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Another gorgeous Vancouver Island summer certainly is sailing along! Very appropriate, as one of the highlights in our much-anticipated Summer 2013 issue is the cover feature on sailing. If you’re like me, you’ll be inspired to find out where a stiff breeze and a sail can take you! It so happens that our history article takes us back to a time and a ship when skill and presence on the sea helped to change the political landscape of where we find ourselves today. A fascinating pairing! Whether from land or water, even as a long-term Islander I still appreciate summer as the season of striking sunsets, with each seemingly trying to outdo the last in vividness and hue. Well worth taking in if you can time it right, and you find a special spot to relax and enjoy – of which our Island offers many! This issue hints at just a few. While our climate lends itself to an active outdoor lifestyle year-round, summer is definitely the time to take it outside, take in the many events, and soak up the scenery. For a little inspiration this time out, in addition to sailing we’ve included articles on hiking, biking and camping, as experienced by our own contributors. Any one of those activities could occupy and entertain the seasoned enthusiast for the entire season, or be added to the mix for those who thrive on variety. Whichever works for you, this area has plenty to offer. Do let us know what you discover.

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Taking the Island by Sail! If ever there were an Island meant to be sailed around, it is this wondrous Vancouver Island. There are plenty of opportunities to do so for new and experienced sailors – both by race and by cruise, whichever your preference. Whether you are some seasoned sailor, or you have just landed here from the deepest driest interior parts of the earth, this Island offers a marine environment rich in beauty and excitement.


ome yachting enthusiasts may consider two or three weeks gliding & socializing around Desolation Sound perfectly idyllic. Perhaps up to the Broughtons and back? Or, maybe you prefer an overnight cruise to Montague Harbour (Galiano) or Winter Cove (Saturna), smack in the thick of the spectacular Southern Gulf Islands and the proposed Southern Strait of Georgia National Marine Conservation Area: cruising Mecca. Others with a slightly more competitive spirit of adventure may prefer the frenetic pace of the big-ticket yachting challenges such as Royal Victoria YC’s Swiftsure or the legendary Van Isle 360° International Yacht Race. For day-racers, perhaps it’s the racers’ weekend party of the summer at Snake Island Nanaimo (SIN) Regatta in June or at the infamous (‘the Doctor is in!’) Cowichan Bay Regatta in August. Whichever your pleasure, there’s plenty of opportunity, breeze and scenery on the shores and reaches of the spectacular Vancouver Island.

Opportunity for Newbie Sailors – Affordable Sailing Non-sailors may often view yachting in general as an elitist, or perhaps unavailable pastime, due to the expense and complexity associated with boat ownership & maintenance. They may inquire to their sailor-friends how on earth one might find a ride to simply go sailing for a day without breaking their banks. Indeed, there is plenty of opportunity to do so – both in cruise and race mode! Other than being taken as a guest on a friend’s boat, perhaps the most affordable option for cruising is the Cooperative model. The opportunity to share boat ownership in the form of the Van Isle Sailing Coop is fantastic, proud Coop members would agree. If you are someone who either isn't sure if sailing is the right activity for you, or you are not yet prepared to spend a fortune on your own boat and want to test the waters before committing, perhaps joint-ownership is the way to go. The Van Isle Sailing Coop (VISC - is a non-profit organization dedicated to the Photos by Janine Bell - Melges 24' fleet starting a race at Nanaimo Yacht club's Sin Regatta June 29th, 2013. | 7

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sport of sailing, the cooperative ownership of boats, and introducing people to the sport of sailing. The membership fees are used to maintain the boats and pay for moorage and insurance. The cooperative owns four Catalina 27’ sloops – perhaps the most perfect for joint ownership and day-sailing as the design is efficient, easy to handle and versatile. The Van Isle Sailing Coop has grown to nearly 75 members since it was formed in 2005 and has provided many members and guests with fabulous sailing experiences for fractions of the cost of full ownership. And if cooperative ownership isn’t necessarily your game, and you’d rather try a one-off meander from one port of call to the next, then perhaps chartering is your thing. Opportunities are available through various companies to bareboat charter. Conveniently located in Comox these companies provide fully prepared boats, ready for your pleasure cruise and into Desolation Sound.

Racing So, what about those with a competitive streak? Yacht racing is a great way to get involved; it’s the fasted way to learn about sail trim and boat handling, while having a ton of fun on the water. So, how does one find a ride on a racer? While it isn’t for everyone, doing so is as easy as simply buying a bag of beer and sticking one’s thumb out on the dock just before the race start. Alas, if this method isn’t your cup of tea, as it were, in truth there are plenty of opportunities for people without their own boats to race. Boat owners often require between 4 and up to 12 or more crew to effectively manage their race boats, what with sail trim and care & maintenance of the wily crew. Rarely is anyone keen to sail left at the dock before race start. Just show up before the start of a race (any yacht club or the local Harbour Chandler will post Notices of Races), and skippers will take you at times just for the extra ‘rail meat’. In other words, if you are a generally nice, somewhat capable person (experience not necessarily required), you will get a ride!

Wednesday Night Racing One particular cultural norm in yacht racing around the world is Wednesday night at the races. From Whangerei, NZ to Chesapeake Bay, and on to the western shore of France, Wednesday nights are the beer league stuff of yachties ‘round the world. Wednesday night races are popular in a few harbours on Vancouver Island each week, beginning in May through ‘till the days are no longer long enough, in late September. In particular, one not to be missed is a Wednesday night in the Harbour City Nanaimo. Hosted by the famous Dingy Dock Pub, the race starts in front of smiling beer buzzed patrons, usually a lap or two

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Title sponsored by Black Press Media (2013), the Van Isle 360° has become known as the most prestigious and coveted yacht race in North America. Certainly it is the most unique, and for any passionate yacht racer it is on the priority list to do. For those who have raced in the event (some as many as every single edition), there are plenty of stories… yarns that range from wide eyed terror (collisions, groundings, broken rigging, even a few capsizes), straight through to life changing glorious moment memories (whales breaching nearby in the night, offshore downwind screaming sleigh rides, speed records broken, races with dolphins… this list goes on!). And the characters that play! In the Van Isle (as it is affectionately known), you might find yourself engaged in a true ‘BC moment’ while in the crowd of spirited sailors at say… Telegraph Cove, listening to Gordie Graham tell the most hilarious joke you’ve heard since the last time you were there. Or you might be served delectable BBQ’d salmon by camp workers at the salmon farm stopover in Chancellor Channel. The Chief of the Kwakiutl First Nation might even bless you with a welcome ceremony as you arrive into their traditional territory in Port Hardy. And perhaps more than in any other yacht race, the crews line up with sunburned teeth at the end of each leg to toast their victories or share in the camaraderie of a great day on the water. If ever an Island was purely designed to be sailed around, it is this one.

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ne of the mightiest and most historically significant warships to arrive at Esquimalt Harbour on Vancouver Island was HMS Ganges. She was the flagship of the Royal Navy’s Pacific Station (main Pacific naval base) at Valparaiso, Chile from 1857 to 1861 but spent considerable time around Vancouver Island.

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The Ganges was launched in 1821 at the Bombay Dockyard and was built of teak under the master shipbuilder, Jamsetjee Bomanjee (Wadia). HMS Ganges weighed 2284 tons, was 193 feet long and had a 52 feet beam. She had a crew of 800 and carried 84 guns, making her a formidable two-decked line-of-battle ship.

As it turned out, the Ganges was the last R.N. flagship under sail. She became the flagship for Rear Admiral Robert Lambert Baynes, who commanded the Pacific Station. On board the Ganges, were Captain John Fulford, Commander Hugh Talbot Burgoyne V.C., and James Lowther Southey, Secretary to Admiral Baynes. HMS Ganges arrived at Esquimalt on 17 October 1858, after having rounded Cape Horn under sail; the last R.N. flagship to do so without benefit of steam power. The timely arrival of such a powerful warship was a godsend to the

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HMS Ganges Warship at anchor in Victoria 1800's. Image courtesy of Royal BC Museum Archives.

struggling Crown Colony of Vancouver Island. The colonial authorities had been put to a gruelling test with the arrival of hundreds of gold seekers who began to arrive in April of 1858. Fort Victoria’s population of some 450 souls appeared to double and triple overnight. What had been a quiet backwater HBCo fort had been transformed into a smaller version of San Francisco within months. Furthermore, there was a real fear that this influx of gold miners, predominantly American in origin, could prelude an annexation of the colony by the US. Hadn’t the unstoppable inflow of American settlers into the HBCo’s Columbia District (later Oregon Territory) led to its surrender by Great Britain in 1846? The presence of the Royal Navy at Esquimalt held the key to maintaining British sovereignty north of the 49th parallel and on Vancouver Island. The following year saw another crisis develop just south east of Victoria in the San Juan Islands. The question of which country owned the islands had

Rear Admiral Robert Lambert Baynes, Commander in Chief, Pacific Station, Royal Navy, 1857 to 1860, flag in HMS Ganges. Image courtesy of Royal BC Museum Archives.

festered since 1846 and finally came to a head over the killing of a prized Berkshire boar belonging to the HBCo’s farm (Belle Vue) on San Juan Island. When Captain George Pickett landed Company “D” of the 9th US Infantry, the irritant transformed into a full-blown crisis. The Royal Navy’s reaction to the invasion of “British territory” was calm and measured with the judicious employment of British naval power as a key factor. HMS Ganges, anchored in Esquimalt, was the trump card as cooler heads in Washington, D.C. took control of the situation. After a peaceful twelve-year joint occupation of the island by British and American forces, the ownership of the islands was determined by the German Emperor in 1872. The Ganges left its mark on B.C. history thanks, in part, to Captain George Richards of the survey ship HMS Plumper. Richards named many of the geographic features on Salt Spring Island in honour of the Ganges and its crew such as the town of Ganges itself, Baynes Point (Mount Maxwell), Fulford Harbour, Burgoyne Bay, and Southey Point. Richards named Salt | 13

Masthead of the HMS Ganges. Vintage Wartime postcard.

Spring Island itself Admiral Island in honour of Rear Admiral Baynes. The name was never really accepted. The old ship sailed away from Vancouver Island on the 10th of September, 1860 for the last time. It ended up as a training ship, changed its name several times, was retired in 1923, sold, and finally broken up in 1930. At least some of the grand old ship survived as there is reason to believe that the captain’s cabin found its way into an art-deco hotel on Burgh Island in Devon, while the figurehead, the ‘Indian Prince,’ is now at the Shotley Marina’s HMS Ganges Museum, in Shotley, Ipswich.

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Admiral 2 Rear Robert Lambert Baynes (1796-1869)

While serving as commander-in-chief of the Pacific Station in 1859, Baynes was credited with preventing armed conflict during the San Juan crisis. Governor James Douglas had ordered Captain Geoffrey

Captain Hugh Talbot Burgoyne (1833-1870)

Hornby (acting commander) to expel the American forces from San

The Commander or second captain of the Ganges had joined the

Rear Admiral Baynes. When the rear admiral arrived he too refused

navy in 1847 and fought in the Crimean War in which he was awarded

the Governor’s order. Baynes was in no rush to enter into a war with

the Victoria Cross for his bravery by the Queen. While at Esquimalt,

the US. Patience and diplomacy would ultimately win the day. Baynes

Burgoyne was commended for his brave actions in saving property

was right for as soon as Washington D.C. heard of the rogue actions

aboard a burning merchant ship in the harbour.

of the military in Washington Territory, tensions lowered markedly.

Juan Island but Hornby refused the order and awaited the return of

London too had no appetite for war. A compromise was arrived at in He apparently left the Royal Navy during the American Civil War

1860 with British troops landing on San Juan to begin a 12-year joint

(1861-1865) to serve as the captain of a Confederate blockade-runner;

occupation with US forces.

an activity which is rarely mentioned in his biographies. His death was as dramatic as his life. On 7 September, 1870, he was captain of a new

Baynes’ action was rewarded with an Order of the Bath. He was later

warship, HMS Captain, which was caught in fierce squall off Cape

promoted to vice admiral (1861) and then admiral in 1865. Admiral

Finisterre in France, and capsized sending all but 18 of the 500-man

Robert Lambert Baynes died on 7 September, 1869 at Upper Norwood

crew to their deaths. Burgoyne refused to leave his sinking ship.

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sland life is no stranger to me. I live on Vancouver Island, yet every time I travel to neighbouring islands something always feels different. Many islands surrounding Vancouver Island are connected by ferry service, and being twice removed, sometimes three times removed, has tremendous impact on the pace of life by those that live there. Such is the case with Denman and Hornby Island. Located in the northwest corner of the Georgia Strait, these two Northern Gulf Islands are known for their laid-back lifestyle. Popular with cyclists because of the quiet country roads, beautiful scenery, and ease of access, I determined this would be the ideal way to discover their charm and character. With my husband, Joel and two children, Ben (7) and Liv (5), I set off to pedal across Denman and Hornby Island, searching for the hidden treasures that make these islands unique and special. Our journey began at Buckley Bay ferry terminal on Vancouver Island, where we board a ferry to Denman Island. Sailing across Baynes Sound takes 15 minutes which is plenty of time to take in the view around us. “Stunning” can only describe the contrast of bright blue skies against the white snow-capped Beaufort mountain range of Vancouver Island. Upon arriving on Denman Island we quickly realize finding the charm involves pedalling up a hill! Today we are not in a rush. I am pedalling with a backpack full of camping gear. My husband Joel is towing a trailer which is packed with more camping gear. Ben and Liv are riding solo. We like adding adventure to our travels, but plenty of B&B or guesthouse accommodations are available if camping is not an option. After climbing/walking our bikes up the first hill from the ferry terminal, we found ourselves at the heart of Denman. Catching our breath, we checked out the Denman Island General Store and Café that operates out of the original 1908 building. Along Northwest Road, heritage homes and rustic old buildings used by the Denman Island

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Denman and Hornby Island host many tours, festivals, markets and have several wineries that can be explored while cycling. Make sure to leave room in your backpack to take home your own hidden treasures.

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Arts Centre, a bookstore, a hardware store, and the Denman Island Community Hall were buzzing with local and tourist traffic. Keeping in mind we had more island to explore we mounted up and continued to cycle across the island. Aside from the ferry traffic on and off Denman Island, the roads are quiet. Cyclists have several routes to choose from depending on what type of riding is desired and what attractions to visit. The southern loop connects to and from the Hornby Island ferry on Denman, East, McFarlane and Lacon Road. The northern loop is a perfect day-trip by cycling on Denman, Pickles, Chickadee Lake, and Northwest Road, some of which is gravel. These routes offer a variety of scenic views or beach access for those much-needed rest stops. The cycle gods must have been looking down on us when deciding what route to ride to the Hornby ferry terminal. Had we continued riding on Denman Road, we would have faced what the locals refer to as, The Big Hill. My trusted navigator has never failed me and Lacon Road was clearly the wise choice for us. Bonus was riding down the big hill on the way back home, knowing we did not have to climb it. Ben and Liv were big fans of that! Denman has a vibrant art community and has been rated third in all of rural Canada for having the highest number of registered professional artists. We rode past many studios; photography, art galleries, jewellers, potters, and sculptures, stopping in a few that displayed signs saying “Welcome” or “Come on in.” Each studio had its own character and offered a glimpse of what life is like as a Denman artist. We admired wonderful creations that, had we driven past, would not have been explored. Riding on two wheels rather than four awakened my senses. I could tell when we were near the ocean, the air blowing across my face felt cooler. Every few kilometres there was a different smell; the smell of livestock, fresh cut grass and those sweet juicy red apples. Big apple harvests were once a large part of

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the island’s economy and some 30 years later, it is still growing strong. During our cycle back home, with the sun beating down and a rest stop long overdue, a sign for East Cider Orchard offered reprieve. We rode up the long gravel driveway and were immediately greeted by the owner, Larry. Sharing his story of being a grower on Denman, we all listened with interest and admired his orchard and pond of Muscovy ducks. Learning about the heritage and new apple varieties he grew was enlightening, but even better was sampling the product. No doubt it was the fresh apple juice we enjoyed that gave us the much needed energy to continue on. Cycling and mountain biking are a way of life for residents of Hornby Island. Nearly every road has a worn bike path alongside it, commuter trails connect with roads and finding a parking stall for your vehicle would be easier than finding space on a bike rack for your bike. Our journey here was to experience them both. From the ferry terminal on Hornby, cyclists can ride the smooth paved road alongside a bluff overlooking Lambert Channel to Central Road that eventually leads to Tribune Bay, arguably one of the best beaches around. Local highlights along this route include a pump track, built by the Hornby Island Mountain Bike Association, for those wishing to practice their riding skills. We tested our skills out. Another local highlight and must see is the Hornby Island Recycle Depot and the Free Store. This amazing recycling program recycles and reuses 70% of their waste stream. Hornby Island has some of the best mountain biking trails on the west coast. Do not let this intimidate you; there are trails suitable for all levels of riders.

After walking off the ferry ramp, we decided to leave the pavement and ride the Shingle Spit Ford Cove Trail. This cliff side trail, immediately right from the ferry dock, provides bikers with spectacular ocean views. The trail is well maintained and we managed fine, even with a bike trailer. At the trail end is Ford’s Cove Marina, open year round with waterfront and ocean view cottages, camping spaces, a store with everything plus fresh pizza to tempt your taste buds. For two nights, we called Ford’s Cove home. Included, free of charge, were the spectacular sunsets! No visit to Hornby is complete without taking in Tribune Bay, one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the Northern Gulf Islands. We planned three days to tour the islands, and day two involved spending time at Tribune Bay and riding on the mountain bike trails Hornby Island is famous for. Cycling the south section of Central Road from Ford’s Cove to Tribune Bay is a good workout with a steady uphill ride. We rode past old farm buildings and pastoral settings alongside a rocky shoreline. At the top of the long climb we spotted a sign for Middle Mountain Mead, an artisan honey winery that uses ancient and modern techniques to create small lots of premium handcrafted mead. A chilled beverage, how refreshing that would have been, perhaps a fourth day was needed. Joel and I resisted temptation because right now, we had our sights set on Mt. Geoffrey Nature Park. Off the south part of Central Road, Strachan Road provides access to over 80 km of mountain bike trails through the naturally preserved forests of Mt. Geoffrey. This is what we had been waiting for. Hornby Island has a strong

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established mountain bike community that dates back almost thirty years. During this time, local dedicated mountain bikers and cyclists alike have developed and maintained smooth flowing, non-technical, fast trails that most riders can enjoy. Mountain biking is enjoyed by all members of our family so we made the most of our time here and rode as many trails as we could. Some trails within Mt. Geoffrey Nature Park also serve as commuter routes for bikers, pedestrians and horseback riders. It is recommended to obey a speed limit of 20 km/hr on these trails. Only three of us had to slow down, I am reminded regularly. Hornby Island has no village per say, but if you ask locals where town is, Ringside Market is their reply. Riding towards Ringside Market is not uncommon. Many locals were riding bikes as well, chatting to each other from across the street and catching up with each other enroute to somewhere else. We simply blended in. The market area is supported by the Co-op with several quaint shops scattered around it. Cafes, book store, artisan booths, art gallery, a nursery, kayak rentals and of course the Bike Shop. Travelling on Hornby as the locals do certainly gave us the island experience we were looking for and, for a brief moment, I felt as if I were home. Walking my bike up the ferry ramp, back on Vancouver Island soil, I took one last glimpse of Denman and Hornby. Thanks to cycling, I discovered the charm of island life that is twice and three times removed. Island life is no stranger to me. Read this article and more at Send your comments or questions to

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Something to Smile About!

It’s no secret that dentistry has improved phenomenally over the years. Even the customary padded dental chair arms are strictly for comfort now, not for digging your fingernails into. Improvement we can all relate to! But improvement is one thing. Progress is another.

Pleasant as their visits are, patients do appreciate when technology is not only impressive but efficient. Always quick to adopt the best new tools, Wembley is also one of the very first in the area to incorporate CAD/CAM technology to deliver same-day crowns.

One of the most progressive dental practices on Vancouver Island is Wembley Dental Clinic, happily located mid-island, making it an accessible choice to many. With their state-of-the-art clinic in an impressive new home in Parksville, it’s worth a closer look.

“Translation: no waiting, no temporary crowns, no second visit!” explains Dr. Wilson.

There’s some anticipation as you enter their offices in the Westcoast Professional Building on Weld Street. There should be – it was a design award finalist for all mixed-use commercial buildings on Vancouver Island north of the Malahat. And it shows! The attractive reception area feels closer to what you’d expect entering a spa, complimented by just enough custom artwork and west coast-themed etched glass to pass for a tasteful gallery. While it has adult-oriented appeal, the place is most definitely family- and (yes, parents) kid-friendly! So along with ceiling-mounted TV’s, there’s even a Sonos wireless sound system that lets each patient indulge their own musical tastes, from classical to AC/DC – literally! Dr. Glenn Wilson, clinic owner, spoke about the need for the new facility. “I’ve been practicing in the mid-Island area for just over 20 years now. Our new location is consistent with how we try to make the experience the absolute best it can be. Plus it houses the advanced technologies that make for the most comfortable and efficient services possible. In fact we’re the first dental office to be totally digital on Vancouver Island. “So high-tech: check. But most important is creating a warm and calming experience, and in this environment our wonderful staff can really do their best work for our patients. They try to make sure they’re not the only ones smiling by the end of your visit!” 22 |

This brought up another technology that addresses a concern for many: oral cancers. Their latest diagnostic instrument is the Velscope, used in combination with traditional head and neck exams to enhance detection of abnormal areas that may not be visible to the naked eye. “We highly recommend this to everyone twenty years of age and over, once every two years," he adds. Those examples only scratch the surface of the dental care options offered at Wembley. An extensive menu of services covers essential dental health to cosmetic treatments and more, based on individual patient needs and preferences. The professional staff feels strongly about patient education so that all options can be discussed and best choices made. For a quick reference visit their A to Z Dental Library online, a great place to start! In the end, commitment to providing the finest dental care long term, and being a key part of the community they care for, is demonstrated by their investment in the new facility. Dr. Wilson sums it up. “I think I speak for all our staff at Wembley Dental when I say we don’t just work here. This area lends itself to communityminded people leading active, healthy lives. That goes for us too. Like a healthy set of teeth, we’re in it together!” For more information visit or drop by for a visit at #101-148 Weld Street in parksville 250-954-1120. Read this article and more at

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2 Businesses - One Caring Couple

Operating out of a shaded, shared building, tucked away against the urban forest not far down the road from Parksville’s distinctive orange bridge, are Lady’s Mantle Boutique, and A+ Auto Glass — a pair of businesses run by a couple that cares. Tim Andres was fresh out of University in 1978 and just “shopping around for a job” when he picked one up at Trans Canada Glass in Manitoba (which later became Speedy Auto Glass). Already promoted to the position of manager by age 24, he further expanded his role by developing business and training staff in surrounding communities.

Tim transferred to Vancouver Island in 1997, where he would manage stores in both Nanaimo and Courtenay, before starting his own glass business in Qualicum in 2001, and opening a second shop in Parksville in 2008. He is a recent recipient of Qualicum Beach’s Business of the Year Award. “Business of the Year,” says Tim, “It has real prestige.”

Donna is president of Oceanside Return On Your Investment, a board member of the Oceanside Women’s Business Network, director of the Parksville Chamber of Commerce, director of the Parksville Community and Conference Centre, a member of the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce, an organizer of the Orange Bridge Market, and an organizer of the What Women Want event. Tim, meanwhile, is a member of Oceanside Return On Your Investment, a member of the Parksville and Qualicum Beach Chambers of Commerce, and a member of the Qualicum Beach Rotary. He also stops by regularly to play his guitar for the residents at the Parksville Seniors Drop In Centre, a 25-year-old institution offering art, exercise and gaming programs to the community’s older residents. He has also brought his welcome talents to entertain residents of Stanford Place, Qualicum Manor and Trillium Lodge.

Tim’s wife Donna looks after the business’s books, and also runs her own store — Lady’s Mantle Boutique — right next to Tim’s Parksville glass shop.

It had been a long-term desire of Tim’s to move out west (the couple hails from Manitoba, where Tim excelled as an auto enthusiast and Donna in athletics), and once their children were all in high school, that dream was made a reality.

In 2009, a year after Tim’s second shop had opened, Donna noticed how much extra space there was, and left her career in the medical field to open a “store that has everything.”

Donna credits their strong work ethic and sense of civic duty to their smalltown Manitoba beginnings, but has no regrets about their westward ventures.

As a young mother, Donna (in addition to running the family’s hobby farm) made many of the clothes her children wore, and over the years developed a flair for design, often being called upon by friends and neighbors for advice about clothes, event decoration, and home and garden decor. Lady’s Mantle was a natural progression. “Turning 50 was a catalyst,” she says. “You take a chance!” Named after the dainty flower (and Donna meaning ‘Lady’ in Italian) the shop’s shelves and hangers are loaded with clothing, hats, jewellery, ornaments, sunglasses, purses… the list goes on, as does the list of community organizations that the couple are active in.

This couple also hosts the weekly Orange Bridge on location on Saturdays from June 15th until the end of September. Stop by and shop for local fruits, veggies, bread, delectables, crafts, jewelry and flea market items. The couple loves the work they do and the community in which they live. “We chose this place because it’s the best place in Canada to be,” says Tim, adding, “I don’t ever want to retire.” The pair welcomes any and all passing by 716 East Island Highway to pop in and say hello. They’d love to meet you, and you’ll be glad you stopped in! Read this article and more at | 23

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by Ryan Zuvich

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ne of Ryan Zuvich’s earliest memories is of prosciutto hanging in his Grandmother’s cellar. In and around their house in Croatia were gardens where his Nana grew virtually everything they needed. Everything else was provided by the surrounding community. Bread baked at a central bakery. Groups of fishermen bringing back the catch to portion off and animals raised and brought to market to supply the small coastal village. An entire town working to feed each other. Having all their skill, hard work and money put right back into their own community.    Growing up in suburban Vancouver, a lot of that food culture was lost for Zuvich. Even after attending Dubrulle culinary and working in some of the best restaurants in Vancouver, it didn’t quite feel right. Only when he went back to the little house on the coast in Croatia did food taste the way memory preserved.   Ryan decided that the key was using the freshest ingredients possible. At the time local and seasonal were second to global and fusion, a concept he never fit with. So he decided that to see how restaurants operated within the local parameters and at an exceptionally high level, he would have to go back to Europe.    Working in a London, Lyon and Munich at 1- and 2-star Michelin restaurants showed Zuvich how a world-class restaurant can operate using multiple growers and craftsmen to offer the best possible food on that given day.   After years of practice and patience, the next step was to find a location and set up shop. One that had the surrounding community to operate at the level Zuvich had

Hilltop Paris Gnocchi




1/2 cup water 1/2 cup milk 3oz butter 1tsp salt 1tbsp sugar 1cup all-purpose flour 5 whole eggs 1tbsp grainy Dijon 2tbsp chopped parsley or chive Pinch black peppe

Medium pot Large pot Spatula Wooden spoon Measuring cups Measuring spoons Stand mixer with paddle attachment Piping bag with standard tip Slotted spoon or spider Sheet tray

Place butter, water, milk, salt, and sugar in a medium sized pot over medium heat and simmer until the butter has melted. Increase heat to a boil and add flour all at once (carefully!). Turn heat back down to medium and stir to incorporate with a wooden spoon. A thin film will form on the pot while stirring. Continue without burning until the mixture is completely smooth and smells slightly toasted and nutty.

seen in Europe, with the guiding principal of his grandmother's kitchen. A few more years later and one business behind him, he found his spot in the north end of Nanaimo with Hilltop Bistro. The reason for the move to Nanaimo was the central location on Vancouver Island. Having access to Cowichan Valley through to Comox & Courtney and beyond made finding amazing product easy. As time progressed and word spread the food and growing community started to emerge and more and more products became available.   Today, Hilltop Bistro and Chef Zuvich change their menu every month with daily changes happening on a smaller scale depending on what’s available. The same methods of curing and preserving, growing and sharing learnt by his grandmother's side are all put into practice.    Pushing forward, Ryan has found his community again. Local growers providing local business with beautiful fresh product to prepare for the local community. A sustainable circle where all parties benefit, excel and ultimately eat well together. For more information about Hilltop Bistro, hours of operation and more visit or call 250-585-5337. Stop by and try this amazing food at #102 - 5281 Rutherford Road, Nanaimo. Read this article and more at Send your comments or questions to

Transfer to a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and stir for 1minute on low. Turn the speed up to medium and add one egg at a time, making sure the first egg is completely combined before adding the next one. Once all 5 eggs are incorporated and the texture is silky smooth and looks almost elastic, add the Dijon, herbs and pepper. Transfer finished gnocchi mixture to a piping bag fitted with a standard tip using a spatula and refrigerate until cool. Meanwhile, back at the stove, heat up a large pot of salted water to a low simmer. When your gnocchi is cool you can start adding your mixture to the water by piping small 2cm lengths and cutting them off using the back of a paring knife or small off-set spatula. You'll want to do this over the water and a couple of inches above the surface so that the splash from the gnocchi doesn't jump up and burn you! Do this in batches of 8-12 pieces at a time. Once the gnocchi float for 30-45 seconds they should be done and ready to be transferred with your slotted spoon to an oiled sheet tray to cool. To finish, sauté the gnocchi with your favourite ingredients and serve! Store fresh in an air-tight container for 3 days . || 25

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Dream Waterfront Lifestyle

Presented by Jolene & Ken Aarbo of Sutton Whitecap Realty Imagine enjoying magnificent sunsets while sea birds wheel overhead and cruise ships sail past, from your spacious living room warmed by a cozy wood fireplace. Quiet and private, this Heritage Home estate is tucked away from view of neighboring properties and surrounded by beautiful gardens, just minutes from Qualicum Beach in the most desirable location in the area.


xplore a rare opportunity to call a piece of paradise your own. For idyllic oceanfront living, property just doesn’t get any better than this!

You will arrive along the private driveway to generous parking, greeted by the quaint 2400 sq. ft. Heritage Home. Before stepping inside, you may first be drawn to explore the expansive grounds! Be prepared to be rewarded with the spectacular 180 degree view overlooking Georgia Strait, set off perfectly by the immaculately manicured landscaping. Take in the amazing vista with long views across the water, to the Coast Mountains of the mainland nestled on the horizon. Impressive groomed hedges on either side of the property will provide you with privacy, shelter and visual appeal as you explore. The uniform ground of the entire 1.23 acre property slopes gently down to sandy beaches that ebb and flow with the tides along 278 feet of waterfront.

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You will be eager to entertain and delighted to relax on the seaside courtyard patio. Just imagine sharing after-barbeque sunsets with your friends. Making your own custom postcards-from-home becomes a possibility! Once inside, you will appreciate how the home’s layout and large windows frame the stunning beach, ocean and mountain views. This classic Frenchinspired home was built to blend indoor and outdoor living, with the seaside and entrance-side courtyard patios both just steps away. Much care was taken to maintain the charming heritage elements of the home, continuing to use well-maintained original cabinetry, fixtures, appliances and more.

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The well-designed floor plan provides 2 Bedrooms and 3 Bathrooms, a wellappointed, bright and airy Kitchen with Nook, formal Dining Room, 2 Wood Fireplaces, a spacious Living Room and Master Bedroom. Wake up to an inspiring ocean vista from the comfortable Master Bedroom with 3 piece Ensuite, Soaker Tub, and large automatically illuminated double closets and a second access to the back courtyard patio just outside. Relax in the comfortable and cozy Den with beautiful Wood Fireplace and extensive custom floor-to-ceiling wood cabinetry and desk.

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The spacious Kitchen area contains large counter tops and plenty of storage, complete with the addition of custom built pull-out drawers, Lazy Susans, and a lovely Dutch Door at the entrance which opens to summer cooling breezes or the sounds of birds. The formal Dining Room has Photo by Artez Photo Group

spectacular ocean views and access to the courtyard patio just outside. The exceptionally secluded property is yet easily accessible, with two available separate road access points: one from Hall Road and one from Judge’s Row. The parking area includes a one-car Attached Garage, and a one-car Detached Garage/Shop. The property’s Irrigation System helps maintain the extremely wellmanicured trees, shrubs, and extensive lawns at their best. The beautiful park-like estate qualifies for two residences. Renovate the existing building or build your dream home!

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Oceanfront Living NORTH OF QUALICUM


WALK-ON OCEANFRONT MID Vancouver Island in Bowser area between Qualicum Beach and Courtney/Comox, with the perfect West Coast 2-Storey Split Home in immaculate condition on 0.64 Acre Estate, open concept with large Master Suite on the Main all Rooms feature magnificent Oceanfront/Islands/Lighthouse/Mainland Mtn's Views, Upper level features 2 more good sized Bedrooms separated with an open family room, extensive wrap-around Verandah and very special Double Covered Carport incorporating large Garden Storage rooms to store the toys needed to maintain the extensive yet natural Garden Areas surrounding this very inviting Oceanfront Seascape setting. BUT Wait, in addition, follow the manicured path down to your own self contained Chalet Cottage right on the Beach. This Jewel can also be accessed by a separate private Lane so could be ideal for a Guest Cottage.




Oceanfront Living NORTH OF QUALICUM


WALK-ON OCEANFRONT MID Vancouver Island in Bowser Area between Qualicum & Courtney/Comox,West Coast Rancher, maximum Curb Appeal with contrasting pitched roof lines, Dormer Facades plus covered Verandahs, extensive V Ihigh R Tceilings UA all L capturing TO U R S , V I DWest E OCoast S ,View F LO O R Straight, P L ADenman N S , &BHornby RO C H U R E S decks, open plan with a magnificent of Georgia Islands plus Mainland snowcapped mountains! All rooms are expansive and open including Gourmet Kitchen with Granite Counters & custom Fir Cabinets, access to 673 sq ft bright & inviting Suite above Garage. Main also includes awesome Master Suite with walk-thru Closets, same magnificent Views, executive Ensuite, walk out to your own private Hot Tub retreat off Master, a nice size 2nd Bdrm with full Ensuite as well & outside access. Finished & heated 3 Bay Garage, one Bay currently set up as a Work-Shop. This magnificent Property includes extensive Landscaping & Garden areas with a lovely wooded Trail leading you down to your very own Beach. Oceanfront living at a very affordable price, don't miss this one!


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Beautiful executive 1 bedroom 1 bath, fractional interest, 1/8 ownership, "D" rotation suite in Sunrise Waterfront Resort in Parksville. Features include stainless steel appliances, front load washer/dryer, granite counters, soaker tub, porcelain tile, upscale fixtures, custom window treatments, gas fireplace, 2 flat screen tvs and a BBQ. This suite is custom designed and fully furnished, just relax and enjoy ocean views from your balcony and master bedroom. Fee simple 1/8th share ownership entitles you to 7 weeks of vacation time that can be rented out, used or exchanged for resort locations world wide.

This newly renovated townhome is a great value, perfect starter home or for those wanting to downsize. This is a very quiet and private development in a great location with a 5 minute walk from upcoming new medical centre, 2 blocks from school, minutes to downtown and all amenities. This home offers 2 nice sized bedrooms and a fully renovated bathroom, large storage room plus laundry on upper level. Patio door leads to private back yard, with gate to treed/parklike area. Newly updated and bright kitchen with brand new appliances. One pet is allowed, no age restriction. End unit partially covered backyard area & privacy fence.








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