Because People Have an Incalculable Value

Inside an Otter

We’re loving the whole #ThrowBackThursday craze because our history rocks. Over the years, the folks here have done so much good stuff. Getting to share it with you is amazing.

Pictured above is the inside of a stripped down de Havilland Otter. We’re quite partial to these flying beauties. But in the end, everyone at Kenmore Air knows, an Otter is just parts. It’s people who really matter. (more…)

Surfing in Tofino

Surfing in Tofino

For years, I’ve heard tales of surfing. I’ve heard of the massive heart pounding thrill catching a wave can give you. I’ve heard of the core strength, spatial awareness, and ability to read the ocean it requires.

In pictures, I’ve seen the sunny beaches and half naked bodies. I’ve watched videos of bare-chested men riding through a tunnel of water, their hands just skimming the surface.

I never once dreamed waters which barely reach 55 degrees would be a Mecca for the wave riding, board loving crowd. Clearly, I’d never been to Tofino. (more…)

The Carving Shed at the Wickaninnish Inn – Magic at the End of the Road

Feather George in Tofino

Some places are just places. They’re dots on a map to which you can drive, fly or walk. Other places are experiences. Rich and vibrant, they are filled with the essence of souls who came before you. The old souls whose wisdom and skill – whose life – was responsible for the very walls which mark the spot.

 

Henry Nola CarvingThe Carving Shed at the Wickaninnish Inn is such a place. Here, I can say with utter certainty the spirit of master carver Henry Nolla lives on. You can feel him. His essence is palpable. It’s tangible. It reverberates through the Carving Shed’s wooden walls and sawdust covered floor.

 

It’s embodied in the handshake of “Feather” George Yearsley – Henry’s mentee and the Inn’s current carver in residence. It’s seen in the tools Henry crafted and the carvings he created. (more…)

Mike Thompson of Impact Studios in Nanaimo

supermoon by Mike Thompson

Early this year, I spent two amazing days in Nanaimo. I ate a lot. I walked a lot. And, I took in the beautiful scenery. Let me tell you, Nanaimo is gorgeous. Though I took several hundred pictures, they paled in comparison to the ones I’d seen when we first opened our gateway route.

And so, I was determined to track down the mastermind behind the lens – Mike Thompson. The president of Impact Studios, this man is an artist. He captures scenes that take your breath away. We spent some time chatting and he very graciously answered all of my questions:

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Renting a Car at the Nanaimo Airport with National

Renting a car in Nanaimo with National

Renting a car always feels like dicey business – especially when you’re renting from some place new. If you’re anything like me, you wonder:

Will they be friendly?
Are they actually conveniently located?
Will the car be comfortable?

Heck, I even wonder how good the preset radio stations will be.

National was amazing. Flying into Nanaimo Airport (YCD) – their check-in counter was located just outside of customs to the left of baggage claim.

There wasn’t a line. Even if there had been, it wouldn’t have really mattered. YCD is such a small airport that lines disappear quickly. Their rental cars are parked yards from the front entrance. The service was friendly. The cars were clean. And, the preset radio stations included a country selection this boot-rocking gal could sing to. (more…)