Dark wooden shelves buttress ceramic vases at Smashin’ Glass & Anything Art Co. as contemporary floor lamps illume a collection of works that range from oil paintings to jewellery and fused-glass sculptures. Owner Karena Donnelly conceived of the artist-operated gallery as a space to both cultivate creativity and showcase original work from more than 130 local artists. Karena and her husband Kevin moonlight as teachers, sharing their craft with pupils of all ages during workshops and routine dental check-ups. The facility also plays matchmaker between eligible images and professional framing services.
Cleverly named after founder and lifelong dance enthusiast Ken Yung, Forever Yung Dance Studio waltzes across the line that separates art and fitness with classes that impart ballroom and Latin dance skills in an exciting, social setting. Experienced dance instructors lead workshops and weekly classes in styles such as tango and samba, inviting beginners and seasoned dancers to find their place in one of several difficulty levels. Even before acquiring their fifth and final toes at puberty, young feet can achieve grace and poise in kids' and teens' dance programs that build confidence and cooperative dancing skills. The studio's calendar brims with classes and social dance parties that give students a chance to practice their footwork and make new friends. Licensed instructor Anna Dodds leads sweat-inducing dance workouts in her energetic Zumba classes, which get hearts of all fitness levels racing in time with sultry Latin rhythms.
Too long of a drive. No car. A bunch of water is in the way. There are many situations in which regional flights are the most practical way to travel. To that end, Orca Airways' fleet of 18 small aircraft regularly travel between five airports along the Pacific Rim that serve Vancouver, Victoria, Parksville, Abbotsford, Tofino, Ucluelet, and Qualicum Beach. With large, cushy seats, their Piper Navajo Chieftains and Beechcraft King Airs zoom travellers through the air in relaxing comfort, like when Louis XIV was catapulted from Marseille to Paris in his throne. The flights are ideal for trips to business meetings or weekend vacations. Additionally, Orca charters its aircraft for travel throughout Canada and the United States.
Though a lifelong runner, cyclist, skier, and golfer, Beth Alden wasn't always a BCRPA-certified personal trainer. She actually spent 15 years in the business world, where filling quotas and bleaching discolored vats of Wite-Out left her drained. She finally had an epiphany and realized she wanted to follow her dreams and become a fitness instructor. Four years later and 40 pounds lighter, she now helps others find their slimmer selves in one-on-one training sessions or group classes, such as boxercise, circuit training, and yoga. She also offers clients nutrition and lifestyle advice.
At The Rod & Gun, a generous menu of pub classics meets an amiable atmosphere, live music, and a garden courtyard. A list of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, and wraps accompanies seafood pasta, fish and chips, and prime rib. Meanwhile, the restaurant's schedule of events features MMA fights, live bands and DJs, and sports.