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The building at 1053 Maquinna in Port Alice is undergoing major renos. (Debra Lynn photo)

Small strata renovations in Port Alice ‘pay for themselves’

WRITTEN BY DEBRA LYNN The building at 1053 Maquinna in Port Alice…

  • Jul 27, 2021
Tseshaht Lead Beach Keeper Hank Gus says he’s looking forward to sharing the Broken Group Islands origin story with visitors. Gus has been a Beach Keeper for nine years. (Tseshaht First Nation photo)

Tseshaht First Nation re-opens Broken Group Islands with refreshed Beach Keepers Program

To help sustain the program, tour operators are encouraged to implement a $10 per day per guest fee

Spencer Mousek hard at work on the renovations for her coffee shop. (Debra Lynn photo)

Foggy Mountain Coffee Company opening soon in Port Alice

Port Alice residents will soon have their very own place to drink coffee

  • May 31, 2021
Spencer Mousek hard at work on the renovations for her coffee shop. (Debra Lynn photo)
The Atli Chip Limited Partnership team achieved an important milestone when they loaded their first barge of slash chips which will be delivered to a Paper Excellence mill. (Submitted photo)
The Atli Chip Limited Partnership team achieved an important milestone when they loaded their first barge of slash chips which will be delivered to a Paper Excellence mill. (Submitted photo)
Grieg Seafood’s Managing Director, Rocky Boschman (left) and Councillor Thomas Smith sign the net-cleaning contract between Grieg and the Tlowitsis Nation on May 14, 2021 in Campbell River. Grieg Seafood photo

Tlowitsis Nation signs net-cleaning contract with Grieg Seafood, servicing salmon farms in Clio Channel

The Tlowitsis Nation and Grieg Seafood BC have signed a contract that…

  • May 19, 2021
Grieg Seafood’s Managing Director, Rocky Boschman (left) and Councillor Thomas Smith sign the net-cleaning contract between Grieg and the Tlowitsis Nation on May 14, 2021 in Campbell River. Grieg Seafood photo
Registered nurse Jessica Hawley-MacLeod and Dr. Molly Marin are currently offering botox and dermal fillers at the Port Hardy medical clinic. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Pair determined to smooth out the wrinkles in Port Hardy with botox and dermal fillers

‘Our true goal is just to help people feel good about themselves’

Registered nurse Jessica Hawley-MacLeod and Dr. Molly Marin are currently offering botox and dermal fillers at the Port Hardy medical clinic. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
North Coast Trail Ale. (Submitted photo)

Interest in Vancouver Island’s wild north coast continuing to brew

Growing interest in Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail can be washed down with new craft beer

North Coast Trail Ale. (Submitted photo)
NIC’s new president Lisa Domae assumed the role of president on April 12. Domae has worked at NIC since 2000, most recently as the executive vice president, academic and chief operating officer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

New North Island College president launches draft strategic plan

Lisa Domae assumed the role of president on April 12, 2021

NIC’s new president Lisa Domae assumed the role of president on April 12. Domae has worked at NIC since 2000, most recently as the executive vice president, academic and chief operating officer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Scott’s jewelry boxes and whales’ tails pedestal bowls. (Debra Lynn photo)

Port Alice woodworking business flourishes with word-of-mouth promotion

The Scotts have depended on local promotion and word-of-mouth connections to expand their business

  • May 5, 2021
The Scott’s jewelry boxes and whales’ tails pedestal bowls. (Debra Lynn photo)
Renovations are underway at the Old Schoolhouse as Cafe Guido gets ready to turn it into the Copper & Kelp Market. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Cafe Guido purchases ‘dying’ Old Schoolhouse store to save it from extinction

After purchasing it they decided to give it a new name, coming up with ‘The Copper & Kelp Market’

Renovations are underway at the Old Schoolhouse as Cafe Guido gets ready to turn it into the Copper & Kelp Market. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Gourmet donuts made by Jesus Poem and Athena Guy. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Italian gourmet donuts a hit in the North Island

Poem said the feedback on the gourmet donuts has been fantastic

Gourmet donuts made by Jesus Poem and Athena Guy. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
The Scarlet Ibis in Holberg. (Scarlet Ibis Facebook photo)

Scarlet Ibis: A facelift for the old red bird

‘Running a small pub and restaurant in a remote community can be a challenge’

The Scarlet Ibis in Holberg. (Scarlet Ibis Facebook photo)
The Port Hardy Airport looks in fantastic shape after extensive renovations. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Port Hardy Airport named as a finalist for construction awards

The Port Hardy Airport has been named as a finalist for the…

The Port Hardy Airport looks in fantastic shape after extensive renovations. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tourism spending in Canada dropped by almost 50 per cent in 2020

Tourism-related jobs dropped by almost 29 per cent

The first cruise ship of the 2019 season – the Celebrity Eclipse – docks in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
‘Namgis First Nation photo

Paper Excellence acquires interest in Atli Chip Limited Partnership

“The ‘Namgis have long been a significant contributor to the economic health of the North Island”

‘Namgis First Nation photo
Beacon Tattoo

Port Hardy tattoo shop celebrates three years in business

Patrick Berube has been tattooing for roughly 20 years now.

Beacon Tattoo
The new Clean Cart technology makes sure carts are well-sanitized for customer use. (Michael Briones photo)

Quality Foods opens new flagship store in Parksville

Mayor: ‘City is obviously growing out this way so it’s going to be a big help to all the residents’

The new Clean Cart technology makes sure carts are well-sanitized for customer use. (Michael Briones photo)
Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)

Survey finds Canada’s hospitality industry has low expectations for year ahead

Almost 87 per cent of businesses in accommodation and food services report lower revenues in 2020

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress hotel closed for three months in late 2020, early 2021, to undergo renovations in leveraging slower hotel traffic because of COVID-19 restrictions. A new report from Statistics Canada find many businesses in the accommodation and food services sector are bracing for another tough year. (Courtesy of Fairmont Empress hotel)
Coastal Rainforest Safaris in Port Hardy. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

North Island business given ‘breathing room’ during pandemic

Andrew Jones established Kingfisher Wilderness Adventures over 20 years ago.

Coastal Rainforest Safaris in Port Hardy. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)