Outdoors and Recreation

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

 

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

 

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

 

Panorama Ridge Hike

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  • Nov 24, 2020
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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)
The waterfall at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a popular photo spot, yet neighbouring Popkum Fire Department chief Walter Roos urges people to obey the signs and stop at the viewpoint as several rescues have to be done from the falls each year.  Jenna Hauck/ The Progress

Popkum fire chief urges caution after Saturday rescue from Bridal Veil Falls

11-year-old boy was stable, fire chief Walter Roos said, when delivered to a waiting ambulance

The waterfall at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a popular photo spot, yet neighbouring Popkum Fire Department chief Walter Roos urges people to obey the signs and stop at the viewpoint as several rescues have to be done from the falls each year.  Jenna Hauck/ The Progress
Gordon Cook took this photo of the mother and baby bear gracing the front of Hope’s recreation centre. Submitted photo

Hope rec centre remains closed as regional district works on phased reopening of facilities

Regional district’s CAO said plans for Hope to be announced in next few weeks

Gordon Cook took this photo of the mother and baby bear gracing the front of Hope’s recreation centre. Submitted photo
Smallmouth bass are one of the invasive species present in Cultus Lake. (Ministry of Environment image)

Anglers should watch for, remove smallmouth bass from Cultus Lake, researchers say

Biologists are studying the habits of the invasive species

Smallmouth bass are one of the invasive species present in Cultus Lake. (Ministry of Environment image)
The next chapter of your summer adventure begins here

The next chapter of your summer adventure begins here

All the amenities, none of the crowds: Discover Sugar Lake

  • Jun 8, 2020
The next chapter of your summer adventure begins here
PHOTOS: Playtime is back!

PHOTOS: Playtime is back!

Paula Morrison of Angel Daycare Centre captured a moment of absolute joy

PHOTOS: Playtime is back!
Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning hosted free hikes for local families in 2019. With the coronavirus pandemic leading to restrictions in gatherings, the centre has decided to cancel its summer 2020 programming (HMCOL file photo)

Hope Mountain Centre shuts down summer programs amid COVID-19 gathering restrictions

Difficult to maintain physical distance, safety of attendees and staff, at popular summer events

Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning hosted free hikes for local families in 2019. With the coronavirus pandemic leading to restrictions in gatherings, the centre has decided to cancel its summer 2020 programming (HMCOL file photo)
Discover your dream staycation at this hidden gem!

Discover your dream staycation at this hidden gem!

North Okanagan’s Sugar Lake offers four seasons of memory-making opportunities

  • May 18, 2020
Discover your dream staycation at this hidden gem!
Your family staycation could look like this

Your family staycation could look like this

At Sugar Lake, find all your favourite Okanagan amenities, without the crowds!

  • May 4, 2020
Your family staycation could look like this
Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Civil Liberties group seeks amnesty for recreational tickets issued during pandemic

The association has received at least 100 public complaints over the past 10 days

Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
One rock inspired by the history of the Fraser Canyon, placed along the riverbank.  Submitted photo

PHOTOS: From Yale to here, painted rocks appear

Hope area rock hunting group gains over 1,000 members

  • Apr 5, 2020
One rock inspired by the history of the Fraser Canyon, placed along the riverbank.  Submitted photo