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Shirley

About Shirley

More years ago than I like to remember, I completed the Journalism program at Vancouver Community College and launched straight into a career as a newspaper reporter (thanks to my journalism professor Nick Russell and an opening at the venerable daily Alberni Valley Times.) My work as a news reporter/feature writer/columnist and ultimately, newspaper and magazine editor, took me to many interesting places and introduced me to hundreds of interesting characters over the years. I loved every minute of it, but burnout caught up with me while I was trying to juggle the simultaneous editing of five trade magazines, and for 27 years I abandoned my keyboard (on a professional basis, at least) and followed my heart in a variety of other careers. In 2010 I returned to the journalistic fold, thanks to the encouragement (nay – nagging!) of my husband. I feel no regret – only great joy to be back at the keyboard, and to be spending time interviewing interesting folks and discovering great places.

Ladysmith’s Appetit – Food For Thought

Hole-in-the-wall eateries are always an adventure, and Ladysmith’s Appetit-Food For Thought is no exception. We first ate there several years ago when we enjoyed a quick, cheap ($4) and hearty dinner when we were in town for the annual Christmas … Continue reading

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Bamfield’s Music By The Sea festival

There are not, I don’t think, enough words to describe the enchanting Music By The Sea concert series held each July in the tiny west coast hamlet of Bamfield. ‘Superlative’ comes to mind, as do ‘magical’, ‘marvellous’, ‘exquisite’, ‘awe-inspiring’, ‘spectacular’, … Continue reading

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Denman Island’s Home and Garden tour

What could be more appealing following a long, cold winter and a non-Spring than a home and garden tour on one of British Columbia’s most beautiful Gulf Islands? The Denman Island Home and Garden Tour runs only every second year, … Continue reading

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Nanoose’s Moorecroft Regional Park

I am always at my most content in the natural world. When we find a place like Moorecroft Regional Park in Nanoose Bay, my happiness quotient multiplies ten-fold. Apparently it does that for a lot of people – the day … Continue reading

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Ladysmith’s Kids Pirate Day

There are pirates everywhere – big ones, small ones, short ones and tall ones. There is a massive bouncy slide for the kids, a bullhead fishing derby. There is live entertainment, a great variety of food, a craft tent for … Continue reading

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Waterfront dining at Kingfisher’s Ocean 7

We had one of our ‘junket days’ up to Courtenay recently and decided on the spur of the moment to have lunch on the way home at Kingfisher’s new Ocean 7 restaurant. It was one of our very rare sunny … Continue reading

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Chemainus – Vancouver Island’s Cinderella town

It’s known on Vancouver Island as The Little Town That Did, and boy, did it ever! Located on the east coast mid-way between Victoria and Nanaimo, the small town of Chemainus rose from the ashes of a floundering forest industry … Continue reading

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Qualicum Bay’s Lighthouse Country Regional Trail

It has been more than four years since we last visited the south loop of the Lighthouse Country Regional Trail system near Qualicum Bay. In the past we have stuck to the easily-traversed and beautifully-constructed main trail, which now also … Continue reading

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Earth Day tours at Qualicum Beach’s Hamilton Marsh

Hamilton Marsh is a pristine bit of heaven that offers much to those looking for a brief respite from civilization. The marsh is located just a few minutes from Qualicum Beach and is a great place to appreciate the wonders … Continue reading

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Errington’s North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre

World class. Those are the two best words I can think of to describe the North Island Wildlife Recovery and Educational Centre, tucked away in the secluded – but easily accessible – backwoods of the mid-Vancouver Island area. The NIWRC, … Continue reading

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