Outdoors and Recreation

Kawkawa Lake can be a quiet and picturesque place if you visit at the right time, but it is a chaotic location on warm-weather weekends when boaters flock to the water. (Hope Standard file)

Hope RCMP increasing summer patrols at Kawkawa Lake

Police are responding to numerous complaints about boaters not operating watercraft safely

 

Screenshot from video posted in early 2021 showing repeated crossings through side channels of the Fraser River at Gill Bar in Chilliwack. (Facebook)

DFO shuts down vehicle access to Gill Bar in Chilliwack

Enforcement and media attention haven’t helped stop habitat destruction by 4-by-4s

 

One day after celebrating a very warm Canada Day in Trail on Friday, Brenda Haley and her hiking pals set out on a trek through the snow to take in the majestic views of Kootenay Glacier Provincial Park. Photos: Brenda Haley

Got snow? Summertime in the Kootenays sure does

PHOTOS: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is one of the oldest major parks in the provincial system

 

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo

Let Outdoors West be your guide to the great outdoors this summer!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo
Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)

New business partners breathe new life into Vancouver Island’s most remote pub

Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant in Holberg is edge of civilization for wilderness adventurers

Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)
Not enough dragon boat teams signed up for the 2022 Harrison Dragon Boat Festival, leading to its cancellation. Organizers will try again next year. (File Photo)

2022 Harrison Dragon Boat Festival cancelled

Not enough teams registered this year

Not enough dragon boat teams signed up for the 2022 Harrison Dragon Boat Festival, leading to its cancellation. Organizers will try again next year. (File Photo)
A VIP lounge was set up at Centennial Park during Saturday’s Party in the Park. (Contributed Photo/Jennifer Thornton)

Sunny Saturday Party in the Park rocks Pioneer Avenue

First fundraising event for aquatic centre filled with fun for all ages

A VIP lounge was set up at Centennial Park during Saturday’s Party in the Park. (Contributed Photo/Jennifer Thornton)
The welcome procession for the 2019 Sasquatch Days heads down the Harrison Hot Springs waterfront. The event makes its triumphant return in 2022 after COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the celebration twice. (File Photo)

Sasquatch Days returns to Harrison in June

Sts’ailes First Nation has hosted event since 1938

The welcome procession for the 2019 Sasquatch Days heads down the Harrison Hot Springs waterfront. The event makes its triumphant return in 2022 after COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the celebration twice. (File Photo)
The Ferny Coombe Pool is scheduled to open on May 9. (District of Kent Community Recreation and Cultural Centre/Facebook)

Ferny Coombe Pool opening delayed until May 9

Lessons rescheduled, some programs cancelled

The Ferny Coombe Pool is scheduled to open on May 9. (District of Kent Community Recreation and Cultural Centre/Facebook)
The Ferny Coombe pool is slated to be replaced with a new year-round indoor aquatic centre in Agassiz, thanks to a grant from the government. (Contributed Photo/Reta Buchanan)

Multi-million dollar gov’t grants to fund new aquatic centre

Ferny Coombe pool to be replaced with new centre in the next few years

The Ferny Coombe pool is slated to be replaced with a new year-round indoor aquatic centre in Agassiz, thanks to a grant from the government. (Contributed Photo/Reta Buchanan)
Artist’s rendering of what Sasquatch Mountain Resort (formally Hemlock) could look like in 50 years.

Official blueprint adopted for expanding Sasquatch Mountain into one of B.C.’s largest ski resorts

FVRD’s new Hemlock Valley OCP triggered by provincial approval of Berezan Group’s master plan in 2016

Artist’s rendering of what Sasquatch Mountain Resort (formally Hemlock) could look like in 50 years.
Agassiz-Harrison is about to get a new off-leash dog park in early April. (File Photo)

Kent announces Pixley Lane Off-Leash Dog Park

New bark – er, park – to open early April

Agassiz-Harrison is about to get a new off-leash dog park in early April. (File Photo)
(Photo/Laura Tunbridge)

VIDEO: Paraglider swoops in for landing in Agassiz

Nearby Mount Woodside is a popular launch point during the warmer months

(Photo/Laura Tunbridge)
Best of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 26. (Matt Clark)

Action-packed Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival returns to Chilliwack

Best of Vancouver’s jaw-dropping, edge-of-your-seat film festival coming to Chilliwack Cultural Centre

  • Mar 19, 2022
Best of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival is coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 26. (Matt Clark)
Sasquatch Provincial Park is closed due to damage sustained in natural disasters in recent montsh. (File Photo)

Sasquatch Provincial Park remains closed ahead of camping season

Due to natural disasters, the park has been closed to visitors for months

Sasquatch Provincial Park is closed due to damage sustained in natural disasters in recent montsh. (File Photo)
Harrison Hot Springs Council is currently meeting at Memorial Hall on Esplanade Avenue. (Adam Louis/Observer)

Harrison recommendations on off-leash dog park fall under scrutiny

A future off-leash dog park in Harrison Hot Springs was the subject…

Harrison Hot Springs Council is currently meeting at Memorial Hall on Esplanade Avenue. (Adam Louis/Observer)
(Alison Douglas)

Community Camera: Feb. 18, 2022

Submit your Community Camera photos to news@ahobserver.com

(Alison Douglas)
Agassiz RCMP aided in an investigation in which three men were reportedly caught illegally harvesting maple burls from trees. The unique grain of the wood formation makes it a tempting prospect for illegal harvest.(Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)
Agassiz RCMP aided in an investigation in which three men were reportedly caught illegally harvesting maple burls from trees. The unique grain of the wood formation makes it a tempting prospect for illegal harvest.(Contributed Photo/Ryan Kehler)
Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

(Ice) bear spotted in Fernie

Local wood carver in training Dave Richards is the artist behind the ice sculpture

Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Outdoor group urges B.C. government to expand budget for recreation

Recreation Sites and Trails BC manages recreation resources on public lands

Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)