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An Abundance of Artistry on Mayne November 12 -14 2021

story by Deborah Strong Mayne Island’s annual Fall Studio Tour is back for another exciting year to brighten up the season, and once again Arts on Mayne is pleased to be organizing the event. From November 12-14, thirty-six artists/artisans will show visitors what they make and, in many cases, where they make it. It’s a great opportunity to shop locally and support Mayne’s creative community, and it goes without saying it’s perfect timing to purchase holiday season gifts. There will [...]

The Spookiest Halloween Ever on Pender

Stories and photos by Hans Tammemagi Last year, the end of October was a frightening time on Pender Island. I remember it well, for bats, ghouls, witches and a spooky graveyard came alive in a large field as a full moon shone down. Skeletons, sombre reminders of what death brings, roamed everywhere, and not just those of humans but also the bony racks of fierce cat-like animals, mythical creatures with wings and even dinosaurs. An eerie mist rolled over the [...]

Artists Thrive on Pender Island

Story and Photos by Hans Tammemagi A hand-printed sign peered out from among a tangle of blackberry bushes with an arrow pointing toward “Art in the Wash - Open House.” I followed a twisting road lined with apple trees whose boughs hung low with large green apples, reaching a small parking lot. A path led to a wooden shed, the top half of its open stable door revealing the artist, Stan Ogloff, a white goatee and moustache gleaming in the [...]

Southeast Point of Pender — A Rich Coastal Paradise

story and photos by Hans Tammemagi A wild and secluded stretch of coast lies at the very southeastern tip of Pender Island marked by a lighthouse on the ridge at Gowlland Point. An expanse of rough water eddies and swirls offshore where the currents of Plumper Sound and Boundary Pass converge. Gowlland Point, Brooks Point and their coves form an undeveloped oceanfront park at this location and is one of my favourite places. I love to wander here amongst the [...]

Five Must-Do Hikes on Salt Spring Island

by Jamie Sterling, Salt Spring Island Ambassador @JamieonSaltspring_SGI British Columbia is well-known for its stunning nature and in many destinations, it shows. Trailhead parking lots overflow with visitors and vistas are lined up with people, clamouring for the perfect Instagram picture. Not so on Salt Spring. While it isn’t touted as a hiking destination, the number and the variety of accessible trails is truly one of its greatest features, and its best kept secret! The vast, undeveloped areas and the [...]

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