The Breathtaking, Quintessential Gulf Island Journey Some Love, Others Hate

"Hi Mom. I made the ferry just in time but it's a milk run so it's probably best that you start dinner without me."

The View From Your Window #2

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Can You Correctly Identify This Vancouver Island Restaurant?

Do you think you know the Island restaurant scene well enough to identify this spot? Give us your best guesses in the comments...

The Colloquial Abbreviation of an Iconic Victoria Restaurant

"When I was at my poorest I survived on bottomless soup and focaccia bread at Pag's..."

We Want a Copy of This New Vancouver Island Cookbook

'Cedar and Salt: Vancouver Island Recipes from Forest, Farm, Field and Sea' was several delicious years in the making...

195 Year-Old Whisky Distillery Finds Door to Hell and Opens It

We thought this might be a joke at first but it's 100% real. The Glenlivet is giving its whiskies the Tide pod treatment...

Can You Correctly Identify This Vancouver Island Restaurant?

Do you think you know the Island restaurant scene well enough to identify this spot? Give us your best guesses in the comments...

Victoria's Most Notorious Property for Half a Century

"I used to buy weed on the 7th floor of View Towers until one night I found a pool of blood in the elevator..."

Can You Correctly Identify This Vancouver Island Restaurant?

Do you think you know the Island restaurant scene well enough to identify this spot? Give us your best guesses in the comments...

What's the Ubiquitous Nickname of This Small Island Town?

"Even though it's small and isolated on the edge of the continent, I'd totally move to Ukee tomorrow if I could..."

In BC, This Term Stirs Both Nationalist Enthusiasms and Yearnings For Alpine Tranquility

"To avoid all the crowds during the Olympics I went across the border and camped in the Olympics..."

The Cliché That Still Paints Victoria as a Stifling Place to Live

"I know more musicians, skateboarders, artists and cooks than newlyweds and nearly deads, but whatever..."

The Victoria Punk Band That Has Endured For Over 40 Years

"I've probably seen The Dayglo Abortions more times in the last 30 years than I ever talked to my Dad..."

This Ship Unloads American Tourists Up to Four Times a Day

"Want a cheap international cruise to an extraordinary wilderness? Olympic National Park is just a quick Coho ride away..."

Yes, the Stanley Cup Was Once Won by a Victoria Hockey Team

"You're goddam right The Tragically Hip should have written a song about the Cougars..."

Why Put Water in Bathtubs When You Can Put Bathtubs in Water?

"Did you know there are now also bathtub races in New Zealand, Washington and Vancouver?"

Where the Name of This Enduring Neighbourhood Store Comes From

"I'm going to go get some milk and a newspaper from The Birdcages. Do you want anything?"

The Most Poignantly Famous Tree on Vancouver Island

"Few things are more simultaneously illustrative of our species' folly and fancy than the Big Lonely Doug..."

The Largest First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth

"The Ahousaht have oral traditions and histories that reach back over 18 generations, long before first contact with Europeans..."

The Bane of Existence for Every West Shore Commuter

"Hey, is there any chance we can reschedule the thing for a little later today? I'm stuck in the Colwood Crawl..."

This Was the Largest Act of Civil Disobedience in Canadian History

"Some of the environmentalists protesting the pipeline were also in the thick of it during the War in the Woods..."

Where Victoria's 'Criminally Insane' Used to Grow Their Vegetables

"When I was a kid we'd sometimes hear about prisoners breaking out of Wilkie and causing all kinds of crazy shit..."

The Homegrown Skateboarding Team of Legend and Infamy

"I was at a party in Fernwood last night when a bunch of Jaks showed up and tore the place down. Literally..."

What Is Islandist?

The Adventurous TV Dog That Used to Do Good for Hapless British Columbians

"When I was a kid I wished my lazy dog was a lot more like the dignified German Shepherd in The Littlest Hobo..."

The Narrow Body of Water Where BC Ferries Terrify Tourists

"I accidentally stabbed my face with my vanilla soft serve when the ship's horn blew through Active Pass...'

The Terrible Day When Local Real Estate Will Suddenly Become Affordable Again

"I'm not at all prepared for when The Big One strikes. I have two packets of instant ramen and half a bottle of Chardonnay..."