Dave Flawse

Writer. Editor. Publisher of Vancouver Island History.


Below you will find nine of Dave's latest publications.

Dave is the publisher of Vancouver Island History, a freelance writer, and an editor. He writes about history, but also other lesser-known, remarkable stories hiding in plain sight.

A firm believer in literary citizenship, he promotes and furthers literary arts in British Columbia with the goal of helping this robust, and diverse community impact as many readers as possible.

Dave is privileged and grateful to be allowed to work and study on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, and Nuu-chah-nulth Peoples and pay respect to their rich cultural heritage and natural environment.


Feature Articles

The circling back of Kus-kus-sum

The Kus-kus-sum site on the Courtenay River estuary is accustomed to change. As the liaison between ocean and river, estuaries live in constant flux-a ritual of ebbs and floods but also a centuries-meandering as the river forges new pathways through its delta.

Compass Magazine
Ocean Chronicles: Message in a plastic bottle

In 2012, a teenager scribbled a note on a page of lined paper and signed her name with a heart. She rolled up the paper, slipped it inside a plastic bottle, and secured the lid.


100.7 The Raven's diverse team revitalizes a language and works to heal a nation. A lone modular office building with blue vinyl siding rests at the end of a gravel driveway on the edge of Homalco First Nation near Campbell River. From a wide, meshed antenna protruding from its shingled roof, a signal ...

edible Vancouver Island
L'uovo di Pasqua

The Italian Easter Egg tradition full of surprises

Compass Magazine
Revitalizing Traditions: Wade Charlie Gathers Knowledge to Feed the Future

low-lying fog obscures the treetops. The Island’s knotty, mountainous spine, and the brooding faces of the Coast Mountains across Queen Charlotte Strait sit fat with snow to sea level. It’s mid-January 2022, and the exceptionally chilly winter has lingered for almost a month.

Edible Vancouver Island
Edible Notables: The Oyster Challenge

Setting the stage On a drizzly autumn morning near Deep Bay, B.C., seagulls circle and caw. Ten culinary art students peer over the side of an aluminum skiff. An oyster farmer ties the skiff to a raft and slips a hook onto a waiting rope thimble. The skiff's crane whines.


Deep Bay's new Centre For Seafood Innovation connects local seafood producers with greater markets. At the end of a meandering gravel driveway tucked among lush cedars stands the Deep Bay Marine Field Station, a building that resembles a giant oyster. "It was designed to look like that," says Carl Butterworth, the Marine Field ...