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MEET THE LAIRD OF CRAIGFLOWER MANOR A Scottish man was the first tenant to live in one of Vancouver Island's oldest homes


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HARMONIZNG WITH THE HORSE Vaulting has caught the attention of Island locals and horse enthusiasts everywhere

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ISLAND MYSTERY Ladysmith was once the site of a vanishing criminal who may have faked his death


DID YOU KNOW? Some interesting facts and safety tips for getting the most out of a hiking trip


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First of all, I would like to say thank you to my wonderful writers and contributors: Julie McManus, Steve Crabb, J. David Hobson, Andrew S. Brown, Lynsey Franks, and our newest friend and writer, Dona Naylor. You are all filled with great inspiring ideas and with a great love for the Island, you all produce some wonderful stories! I am very grateful for all of the effort and the support you have given the team while producing this issue and past issues of the magazine. Thank you as well to our readers for continuing to support this free Island magazine as we approach our second year. I wish to hear more from you. We are continually trying to improve the content, so I ask you to feel free to submit any articles or photographs that you feel would be a great fit for the magazine. Send your submissions and ideas to

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MEET THE LAIRD OF by J. David Hobson


raigflower Manor is one of the true gems of our colonial past on

There are a number of localities named for Colvile including the City

Vancouver Island. The Manor is the third oldest house on the

of Nanaimo, which was first known as Colvile Town (sometimes spelled

Island and is located in Esquimalt, a part of Greater Victoria. A

"Colville"), up until 1860. The Craigflower Farm house was completed

Scotsman man named Kenneth McKenzie was its first tenant.

McKenzie left London with his family in August of 1852. Sailing down

in May 1856 and is reported to be designed after Rentonhall, the McKenzies' estate home near Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland.

the Thames was the beginning of a new chapter for the family. After a

Craigflower Manor became the centre of an agricultural community

journey of five months aboard the Norman Morison, a 3-masted barque

which eventually included houses for the farm families, a brick kiln, a

of 564 tons and 120 feet long, Kenneth, his wife Agnes and her sister,

lime kiln, a smithy, a carpenter shop, a flour mill and bakery, a sawmill,

their six children, and the families of his 22 labourers, sighted the coast

and a school. The school, completed in 1855, still stands just over the

of Vancouver Island on January 17, 1853. From the 150-passengers

bridge and is the oldest surviving school house in western Canada. The

aboard, there were 73 members in the Mackenzie party destined for

farm's vegetable gardens, livestock, and bakery supplied the Royal Navy

Craigflower Farm.

station at Esquimalt, and the manor soon became a social centre with

The McKenzie family decided to leave their home in Scotland in

the McKenzie family hosting parties for the officers of Her Majesty's

hopes of claiming land as indentured servants to the Puget Sound

Navy stationed at Esquimalt. The parties would have had a very marked

Agricultural Company (PSAC) / Hudson's Bay Company. McKenzie was

Scottish flavour full of lively conversation and fabulous stories told by

hired to be the bailiff (manager) of Craigflower Farm near what is now

eyewitnesses to history.

Esquimalt Harbour. It was McKenzie who found all the labourers and

There was the occasional Craigflower visitor from the "old country"

the teacher, Robert Barr, back in Scotland, and all had been offered 25

such as Lady Jane Franklin,widow of the arctic explorer John Franklin,

acres in the colony for five years of contracted service to the company.

who arrived at Craigflower for a picnic in her honour. The British Colonist

Times were tough back in Scotland, and McKenzie too had his share

newspaper reported on April 22, 1861 that Lady Franklin "embarked

of hardship as his father had died in 1844 and left Kenneth with a

in a large Chinook canoe, manned by 10 Canadians, (dressed in red

mountain of debt. Vancouver Island seemed like an escape and a land

shirts, grey pants, and hats profusely decorated with various colored

of hope for all on board the Norman Morison.

[sic] ribbons" for the trip to Craigflower Farm and "everything passed off

The site of the 600-acre farm had been chosen by James Douglas,

pleasantly and agreeably."

Governor of Vancouver Island and Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay

But in spite of what appeared to be an idyllic setting for parties

Company. It is likely that Douglas chose the name Craigflower for

and picnics, the farm had its share of strife. Shortages of labour were

the farm after the Fifeshire home of HBC Governor, Andrew Colvile.

a constant concern for the McKenzies, and a number of farm hands

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and craftsmen decided to leave Craigflower for greener pastures, thus breaking their contacts with the PSAC. The "servants" had quickly


realized that there were faster ways of acquiring

Just like McKenzie Avenue in Victoria is named for Kenneth and Agnes

25 acres of land than with a five-year contract

McKenzie, many other streets on the Island are named for famous individuals.

with the company. Bitterness between the bailiff and his "servants" even led to shots being fired into the manor by three drunken "servants." It's quite


Hutchinson Road in Shawnigan Lake is named after Bruce Hutchinson (1901 – 1992), a respected journalist who worked at the Times Colonist and later, the Vancouver Sun. His keen interest in politics and current affairs, along with

possible those shots are still in the walls. On one

his influential reporting, led to a vast writing career, and in 1962, Hutchinson

occasion, an angry McKenzie fired shots into his

was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

blacksmith's smithy and then set it ablaze. The offended blacksmith easily found employment elsewhere, leaving the bailiff to forge ahead alone. Eventually, McKenzie wasn't above hiring (or borrowing) sailors from Her Majesty's Navy to work on the farm. Neither was he reluctant to employ members of his First Nation neighbours,

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Quadra Street in Victoria is named after Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra, a Spanish naval officer who met Captain George Vancouver in order to restore lands to the British that were taken by the Spanish in 1789 Jinglepot Road is located in Nanaimo, a city with a proud mining history. Rumour has it that the term Jinglepot may refer to miners who, at the turn of the century, would jingle a rock in a cooking pot when it was time to raise the mine’s elevator back up to the surface.

the Koapsum (Xwepsum). Even though Craigflower was the most successful of PSAC's farms near Victoria, it too failed to live up to its potential in the eyes of the Hudson's Bay Company, and in 1866, the McKenzies left Craigflower and went to their own farm at Lake Hill. Kenneth McKenzie died on April 10, 1874 on his farm on Saanich Road after having lived 23 years on the island. If you ever drive on McKenzie Avenue, which stretches from the Trans-Canada Highway out to the University of Victoria, take a moment to remember Kenneth and Agnes McKenzie, the farm, the workers, and the families – the pioneer beginnings of colonial Vancouver Island. IT Read this article and more at Send your comments to

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Hiking Know? Did You

by Julie McManus

Since we began publishing Island Times Magazine almost two years ago, we’ve made it our goal to feature one of the Island’s many provincial parks in every issue. This time around, we are still featuring a great park, (see Rosewall Creek, pg. 20), but we’re also including a few facts and practical safety tips for getting the most out of your next hiking adventure. There are many beautiful places to explore on the Island, especially now with the weather getting better. If you find yourself outside the comforts of a designated provincial park, remember to follow a few of the tips below to ensure a great trip.



Because hikes are longer than a walk around the block, it is recommended that you pack the essentials, which may vary depending on the weather. The essentials include extra food (dried fruit and nuts – “Trail Mix” is ideal) and water, a utility (Swiss Army) knife, a first aid kit, water proof fire starters, a flashlight, rain gear, a foil emergency blanket, sunscreen, and a navigational system (whether it be a map, compass, GPS smart phone, or all three). Don’t forget to consider adding a wolf whistle or bear bangers to thwart off wildlife.



Whenever possible, hike with a friend or in a group for better safety. If this isn’t possible, tell a friend or family member where your hike is and how long it’s going to last so that it will be easier to search for your whereabouts should something go wrong. It is also a good idea to pack a whistle to help draw attention to your group if you’re lost.


YOU'RE LOST? If you find yourself lost, remember to S.T.O.P – Stop, Think, Observe, and Plan. Although it’s tempting to keep going, the


HIKER'S CODE OF ETHIC Remember to park your car a ways from the main road and a good distance from private driveways. If meeting a horseback

rider, step off to the right of the trail and stand still until the rider passes, so as not to frighten the horse. Don’t feed the wildlife. Avoid picking the flowers. It’s better to keep these things as they are to let others enjoy them too. Make sure the area you're hiking is considered dog-friendly if you plan on bringing Fido along.


FOLLOW THE PATH Staying on the trail is always recommended, and not just for safety reasons. Taking a cut-off on a switchback trail can

cause increased erosion of the soil. Similarly, creating a detour around a muddy patch destroys vegetation.


DON'T EAT THAT Unless someone in your group knows what they are talking about, think twice before consuming any wild fruits or

mushrooms that you find on your trail. The Amanita ocreata is a

best thing to do when you realize you are lost is to stop, think about

highly toxic fungus found around the Pacific Northwest area and

what path you’ve taken to get where you currently are, observe your

is associated with oak trees. It has been responsible for a number

current surroundings, and plan your way out using your navigational

of mushroom poisonings in western North America, particularly


in the spring.

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The Pacific Crest Trail is the longest trail in the world and spans approximately 2,600 miles from the Canada-US border down through Washington, Oregon, and California. That is the equivalent of hiking from Port Hardy to Victoria and back again (the length of Vancouver Island) almost five times.



The 43.1 km North Coast Trail in Cape Scott Provincial Park  was completed in spring 2008 and runs along beaches and in forests around the northern tip of Vancouver Island from Shushartie Bay to Nissen Bight. Check with BC Government's Ministry of Environment website before planning a trip in this area as it is known to be flooded and dangerous in the off-season, and actually had to close for awhile back in Oct. 2010.



The verb “hike” first entered into the English dialect as early as 1809, and was spelled “hyke,” according to historian Douglas Harper and the Online Etymology Dictionary. The noun didn’t come until later in 1865. The word hike can also mean a sense of “pulling up” and the word may also be a variant of the word “hitch,” and an extended sense of “raise,” as in a wage increase.



The expression “take a hike” is a commonly known rude way to tell someone to go away. Clint Eastwood is known for using it quite eloquently, and once said in an interview, “I've always had the ability to say to the audience, watch this if you like, and if you don't – take a hike.”



The song “Happy Trails” by Dale Evans Rogers is sung at the end of the Roy Rogers show, which was popular in the 50s and 60s. Roy Rogers was a cowboy singer and movie hero whose popularity led to the term “Happy Trails” (wishing someone well in their departure) becoming an iconic catch-phrase. IT

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Resort includes: • The Farmhouse, which was built around the turn of the century and was thought to be haunted because of its colourful history. It was converted into a workshop after the Manor House was built, and finally into a pair of two-storey guest suites in 1980. • The Post Building was the first Hudson’s Bay post on Salt Spring Island where trading for household items was conducted on the honour system. The Post was moved to its present location next to the garden in preparation for building the Manor House, and was also used as a caretaker’s residence for many years. • The Barn was rebuilt to its original exterior dimensions when the estate was converted into a hotel and it now houses five guest suites and the spa. The current owners of Hastings House, Bonny O’Connor and Jerry Parks, added seven new Hillside Suites overlooking Ganges Harbour in 1999. The following year, a veranda was added over an outdoor patio to increase dining capacity and provide an all-weather spot for weddings and other gatherings. Whether you are with your family, a wedding party, or a business trip, a day at Hastings House begins with fresh coffee or tea and baked goods delivered to your door. A hearty English breakfast awaits you at the Manor House, and an exquisite multi-course dinner in the dining room or veranda completes the day of fine dining. Guests are always treated to a special menu often featuring locally raised lamb – an item Salt Spring has become known for, fresh local seafood and herbs, and produce from the estate gardens and orchards. The dishes are prepared by European-trained Chef Marcel Kauer, whose daily menus are complemented by an award-winning wine cellar focusing on the best of BC wines and others from around the world. To further enhance a guest’s experience, the Hastings House also offers luxurious spa treatments, including relaxation massages, purifying facials, and rejuvenating body wraps. This seaside resort is perfectly situated to offer optimal harbour views and is a ten minute stroll from the shops in the village. A wide range of island activities can also be enjoyed during a stay on Salt Spring Island. If you manage to pull yourself away from the beauty of Hastings House, choose from a hiking adventure, a game of golf, a bike trip, or a tour of a local farm or winery. If you prefer the water, there is always fishing, sailing, or kayaking. The Hastings House Country House Hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is located at 160 Upper Ganges Road on Salt Spring Island. For more information or to book a reservation, please call 800.661.9255 or visit IT Read this article and more at For more information visit or call 1-800-661-9255 for reservations .

g n i z i n o m r a H WITH THE HORSE Vaulting is an activity that has captured the attention of Island locals and visiting horse enthusiasts throughout the last decade. Here is a closer look at what the activity is all about and how it got started on Vancouver Island.

Article and photos by Dona Naylor


iny is the name of the beloved draft horse that has carried Vancouver Island's Mount Arrowsmith Vaulting Team to ever-increasing heights in the equestrian vaulting world. In simplest terms, equestrian vaulting

is akin to gymnastics or dance that takes place on the back of horse in tune to various styles of music. Vaulters work through a series of compulsory moves to refine their skill and balance, engage core strength, and perfect their timing and support through body tension all while coordinating with the horse. Vaulting is believed to date back to Roman times when battles were once fought on horseback. The warriors needed to be athletic and adjustable while maintaining their riding ability and brandishing a sword

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and body armor.

Photos courtesy of Dona Naylor

During this artistic yet challenging equestrian sport, the vaulter

first vaulting team easily enough. “It will be fun, and think how balanced

must first match his or her canter stride to the horse and then launch

and confident the kids will feel,” I replied back. Debbie didn’t need

onto the horse’s back with a seamless and effortless sequence of

much more persuasion than that. This was the beginning of the Mount

moves. With toes pointed straight, the vaulter moves as one with the

Arrowsmith Vaulting Club, the first of its kind on Vancouver Island.

horse through a series of skills as they both begin to warm up.

Since that day, Debbie has taken the team to greater heights than I

One of the first things the vaulter must learn is to properly bail.

had first envisioned. Her personal greatest achievement was when one

There is a lunger, who is connected via a lunge line as the horse

of her vaulters, her daughter Jessica, represented their team at the 2009

moves in 15-metre circles around her. In the event the lunger sees

Kentucky Cup International Event.

any danger for the vaulter, she tells them to bail, no questions asked.

While it may look challenging, anyone, at any age, can vault. Yes it is

Immediately the vaulter jumps off and rolls. The reason vaulters are

true, you can! You may choose to be competitive or remain recreational.

rarely seen wearing a helmet is because in the world of a vaulter,

Have fun, enjoy the horse, strengthen and stretch your body, and work

wearing a helmet only increases the chance of injury because the

on bettering skills for other riding. Although vaulting is a sport in

helmet can become hooked on equipment during a fall, and the

itself, practicing this activity can help prepare a rider to have a greater

extra weight of the helmet could actually increase the risk of a neck

understanding of their horse and how it moves to maintain a consistent

injury instead of protecting the vaulter.

rhythm. Through a combination of static and dynamic moves, the rider

The horse wears a thick pad on his back, a vaulting surcingle,

develops necessary skills to move in harmony with the horse. This

which has handholds and side straps, leg, supports, a bridle without

training assists in other riding disciplines like dressage or show jumping.

reins, and side reins which attach to the surcingle. A wooden horse

Debbie invites anyone interested to come and watch at the team’s

provides a place to practice prior to mounting the horse. As with

home base, the Arbutus Meadows Equestrian Centre, located at 1515

traditional horseback riding, one begins in halt, then walk, then

E. Island Highway in Nanoose Bay. The centre is very supportive of

trot, and finally canter. “Once you canter you see that this is really

the sport. Vaulting sessions take place at the centre on Monday and

what it all leads up to,” says Debbie Bentzen, the coach of the Mount

Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m. For more information, please contact

Arrowsmith Vaulting Team.

Debbie Bentzen at 250.954.9940. Learn more about vaulting online at

In an effort to understand the multiple levels, this activity is again IT

similar to figure skating or gymnastics in the compulsory and freestyle competitions. The initial skills are at first the vaulter mounts, then seats, flags, mills, swings (or scissors), kneels (or stands), and flanks off to dismount. Ballet or gymnastic slippers are worn along with spandex VISITOR INFORMATION body suits to allow the greatest degree of movement. In competition, BUSINESS the vaulter INFORMATION can also perform freestyle with a series of necessary PARKSVILLEwith CLOTHING movements their choice of music. The kids in particular love to do

pairs or perform LOCAL MAPS together in groups supporting one another. For just over a decade, this team on Vancouver Island has been DVD POSTCARDS perfecting their skills to attend competitions in the Pacific Northwest. A UNIQUE LOCAL myself, ART I remember the day well. It was 1999 and I said horse enthusiast to my friend and colleague, Debbie Bentzen, “We are going to start a vaulting team.” She replied quite quickly, “No we are not, what is it?” She tended to be more practical than me. I made the case for the Island’s

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The quiet seaside community of Ladysmith on central Vancouver Island was at one time the unlikely backdrop to a story of secret underground laboratories, a mysterious plane crash, and a vanishing drug kingpin. The story of a man known as The Wizard of Ladysmith is so packed with drama and mystery that even Hollywood movie makers took notice.


uring the mid 1970s, a road sign proclaiming Ladysmith’s location precisely on the 49th parallel welcomed visitors to the small town of hard workers. It was here that an ex-soldier would

find himself in circumstances that would set him on an inevitable collision course with the law. Art Williams was a British ex-patriot who had served and was wounded during World War II. After arriving in Canada, he and his wife Margaret eventually settled in Ladysmith. Perhaps due to his experiences as a flame-thrower operator during the war, Art had a somewhat apocalyptic view of the world. He believed our modern society would fail and mankind would be reduced to hunting and surviving with basic weapons and skills. Somewhat ironically, these thoughts set in motion his design improvement and subsequent large scale manufacturing operation of the basic archery bow. His design was considered by many to be one

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of the best in the world and it was sold globally. After some years, the success of his venture began to unravel due to his failure to keep records and pay his taxes. Revenue Canada and the bank eventually stepped in and confiscated his assets and equipment. This action intensified Art’s hatred for all things authoritative and he became increasingly bitter and resentful. Some of the confiscated equipment was stolen from the bailiff’s lock-up and, not surprisingly, Art was the number one suspect. Although charged, Art was never convicted. However, officers were surprised at the degree of his hatred towards the RCMP and worried where this might lead. All of this took its toll on Art’s personal life and he and Margaret eventually separated, although she remained loyal to Art, living in a separate residence on the property while he lived common law with another woman in the main house. Later on, Art Williams managed to garner a substantial government grant to begin to study mushrooms and the potential for their local

cultivation. However, Art had other plans for the money. Using his

Cessna went down in the Strait of Georgia. Neither the body of the plane

newly formed BC Institute of Mycology (the study of mushrooms) as

nor the body of Art were ever recovered, but he was pronounced dead

a front, he purchased supplies and equipment for the manufacture of

by the coroner. Many believed at the time (and still do) that Art Williams

the popular illicit drug of the day known as MDA.

escaped to South America where it was rumoured he had acquired

He soon, once again, came under police scrutiny when American

property. Further driving this belief is the fact that his estranged wife

drug agencies alerted RCMP of the impending arrival in Nanaimo of

Margaret disappeared without a trace two years later. After some out-

a large purchase of chemicals used in the production of MDA. This

of-character statements to select friends and family hinting she may be

led to police discovering an illegal drug lab on the property of one

leaving, she disappeared leaving all her possessions, food in the fridge,

of Art's associates. Both men were implicated and charged but Art

and (buried in the yard) an ice-cream pail containing some $57,000.

was acquitted of all charges. Art was very much aware of his being

Some speculate this indicates murder or suicide while others suggest

watched but carried on, business as usual. He built an elaborate barn

she left the money behind because she didn’t need it and did not want

which housed his Mycology Institute. Police were highly suspicious

to draw attention to herself while traveling under an assumed identity.

of the building, but never dreamed Art would make MDA on his own

Either way, her body has never been found, nor has any record of her

property. They instead concentrated on tips about the lab being in the

travelling in or outside of Canada.

surrounding wilderness. It took two years, but they eventually found

Art Williams was in the drug business for a lot of years and made an

it. As an officer sat on a log frustrated and speculating as to the lab’s

exorbitant amount of money, very little of which was ever recovered by

location, he absentmindedly tapped the ground at his feet and by

authorities. In the past, Art had flown his Cessna to the Cayman Islands;

pure luck found a metal plate that was covering the entrance to the

the obvious implication being offshore bank accounts.

underground lab. RCMP peered in to see supplies and equipment but

Could Art Williams have planned, orchestrated, and carried out his

left everything undisturbed, planning to come back with surveillance

own plane crash and disappearance? The logistics of such an event

equipment. Upon their return, however, it was obvious the criminals

would be immense. Some aviation experts say it is unlikely and point

knew they had been discovered; the lab had been dynamited before

to a defect on that model Cessna that may have contributed to the

police could gather evidence.

crash. Art was also terrified of the water and would have been loath

Months after the bush lab had been destroyed, drugs still flooded

to parachute into the ocean. Though he was a relatively new pilot,

the streets and police suspected yet another lab was in operation. This

Art had logged an incredible amount of hours in his Cessna and was

time police used different tactics and eventually caught Art Williams

considered an experienced, if somewhat foolhardy, flyer. Art was

and his associates selling large quantities of freshly manufactured

an intellectual force, well read, and an expert on many subjects. He

MDA to a police informer.

was an inventor who possessed practical ability and skills and had

Art was arrested and a search warrant was issued for his Ladysmith

considerable resources at his disposal. Some experts speculate the

property. The search of the Mycology Institute building revealed a

small amount of wreckage found could have easily been jettisoned

laboratory protected by steel plate doors two inches thick and custom

from the plane, giving rise to the theory that he faked the crash and

made locks that took locksmiths hours to open. Eventually gaining

landed in a deserted area.

entry, police found a modern facility stocked with the latest equipment

Believing he was much smarter than those whose aim was to

including a $75,000 electron microscope. The lab was thermostatically

put him behind bars, he taunted police and used the law to his own

controlled with filtered air, water, and light. This was all very impressive

benefit whenever he could. He enjoyed playing cat and mouse with

but there was no MDA. Police were frustrated yet again.

the RCMP. This game, however, was now almost over with Art facing

Frustration soon turned to elation as a chance investigation of some

years in prison. He was not a man who would have accepted that fate

shelving revealed yet another secret. Behind the hinged shelving was a

easily or done well in that environment. Those who knew him believe

steel panel with two holes which turned out to be a locking mechanism

he would have done anything to avoid prison, including carrying out

that took experts an hour to open. Behind this panel was a vertical

a dangerous escape plan like this even if it meant he might die in the

shaft leading to a concrete bunker that was just as well equipped as

attempt. Perhaps it was the remarkable Wizard’s final trick. IT

the one discovered upstairs. It also had an escape tunnel leading to a

Many thanks to the Ladysmith & District Historical Society

creek bed some distance away. Most important to police, however, was

for its permission to reference literature and information collected in their

the trace remains of the last batch of MDA. The secret lab had finally

archives from the Times Colonist, The Ladysmith Chronicle,

been found after five years and thousands of hours of investigation. Art posted bail and was not in jail long, but as the evidence against him was irrefutable, he was facing a hefty prison stint. On Nov 30, 1977 during one of his many flights to Vancouver to see his lawyer, his small

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by Dona Naylor


A day trip to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, located in the small community of Errington on central Vancouver Island, reveals the many ways the centre helps the Island’s valued animal population.

When I first arrived at the North Island

Wildlife Recovery Centre, I met the black

bear cubs that appeared wary as they scrambled

and tumbled over one another in an effort to escape

their enclosure. I carefully photographed them through a partially opened door. The cubs had been orphaned and brought to the centre by Conservation Officers in late fall 2010 from Campbell River and Courtenay. It is here at the centre where they are cared for, and ideally re-introduced to their natural habitats when the timing is right.

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"Emily" is a Saker Falcon who has been at the Centre for almost a year. She arrived with a head trauma and her left eye is missing. She is a cheeky one and quite the talker. Photo courtesy of Dona Naylor.

Last year's orphaned cubs. They were half the size of normal cubs the same age at the time they came to the centre. Photo courtesy of Dona Naylor.

There are a number of reasons why black bear cubs are orphaned on

I meet several of the raptors that day, like the Barred Owls,

Vancouver Island. On my tour I am told that it’s difficult to say for sure

Peregrine Falcons, a Swainson’s Hawk named Elvis, two Great Horned

why there are so many. “The mother bear chooses how many cubs she

Owls, a Red Tailed Hawk, a short-eared Owl named King Alfred, and

will have, probably determined by conditions which affect the food

a Golden Eagle who answers to Queen Alfreda. I meet Oliver too, a

source,” says Julie Mackey, a biologist and the assistant manager of the

three-year-old Barred Owl who was found in a fallen tree. His wing

North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (NIWRA). “Another possibility

tips were damaged so he is a permanent resident and helped show

is poachers, or the mother being hit on the highway. We don’t know for

me around on the rest of my tour.

sure, but maybe she left the smallest and weakest cubs behind.”

The recovery centre in Errington was started in 1986 by the non-

Mackey continues to share some additional details about how the

profit North Island Wildlife Recovery Association, and is currently

orphaned bears are cared for once they arrive at the centre. Because

overseen by a Board of Directors and wildlife manager, Robin

it is crucial for the bear’s future survival in the wild to remain fearful of

Campbell. The NIWRA is approaching its 26th year of operation, thanks

human smell, the centre is strict in keeping the bears from associating

to the financial support it receives from public and private donations.

food with human presence. There is no interaction with people, and

“It is crucial to create awareness and education for the public in an

meals of fish, fruit, berries, and meat are kept in place at all times with

effort to be of the greatest assistance to the raptors and bears that we

enough so they don’t fight. Sounds of the forest are piped in with

are trying to protect,” Mackey says.

a chorus of wind, birds chirping, water splashing, and other natural

The NIWRA actively promotes the centre at local schools in an

sounds bears would experience in the wild. The cubs are monitored by

interactive way to promote learning and engagement of students.

video surveillance in order to watch behaviour and patterns.

The centre’s property is well-suited for self-guided tours as well as

Along with aiding orphaned black bears of the Island, Birds of Prey

group tours, and the interactive Museum of Nature with displays

are also a specialty of the wildlife centre. Mackey and I move on to a tour

of indigenous west coast animals and habitat provides valuable

of the flight centre – one of the largest in North America and home for

information and a fun learning environment.

recovering Eagles. “They fly easily and naturally here so it helps them to rehabilitate and prepare for release,” Mackey says.

For more information on opportunities within the NIWRA, visit the website at

As we enter the treatment centre in the same section, a digital

The centre is located at 1240

x-ray machine displays a skeletal image of a bird and nearby there are

Leffler Road in Errington and is open

treatment tables and several incubators with small nest-shaped cloths

to the public daily from March to

to hold the wee ones. It is modern technology and is well-equipped

December from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call

with capabilities for anesthetic and blood work.

250.248.8534 for general inquiries or

“It is not like a small animal vet, it is highly traumatizing for these

if you come across wildlife that needs

animals to be handled,” Mackey says of the delicacy in which each

assistance, contact the NIWRA wildlife

animal requires. However, some of them love it, she adds as we head to

manager directly at 250.248.0845. IT

visit the permanent residents. I meet Walla next. She is a female Raven and smart enough to win friends by pushing her food up out of her wire so the wild birds will come to visit. Sandor is a Bald Eagle that arrived with a broken wing, and Emily, a Saker Falcon, came in with a head trauma and eye injury. “She is a talker and very cheeky,” Mackey says.

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Fish Philosophy

He’s been a fisherman all his life, and with 70-years of experience under his belt, Courtenay’s Ralph Shaw shows us the “magic” of fishing.


by Lynsey Franks

erched on the tailgate of his 1980 Ford pickup truck, the 84-year-

“Ever since then, thousands of kids have gone there from the Kamloops

old Ralph Shaw sips a cup of hot coffee, awaiting my arrival.

School Board to discover nature,” he says.

Shaw has been at the lake since 8:30 that morning, and our

His love of the environment lives on, and he continues to contribute

interview wasn’t until 10:00. “It was a good excuse to come out fishing,”

to environmental causes, even in his retirement. Upon moving to

says the seasoned fisherman from Courtenay.

Courtenay in 1983, Shaw began to write a weekly column for the Comox

Over the course of the next 10 minutes, Ralph preps me for what to

Valley Record where he talks about fishing and the environment. “I

expect from our excursion. We share our thoughts on what a gorgeous

started my weekly column over 25 years ago,” he says. “And I’ve never

day it is, while eating gingersnap cookies prepared by his wife of 60

missed a week, I’ve done over 1,200 of them by now.”

years, Elaine. “This is magic,” he says as he looks out across Spider Lake, located in Central Vancouver Island. “Listen,” he pauses. “How often can you have silence? When you combine that with fishing, you are in touch with the earth. That’s why I think fishing is incredibly important.”

Still an active writer, Shaw has written two books, and continues to contribute chapters to books, articles to magazines, and essentially, any outlet that will allow him to spread his love for the sport. “Let’s just go in the boat,” he says to me, as we walk down to his twoseater, well-loved vessel. We climb in, and he begins to row. The sound

Shaw was born in Cold Lake, a place where he says his father worked

of swishing water underneath the oars and geese in the distance are the

as a game and warden conservation officer. “I have been in the outdoors

only sounds that accompany us on the lake. “In society today, this is pure

all my life…it’s in my genes,” he says.

gold,” he says as he takes a look around the still water.

Shaw and his wife Elaine lived in Kamloops for much of their

Shaw is not a fair-weather fisherman either. He came dressed as he

working lives. There, Shaw worked as a principal at an elementary

normally would for any fishing outing, a camouflage waterproof vest, a

school, while embracing any opportunity to teach children and adults

fleece sweater and a hat to shield him from the elements is all he needs

about the environment.

to fend off any unexpected showers. He can be seen casting a line all

“I got the Order of Canada for the environmental work I did in

winter adding, “It’s just me, the eagles, and the loons out here then.”

Kamloops,” he explains. Beginning in 1968, he spent five years dedicated

This fisherman has no limits and says that he fishes right across the

to starting the McQueen Lake Environmental Centre, a place where

spectrum, catching anything from halibut, salmon, and trout, to prawns.

children and university students continue to go to learn about nature.

“There isn’t anything that I don’t fish; my job is fishing,” he says laughing.

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FROM THE FINEST “I even tie all of my own flies,” of which, he quite often ties boxes of for local fundraisers. He puts down the oars, and takes a cast with a fly-fishing rod that he says is well over 40 years old, and then again with the second, equally old and invaluable rod. “Look how simple this is. All it is is a line and a tiny hook,” he says. He beings to row again, and lets me in on his personal philosophy on fishing. “They say fishing is more fishing and less catching. I catch lots of fish, but that’s not important, it’s the experience that matters.” Shaw doesn’t always go it alone either; he and his 90-year-old friend Smitty can be spotted at Caution Cove reeling in a 50-pound halibut, or even hunting for elk during hunting season. “There isn’t anything we don’t do,” says Shaw. “And we try to do it very well.” As a husband, father, and grandfather, Shaw is also now a greatgrandfather, and has made a secret promise to each generation. “I tie each of them a box of flies and put a little piece of jade in the box. That’s a covenant between me and the child that I will take them fishing when they want to go.” The tugging motion of one of the rods interrupts his story, and jerks us into the present. “That’s a bite,” he says while reeling it in, an act that he has undoubtedly done countless times before. We bring it on board, and he offers the rainbow trout to me for dinner. “How’s that for delivery?” he says, and before I know it the fish is cleaned and on ice, and we’ve already discovered that we should switch to a chironomid fly, based on the stomach contents of that fish. Aside from the fishing excursion being an educational and relaxing one, it was also very fascinating to see someone with such a raw passion in action. “Now, maybe you can understand why I’m addicted to this,” he says. A Fish Philosophy from the Finest. IT Read this article and more at Send your comments to | 19


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h Meandering Pat by Dona Naylor

osewall Creek Provincial Park is a 15-mile (24 km) drive north from Qualicum Beach, or 19 miles (30 km) southeast from Courtenay and Comox. You may take the Island Highway (19A) scenic route or the Inland Parkway (19). The park is a short two kilometres from the Cook Creek exit. Hiking at Rosewall Creek Provincial Park is worth the effort and appears to be a well-kept secret. I have hiked it many times without meeting anyone. It is for day-use only and covers 54.3 hectares with a wonderful waterfall as your reward if you hike the full trail. Or, you may choose the short path where picnic tables are set beside a natural pool on both sides of the creek and just minutes from the parking lot. You can then follow the trail under the new inland parkway and carry on from there. The trail is well marked and follows the creek as it weaves through large evergreens such as Douglas fir, Grand fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, and Sitka Spruce. Alder and Maples and other leafy deciduous intersperse among the many evergreens to lend their showy leaves to the landscape. Remember to look up at the forest’s canopy above you. Fungi, PORT HARDY




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mushrooms, and ferns carpet the forest floor along with roots that rise up out of the earth and threaten to trip you. Many species of birds live in this forest as well, and the coho salmon return to this protected creek to spawn in the fall. The fall season is a wonderful time to visit as the deciduous trees drop their leaves and create a riotous display of foliage and colour. Near the start of the trail, but after you have gone under the inland highway, is one of my favourite locations. You come upon a pool and across the water is a wall of clay, which has a natural spring that pours out into the creek. It is a lovely spot to sit and ponder. The trail is well maintained with a few hills that are easy to negotiate and you cannot get lost. As you continue to follow the path you will come to a viewpoint where you can see the larger falls. There is also a smaller waterfall – so don’t be tricked when you see it first because the bigger one is a little bit farther along. Now here I will give a warning as it is rougher getting to the base of the larger waterfall and isn’t considered safe. BC Parks does not maintain this portion of the trail and you are out of bounds of the park. However, there are a few spots where you may view the waterfall while you sit on large stones and enjoy your lunch while staying in the park’s boundaries. Remember to be cautious of small wildflowers and plant life and adhere to the rules and take out what you bring in. Enjoy this lovely park and share the experience with friends. Please Note: This is a walking trail; cycling is on the roadways only. Dogs are to be kept on a leash at all times. Rosewall Creek Provincial Park also has a wheelchair accessible loop. IT Please visit the BC Parks website for more information. Visit to read this article and more about other Vancouver Island parks. Send your comments to








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The kitchen is becoming more than just a food preparation area in today's society. However, the kitchen still remains one of the smaller rooms in the house. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) considers any kitchen 150 square feet or smaller to be a small kitchen, but that doesn't mean you can't make it look more spacious with some big ideas.

USE UNIQUE STORAGE SOLUTIONS Install high pantry cabinets to eliminate extra small cabinets. Add pullout shelves, rotating inserts and tilt-out bins to increase accessibility and storage within the cabinets. Light coloured cabinets, open shelves, wire organizers and glass-front doors will help to lighten the space. Also, by adding more open display shelves/ cabinets, the room will appear to be greatly expanded. Too many cabinets, especially made of dark materials, will give the illusion that the room is much smaller.

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Preheat the grill to high heat. Sear on both sides for about 6 minutes. Turn heat to low and finish cooking until meat is at medium rare. Remove from heat and allow steak to rest. Slice thinly across grain and serve in warmed tortilla shells. Add roasted peppers and onions if desired and assorted sides.

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with a Mexican Fiesta? Earlier this month, I met with a bride

from Vancouver who wanted to plan a themed celebration

for her wedding in July – complete with a Mariachi band. That got me inspired. Why not follow her lead and decorate tables with Mexican blankets one of these evenings? Take out your most colourful pottery or find something new at Coombs Country Market. As for a meal idea, I suggest heating up the

barbecue and making some grilled flank steak for fajitas and finish the meal with some sweet and creamy flan. Grilling can be a lot of fun and who’d have thought flank steak could be so tender and delicious? After visiting Mexico


1/2 cup sugar 6 eggs 3 cups milk 1/2 cup sugar 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla


and enjoying tacos on the street, we came home with a real love of this delicious dish. Once we returned home, we found a terrific little market in Victoria called Mexican House of Spice on Douglas St. that carries all sorts of authentic Mexican staples.


Anything you need, you can find there. Or if you’d rather, do what our Vancouver bride is doing and have Masters Touch Catering take care of everything for you. Either way... enjoy!


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Heat 1/2 cup sugar with 1/8 cup water in a saucepan, stirring constantly until it melts and turns a dark golden color. Remove from heat and immediately pour into a 4-1/2 cup metal cake pan. Swish it around so it evenly coats the bottom of the pan. In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in milk, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla. Place caramel coated pan inside a larger pan and place on an oven rack. Pour egg mixture into the smaller pan and pour the hottest tap water possible into the larger pan to a depth of 1 inch. This is a known as a bain marie. Bake at 325F for close to l hour or until a knife comes out clean. Cool flan on a wire rack in pan. Chill for at least 3-1/2 hours. To unmold the flan loosen edges with a spatula and slip spatula down the sides to let air in. Place the serving platter over the pan and flip to allow the flan to slip onto the platter. IT

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THE BENEFITS OF by Andrew S. Brown

An Effective Immune System Booster


t is the lifeblood in hummus and baba ganoush, the zest in pasta sauce, the reason garlic bread is called garlic bread, and is even a front-line fighter for our health. It’s food, it’s medicine, and it’s just

plain delicious. But, the best thing about garlic is that it grows easily, with little attention, almost anywhere – even on Vancouver Island.

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Beyond its culinary uses, garlic has been used as medicine for

thousands of years. It is effective in preventing common colds when

The majority of garlic consumed by Islanders is imported from

used daily, and when colds do hit the severity and duration are not

China (and often Mexico), is not organic, and lacks flavour. With

as great as with people who do not use garlic at all. Its power to

global food shortages being a very real threat, it is important to

strengthen the immune system has spurred interest in its possible

stop importing food that grows well in our own climate and grow

ability to combat diseases such as cancer. Studies are showing that

as much as we can in our own yards. A full year’s supply of garlic can

people who consume higher amounts of garlic everyday have a

be achieved in a single 4 x 8 foot garden bed, and stores without

reduced risk of colon and stomach cancer. There is also promise in

perishing in a cool, dark basement until the following year’s harvest.

its use in preventing cardiovascular disease, treating parasites, killing

Garlic comes from the same family as onions, known as Alliaceae.

bacteria and viruses, and even possible use in treating diabetes.

Like onions, the bulb is primarily the only part consumed, but the

Garlic is an integral part of our food system with tremendous

young flower shoots (known as scapes) are also delicious when

health benefits, and tremendous flavour. Whether you live on a

added to dishes to give a mild hint of garlic. It is also important to

farm, or simply have a few large buckets on your apartment balcony,

remove the scapes before they flower to help the bulb reach its

reward yourself by growing your own fresh organic garlic. IT

largest possible size. If allowed to flower, seeds will develop in the flower heads. These seeds can be planted to grow garlic, but most growers plant individual cloves from the garlic bulb in the fall and

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This three-day event is a must for the Outdoor Adventure seeker! With a large variety of exhibit spaces featuring camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, whale watching, biking, surfing, outdoor getaways, travel, products and accessories – plus so much more! Try your hand at Archery with the 40ft Range. Experience the first ever mobile Monkido Experience station at the Vancouver Island Outdoor Adventure Expo. For a minimum $2, guests can get a sample of the primal fun and games available at all Kayaking WildPlay Element Parks. All proceeds benefit Power to Be. Adults - $8, Kids– $4, Family of 4 – $20. Want to spend more than one day the expo add $2 and get a weekend pass! For more information, visit Scuba Diving

Unleash Your Wild with WildPlay’s Monkido Experience Station! Min $2 donation to Power to Be Adventure Therapy




The Vancouver Island Pet Expo is a two day consumer event for pet lovers. There will be wide variety of pet related exhibitors promoting or selling pet Fishing products, supplies and accessories, representatives from breeder clubs, pet adoption agencies, plus much more. In addition to the pet-related products ...and much more & services there will be fun entertainment and hands-on attractions for the Hours Admission Friday 12pm - 9pm Adults $8 family throughout the entire weekend. www.vancouverislandpetexpo. whole Saturday 10am - 6pm Kids $4 Sunday 10am - 5pm Family of 4 com.$20For more information contact Jill R. Stefanyk at 778.433.5201 or email jill@ Sponsored By: || 27 23






Adventures Photo of Milner Gardens courtesy of The Vancouver Island University


Adapted by Patrick Barlow from a novel by John Buchan, and a movie byAlfred Hitchcock Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and then add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps. This award-winning comedy is packed with nonstop laughs, more than 150 zany characters, and some good old-fashioned romance! Broadway's Longest Running Comedy. For tickets, visit

THE BRANT WILDLIFE FESTIVAL 2011 FRIDAY, APRIL 1ST – TUESDAY, APRIL 19 This festival celebrates nature, particularly Brant geese as they rest and feed on the shoresof Parksville and Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. In 2011, the festival features a wide variety of activities during March and April for children and adults, including wildlife viewing adventures, spring break nature camps, learn to bird, and more. The festival started because of a small goose called the Black Brant. It migrates from California and Mexico to the Arctic and stops off in Parskville/Qualicum Beach. As many as 20,000 Brant may be found along the shores at peak times during March. For details and list of events visit: 28 |



April 16 & 17, 12:30 - 3:30pm Free trial bowling with a coach. Free refreshments. 665 Jones St. 250.752.7286

16TH ANNUAL OCEANSIDE FAMILY HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR April 9, 10am to 3:30pm Parksville Community and Conference Centre 250.951.0243

April 17, 10:30am to 1:00pm Maffeo Sutton Park, Nanaimo 250.754.6321


April 22, 7:30pm Port Theatre 250.754.8550


April 22, 6:30pm to 12am 390 Errington Road, Errington Hall 250.333.8706



April 28, 7:30pm to 9pm Parksville Community and Conference Centre 250.890.9446


April 29 - May 1, Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 9:30 am - 5:30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm Alberni Valley Multiplex - Weyerhaeuser Arena 250.248.0640

April 14, 7:30pm Port Theatre 250.754.8550

April 16 - April 17, 10am to 4pm 2179 West Island Highway, Qualicum 250.752.6153


April 16 - April 17 Silva Bay Shipyard School, Gabriola Island 250.247.8809



April 18 - April 23, 10am to 5pm Nanaimo Art Gallery 250.740.6350

Silva Bay Inn Oceanfront suites with kitchenettes, BBQ grill, and gift galleries on site. Kayak rack at water’s edge!

250.247.9351 3415 South Road, Gabriola Island, BC

This is a listing of just some of the events on Vancouver Island. Visit for even more events.Submit your events to

4CATS SPRING ART WORKSHOPS SATURDAY, APRIL 23RD, 2011, LANTZVILLE 4Cats Arts Studio in Nanaimo has a great range of workshops and Pro-D Day events coming up! This March, learn to make polymer clay ballerina mice or a lucky St. Paddy's day leprechauns. Then in April embrace Spring with a polymer clay bird, Easter chick or bunny! Plus, more Pro D-Days: on Monday April 18th create a beautiful 3x3 ft butterfly painting or on Monday May 9th create a 3x3 ft Georgia O'Keeffe inspired flower. Take a look at the whole list of cool art creations at or call 250.933.2424 for more information.

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Parksville at Thrifty Center 954-3886 Qualicum at the lights 752-7530 | 29


April 6 - April 9, Wed. - Sat., 8pm, Sun. 2pm 2373 Rosstown Rd., Nanaimo 250.758.7246



April 8 - April 10, Friday 5pm - 9pm, Saturday 9:30am 5:30pm, Sunday 10am - 4pm Comox Valley Sports Centre 3001 Vanier Drive, Courtenay 250.248.0640


April 8, 6:30pm to 12am Gorge Hall, Robertson Road, Cortes Island 250.333.8706


April 9, 6:30pm to 12:00am Quadra Island Community Centre 970 West Road, Quadra Island 250.333.8706


April 8 - April 9, 7pm to 9pm Timberline Secondary School 1681 Dogwood St., Campbell River 250.286.9915


April 10 Mount Washington


COMOX VALLEY MS WALK April 10, 8am to 12:30pm Courtenay Airpark, Cliffe Ave, Courtenay 250.339.0819

April 23 6:30pm to 12am Denman Island Community Hall 250.333.8706


COMOX VALLEY SPIRIT FAIR April 10, 10am to 4pm K'omoks First Nation Band Hall 3310 Comox Road (Dyke Road), Comox


April 15 - April 16 Sid Williams Theatre 442 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay 250.338.2430

April 21, 7:30pm to 10:30pm Elks' Hall, 231 6th Street, Courtenay


March 23 to April 11, 1pm - 4pm 250.339.2822


April 15 - April 16 Merville Hall


7pm to 10pm Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Ave., Courtenay 250.338.9279



April 16, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm Comox Valley Art Gallery 580 Duncan Avenue, Courtenay 250.338.6211

April 11, 18, & May 2, 9, 16, 30 June 6, 13, 20, 6pm-7:15pm 2001 Black Creek Rd., Black Creek 250.337.2123

This is a listing of just some of the events on Vancouver Island. Visit for even more events. Submit your events to

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1055 Emerald City Way


1099 Pepper Place


A Windward Masterpiece! Not only does this brand new rancher have the trademark quality of a Windward home, it also offers an amazing plan with features not seen in most new homes.

Immaculate Family home on a cul-de-sac in Morningstar. With a private setting and the golf course as a neighbour, you will appreciate the superior location of this lovely home. A wrap around covered porch is a welcoming first impression that hints of the quality to come.

Nile Landing Lots

837 Shorewood Drive

Starting at $99,900


Nile Landing is a beautiful new community located on the east coast of Vancouver Island at Bowser, BC. Situated on Nile Creek amid towering trees and beside the Pacific Ocean, Nile Landing is the ideal location for you to buy or build your Vancouver Island dream home and create your own distinctive lifestyle.

Located in beautiful San Pareil steps to the beach and backing an estuary, this property is surrounded by nature. From the moment you drive up the winding private driveway you realize this will be a special property. This estate like home exudes character from the inside out.

498 Country Club Drive

1399 Mallard Road



A piece of Qualicum Beach history. Sitting over top of the 18th hole at Eaglecrest Golf course, this 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom rancher plus guest cottage was part of the original Eaglecrest farm. The cottage is an 500 square foot 2 bedroom cottage currently rented and nicely updated.

Unrivaled walk on beach front with sweeping views. This 2500 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is situated on a very private and sunny half acre oceanfront lot. This lot is located on sandy Eaglecrest Beach with views from Denman Island to the coastal mountains.

925 Rivers Edge Drive

831 Barclay Crescent


Welcome to country elegance at Rivers Edge. This magnificent 2860 Sq foot 3 bedroom 3 bathroom custom built home sits on a private park like 3.41 acres. Once inside this great room concept home you will notice the immense attention to detail.


The perfect starter home. Situated on a large lot in the Morningstar area. This very clean and solid 2 or 3 bedroom home makes the ideal place to get your start. Immediate possession is available. The walkout lower level is ideal for home based business or for extra family space.

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Island TImes Magazine Spring 2011 Issue