Zoe Ducklow, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Crew photo with four mega bags and a necklace of abandoned buoys. (Jack Plant photo)

Remote B.C. tourism lodge staffed for coastal clean up instead of wilderness tours

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to exotic wildlife — and international trash

Crew photo with four mega bags and a necklace of abandoned buoys. (Jack Plant photo)
Arial view of the Ryan River Conservation Area in Pemberton Meadows, B.C. (Fernando Lessa photo)

87 hectares of old growth forests, wetlands in Pemberton now under conservancy protection

The Ryan River Conservation Area will protect wetlands and old growth forest in perpetuity

Arial view of the Ryan River Conservation Area in Pemberton Meadows, B.C. (Fernando Lessa photo)
(We Will Always Remember) by Coral Shaughnessy-Moon.

Kingcome artist wins contest at Museum of Anthropology

Coral Shaughnessy-Moon’s design will be sold on t-shirts at the museum and online

(We Will Always Remember) by Coral Shaughnessy-Moon.
View from Mount Cain looking southwards towards Vancouver Island’s spectacular mountain range. (Zoë Ducklow)

Mount Cain in the off-season hosts many tasty delights

This beautiful north Island alpine park is not just for snow sports

View from Mount Cain looking southwards towards Vancouver Island’s spectacular mountain range. (Zoë Ducklow)
Smoky skies greeted residents across Greater Victoria Tuesday morning. The haze even obscured mountain views from Sidney. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)

Smoky skies alert for north Vancouver Island

Smoke from fires in the western United States expected to reach north Vancouver Island this weekend

Smoky skies greeted residents across Greater Victoria Tuesday morning. The haze even obscured mountain views from Sidney. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)
Waivin’ Flags Taxi to take over Route 5 bus service between Port Hardy and Campbell River. (waivinflags.com)

Waivin’ Flags given green light to start bus service from Port Hardy to Campbell River

The local taxi company will replace Tofino Bus Service, which cut off service in May

Waivin’ Flags Taxi to take over Route 5 bus service between Port Hardy and Campbell River. (waivinflags.com)
The Spirit of Anutz carving on a culturally modified cedar was cut down and stolen in August from Anutz Lake. (Michael Henwood photo)

Carved culturally modified tree stolen from North Island forest

The Spirit of Anutz was felled sometime in late August near Nimpkish Lake

The Spirit of Anutz carving on a culturally modified cedar was cut down and stolen in August from Anutz Lake. (Michael Henwood photo)
Removing the sisiyutl house plank from the wall at Newberry Library to be sent home to Kwakwaka’wakw territory. (Newberry Library)

Sisiyutl house plank coming home to Vancouver Island after 127 years away

The plank was taken from a Kwakwaka’wakw territory big house for the Chicago World Fair in 1893

Removing the sisiyutl house plank from the wall at Newberry Library to be sent home to Kwakwaka’wakw territory. (Newberry Library)
Sunset at Raft Cove. (Zoë Ducklow)

Raft Cove: Vancouver Island’s remote reward for the muddy

A might-as-well-be-tropical beach on the northwest coast

Sunset at Raft Cove. (Zoë Ducklow)
Totem poles almost complete for Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Big House

Totem poles almost complete for Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Big House

Location of the Big House still needs to be settled on

Totem poles almost complete for Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Big House
Washed up plastics on log fields. (Simon Ager, Maple Leaf Adventures photo)

Inside a mission to scrub our wild beaches

“We’re going to run out of time and we’re definitely not going to run out of garbage.”

Washed up plastics on log fields. (Simon Ager, Maple Leaf Adventures photo)
Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning

Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning

Corona killed their tours, but created a great opportunity to do a shoreline clean

Tourism operators pivot from guiding to beach cleaning
Styrofoam blocks and buoys washed up on the beach. (Ashley Tapp)

Heli-clean that North Vancouver Island beach

Volunteers got 17 cubic metres of ghost gear off a remote west coast beach last weekend

Styrofoam blocks and buoys washed up on the beach. (Ashley Tapp)
A memorial totem pole for Billie Moon, carved by Willie Seaweed at Blunden Harbour in 1931, with help from Joe Seaweed. The pole depicts a thunderbird and dzunuk̓wa and is standing at the ‘Namgis burial ground at Alert Bay. (Zoë Ducklow photo)

Museum at Alert Bay is unlike any other

Visiting the present past at U’mista Cultural Centre

A memorial totem pole for Billie Moon, carved by Willie Seaweed at Blunden Harbour in 1931, with help from Joe Seaweed. The pole depicts a thunderbird and dzunuk̓wa and is standing at the ‘Namgis burial ground at Alert Bay. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
The metal heap at 7 Mile. (Zoë Ducklow)

Trash is the last resort for Mount Waddington’s garbage men

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is life at the 7 Mile Landfill

The metal heap at 7 Mile. (Zoë Ducklow)
Data collected at Grieg’s B.C. farms will be merged with public ocean and weather data. (Grieg photo)

New blended data platform at Grieg fish farms help forecast oceanic events

On-site data combined with public oceanography and meteorology will be shared with stakeholders

Data collected at Grieg’s B.C. farms will be merged with public ocean and weather data. (Grieg photo)
The sea stacks at San Josef Bay. (Port Alice Photography, Images by Douglas Bradshaw)

High-volume littering at Cape Scott draws ire from hiking groups

Popular Vancouver Island hiking spot not closing, but frustration about crowding grows

The sea stacks at San Josef Bay. (Port Alice Photography, Images by Douglas Bradshaw)
Three-year-old eagle found at the landfill was rescued, rehabilitated and released. (Zoë Ducklow)

VIDEO: Rescued eagle released back into the North Island

The three-year-old female found mired in grease at Mount Waddington landfill recovered with gusto

Three-year-old eagle found at the landfill was rescued, rehabilitated and released. (Zoë Ducklow)
Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island early Tuesday morning, killing at least one of three crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)

UPDATED: Young deckhands backed out of fatal Arctic Fox II trip just before fishboat departed

Inexperienced twin brothers had ‘gut feeling’ and bailed before going to open ocean

Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island early Tuesday morning, killing at least one of three crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)
Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island early Tuesday morning, killing two of three crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)

UPDATE: Two dead after fishing boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Commercial fishing boat the Arctic Fox II sunk off the coast of Vancouver Island early Tuesday morning, killing two of three crew members. (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission)