Peace

🔍Read Full ArticleWho Loves the Sun?

Who Loves the Sun?

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Sep 10, 2018

Without that big yellow ball of fire in the sky, none of us would exist. But sometimes fire is what we least desire.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleSmall Flower, Big Problem

Small Flower, Big Problem

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Sep 10, 2018

Investigating invasive plants in northern BC

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleThe Good Life

The Good Life

👤Sarah Artis 🕔Sep 10, 2018

The green of lettuce, the yellow of fresh egg yolks, and the red of the soil after processing livestock. Life in the North has long been about self-sufficiency and today young families continue to choose a lifestyle where everything that ends up on the dinner table comes from just out the back door. Sarah Artis dabbles and joins a pair of families trading the 9 to 5 for something a bit more hands on.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleColouring the Map

Colouring the Map

🕔Sep 10, 2018

You know when a place is named for a colour? Blue River, Red Bluff, etc. etc. Sometimes the reason why is not as obvious as you’d think. Jo Boxwell checks out a few colourful northern BC locales.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleThe Lost & Found for Memories

The Lost & Found for Memories

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Jul 31, 2018

What would it be like to try on someone else’s memories? An intrusion? Or the ultimate intimacy?

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleEurasian Collared-Doves

Eurasian Collared-Doves

🕔Jul 31, 2018

Should we protect an invasive species?

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleLost or Found?

Lost or Found?

🕔Jul 31, 2018

We asked six writers and one photographer (Michelle Yarham) to tackle this issue’s theme in whatever way they saw fit. What they came up with is quirky, funny, poignant, reflective, and uniquely northern.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleThe Rescuers

The Rescuers

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Jul 31, 2018

Every year, volunteers from across the province save lives, plucking the lost from the backcountry. Contributing editor Amanda Follett Hosgood talks to search-and-rescue groups to gain some insight into the complexities and challenges facing SAR organizations in northern BC.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleNegative Space

Negative Space

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 04, 2018

What do you see?

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleThe Economic Expanse

The Economic Expanse

👤Dan Mesec 🕔May 04, 2018

Making sense of the shifting Northwest economy is no small task

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleSaltwater Hank

Saltwater Hank

🕔May 04, 2018

Getting back to bluegrass basics.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleEternal Spaces

Eternal Spaces

🕔May 04, 2018

These are the graves of sailors and captains. Of fishermen whose blood runs thick with salt. This place tells the story of how they lived. And that is the power of cemeteries.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleCreative Space

Creative Space

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔May 04, 2018

Whatever we create, the environment we are in leaves an imprint on our work. Many artists crave isolation during the creative process, but some encourage outsiders to interrupt and even influence the direction of the pieces. Six northern BC artists discuss their creative spaces and what makes them so significant to the work they produce.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleRevolving Doors

Revolving Doors

👤Dan Mesec 🕔Mar 09, 2018

What happens when you come to a place temporarily and never leave? Or when you leave everything behind and venture out to northern BC for a job, but it doesn’t pan out? As our economy becomes increasingly reliant on transient workers, Dan Mesec investigates the temporary world in our half of the province.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticlePassing Through

Passing Through

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Mar 09, 2018

Yawning and leg stretching at the visitor centre. The city connects highways and breaks up a train route, but the distances are vast. Some travellers collect brochures and pile them in their car doors. Others invest in small mementos: a printed mug or a wooden Mr. PG. A few leave behind their stories.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleThe Penguin

The Penguin

🕔Mar 09, 2018

Patrick Williston gets the last word

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticlePaint Swatch Writing Contest

Paint Swatch Writing Contest

🕔Feb 22, 2018

Sharpen your pencils & your wit for Northword's first writing contest!

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleBeginnings - Editor’s Note

Beginnings - Editor’s Note

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 17, 2018

When do things really start?

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleHunters

Hunters

🕔Feb 17, 2018

The smell of satisfaction is a roast in the oven

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleReconciliation

Reconciliation

👤Tania Millen 🕔Feb 17, 2018

Searching for the true meaning of Canada's future

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleIn Utero

In Utero

👤Melissa Sawatsky 🕔Feb 17, 2018

Melissa Sawatsky's devastingly honest personal essay

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleThe Crawl

The Crawl

🕔Feb 17, 2018

Patrick Williston lives in Smithers in a mountainside home with a dark and spidery crawl space. When days are longer, you will find him and his family gunkholing around the Chatham Sea in an old sailboat. This is his first piece of fiction for Northword.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleLemur

Lemur

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 17, 2018

I dreamt you were a lemur...

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleBeginnings

Beginnings

🕔Feb 13, 2018

Check out Northword's latest publication, a collection of northern stories and amazing images.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleWhen Dark is Light

When Dark is Light

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Nov 06, 2017

The dark is mystery. It is the unknown. It can be comforting or terrifying, or both at the same time.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleA Terror of Tyrannosaurs

A Terror of Tyrannosaurs

👤Jo Boxwell 🕔Nov 06, 2017

The best way to see ancient dinosaur footprints is in the dark. It’s also the best way to feel that tingly sensation on the back of your neck. Jo Boxwell takes us to Tumbler Ridge, where lantern tours of the dino trackways are a mainstay of the growing paleo-tourism industry.

READ MORE
🔍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.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleThe Future of LNG

The Future of LNG

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Sep 11, 2017

In wake of Petronas decision, northerners agree: It’s time to work together.

READ MORE
🔍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.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleFuture Past

Future Past

👤Paul Glover 🕔Sep 11, 2017

“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” - Søren Kierkegaard

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleThe Future is a Strange Beast

The Future is a Strange Beast

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Sep 11, 2017

Fear of the future is pointless. There's no escape from our perceived passage of time. “At some point the future becomes reality. And then it quickly becomes the past.” Haruki Murakami.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleStill Growing

Still Growing

👤Sheila Peters 🕔May 01, 2017

Sustaining northern agriculture

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleUnder the Water

Under the Water

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔May 01, 2017

Can collaboration exist in isolation?

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleIn Retrospect

In Retrospect

👤Amanda Follett Hosgood 🕔Feb 27, 2017

JRP chair Sheila Leggett on due process, yoga and the search for common ground

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleMind (over) Mountains

Mind (over) Mountains

🕔Feb 27, 2017

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

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleWelcome to the Truth

Welcome to the Truth

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Feb 24, 2017

If Truth can be found at the bottom of a bottle, it can also be found in the crumbs of a vanished sandwich.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleBaby, It’s Cold Outside

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

👤Matt J. Simmons 🕔Nov 25, 2016

Staying warm with live music

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleFirewatchers: 62 days in winter

Firewatchers: 62 days in winter

👤Marilyn Belak 🕔Oct 03, 2016

Security asks our names, then reads a statement saying we are in an active logging area and need to move back several metres.

READ MORE
🔍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.

READ MORE
🔍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.

READ MORE
🔍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.

READ MORE
🔍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!

READ MORE
🔍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.

READ MORE
🔍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.

READ MORE
🔍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.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleDandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

Dandelions:  An underrated northern delicacy

👤Michele Genest 🕔May 30, 2014

The dandelion is a plant that gives and gives...

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleSuper Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

Super Spuds:  Heritage potatoes return to the North

👤Norma Kerby 🕔May 30, 2014

No one was eating the mashed potatoes.

READ MORE
🔍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.

READ MORE
🔍Read Full ArticleFifty-Four Forty or Fight: How a U.S. border crossing almost wound up in the Bulkley Valley

Fifty-Four Forty or Fight: How a U.S. border crossing almost wound up in the Bulkley Valley

👤Morgan Hite 🕔Dec 01, 2012

I’m sitting on Hubert Hill, a small forested prominence by Highway 16, about 15 minutes south of Smithers, between Round Lake and Woodmere Roads. Here in the soft light of early summer, I can look across the highway and the Bulkley River to the Telkwa Mountains. Below me, the busy US border crossing has cars backed up

READ MORE