Northword is the only independent, regional magazine that covers northern BC, from border to sea. Our goal is to connect and promote communities in B.C.’s northwest through printed word and image. Together with northword.ca, we promise to put a vibrant, human face on northern life with great articles and stunning images, wrapped up in a fresh graphic look.
Our mandate is to bring insight into the activities that define our northern way of life. Like many of our readers who have either relocated here or returned home from urban centres, we know what we’re (not) missing about big city life.
What is it that keeps us here, that is so compelling about our northern lifestyle? It’s not just, as one would expect, the white winter weather and long stretches of road winding through assorted wildlife posing in post-card pretty scenery. It’s so much more: It’s how we play. The optional, accessible solitude, or camaraderie. The diverse mix of peoples. And especially the sense of small town community and creative self-sufficiency that extends throughout the region.
It’s this small ‘c’ culture of the north that informs Northword’s editorial philosophy.
In our presentation, our writing,our ethical standards, we strive to be an example to our readers of the excellent products and service one can find in our region of BC. Initially many of any of our readers are surprised to find that not only is there a magazine devoted exclusively to northern BC, but that we are locally written and produced. Usually these are people who have just moved “up north” and haven’t shed their preconceptions about what lies above the 49th parallel. The culture of the north is unique, defined by what we have, not what we lack.
Our ultimate goal is to reaffirm for our readers how darn interesting we all are. We’re not just a line of communities scattered along a line on a map. We’re connected by our collective dedication to our chosen lifestyle. Northword is dedicated to illuminating that lifestyle.