Outdoors and Recreation

Kawkawa Lake can be a quiet and picturesque place if you visit at the right time, but it is a chaotic location on warm-weather weekends when boaters flock to the water. (Hope Standard file)

Hope RCMP increasing summer patrols at Kawkawa Lake

Police are responding to numerous complaints about boaters not operating watercraft safely

 

Screenshot from video posted in early 2021 showing repeated crossings through side channels of the Fraser River at Gill Bar in Chilliwack. (Facebook)

DFO shuts down vehicle access to Gill Bar in Chilliwack

Enforcement and media attention haven’t helped stop habitat destruction by 4-by-4s

 

One day after celebrating a very warm Canada Day in Trail on Friday, Brenda Haley and her hiking pals set out on a trek through the snow to take in the majestic views of Kootenay Glacier Provincial Park. Photos: Brenda Haley

Got snow? Summertime in the Kootenays sure does

PHOTOS: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is one of the oldest major parks in the provincial system

 

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo

Let Outdoors West be your guide to the great outdoors this summer!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo
Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)

New business partners breathe new life into Vancouver Island’s most remote pub

Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant in Holberg is edge of civilization for wilderness adventurers

Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)
Not enough dragon boat teams signed up for the 2022 Harrison Dragon Boat Festival, leading to its cancellation. Organizers will try again next year. (File Photo)

2022 Harrison Dragon Boat Festival cancelled

Not enough teams registered this year

Not enough dragon boat teams signed up for the 2022 Harrison Dragon Boat Festival, leading to its cancellation. Organizers will try again next year. (File Photo)
The welcome procession for the 2019 Sasquatch Days heads down the Harrison Hot Springs waterfront. The event makes its triumphant return in 2022 after COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the celebration twice. (File Photo)

Sasquatch Days returns to Harrison in June

Sts’ailes First Nation has hosted event since 1938

The welcome procession for the 2019 Sasquatch Days heads down the Harrison Hot Springs waterfront. The event makes its triumphant return in 2022 after COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the celebration twice. (File Photo)
Volunteers will put in a full day of work in the great outdoors, fixing up the Tikwalus Trail. (Hope Mountain Centre photo)

Cleanup day for Tikwalus Trail

The Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning will lead a team of volunteers into the area

Volunteers will put in a full day of work in the great outdoors, fixing up the Tikwalus Trail. (Hope Mountain Centre photo)
The ‘Funbrella’ is one of the features that may be installed on a splash pad that is part of the Celebration Park project coming to Sunshine Valley. (ParkWorks photo)

Sunshine Valley gets funding to build Celebration Park

The project will include a splash pad for the summer that turns into an ice rink in the winter

The ‘Funbrella’ is one of the features that may be installed on a splash pad that is part of the Celebration Park project coming to Sunshine Valley. (ParkWorks photo)
The Ferny Coombe pool is slated to be replaced with a new year-round indoor aquatic centre in Agassiz, thanks to a grant from the government. (Contributed Photo/Reta Buchanan)

Multi-million dollar gov’t grants to fund new aquatic centre

Ferny Coombe pool to be replaced with new centre in the next few years

The Ferny Coombe pool is slated to be replaced with a new year-round indoor aquatic centre in Agassiz, thanks to a grant from the government. (Contributed Photo/Reta Buchanan)
A local man shot video of the tree-strewn road leading towards Skagit Valley Provincial Park. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said the route was severely damaged during November’s atmospheric river event. (Facebook screenshot)

Road to Skagit Valley Provincial Park badly damaged by November storm

The provincial government said it’s working on a repair plan, with no timetable to re-open the road

A local man shot video of the tree-strewn road leading towards Skagit Valley Provincial Park. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure said the route was severely damaged during November’s atmospheric river event. (Facebook screenshot)
(Photo/Laura Tunbridge)

VIDEO: Paraglider swoops in for landing in Agassiz

Nearby Mount Woodside is a popular launch point during the warmer months

(Photo/Laura Tunbridge)
Best of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 26. (Matt Clark)

Action-packed Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival returns to Chilliwack

Best of Vancouver’s jaw-dropping, edge-of-your-seat film festival coming to Chilliwack Cultural Centre

  • Mar 19, 2022
Best of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 26. (Matt Clark)
The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival returns to Hope after a one-year COVID-caused hiatus.

Hope welcomes back Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival

Hope Cinema is the venue for the event, which returns after a 1-year COVID-caused hiatus

The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival returns to Hope after a one-year COVID-caused hiatus.
Snowshoers enjoy a relaxing moment and a stunning view during the 2019 Family Day snowshoe trek led by the Hope Mountain Centre. (HMC photo)

Hope Mountain Centre leads Family Day snowshoe adventure

The outdoors club invites families to join them for a trek around Lightning Lake

Snowshoers enjoy a relaxing moment and a stunning view during the 2019 Family Day snowshoe trek led by the Hope Mountain Centre. (HMC photo)
Agassiz RCMP aided in an investigation in which three men were reportedly caught illegally harvesting maple burls from trees. The unique grain of the wood formation makes it a tempting prospect for illegal harvest.(Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)
Agassiz RCMP aided in an investigation in which three men were reportedly caught illegally harvesting maple burls from trees. The unique grain of the wood formation makes it a tempting prospect for illegal harvest.(Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)
An important Hope Mountain Centre program receiving funding is the Black Bear Committee, promoting peaceful coexistence between humans, bears and other wildlife. (Parker Schnyder photo)

Hope Mountain Centre benefits from provincial gaming grant funding

HMC used $17,500 to fund three important programs centered around conservation

An important Hope Mountain Centre program receiving funding is the Black Bear Committee, promoting peaceful coexistence between humans, bears and other wildlife. (Parker Schnyder photo)
Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

(Ice) bear spotted in Fernie

Local wood carver in training Dave Richards is the artist behind the ice sculpture

Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Outdoor group urges B.C. government to expand budget for recreation

Recreation Sites and Trails BC manages recreation resources on public lands

Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)
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