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Small Town, Big Music Scene

Words By Bob Sampson
Photo By David Stevenson
What you may not know about the Sayward Valley Folk Music Society. If you’ve never taken in a concert in a small town (think 400 people small), you may...

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Words By Craig Gillis
Words By Laurel Cronk
Photo By Erin Wallis
Helping people help others for over 303 years. “Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our realities in waiting....

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Small but Mighty

Words By Sophia Sauter
Photos By Alex McIntosh
Photos By Thea Phillips
Meet one of Campbell River's community builders. A community builder is someone who brings the community together, who loves to connect people with one...

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Words & Photo By Colin Filliter
Seeing the forest and the trees without leaving the ground. I’ve always been engrossed by the viewpoints that higher elevation grants. One of my first...

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Born Wild

Words By Nicole Berns
Article Photo By Jenn Dykstra
Gallery Photo By Wendy Ravai
Meet Matt Ravai, The Oudoorsman. At 18 years old, Matt is fully submerged in wild island living. A ski instructor and fishing guide, Matt also has...

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Little River

Words By Jonah E. Richter
Photo By Jess Cavanagh
Our young residents reflect on the home they're growing up in. My name is Jonah. I’m 11 years old and I live at Blind Channel on West Thurlow Island. My...

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Finding Connection, Nourishing Community

Words By Carmen Amberson
Photo By Erin Wallis
One family's renewed commitment to celebrating food, family, and friends. Summer in the Amberson-Volk household is a very busy time, full of celebration...

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Braving The Storm

Words By Trevor Blasky
Photo By Pat Salamon
Surfing wind waves during winter is not for the light-hearted. Picture a howling January morning in Campbell River. Rain pelts down on snow-covered rocks,...

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From Tater Tots to Full-Fledged Foodie

Words By Amber Assu
Photos By Sierra Assu
How an inedible childhood cultivated a Campbell River chef. From the moment my head hits the pillow until first light shines through my bedroom windows,...

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If Dogs Could Talk

Words By Mary Ruth Snyder
Photo By Hayley Zumkeller
The Adventures of Cole and Archie. Sleeping soundly, Cole nuzzled into the duvet and Archie was curled in his favourite blanket—you would think nothing...

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Words By Ken Blackburn
Words By Sandra Parrish
Photos By Lee Simmons
Courtesy Of Museum at Campbell River
A place of welcome and inspiration on the banks of Campbell River. "I would never have expected that house to be so inspiring...I haven’t had that much...

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Freedom, Flexibility, and Adventure

Words By Daniela Bizama
Photo By Reuben Mills
Enjoying the region in an unconventional way. A passion for exploration made the decision to live in a camper on the back of her Tacoma truck an easy one...

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A Very True Story

Words By Colin Dowler
Photo By Jenn Dykstra
My grizzly attack and run of exceptionally good luck. Please be advised that the following story contains a graphic description of a grizzly bear attack...

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Editor's Vision

Opening Introduction By Laurel Sliskovic
Photo By Matt Newfield
It is such a gift to read the stories that the writers within these pages have shared. The emotions, the diversity of experiences, the way they...

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A Hiługwila for Mia

Words By Sara Lopez
Photo By Bluetree Photography
Ceremony, Heart, Tradition, and Family. “Everything changes once you have kids.” It’s such a cliche, but one that holds true. After I had my kids I...

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Always A Rock in my Pocket

Words By Julie Glaspy
Photos By Vince Kehn
Transforming the way we look at simple, everyday objects. Convincing a stone to become something else is no small task; it’s noisy, it’s dusty, it’s...

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Exploring West

Words & Photo By Laurel Sliskovic
Thirty-five kilometer of trail, six friends, six backpacks, four days, three nights, and one impromptu adventure. Twenty-nine and a half pounds....

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Global Influence, Local Action

Words by Jim Bagley
Photos by Farro Mackenzie
Friendly competition, excuses, obscure statistics, tea, and one of the world's most popular sports. Welcome to the Campbell River Cricket Club. To the...

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It Just Tastes Better

Words by Alison Bell
Photos by Bluetree Photography
Courtesy of Destination Campbell River
A look at the growth of the Farm-to-Table movement in the Strathcona Region. I like to refer to Vancouver Island as my beautiful corner of the world....

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Lost and Found

Words by Erika Anderson
Article Photo Courtesy of Museum at Campbell River
IMG #17980 Gallery Photo by Colin Filliter
The history of the restoration of the Campbell River Estuary. I live near the estuary, so I walk the Raven Trail and Baikie Island on a regular basis. The...

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Reach Your Peak

Words by Rhonda Teramura
Photo by Joanne McElroy
From avid runners to adventurous explorers, an increasing number of people are being drawn to the quaint North Island town of Sayward every summer to answer...

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Little River

Words by Raegan Collins
Our young residents reflect on the home they're growing up in. Hi, I’m Raegen Collins and I have lived in Campbell River (CR) my whole life. It is an...

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Transforming Campus and Community

Words by Elizabeth Young
Photos by Lee Simmons
Courtesy of North Island College
How North Island College's new bistro space has gone from vision to reality. North Island College (NIC)’s expanded and renovated Campbell River campus...

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Seed Sowing

Words & Photos by Leslie Cox
Witnessing the wonder of nature in your own backyard. Each seed is a true miracle of life. One weighing a mere 0.8 micrograms that grows into a beautiful...

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My Playground

Words by Wes Sewell
Article photo by Robin O'Neill
A local's perspective of the place he calls home. As I sit on the dock of Sonora Resort prepared for a day of fishing, I look north to see Mt. Estero...

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Where Community Gathers and Spirit is Celebrated

Words by Vicki Simmons
Photo by Bluetree Photography
Courtesy of Destination Campbell River
A story of the City of Campbell River's Spirit Square. Big cities often have large central areas where citizenscan congregate. New York has Times Square,...

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Calling the Rains and the Salmon

Words by Nicole Berns
Photo by James Headrick
The Petroglyphs of Quadra Island. The sky is alive with distant storm clouds, purple, broken by pockets of sunlight. Looking west across the Discovery...

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Words on the Water

Words by Angel Murphy
Photo by Kimberly Kufaas
The year 2020 is the 19th year for an ever-changing community of readers, a celebration of words, and an inspiring weekend of connections. Words on the...

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Living with Less

Words by Briana James
Photo by Alison Dawn
When thinking of where we live, I can’t help but conjure up images of lush greenery, diverse ecosystems, and expansive marine life. My childhood is peppered...

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Featured Artist: Eiko Jones

With a big emphasis on water-based photography,Eiko Jones’s work includes images of mountains, lakes, rivers, and oceans, and the salmon, trout, and other...

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Featured Artist: Cathy Holfeld

Cathy Holfeld is an Irish graphic designer and illustrator. She was born and bred in Ireland until the Canadian way of life stole her heart in 2014. Her...

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Featured Collective: The Bower Store and Studio

Photos by Bluetree Photography
An artist collective in Campbell River bringing together a community of makers. In the studio, you'll find a potter, seamstress, and graphic artist, and in...

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Biking and Learning with Sprockids

Words & Photos by Matthew Fox
Seeing health and connection to community in kids of all ages. My name is Matthew Fox and I am a Sprockids Leader volunteer and overall community...

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Salmon, Fundraising, and Volunteering

Words by Naomi Tabata
Photo by Eiko Jones
How one night of celebration supports a community vision. Did you hear? Campbell River has one of the highest rates of volunteerism in the country....

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Editor's Vision

Words by Laurel Sliskovic
Photos by Jenn Dykstra
Seeing Campbell River and the Strathcona region come together for the Strathcona Collective has made me laugh, shed a few tears, and relish in the absolute...

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Welcome to the Strathcona Collective

Words by Alison Bell
Photo by Erin Wallis
Welcome to the Strathcona Collective, a lifestyle magazine showcasing local art, culture, business, innovation, adventure, and the natural environment in the...