About Donald Lovegrove

Publisher, editor, the voice behind BritishColumbia.com and VancouverIsland.com.

Sail Coastal BC with Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Sail Coastal British Columbia with Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Investigate. Inform. Inspire.

Over the past 12 years and countless nautical miles, Raincoast Conservation Foundation’s dedicated research vessel Achiever has clocked over 10,000 engine hours plying coastal waters in British Columbia to support our research, education and conservation programs. 2017 was no different, with Achiever spending 7 months during spring, summer, and fall in the Great Bear Rainforest and the Salish Sea.

In May, our spring ‘hunts’ visited lush estuaries as the days grew longer and […]

By | February 21st, 2018|Great Bear Rainforest, Top Stories|0 Comments

Love BC Wine? Love the Okanagan Valley!

Exploring British Columbia's Okanagan Wine Country, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada

Make your own choice of world-class wines in British Columbia!

The Okanagan Valley is the premier wine region in British Columbia, with over 80% of the total vineyard acreage in the province. Wineries range from large, world-class facilities to small family-owned boutique vineyards.

British Columbians have long taken inordinate pride in their wines, with over seventy wineries operating in the Okanagan Valley from Vernon south to Osoyoos, some offering tasting rooms. Most are […]

By | February 15th, 2018|Okanagan Valley, Top Stories|1 Comment

Ancient Forest / Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park, BC

Ancient Forest / Chun T'oh Whudujut Provincial Park, Prince George, British Columbia. Photo: Ancient Forest Alliance

Last week, the Ancient Forest Alliance team visited the recently-established Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park, located east of Prince George, an amazing rainforest of old-growth red cedars. The park was protected through a stellar, broad-based campaign led by a collaborative effort of the local Caledonia Ramblers Hiking Society, scientists at the University of Northern BC, and local environmental activists with the Dome Creek Forest Information […]

By | September 26th, 2017|Northern BC, Parks & Trails, Prince George, Top Stories|0 Comments

“Cast Off” Your Worries: The Benefits of Fishing in British Columbia

Cutthroat Trout, British Columbia, Canada

Fishing and British Columbia go hand in hand, whether that’s fall salmon and sturgeon fishing in Vancouver, or the Trout Unlimited Canada Fishing Derby at the Newton Cove Resort. However, even the most enthusiastic fishers might not know that fishing also has a range of mental and physical benefits that last even once your trip has come to an end.

Fishing can help you heal more quickly

Research has shown that just being able to see trees from your hospital window can help […]

By | July 19th, 2017|Fishing, Fishing Article, Top Stories|0 Comments

Eat Chocolate, Save Bears and Win a Great Bear Rainforest trip

Eat Chocolate, Save the Bears and Win a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, British Columbia

How to Win a Great Bear Rainforest Trip with Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Right now, Raincoast Conservation Foundation‘s research vessel Achiever is sailing along the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, through coastal fjords, vast forests, and shorelines of one of the planet’s last great tracts of intact temperate coastal rainforest. Aboard, our guests hope to encounter coastal wolves, killer […]

Get Some Island Time: Quadra Island and Cortes Island

Get Some Island Time: Quadra Island and Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada

How time flies. Almost 20 years past, I spent numerous days bike touring on Quadra Island and Cortes Island, located east of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. I returned on my loaded touring bike for 3 days and 2 nights in January this year. I wanted to explore a little further, to see how things might have changed, to camp again at Smelt Bay Provincial Park, and to test […]

Salish Sea Marine Trail connects Vancouver Island to BC Mainland

Salish Sea Marine Trail, Vancouver Island and BC Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

How do you connect the Trans Canada Trail from the British Columbia mainland to Vancouver Island? Just add saltwater and stir with a paddle.

The result is the Salish Sea Marine Trail, a saltwater route designed for paddle craft that will connect Jericho Beach in Vancouver to Kilometre Zero of the Trans Canada Trail at Clover Point in Victoria, BC.

The 257-kilometre trail will snake north from Clover Point, along Victoria and the Saanich […]

By | April 25th, 2017|Canoeing & Kayaking, Top Stories|0 Comments