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Maritime Discovery Centre summer staff program assistant TJ Barrowcliff hangs out with the resident lighthouse pirate during a Maritime Monday event, July 18, 2022. Pirate Day at the pier is coming up July 30, 2022. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

Maritime Mondays reveal a treasure trove of kids’ activities on Port Alberni waterfront

Pirate Day is coming up on Saturday, July 30 as well, at the Maritime Discovery Centre

Maritime Discovery Centre summer staff program assistant TJ Barrowcliff hangs out with the resident lighthouse pirate during a Maritime Monday event, July 18, 2022. Pirate Day at the pier is coming up July 30, 2022. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of many people. July and August are sometimes referred to as the dog days of summer, but those who have dogs will appreciate them every day of the year. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

QUIZ: A celebration of dogs

During the dog days of summer, how much do you know about these majestic animals?

Dogs hold a special place in the hearts of many people. July and August are sometimes referred to as the dog days of summer, but those who have dogs will appreciate them every day of the year. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Chris Gannon bought this red 1961 Chrysler, pictured here on his lawn, from the previous owner’s grandson after it sat practically untouched more than three decades. The car still has just 63,000 original miles on it, after being revived by Gannon at his shop. (Courtesy of Chris Gannon)

Oak Bay car festival elicits decades of automobile anecdotes

Entries in July 24 show range from Chryslers and Dodges to Lambos and McLarens

Chris Gannon bought this red 1961 Chrysler, pictured here on his lawn, from the previous owner’s grandson after it sat practically untouched more than three decades. The car still has just 63,000 original miles on it, after being revived by Gannon at his shop. (Courtesy of Chris Gannon)
Sahasi Erven’s Ukraine flower flag project is shown under the sun at Beacon Hill Park on Friday (July 22). Erven hopes to move all or part of the flag to Butchart Gardens or a location in Langford and has also sent an original song of his to a national TV channel in Ukraine. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Vancouver Island man keeps flower flag alive with message for Ukraine

Greater Victoria resident Sahasi Erven looks to give garden new life

Sahasi Erven’s Ukraine flower flag project is shown under the sun at Beacon Hill Park on Friday (July 22). Erven hopes to move all or part of the flag to Butchart Gardens or a location in Langford and has also sent an original song of his to a national TV channel in Ukraine. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)

Family and friends honour Ucluelet’s Coastal Cowboy

The Blue Room chef Dustin Riley is remembered for his big heart, community spirit, and amazing BBQ

Dustin Riley carries his son Gavin around the 2015 Ukee Days fairgrounds. (Douglas Ludwig photo)
Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)

PODCAST: Victoria and Kelowna are Canada’s best small cities

TODAY IN B.C.: Mayors, Chamber CEOs talk amenities, housing, business and more

Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)
According to the AV Museum, this photo shows the first aeroplane in Port Alberni, in 1920. A man stands in front of a biplane twirling the propeller. The pilot is in the cockpit. A group of people stand to the left and right of the plane. This is one of 24,000 historical photos in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online photo archive which can be found at portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN21530 COURTESY AV MUSEUM)

LOOK BACK: The age of flight in Port Alberni

The first plane flew into Port Alberni in 1920

According to the AV Museum, this photo shows the first aeroplane in Port Alberni, in 1920. A man stands in front of a biplane twirling the propeller. The pilot is in the cockpit. A group of people stand to the left and right of the plane. This is one of 24,000 historical photos in the Alberni Valley Museum’s online photo archive which can be found at portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN21530 COURTESY AV MUSEUM)
Vehicles line up to board B.C. Ferries sailing at Tsawwassen. British Columbia has the longest free ferry ride in the world. Do you know where this ferry can be found? (Black Press Media)

QUIZ: Are you ready for some summer driving?

How much do you know about roads and cars in Canada and beyond?

Vehicles line up to board B.C. Ferries sailing at Tsawwassen. British Columbia has the longest free ferry ride in the world. Do you know where this ferry can be found? (Black Press Media)
Jan Rabson. (Submitted Photo)

PODCAST: Jan Rabson – A voice with character and character voices

TODAY IN B.C.: Actor has worked with Johnny Carson, Robin Williams, voiced ‘Minions’ and more

Jan Rabson. (Submitted Photo)
A photo of Bishop’s Store in Alberni, circa 1910. C.F. Bishop and Son had multiple grocery stores and bake shops in the Alberni Valley in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This is one of 24,000 historical photos that can be seen on the Alberni Valley Museum’s online photo archive at portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN20237 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)

LOOK BACK: C.F. Bishop in Alberni

Bishop owned a number of stores across the Alberni Valley

A photo of Bishop’s Store in Alberni, circa 1910. C.F. Bishop and Son had multiple grocery stores and bake shops in the Alberni Valley in the late 1800s and early 1900s. This is one of 24,000 historical photos that can be seen on the Alberni Valley Museum’s online photo archive at portalberni.pastperfectonline.com. (PHOTO PN20237 COURTESY ALBERNI VALLEY MUSEUM)
Rod Stacey of Nanaimo, right, shows an onlooker the cockpit of his FE laydown hydro boat at the Sproat Lake Regatta boat and car show n’ shine on Friday, July 13, 2018 in front of Home Hardware in Port Alberni. Stacey and his two sons, Quinn and Ashton, all raced at the Sproat Lake Regatta over the weekend. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO

Lightning on the Lake is back at Sproat Lake, July 8–10

Sproat Lake Regatta kicks off Friday, July 8 with a show and shine

Rod Stacey of Nanaimo, right, shows an onlooker the cockpit of his FE laydown hydro boat at the Sproat Lake Regatta boat and car show n’ shine on Friday, July 13, 2018 in front of Home Hardware in Port Alberni. Stacey and his two sons, Quinn and Ashton, all raced at the Sproat Lake Regatta over the weekend. SUSAN QUINN PHOTO
2021 Wildlife in Focus first place winner Wild Settings. Photo credit: Steve Burgess

BC SPCA annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest ends soon

There’s still time to enter the BC SPCA’s annual Wildlife-in-Focus photography contest,…

  • Jul 7, 2022
2021 Wildlife in Focus first place winner Wild Settings. Photo credit: Steve Burgess
Aimee Lambiotte, Abi Knudsen and Elena Veilleux with a few of the pins for Ukraine that were left near the end of their fundraiser outside of Save-on-Foods on June 28. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni kids fundraise for Ukraine

Students from John Paul II Catholic School sold handmade pins to raise funds

Aimee Lambiotte, Abi Knudsen and Elena Veilleux with a few of the pins for Ukraine that were left near the end of their fundraiser outside of Save-on-Foods on June 28. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Jim Pattison. (Submitted Photo)

PODCAST: Legendary B.C. businessman Jim Pattison still going strong at age 92

TODAY IN B.C.: Philanthropist discusses his long career, has no plans to retire

Jim Pattison. (Submitted Photo)
Corina, left, and Naomi Sanmiya pose with Kory Scaris Brick’s 1947 Chevy truck rat rod at the Golden Oldies Car Show at Gyro Williamson Park on July 3, 2022. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

Vintage vehicles return to Port Alberni for Golden Oldies show

Car show returned for the first time since COVID-19 pandemic

Corina, left, and Naomi Sanmiya pose with Kory Scaris Brick’s 1947 Chevy truck rat rod at the Golden Oldies Car Show at Gyro Williamson Park on July 3, 2022. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
A CT-133 fighter plane has landed a permanent hangout spot outside the Antique Barn in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Plane makes permanent landing along the island highway

Antique building owner purchases jet to preserve a piece of history

A CT-133 fighter plane has landed a permanent hangout spot outside the Antique Barn in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Michael Yellowlees and his Alaskan Husky, Luna, are embarking on another cross-Canada trip—this time in a car—to revisit places they walked in 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Kilted Scotsman, dog retrace steps across Canada, reinforcing climate change message

Michael Yellowlees starts second cross-country tour with a July 3 gig at Gladstone Brewing Co.

Michael Yellowlees and his Alaskan Husky, Luna, are embarking on another cross-Canada trip—this time in a car—to revisit places they walked in 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Mark Adamson, here seen off Sidney’s Lochside Drive, has been swimming in the ocean since last July at least once a week. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Ocean swimming off Sidney gives Greater Victoria man whale of a time

Mark Adamson had a close encounter with an orca last year during one of his weekly swims

Mark Adamson, here seen off Sidney’s Lochside Drive, has been swimming in the ocean since last July at least once a week. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
David Wiwchar and Len Bodaly from Port Alberni Toy Run participate in the Canada Day parade on July 1, 2022. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)

Port Alberni celebrates Canada Day with in-person parade, festivities

Pain of marking same day in 2021 not forgotten, with orange shirts, messages of reconciliation

David Wiwchar and Len Bodaly from Port Alberni Toy Run participate in the Canada Day parade on July 1, 2022. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)
CEDAR ART
Artist Roseanne John creates a cedar rose while sitting with Wayne John Newfield at a picnic table at Harbour Quay on June 21, 2022, Indigenous Peoples Day. John can often be found on upper Third Avenue in Port Alberni selling her roses and jewelry. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valey News)

Port Alberni artist gaining a reputation for her cedar roses

Roseanne John spends some of her days making roses and jewelry

CEDAR ART
Artist Roseanne John creates a cedar rose while sitting with Wayne John Newfield at a picnic table at Harbour Quay on June 21, 2022, Indigenous Peoples Day. John can often be found on upper Third Avenue in Port Alberni selling her roses and jewelry. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valey News)