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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)
The Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours organization, which operates its Bears of Bute Inlet wildlife viewing facility in Orford Bay, will be opening a new Homalco Adventure Centre in Campbell River this spring. Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours

Homalco First Nation to expand operations by opening new Adventure Centre in Campbell River

Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours, an a 20-year-old Indigenous community-owned business, will…

  • Mar 17, 2021
The Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours organization, which operates its Bears of Bute Inlet wildlife viewing facility in Orford Bay, will be opening a new Homalco Adventure Centre in Campbell River this spring. Homalco Wildlife & Cultural Tours
Shelter Point Distillery won several Canadian Whisky Awards this year, including a gold for best single malt. Facebook photo

Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point Distillery wins gold for single malt

Business won nine medals at recent Canadian Whisky Awards virtual ceremony

  • Mar 2, 2021
Shelter Point Distillery won several Canadian Whisky Awards this year, including a gold for best single malt. Facebook photo
The Jubilee Heights subdivision at the south end of Campbell River is just one of many new developments that has been happening in the city recently, and based on the number of applications and permits being issued, that doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

City of Campbell River sees $120-million in construction starts in 2020

Despite pandemic, building numbers continue to impress city staff

The Jubilee Heights subdivision at the south end of Campbell River is just one of many new developments that has been happening in the city recently, and based on the number of applications and permits being issued, that doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
There are only a few finishing touches left on the city’s three-year Waterfront Project, which is by far the largest infrastructure project it worked on in 2020. Photo courtesy City of Campbell River

City of Campbell River’s infrastructure work keeps pace in 2020 despite pandemic

City says there have been challenges, but it’s pleased with how much work has still been getting done

There are only a few finishing touches left on the city’s three-year Waterfront Project, which is by far the largest infrastructure project it worked on in 2020. Photo courtesy City of Campbell River
Chemainus Festival of Murals Society president Tom Andrews displays the Chemainus Dollars $10 bill with the same scene on it as The Native Heritage mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Dollars revert to being strictly souvenirs on April 5

Unique currency spendable in Chemainus becoming a collectible only

Chemainus Festival of Murals Society president Tom Andrews displays the Chemainus Dollars $10 bill with the same scene on it as The Native Heritage mural. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A seaweed farm installation in Klahoose First Nations Territory by Cortes Island. (Cascadia Seaweed photo)

Seaweed farming opens world of opportunity for coastal B.C.

“It’s projects like this that can show what true reconciliation is about.”

A seaweed farm installation in Klahoose First Nations Territory by Cortes Island. (Cascadia Seaweed photo)
Cruise ship arrives at Victoria Harbour, a prime source of international tourism that has been suspended in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria small businesses hoping to survive extended cruise ship ban

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority supports extension, but says losses will follow

Cruise ship arrives at Victoria Harbour, a prime source of international tourism that has been suspended in the COVID-19 pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
Vancouver Island mayors and BC Salmon Farmers Association board members have asked federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan to outline a recovery plan for North Island communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Federal politicians were asked for Vancouver Island recovery plan after salmon farming decision

Concerns have been addressed to federal fisheries minister Jordan and North Island-Powell River MP Blaney

Vancouver Island mayors and BC Salmon Farmers Association board members have asked federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan to outline a recovery plan for North Island communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
BC Ferries’ third Island Class vessel launches at Damen Shipyard in Romania on Oct. 28, 2020. Photo courtesy BC Ferries

VIDEO: First of two new ferries slated for Quadra Island run launched in Romania

Vessel will travel to Victoria next summer and begin service in 2022

BC Ferries’ third Island Class vessel launches at Damen Shipyard in Romania on Oct. 28, 2020. Photo courtesy BC Ferries
Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)

Wuikinuxv First Nation evacuation to Port Hardy extended to seven days

Rains have not slacked off, keeping landslides a present threat

Jonathan Nolan, Michael Nolan, Hope Johnson and Willow the cutest dog hanging, out at the Kwa'lilas Hotel while they wait to be able to return home to Rivers Inlet. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
The benchmark price of a single-family home in Campbell River hit $468,300 in October, an increase of five per cent over last year. File photo/Black Press

High real estate demand continues despite pandemic: VIREB

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) recorded 1,066 unit sales (all…

  • Nov 3, 2020
The benchmark price of a single-family home in Campbell River hit $468,300 in October, an increase of five per cent over last year. File photo/Black Press
Kuterra’s smolts will come from Cermaq hatcheries. (Whole Oceans image)

Cermaq to supply salmon smolts to land-based farm Kuterra

Emergent Holdings, which operates Kuterra, and Cermaq signed a four-year agreement

Kuterra’s smolts will come from Cermaq hatcheries. (Whole Oceans image)
The 11 finalists in Campbell River's NexStream technology incubator challenge will now develop working demonstrations of their ideas or invention, along with a detailed three-year business and marketing plan. Meanwhile, the incubator has opened a bonus 10-week session for local businesses looking to grow. Black Press File Photo

Angling for innovation in the Salmon Capital of the World

Reminder: Applications for the second annual NexStream Tech Competition are due Oct. 31

  • Oct 21, 2020
The 11 finalists in Campbell River's NexStream technology incubator challenge will now develop working demonstrations of their ideas or invention, along with a detailed three-year business and marketing plan. Meanwhile, the incubator has opened a bonus 10-week session for local businesses looking to grow. Black Press File Photo
Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Ocean potential takes the spotlight at the 2020 ‘State of the Island’ Economic Summit

Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s annual summit goes digital for 2020

Kendra MacDonald is CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster. She is the keynote presenter at the State of the Island Economic Summit, taking place virtually Oct. 27–29, 2020. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

WestJet announces additional flights from Comox Valley Airport to Calgary, Edmonton

WestJet’s morning and evening service from the Comox Valley Airport to Calgary…

  • Oct 7, 2020

Finalists Announced For Sept. 30 VIREB Commercial Building Awards

The 13th edition of the annual Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial…

  • Sep 24, 2020

Campbell River’s Showcase 5 movie theatre welcomes back movie-goers

The movie-going experience returned to Campbell River’s Showcase 5 movie theatre on…

  • Jul 27, 2020

Salmon farmers partner with Food Banks Canada to donate equivalent of 272,000 meals

Today the BC Salmon Farmers Association (BCSFA) announced a new national salmon…

  • Jun 26, 2020