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Inflight Magazine for Pacific Coastal Airlines West Shore Rising Residential activity booms in one of Canadas fastest growing regions Food industry thrives in the Comox Valley QA with Chief Richard Harry FebruaryMarch 2013 Volume 7 Number 1

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Contents Pacific Coastal Airlines Inflight Magazine FebruaryMarch 2013 Volume 7 Number 1 FEATURES 6 WEST SHORE RISING Residents flock to the region 10 FOOD INDUSTRY DRIVING COMOX VALLEY Huge investments boost thriving economy 14 FISHING FOR ADVENTURE Barbara Kelly makes her mark at Rivers Inlet Sportsmans Club 16 AQUACULTURE Brian Kieran looks at salmon farming as the industry surges 18 CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PCA says, Thanks 20 HOPE IN THE AIR Charity partners with PCA to offer free medi

PRESIDEN PRESIDENTS MESSAGE R ID NTS MES AGE IDE MESS Best airport in North America Vancouver International Airport YVR is the second busiest airport in Canada. In 2011 it welcomed 17 million people, managed more than 258,000 flights, and handled nearly 224,000 tons of cargo. In recent years, the airport has been named Best Airport in North America and made the list of top 10 airports in the world for the first time in 2012. These impressive achievements have helped place Vancouver on the must

TAIL ART Pacific Coastal employee Ryan Parenteau with his contestwinning tail art design on PCAs new Beechcraft 1900C. The tale behind the tails By SUSIE QUINN he tradition of aircraft artwork may date back to the First World War but with more than a dozen different icons painted on Pacific Coastal airplane tails, its a concept the airline has embraced. The Smith family, which founded PCA and the airline itself are B.C.born, and when the subject of tail art came up, they found it difficult to

GREATER VICTORIA MUNICI ALITIES IN TRANSITION MUNICIPALITIES IN TRANSITION U CIPALITIES R S I WEST SHORE REGION B Fast Facts The average age in the West Shore is 38, younger than in many other Greater Victoria regions. In addition to the local development and investment dollars that have helped build the West Shore in the past, today the region is also enjoying significant outside investment. The West Shore by community COLWOOD 2011 Population 16,093 2006 Population 14,687 Per cent change

OOMING New vision for Bear Mountain DEVELOPMENT PROMOTED AS YEARROUND, WILDERNESSEDGE RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY Photo courtesy of Bear Mountain Resort By JENNIFER BLYTH One of the most significant developments in the West Shore in the last decade has been the 1,300acre Bear Mountain Resort, a mix of residential homes and visitor accommodation complemented by shopping, dining and recreation opportunities, all focused around 36 holes of Nicklausdesigned golf. Situated in the foothills of Mount Finl

West Shore Continued from page 7 with two new high schools planned to open for 2015, Spinner says. Thats crucial to our economic growth because schools are so important to all our young families. Active living is also key, and thats an area local governments and private enterprise have invested in heavily, with new ice arenas, pools, fields, courts and stadiums serving everyone from the novice skater to Canadian national team athletes, including the most recent addition of Rugby Canadas nationa

PCA GOLF TOURNEY GEARS UP TO TOP RECORD FUNDRAISING BUSINESS ROUNDUP the three or fourday City Detox Package will enjoy a full day of guided marine adventure, one or two days of guided kayaking or hiking, and a day of unguided resort activities. Pair all of this with a healthfocused cuisine and as much or as little activity as you want and you are sure to feel recharged. The package includes accommodation in private cabins gourmet meals and house alcohol hiking and kayaking and the use of resor

COMOX VALLEY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT A FOOD LOVERS DELIGHT FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY DRIVING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE COMOX VALLEY By SUSAN LUNDY n peak season, the Blackfin Pub in Comox is a hub of activity, serving between 400600 people a day. Perched at the waters edge, overlooking a tangle of boats in three separate marinas, and located right at the foot of Fishermans Wharf, the pub has the advantage of spectacular views and easy access to boaters, other visitors and locals. Inside, its a

John Watson, executive director at the economic development office. And related to this, is a big focus on land use for agriculture and expansion of business through exporting. Comox Valley Economic Development is aggressively promoting the area as a destination for agriinvestment, using tools such as beautifully rendered lure brochures, the Comox Valley Growers Guide used as a farm direct sales piece, and as a tool to demonstrate to investors, the depth and range of producers in the region, tra

COMOX VALLEY COMOX VALLEY COMOX VALLEY TOURISM ARTS, CULTURE, HIS DIVERSITY REIGNS IN VALLEY ATTRACTIONS By SUSAN LUNDY ourism in the Comox Valley is a lot more than sun, snow and powder at Mount Washington Alpine Resort and given the many things to do, visitors might even need to extend their stay. In addition to all the activities that go hand in hand with a beautiful natural setting and moderate climate, the area is packed with history and cultural offerings, a booming culinary industry an

BC DATEBOOK STORY CAMPBELL RIVER Fashion Inferno 11 Mar. 2 North Vancouver Islands premier fundraising event in support of the B.C. Professional Fire Fighters Burn Fund. A ladies night out presented by Campbell River Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 1668. Campbell River Community Center, 6 p.m. FMI 2502866266 POWELL RIVER Film Festival Feb. 1924 Annual film festival held at the Patricia Theatre. Check website at www.prfilmfestival. ca for film info, tickets more. 69th Powell River Festival of the

PROFILE SPORT FISHING FISHING FOR ADVEN LODGE OWNER BARBARA KELLY FOLLOWS HER ADVENTUROUS SPIRIT TO BECOME A PIONEERING WOMAN IN RIVERS INLET By JENNIFER BLYTH t was the mid1980s when Barbara Kelly, a school teacher and principal originally from England, thought shed try her hand at the fishing lodge business on the central coast of British Columbia. Not that fresh starts and new challenges were anything new to Kelly, who had embarked on a variety of adventures with her family over the previou

TURE Kelly built all new accommodations in 2005 and 2006 and emphasizes with all her 14 to 18 staff the importance of working hard and providing guests with a good experience that philosophy is reinforced with the young people she hires. Hard work will get you where luck wont, she notes. I always try to hire students so I know theyre going to use that money wisely and get a good education, she explains. One of my girls is in her third year of medical school in Toronto and to get into medical sc

AQUACULTURE SALMON FA ITS ALL ABOUT SCIENCE AND CERTAINTY merging from behind the long shadow of the Cohen Commission, BCs salmon farming sector is surging into 2013 fully focused on expanding stewardship benchmarks and a drive to achieve a regulatory framework that sustains growth. In 2012, the industry was largely captive of the prolonged 26 million Cohen Commission inquiry into the collapse of the Fraser River sockeye run. Much to the disappointment of antifish farming activists, the Hon. Br

ARMING Photo courtesy BC Salmon Fishing Association A Aboriginal Aquaculture Association A First Nations will play a key role in the development and management of a healthy and sustainable aquaculture sector. Sustainable Environmental Stewardship Innovation and commitment serving fresh BC salmon every day February March 2013 PACIFIC COASTAL AIRLINES 17

PACIFIC COASTAL AIRLINES PCA GIVES A BIG NOD OF THANKS VALUED CUSTOMERS HONOURED AT SPECIAL PCA EVENT Pacific Coastal Airline loves its customers and on November 20, the airline treated some of its business partners to a night of prizes, networking and tantalizing food. Held in Victoria at the everpopular Blue Crab Bar and Grill Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel Marina the evening of treats and greets gave PCA a chance to express its gratitude to the many people who help make it all happen. Pre

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CHARITY IN THE AIR PARTNERSHIP GIVES HOPE IN THE AIR PACIFIC COASTAL DONATES BC FLIGHTS TO CANADAWIDE CHARITY BY SUSAN LUNDY ithout Hope Air and Pacific Coastal Airlines, little Jayden Millars story might not have a happy ending. The twoyearold, who lives with her family in Williams Lake, was born with a benign tumour on her lip, and she needs regular treatments at BC Childrens Hospital in Vancouver a ninehour drive from Williams Lake. Her mother, Amanda Bird, says her family cant afford to fl

BUSINESS PROFILE SPIRIT BEAR COFFEE A BUSINESS THATS PERCOLATING By BENJAMIN YONG Nations communities. For instance, Biglin says, the raven is known in the culture as the creator. In the coffee world, everything starts with espresso and was thus named after the powerful bird. Philanthropy is also a core business value at Spirit Bear. Besides working frequently with wildlife rescue organizations, the company donates five per cent of all gross revenue to the Great Bear Rainforest. Last July, Bigl

QA Chief Richard Harry Executive Director of the Aboriginal Aquaculture Association C hief Richard Harry of the Homalco First Nation has been a commercial fisherman for over 40 years. He was born and raised on the coast of British Columbia and has fished most of his life. As the Chief for over 20 years, he successfully worked towards a vision of providing economic opportunities, employment, social development, training, a working government as well as homes and services for the Homalco people.

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