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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 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 ArticleGimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Making your property a winter haven for moose

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🔍Read Full ArticleUnseen Labyrinth: Northern BC’s amazing limestone karst topography

Unseen Labyrinth: Northern BC’s amazing limestone karst topography

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Oct 03, 2016

The dog slips farther into the hole and it becomes suddenly apparent that we’ve found exactly what we were expecting.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Cheeky Chickadee

The Cheeky Chickadee

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Oct 03, 2016

Survival tales of a tough little bird

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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🔍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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ArticleMountain garden: Discovering grace in the great northern wilderness

Mountain garden: Discovering grace in the great northern wilderness

👤Al Lehmann 🕔Aug 04, 2014

It was another perfect Saturday among the many this summer.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCetaceans & citizen science in the North

Cetaceans & citizen science in the North

👤Caitlin Birdsall 🕔Aug 04, 2014

Phooooouuuuuuughhhhhht. A humpback whale exhales.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

Bug Bonanza: Is climate change impacting northern spiders and insects?

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Aug 04, 2014

A slight movement on my sleeve catches my attention: A spider—the size of a nickel. Yeow!

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🔍Read Full ArticleSkilokis Ridge: Stairway to heaven

Skilokis Ridge: Stairway to heaven

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Aug 04, 2014

Skilokis Ridge is a remarkable trail that makes the claim to having you above treeline—on a spur of Blunt Mountain—in 30 minutes.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSticks, stumps, and twigs: The DIY lumberyard of the North

Sticks, stumps, and twigs: The DIY lumberyard of the North

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 30, 2014

“How about this one?” The tide was low and we were looking for solid sticks to brace ourselves as we waded across the Tlell River.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDragon Lake an angler’s low-elevation, early-season dream

Dragon Lake an angler’s low-elevation, early-season dream

👤Brian Smith 🕔May 30, 2014

For central-interior fly-fishers, April ice-off at Dragon Lake is the surest remedy to shake cabin fevers and winter blues that have been festering since freeze-up last November.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Lower Stikine pays a compliment to Yosemite

The Lower Stikine pays a compliment to Yosemite

👤Dave Quinn 🕔May 30, 2014

“When you first see the lower Stikine, it’ll make you want to puke,” exclaimed a canoe guide friend when I told him our plans to spend 10 days paddling 240 kilometres of the lower Stikine River from Telegraph Creek to Wrangell, Alaska.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBuilding a home for bluebirds to roam

Building a home for bluebirds to roam

👤John Franken 🕔Apr 04, 2014

My fascination with bluebirds began in spring 1977.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Stellako River: Short but sweet

The Stellako River: Short but sweet

👤Brian Smith 🕔Apr 04, 2014

Touted by Canadian Fly Fisher Magazine as number one on BC’s do-it-yourself fly fishing destinations list, the Stellako River rarely disappoints

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🔍Read Full ArticleWatching for wildlife: Animal encounters in northern BC

Watching for wildlife: Animal encounters in northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Apr 04, 2014

I remember distinctly the first time I saw a wolf outside a wildlife enclosure.

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🔍Read Full ArticleWarmth under snow— Why rising temperatures could mean harsher climate for some species

Warmth under snow— Why rising temperatures could mean harsher climate for some species

👤Norma Kerby 🕔Nov 25, 2013

Broad, deep tracks in the fresh snow followed the logging road ahead of us. “First snow of winter,” my grandfather would say, “and the grizzly bears head for their dens in the mountains.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleSpectacular Spatsizi—Vast wilderness with a rich history and uncertain future

Spectacular Spatsizi—Vast wilderness with a rich history and uncertain future

👤Tania Millen 🕔Oct 02, 2013

Our horses walked slowly into a biting winter wind, making fresh tracks across the sparkling snow.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSeed-saving——a heritage tradition for the future

Seed-saving——a heritage tradition for the future

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Oct 02, 2013

Before ordering seeds from a catalogue was common, seed-saving from the backyard and trading with neighbours was a tradition that generations of gardeners followed to keep harvests plentiful.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSoapberry’s gift: Hardworking shrub gives more than it takes

Soapberry’s gift: Hardworking shrub gives more than it takes

👤Carol Ponchet-Cassidy 🕔Aug 01, 2013

Plants provide us with so much: fresh air, food, fabric, fuel, beauty… the list goes on.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNative pollinators:  The key to garden abundance

Native pollinators:  The key to garden abundance

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Aug 01, 2013

Scream! Swoon! Swat! Squish! It’s the recognizable four-step “get that bee out of my hair” jive.

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🔍Read Full ArticleDeer! Oh Dear!  Gardening among large herbivores

Deer! Oh Dear!  Gardening among large herbivores

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔May 31, 2013

They strike at dawn. Silently, with razor-sharp teeth, they leave a path of total devastation behind them.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCampania Island:The Beauty of Emptiness

Campania Island:The Beauty of Emptiness

👤Al Lehmann 🕔May 30, 2013

The impermanence of being—the idea that everything that is, is nothing; or that nothing is what is—is central to Zen Buddhism.

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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 ArticleWalk low—Spring hikes in northern BC

Walk low—Spring hikes in northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Mar 28, 2013

The first hikes of spring in northern BC.

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🔍Read Full ArticleComment: More to the Fossil Story

Comment: More to the Fossil Story

👤Vivien Lougheed 🕔Aug 01, 2012

“The Colossal Fossil Conundrum,” published in the June/July issue of Northword, is a good introduction to one side of fossil issues in Canada. I would like to offer a view from the other side.

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🔍Read Full ArticleChasing after wildlife: A new Canadian experience

Chasing after wildlife: A new Canadian experience

👤Jeff Bartlett 🕔Aug 01, 2012

“Oh my god,” Romina screamed. “What the heck is that?”

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🔍Read Full ArticleMetlakatla wilderness trail: Build it and they will come

Metlakatla wilderness trail: Build it and they will come

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Jun 01, 2012

BC’s North Coast is a rugged, unspoiled landscape. Wildlife abounds—fish in the water, shellfish on the shore, birds in the air, and bears, deer, moose, wolves, and hundreds of other species on land.

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🔍Read Full ArticleA wild life: The Langen’s unexpected career

A wild life: The Langen’s unexpected career

🕔Jun 01, 2012

It’s a long, winding and increasingly narrow road that snakes and climbs its way above Smithers towards the land that Angelika and Peter Langen call home.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCitizenship for Whales?

Citizenship for Whales?

👤Al Lehmann 🕔Apr 01, 2012

“There!” cried a woman, pointing out the portside window. Far out on the ocean horizon we could see it: the characteristic spout of a humpback whale.

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🔍Read Full ArticleA Tradition of Trapping

A Tradition of Trapping

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Feb 01, 2012

Trapping has a long history in rural Canada, and though it is not the thriving industry that it once was, the tradition is carried on by some hardy and passionate individuals. Herb Greene and Frank Alec are two trappers who keep this tradition alive. From November to February they can be found out on the land setting traps, clearing brush, and pushing through the trails on their snowshoes.

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