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Bestselling author Karma Brown shares her recipe for a perfect holiday

By Amanda Lee photography by Graham Paine   Part of what makes the holiday season special is revisiting family traditions. For some, it’s trimming the tree, for others it’s watching The Santa Clause (which was partly filmed in Oakville). For author Karma Brown, whose first novel, Come Away With Me, …

Joy to the kitchen

Few experiences in life compare to the pleasing waft of a freshly baked apple pie. Or, stepping into the home on a cold dreary day that is filled with the luscious aroma of a homemade soup that’s been simmering for hours. The holiday season often arrives with a natural inclination …

Cheers to local brew pubs

Beer lovers can discover a range of flavours from raspberry sours to Reese’s Pieces By Peter Bailey Photography by Graham Paine   There was a time in this great land when the brew pubs did not run. Although John Molson opened his first brewery in 1786, followed by Alexander Keith in …

The Kind Matter combines sustainability with style

By Stephanie Hounsell   Photography by Graham Paine   People have many misconceptions about what it takes to live an eco-conscious life. That it’s all or nothing. That it’s expensive and inconvenient. And that it couldn’t possibly be compatible with living a beautiful life that celebrates the finer things. It takes …

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Parksville-Qualicum Beach: East coast gem of Vancouver Island

By Linda Barnard   Picture a beach that appears to stretch forever with mountains in the distance, waterfalls, lush and peaceful forests and a Mediterranean-style climate. It may seem like an unattainable getaway with travel plans on pause but there’s no passport required for a vacation in Parksville and neighbouring …

Luxury Adventures: Family, Romance or Solitude? You Choose

While we are all facing similar problems during these difficult times, the way we cope is unique to each of us. Some crave the noise and warmth of family togetherness, some want a romantic escape for just two, and some need the peace of solitary meditation. Here are three short, …

Nest Notes

Holiday fabrics and fun Inspired to update your home for the holidays and beyond? Your creative options are limitless thanks to the astounding array of wallpaper and fabric patterns available at Spoonflower.com, created by the world’s creatives. Spoonflower is a global marketplace connecting makers and consumers with artists worldwide. The …
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