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…

Article and Photos by J. R. Rardon When they began dreaming of moving from their small, one-bedroom apartment into their first real house, it’s unlikely Jake Stevenson and Kiva Ganie imagined it would involve downsizing. But they’re about to do just that when they complete their foray into one of the biggest trends in home construction — the tiny house. “We have been renting our entire adult lives,” says Stevenson, a 30-year-old journeyman electrician. “Regular houses just seemed like something out of our reach, but this tiny house concept seemed really appealing and felt like something we could really achieve.”…

EARTHLY NATURAL RESOURCES TRANSFORMED INTO ART Article and Photography by Linda Matteson Dave and Debra Kasprick share their love of earthly treasures. Red Cod Forge and Affinity Stone Jewelry and Design have recently opened their newly renovated gallery in Nanoose Bay. This energetic husband-wife team are exhibiting a collaboration of their most recent work in a cozy and intimate setting that invites the visitor to sit and chat while appreciating the couple’s creative designs. The two artists have different perspectives on their subject matter, making for a varied display but the raw earth essentials of metal, stone and wood shape their West Coast inspired vision. At…

WINGS OF FLIGHT – A TALE OF THE PQAC Story and photos by Linda Matteson-Reynolds Community spirit, volunteer dedication and a bunch of enthusiastic guys who love to fly makes the Parksville-Qualicum Aero Club (PQAC) a haven for local aviators. It all started in the late ‘50s, when founding member Don McMillan and four others, headed out to a roughened airstrip pasture in north Qualicum that had been donated to the town by the local Rotary Club. They were exploring the possibility of forming a local aviation club. Despite a shaky and turbulent history, and tense negotiations with the City of…

PLUNGING INTO THE DEPTHS Story by Candace Wu. Photography by Peter McCully, Shirley White and Jay Holbrook There’s something enchanting about the ebb and flow of the ocean.  Perhaps it’s the vastness of it all; the idea that we are connected in one way or another to the outer edge of the earth.  On a calm evening, the waters lining Parksville Qualicum Beach look as delicate as glass. But what lies beneath that seemingly perfect surface is one of the greatest mysteries of all time: a world relatively untouched by humanity; free from wrath, greed, gluttony, Facebook.  It’s been a…

BEYOND THE LENS Story by Lissa Alexander The world has enough pretty pictures. That’s one of the reasons why internationally renowned wildlife and nature photographer Paul Nicklen says he’s not interested in chasing celebrated scenes of beauty for his next big project. But mainly, it’s because his work is issue driven, and he’s made it his life’s work to try and protect this planet’s rugged natural landscapes, and particularly, those delicate ecosystems under the sea. Nicklen’s photographs are stunning and profound. He’s captured everything from the effect of tourism on the Florida Manatee to starving polar bears in the Arctic,…