Posts Tagged ‘Heritage’

Romance comes in many shapes and forms.  Sometimes it is a concept, sometimes it’s an emotion.  The one constant is it is always centered around how it makes your heart feel.  Romance can be spurred on by people, and it can be created by places.  In today’s article we are going to take you to […]

Life up here on the north end of Vancouver Island runs at its own pace and under its own terms.  Just a few kilometers off the shores of Port McNeill, a quick ferry ride takes you to a place where life slows down and the epic beauty of the west coast of Canada takes on […]

The trip lasted 3 days, but it left a mark on our very spirits that will follow us the rest of our days.  Vancouver Island is an amazing and very special place on earth, with no end to the discoveries that can be made.  The tallest mountains, the most beautiful oceans, beaches that go on […]

To call this expedition a trip of a lifetime doesn’t really do it justice.  It changed us in our very core, forever.  Being back home in the Cowichan Valley today leaves us yearning to head back up, to see this area of the west coast of Canada in a different season.  We yearn to leave […]

Our incredible weekend of discovery started on day one in the town of Port McNeill.  Situated on north Vancouver Island on the north-east shore on Queen Charlotte Strait, this wonderful community is home to roughly 2,500 folks who love and appreciate the lifestyle of ocean-side living in a remote community.  We traveled close to 1,000 […]

We have just returned from a whirlwind tour of the northern parts of Vancouver Island, visiting three very remote communities in the short span of three days, traveling over 1,000 kilometers and seeing things that have left a permanent and profound impact on us.  This experience will follow us all our lives.  Along with a […]

Who doesn’t love a murder mystery?  Especially when it involves scandal, intrigue, scorned lovers and a grisly end from a harsh series of mallet blows about the head.  Many believe Francis Rattenbury’s ghost still walks the halls of the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel in Victoria, two of his most famous landmarks that today […]

Ask someone what makes the Cowichan Valley so special and you will likely get a very long list of answers.  But one thing is for certain, there is no place quite like it.  Nestled between the bustling cities of Victoria and Nanaimo, the pristine coastline, towering cedars, sparkling lakes and rivers, and mountains that seemingly […]

Francis Mawson Rattenbury was a true character, one who left his indelible mark on our city’s landscapes even though his time spent on the west coast of Canada was mired in controversy.  Eventually leaving BC to start a new life with his new wife, his demise was both shocking and unexpected as he was found […]

It is often said that one person cannot change the world.  And while many may believe it to be true, apparently no one thought to tell Major James MacFarlane. A land owner on Vancouver Island in the early days of the twentieth century, fuelled by Irish whiskey and sheer determination, he took the government of […]