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Shirley Smith snagged a bright and busy spider’s last hunt before winter at Butchart Gardens. (Shirley Smith photo)

PHOTOS: Readers share a flurry of fall photos

October filled with colour, imagination through our readers’ eyes

Shirley Smith snagged a bright and busy spider’s last hunt before winter at Butchart Gardens. (Shirley Smith photo)
Lily Island, a three-hectare private island near Gabriola Island, is currently for sale for $1.4 million. (Colliers International photo)
Lily Island, a three-hectare private island near Gabriola Island, is currently for sale for $1.4 million. (Colliers International photo)
The Shaw family sailed into Canada on Oct. 21, anchoring in Prince Rupert after seven years sailing around the world. (Facebook/Max Shaw)

After 7 years and 14 countries, sailing family finds home

The Shaw family has travelled around the world and is ready to put down the anchor

The Shaw family sailed into Canada on Oct. 21, anchoring in Prince Rupert after seven years sailing around the world. (Facebook/Max Shaw)
Are you ready to travel unprepared into the Great Unknown?

Are you ready to travel unprepared into the Great Unknown?

Destination Unknown mystery trips starting to get attention in the holiday industry

  • Oct 31, 2019
Are you ready to travel unprepared into the Great Unknown?
The Koutsky family from the Czech Republic has been travelling North America in a camper van. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Alberni a pleasant surprise for globetrotting democracy hunters

Czech family advocates new way of voting during road trip to Canada, Washington State

The Koutsky family from the Czech Republic has been travelling North America in a camper van. SUBMITTED PHOTO
An Air North Boeing 737 lands in Nanaimo last summer. The airline has launched weekly regular scheduled passenger service from Vancouver to Whitehorse via Nanaimo, Kelowna, Prince George and Watson Lake, Yukon. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)
An Air North Boeing 737 lands in Nanaimo last summer. The airline has launched weekly regular scheduled passenger service from Vancouver to Whitehorse via Nanaimo, Kelowna, Prince George and Watson Lake, Yukon. (Nicholas Pescod/NEWS BULLETIN)
Intense monitoring — and careful eco-tourism — lift mountain gorilla numbers

Intense monitoring — and careful eco-tourism — lift mountain gorilla numbers

Today, highly regulated tour groups hike in the Rwandan rainforest to watch gorillas.

  • Oct 30, 2019
Intense monitoring — and careful eco-tourism — lift mountain gorilla numbers
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority says 2019 included a successful cruise ship season. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)

More cruise ships, passengers anticipated in Victoria in 2020

2019 cruise ship season surpassed visitor goals, says Greater Victoria Harbour Authority

The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority says 2019 included a successful cruise ship season. (Arnold Lim/Black Press Media)
Parks Canada staffer Pete Clarkson and Surfrider beach clean coordinator Sarah Greenwood check out a broken up shipping container that crashed on the George Fraser Islands. (Photo - Alan Hall)

Island groups working hard to make tourism sustainable

Environmental efforts for tourism discussed at Island economic summit panel discussion

Parks Canada staffer Pete Clarkson and Surfrider beach clean coordinator Sarah Greenwood check out a broken up shipping container that crashed on the George Fraser Islands. (Photo - Alan Hall)
SUBMITTED PHOTO                                An undated archive photo of Patricia Gwynne sitting outside of the Scarlet Ibis Pub.

Final flight for Holberg’s Scarlet Ibis ownership

“I am leaving the Ibis in very good hands. Please come and meet Kevin and see for yourselves.”

  • Oct 27, 2019
SUBMITTED PHOTO                                An undated archive photo of Patricia Gwynne sitting outside of the Scarlet Ibis Pub.
Tear gas tourism: Silver lining for protest-wracked Hong Kong?

Tear gas tourism: Silver lining for protest-wracked Hong Kong?

Tourists finding bargain-basement hotel rates, two-for-one deals and other sweeteners.

Tear gas tourism: Silver lining for protest-wracked Hong Kong?
Starting with a wilderness journey, participants can sea kayak along the coast, backpack through the Rockies or dog sled through snowy national parks — just a few of the options available to Crop members. (Steve Milum photo)
Starting with a wilderness journey, participants can sea kayak along the coast, backpack through the Rockies or dog sled through snowy national parks — just a few of the options available to Crop members. (Steve Milum photo)
The Wild Pacific Trail’s abundant and breathtaking viewscapes have captured the hearts of residents and visitors and generated an economic goldmine for Ucluelet. (Photo - Laurissa Cebryk)

Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail celebrates 20 years of awe

Birthday celebration marked this weekend for wilderness walkway

  • Sep 28, 2019
The Wild Pacific Trail’s abundant and breathtaking viewscapes have captured the hearts of residents and visitors and generated an economic goldmine for Ucluelet. (Photo - Laurissa Cebryk)
News Bulletin file

Summer mostly sunny for Vancouver Island tourism

European tourists came earlier than normal, says Tourism Vancouver Island

News Bulletin file
Perfect storm of change, debt and Brexit sank Thomas Cook

Perfect storm of change, debt and Brexit sank Thomas Cook

178-year-old company ceased operations early Monday, stranding hundreds of thousands of travellers

Perfect storm of change, debt and Brexit sank Thomas Cook
Hawaii coral show signs of stress amid record-setting heat

Hawaii coral show signs of stress amid record-setting heat

June, July and parts of August all experienced the hottest ocean temperatures ever recorded

Hawaii coral show signs of stress amid record-setting heat
Nanaimo Boat Show full of ideas about how to get out on the water

Nanaimo Boat Show full of ideas about how to get out on the water

Show takes place Sept. 19-22 at Waterfront Suites and Marina on Stewart Avenue

Nanaimo Boat Show full of ideas about how to get out on the water
Fun-seekers hunting neon scorpions in the Arizona desert

Fun-seekers hunting neon scorpions in the Arizona desert

“I was awed by their ferocity. Several attacked each other, pinching and whipping their tails”

  • Sep 18, 2019
Fun-seekers hunting neon scorpions in the Arizona desert