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A Secret Discovered – Pinawa!

A Secret Discovered – Pinawa!

Disclaimer: this blog entry represents my own personal opinion, and does not represent any particular organization I may belong to or even be President of. I’ve lived in Pinawa for a quarter century now, twenty-five years of listening to, and sometimes being personally involved in marketing Pinawa as a tourism destination. Relatively suddenly, we are […]

Winnipeg Folk Fest 2019

Winnipeg Folk Fest 2019

Before my busy life moves onto the next thing, I must reflect on the zen I’ve come home with from another successful Folk Fest weekend. Despite intense heat, late nights and blue biffies, I’ve arrived feeling refreshed, recharged and optimistic. The music, the main event obviously was as usual exciting and fabulous. When Toubab Krewe, […]

Trail Maintenance by Helicopter on the Pinawa Trails

Trail Maintenance by Helicopter on the Pinawa Trails

“Batabatabata”, the sound of the helicopter hovering around Pinawa all afternoon today, June 27 couldn’t be missed. Is there a forest fire nearby? A major tragedy calling for STARS over and over? No, just Marsha Sheppard and her team of trail maintenance volunteers spreading some gravel, by helicopter. The Problem Even the “wild and wonderful” […]

Sombrio Beach

Sombrio Beach

Sombrio Beach was a happening place this past Easter weekend, tents crammed in every nook and cranny that the high tide wouldn’t reach. Campers were either surfers or hikers, lots of hikers from the Juan de Fuca trail, as this is kilometre 29 of that world-famous route. You can’t drive your car here, no campers, […]

Salt Spring Island – by bicycle, ferry and bus

Salt Spring Island – by bicycle, ferry and bus

Salt Spring Island is the largest and most populated of the Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea not far from the coast of Vancouver Island. Three ferries service Salt Spring, with direct access from Vancouver, Swartz Bay (Victoria) and Croften. The island has a colourful population of artists, farmers and other weirdly wonderful personalities. The […]

Still Standing

Still Standing

Did you know? The CBC show Still Standing is coming to Pinawa! Johnny Harris (and his team) travel across Canada, finding the funny in the struggles of small towns to survive and thrive, and it’s Pinawa’s turn. The shows researchers are already busy, conducting video interviews with many of our residents (me included). They will […]

Exploring Mount Washington

Exploring Mount Washington

We’ve driven into another world, like nowhere I’ve ever been. The snowbanks lining the road are so high it’s like driving through a tunnel. Only the rooftops of the many ski chalets are visible. The mountains that surround us are stunningly beautiful. Within a 20 minute drive from the highway 19 turn-off the temperature dropped […]

Winter in Victoria

Winter in Victoria

Imagine, Manitoba if winter lasted a week (or two, we aren’t done yet), gave you plenty of beautiful fluffy white snow to play in and never dipped below zero degrees celsius during the day. Imagine, Manitoba if they canceled all work, school and shhh… don’t tell anyone but even military protection so everyone could just […]

Victoria Blizzard – Day 3

Victoria Blizzard – Day 3

Day 2 of the Victoria Blizzard of 2019 was all about the wind. I woke up to a giant dancing tree outside my window, wind howling. Temperatures plummeted to -3 C. The news reported widespread power outages on the island, but none here. A friend from Nanaimo told me 70,000 people were without power Saturday […]

The Great Victoria Blizzard of 2019, Day 1

The Great Victoria Blizzard of 2019, Day 1

I was unprepared for the great blizzard of 2019,  I blame the weather forecasters. There have been weather warnings and emergency planning for days now, turning the storm that never was into little more than a joke. But when I stepped out this morning for our dog walk, there were some sort of icy pellets […]

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A Secret Discovered – Pinawa!

Disclaimer: this blog entry represents my own personal opinion, and does not represent any particular organization I may belong to or even be President of. I’ve lived in Pinawa for a quarter century now, twenty-five years of listening to, and sometimes being personally involved in marketing Pinawa as a tourism destination. Relatively suddenly, we are […]