Great Bear Rainforest Outer Islands Kayak Expedition

Great Bear Rainforest Outer Islands Expedition by Spirit of the West Kayaking, British Coplumbia, Canada

Enter the wild. Explore the unspoiled Central Coast of British Columbia.

The world-renowned Great Bear Rainforest, on the central coast of BC, is home to the largest remaining temperate rainforest in the world. This area is ripe for adventure: remote, wild, and exemplifying BC’s incredible coastal wilderness.

A kayaking adventure with Spirit of the West Adventures is the perfect way to explore this untouched region. You’ll find dramatic scenery, protected inlets and fjords juxtaposed with the […]

Site C Dam land once recommended as a BC Provincial Park

One of the Peace River Islands, an important calving ground for ungulates in Peace-Boudreau, Northern British Columbia. Photo: Tristan Brand.

Braving freezing temperatures and risking arrest, an alliance of First Nations members and local landowners have camped out on the site of the first European settlement in British Columbia to protect the Peace River from destructive land clearing for the Site C dam.

While the camp has rightfully earned significant media attention, few outside the region are aware that it’s located in an area so high in ecological values that the B.C. government […]

By | February 19th, 2016|Northern BC, Top Stories|0 Comments

Exploring British Columbia’s Okanagan Wine Country

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

Working in the travel business, we are always looking for places we’ve never been to before. A friend of ours told us about an area of Canada worth a visit. We discovered a valley in BC with a unique geography, fine climate and superb wines. Located in British Columbia, Canada, the agricultural Okanagan Valley reinvented itself when someone discovered that the landscape and the benefits of the mild climate had potential for growing grapes.

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Far-flung Northern BC and Mythical Haida Gwaii

Sgang Gwaay: Far-flung Northern British Columbia and Mythical Haida Gwaii, BC, Canada. Photo: Heron Weir

We The North

It’s February. The North lays blanketed in a shock of white: an outer insulation stilling movement and sound. Simply, snow is quiet. And in the midst of this hush, hands are abustle.

Margaret Graine is shaping silver and gemstones in the remote hamlet of McBride. “For some artists, place does not matter,” says Margaret. “However, if you are inspired by rivers, stones, glaciers and pine trees, the location of your studio matters […]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Haida Gwaii, Top Stories|0 Comments

Artist Spotlight: Jay Brabant, Douglas Reynolds Gallery, Vancouver

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Jay Brabant is the son of Gene Brabant, a renowned carver in the Northwest Coast style. Gene Brabant grew up in Victoria, BC, in the company of the family of Henry Hunt. Henry Hunt’s three sons, Richard, Stan and Tony are all recognized as Northwest Coast Master Carvers. Gene Brabant received this same training and has passed on his skills and knowledge to his son, Brabant.

Brabant began his carving career at a very early age. He traveled with his father across Canada and the United States, studying […]

By | January 24th, 2016|Arts & Culture, Vancouver|0 Comments

The real reason British Columbia is spending $9 billion on Site C Dam

The real reason Clark and Co. are spending $9 billion on Site C Dam in Northern British Columbia: Ben Parfitt, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

From a lookout high atop a windswept bluff, the scale of work already underway at the site of a third mega-dam across the Peace River is daunting. Large tracts of boreal forest are logged. Vast amounts of topsoil are stripped away for what could one day be a trailer city housing hundreds of workers. Gravel from the fish-bearing river continues to be excavated to build a roadbed that […]

By | January 5th, 2016|Conservation, Environment, Northern BC, Top Stories|0 Comments

Orca Dreams: Canada’s luxury whale watching base camp in British Columbia

Killer Whales: Orca Dreams offers kayaking, whale watching and luxury camping on Compton Island, Blackney Pass, British Columbia

Orca Dreams is Canada’s first whale watching luxury base camp. The camp is located on a remote island off the north inner coast of Vancouver Island, a place famous for its large concentrations of killer whales (Orcas) as well as the summer feeding grounds of humpback whales.

Camp Kitchen: Orca Dreams offers kayaking, whale watching and luxury camping on Compton Island, Blackney Pass, British Columbia[…]