Sandy McRuer

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Valley’s Outdoor Club seeks new members

The Alberni Valley Outdoor Club has been around for years, but it is now in need of younger blood.

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Scott Kenny Trail could be a beauty

The City made a good start, but the Scott Kenny Trail needs more work.

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Reflections on the annual bird count

Sandy McRuer presents reflections on the Christmas Bird Count in Port Alberni.

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Caves bountiful on Vancouver Island

Unique limestone formations give Port Alberni and surrounding areas distinction of caving mecca.

PAC RIM ACTIVE: October was wet, but not the wettest

Columnist Sandy McRuer talks about rain trends on Vancouver Island

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Alberni lookout deserves respect: McRuer

A Port Alberni hiker believes the lookout, that is often littered with beer cans, cigarette butts and glass, needs to be treated better.

Find nature in the middle of town

Port Alberni local, Sandy McRuer, highlights a few of his favourite trails in the Valley.

No better place for alpine paradise

The Alberni Valley is home to many beautiful hikes—but it's important to be careful.

Nahmint Valley’s a gem for outdoor rec

The Nahmint Valley, has features catering to most outdoorsy visitors, from casual to hard core and is less than an hour from Port Alberni.

Whither are our waterfalls?

Outdoors writer names his top 5 waterfalls, gives readers another 5 to search for on their own

Don’t let winter deter your adventure

You might think otherwise, but an outdoor lifestyle need not be compromised in the cold dark days in February.

Reflections on the bucket list

So it’s 2016; a new year. So much to do. But there is so little time left, as one realizes as one gets older.

Chris Fenton creates Valley of Trails

Local realtor launches a website to promote Alberni Valley adventure.

We’re entering winter bird watching season

Contrary to most of Canada east of the Rockies and the northern part of the province, birdwatching in the winter can be quite productive.

Find yourself a cache in Alberni

If you are like me, geocaching is a pastime that is kind of off the radar. But it can be a fun and engaging hobby.

Regional trail system a good vision for Alberni Valley

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Writer Sandy McRuer weighs in on vision for Valley-wide hiking and walking trail system.

What’s in a name?

ESTUARY: | It’s time to remove confusion over Somass Estuary’s proper name.

Hiking: the social side of the outdoors

Hiking with others is a good way to learn about the community.

Finding trails

Writer offers tips on finding local trails in the Alberni Valley.

Playing in the Community Forest

The Alberni Valley’s community forest is located in two locations adjacent to Sproat Lake, and is available for use.