Holiday Celebrations with Seafood

YAM explores how the Holiday season is the perfect time to enjoy the bounty of the sea. By Cinda Cavich There’s something about serving crustaceans that always says “let’s celebrate” to me. Though shellfish was a rare treat in my childhood home, every year, just before Christmas, my dad would come home with several pounds of frozen […] Read more…

Discovering the Healing Power of Trees In Tofino

A forest bathing getaway to Tofino unlocks the restorative potential of nature. By Athena McKenzie The original trail to Hot Springs Cove was created over time by the Hesquiaht First Nation and then by early settlers, who created the boardwalk. A new boardwalk was constructed in the 1990s to protect the natural landscape. Photograph by Carrie […] Read more…

Top 5 Wedding Trends For 2018

Are you saying “I do” this year? Incorporate these style, decor and floral trends into your important day to make it glamorous and bold — and, most importantly, a day you’ll never forget. Read more…

Our 6 Favourite Rooms of 2017

With so many beautiful, Vancouver Island homes featured in our magazines this year, it was a challenge to pick just a few. There were bold bathrooms, bright kitchens and cozy living areas, but these are our six favourite rooms from our 2017 issues. Read more…

HOUSE TOUR: COASTAL MODERN

An award-winning Cadboro Bay home takes its cues from its locale on the ocean’s edge — it blends into its environment with a modern esthetic, using glass, concrete, stone and wood. Read more…

HOUSE TOUR: AT HOME WITH HISTORY

Located in one of Victoria’s most coveted neighbourhoods, this fully restored heritage home — complete with vintage-inspired touches and modern amenities — comes with its own backstory.  Read more…

COOKING WITH FIRE

Chefs have a “new” tool in their culinary arsenal — fire. Pushing back against high-tech kitchen trends, many are ditching the thermo-circulators and foam siphons for something
far simpler: a smoky wood or charcoal-fired grill. Read more…

HOW TO ADD COLOUR TO YOUR HOME

A refresh of this Victoria home by designers Kyla Bidgood and Kristine Hageland of Bidgood and Co. introduces playful elements of colour and pattern — making for a vibrant and functional living space. Read more…

GROW YOUR OWN BOUQUETS

Cutting gardens have been in and out of fashion since the days of the ancient Egyptians. Today, many gardeners are rediscovering the eco-benefits and the pure pleasure of growing, harvesting and arranging their own blooms. Read more…

IT’S A GOOD DAY FOR SOUP

Soups are super nourishing and loaded with easily digestible vitamins and minerals, so it’s not surprising that “souping” is the latest health-food trend. And it’s not hard to add souping to your home-cooking routine.  Read more…

SPARKLING COCKTAILS FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

This being a celebratory time of year, your fridge should never be without a bottle of sparkling wine. And local Island bubbly is the perfect pairing for all your holiday celebrations — whether you drink it as is or mix it into a holiday cocktail.  Read more…

DISCOVER THE JOYS OF A WINTER HIKE

Wander under moss-hung trees, tramp across windswept scenic bluffs, or amble along sandy shorelines — these West Coast excursions prove you don’t need to rough it to reap the benefits of an invigorating winter hike. Read more…

DREAMS OF GINGERBREAD

Whether you want to bake gingerbread cookies or construct gingerbread condos, YAM brings you tips and stories from local gingerbread gurus to enrich this most gingery of seasons. Read more…

VICTORIA IS WILD ABOUT WHISKY

The topic of “whisky trends” may seem to be an oxymoron — innovation and change aren’t words one typically associates with whisky. But change is afoot for the spirit — in British Columbia and around the world.  Read more…

WHY FRIENDS ARE IMPORTANT

Finding — and keeping — friends in adulthood can be a challenge, but by shifting the focus from you to others, you’ll open the door to the best friendships you’ve ever experienced.  Read more…

STYLE WATCH: BETWEEN WORLDS

This month’s Style Watch — which brought together YAM’s fashion editor Janine Metcalfe and Director of Photography Jeffrey Bosdet with contemporary Northwest Coast artist Rande Cook — explores fashion in nature to bring myth alive.  Read more…

VICTORIA’S AMBASSADORS OF STYLE

From the coastal cool of the shopkeepers of Beachology to the urbanism of the salon owners of DesignHouse, these four dynamic duos make Victoria a little more hip — and by sharing their passions, allow us all to bring some flair into our own lives. Read more…

HOME TOUR: GULF ISLAND CLIFFHANGER

This Quadra Island home is drawing worldwide attention and the kind of architectural acclaim usually reserved for art galleries, libraries and other buildings of public significance. But first, it’s a home. Read more…

INSIDE FASHION INFERNO, THE PARTY OF THE SUMMER

Temperatures may have been soaring on August 18, but it was Fashion Inferno that made it the hottest night of the summer. A fashion party like no other, the evening saw models — and firefighters —strutting the runway in the latest looks from some of Victoria’s favourite local boutiques. Read more…

HOME TOUR: DESIGNED TO LAST

Constructed of steel and tempered skyscraper windows, this unique eco-friendly home is designed to last for at least a millennium. Some might call it a prototype for the ideal home for the 21st century and beyond. Read more…

THE EVOLUTION OF THE GIN & TONIC

Enjoyed on any sunny patio, a gin and tonic is the best cure for the summertime blues — two simple ingredients poured over ice and given a gentle stir. Use these B.C.-made gins for a local terroir of cedar, fir, lavender, bay laurel and, of course, juniper. Read more…

STYLE WATCH: TRUE WEST

Take your fashion cue from country life this summer in textures, colours and patterns inspired by everything from weathered red barns to bales of blonde hay. Whether you choose denim, summer cashmere or gaucho-style culottes, it’s the perfect time to revel in rural chic. Read more…

HOW FITNESS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

From surfing to Jazzercise, fitness not only shapes our bodies, but also has the power to completely transform our lives in powerful and positive ways. Discover how inspiration, not intimidation, is the most powerful tool when you are embarking on Project You.  Read more…

IN SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE COASTAL CLAM

Known as the shellfish capital of BC, the beaches of Baynes Sound are where the oyster industry has flourished for decades. Follow YAM’s food writer Cinda Chavich as she discovers the how, where and when to dig for clams — and cook your catch! Read more…

25 BEST EATS IN VICTORIA

Victoria is blessed with a wealth of small, independent restaurants, creative chefs, beautiful bakers, bold butchers and cheesemakers — in short, a food scene that’s vibrant and growing organically every day, literally from the ground up.  Read more…

SAVOURY COCKTAILS TO TRY NOW

One needs look no further than the quintessential Canadian cocktail, the Caesar, for the perfect example of a savoury cocktail. But from smoky to herbal to vegetal, more foodie flavours are entering the bartender lexicon. Read more…

PORT RENFREW: OUTPOST OF COOL

When you need to get away, really away, then wild and wondrous Port Renfrew surrounds you with forest, sea and as much serenity as you can handle. Join YAM on a getaway along a twisting ribbon of West Coast Highway, just two hours northwest of Victoria.  Read more…

HOME TOUR: INTO THE WOODS

With great respect for the forest, this couple built their home on Denman Island, creating an eminently livable work of art. Designer Etienne de Villiers calls it a modern home that will stand the test of time to become an enduring classic.  Read more…

LIFE LESSONS WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM MOMS

With Mother’s Day approaching, YAM talks to four inspiring moms who have each experienced their own struggles and joys. They share their profound life lessons about unconditional love, and how they learned to let go and trust that voice of inner wisdom.  Read more…

HOUSE TOUR: SMALL SPACE, AMPLIFIED STYLE

Beyond its undeniable stylishness, one of the most striking aspects of Jody and David Adelman’s new townhouse is how they’ve optimized the space. Smart modern design, perfect furniture picks and sleek custom built-ins mean this couple can live large in their small-scale home.  Read more…

DISCOVER HUMBOLDT SQUID: A TASTE OF THE DEEP

This “monster of the deep” and darling of sustainability-minded chefs is popping up on menus across the country. Unlike the ubiquitous baby squid imported from Asia, this eco-friendly option — found in B.C. waters — offers a fresh clean taste of the ocean.  Read more…

DESIGN TRENDS: WILD ABOUT WALLS

When it comes to wall trends, 2016 is a myth-busting year. Feature walls are out and so is the notion that small rooms need small patterns. So toss out your preconceptions and let’s look at what’s big in walls. Read more…

A DARING CONDO RENO

When faced with the dilemma of buying a new condo versus renovating an older one, a Victoria couple proved that out-of-date can become spectacular in the hands of an innovative designer. Read more…

THE DREAMY WORLD OF ARTIST RENEE NAULT

To say Renee Nault is a nerd misses a key attribute — she is a cool nerd, something altogether more interesting. From fantastical creatures to modern-day mermaids, the Victoria-based illustrator knows no limit to her artistic imagination. Read more…

HOW GIVING BACK CAN LEAD TO A BETTER LIFE

During this holiday season of giving, YAM talks to some very inspirational people — including, yes, a real-life genie — who are passionate about paying it forward. We also discover why the spirit of giving benefits the giver just as much as the recipient.  Read more…

THE WEST COAST’S COZIEST WINTER ESCAPES

When winter comes and you crave a relaxing escape but you still want to stay warm and cozy, B.C.’s West Coast offers rustically luxurious getaways where you can wile away the chilly days by the fire or storm-watch from your deck with a hot toddy in hand.  Read more…

MARVELLOUS COCKTAIL MAKEOVERS

These thoughtful and playful renditions of classic cocktails from five inspired Victoria bartenders offer a great way to try a different take on an old favourite. They may just inspire you to get a little creative with your home bar. Read more…

FALL FASHION: JET SET CONFIDENTIAL

This autumn, luxury is found in the details, with sumptuous capes and statement coats paired with sleek accessories. It’s your passport to arriving in sophisticated style, whether you’re travelling by land, air or sea. Read more…

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