December 14 - January 2015


The grass is always greener on the underside of the hoar frost. Photo Paul Glover. For more click-to-read editions, go to "The Magazine" on the drop down menu and click on "Magazine Covers".



In This Issue



On the fly:  The Kitimat River: Fishing by taxicab

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

👤Brian Smith


Playing Games: Touring northern BC with the Canada Games

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.

👤Matt J Simmons


Atop the Telkwa Alps

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.”

👤Morgan Hite


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

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.

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood


Stone women:  The water girls

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

👤Sheila Peters


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

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.

👤Emily Bulmer


Cohousing Communities A green alternative to the northern housing crunch

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

👤Norma Kerby


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

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.

👤Norma Kerby


The tricky business of protocol and permission

Northern BC comprises a host of First Nations territories and, as a settler/guest, there are certain ways I have learned to recognize those territories, the traditional families and elders.

👤Rob Budde


Enough with the semantics already.

Now that winter has arrived and put me in my place—which would be in my big blue chair in front of the fire—I have time to contemplate northern life

👤Joanne Campbell


December 2014 Cartoon

Says here that squirrels don't actually hibernate.

👤Hans Saefkow