Quick Reads

    Book Review: The Big Swim
    Article - Short

    Inspired by a concern for the planet, an author takes a series of journeys, facing her own fears and searching for solutions.

    Hazardous Waters
    Article - Short

    Five perils that you can encounter at sea, and where they’re most likely to strike.

    Bird-Bone Needles and Sinew Thread
    Article - Short

    Artful kakpik (a needle case) carved from ivory or bone carried sewing tools essential for Arctic survival.

    Book Review: Barbarian Days
    Article - Short

    The memoir of a life lived on the water, from a veteran writer and surfer.

    Book Review: Rain
    Article - Short

    Since the first water fell and began to cool a fiery planet, rain has shaped our world. Writer Cynthia Barnett explores our relationship with rain...

    Echoes of Lives Lost on Haida Gwaii
    Article - Short

    The crumbling poles of a Haida cultural site speak to visitors.

    Old Coast, New Coast: Victoria, British Columbia
    Article - Short

    Victoria’s harbor has hosted paddling rivalries and marked cultural milestones for generations.

    Book Review: Coastlines
    Article - Short

    A nature journalist explores the practical and metaphorical meanings of the British coast.

    The Captain and the Punch Bowl
    Article - Short

    Those were the days—when booze and pottery cemented social relationships.

    Manjirō Nakahama: From Castaway to Samurai
    Article - Short

    The first Japanese person to live in the United States, Manjirō’s incredible journeys are seafaring legend.

    Book Review: Betting the Farm on a Drought
    Article - Short

    What happens when the impacts of a changing climate get personal?

    Life on the Surface
    Article - Short

    A community of creatures living where the ocean meets the air teaches Rebecca Heisman to look deeper.    

    The Little Post Office That Could
    Article - Short

    When Britain dubbed Herm Island too tiny to merit a post office, the islanders found a way to get that problem licked. 

    Soaking in Sakurajima
    Article - Short

    Living on an active Japanese volcano has its own steamy rewards.

    Navigating a Sticky Situation
    Article - Short

    People from the Marshall Islands created beautiful, unconventional charts to navigate across the sea.

    Book Review: The Cultural Lives of Whales and Dolphins
    Article - Short

    An exploration of cetacean culture, and what humans might learn from it. 

    Five Islands We Are Really Sick Of
    Article - Short

    An island stay sounds dreamy, but the reality of these five quarantine islands was often a nightmare.

    The Girl with the Shimmering Eyes
    Article - Short

    A mysterious 19th-century Haida carver breaks artistic ground and creates a rare, and stunning, portrait.

    The Irony of Recife, Brazil
    Article - Short

    The beaches in this coastal city are beautiful but deadly.

    The Ghosts of Village Island
    Article - Short

    A visitor discovers that British Columbia’s Village Island isn’t as abandoned as it looks.

Pages