Walters Cove Resort

Walters Cove Resort is a sports fishing resort located on the west side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. Up until 2014, Walters Cove Resort was under the ownership of West Coast Resorts, but then it was purchased by the Kyuquot Checleset First Nations.

The resort is known for its luxurious setting, hospitality, and high-intensity fishing. Walters Cove Resort is a remote location and Jane, the office manager says that’s why people like ...

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The House of Hitwitsa: Storytelling

When a business is just meant to be, and the universe has it laid out for a person, sometimes it all starts with a vision; a vision encouraged by the universe of course. That was literally the case for Lewis and Cathy George owners of The House of Himwitsa in Tofino. Cathy and Lewis George are originally from  Ahousaht.

“Going back a few years, my wife was working for Roy Henry Vickers, and before she went to work for Roy Henry, ...

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Place a Bid on Island History

Alison Ross may look familiar to some that enjoyed the T.V. show Pawnathon Canada while it aired. That’s right; she was one of the five pawn masters that would appraise items on the show.  She has also been the proud owner of Kilshaw’s Auctioneers since January of 2006. Kilshaw’s is an auction house located in Victoria BC.

How far back can the origins of a company go? It’s not often, but sometimes they can go all the way back to just ...

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That’s Right- Bigfoot Donuts

When partners have a passion for starting their own business, but their unsure of what it should be, sometimes they just got to hit the open road for the idea to intuitively enter their minds. Well, at least that’s the story for Lyndsey Bell and Jay Valeri owners of Bigfoot Donuts in downtown Courtney on Vancouver Island.

That’s right, Bigfoot Donuts.

What’s the ...

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Betty Knighton – Recipient of an NEDC Scholarship

Betty Knighton is a recent recipient of an NEDC scholarship. Betty was selected for the scholarship having just submitted for graduation for her business management certificate.

Her current major is child and youth care, and she’s entering her fourth year in September at Vancouver Island University.

How does it feel to win a scholarship?

“My reaction to winning it was just that this gift came falling from the sky and right into my lap and it was a moment of wow. Because of ...

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Affirmation of the Right Path

Justyn Vissia is a recent recipient of a scholarship from the NEDC. The go-getter won the scholarship from, “doing my best, achieving good grades in my program and putting forth my best best effort.” Said Justyn.

How does it feel to win a scholarship?  

“I am very honored to have been selected to win the scholarship; it really helps me keep ...

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From a Laptop Webcam to Video Production as a Videographer

Armed with nothing more than willingness, passion and a laptop with a webcam on it, Kayla McDonald started growing her video production skills and her career as a videographer. Kayla McDonald Video Productions is now her business which is based out of the Comox Valley, in British Columbia.

Where does a Video production company start? How does it come to be?

“Well, I first started it in 2013. I originally wanted to start photography, and then it wasn’t financially do-able at the ...

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Making Memories on an Action Packed Adventure

Love and passion for the water are sometimes all it takes to give birth to business. At least, that’s how it transpired for Carla Halvorsen, owner of Action Packed Charters located in Port Alberni.

Yes, one can charter an action packed adventure.

How is it Action Packed Charters came to be?

From a love of the ocean of course.

“I love being on the water and traveling ...

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Vancouver Island’s Very Own Maple Syrup

Businesses are sometimes conjured right out of thin air; entrepreneurs see an opportunity, and they take it, or they come out of the mouths of twenty-three-year-old agricultural students, which was how the company Bigleaf Maple Syrup came to be.

Rick Hewson, CEO of the Hupacasath band in the Alberni Valley, was touring through one of the forests on the reserve with an agricultural student who was tagging along when the student noticed all the Bigleaf Maple trees around them and expressed ...

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Looking for a taste of the high life here on the rock – VI Limo

The road to success often includes unforeseen detours and bumps along the way, and such was certainly the case for one Island entrepreneur starting up a limousine service from ground zero.
“There certainly were… but it’s all about the journey, right?,” says a  perceptive Selena VanApeldoorn, owner/operator of Vancouver Island Limousine.
Established in 2011,  V.I. Limo has become a front runner for those looking for a taste of the high life here on the rock.
“I kind of stumbled into it,” Selena, 33, ...
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