Victor’s Insider Scoop on My Stolen Car. Don’t Miss the Surprising Ending …
February 1st, 2011 | top of page

I was in Las Vegas over the President’s Day long weekend with my wife Catherine attending our son Elliot’s hockey tournament. He’s the goalie for the Phoenix Mustangs PeeWee A team. Our dog was registered at a pet resort in Paradise Valley and my neighbor Nick was in charge of coming over once and day to feed our two cats. At 8 a.m. on President’s Day morning my cell phone rang. Since I was just approaching my Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on Part of My Previous Life Working in the High Arctic …
March 15th, 2010 | top of page

This article and photos were first published in the Summer 1981 Issue of North/Nord magazine under the title Another Day on the Arctic Seismic Line. The whine of the helicopter engine starting evokes a Pavlovian response from the survey crew signaling us to pull on our heavy arctic parkas and mukluks. By the time the turbine engine has reached its operating speed we are buckled inside the fuselage of the Hughes 500C waiting for the pilot to Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on Part of My Previous Life Working in the High Arctic (Part 2) …
March 14th, 2010 | top of page

This is the second installment of an article and photos that were first published in the Summer 1981 Issue of North/Nord magazine under the title Another Day on the Arctic Seismic Line by Victor Allison. As Jan and I constantly work the length of the chain apart there is little opportunity for casual conversation. It is not unusual for several taciturn miles to pass by with only our thoughts or the passing scenery to entertain us. Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on What It’s Like to Heliski
February 7th, 2010 | top of page

First: Heliskiing is my MOST favorite thing! Second: People want to listen to your vacation story (and want to see your vacation photos and videos) when there’s a helicopter involved. In the 1970s I was on my way to becoming a heliski guide. I’d passed the prerequisite courses of Emergency Medical Technician and Avalanche Safety for Ski Guiding. I’d then passed the difficult Winter Assistant Guide Course given by the ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides). I Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on Travels to Desolation Sound by Boat …
August 15th, 2009 | top of page

After returning to West Vancouver from New Denver, Elliot and I joined my friend Gerry and his two children on his boat Cheerio and headed out to sea. Our destination: Desolation Sound Provincial Marine Park which most yachtsmen regard as the most beautiful cruising ground in British Columbia, and one of the premier sailing playgrounds in the world. In fact, every other yacht in Desolation Sound was flying the Stars and Continue Reading

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Victor’s Insider Scoop on Travels to Interior British Columbia …
August 1st, 2009 | top of page

I flew to Vancouver with my ten year old son, Elliot, borrowed a friend’s Mazda Miata ragtop, and headed off on a 11 hour, 720 km road trip to New Denver in the Slocan Valley of interior British Columbia. Why New Denver you may ask? In a previous life I worked at the Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta. Many of my friends from the Chateau moved to New Denver after leaving Lake Louise. This was in Continue Reading

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