Outdoors and Recreation

Sugar Lake shows off its fall colours.

Sun, sand and snow? Discover 4 seasons of fun in your BC backyard

This Okanagan cabin escape is the stuff memories are made of

  • May 3, 2021

 

Paddling on Sugar Lake

Four seasons of memory-making adventures await at Sugar Lake

Discover your year-round cabin retreat at this Okanagan vacation destination

  • Apr 5, 2021

 

Dogs on duty: Avalanche rescue dog in training Sadie (above) learning about obedience with her owner and handler, Steve Morrison at the Fernie Alpine Resort, and Drift (right) who is FAR’s newest CARDA-certified dog.
More pictures, story on page 8.

PHOTOS: Meet Fernie’s team of avalanche rescue dogs

There are five avalance rescue dogs at Fernie Alpine Resort

 

Verena Brysch builds insect hotels to be placed around Hope. Her conservation efforts are designed to help important polinators and is part of the final stage of her time with the Canadian Conservation Corps. (Photo/Verena Brysch)

Hope grad’s love for the outdoors leads her to Conservation Corps

Verena Brysch recalled her year studying, working outdoors

Verena Brysch builds insect hotels to be placed around Hope. Her conservation efforts are designed to help important polinators and is part of the final stage of her time with the Canadian Conservation Corps. (Photo/Verena Brysch)
Black bears have begun poking their heads out of their dens and stepping into the spring sunshine. (Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee/Facebook)

Be aware of waking bears

Black bears are beginning to emerge from hibernation, reminder to be bear aware

Black bears have begun poking their heads out of their dens and stepping into the spring sunshine. (Hope Mountain Black Bear Committee/Facebook)
Three-year-old Adia Leidums skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of Erich Leidums)

Fernie toddler wins hearts with adorable skiing pep-talks

Three-year-old Adia Leidums is world-famous after being mic’d-up by her dad as she skis Fernie Alpine Resort

Three-year-old Adia Leidums skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of Erich Leidums)
A bobcat takes a break in the shade on an Acacia Drive property in Hope. (Photo/Sandy Maguire)

Hope woman has close encounter with bobcat

The wild cat was quiet, left on its own accord

A bobcat takes a break in the shade on an Acacia Drive property in Hope. (Photo/Sandy Maguire)
Hope Recreation Centre. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Hope Recreation Centre. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
Hope Mountain Centre volunteers carry wood along the Dragon’s Back trail. The trail is all but ready for hiking as of the Hope Council’s Feb. 22 meeting, promising a challenge worth the “million dollar view of Hope,” said Kelly Pearce. (Photo/Hope Mountain Centre)

2020 a busy year for trails in ‘Hope’s backyard’: Mountain Centre

Program director Kelly Pearce recapped last year’s activities to council

Hope Mountain Centre volunteers carry wood along the Dragon’s Back trail. The trail is all but ready for hiking as of the Hope Council’s Feb. 22 meeting, promising a challenge worth the “million dollar view of Hope,” said Kelly Pearce. (Photo/Hope Mountain Centre)
Sugar Lake is just as sweet in winter, with a variety of cool-weather activities to enjoy.

Summer is sweet at Sugar Lake (and winter’s pretty cool, too!)

Year-round memories await at your lakeside Okanagan cabin

  • Mar 1, 2021
Sugar Lake is just as sweet in winter, with a variety of cool-weather activities to enjoy.
Screenshot from a video posted to Facebook in early 2021 showing constant and repeated crossings of side channels on the Fraser River near Chilliwack, actions that scientists say kills salmon fry and damages fish habitat. (Facebook)

VIDEO: Four-wheeling fun shredding fish eggs and prime habitat of the Fraser River

‘Fight the urge to make big splashes with a water crossing,’ advises four-wheel drive group prez

Screenshot from a video posted to Facebook in early 2021 showing constant and repeated crossings of side channels on the Fraser River near Chilliwack, actions that scientists say kills salmon fry and damages fish habitat. (Facebook)
The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve’s network of trails is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. (chilliwackblueheron.com photo)

Provincial funding goes to Chilliwack’s Great Blue Heron Reserve for trail upgrades

The popular destination saw even more traffic in 2020 as people headed outdoors during the pandemic

The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve’s network of trails is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. (chilliwackblueheron.com photo)
City of Chilliwack councillors and mayor stand at the freshly paved pump track which is scheduled to be open in the spring of 2021. (Facebook/ Chris Kloot)

Chilliwack pump track, longest in North America, nears completion

Few items still need to be completed on pump track before scheduled spring 2021 opening

City of Chilliwack councillors and mayor stand at the freshly paved pump track which is scheduled to be open in the spring of 2021. (Facebook/ Chris Kloot)
Panorama Ridge Hike

5 Best Hikes Around Vancouver to Add to Your Bucket List

From North Shore to Whistler, find incredible spots to lace up your boots

  • Nov 24, 2020
Panorama Ridge Hike
Construction is underway on Chilliwack’s new pump track, seen here on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 beside the Chilliwack Curling Club. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. city set to become home of the largest pump track facility in North America

Custom designed pump track with crossover tunnel will be geared to riders of all abilities

Construction is underway on Chilliwack’s new pump track, seen here on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 beside the Chilliwack Curling Club. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sasquatch Mountain Resort is set to open for the 2020-21 season with enhanced COVID-19 protocols in place. The final day to purchase season passes is November 15. (Contributed Photo/Sasquatch Mountain Resort)

Sasquatch Mountain unveils COVID-19 rules for upcoming season

Resort staff planning a job fair as they look forward to new season

Sasquatch Mountain Resort is set to open for the 2020-21 season with enhanced COVID-19 protocols in place. The final day to purchase season passes is November 15. (Contributed Photo/Sasquatch Mountain Resort)
The golden larches at Manning Park’s Frosty Mountain trail are seeing an ‘extreme level of visitors’ on weekends. (BC Parks/Facebook photo)

‘Extreme level of visitors’ to Manning Park’s golden larches prompts travel advisory

Hikers going off trail or camping in larches could cause ‘irreparable damage’ to fragile environment

The golden larches at Manning Park’s Frosty Mountain trail are seeing an ‘extreme level of visitors’ on weekends. (BC Parks/Facebook photo)
With more than half a million people using the trails and natural spaces along the Vedder Greenway, a survey to guide long-term planning is now on until Oct. 9 seeking feedback. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Long-term planning for jewel known as Vedder Greenway starts with survey

It’s the most popular trail system in Chilliwack with a half million local and LM users each year

With more than half a million people using the trails and natural spaces along the Vedder Greenway, a survey to guide long-term planning is now on until Oct. 9 seeking feedback. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Some elements of the trail which could have been chopped down were purposefully kept, Pearce said, such as this ‘tarantula looking’ tree leaning over the in-construction Dragon’s Back trail. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)

PHOTOS: Hope trail crew’s summer comes to an end, new path near completion

Trail, tentatively named Kw’okw’echíwel Stl’áleqem, expected to open by spring 2021

Some elements of the trail which could have been chopped down were purposefully kept, Pearce said, such as this ‘tarantula looking’ tree leaning over the in-construction Dragon’s Back trail. (Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard)
The group who partook in the July 18 triathlon are (top row, from left) Lenora Poulin, Kim Hollmann, Brenda Deschenes, Rachel Deschenes, Steve Link, (bottom row, from left) Heather Link, Erin Wilkins and Emma Link. Missing from the photo are Darby Link and Emily Taylor. (Submitted photo)

‘COVID-friendly’ summer triathlon organized by young Hope resident

Start small, Emma Link recommends, and don’t forget triathlons are supposed to be fun

The group who partook in the July 18 triathlon are (top row, from left) Lenora Poulin, Kim Hollmann, Brenda Deschenes, Rachel Deschenes, Steve Link, (bottom row, from left) Heather Link, Erin Wilkins and Emma Link. Missing from the photo are Darby Link and Emily Taylor. (Submitted photo)