Shed Tofino's Playlist is like a Road Trip From Vancouver Island to California

Tofino's Shed restaurant is 900-songs-long, and features throwback favourites like Bran Van 300's "Drinking in L.A." and Skee-Lo's, "I Wish." Plus, Shaggy.

By Breakwater Mag

What the Kelp? A Cultural Exploration of this Humble Yet Mighty Seaweed

There was a time when one of my greatest fears was seaweed. Floating in the middle of a deep, dark lake, my limbs outstretched on the surface, I would imagine the slimy grip of a seaweed tendril grabbing me from below.

By Dre Turner

What's Happening This Week: August 16 to August 24

A list of cool events happening on Vancouver Island from August 16 to August 25. Mark your calendars.

By Breakwater Mag

Spend What's Left of Summer on One of These Victoria Beaches

Summer isn't over yet. Find the perfect beach in Victoria to soak up the last of summer's rays.

By Julia Dilworth

Here’s The Country-Heavy Playlist of Wheelies Motorcycle Shop and Cafe

For the most part, the playlist at Wheelies Motorcycles is akin to "sitting by the river, throwing rocks into the water." Unless you happen to show up on a Friday afternoon.

By Breakwater Mag

Yayu, a New Plant-Based Cafe Now Open in Ucluelet

The cafe opened its doors in early July and is already popular with the locals.

By Dre Turner


The Breakwater Guide to Good Beer: Mid-Island

We've got you covered on where to find good beer from Nanaimo to Campbell River.

By Rob Mangelsdorf

On Pasta Pop-Ups (And the Kind of Dessert an Angel Would Eat)

In Victoria, Pasta di Hugo's pop-up pasta dinners hearken back to old-world Italian trattoria meals.

By Julia Serena Ready

On Hangover Poutine and the kind of Greasy Spoon that Never Judges

In the first of our series for Stands and Shacks, in which we document our affinity for the most unassuming places to eat on Vancouver Island, we feature Victoria's La Belle Patate.

By Julia Crawford

Finding Hot Tubs and Ocean Views in Shirley

Are people still overlooking Shirley as one of the Island’s best local getaways?

By Julia Dilworth

The Ever-Changing and Always Cool Woods on Pender

Summer camp keeps getting better. We take a look at Woods on Pender's always evolving property.

By Julia Dilworth

Welcome to Breakwater Magazine

Our idea to launch Breakwater was sparked when we asked ourselves what seemed to be a simple question—"Why are we proud to be brewing on Vancouver Island?"—and discovered there was no simple answer.

By Breakwater Mag