Imagining the Columbia film night and panel

The great Columbia River that runs past Revelstoke all the way to the Pacific Ocean was once much wilder than it is today. The rapids were fierce – and dreaded by indigenous and fur trading canoeists who used this waterway like a highway. In the slower-moving parts of the river, giant sturgeon, known to live longer than 100 years and reach 20 feet... 

Bat Project asks us to be on the lookout for bats

The Kootenay Community Bat Project (KCBP), in collaboration with the provincial government, is on the lookout for signs of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). A little brown bat with fungal growth, associated with White-Nose Syndrome, on its muzzle. Larisa Bishop-Boros photo WNS is a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions... 

Candidate spends $5,000 to feed hungry deer and elk

BC Liberal candidate Doug Clovechok forks hay during a photo op in the Columbia Valley to highlight the plight of hungry elk and deer at the end of what has been a tough winter. A life-long hunter and outdoorsman, Clovechok recently joined with another candidate — Tom Shypitka, BC Liberal candidate for Kootenay East — to each donate $5,000 from... 

19 recommendations that could save BC’s grizzlies

A recently formed organization that seeks to protect grizzly bears says the bears’ long-term survival “is threatened from a loss of habitat and food sources, as well as the government-sanctioned trophy hunt.” Photo courtesy of the Grizzly Bear Foundation A recently formed organization that seeks to protect grizzly bears says the bears’ long-term... 

Grab your snowshoes for the Sunlight Snowshoe event

Parks Canada and ParticipACTION are sponsoring a Sunlight Snowshoe event in Mount Revelstoke National Park on Saturday, March 11. Grab your cameras for a fun day out of the office or newsroom to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation in truly Canadian style and experience the outdoors in your backyard. The event takes place from noon to 4... 

Hydro to install a sixth generating unit at Revelstoke Dam

BC Hydro has applied to the BC Environmental Assessment Office for an Environmental Assessment Certificate to install a sixth generating unit at the Revelstoke dam. In a statement, the utility said it expects electricity demand will increase by almost 40 per cent over the next 20 years. The new unit will add 500 megawatts of capacity to BC Hydro’s... 

2017 Canada Spring Forecast: Wet, cloudy weather means an extended ski season for the West

The cold and stormy weather pattern that has dominated western Canada this winter will continue into the spring, providing excellent conditions for ski resorts across the region, according to AccuWeather’s 2017 Spring Forecast. Graphic courtesy of AccuWeather The cold and stormy weather pattern that has dominated western Canada this winter will continue... 

Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program wants a new board member

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is seeking a new board member to join its Columbia Region to help conserve and enhance local fish and wildlife. “We are looking for a public representative to join our 10-member board, for a three-year term,” Columbia Region Manager Crystal Klym said in a statement. “Volunteer candidates should... 

CBT commits $450,000 to Avalanche Canada

Winter backcountry users in Canada often rely on Avalanche Canada to help keep safe. To support the important work it does — including notifying backcountry users of avalanche conditions and risks — Columbia Basin Trust is funding the non-profit organization with $450,000 over three years. That will go a long way towards supporting the work of people... 

Snowshoeing through the park at night could be romantic

Parks Canada is kicking off the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation with a set of classic Canadian activities in Mount Revelstoke National Park. A statement issued Friday, February 3, invited everyone to enjoy dark starry skies on an evening snowshoe along the candlelit two-kilometre Soren Sorensen Loop. When you’ve successfully negotiated... 

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