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Nanaimo Daily News Article: Don Olsen

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I usually stay away from heavy political discussions and rhetoric in regards to this blog but since I read the original letter last night, I tossed and turned, my brain in overdrive, trying to figure out why another human being (that shares the same air, earth and living space with everyone else) would go out of their way to write such an unusually ignorant and uneducated letter. Yes people, we all have opinions and we are free to share these opinions, but really, why would a respectful newspaper publish this? Before I continue here is the article (link to the original article has now been pulled):



          Though it seems like a "letter to the editor" one can only assume by the title under the heading "Don Olsen, The Daily News" he is affiliated with Nanaimo Daily News
              To make matters worse this is not the first time this man has written letters to the paper: Pro-Pipeline Nanaimo News Bulletin Article. Aside from coming across as ignorant and racist…

Trans Canada Trail

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The Trans Canada Trail is the world's largest network of trails, completely developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. When fully completed it will encompass 23,000 km from Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans. 

 Today there is approximately 17,000 kilometres of the trail developed. Millions of Canadians and visitors hike, run, walk, and bike the trail. The goal is to completely connect the trail by 2017. 


 Right now in the mid-island region the Trans Canada trail begins at the Departure Bay Ferry terminal. It passes along the waterfront, then continues on through Bowen Park, Buttertubs Marsh and then Colliery Dam. This then links up to the Extension Ridge part of the trail which I hike frequently. The views are amazing! It then continues along the Pipeline Trail that will eventually lead you to Nanaimo River. Currently there is no bridge across Nanaimo River, but hopefully that will change in the near future. In the meantime the Trans Canada trail runs east …

Photo of the Day: Raft Cove

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This beautiful photo taken by Andrew Yachuk of Port Hardyfeatures Raft Cove, which is approximately 65 kms from Port Hardy. This provincial park was established in 1990 and is home to an abundant amount of black bears and other wildlife. Accessed on a gravel road and is somewhat popular with surfers!

Nanaimo Kinsmen Beer Festival

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Who doesn't love supporting local? This is an event not to be missed! Come drink some local craft beer! All proceeds will be going to the Nanaimo Kinsmen for distribution to local charities. For $28 you walk away with a 4 oz commemorative glass, 8 tasting tickets (extras are $1.50 each), plenty of food, live music and door prizes (and of course a great time with other beer lovers!)


Save the date! April 12th 6pm-9:30pm at the Nanaimo Ice Centre (Rink #1) 3rd st (across from the Aquatic Center) marks the first Nanaimo Beer Festival put on by the Nanaimo Kinsmen. They have been proudly serving our community since 1920.


CHLY 101.7FM Vancouver Island's not-for-profit university radio station will so kindly be the event sponsor - be sure to tune in! 

Here are the confirmed breweries as of now (more will be added)

- Vancouver Island Brewery
- Phillips Brewing Company
- Howe Sound Brewing
- Granville Island Brewery
- Lighthouse Brewing Company
- Pacific Western Brewing Company
- Creemor…

Vancouver Island Brewery

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Vancouver Island Brewery is the island's first craft brewery. They started in Central Saanich in 1984, producing draught only products for pubs. In 1995 the demand had grown and they moved to 2330 Government St (where they currently are today). They have supported other local businesses, charities and community events over the years - a business philosphy I love to support! 

 If you happen to be in Victoria on a Friday or Saturday, they offer brewery tours at 1pm and 3pm for $10 (this includes an awesome branded VI Brewery pint glass!) the tour is approximately 1 hour. You get a first hand look at behind the scenes!


 We started out at the sample table to begin the tour, where we sampled their various types of beer - Spyhopper Honey Brown, Sea Dog Amber Ale and the Vancouver Island Lager, among others. After tasting some of the beers we continued on into the brew house, which is essentially the "kitchen" of the brewery. This is where all the ingredients that make up a beer …

Restaurant Review(12): The Four Mile House(Victoria)

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The Four Mile House has been serving Vancouver Island locals and travellers amazing food and drink for over 100 years now. Located in a 150 year old tudor style building just outside of the beautiful city of Victoria. It boasts the charm of an olde English Inn.

You have many dining options when it comes to The Four Mile. There is an English style pub side offering upscale pub food which combines old world charm with a West Coast influence. The pub also offers 18 beers on tap (many of them local, including Phillips), as well as an extensive wine and scotch list. There is also a year round patio with a lovely fireplace! 







 The best way to start off at a local pub is with a crisp local beer. Phillips Bluebuck is that beer! You can never go wrong with it. Needless to say, this beer is the perfect start to a delicious local pub meal. Wings and prawns were on special for 35 cents a piece so we decided to try some basic hot wings and prawns. Along with a loaded chicken quesadilla (chicken, spi…