the relatives decide to pop by (expect this more and more often as word of your fabulous kitchen spreads).


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Al Fresco Dining – West Coast Style Outdoor islands must contain, at least, a large sink for preparation and clean-up and, again, stainless steel is your best option; try going with muted finishes like matte to dampen the contrast with the scenery and keep down the glare. They should also have a small refrigerator, for marinating and condiments, not to mention the libations that are in high demand on summer days. Remember: outdoor fridges need to be secure, lest you feel like sharing your dinner with the local ursine population! Populating the dining space with furniture is heavily dependent on your climate but, again, durability is the key. Wrought iron is a great choice, with its natural class and timelessness; more modern designs can make effective use of aluminum and glass. When addressing seating, try to stay away from the durable-but-everdirty synthetic cushions: go instead with chairs that incorporate natural fabric slings which can be easily removed and washed. The most fun aspect of planning an outdoor kitchen will likely be the “interior” design aspect – it’s the perfect arena to combine sunlight, natural elements, and all the colours that accent them. Depending on whether your surroundings are dominated by deep greenery, ocean or mountain vistas, or soaring blue skies, you’ll want a colour scheme that makes guests feel they could step out into the wilderness at any given moment.


It’s also important to keep in mind that your outdoor kitchen is the natural extension of your home, and should reflect your preferred style on display indoors. A synchronistic feel from the house to the outdoors will give it a free flowing spirit, and long hours in the new space will feel just as comfortable as inside. Enhance this by creating pathways to follow to and through the space – brickwork is especially conducive to this effect. If you’re using concrete, consider inset mosaic stones or coloured glass to create the same guiding direction.


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Whichever path you choose, you’ll end up at a destination of delicious living in the open air – West Coast life at its best.

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A Fresh Taste of Summer

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Summer on the West Coast means a laid back lifestyle with long days spent outdoors. So it only makes sense that summer food should be laid back as well. Sure – grilled steaks and baked potatoes are seasonal favourites but how about putting vegetables, fresh from the garden, on the menu? Whether you have a soft spot for prawns or your palette is craving juicy heirloom tomatoes, here are a few recipes sure to tickle your summer taste buds. Perfect for one or for a sunny Sunday brunch, ingredients for these easy-to-make H&L recipes can all be found at your local grocery story, or perhaps in your own garden. Enjoy!


Summer Tacos


Prawn, Avocado & Mango


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prawns, peeled fresh mango, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes fresh avocado, chopped into 1 inch cubes iceberg lettuce, shredded olive oil (extra virgin is best) butter fresh lime juice onion, finely chopped minced garlic taco shells fresh mint

Peel and devein prawns. Add butter to hot pan and when melted, add prawns. Pan sear just until pink – 30 to 60 seconds on each side. Place chopped mango and avocado in a large bowl, and add cooled prawns. To make vinaigrette, whisk olive oil, lime juice, mint, onion, and minced garlic in a separate bowl. Pour vinaigrette over mixture and toss thoroughly. Add 1/4 cup of shredded lettuce to each taco shell and top with about 3/4 cup of mixture. Garnish with fresh mint.


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A floral 2010 white wine, perfect for summer, that displays a floral bouquet with hints of grapefruit, honey, lychee, ginger and orange blossom.


Wine pairing OGOPOGO’S LAIR PINOT GRIGIO FROM PROSPECT WINERY, OKANAGAN VALLEY VQA An unoaked 2010 Pinot Grigio that displays a bouquet of ripe citrus fruit. Nuances of papaya and luscious peach linger for a refined finish.


Garden Tomato, Cheese & Egg 1 deep dish frozen pie shell 3-4 garden medium size heirloom tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 cup green onion, chopped 3 large eggs 3/4 cup milk 3 tablespoons flour 3 sprigs of fresh basil – 2 finely chopped and 1 for garnish 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon chili pepper flakes 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded ½ cup Havarti cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice tomatoes and place on paper towel to remove excess moisture. In a saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Add green onion and cook until tender. In a chilled bowl, beat eggs. Whisk in milk, flour, chopped basil, dry mustard, salt and pepper.


Bake empty pie shell for 10-12 minutes, until pastry appears dry. Remove and reduce oven to 350 degrees. Arrange shredded cheese (Havarti and cheddar) on bottom of hot pie crust. Add hot onion mixture evenly over cheese layer. Add a generous layer of tomato slices. Carefully pour in the egg mixture. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until egg mixture has set in centre. Let stand 15 minutes, garnish with basil sprig and serve with a fresh garden salad.


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Birch sculpture. Homes & Living Victoria’s June/July 2012 Feature Home, ‘The Vue’, by Abstract Developments. Photography by Alec Watson.

Decorate your home with a living art gallery this summer season

Words by Jill Lang

Artisan House. Consonance. Available at Gallery 223.

Bringing the outdoors in.

I suppose you could throw paintings up on your backyard fence and call that an outdoor gallery, but the home itself really is a decal on the landscape—a piece of art, so to speak—a piece of art on a piece of art. The great outdoors is art, yes, and the home’s exterior contributes to the artfulness of the entire home and property. Summer is nice because we can appreciate the indoors and the outdoors, but the beauty of the outdoors can be brought indoors any time of year to create living art within the home. Start with flowers and plants, and then extend your outdoor reach to include elements like water features, rocks and gems, sea shells, beach sand, driftwood and straw. If the pioneers could sleep on straw beds, we may as well make the most of it and design a couture straw (or thatched) day bed – perfect for a beach hut,

summer house or sunroom. Frame it with a frame and perhaps bed posters made of cedar logs. Next to decorating with fruits and vegetables, birch décor seems to be the hottest new trend surfacing in homes. Raw shafts of birch trees are being used to create bed frames, coffee tables, picture frames, and stand alone substitutes for (I’m assuming) shrubs and other tree-like foliage. The birch décor movement has even branched into the mural and painting realms, but that’s about as appealing as winter. I mostly leave processed and refined foods out of my diet, but I prefer processed and refined wood to the birch décor variety. Polished is nice, too. As a little girl, polished to me meant matching. My pink flower patterned bedding blended seamlessly with my pink flower patterned wall paper. Today, of course, I’d opt for floral patterns understated as shadows etched into paint on a wall. Shadows complement shiny things, and when paired with any combination of elements and neutral tones, your home will feel like a spa on the beach.

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It’s unfortunate that winter acts up from time to time on the West Coast, but we should be grateful because it necessitates the need for houses (A.K.A. shelter), and houses are fun because we can decorate them.



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Indoor Water Feature. Homes & Living Central Island’s Winter 2011 Feature Home, ‘The Murard’, by Dogwood Mountain Homes. Photography by Tony Puerzer.

Is that the ocean outside your window? We do live on the West Coast, so maybe...

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If the ocean isn’t your backyard, trick your senses and place a water feature outside where you can hear it from within the home. If you have a renovation budget, perhaps commission a waterfall feature that greets guests in your foyer. Sounds of rain, wind and the ocean relax the body and invigorate the senses, as does fresh air flowing in through open windows. Also flowing in through open windows is sunshine, and when the sun does decide to make an appearance, let it in. Flooding your home with sunlight nourishes the seeds of personal growth. Windows also offer live works of art that (with the right exterior) encourage reflection and personal rejuvenation.


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Start by using similar furniture and fabrics between adjoining rooms, with neutral coloured curtains and windowsills. Wicker, rattan, hemp and jute are all materials informed by nature and can be used both in and outdoors. Layering fabrics with natural fibres, textures and patterns and choosing the right baskets, rugs and lampshades can be the finishing touches that transform your home into a comfortable oasis to relax. Harmonize with Mother Earth by using eco-friendly fabrics and cleaning products, and opt for organic flooring materials like wood, cork and bamboo that feel grounding and inviting under the foot. Speaking of invitations, I’m happy to invite the outdoors in anytime of year, but during winter I’m staying inside with the warm, shiny things. Now that we have houses, though, too bad it couldn’t be summer all year round.






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Choosing colours inspired by nature can also soothe the soul, as well as enhance the calming presence of your home. Greens and browns add an earthy feel, while blues and turquoises are refreshing like water and the sky. Yellows and oranges enliven, neutral tones feel natural and clean, and pinks and purples keep us connected to our hearts. Use these colours on walls, window coverings, bedding and décor, and if you’re feeling extra bold, consider blending the indoors with the outdoors.





There is nothing more beautiful than the sun setting over the vineyards of the Okanagan Valley.

to the Okanagan Valley

Words by robert read

Robert Read with mother, Doreen Read, and sister Norma Read. Skaha Beach, Penticton BC, Summer 1963.

a summer road trip down

memory lane... escape to the okanagan valley

With fond memories of a truly great holiday in the Okanagan and years of wanting to do it again, we packed up our car and headed for the valley. Our journey would include stops in Harrison Hot Springs, Osoyoos, Penticton and Kelowna.

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Remember those days when every summer, the entire family would hop into the car and venture off into the Okanagan Valley? It was the classic holiday for many families, especially those living on the mainland. It was the family vacation that many of us looked forward to each and every year. Today, with busy lives and families of our own, the Okanagan may be a little farther away, but it remains strong in our hearts and our memories. We remember the summer breezes and crystal clear warm waters of Lake Skaha and Lake Okanagan. We remember coming home with boxes of fresh fruit; those big luscious peaches picked right off the tree.


harrison hot springs Every year, tourists from around the globe flock to the Okanagan for its sunny weather and warm waters.


Leaving the big city, the first stop on our journey was Harrison Hot Springs - now this brought back memories! I remember my parents going there without us for a romantic weekend getaway, as it is only two hours east of Vancouver. They would talk about the famous Harrison Resort where they would stay, and the dinner and dancing they enjoyed in the Copper Room.


Harrison Hot Springs was named after Benjamin Harrison, an important shareholder and committee member of the Hudson Bay Company. Surrounded by mountains and

situated on the southern shore of spectacular Harrison Lake, the springs have been welcoming guests for nearly 125 years. Harrison Hot Springs activities are endless. The Resort Marina offers fishing charters and lake tours year round plus jet ski and boat rentals throughout the summer. There’s also great golfing, waterslides, eco tours and so much more. In my mind there is nowhere else to stay but The Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. The resort features five natural mineral hot springs pools both indoors and out, a children’s water park and playground, tennis courts and great nature

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trails. The resort is the only place you can enjoy the natural healing waters for which Harrison is famous for. Take a walk along the south shore and there you will find the steaming hot water coming out of the ground. There is a variety of accommodation choices including cute little cottages situated at the back of the resort property along a river and set amongst fir trees. These charming cottages include a living room with gas fireplace, refrigerator, separate bedroom with queen bed and bathroom. They even come complete with patio chairs and tables - perfect for the family who wants some space and freedom!




The Walnut Beach Resort is a luxurious resort property that is a relative newcomer to the region. Situated right on the lake with designer suites and its own private sandy beach, this is the perfect basecamp for exploring the pastoral Okanagan countryside.


Back in the 60s when I travelled with my parents to the Okanagan, there was no Coquihalla Highway. We always travelled the old Hope-Princeton Highway, known as Highway #3. The highway, which is mostly two lanes, was officially incorporated in 1932, and follows a mid19th century gold rush trail. I love this old original route that passes through the small and historical towns of Princeton, Hedley and Keremeos before descending

into the warmest town in Canada - Osoyoos. Along the way you’ll pass the famous Hope Slide. I remember when this happened. On Saturday, January 9, 1965, Johnson’s Peak broke in half and plunged 4,000 feet into the valley below. The Hope-Princeton Highway #3 was covered approximately 300 feet deep and a mile and a half long. The slide was triggered by an earthquake and is the largest landslide ever recorded in Canada.

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Osoyoos has really changed since I was last here in the 1960s. There’s is so much more to see and do. Great restaurants, two fantastic golf courses and wineries abound. With Mount Baldy just a 45 minute drive away, you could ski in the morning and golf in the afternoon. Osoyoos is the southern most community of Canada’s Okanagan Valley and boasts the warmest fresh water lake and longest golf season in Canada.




Mountain biking through the vineyards, boating, and tubing down sparkling waters are just a few of the many family friendly activities.


Leaving Osoyoos was tough but we were excited to experience what the Okanagan still had in store. Our next stop was Penticton, and the drive there was splendid as we drove through Oliver and I could not believe the multitude of wineries along the way. As we drove along the highway I enjoyed seeing Penticton below, just as I did nearly 50 years ago – including Skaha Lake and its long golden sand beach! I was filled with the same feeling of excitement as I had been decades earlier. I couldn’t wait to pull the car over and jump into the lake, just as we had always done when we were kids.

There is truly nowhere better to stay in Penticton than the Penticton Lakeside Resort & Casino. Previously owned by the Delta Hotel chain, the current owners, RBP Resorts & Hotels have done an amazing job with many upgrades. The recently expanded and renovated hotel has been decorated in rich colours reminiscent of ancient Tuscany. There’s a dock right at the hotel, offering boat rentals as well as waterskiing, sailing, parasailing, windsurfing, and jet skiing. There’s something at this resort for every member of the family and you’re a 5 minute walk from all the great shops on Main Street!





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Oh, and one more thing. Do not miss out on a tubing adventure down the channel that connects Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake. However, in order to tube down this channel you will need to take an intensive four hour tubing course in order to get your ‘tubing licence’ from the Department of Okanagan Tubing. Tubing without a licence is strictly prohibited and the RCMP has several motorized inner tubes that regularly patrol the channel ….. kidding! Really, it’s easy, fun and worth it. No licence necessary and it’s a very inexpensive darn good time.




The Okanagan welcomes golfers of all levels and abilities, and for those that prefer lounging over links, the rooftop pool at the Delta Okanagan Grand Hotel & Resort Residence Club will do nicely, thank you very much.


Kelowna is a dynamic city of about 120,000 people. It’s the largest and fastest growing city in the Okanagan with daily direct flights to Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. Our stay, yet another gem and pride of the town – The Delta Okanagan Grand Hotel & Resort and I can tell you we were royally spoiled as we graciously accepted the privilege of staying in the luxury waterfront villas of The Royal Private Residence Club. I love that it’s situated right on the lake in a park like setting with a wonderful boardwalk that meanders through seven magical acres of flowers, trees and waterfalls. While we enjoyed the beach at our doorstep, we took advantage of a pool on the top floor…amazing.

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Carr House has always been a keynote of gracious living in Victoria’s James Bay.

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Words and paintings by robert Amos


Birthplace of the Incomparable Emily Carr

“He built what was considered in 1863 a big fine house. It was all made of California redwood. The chimneys were of California brick and the mantelpieces of black marble. Every material used in the building of Father’s house was the very best because he never bought anything cheap or shoddy.”

— Emily Carr - The Book of Small

Richard Carr was an Englishman. His success as a businessman in San Francisco during the Gold Rush of 1849 allowed him to rise beyond the status into which he was born. After he set up his business on Victoria’s Wharf Street in the 1850’s his prospects improved further and he bought an acreage in the new suburban reaches of James Bay. There he commissioned a villa in the Italianate style.

The Italianate style features a proliferation of balconies, verandahs, ornamental porches and round-headed windows. Set in a proper Englishstyle garden, Carr House suited Victoria’s idyllic image of itself.

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At the time there was only one architect to choose – John Wright (1830-1915), an Englishman who was the first professional to practice in Victoria. He designed Woodlands, Victoria’s first home in the Italianate style and Pentrelew (1875) for Sir Henry Pellew Crease. The Richard Carr house was one of Wright’s smaller domestic assignments.



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Main. Pansies on the side porch in the heritage garden of Emily Carr’s birthplace. Top right. Guests near the antique piano gather in the parlour at Carr House. Bottom right. Carr House comes to life with period furnishings and a welcoming range of events and activities centering on the south-facing dining room.

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PAINTER AND WRITER A painter and writer who has been dedicated to documenting Victoria, BC since 1975, Robert is a celebrated artist for the AGGV Annual House Tour, and an H&L regular feature writer. Robert’s column On Art appears weekly in the Victoria Times Colonist.

Years later, the building was spared demolition, becoming part of the Province’s repertoire of heritage buildings. After a tasteful restoration by architect Peter Cotton in 1969 it became both a national and a provincial historic site.

Carr House is an elegant antique, and it’s also a great party house – rooms just the right size, connect off a central hallway foster friendly conversation and a smooth flow of mingling. A generous front porch opens onto a spacious entry hall (with hooks for plenty of coats and hats). There is a formal parlour and across the hall a comfortable dining room with a velvet chaise longue in the bay window. A little further back, Richard Carr’s study is just right for a bit of reading or watching one of the videos about the life of Emily. Beyond, the former kitchen has windows letting onto the newly renovated south sunroom and also provides entry into a small space fitted out as a gallery. At the back, the “reception desk” of the business shares a book store offering all the right Carr texts and a tasteful selection of Carr-themed gifts. The property, lovingly gardened by staff from the Provincial ministry is planted with things appropriate to a garden of the 19th century – ox-eyed daisies, cowslips, climbing roses and wisteria.

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Richard Carr’s house, more widely known as the birthplace of Emily Carr, is still a charming home, full of fascinating detail and enchanting stories. Since 1996 its owner, the Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations of the Provincial Government of British Columbia, has contracted the operation to Jan and Michael Ross, who live in it with their two daughters (and two cats). Under their sensitive stewardship it has been opened to the public and is the go-to place for anyone researching Carr – be it a Brownie Group or a PhD candidate.


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Left. The side entrance of Carr House shows the bay window of the ground floor dining room on the south side. Middle. Misty, the Carr House cat, graciously posed for me while I painted him in the dining room on the green velvet chaise longue. Right. A special bouquet of double tulips in a blue and white vase graces the mantle piece in the parlour.


No wonder horse-drawn carriages always stop for a photo opportunity.

At Christmas, when the house is joyously festooned with holly and ivy, a production of Dickens’ Christmas Carol is right at home. On Bloomsday (June16) I’ve held lengthy séances dedicated to the reading of James Joyce, an event which includes parlour songs played on the ornate piano. Emily Carr was born in the bedroom at the top of the stairs and created her first art works at the dining room table. Elaborate tea parties are often set out on a lace tablecloth on the dining room table and, in quiet corners, Carr fans daydream, gazing out windows which the artist herself looked through.

There is much to explore. The woodwork in the front hall is fir, but was painted, stained and “combed” to replicate the more expensive oak. A swatch on the back of the dining room door shows the many successive coats of house paint which were removed to reveal the original faux finish. In the hall and up the stairs, the wall paper has been painted in imitation of marble. At the top of the stairs some of the original marbleizing is visible, and for the rest a modern hand-painted replica takes its place. The floor covering of the main hall is a painted floor cloth – canvas stenciled in a geometric pattern. Carr House was stripped of its furnishing years ago, and suffered the indignities of being a rooming house. Now it has been brought back to something like its former glory, with period antiques from the capacious stores of the Heritage Branch.

Carr House is one of my favourite heritage sites. Its connection with Emily Carr is graciously served by the current curators. The warmly welcoming atmosphere they create helps its charming intimacy come to life. Carr House is a place made for dreaming. Carr House is located at 207 Government Street, a road first known as Carr Street. The charming Italianate villa in Victoria’s James Bay neighbourhood is a mandatory photo-stop for the horse-drawn carriages which regularly pass by. The side path to the entrance of Carr House is a step back in time. The gardens are planted with heritage varieties of flowers and the resident cats often greet visitors. One of Victoria’s first indoor bathrooms is located in a sunny southern room on the second floor. In the parlour the antique burled maple piano awaits. Visitors consider the period wallpaper while they rest on antique chairs, all part of the Carr House experience. Misty, one of two resident cats, makes himself at home on a green velvet chaise longue in the bay window. Though this dining room is often thronged with visitors, Misty is calm and sociable.

Jan Ross, my gracious hostess at Carr House, saw me setting up to paint in the parlour and hurried in with some double tulips in a blue and white Chinese vase. Somehow, she just knew what I would like to paint.

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When the weather isn’t good for painting outdoors I like to set up my easel in the dining room at Carr House. It’s like a giant still life, set up just for me. As this is where Emily Carr painted her first pictures, I think my presence adds to the atmosphere which the visitors enjoy.



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Condo Living and the Home Office Dilemma

work on your workspace Big Office Options in a Small Urban Condo

Now that you have downsized from a sprawling home to a cozy condo, the dilemma of where to put your workstation, computer area or home office can be tricky. Of course, you don’t want it to look corporate but it needs to be well-designed and functional. Whether your condo has a spare bedroom that you are converting to a home office, or you are repurposing a walk-in closet as a workspace, there are great ways to achieve the perfect work space in your new condo.

Words by victoria ryan

Colour your work-at-home world Achieving the right look for your home office depends to some extent on your temperament and the type of work you will use the space for. Are you a semi-retired business professional who works best in an uncluttered workspace? If so, choose neutral wall tones and soothing impressionist style artwork. Are you a visual person who likes interest in a workspace to keep you inspired and motivated? If that’s the case, choose hotter colours and eccentric, oversized art. Especially in a small condo, wall colours and artwork become important in achieving the perfect look and feel in a workspace.

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The key to making your home office work as a true functional office is having at hand all the tools you need—your computer, files, office supplies, and whatever else your work requires. The key to making it blend with your home’s décor is tying it to the rest of the house by using the same or similar colours and using furnishings more suitable to a home than an office.

Think outside the office cubicle Home offices don’t necessarily need to be an entire room. Often they are created using part of a guest bedroom, but they can literally be located anywhere. Remove the racks and rails from an unused double closet and install a long, narrow desk help up by pedestal drawer units. Another option is a vintage dining wardrobe, standing elegantly in the living room and opened up to reveal a small home office hub. Thanks to the internet, almost everyone, including the newly retired, needs a home office or computer nook. Strive for a happy balance that ensures you can get down to work when you must, and still have a beautiful condo to relax in at the end of the day.

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For example, trade in the clunky, CEO style desk for a computer armoire or sleek glass/chrome desk. It will provide the work space you need while still looking at home when it’s time to close up shop. Rather than selecting filing cabinets that scream office cubicle, opt for a trunk that can also be used as a coffee table. Use an upholstered wing chair with good back support as an office chair, a swing out multi-purpose reading lamp, or a charming wall clock instead of an industrial version.

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rattenbury place

the namesake of sir francis mawson rattenbury

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RATTENBURY: Architect of his own demise

Danda Humphreys HLMAGAZINE.COM

Local author


Local author Danda Humphreys conducts walks, talks and tours of our historic downtown and is author of the book series On The Street Where You Live.

Most of the Victoria-area streets that are named after people bear some physical connection to their namesakes. But Rattenbury Place, on the east side of Mt. Tolmie in Oak Bay, is some distance from where Francis Mawson Rattenbury lived, worked, and built his reputation as an architect.

Words by Danda Humphreys

When Rattenbury arrived on the Victoria scene in the mid-1890s, he was a long way from his beginnings in Yorkshire, England. Still in his mid-twenties, and with only a few years’ experience in his uncle’s architectural firm, he sought fame and fortune on Canada’s West Coast. Vancouver in the early 1890s was a growing city with ambitions as big as Rattenbury’s own. He designed a home for German born Gustav Roedde, Vancouver’s first printer, in the heart of the city’s West End. Other successful bids would surely have followed, but his attention was diverted by a tantalizing opportunity on Vancouver Island.

His magnificent stone structure arose behind and between the old Birdcages on the Inner Harbour’s south shore. Victorians were amazed and awed by this masterpiece, completed in 1898 when its bold young architect was barely 30 years old. Rattenbury went on to design the Bank of Montreal (now the Irish Times Pub) on Government Street, the Empress (now Fairmont Empress) Hotel, Crystal Garden, the Canadian Pacific Steamship Terminal on Belleville Street, and the rebuilding of Government House on Rockland Avenue. He worked on many of these projects with other architects, but chose to ignore their contributions, taking all of the glory for himself.

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Francis Mawson Rattenbury. BC Archives F-02163.

The city of Victoria planned to replace its small, strange-shaped administrative buildings, known locally as the Birdcages, with a grand new stone seat of provincial parliament. Architects were invited to submit their entries. Conveniently forgetting the fact that his only claim to fame was his work on two municipal buildings in his native Yorkshire, Rattenbury entered the competition, and moved to Victoria to establish a credible presence there. His ruse paid off. In the spring of 1893 he learned that he had beaten out more than 60 other architects, and had won the competition to design the new Legislative Buildings.


Government House front entrance. BC Archives H-03263.

Rattenbury was responsible for the rebuilding of Government House on Rockland Avenue


Rattenbury’s over-confidence would prove to be his undoing. Now middle-aged and married for many decades to a local woman called Florence, whom he no longer loved, he took up with Alma, the frivolous, flirtatious sometime pianist at the Empress Hotel, who was half his age. Florence reluctantly agreed to a divorce, and died soon afterward. Rattenbury and Alma legalized their union, and prepared to rejoin the local social scene as man and wife.


Much to their surprise, invitations were few and far between. Wrapped up in their own selfish, self-centred world, it didn’t occur to either of them that they might not be made welcome. In fact their shenanigans had hardly gone unnoticed and the staid citizens of the day were, as is often said of the monarch after whom this city is named, “not amused.”

Stung by their indifference, Rattenbury left his two grown children to their own devices and took Alma, her son from a previous marriage, and their own infant son to England. Severed from his Victoria connections, he became depressed, drank heavily, and was not inclined to drive the family car. Alma hired a chauffeur, and promptly fell in love with him. When Rattenbury refused to grant her a divorce, the chauffeur, a besotted teenager half Alma’s age, bludgeoned Rattenbury to death in a jealous rage. George Percy Stoner was arrested and sentenced to death himself, but was reprieved after Alma, unable to imagine life without him, committed suicide a few days later.

Rattenbury designed most of the Inner Harbour’s major structures

Danda’s latest book, “Government Street: Victoria’s Heritage Mile,” is designed to help celebrate the City of Victoria’s 150th birthday in August 2012.

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The Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC.

Francis Mawson Rattenbury. He designed most of our Inner Harbour’s major structures. Confident, calculating and clever, one could say he was also the architect of his own demise.


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COME FOR A TEE TIME, STAY FOR A LIFETIME. Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community


• 870 acres zoned for 2,700 residential units • Custom builders and design consultants on site • 18 hole championship golf course (public welcome - membership available) • 48,000 sq ft resort centre with fitness centre • Timber Room Pub • West Coast Grill (fine dining) • Onsite accommodations - 92 villas (Nightly, weekly and long term stays available) • Costco Wholesale warehouse • Crown Isle Shopping Centre (Thrifty Foods - under construction) • Future commercial opportunities (40 acres)


For those looking to design a custom home to suit their own taste, new phases of building lots are continually being developed. Whether downsizing, upgrading or both, custom builders and design consultants are available to help take that next step toward your dream house. “This is a great time to purchase real estate within Crown Isle,” says Jason Andrew, Director of

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The common thread of this 870-acre master planned community is the real estate development which is comprised of single family homes, semi-detached patio homes and condominiums. And for those not quite ready to make a complete lifestyle change to Vancouver Island / West Coast Living, Quarter ownership villa opportunities are available next to the Resort Centre, just off the 1st Tee.

Benco Ventures

Real Estate. “We believe we have created one of Western Canada’s most complete and dynamic communities. In addition to Costco and Thrifty Foods in Crown Isle Plaza, the recently announced new site of the Comox Valley Regional Hospital will be just a drive [and wedge] from our community. Very soon we will have every amenity right around the corner: shopping, recreation, dining and healthcare….all within walking distance of your home.” Through times of growth and prosperity or economic downturn and uncertainty, Crown Isle has been able to maintain a 20-year history of fiscal responsibility and sustainability. Crown Isle has been copied by many, but never duplicated. At Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community, we are not selling real estate - we are selling lifestyle!

New Sub-Divisions coming for 2012! New Building Lots starting at $159,900 + HST Pricing subject to change.

community & Lifestyle Priced From Condominiums $279,000 Patio Homes $319,000 Single Family Homes $439,000 Building Lots $159,900 Pricing subject to change.

Current listings available at

Commercial Opportunities Available (40 Acres Remaining)

Comox Marina

Regardless what stage of life you are at, young family, empty nesters, or active seniors, Crown Isle is a perfect location to call home. Close to all amenities including the hospital and airport, the ocean and mountains, and everything in between. Our Craftsman West Coast styling within our registered building scheme keeps the neighborhood pleasing to the eye and sets a consistent standard that is admired by all. Any of our local custom builders or Crown Isle Homes, our own Design and Home Building Team, would welcome the opportunity to help design and construct your next dream home. Commercial Real Estate opportunities are also available within Crown Isle. With the new Costco open for business and the Thrifty’s plaza under construction, our remaining commercially zoned lands are becoming more and more desirable.

Residential Information: Jason Andrew – Director of Real Estate 250.703.5056 Commercial Opportunities: Rick Waldhaus – Chief Financial Officer 250.703.5006

The vision of Crown Isle as Western Canada’s most complete community where residents can truly WORK, PLAY, LIVE for the rest of their lives, is quickly becoming REALITY!

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Crown Isle Resort & Golf Community 399 Clubhouse Drive, Courtenay, BC

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Residential Opportunities

Hole #1


Promontory at Bayview Place. Promontory • 1-bedroom from $267,900 • 2-bedroom from $367,900 • 2-bedroom + den from $569,900

Located on the pristine shores of downtown Victoria’s inner harbour, Promontory at Bayview Place is slowly making its 21 story climb into the coastal skyline. Victoria is renowned for its heritage, expanses of gardens and lush west coast greenery. Celebrated developer Bosa Properties has designed Promontory to become the perfect addition to Victoria’s vibrant downtown. By focusing on integrating the surrounding landscape and the classic feel of the city, the building honours the heritage of Victoria. The brick cladding and oversized windows, combined with the extensive use of greenery and lovely walkways, make Promontory a welcome addition to the city.


The immaculate interior focuses on clean architectural lines, modern features and upscale


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finishes. Residents and guests are greeted by a spectacular two storey, hotel inspired lobby, complete with concierge desk. Thoughtful floor plans, generous windows and over height ceilings make Promontory a rarity in urban living. The units feel larger and are filled with natural light and stunning views, bringing the marvels of downtown waterfront living right into every unit. Luxury and affordability were of prime importance when designing the units. All homes are equipped with premium appliances and finishing’s, and were created to maximize utility of space. Promontory at Bayview Place sales centre is open daily from 12-5pm. A knowledgeable Bosa Properties representative would love to show you around and share the wonders of what is sure to become Victoria’s most sought after high-rise address.

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*Payment is calculated on a purchase price of $239,900 plus applicable government taxes at 0.9% mortgage rate for a 3 year term and a 25 year amortization period. Prices and availability are subject to change without notice. E.&O.E

Traditionally Modern Living. EXPLORE A LEGACY. Victoria’s Chinatown has always been a place of change and great history. And now Union, Victoria’s most anticipated development, celebrates this unique story with the union of iconic architecture and contemporary living into a collection of creatively designed flats.

UNION • DEVELOPER | Anthem Properties • PROJECT TYPE | Condominium • TOTAL NUMBER OF UNITS | 133 units • NUMBER OF STOREYS | 5 storeys • UNIT SIZES | From 491-828 sq ft • PRICES | From $239,900 to $399,900+ (available units)



160-535 Pandora Avenue, Victoria 250.590.6133


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A Vibrant Neighbourhood

Own a legacy

Immersed in history, Union is in the heart of Victoria’s Chinatown, the oldest in the country, while connecting residents to the modern conveniences of today. At Union you can shop, socialize, eat and drink, with just a stroll away to both the Fashion and Theatre districts of downtown Victoria.

Choosing a life at Union means choosing to live in a neighborhood that celebrates the past – yet places a great importance on imagination, creativity and progress.

Traditionally Modern Design Both 5 storey buildings feature intelligently designed 1-bedrooms to 2-bedroom + den floor plans and sleek, contemporary interiors. Inclusion of the historic Finlayson Building facade and the re-creation of Theatre Alley ensures a happy marriage with the neighbourhood’s historic roots without compromising modern comforts.

This is your chance to own a piece of real estate that combines a respect for history and modern living into a collection of sensibly priced flats, starting at only $239,900. Now, for a limited time, select homes can be yours starting at only $648 per month*. To learn more about Union and this special offer, come by Union’s Presentation Centre on 535 Pandora Ave (Market Square), open Saturdays to Thursdays, 12pm - 5pm, to experience what owning a legacy is all about. Visit for more information.

For more InFormAtIon, VIsIt the PresentAtIon Centre 535 PANdOrA AVENuE (MArKET SQuArE) — oPen DAILY, noon to 5Pm, CLoseD FrIDAYs

250.590.6133 *Payment is calculated on a purchase price of $239,900 plus applicable government taxes at 0.9% mortgage rate for a 3 year term and a 25 year amortization period. Prices and availability are subject to change without notice E.&O.E.



At those numbers you pocket an extra couple hundred bucks every month! own and live the lifestyle you want at union.

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Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht

Floating Elegance with World Class Functionality

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Details Length 60’

Waterline length 53’1”

Beam 18’2”



Headroom (average) 6’8” Freshwater capacity 250 gallons Fuel capacity 1000 gallons


Weight displacement 85,500 pounds


They call it the Graveyard of the Atlantic, a stretch of perilous water surrounding Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, infamous for its unrelenting wrath on even the mightiest of ships. The waters of this region, often punishing and temperamental, inspired the creation of a vessel that could master the cruellest of seas; a yacht that could carry its passengers, in unparalleled luxury, to destinations never fathomed for pleasure. Meticulously crafted by a boatbuilding pedigree of utmost excellence, the Hatteras is the first of its kind on the West Coast of Canada; a milestone for the Vancouver boating industry.

Words by Chelsea Forman

The spectacular unveiling of the Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht took place at M&P Yacht Centre, located in Vancouver’s fabulous Coal Harbour. It was an unforgettable red carpet event to celebrate the arrival of an extraordinary pleasure craft. M&P Yacht Centre went to great lengths to welcome the grand ship. Set on an idyllic stretch of the

harbour, upon lush red carpets that led into crisp white tents, VIP guests enjoyed an oyster bar, cocktails, and an array of exquisite gourmet hors d’oeuvres catered by Culinary Capers. The graceful melodies of a live jazz band carried the elegant mood throughout the evening. While the entertainment was divine, the focal point of the celebration remained fixed on the sophisticated splendour and refined elegance of the Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht.



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1215 Broad Street | Victoria | 250.920.5710


Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht

Floating Elegance with World Class Functionality


Food shots. Photo credit: John C Watson. Culinary Capers Catering and Special Events. Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm |


My tour of the Hatteras began when I arrived at the top of a flight of stairs on the impressive aft deck. Moulded bench seating is appropriately placed at the back of the deck, facing into the salon. Featuring a plush sofa, club chair and 37-inch flat screen TV, the salon offers a lavish retreat, or the ideal spot for entertainment. Leaving the three panel glass door open to the aft deck allows for an extended patio portal for summer cocktail parties. An easy step up from the salon and you are in the grand galley kitchen, which boasts the perfect dinette, rich mahogany cabinets, polished stone countertops and high-end modern appliances. The well-appointed furnishings and finishing touches in the Hatteras 60 are nothing short of sublime, but the feature that left me awestruck was the exceptional panoramic view, which can be seen from any point out of the thoughtfully designed frameless windows.

The lower level of the Hatteras holds three state rooms – two guest cabins and an exquisite master cabin complete with king size bed, 32-inch flat screen TV and full bathroom. There is an additional ‘head’ for guests and nicely concealed washer and dryer. For me, like most guests at the event, my adoration for the Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht grew as I climbed the interior staircase to the flybridge above. Sitting down on one of the sumptuous benches, I took in the view around me. Jazz music and happy chatter floated up from the celebration below, the sun was beginning to disappear beyond the horizon, and the fresh ocean breeze carried delicious West Coast scents. Atop Vancouver’s most gracious new yacht, this is the perfect luxury perch to sit back, relax and marvel at the beauty of the great outdoors.



• STARTING AT $2.2 MILLION includes net sales tax • • LIVING AREA RANGING FROM 3,400 – 4,200 SQ. FT. • • PANORAMIC OCEAN AND CITY VIEWS •

National Award Winning - Custom Home Builder


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Summer Boot Camps

What is boot camp? A fitness boot camp is a group physical training program led by gyms and personal trainers. Boot camp is designed to build physical strength, endurance and overall fitness through a selection of demanding group intervals, usually for one hour or longer.

Boot camps


a great way to work on your summer physique and change up your regular workout routine, to keep things interesting.


Boot camps offer indoor and outdoor options. With summer here, what better way to start your day or to enjoy a summer’s eve. Aside from being affordable, signing up for boot camp has a great social component to it as well; it gives you a chance to meet new people who are also interested in health and fitness. Having other people around helps with motivatation and makes it easier to stick with the program.

Bring a towel, and at least one water bottle to any boot camp session. Wear comfortable exercise clothing, weather appropriate – and athletic running shoes. I always suggest showing up 10 minutes early, and doing a little bit of a warm up on your own. Keep in mind that it takes 15 to 20 minutes of activity to warm up to make sure your body is warmed up and is ready for physical activity. Proper warm-up also helps to reduce the risk of physical injury.

Boot camp is a lot like circuit training and can be more strenuous than the single and multi-muscle exercises that most people do in the gym. Boot camp is a great way to burn calories; pushing you and showing you new ways to exercise. According to Statistics Canada only 53% of adults are getting enough physical activity (30 or more minutes of exercise daily). Be part of this statistic! This summer, think about joining a boot camp to stay fit and healthy.


with good health comes great happiness.

The term “boot camp” is used in the fitness industry to describe group fitness classes that promote fat loss, friendship and teamwork.

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Kyle’s boot camp tips Bring a water bottle to keep yourself hydrated. Bring sun screen or a hat to protect yourself from the hot summer sun. Proper form should be followed at all times. Watch your trainer or boot camp instructor for technique tips such as proper poster like shoulder back chest out, never hunch or round out your back when exercising. Exhale when exerting force during an exercise in order to tighten your core and have better support. Stay fit, have fun at boot camp and enjoy summer.


About the author: Kyle Kolkman is a BCRPA certified personal trainer and owner of Adonis Body Sculpting. Kyle works with clients of all ages and walks of life to achieve and maintain optimal physical health. Learn more online at

hotel | restaurant | spa Escape to Bl ack Rock Oceanfront Resort, a magical location on British Columbia’s wild west coast.

Ucluelet, BC • 1-877-762-5011 •

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Fraxel Dual Laser® the First Pillar of Beautiful Skin

Dr. Mark Lupin Dermatologist

Little feels as comforting as warm sun on the skin – curious, that this unsuspecting pleasure could wield such havoc on our health. This is not to say that the sun is without its merits; few would argue the sun’s benefits for mood and energy as well as its essential function in many natural processes – like vitamin D synthesis.

The caution: Skin cancer is the #1 cancer worldwide. As Canadians, we have a 1 in 6 chance of developing skin cancer over a lifetime. And yet because most skin cancer is due to too much UV radiation, it is eminently preventable. Early sun damage may not take an obvious toll for decades, at which point it may express as scaly, rough pre-cancerous spots (actinic keratosis), multiple moles, skin cancers, irregular brown marks and/or blotchy discolouration. Besides the medical burden, 90% of our skin’s aged appearance is due to too much sun. Sun rays consist largely of ultraviolet rays – namely, UVA and UVB. A helpful way to recall their effects: UVA is responsible for aging, UVB is responsible for burning (A = aging, B = burning). Solar UV radiation that reaches the earth is comprised largely of UVA (only 5% UVB), 90% of which will penetrate clouds and glass, aging skin throughout the day in spite of season or weather. Intense UVB and/or UVA from standard tanning beds and “highpressure” tanning beds should be considered with extreme caution – radiation emitted from tanning beds can be up to 15 times stronger than the sun. In addition, certain tanning lights will also emit UVC – a lesser known, highly carcinogenic form of ultraviolet radiation.

The effects:


Noticeable UV-related changes may include any and all of the following: • lines and wrinkles • sallow complexion • skin laxity – e.g. heaviness in the jowls, neck and about the eyes • brown spots and red spots • skin coloured or yellowish small bumps • flushing red skin • pre-cancerous spots • cancerous spots


Dr. Mark Lupin BSc MD FRCPC (Dermatologist) Clinical Instructor – Department of Dermatology and Skin Science - University of British Columbia Regional Director – Canadian Dermatology Association Dermatology Director – Cosmedica Laser Centre

Words by Dr. Mark Lupin

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Your best home investment is in optimizing sun protection. I recommend a combination of a medical grade antioxidant along with a minimum SPF30 broad spectrum sunscreen. Sunscreens generally need to be reapplied every 2-3 hours although some, such as Celazome SPF are approved for 8 hour protection. Sunscreens screen but do not undo sun damage. One of the advantages of a good topical antioxidant (e.g. SkinCeuticals’ Phloretin CF and Revaleskin’s Coffeeberry extract), beyond the ability to reverse sun damage, is that they also provide a base of more long lasting sun protection. For example, SkinCeuticals’ Phloretin CF has been shown to be equivalent to an SPF 10 but it lasts for 4 days continuously; great for those of us who find it difficult to reapply sunscreens every few hours.

Further tips: - Extra cleansing of the skin, such as with the Clarisonic Pro brush, can increase absorption of topical vitamin C by 61%. - For women who have makeup on in the day and find it impractical to reapply sunscreen, consider the light mineral brush SPF 30 makeup, Colorescience’s Sunforgettables. - Nutriceuticals like GliSODin Skin Nutrients Advanced Skin Brightening Formula– protect skin from the inside-out with bio-available S.O.D. (super oxide dismutase), a primary antioxidant up to one million times more potent than secondary antioxidants like green tea or vitamin C.

What you can do through your Dermatologist: The most important benefit to seeing a Dermatologist is to have your skin properly diagnosed to ensure its safety and help determine the best course of action. A review of your various treatment options including risks, limitations and benefits is essential and you should feel well informed.

Details For precancerous sun spots called actinic keratoses, especially when there are multiple spots on the face, two popular office treatments to consider are:

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT): Pioneered by Canadians, a prescription lotion (Levulan®) or cream (Metvix®) is applied to the affected areas followed by a few minutes of a visible blue or red medical office light. This treatment is able to selectively target damaged skin cells to promote healthier skin. As a pleasing ‘side-effect,’ complexion and fine lines are often improved.

Fraxel DUAL® laser resurfacing: This is also indicated for the treatment of actinic keratoses and highly recommended to address signs of premature aging. Fraxel®’s function is to remove damaged skin, stimulating healthy skin and collagen production. Its unique ‘fractionated’ technology allows microscopic pixels of skin to be targeted with each treatment. Surrounding untreated tissue expedites healing and maximizes safety. Over a recommended course of 1-6 treatments (depending on the presentation of the skin), Fraxel® will correct precancerous damage as well as even irregular pigmentation, soften fine lines and improve skin texture and tone. Patients usually choose Fraxel DUAL® treatments when they want to not only have healthier skin but also wish to look better. Following Dr. Lupin’s introductory article in the last issue of Homes & Living magazine, this is the first in a series titled, Fraxel Dual Laser® - the First Pillar of Beautiful Skin. Watch for the Second Pillar of Beautiful Skin, coming in H&L’s August/September issue.

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What you can do at home:



What Are Your Dreams and Desires?

It is amazing the variety of answers we get to that question! It is also equally amazing how many people answer, “I’m not sure”. The Legacy Lifestyle Program assists people, and in many ways challenges people, to dig deep into their dream world. As children dreams came easy, the idea of being the next Wayne Gretzky, Prime Minister, a Rock ‘n Roll Singer, Ballerina, or Firefighter; whatever your imagination would allow you to become. As time went on life became serious and busy, we grew up, and as a result our dreams were drowned out by our commitments and responsibilities. It’s time to resurrect your ability to dream, to think again not like a child but in an unrestricted life is at your fingertips kind of way. The movie “The Bucket List” paralleled two different individuals, one with wealth (Jack Nicholson) and one of mediocre means (Morgan Freeman) but both facing the dilemma of a shortened life expectancy. It was interesting to see how perspectives and personalities changed due to the circumstances that each of those individuals faced. The movie reminded me of one of my long-time clients named Henry. Henry did not come from wealth but he accumulated a wealth of experiences in his life. He did not have a glamorous type of career; he worked as a prison guard, a bartender and a care aid in an institution for the mentally ill. However, Henry grabbed hold of life as much as he could; traveling through Nepal where he climbed to the base of Mount Everest when he was in his 50s, traveled to Alaska on his motorbike when he was 63, surfed the waves of Australia when he was 65, and even appeared in a movie with Sean Penn. Henry was an inspiration to me in more ways than he was aware, unfortunately Henry passed away before he reached the age of 70, but he lived his dreams fulfilling many of his desires.


Henry may have been the catalyst and inspiration for why I designed The Legacy Lifestyle Program, as a way to assist people in architecting the real desires in each aspect of their life. Managing the retirement and estate plan is officially what we do, but more importantly it culminates with defining a client’s dreams and desires and filling in the blanks of how to achieve what you really want.


Words by robert pesti

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Details It all starts with thought provoking questions: 1. What does retirement look like for you, or more importantly what would you like it to look like? 2. What would you like to accomplish and do before you leave this earth? [think bucket list] 3. What gives you excitement? What gives you fulfillment? What puts a smile on your face? 4. If money was not the object what would you like to accomplish or do? 5. If you died tomorrow what would be your greatest regret? 6. Who are the most important people in your life? Have you included them in your will? 7. What is your most important charity? Why?

Robert Pesti CLU, EPC

The Legacy Lifestyle Program takes time and effort but the results can be fascinating and worthwhile. Many of our clients are grateful for the role we have played in helping them through this life enhancing transformation process.

3-2189 Keating Cross Road | Saanichton, BC | PH: 250-652-3833

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ROBERT PESTI With 27 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Rob is a specialist in estate and retirement planning; offering expertise in the areas of wealth management and creative tax strategies. Find out more at



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showcasing the best in retailers & showrooms

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Words by chelsea forman

Fun in the Sun – Safely! British Columbia - two words that when combined conjure up vignettes of rain, dark skies and awesome showers that can, at times, consume our lovely province for months on end. A true West Coaster knows that the rainfall is well worth the wait for the glorious months of summer that follow. Often we are so consumed by the wonders of the rare sunshine falling on our slice of Canadian heaven, we forget to take a moment to consider sun exposure risks. Of course, there are benefits to the sunshine, but let’s remember the golden rule – keep it in moderation. Read the full article online at

Popular Garden Styles and what works for your Home It’s not uncommon for the novice gardener to feel a little overwrought by the garden style choices that exist, and the differences between them. Though many people elect to carry out one style, combining several styles into one garden is not only permissible, it can bring stunning results. The first big step is gaining an understanding of the different garden styles, and how one (or more) might fit well with the architecture of your home, the landscape of your yard, the climate and the time you have available to tend your new garden. Read the full article online at



Antiquing a piece of furniture, new or old, is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. There are a number of ways to take an antique piece of furniture back to its former glory (or fake it on a new piece). Take my kitchen table for instance – it is a carved piece of vintage furniture from the 1920s and I set out to give it new life, adding a new twist on its already fabulous personality. My goal was to never lose the original character of the piece. Want to add a little rustic charm to a ho-hum piece of furniture in your home? Check out the H&L website and perhaps my weekend project can inspire yours! Read the full article online at


Can’t get enough of Homes & Living magazine? We are pleased to offer readers a whole lot more home and lifestyle related reading in between issues. Take a look at these great articles – chocked full of ideas, tips and helpful home ideas - that are not in the magazine, and can only be read online at HLMAGAZINE.COM

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updates around the community


Spring is the perfect time to welcome a slimmer figure with Cosmedica’s ‘New Body’ program. Focused as enthusiastically on results as on long-term upkeep, ‘New Body’ combines LipoSonix treatment for localized fat reduction and skin tightening with Glisodin Skin Nutrient’s Detoxification and Slimming formulas for safe, healthy weight control and management. Be a thriving, more energetic version of yourself. Enjoy a flatter tummy and trimmer silhouette in 2012 - visit our website for details and schedule your free consultation today.

Homes & Living Magazine Hits Newsstands July 2012

Located on the great lawn of VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver is one of this magnificent city’s most anticipated events The Luxury Supercar Weekend.

Read Media Inc. is pleased to announce that Homes & Living Magazine is coming to newsstands on July 16th, 2012.

This elite social event, now in its fourth year, offers a rare look at the most exclusive and spectacular vehicles on the planet. Every car is carefully considered, and handpicked by the Concours d‘Elegance selection committee. Several vehicles arriving at the Luxury Supercar Weekend have previously been celebrated at many of the world’s most prestigious international automotive events, including Villa d’Este in Italy, Salon Privé in London, and The Quail Concours at Pebble Beach in California. The gala is a rare and exciting occasion for Vancouverites, socialites and car collectors alike. Entertainment includes an elite fashion show, featuring high-end couture designers. The Luxury Supercar Weekend is a celebration of a lifestyle - a sublimely lavish and truly spectacular event that is not to be missed. Homes & Living magazine is pleased to be the official magazine for the 4th Annual Luxury Supercar Weekend – September 8th and 9th 2012. Tickets are available through the Luxury Supercar Weekend website at Luxury Supercar Weekend Location: The Great Lawn VanDusen Botanical Garden 5251 Oak Street Vancouver, BC, Canada Entrance via Gate 2 or through VanDusen Visitor Centre

Homes & Living Magazine’s premiere newsstand issue is our highly anticipated August/ September Interior Design Special Issue, available on newsstands at the following major retailers: • • • • • • • • • • •

Shoppers Drug Mart London Drugs Save-On-Foods Chapters / Indigo BC Ferries Overwaitea Foods Fairway Markets Safeway Pharmasave Walmart Canada 7-Eleven

Proud to have been selected by the discerning experts at Coast to Coast Newsstand Services, Homes & Living will continue to develop aworld-class magazine with local relevance, continuing our legacy of producing a ‘National Feel – Local Focus’ consumer focused publication. Coast to Coast Newsstand Services, recognized as the top rated Canadian National Distributor, is the number one player when it comes to selling single copies on the newsstand, with a client roster that includes over 95% of Canada’s tier-one magazines. “Homes & Living is a superb publication, produced at the highest quality standards; coupled with its exceptional local editorial, we expect that Homes & Living will be a top seller right out of the gate.” — Coast to Coast Newsstand Services

TEL 250.598.3300 | TOLL FREE 1.877.598.3380 | WWW.COSMEDICA.CA |

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Cosmedica Laser Centre, located at the corner of Fort Street and Foul Bay Road, is thrilled to announce the ten year anniversary of Karen Peterson, Director of Patient Services. Karen is a dedicated Cosmedica team member who is cherished by clients and a beloved friend to all who have had the pleasure to work alongside her. Throughout her years with Cosmedica, Karen’s warm personality, sensitivity and exceptional capabilities have become her hallmark. In addition to excellence in daily operations, Karen is recognized for her diligence at fine tasks, patience and kindness towards patients, colleagues and mankind and for the happiness she imparts through her persistently positive outlook and incredible sense of humour. A personal sentiment, passed along from Dr. Lupin on behalf of the Cosmedica team, “Karen - you are adored. To know you is to love you. Thank you for being a part of our team and for filling our days with happy laughter. Congratulations on this milestone - you’ve made it a wonderful ride!” Cosmedica. A forward thinking dermatology centre that provides a comprehensive approach to skin health, tailored to a client’s individual needs. Led by Dr. Mark Lupin, the team at Cosmedica is highly trained and experienced in laser skin procedures. The combination of advanced technology in an elegant, caring atmosphere helps ensure that your treatment is a safe and comfortable one. Cosmedica 1990 Fort Street #207 Victoria, BC V8R 6V4 250.598.3300

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Vancouver’s Luxury Supercar Weekend

Director of Patient Services at Victoria’s Leading Dermatology Centre Celebrates 10 Years


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fresh finds for you



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casual elegance


The “Quincy” sofa brings casual elegance with classic styling. It can dress a room up or down to create a unique look.  Available in a wide range of fabrics.  Coordinating  pieces also available. Available at Generation Furniture 977 Langford Pkwy. Victoria | 250.391.0033




minimalistic lighting This dimmable LED Eco-Task Collection creates a brilliant, unobtrusive light source. Finishes include black, bronze, matte white, polished chrome and satin nickel. These designs are available in table, floor, and desk lamp designs that make sense in any decor.


colourful creations


precious metals

Each piece is created using heat, acids, metal paints and patinas. Some are pounded, hammered and bent, to create dimensional and unique textures. A finish clear coat is used on every piece for lasting beauty and durability. Sizes are 11” x 47” for each.

Paul Mara Jewellers specializes in unique, custom made pieces set with Canadian Diamonds and the finest coloured gemstones. They are proud to be Victoria’s exclusive authorized dealers of Rolex, Tudor, MaeVona, Simon G, and Novell.

Available at Gallery 223

Available at Paul Mara Jewellers

223 Commercial St. Nanaimo | 250.741.1188

657 Fort St. Victoria | 250.475.1444



Multi functional chair

Available at Illuminations Lighting Solutions

From the engineers of Sonicare toothbrush comes the revolutionary sonic skin cleansing system – Clarisonic. Enjoy six times the power of manual cleansing and improved action of skin care products.  Unique at-home exfoliation allows for a softer, clearer complexion on a daily basis and reduced ingrown hairs for men. 

The luxury lift powered recliner combines exclusive patented IMG technology with unsurpassed comfort. It offers you reliability and convenience in the safest and most easily operated lift recliner on the market.

2885 Quesnel St. Victoria | 250.384.9359

Available at Cosmedica

661 McCallum Rd. Victoria | 250.475.2233 1711 Bowen Rd. Nanaimo | 250.753.6361

207-1990 Fort St. Victoria | 250.598.3300

Available at ScanDesigns


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elegant cottage classic The “Cottage Classic” series from Kincaid is as comfortable as it looks. Undeniable luxury as you sink into the down blend cushions. No chance to tire of your sofa as back and seat cushions are reversible allowing you to have an ever changing look depending on the season.

This is the Natuzzi Italia Drop table from the 2012 collection. Metal finish with bronze glass. Available at Sandy’s Furniture 975 Langford Pwky. Victoria | 250.391.6646 1335 United Blvd. Coquitlam | 604.520.0800

Available at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries 3501 Saanich Rd. Victoria | 250.382.5269

new age comfort


vintage chic


french country renaissance

Sager’s Furniture Outlet’s latest find is the Fjord swivel recliner chair and contoured ottoman. Several styles are available  in soft luxurious leather and wood finish options. Experience the ultimate ergonomic comfort experience.

An extensive collection of case pieces styled  after turn of the century steamer trunks, incorporating distressed and textured leathers, metal, and corner caps. Pieces include occasional tables. dressers, armoires, desk, and bookcases, in mottled cigar brown and black.

Reminiscent of a great find while treasure hunting in the French Country side, this charming Plasma Bookcase is handpainted and has a wonderful vintage vibe. Available at Jordans

Available at Sagers Furniture Outlet

Available at Muse & Merchant by ScanDesigns

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JUNE/JUly 2012



a final thought


Publishing is a brisk paced business… there is always a deadline looming that doesn’t care what month it is, what holiday is approaching or what season we find ourselves in. I would suspect that the same is true in your life; family, career and personal obligations that make time fly!


When I first moved to British Columbia, my husband and I were walking our dogs on the beach one day and I met a lady who had also migrated from Ontario, but many years before. She explained to us that the reason she loves living here is simple: while others live to work, British Columbians work to live. On that day, I didn’t really get it. I am happy to say that today; I have adopted that mind-set as my own.

Words by our editor - tracey drake

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Summertime is here and each of us should endeavor to make the most of every day. One truth I try to be continually mindful of is that you can never get back a day; once the sun sets and the night falls, it is gone forever. Seize the day.

Benvenuti a casa.

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Homes & Living Victoria - June July 2012  

Homes & Living Victoria - June July 2012

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