Photos and Story by Lissa Alexander The concept for Dave Olsen’s dream house was born out of a disaster. The Cob house that he and his 13-year-old daughter Anicca now live in sits atop a craggy hilltop on Lasqueti Island. It is 900 square feet, built with sand, clay and straw. Lasqueti is off-grid, which means there’s no BC Hydro or other public utilities that take care of your water or sewage. Life is simpler on Lasqueti, and that’s why Olsen has spent the last 18 years there. Not only has Olsen built his home and the other structures on…

Keeping Tradition Alive at the Coombs Rodeo Grounds By Amber-Lea Marie Photos by Brian Argyle The Coombs Rodeo Grounds – where generations of history-rich stories continue to rise from the dust thanks to the steadfast determination of a small group of local individuals. Three of these locals, tied together with tradition and a sense of nuanced country swagger, are Ray Aebig, Kimberly Cooper and Jim Brown, who have been working together to highlight the importance of participation and bring about a sense of belonging while ensuring crowds continue to be dazzled by events at the Rodeo Grounds. Ray Aebig is a…

Story by Shirley Culpin Photos by Brian Argyle It’s a long way from West Yorkshire in England to Qualicum Beach. And it’s a long, long way from being a professional viola player to becoming a purveyor of fine coffee. In a nutshell though, that is Jeremy Perkins’ story and for him and his young family, there is no looking back. Jeremy and his Canadian wife Hannah purchased a local coffee shop in the autumn of 2017, bringing with them two sons and big dreams of introducing artisan-roasted coffee to their new community. From chamber music to coffee Raised in a musical…

Article by Shirley Culpin  Photos by Brian Argyle A trip to the Whiskey Creek Tree Farm to cut Christmas trees has become an annual tradition for thousands in this area. Families trek out en masse to the remote Melrose Road location that runs uphill along 40 hectares of hydro lines, traipse among the 50,000 trees, cut down the one that is perfect for them and finish the adventure with hot chocolate and hot dogs roasted over an open fire. The experience is a reflection of the ‘good old days’ that creates happy memories and family togetherness. What none of us probably think…

Oceanside Classical Concerts’ president and artistic director, David Douglas has two main passions. Music and aviation. “I have a life long love of classical music. I was brought up in a house where my mother played the piano and sang, and received awards for some of the stuff she did,” Douglas tells Oasis Magazine. Born in the United Kingdom, Douglas spent 41 years of his life as a commercial airline pilot with Air Canada, Canadian Airlines and others. He’s got more than 23,000 hours of flying experience to his credit ­— many of them as a captain -— and he’s…

With an acting career that has spanned four decades, and having starred in over 75 films, Treat Williams is well aware that his first role on Broadway was an important one, but back then, the part felt like torture. “It was 1973, so (during) the first 6 months of my career, and I was understudying all the leads in Grease. And I hated it, “ Williams laughed as he sipped coffee from a local restaurant. But that role would later solidify his prominence as an actor, and get him back on the stage in a role he wholeheartedly desired. Williams…

The partners in one of Parksville’s newest businesses literally travelled the world in search of the ideal career — and the ideal beer. In the end, they found both of them right back at home. Arrowsmith Brewing Company, the region’s first commercial craft brewery, opened on April 8 in Stanford Place. It is the result of a labour of love conceived over a game of ping pong by cousins Matt Hill and Dan Farrington nearly two and a half years earlier. Hill, the brewery manager, and Farrington, the sales manager, are co-owners in the family-owned venture that includes partners Rob…

After immigrating to Vancouver Island with his wife and daughters five years ago, Australian auto body technician Paul Uren had a difficult time finding a job in the industry. So he created his own. “Moving here, I was pretty wound up, all gung-ho,” Uren, 40, says in his distinctive Australian accent. “But things were pretty tough in 2011, actually, especially in the collision industry. Guys were getting laid off everywhere, and I couldn’t get a job. “So we decided to have a shot at doing this.” “This” is Oceanside Kustoms, which Uren opened with his wife Veronica, in Parksville in…

Article by J. R. Rardon Images by Brian Argyle When Dr. Hugh Fletcher approached Harry Indriksons with a prescription 17 years ago, Indriksons had no reason to believe he was ill. But he has continued on the same course to this day, and has never felt better. That’s because it wasn’t a prescription for medication, but for something entirely different. Indriksons, a teacher at Qualicum Beach Elementary School, is head of the school’s mountain bike club, whose humble beginnings trace to Fletcher wanting to ride with his Grade 6 son when the youth enrolled. “Dr. Fletcher approached me about sponsoring…

Article by Nicholas Pescod Theo Dombrowski and Brian Argyle photos For Theo Dombrowski it all started with a dream. “I actually had this dream, [where I could] glance down roads and see a bit of beach,” Dombrowski remembers. And then it dawned on him. “Wouldn’t it be kind of cool if someone wrote a book where it showed all the places that you could go?” That’s when the creative juices began flowing for the Nanoose Bay resident and avid outdoorsman, who decided to create a guide book that would uncover the numerous hidden beaches throughout southern Vancouver Island. But the…