Parksville

Two hikers stranded in a gully on Mt. Arrowsmith had to be airlifted to safety early on July 18, 2022. Alberni Valley Rescue, North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters collaborated to bring the hikers to safety. (AVRS PHOTO)

Two hikers rescued from steep gully at Mt. Arrowsmith

Alberni Valley Rescue Squad calls in helicopter hoist team for assistance

Two hikers stranded in a gully on Mt. Arrowsmith had to be airlifted to safety early on July 18, 2022. Alberni Valley Rescue, North Shore Rescue and Talon Helicopters collaborated to bring the hikers to safety. (AVRS PHOTO)
Bruce Waugh, from B.C., works on his masterpiece during the 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville on July 17. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Bruce Waugh, from B.C., works on his masterpiece during the 2022 Quality Foods Sand Sculpting Competition in Parksville on July 17. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
An artist works on his sand sculpture on Day 2 of the 2018 Parksville Beach Festival’s sand sculpting competition. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville sandcastles makes grand return this weekend after 2-year absence

Sand sculpting competition theme is the ‘Roaring Twenties’

An artist works on his sand sculpture on Day 2 of the 2018 Parksville Beach Festival’s sand sculpting competition. (PQB News file photo)
Catalytic converters seized by police in 2019. (Surrey RCMP photo)

Vancouver Island police concerned as catalytic converter thefts mount

To lessen risk, police suggest avoiding low-traffic parking spots

Catalytic converters seized by police in 2019. (Surrey RCMP photo)
Patrick Flewin enjoys a day eFoiling in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)

Former movie stuntman brings eFoiling to Vancouver Island

Unique watersport akin to an electric surfboard on a unicycle

Patrick Flewin enjoys a day eFoiling in Qualicum Beach. (Michael Briones photo)
PQB News reporter Michael Briones, left, with pickleball instructor and coach Ernie Pallot. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Holding court: Vancouver Island reporter tries pickleball for the first time

Briones thoroughly enjoys ‘fun, physical and mental activity’

PQB News reporter Michael Briones, left, with pickleball instructor and coach Ernie Pallot. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)

Victoria man surprised to learn he authored 1966 note in B.C. beach time capsule

Letter found 56 years later by Rathtrevor Beach tourists

Dick Brown at 16. (Submitted photo)
Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)

B.C. family discovers 56-year-old message in bottle on Vancouver Island beach

Buried treasure inadvertently dug out of 4-foot deep hole in sand

Leah discovered a small glass cream bottle that contained a note written more than 50 years ago. (Submitted photo)
NIcholas Bennett points to the crowd after finishing second in the 200-metre free S14 and set a new Canadian record at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Portugal. (Swimming Canada/Ian MacNicol photo)

Vancouver Island swimmer Bennett wins silver medal in debut at 2022 worlds

Former Ravensong club member shatters own Canadian record

NIcholas Bennett points to the crowd after finishing second in the 200-metre free S14 and set a new Canadian record at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Portugal. (Swimming Canada/Ian MacNicol photo)
Parksville swimmer Nicholas Bennett is set to compete at 2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Portugal. (Swimming Canada photo)

Vancouver Island swimmer set to make debut at world championships in Portugal

Ex-Ravensong member Nicholas Bennett confident heading into competition

Parksville swimmer Nicholas Bennett is set to compete at 2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Portugal. (Swimming Canada photo)
Joanne Sales visits the PQB News/Vancouver Island Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)

PODCAST: Broom Busters hoping to sweep Vancouver Island clean

PQBeat: Joanne Sales discusses volunteer efforts to battle invasive plant

Joanne Sales visits the PQB News/Vancouver Island Daily studios. (Peter McCully photo)
Family and friends reported James Vezina of Port Alberni missing on May 31, 2022. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)

UPDATE: Missing Port Alberni man found safe by search and rescue volunteers

Family and friends reported that James Vezina has been missing since May 31

Family and friends reported James Vezina of Port Alberni missing on May 31, 2022. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
A vehicle was reported by police travelling at 160 km/h along Rupert Road in Qualicum Beach. (Google Maps)

Vancouver Island driver fined after speed clocked at 160 km/h in a 70 zone

Vehicle impounded for 7 days after Qualicum Beach incident

A vehicle was reported by police travelling at 160 km/h along Rupert Road in Qualicum Beach. (Google Maps)
The ‘Chesapeake Shores’ TV series production crew filmed in Nanoose Bay on May 19, 2022 as part of its sixth and final season. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Bittersweet ending approaches for ‘Chesapeake Shores’ production on Vancouver Island

Hallmark Channel TV series wraps up filming of sixth and final season this summer

The ‘Chesapeake Shores’ TV series production crew filmed in Nanoose Bay on May 19, 2022 as part of its sixth and final season. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
A surveillance photo of a suspect in a reported robbery at CIBC in Parksville on May 19. (Submitted photo)

RCMP continue search for suspect following Parksville bank robbery

Police ask public for assistance in locating man

A surveillance photo of a suspect in a reported robbery at CIBC in Parksville on May 19. (Submitted photo)
A surveillance photo of a suspect in a reported robbery at CIBC in Parksville on May 19. (Submitted photo)

RCMP seek suspect following report of bank robbery at Vancouver Island CIBC branch

Parksville police ask public for assistance in locating man

A surveillance photo of a suspect in a reported robbery at CIBC in Parksville on May 19. (Submitted photo)
Parksville’s Tagen Marshall with his new van, ‘Vinnie’, picked up last week after a successful fundraising campaign. (Submitted photo)

New $90K van ‘opens doors’ for ambitious Vancouver Island University student

WOLF: Parksville’s Tagen Marshall continues to inspire

Parksville’s Tagen Marshall with his new van, ‘Vinnie’, picked up last week after a successful fundraising campaign. (Submitted photo)
Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)

Vancouver Island swimmer to compete at 2022 Commonwealth Games in England

Ravensong Breakers product Nikolas Bennett is one of eight para-swimmers on Canadian team

Parksville para-swimmer Nicholas Bennett will compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in England. (Swimming Canada Facebook photo)
Parksville Beach Festival Society has unveiled a list of sculptors who will compete in the first event since 2019. The festival runs from July 14 to July 17 and is open to the public on July 15. (File photo)

World invited back to Parksville beach as sandcastles poised to make a return

Parksville Beach Festival Society unveils sand sculptor list for 2022

Parksville Beach Festival Society has unveiled a list of sculptors who will compete in the first event since 2019. The festival runs from July 14 to July 17 and is open to the public on July 15. (File photo)
Damage to vehicles from potholes on Highway 19 in late December, early January resulted in about 90 claims to the maintenence contractor. (Devon Matheson/Facebook photo)

Vancouver Island driver hits pothole in Island Highway pothole claims process

Damage during winter stretch north of Lantzville resulted in about 90 claims

Damage to vehicles from potholes on Highway 19 in late December, early January resulted in about 90 claims to the maintenence contractor. (Devon Matheson/Facebook photo)