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 […]

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 […]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Haida Gwaii, Top Stories|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 […]

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

Kinder Morgan pipeline costs rise by over $1 Billion

Kinder Morgan pipeline costs rise by over $1 billion. British Columbia, Canada.

Trans Mountain Pipeline’s evidence exaggerates benefits and ignores costs

VANCOUVER—A new study prepared by Simon Fraser University observes that costs to build the Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMEP) have risen by $1.3 billion and concludes that, rather than making money for Canada, the pipeline would now actually cost Canadians an estimated $7.4 billion. Oil producers would find lower costs shipping undiluted bitumen by rail; and Canada as a whole would come out ahead if the […]

By | December 4th, 2015|Conservation, Environment, Top Stories|0 Comments

Kayaking & Camping in Canada’s West Coast Wilderness

Kayaking & Camping in Canada’s West Coast Wilderness, with Wildcoast Adventures, British Columbia

There is no better way to experience British Columbia’s remote wilderness than exploring all it has to offer on a kayaking and camping adventure. From abundant wildlife to the beauty of an outdoors teeming with mountains, oceans and ancient forests, check out Wildcoast Adventures specially designed trips if you want to take it all in.

Start Your Journey at a Boutique Wilderness Resort

All trips begin on Quadra Island, where guests can spend […]

By | November 24th, 2015|Top Stories|0 Comments

Grizzly Hunter departs BC with Rich Array of Trophies

Grizzly Hunter departs BC with Rich Array of Trophies, British Columbia, Canada. Spirit Bear Fishing. Photo Rebecca Boyd

I had a license to kill a grizzly bear, but the intention to save one.

I flew from my home in Chicago to sail for 11 days along coastal British Columbia on a fall grizzly “hunt” with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit working to protect grizzlies and their habitat.

On my trip, I shot bears only with my camera.

“We maintained our zero percent success rate,” said […]