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Vancouver Island’s Endangered Old-growth Rainforest

P1290516B.C.’s coastal temperate rainforests are home to species that don’t exist anywhere else and form part of a globally rare ecosystem covering less than one per cent of the planet’s land base. Today the majority of the original old-growth rainforest has been logged.

Intact forests offer critical environmental services such as clean water, clean air and recreational and tourism values, upon which many communities depend.  Coastal temperate rainforests in particular are also one of the best carbon storehouses on the planet, with record high carbon storage per hectare, accumulated over thousands of years. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Take the Ferry to BC!

Anacortes mapOne way or another, many Accent Inns Victoria hotel guests arrive from the U.S. on one of the many ferries that ply the waters between our countries.; they travel by car, by bicycle or by motorcycle. For those already on the island, fabulous ferries are available to transport them between the mainland and Vancouver Island. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Sierra Club BC Volunteers

Veronica and Tess at an event_Galen ArmstrongSierra Club BC depends on volunteers for many things – from helping us plan certain events, to reaching out and thanking our donors. You can find a volunteer in our office almost any day of the year, working on a project. For example, Diane worked diligently through much of the winter, digging through our archives (which go back to Sierra Club BC’s founding in 1969) for a history project that we can’t wait to reveal. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

5 Places to Find Peace in Kelowna

moments-of-reflectionI love travelling; all the excitement of seeing new things, having new experiences, it’s a blast. But as I’ve got older I also like to seek out some quiet, peaceful places where I can just sit and stare – recharge the batteries. Those few moments of reflection, even on occasion meditation can be highlights of a vacation. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

My Journey West

sierra 1It took me ten years to make my way from Ontario to British Columbia. During that time, I saw a lot of our beautiful country and worked with and learned alongside some incredible students and colleagues. They taught me the value of building connections and reconnecting to the land. The journey took me in many directions, but eventually brought me to my adopted home, Victoria, B.C. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Victoria – A Kayaker’s Paradise!

kayakingIf you love paddling then you really must visit Victoria, BC, it’s an absolutely amazing place to kayak. I could write a book about all the great places you can paddle to and around, but in this post I’ll just give you a few of the very best places – those can’t miss paddles – to tempt you to come and see us here in Lotus land. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Nature Deficit?

laptopDigital devices are everywhere. Cell phones, tablets and laptops have—especially for young people like my two daughters, aged 11 and 14—replaced cable television for entertainment.  All the content you could imagine is available through YouTube, Netflix and other video streaming services. These amazing devices also allow instant communication, via Snapchat, WhatsApp and plain “old fashioned” texting, and incredible, often addictive games to suit every age group and taste. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

April Fools Day Hoaxes

april-fools-day-I’m a huge fan of April Fool’s hoaxes as long as they are not cruel, dangerous or end up taking the time of any emergency services. The best hoaxes are those that have a grain of truth, or one could imagine being true. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Family Camps: Connecting in the outdoors

campingclipartRe-print from AFABC
Family camps can be highly motivating and empowering experiences for families (Lewicki, Goyette, & Marr 1996) and can act as a tremendous catalyst for forming healthy attachments in a family system. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Accent Inns Easter Quiz

easter quizEaster means different things to different people, to some of you it will be significant for religious reasons, for others it may be all about the Easter Bunny, for many it’s a combination of both – or just a choc fest.

For almost everyone though, it’s about spending time with family so here’s a fun quiz everyone can take part in. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 
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