First Nations

Culture, issues, and interests of northern First Nations.

🔍Read Full ArticleCultural Conservation:  A Tahltan fights to preserve his first nation’s language

Cultural Conservation:  A Tahltan fights to preserve his first nation’s language

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔May 31, 2016

It’s a well-worn cliché that the Inuit have dozens of words for snow.

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🔍Read Full Article“It’s All About the Caribou”  How the Gwaii Haanas Agreement inspired a national park

“It’s All About the Caribou”  How the Gwaii Haanas Agreement inspired a national park

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Mar 30, 2016

John “Muffa” Kudlak was born and raised in Paulatuk, NWT, a hamlet of just over 300 residents and one of the most northerly permanent settlements on the Canadian mainland.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSmokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

Smokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Jul 31, 2015

A slight breeze rustles the aspen leaves, and on it drifts the distinct scent of a northern summer. It could be a campfire or a Bar-B-Q, but when the days are long and when the salmon are running, the smell of smoke carries with it the flavour of curing fish and the promise of good eating throughout the winter.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLeadership Development on the Land

Leadership Development on the Land

👤Curtis Rattray 🕔Mar 27, 2015

It was more than a decade ago that I was backpacking in the remote and isolated Spatsizi in the heat of the day and the weight of the pack was taking its toll.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGrowth in aboriginal tourism means cultural opportunities for visitors

Growth in aboriginal tourism means cultural opportunities for visitors

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 27, 2015

Anyone who considers Canada a dull and uncultured country clearly hasn’t experienced the rich heritage of northern BC, where hundreds of First Nations communities provide the region with a history rooted several millennia into the earth and traditions that significantly pre-date European arrival on the continent.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHow Raven found his lunch:  Stories across cultures of an eternally hungry bird

How Raven found his lunch:  Stories across cultures of an eternally hungry bird

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 26, 2014

Corvus corax. We-gyet. Trickster.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNass  Valley volcano: Tseax crater and Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

Nass Valley volcano: Tseax crater and Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

👤Joanne Campbell 🕔Aug 04, 2014

As a child, I was terrified of volcanoes.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGwaii Haanas Legacy Pole—First monumental pole in 130 years celebrates Haida past and future

Gwaii Haanas Legacy Pole—First monumental pole in 130 years celebrates Haida past and future

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Oct 02, 2013

I first visited Haida Gwaii nearly 20 years ago with three friends, before the temporary moniker Queen Charlotte Islands was returned to BC

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🔍Read Full ArticleExcavating Wu’dat

Excavating Wu’dat

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 02, 2013

In 2010, the Lake Babine Nation and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) joined forces to excavate an archaeological site at the north end of Babine Lake.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOne hundred years wiser  Reflecting on our joint kungax during Smithers’ centennial

One hundred years wiser Reflecting on our joint kungax during Smithers’ centennial

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Aug 01, 2013

In the Witsuwit’en language, “yin tah” is the word for “land,” but it carries more weight and more context than its English equivalent.

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🔍Read Full ArticleTwo poles, Two Stories, Two Carvers…One Cultural Destiny

Two poles, Two Stories, Two Carvers…One Cultural Destiny

👤Dennis Horwood 🕔Mar 29, 2013

Without a breath of wind, the low January clouds seemed skewered by the pointed treetops. Beneath so close a ceiling, nothing moved or flew over the still surface of Minette Bay.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Salmon Cycle: Keeping Salmon sustainable and close to home

The Salmon Cycle: Keeping Salmon sustainable and close to home

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 29, 2013

It’s unknown exactly how long the Lake Babine people have relied upon salmon. For countless generations, ocean-run sockeye made its way from the Pacific, up the Skeena River, to the Babine River and its spawning grounds at Babine Lake, sustaining the nation while also providing a resource to trade with other nations.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSilence on the Sacred Headwaters: What happens next?

Silence on the Sacred Headwaters: What happens next?

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Dec 01, 2012

As the clock winds down on the province’s moratorium on coalbed methane drilling, the Ministry of Energy and Mines remains tight-lipped about its plans for northern BC’s Sacred Headwaters.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDigging up the past: Archaeology in a cultural context

Digging up the past: Archaeology in a cultural context

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 01, 2012

Issues around the dead—whether recently deceased or ancient ancestors—are seldom simple.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFrom the flames: Burns Lake seeks a stronger future in the ashes of its past

From the flames: Burns Lake seeks a stronger future in the ashes of its past

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Oct 01, 2012

Robert Charlie speaks in slow, deliberate prose, as if people have always listened to the former Burns Lake Band chief, and he sees no need to rush. It’s hard to imagine this imposing figure ever being the target of racial insults.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn the Fly

On the Fly

👤Brian Smith 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Bulkley River steelhead: Hoping for that one-in-a-thousand cast

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🔍Read Full ArticleBaby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Staying warm with live music

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🔍Read Full ArticleDigby Disturbed

Digby Disturbed

👤Frances Riley 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Tiny communities off BC’s northwest coast standing up to LNG threat

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🔍Read Full ArticleOh, Christmas Tree!

Oh, Christmas Tree!

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 25, 2016

The annual hunt for that elusive conifer

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🔍Read Full ArticleWhen One Store Closes…

When One Store Closes…

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Communities pull together in the face of supermarket losses

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🔍Read Full ArticleGimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Making your property a winter haven for moose

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🔍Read Full ArticleTrue Coldness

True Coldness

👤Josephine Boxwell 🕔Nov 25, 2016

It is being on the edge of everything; being in the North, experiencing true coldness, even fleetingly from the deck of a cozy home in a warming climate.

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🔍Read Full ArticleEquity Ice Falls

Equity Ice Falls

👤Jonathan Van Barneveld 🕔Nov 25, 2016

A short hike to an impressive display of winter’s majesty

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Skeena River

The Skeena River

👤Brian Smith 🕔Oct 03, 2016

The Skeena is the second-longest river, after the Fraser, to flow entirely within the boundaries of British Columbia and supports salmon and steelhead runs that are arguably the finest in the world.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStory Lookout

Story Lookout

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Oct 03, 2016

From illegal-burning lookout to dandy day-hike destination

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🔍Read Full ArticleLife in Dead Places

Life in Dead Places

👤Josephine Boxwell 🕔Oct 03, 2016

Morels like dead places. Brains on the outside. Greyish honeycombs on stems. That’s what we have in common. We aren’t pretty and we thrive in dead places.

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🔍Read Full ArticleRenovate, Innovate: A Crash Course on Surviving Renovations

Renovate, Innovate: A Crash Course on Surviving Renovations

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 03, 2016

One of my formative memories is driving down the Oregon coast with my dad. I was the proud new possessor of a learner driver’s licence and the feeling of cruising along the winding coastal roads, warm wind buffeting us through the open windows, a gas-station-purchased Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young cassette blasting out of the crappy stereo, was blissful.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Hopper:  A fly for hot days, grass meadows and lazy rivers

The Hopper:  A fly for hot days, grass meadows and lazy rivers

👤Brian Smith 🕔Aug 01, 2016

Northern BC’s summers are often too short; however, August and September can bring some of the most interesting and fun kinds of fly-fishing: stalking the banks of low-water rivers for big, fat rainbows with large grasshopper patterns.

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🔍Read Full ArticleA Mammoth Discovery: Decades later, fossils still shrouded in mystery

A Mammoth Discovery: Decades later, fossils still shrouded in mystery

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Aug 01, 2016

In the summer of 1971, men and machines were working on removing the overburden (mining lingo for “dirt”) on Noranda’s Bell Mine on the Newman Peninsula of Babine Lake when their work revealed a jumble of ancient, oversized bones.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Path of the Herbalist

The Path of the Herbalist

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Aug 01, 2016

Imagine dried herbs, ground-up roots and powdered barks carefully labelled and arranged in neat wooden boxes, dried berries wrapped in a deer skin pouch or willow bark being boiled in a cast iron pot over an open campfire.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGreat Glaciers:  Experience these prehistoric beauties before they’re gone

Great Glaciers:  Experience these prehistoric beauties before they’re gone

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Aug 01, 2016

The glaciers are melting.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDisappearing waters:  How climate change is threatening our fish streams

Disappearing waters:  How climate change is threatening our fish streams

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Aug 01, 2016

“There must be a small salmon run up this stream.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleGone but not forgotten:Port Edward’s defunct canneries offer everything from history to beachcombing

Gone but not forgotten:Port Edward’s defunct canneries offer everything from history to beachcombing

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Aug 01, 2016

A freight train rumbles past not 50 feet from our red-hued cottage, a throwback to an age when rail was the only way into this once-remote outpost on the northwest coast.

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🔍Read Full ArticleAre We Losing Our Aspens?

Are We Losing Our Aspens?

👤Paul Glover 🕔Aug 01, 2016

It’s a beautiful day in May 2012 and the air is filled with millions of tiny, fluttering moths.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMcDonell Lake Trail

McDonell Lake Trail

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Aug 01, 2016

The McDonell Lake Trail is an old horse-packing route that historically began at the lake, opposite Copper River Ranch.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOpal ridge: No semi-precious stones, but still a hidden gem

Opal ridge: No semi-precious stones, but still a hidden gem

👤Morgan Hite 🕔May 31, 2016

The valley of Silvern Creek cuts deliciously into the heart of a mountain knot just west of Smithers

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🔍Read Full ArticleA Town for all Colours:  Smithers gets a rainbow crosswalk

A Town for all Colours:  Smithers gets a rainbow crosswalk

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 31, 2016

There’s something inherently cheerful about a rainbow, which is why it’s so often associated with happy things.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBoundary Lake: A quiet family getaway north of Prince George

Boundary Lake: A quiet family getaway north of Prince George

👤Brian Smith 🕔May 31, 2016

Fly fishing can take you to some of the most beautiful places in our great outdoors

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🔍Read Full ArticleFind your Groove:  Make music festivals your summer vacation destination

Find your Groove:  Make music festivals your summer vacation destination

👤Tania Millen 🕔May 31, 2016

This summer, we challenge you to plan a musical road trip to somewhere new

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🔍Read Full ArticleMobile Eateries Drive Home Local  Food Movement

Mobile Eateries Drive Home Local Food Movement

👤Diandra Oliver 🕔May 31, 2016

When you tuck in behind the wheel on your next journey along a northern BC highway, there’s a pretty good chance you will already have your favourite pit stops planned out.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCultural Conservation:  A Tahltan fights to preserve his first nation’s language

Cultural Conservation:  A Tahltan fights to preserve his first nation’s language

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔May 31, 2016

It’s a well-worn cliché that the Inuit have dozens of words for snow.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGrowing the Northern Tomato

Growing the Northern Tomato

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔May 31, 2016

If a northern gardener is going to be caught bragging, chances are good that it will be about their tomatoes.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePeaveys, Pickaxes & other Perfect-for-the-Job Implements: Nostalgia for heritage gardening equipment

Peaveys, Pickaxes & other Perfect-for-the-Job Implements: Nostalgia for heritage gardening equipment

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 31, 2016

With amazing vigour, the rootstock for my Montmorency pie cherry sent suckers across the yard into the garden.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe asparagus exSPEARiment: Once established, this tender perennial is a welcome addition

The asparagus exSPEARiment: Once established, this tender perennial is a welcome addition

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Mar 30, 2016

I cuss, you cuss, we all cuss for asparagus!

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🔍Read Full ArticleSunny Slopes and Garden Growth:  Approaching your crops from a new angle

Sunny Slopes and Garden Growth:  Approaching your crops from a new angle

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Mar 30, 2016

On a moderate, southwest-facing slope near Terrace, the remnants of a 100-year-old orchard grow as ragged witness to the agricultural era in the lower Skeena Valley.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePostcard Parks:  Exploring & camping in northern BC

Postcard Parks:  Exploring & camping in northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Mar 30, 2016

The days are getting longer. The warmth of the sun is starting to break through the wall of winter. What will you do with the extra hours of light, the warmth, that sense of the world opening itself up to possibility?

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🔍Read Full ArticleSinging, Winging Signs of Spring:  How casual bird watchers are contributing to scientific knowledge

Singing, Winging Signs of Spring:  How casual bird watchers are contributing to scientific knowledge

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Mar 30, 2016

As the snow melts and reveals muddy pathways, neglected dog deposits and last fall’s unfinished yard work, many people just want to get the heck out of town.

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🔍Read Full Article“It’s All About the Caribou”  How the Gwaii Haanas Agreement inspired a national park

“It’s All About the Caribou”  How the Gwaii Haanas Agreement inspired a national park

👤Dave Quinn 🕔Mar 30, 2016

John “Muffa” Kudlak was born and raised in Paulatuk, NWT, a hamlet of just over 300 residents and one of the most northerly permanent settlements on the Canadian mainland.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Dirt on Composting Outhouses

The Dirt on Composting Outhouses

👤Christoph Dietzfelbinger 🕔Mar 30, 2016

Every rural dwelling should have an outhouse.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOrchestra North:  summer music program is serious fun

Orchestra North:  summer music program is serious fun

👤Paul Glover 🕔Mar 30, 2016

The audience hushes as the conductor and co-director stride down the aisle. At the front of the room, the orchestra members fall quiet.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSuskwa Crossing:  A bridge made of telegraph wire

Suskwa Crossing:  A bridge made of telegraph wire

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Mar 30, 2016

If you go down to the Suskwa River where it passes through a tight canyon some four and a half kilometres above its confluence with the Bulkley, you will discover the remains of a very old bridge, an airy span built from nothing but telegraph wire and wood.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDragonfly nymph: an insect imitation sure to snag still-water trout

Dragonfly nymph: an insect imitation sure to snag still-water trout

👤Brian Smith 🕔Mar 30, 2016

There are three common species of dragonfly nymphs found in BC lakes: the “climbers” or darners, which have long and tapered bodies; the “sprawlers,” who are short and squat in shape; and the “burrowers,” or Gomphus nymphs, which are so similar in size and shape to the sprawlers that a fly tier uses the same pattern to imitate them.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHave Sticks, Will Travel: Exploring the North on skis

Have Sticks, Will Travel: Exploring the North on skis

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 24, 2015

My breath hangs in frozen bursts and dissipates behind me

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🔍Read Full ArticleSilverking Basin: Winter cabin in the mountains

Silverking Basin: Winter cabin in the mountains

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Nov 24, 2015

One of the most popular summer hikes near Smithers is the Silverking Basin.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Unplanned Exodus: Smithers opens doors for refugee families

The Unplanned Exodus: Smithers opens doors for refugee families

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 24, 2015

Every morning, Akram Khalil and Montaha Awil awake to social media.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWinter Cities: Designing communities for whatever way the wind blows

Winter Cities: Designing communities for whatever way the wind blows

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 24, 2015

Whoever built my former house did not know or understand the direction of the prevailing wind or how drifts are formed.

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Monster Snowfalls

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 24, 2015

You can tell when the big snowfalls are coming.

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🔍Read Full ArticleForging Into the Past: Camp worker re-ignites a family tradition in blacksmithing

Forging Into the Past: Camp worker re-ignites a family tradition in blacksmithing

👤Kelsey Wiebe 🕔Nov 24, 2015

“Hey, does that smithy work?” Curtis Hampton asked a summer student at Terrace’s Heritage Park Museum three years ago.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWinter blues and good hobbies

Winter blues and good hobbies

👤Brian Smith 🕔Nov 24, 2015

It’s happened to me every year for the past 50: that lonesome feeling I get when my favourite lakes and rivers have worn me out and gone to sleep for the winter.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe straw playhouse:  Winter habitat for busy children

The straw playhouse:  Winter habitat for busy children

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 09, 2015

“So what did your children do when it was minus forty?”

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🔍Read Full ArticleSquirrels: The Kids of the Back Yard

Squirrels: The Kids of the Back Yard

👤Al Lehmann 🕔Oct 09, 2015

“God, the kids were squirrely in my class today!”

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🔍Read Full ArticleHankin Lookout Cabin Sleeping in the sky Morgan Hite

Hankin Lookout Cabin Sleeping in the sky Morgan Hite

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Oct 09, 2015

A boxy, renovated two-story fire lookout sticks up on a knob on the north side of Hankin Peak, with fine views of Rocky Ridge and the Kitseguecla River valley, as well as Ashman Ridge and Paleo Peak to the west.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGlass Fishing Floats:  Vintage treasures from the Westerlies

Glass Fishing Floats:  Vintage treasures from the Westerlies

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 09, 2015

My aunt almost married a North Coast fisherman. The romance between the pretty young teacher and the tall Norwegian fell casualty to family objections and World War II, but the story, like the jade-coloured glass fishing floats which sat in my grandmother’s kitchen window, did not fade away.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDrinking in the North:  A celebration of northern libations

Drinking in the North:  A celebration of northern libations

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 09, 2015

Raise a glass to the little guys. Over the past few decades, the number of small-scale producers of beer and wine in BC has grown dramatically.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStoring Fresh: How to keep tasty fruits and veggies for winter

Storing Fresh: How to keep tasty fruits and veggies for winter

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 09, 2015

In February, the spaghetti squash in my coldroom was still as crisp as the previous autumn. Even the five large zucchinis had not moulded or withered.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Collections Renewal Project:  Bringing the past to light

The Collections Renewal Project:  Bringing the past to light

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Oct 09, 2015

I’ve poked around in museum backrooms throughout BC’s Northwest; wearing those white gloves while sifting through old papers in archives and artifact storage rooms.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Morice River

The Morice River

👤Brian Smith 🕔Oct 09, 2015

The Morice River is a favourite destination for many steelhead anglers.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCamping with Wolves on Porcher Island

Camping with Wolves on Porcher Island

👤Keith Billington 🕔Jul 31, 2015

“Wolves? Yes, we have them, but they leave us alone and we leave them alone.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleRelax by Rail  Travels through the North by train and ferry

Relax by Rail Travels through the North by train and ferry

👤Hilary Crowley 🕔Jul 31, 2015

I recently travelled by rail from Prince George to Prince Rupert, a journey that should have taken 12 hours.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSeaton Ridge trail:  A high lookout upon many ranges

Seaton Ridge trail:  A high lookout upon many ranges

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Jul 31, 2015

As you drive into Moricetown from the south you can’t help but notice the prominent peak that seems to stand just behind the town.

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🔍Read Full ArticleIn Search of the Strange: a tour of the odder side of northern BC

In Search of the Strange: a tour of the odder side of northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Jul 31, 2015

Once upon a time there was a young, ordinary man, in search of the extraordinary experience his life had thus far kept hidden.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSmokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

Smokin’ Good Fish:  Many ways to smoke a salmon

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Jul 31, 2015

A slight breeze rustles the aspen leaves, and on it drifts the distinct scent of a northern summer. It could be a campfire or a Bar-B-Q, but when the days are long and when the salmon are running, the smell of smoke carries with it the flavour of curing fish and the promise of good eating throughout the winter.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGrand Entrances:  Northerners and the long drive home

Grand Entrances:  Northerners and the long drive home

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Jul 31, 2015

“Map says it’s public right-of-way.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleCows vs. Frogs:  Fort Fraser Ranch promotes amphibian biodiversity

Cows vs. Frogs:  Fort Fraser Ranch promotes amphibian biodiversity

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Jul 31, 2015

“Here’s something worthwhile. A rancher in the Fort Fraser area wants to monitor for us. He says that they have lots of amphibians and snakes on their ranch—at least five different species.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn the Fly: The Blackwater River

On the Fly: The Blackwater River

👤Brian Smith 🕔Jul 31, 2015

The Blackwater, or West Road River, is not only one of our Canadian heritage rivers, but is also a world-class trout fishery.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBackyard Bears

Backyard Bears

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Jul 31, 2015

Our home, just outside of Telkwa, is nestled on the edge of 40 acres of rolling wilderness next to a provincial park. I see the first bears of the spring just as the aspens are leafing out.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMoonlight Mountain:  A place for telling seasons

Moonlight Mountain:  A place for telling seasons

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Jun 01, 2015

The alpine ridge that I was introduced to as “Moonlight Mountain” is a spur of the larger Kispiox Mountain, an arm flung out first north and then northwest to enclose the headwaters of one of the tributaries of Moonlit Creek.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWolverine Range:  Unexplored  terrain, unparalleled views and untamed canines

Wolverine Range:  Unexplored terrain, unparalleled views and untamed canines

👤Hilary Crowley 🕔Jun 01, 2015

Last August, a helicopter picked up nine hikers, mostly seniors and all members of the Prince George Caledonia Ramblers, from Germansen Landing, 219 km north of Fort St. James.

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🔍Read Full ArticleUp to Code:  Could new regulations lead to building revolution?

Up to Code:  Could new regulations lead to building revolution?

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Jun 01, 2015

As I walk through the entrance to Vicki and Ken Alton’s new home it’s hard to tell it apart from any other.

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🔍Read Full ArticlePistol butts and drunken trees:  What plants can tell you about your land

Pistol butts and drunken trees:  What plants can tell you about your land

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Jun 01, 2015

A piece of property is like a good novel: full of opportunities and mysteries about its past.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHope for the Nechako Sturgeon

Hope for the Nechako Sturgeon

👤Tom Walker 🕔Jun 01, 2015

When fisheries biologist Cory Williamson tickles the water to simulate feeding, a two-metre dinosaur ghosts out of the shadows and glides across the brood-tank floor.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMedicinal flower power:  More than just a pretty face

Medicinal flower power:  More than just a pretty face

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Jun 01, 2015

Flowers are widely viewed as something decorative to put in the front yard or to help improve pollination for squash by attracting bees.

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🔍Read Full ArticleKakwa by Horse:  Region offers Banff’s beauty without the multitudes

Kakwa by Horse:  Region offers Banff’s beauty without the multitudes

👤Tania Millen 🕔Jun 01, 2015

Squish, slop, squelch. Blech. Three of us and our six horses were traversing a former mining road into Kakwa Provincial Park for a two-week horse pack trip.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGolf the North:  Coastal, mountain and flatland putting — all part of the northern experience

Golf the North:  Coastal, mountain and flatland putting — all part of the northern experience

👤Paul Glover 🕔Jun 01, 2015

No one ever thought I would take up golf, least of all me.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn the Fly: Still-water caddis, anyone?

On the Fly: Still-water caddis, anyone?

👤Brian Smith 🕔Jun 01, 2015

I think the ultimate challenge and satisfaction for a still-water or lake fly fisher is to bring a large trout to the surface and to capture it with a floating fly.

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Measure Twice: Silent but deadly: new building code requirements aim to lower radon exposure

👤Terry Fulljames 🕔Jun 01, 2015

Radon gas is the vehicle that allows radioactivity to enter your home.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Ancient Forest—A walk through BC’S hidden treasure

The Ancient Forest—A walk through BC’S hidden treasure

👤Nowell Senior 🕔Mar 27, 2015

The Ancient Forest is located 113 km east of Prince George off Highway 16, in one of the upper Fraser River Valley’s few remaining antique stands of western red cedar.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDriving BC’s Radio-assisted Logging Roads

Driving BC’s Radio-assisted Logging Roads

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Mar 27, 2015

If you’re new to the North and you’ve come from a place that’s less wild and rugged, you may be unsure about driving radio-assisted logging roads.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLeadership Development on the Land

Leadership Development on the Land

👤Curtis Rattray 🕔Mar 27, 2015

It was more than a decade ago that I was backpacking in the remote and isolated Spatsizi in the heat of the day and the weight of the pack was taking its toll.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFernando’s Finger

Fernando’s Finger

👤Jane Stevenson 🕔Mar 27, 2015

Fiction

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🔍Read Full ArticleCold Frames and Hotbeds—Stretching the northern growing season

Cold Frames and Hotbeds—Stretching the northern growing season

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Mar 27, 2015

When frost-free days are counted like gold in a treasury, gardeners search for ways to get the greens a little sooner. Cold frames, hotbeds, row covers and cloches help bridge the almost season and give the anxious green thumb something to do—other than obsessively check the overnight temperatures.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDirt Secrets— Understanding northern soils is key to good gardening

Dirt Secrets— Understanding northern soils is key to good gardening

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Mar 27, 2015

“Most of the old timers certainly knew where to put their farms for the best soils.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Paradox of Anyox—New hope springs from old mine site

The Paradox of Anyox—New hope springs from old mine site

👤Joanne Campbell 🕔Mar 27, 2015

What does it feel like to stand in the middle of a slagheap? To climb around the innards of an old-but-not-forsaken dam? Or to pick your way across a falling-down power plant whose crumbling floors could swallow you with nary a burp?

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🔍Read Full ArticleGrowth in aboriginal tourism means cultural opportunities for visitors

Growth in aboriginal tourism means cultural opportunities for visitors

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Mar 27, 2015

Anyone who considers Canada a dull and uncultured country clearly hasn’t experienced the rich heritage of northern BC, where hundreds of First Nations communities provide the region with a history rooted several millennia into the earth and traditions that significantly pre-date European arrival on the continent.

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Measure Twice—Hitting the Deck: Get your Favourite Summertime Hangout Ship-Shape

👤Terry Fulljames 🕔Mar 27, 2015

Ahhh… the pleasures of a deck: warm sun, family gatherings, barbeques and the personal satisfaction of constructing one yourself.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn the Fly: The Crooked River

On the Fly: The Crooked River

👤Brian Smith 🕔Mar 27, 2015

The Crooked River, flowing north from its origins at Summit Lake 30 km from Prince George, is a secondary tributary of the Parsnip River system, which empties into the south end of Williston Lake Reservoir near Mackenzie Junction on Highway 97 North.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn the fly:  The Kitimat River: Fishing by taxicab

On the fly:  The Kitimat River: Fishing by taxicab

👤Brian Smith 🕔Nov 26, 2014

Kitimat is named after its original First Nations inhabitants, the Gitamaat, which in Tsimshian means, “People of the falling snow.”

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🔍Read Full ArticlePlaying Games: Touring northern BC with the Canada Games

Playing Games: Touring northern BC with the Canada Games

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Nov 26, 2014

I’ve never been one for competitive sport. It could be that I’m a bit too lazy, or maybe I’m just inherently not competitive.

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🔍Read Full ArticleAtop the  Telkwa Alps

Atop the Telkwa Alps

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Nov 26, 2014

I remember someone in the last 10 years proposing that the hills rising to the east of Tyhee Lake be re-named the “Telkwa Alps.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleTumbler Ridge wins Global Geopark status. What’s next for northern BC’s geological mecca?

Tumbler Ridge wins Global Geopark status. What’s next for northern BC’s geological mecca?

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 26, 2014

Folks in Tumbler Ridge aren’t strangers to uncertainty. Perhaps that’s why a delegation at the sixth International UNESCO Conference on Global Geoparks in Saint John, NB wasn’t going to celebrate until they heard the name they were waiting for: Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark.

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🔍Read Full ArticleStone women:  The water girls

Stone women:  The water girls

👤Sheila Peters 🕔Nov 26, 2014

what is it with us water girls always looking for the current in the current, the secret in the water that is the water…

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🔍Read Full ArticleHow Raven found his lunch:  Stories across cultures of an eternally hungry bird

How Raven found his lunch:  Stories across cultures of an eternally hungry bird

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 26, 2014

Corvus corax. We-gyet. Trickster.

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🔍Read Full ArticleA nose in the snow:  How avalanche dogs are making the 
northern backcountry safer

A nose in the snow:  How avalanche dogs are making the 
northern backcountry safer

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 26, 2014

Stewart-based Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) handler Bree Stefanson remembers the first time she and her four-legged companion responded to an avalanche independently.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCohousing Communities  A green alternative to the northern housing crunch

Cohousing Communities A green alternative to the northern housing crunch

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 26, 2014

“We want to create a village, rather than just more housing.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleBats in Winter:  Volunteers help monitor sub-zero flying mammals

Bats in Winter:  Volunteers help monitor sub-zero flying mammals

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 26, 2014

The wind blowing down the Skeena River is strong and cold. Nelson-based bat expert Cori Lausen carefully adjusts the leads to the 12-volt battery.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCranbrook Hill Greenway: Prince George’s greener transportation corridor

Cranbrook Hill Greenway: Prince George’s greener transportation corridor

👤Nancy Alexander 🕔Oct 09, 2014

Greenways—a vegetation belt intended to maintain foliage while encouraging pedestrian use—are increasingly common in urban areas.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe bitter side of sweetness: Struggling with obsessive  eating disorder

The bitter side of sweetness: Struggling with obsessive eating disorder

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Oct 09, 2014

Lisa sits across from me in a Smithers coffee shop, sipping a caramel macchiato.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSmall Town Love: Rekindling the romance with our local businesses

Small Town Love: Rekindling the romance with our local businesses

👤Josephine Boxwell 🕔Oct 09, 2014

Ever been to Yarn and Sew On?

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🔍Read Full ArticleUp the Clore: Shifting landscapes on a projected pipeline route

Up the Clore: Shifting landscapes on a projected pipeline route

👤Al Lehmann 🕔Oct 09, 2014

“Let’s go up the Clore,” one of the boys suggested one evening at yacht club—an informal weekly gathering at Terrace’s Back Eddy Pub.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNorthern landscapes on the big screen:  Local filmmakers raise awareness through imagery

Northern landscapes on the big screen:  Local filmmakers raise awareness through imagery

👤Alicia Bridges 🕔Oct 09, 2014

In a place where our day-to-day lives are lived between a vast network of grand landscapes, it’s easy to appreciate the North’s natural environment.

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🔍Read Full ArticleArtists put creative talent toward social justice

Artists put creative talent toward social justice

👤Alicia Bridges 🕔Oct 09, 2014

A crowd files through the narrow entrance to the Old Church in Smithers, one by one unpeeling layers of sweaters and coats that protected them from the cold.

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🔍Read Full ArticleA home of one’s own:  Is aging in place an option for northern seniors?

A home of one’s own:  Is aging in place an option for northern seniors?

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 09, 2014

“If my house sells, I am moving to the Maritimes.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleWinterizing northern gardens:  Pull ’em out, turn ’em over, tuck ’em in.

Winterizing northern gardens:  Pull ’em out, turn ’em over, tuck ’em in.

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 09, 2014

“Farmer’s Almanac says it’s going to be a cold winter.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleBrian’s fly pattern for landing steelhead

Brian’s fly pattern for landing steelhead

👤Brian Smith 🕔Oct 09, 2014

To many fly fishers, steelheads are the ultimate quarry.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNass  Valley volcano: Tseax crater and Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

Nass Valley volcano: Tseax crater and Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Provincial Park

👤Joanne Campbell 🕔Aug 04, 2014

As a child, I was terrified of volcanoes.

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