Outdoors and Recreation

Professor John Reynolds, from SFU, does salmon research at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre in the summer. He is also chair of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

You too can be a citizen scientist with new app

SFU talks about how a smartphone app is helping preserve nature

  • Apr 11, 2021
Professor John Reynolds, from SFU, does salmon research at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre in the summer. He is also chair of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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

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.
A gate closes off a forestry service road near Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror

Kitteringham: Vancouver Islanders need the Right to Roam

Change the law and give people the right to explore unhindered

A gate closes off a forestry service road near Campbell River. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
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 locked gate prevents access to a logging road on Mosaic Forests land in 2017. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)

Pilot project aimed at keeping access open to Vancouver Island back country

Trial access plan in Alberni could provide template for other Mosiac forestry roads and properties

A locked gate prevents access to a logging road on Mosaic Forests land in 2017. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)
Eric Hjorliefson, Mark Abma and Chris Rubens climb for their powder on Mount Cain. (Matchstick Productions image)

VIDEO: New Mt. Cain documentary eye-candy for powder lovers

Filmed before COVID, film hearkens back to crowded fires and mask-free life

Eric Hjorliefson, Mark Abma and Chris Rubens climb for their powder on Mount Cain. (Matchstick Productions image)
Loveland Bay Provincial Park, located on the north side of Campbell Lake, will see some improvements this year as part of the BC Parks and StrongerBC grant. Photo courtesy Google Maps
Loveland Bay Provincial Park, located on the north side of Campbell Lake, will see some improvements this year as part of the BC Parks and StrongerBC grant. Photo courtesy Google Maps
Hecht Beach cabin in ashes. (Submitted)

Beloved secret cabin lost to fire on the North Island’s west coast

The trappers cabin was shared with locals, but kept mostly secret

Hecht Beach cabin in ashes. (Submitted)
Money from the Government of Canada allowed Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club to hire nine full-time workers to work on trails in the Doumont area. (Brandon Williams photo)

Federal funding helps Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club hire winter trail crew

Nine youths hired to work on Doumont and other trails through March

Money from the Government of Canada allowed Nanaimo Mountain Bike Club to hire nine full-time workers to work on trails in the Doumont area. (Brandon Williams photo)
An man from Errington died when his ATV went over an embankment on Northwest Bay Logging Road on the weekend. (File photo)

Errington man dies in ATV crash southwest of Parksville

Incident happened on Northwest Bay Logging Road on Saturday afternoon

An man from Errington died when his ATV went over an embankment on Northwest Bay Logging Road on the weekend. (File photo)
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)
Island Outfiitters’ new store on Island Highway in View Royal. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)

Outdoors store operators happy in new West Shore home

Island Outfitters opens the doors this week on Island Highway in View Royal

Island Outfiitters’ new store on Island Highway in View Royal. (Michelle Cabana/Black Press Media)
The Mount Cain Board is planning ahead for a safe winter season. (Zoe Ducklow)

Mount Cain planning a modified winter ski season

Skiing is a COVID-friendly activity, but shared public spaces require adjustment

The Mount Cain Board is planning ahead for a safe winter season. (Zoe Ducklow)
Some hard to access places in northern Vancouver Island will be a little easier to get to once the North Island/Central Coast FLNRO Engineering department is through. (Zoë Ducklow photo)

Side Bay access confirmed as North Island forest service roads get a minor facelift

Remote beach route no longer ‘up in the bureaucratic air’ thanks to COVID-19 recovery funding

Some hard to access places in northern Vancouver Island will be a little easier to get to once the North Island/Central Coast FLNRO Engineering department is through. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
A shot showing the location of a Qualicum Beach hiking group’s most recent trip to Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park. (Submitted photo)

The journey never ends for these ambitious hiking seniors

Qualicum Beach seniors hiking group tackles alpine trails

A shot showing the location of a Qualicum Beach hiking group’s most recent trip to Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park. (Submitted photo)
Vandalism saying ‘go home’ was found at Clint Beek Recreation Site near Port McNeill on July 17. (Tammi Beek photo)

North Island campsite vandalism message targets tourists

Despite Alberta licence plates, all campers have been B.C. residents, according to caretaker

Vandalism saying ‘go home’ was found at Clint Beek Recreation Site near Port McNeill on July 17. (Tammi Beek photo)
The longest zip line on Vancouver Island opened at the end of June on Mount Washington. Photo by Erin Haluschak

VIDEO: Soaring above Mount Washington

Longest zip line on Vancouver Island officially open

The longest zip line on Vancouver Island opened at the end of June on Mount Washington. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Arrowsmith Cycling Club vice-president Roy Kregosky uses a golden pickaxe to cut the ribbon of the new cycling trail at the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on June 18, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)
Arrowsmith Cycling Club vice-president Roy Kregosky uses a golden pickaxe to cut the ribbon of the new cycling trail at the Englishman River Falls Provincial Park on June 18, 2020. (Michael Briones photo)
Plugging up free camp sites with long-term trailer parking means less access to the parks for everyone else. (Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)

North Island recreation sites are not your summer home, officer says

Long-term trailer parking ruins viability of free recreation camp sites in the north Island

Plugging up free camp sites with long-term trailer parking means less access to the parks for everyone else. (Northern Vancouver Island Tourism/Steven Fines)
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