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One of the spectacular sculptures in this year's Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition, a focal point of the Parksville Beach Festival. See the sculptures at Parksville Community Park through Aug. 21. Photos courtesy Parksville Beach Festival

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Activities for all ages continue at Parksville’s Community Park through Aug. 21

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Bruce Waugh, from B.C., works on his masterpiece during the 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville on July 17. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

VIDEO: 2022 winners declared at Parksville’s international sand sculpting event

Sculptures remain open for viewing through Aug. 21

 

A Mystic Beach sunset. The beach was named one of the top 50 beaches in the world by an international travel website. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. beach named one of the best in the world

Mystic Beach named on top 50 list by bigseventravel.com

 

Great blue herons, like this one pictured off the coast of South Oak Bay between Kitty Islet and the Victoria Golf Club, are among at-risk species affected by dogs in Greater Victoria’s migratory bird sanctuaries. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Federal report deems dogs the greatest risk to south Island’s migratory birds

Off-leash dogs, disturbed birds throughout Victoria Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Great blue herons, like this one pictured off the coast of South Oak Bay between Kitty Islet and the Victoria Golf Club, are among at-risk species affected by dogs in Greater Victoria’s migratory bird sanctuaries. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)

Victoria man surprised to learn he authored 1966 note in B.C. beach time capsule

Letter found 56 years later by Rathtrevor Beach tourists

Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)
Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)

B.C. family discovers 56-year-old message in bottle on Vancouver Island beach

Buried treasure inadvertently dug out of 4-foot deep hole in sand

Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)
Privacy screen on beach at Strathcona Beach Park (Photo/Jake Courtepatte)

Missing man located dead in Okanagan Lake

Foul play is not suspected

Privacy screen on beach at Strathcona Beach Park (Photo/Jake Courtepatte)
King tides encroach on Imperial Lane homes in Ucluelet on Jan. 2.

King tides surge along Tofino and Ucluelet coastline

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve urges residents and visitors to be CoastSmart

King tides encroach on Imperial Lane homes in Ucluelet on Jan. 2.
2018’s first-place winner in the sand-sculpting solo division was Peter Vogelaar’s ‘Hendrix Live - Wild Thing’. (Photo courtesy Parksville Beach Festival)

Sand sculpting time: Parksville Beach Festival expected to return in 2022

Event typically attracts visitor count of 125,000 during five-week period

2018’s first-place winner in the sand-sculpting solo division was Peter Vogelaar’s ‘Hendrix Live - Wild Thing’. (Photo courtesy Parksville Beach Festival)
Maple Bay Beach is one of several beaches in the Cowichan Valley under bacteria advisories as of July 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Swimming not recommended at several Cowichan Valley beaches due to bacteria levels

List includes Maple Bay, Fuller Lake, Kin Beach and Estuary Nature Centre Beach

Maple Bay Beach is one of several beaches in the Cowichan Valley under bacteria advisories as of July 9. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Tofino set to charge for parking at public beaches

Fees will be charged at roughly 10 locations including Chesterman Beach

Tofino plans to launch a pay-parking system around its public beaches, including this lot at Chesterman Beach. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)

Bonfires out, but machine-powered beach fires still OK in Tofino

Vancouver Island’s best-known beach community limits on public beaches to appliance fires only

Portable appliances, like this one perched between Tofino mayor Dan Law and David Schmidt, are now mandatory for anyone wanting to have a beach fire in Tofino. (Photo courtesy of Dan Law)
Kevan Bodkin snapped a long exposure sunset over San Josef Bay on March 9 during a brief sunny break in the weather. (Bodkin's Best Photography)

B.C. home to three of Canada’s best beaches

Two Vancouver Island and one Lower Mainland spot hit Lonely Planet list of our best wave catchers

Kevan Bodkin snapped a long exposure sunset over San Josef Bay on March 9 during a brief sunny break in the weather. (Bodkin's Best Photography)
Remains of a beach fire at Tofino's Mackenzie Beach. (Westerly file photo)

Tofino considers new beach fire restrictions, including portable fire pit mandate

“Each night, there are dozens of fires abandoned without being extinguished.”

Remains of a beach fire at Tofino's Mackenzie Beach. (Westerly file photo)
Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services

Dangerous oasis: The fatal history of a popular Kootenay Lake beach

Six Mile Beach near Nelson is known for its unique sand spit. But locals have feared it for decades

Six Mile Beach outside Nelson is known for its perfect sand, clear water and unique sand spit. But the drowning death of a man in July has residents asking if the dangerous spot has become too popular. Photo: David Grantham/Kootenay Drone Services
This screenshot taken from a video shot by surf instructor Shannon Brown shows a watercraft operator in the surf zone off Chesterman Beach. Since being shared on social media, the video has sparked concerns over water safety. (Image from video by Shannon Brown)
This screenshot taken from a video shot by surf instructor Shannon Brown shows a watercraft operator in the surf zone off Chesterman Beach. Since being shared on social media, the video has sparked concerns over water safety. (Image from video by Shannon Brown)
This photo of a helicopter at Cox Bay was one of several that Tofino’s manager of protective services Brent Baker forwarded to the RCMP as part of investigation now being headed by Transport Canada. (Photo courtesy of Brent Baker)

Transport Canada investigating after helicopter lands on Tofino Beach

Aircraft startles beachgoers at Cox Bay on June 14.

This photo of a helicopter at Cox Bay was one of several that Tofino’s manager of protective services Brent Baker forwarded to the RCMP as part of investigation now being headed by Transport Canada. (Photo courtesy of Brent Baker)
(The Canadian Press)

Beach bummer: Novel coronavirus can live in water, but is it infectious?

Living in water and being infectious in water are different things

(The Canadian Press)
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