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Blue camas, buttercups and spring gold bloom in a south Vancouver Island Garry oak meadow. Photo © Monique Keiran

Forests move slowly in a rapidly changing world

When I first moved here, one winter many years ago, a long-time area resident gifted me with a list of some of her favourite outdoor spaces. She rattled off the names of parks and trails that she enjoyed. Then she let slip the name of a small hilltop Saanich park. Read more →

Sign of the foo. Photo © TimParkinson, via Creative Commons and flickr.com/timparkinson/

Poo police track dogs (and owners) that dump

In the recent Incident of the Abandoned Ford Thunderbird, the Sooke resident who found the abandoned car, complete with registration papers, in the woods near Bear Creek posted a scathing rant online and notified police. Instead of immediately fining the car’s owner under the conservation and motor vehicle acts, the Read more →

Pathway from Mildred Street to Wilkinson slips between backyards.

Rights of passage serve as rites of passage

A little-known network of shortcuts and passageways knits many of the region’s urban areas together. These connecting pathways—they’re too short to be called trails—pass unobtrusively among municipalities’ houses and yards. They stitch residential streets to other residential streets, quiet parks to formal trail systems, seemingly dead-ends to pedestrian-only exits, and Read more →

Parks like East Sooke Park help make nearby residents happier and healthier. Photo by Logan C (flickr's LoganTech)

Parks make for happy, healthy people

Back when Nature Boy worked at a big California museum, I flew down to visit on a semi-regular basis. I remember looking out over the city as the aircraft made its final approach to L.A.’s airport. Below me stretched mile upon mile of concrete: buildings, roads freeways, parking lots. Few Read more →