FOLKLIFE is a premium semi-annual print publication inspired by island dwellers who live close to the earth, move with intention, and craft life as an art form on the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, Canada. Evoking fine craftsmanship with its minimalist design, matte aesthetic, poetic editorial, and vibrant photography, FOLKLIFE honours the art and agriculture, business and creativity, food and farming, and dwellings and nature of those who dwell here. Each issue explores one theme through engaging interviews, stories, photographs, recipes, and artwork, celebrating and connecting those living simply, close to the earth, and as an art form.


FOLKLIFE gratefully acknowledges that all of this happens within Coast Salish territory, home to the Coast Salish Peoples of Cowichan, Penelakut, Hwlitsum, BOKECEN, Halalt, Homalco, K’omok, Klahoose, Lyackson, MALEXEt, Qualicum, Snuneymuxw, Tsawout, Stz’uminus, and Tla’amin since time immemorial.

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We're a bunch of FOLKLIFERS living on the Gulf Islands on the west coast of Canada. We live, love, swim, build, work, grow, create, play, and eat the FOLKLIFE lifestyle. It's delicious. We're made up of entrepreneurs, writers, designers, editors, photographers, weirdos, and lovely people who live with passion and intention, close to the earth, and with an aim to connect and inspire. FOLKLIFE is a labour of love and we hope your hearts are open.


Guess what! You can still be one of the first.

Volume 1 is now out and calling, from a magazine stand somewhere near you. You can find a growing list of our stockists here. Not in your neighbourhood? We can fix that. Browse the subscription offers in our online Shop, place your order, and we’ll get right on it.


We recommend print editions ‘cause that’s what FOLKLIFE is all about. It only costs $18.99 to delve into the unknown (the cost of a 20-minute head massage at your local farmers' market)! Be a bit adventurous and give us a try when we need it most. As with many new start-ups (and definitely with print publishing), the big costs come at the beginning, so your valued subscription is a win-win! You will be getting something fabulous delivered straight to your door, while supporting a new endeavour, and your fellow Gulf Islanders.


Of course you don’t have to jump straight into the deeper end. There are other options. You can wade into our Read room to test the waters first or—now that Volume 1 is afloat—order up a digital edition (or two) to get in the swim of things. You’ll be happy that you did.

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