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Capital Regional District and TD Bank employees take a ceremonial ride along the Galloping Goose in View Royal after TD's $250,000 donation to the trail system.
Photograph by: Adrian Lam, Times Colonist, Times Colonist TD Bank antes up for area trails
$250,000 donation to be used to build information, rest stations

islandMoments Mar Apr 2011
Spring brings on a new life for many of us as we pack away our winter sweaters and enjoy the sweet smell of cherry blossoms in the air. To truly enjoy all the beauty that Spring has to offer, spend some time at some of the world class gardens on Vancouver Island. Travel by train up the Island and enjoy the breathtaking views that pass you by. For a hands on experience, go for a hike at one of Canada's newest parks the Gulf Island National Reserve. Here you will enlighten your senses as you experience nature on a whole new level.

Eloping in Sooke
If you are looking for a perfect very small wedding on the south island we have three very fine choices in Sooke

A new VOICE in Sooke
Mary Brooke of Brookeline Publishing has started a new local paper, the Sooke Voice News. Best of luck to her in using her Voice well.

August opening eyed for salmon centre
The Charters Creek Salmon Stewardship Centre, above, is nearing completion thanks to the work of dedicated volunteers. The centre is hoping for a August 2011.

Top 10 B&B / Inns
Travelers Choice Awards 2011

Ecotourism advocates point to a fresh future in the forests
When members of the Ancient Forest Alliance asked Port Renfrew restaurant owner Jessica Hicks to host a public meeting about a stand of old growth trees dubbed Avatar Grove, Hicks thought she might use the event as a fundraiser for the fledgeling environmental group. Then, reflecting on her Coastal Kitchen Cafe's place in the community and the smouldering tension between environmentalists and B.C.'s logging towns, Hicks decided a simple information session might ruffle fewer feathers.

The discovery of numerous 12 to 15 feet (3.7 to 4.6 meters) wide old-growth stumps recently logged near the Avatar Grove on Vancouver Island prompted the Ancient Forest Alliance to create of a new Facebook group where members can upload their largest stump photos. In this photo: Ken Wu on Edinburgh Mountain, near Port Renfrew.
Photograph by: TJ Watt, Special to the Sun
Massive stumps raise suspicions
Giant red cedars logged while ecotourism promoted - Support protection of the Avatar Grove before its too late.

View of Victoria- Watercolor show
You are invited to view Leslie Redhead's new watercolours and mingle with the artist.

islandMOMENTS Mar/Apr 2010
The official enewsletter for Tourism Vancouver Island

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