Local Business

A merger between Nanaimo-based Taste of B.C. Aquafarms and Blue Star Foods of Miami, Fla., will scale up land-based fish farm steelhead production on the mid Island. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo fish farm plans to scale up production 15 times thanks to US deal

Taste of B.C. Aquafarms was acquired by Miami, Fla.’s Blue Star Foods Corp. earlier this year

Tammy Lee and her daughter Amanda at Port Alice Pizza. (Debra Lynn photo)

‘Port Alice Pizza’ reopens with new owners

COVID-19 boredom prompted Lee to consider taking on the pizzeria

  • Oct 12, 2021
Regan Hickling with his 23-foot Hydra-Sports boat. (Debra Lynn photo)

Rumble Beach Charters: interesting encounters with wildlife and humans

Hickling runs both fishing charters and sea otter tours

  • Sep 1, 2021
The Copper & Kelp Market building in Fort Rupert. (Copper & Kelp Market Facebook photo)

Copper & Kelp Market aiming to open by the fall

‘Building this business during the Covid-19 pandemic has given us the opportunity to refocus’

The Copper & Kelp Market building in Fort Rupert. (Copper & Kelp Market Facebook photo)
Pemberton Hills plan map with drill Holes and surface alteration. (Northisle photo)

Northisle starts exploring Red Dog, Pemberton Hills preliminary results look favourable

Northisle owns the North Island Project, which is a copper and gold porphyry deposit

Pemberton Hills plan map with drill Holes and surface alteration. (Northisle photo)
Northisle Copper and Gold map photo
Northisle Copper and Gold map photo
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
The building at 1053 Maquinna in Port Alice is undergoing major renos. (Debra Lynn photo)
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

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)
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)