Recreation

Spring, summer, fall or winter—there’s always something interesting to do in northern BC.

🔍Read Full ArticleBy Boat

By Boat

🕔Nov 06, 2017

In Haida Gwaii, the dark months of winter mean more time for things like hunting trips. Join photographer Joseph Crawford as he explores abandoned buildings and the subdued coastal landscapes while on a boat-access hunting excursion.

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🔍Read Full ArticleAvalanches

Avalanches

👤Tania Millen 🕔Nov 06, 2017

Travelling in northern BC’s backcountry means taking risks. Why we do we do it? Tania Millen weighs in, as she explores the dark side of risk vs. reward, and nudges us in the right direction for finding balance.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSkip Mountain

Skip Mountain

🕔Nov 06, 2017

Skip Mountain is a great accessible scramble between Prince Rupert and Terrace.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn Beaches

On Beaches

🕔Sep 11, 2017

As the world’s oceans fill up with plastic, the beaches along BC’s coast are quietly accumulating garbage. Talon Gillis's photos offers us a glimpse into a group of individuals working to protect and restore impacted habitat.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSimbiyez Wilson

Simbiyez Wilson

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Her name means “child of the stars.” And Witsuwit’en singer-songwriter Simbiyez Wilson seems to be living up to the name.

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🔍Read Full ArticleHelp Yourself

Help Yourself

🕔Sep 11, 2017

Ging Gang Hla tllGad Independent Music and Arts Co-operative

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🔍Read Full ArticleFishing for Future

Fishing for Future

🕔Sep 11, 2017

Opening day on the Skeena came late this year. Kitsumkalum fish monitors were there working with recreational anglers to gather data. Britta Boudreau takes us to the river, and gives us a glimpse of what’s at stake if the salmon stop swimming, and who is working to protect the resource.

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🔍Read Full ArticleAbove/Below

Above/Below

🕔May 01, 2017

Freediving is a meditative, introspective sport, and here we get a rare glimpse of what that looks like in Haida Gwaii waters. Words by Allison Smith, photos by Joseph Crawford.

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🔍Read Full ArticleLast Word: The Farmer’s Blow

Last Word: The Farmer’s Blow

👤Tania Millen 🕔May 01, 2017

Watch out for snot rockets.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMount Hays

Mount Hays

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 01, 2017

Prince Rupert’s resident mountain. Words by Matt Simmons & map by Morgan Hite

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🔍Read Full ArticleBlue Geranium: Trails and Pipelines

Blue Geranium: Trails and Pipelines

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Feb 27, 2017

A different approach to backcountry exploration

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🔍Read Full ArticleMind (over) Mountains

Mind (over) Mountains

🕔Feb 27, 2017

"Everyone deserves to enjoy the mountains." Talon Gillis inspires with his photo essay.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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🔍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 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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🔍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 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 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 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 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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🔍Read Full ArticleWheelin’ in the North

Wheelin’ in the North

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Aug 04, 2014

Road trips are great, but there’s really no better way to see a new place than from the seat of a bike.

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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 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 ArticleOn the Fly: The Bulkley River: Clear water, dry flies and big fish

On the Fly: The Bulkley River: Clear water, dry flies and big fish

👤Brian Smith 🕔Aug 04, 2014

When steelhead fly-fishers talk about rivers that are on their bucket lists, many come to mind; however, few rivers in the world are more revered for their dry-fly fishing opportunities than central BC’s Bulkley River.

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🔍Read Full ArticleNaydeena Mountain stunning views from “standing up alone”

Naydeena Mountain stunning views from “standing up alone”

👤Morgan Hite 🕔May 30, 2014

Nadina Mountain Provincial Park south of Houston is large, hard to access, little-visited, non-motorized and has no facilities—but what a spectacular peak!

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🔍Read Full ArticleA buffet of summer music

A buffet of summer music

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 30, 2014

Heading to a music festival often means embracing all styles and genres of music.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFloating on air: paragliding in the Bulkley Valley

Floating on air: paragliding in the Bulkley Valley

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 30, 2014

I’m hanging out with a few keen paragliders at a launch site below Malkow Lookout, just outside Smithers.

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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 ArticleTumbler Ridge:  Canada’s newest geopark?

Tumbler Ridge:  Canada’s newest geopark?

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔May 30, 2014

Tumbler Ridge was founded over 30 years ago on a single resource: coal.

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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 ArticleFish on! Rolling in the deep off BC’s northwest coast.

Fish on! Rolling in the deep off BC’s northwest coast.

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔May 30, 2014

It’s 5 a.m. and people are everywhere, scuttling onto boats like tiny crabs searching for shelter.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSeymour Ridge Trails

Seymour Ridge Trails

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Apr 04, 2014

This is a wonderful set of trails that melt out early.

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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 ArticleDogging adventure in the North

Dogging adventure in the North

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 25, 2013

Some say dogs tie people down. In our household, it might just be the other way around.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThe Art and Science of Ski Making

The Art and Science of Ski Making

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Nov 25, 2013

James Fisher’s shop is a thing to behold. It dwarfs his house in downtown Smithers and is immaculate, despite the faint smell of epoxy.

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🔍Read Full ArticleOn track with the right wax

On track with the right wax

👤Emily Bulmer 🕔Nov 25, 2013

Out on the ski trails, a properly chosen and correctly applied wax can make the difference between tranquility and torment.

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🔍Read Full ArticleCanyon Creek—Groomed trails, tree skiing, and alpine meadows

Canyon Creek—Groomed trails, tree skiing, and alpine meadows

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Nov 25, 2013

Canyon Creek Cross-Country Ski Area is about 25 minutes from Smithers up Babine Lake Road.

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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 ArticleLost in the boreal: in search of BC’s northeast corner

Lost in the boreal: in search of BC’s northeast corner

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Oct 02, 2013

I cross the border into the Northwest Territories leaving the paved road behind in BC, obscured by a tumbling cloud of gravel dust.

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🔍Read Full ArticleForests for the World: A bit of Nature, nestled in a northern city

Forests for the World: A bit of Nature, nestled in a northern city

👤Nancy Alexander 🕔Oct 02, 2013

Forests for the World is a tiny bit of wilderness park embedded in the city of Prince George.

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🔍Read Full ArticleJuniper Creek and the Red Rose Mine

Juniper Creek and the Red Rose Mine

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Aug 01, 2013

Once upon a time the old road up Juniper Creek was the main highway to a working mine situated in extreme conditions.

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🔍Read Full ArticleKids Sleeping Outdoors:  Family-friendly camping in northern BC

Kids Sleeping Outdoors:  Family-friendly camping in northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Aug 01, 2013

Camping with kids can be great: fresh air in spectacular surroundings, a crackling fire at night, splashing in a lake, the sound of loons calling, and plenty of good dirt-under-your-fingernails fun with your little ones.

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🔍Read Full ArticleSlow boat to Prince Rupert: Camping aboard an Alaska ferry

Slow boat to Prince Rupert: Camping aboard an Alaska ferry

👤Betsy Trumpener 🕔Aug 01, 2013

The summer weekend I travelled from Vancouver to Prince Rupert the long way—via Alaska—I slept on a lawn chair through the Inside Passage, gambled on deck with American bikers, and spotted a rare white spirit bear on shore.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMusic for Life: Festivals in Northern BC

Music for Life: Festivals in Northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 31, 2013

The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “Without music, life would be a mistake.”

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🔍Read Full ArticleWhere do I Find a Trail Map?

Where do I Find a Trail Map?

👤Morgan Hite 🕔May 31, 2013

Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer a paper map.

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🔍Read Full ArticleMidsummer Festival, 30 years on: the stuff of legends

Midsummer Festival, 30 years on: the stuff of legends

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔May 31, 2013

It’s 8 p.m. on a Monday evening, and in the Stokes’ kitchen a Midsummer Music Festival meeting has just wrapped up. A teapot and half-empty wine bottle sit on the table. But what flows most generously are the stories.

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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 ArticleMcGillivray’s Map

McGillivray’s Map

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Mar 29, 2013

Simon McGillivray, a trader for the Hudson’s Bay Company, was the first outsider ever to visit “the Forks,” the place where the Skeena and Bulkley rivers join, and later the site of the town of Hazelton

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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 ArticleCosy Cabins: Some quiet retreats to beat the winter chill

Cosy Cabins: Some quiet retreats to beat the winter chill

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Dec 01, 2012

Picture a typical northern BC winter scene: snow covers everything with its blanket of white, mountains scrape the sky on the horizon, icicles cling to the fringes of things.

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🔍Read Full ArticleFishnets and kneepads: Derby’s unique style rolls north

Fishnets and kneepads: Derby’s unique style rolls north

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Oct 01, 2012

Booty blocking, fresh meat, fishnet burns: you’re unlikely to hear these terms in any other team sport. Then again, few athletic pursuits are quite like roller derby.

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🔍Read Full ArticleBeautiful Beaches in Northern BC

Beautiful Beaches in Northern BC

👤Frances Riley 🕔Aug 01, 2012

It’s hard to get away from the water in northern BC…as if anyone would want to.

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🔍Read Full ArticleGathering Strength: A canoe journey

Gathering Strength: A canoe journey

👤Joanne Campbell 🕔Aug 01, 2012

In early August, 2011, eight ocean canoes plus support and safety vessels carried over 200 First Nations youth and their mentors approximately 460 kilometres down BC’s north coast.

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🔍Read Full ArticleThree days, three channels, & three hot springs

Three days, three channels, & three hot springs

👤Dennis Horwood 🕔Jun 01, 2012

The Yellowhead Highway west of Prince George has much to offer travelers, but a truly unique opportunity awaits those who drive to the terminus of Highway 37 at Kitimat.

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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 ArticleThe Upside of Going Downhill: Mountain Biking in Northern BC

The Upside of Going Downhill: Mountain Biking in Northern BC

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Apr 01, 2012

I pour sweat. Not the glistening perspiration of a warm day—this is the shirt-soaking stuff.

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