Outdoors and Recreation

Members of the Miami River Streamkeepers Society released 5,000 chum salmon fry into the Miami River on April 28. This is part of an ongoing effort to preserve and support local aquatic wildlife. (Photo/Janne Perrin)

Students and streamkeepers release salmon fry into local waterways

Agassiz Christian students have been raising salmon since January as part of class program

Members of the Miami River Streamkeepers Society released 5,000 chum salmon fry into the Miami River on April 28. This is part of an ongoing effort to preserve and support local aquatic wildlife. (Photo/Janne Perrin)
Sugar Lake shows off its fall colours.

Sun, sand and snow? Discover 4 seasons of fun in your BC backyard

This Okanagan cabin escape is the stuff memories are made of

  • May 3, 2021
Sugar Lake shows off its fall colours.
Paddling on Sugar Lake

Four seasons of memory-making adventures await at Sugar Lake

Discover your year-round cabin retreat at this Okanagan vacation destination

  • Apr 5, 2021
Paddling on Sugar Lake
Dogs on duty: Avalanche rescue dog in training Sadie (above) learning about obedience with her owner and handler, Steve Morrison at the Fernie Alpine Resort, and Drift (right) who is FAR’s newest CARDA-certified dog.
More pictures, story on page 8.

PHOTOS: Meet Fernie’s team of avalanche rescue dogs

There are five avalance rescue dogs at Fernie Alpine Resort

Dogs on duty: Avalanche rescue dog in training Sadie (above) learning about obedience with her owner and handler, Steve Morrison at the Fernie Alpine Resort, and Drift (right) who is FAR’s newest CARDA-certified dog.
More pictures, story on page 8.
Three-year-old Adia Leidums skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of Erich Leidums)

Fernie toddler wins hearts with adorable skiing pep-talks

Three-year-old Adia Leidums is world-famous after being mic’d-up by her dad as she skis Fernie Alpine Resort

Three-year-old Adia Leidums skiing at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of Erich Leidums)
Sugar Lake is just as sweet in winter, with a variety of cool-weather activities to enjoy.

Summer is sweet at Sugar Lake (and winter’s pretty cool, too!)

Year-round memories await at your lakeside Okanagan cabin

  • Mar 1, 2021
Sugar Lake is just as sweet in winter, with a variety of cool-weather activities to enjoy.
Screenshot from a video posted to Facebook in early 2021 showing constant and repeated crossings of side channels on the Fraser River near Chilliwack, actions that scientists say kills salmon fry and damages fish habitat. (Facebook)

VIDEO: Four-wheeling fun shredding fish eggs and prime habitat of the Fraser River

‘Fight the urge to make big splashes with a water crossing,’ advises four-wheel drive group prez

Screenshot from a video posted to Facebook in early 2021 showing constant and repeated crossings of side channels on the Fraser River near Chilliwack, actions that scientists say kills salmon fry and damages fish habitat. (Facebook)
The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve’s network of trails is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. (chilliwackblueheron.com photo)

Provincial funding goes to Chilliwack’s Great Blue Heron Reserve for trail upgrades

The popular destination saw even more traffic in 2020 as people headed outdoors during the pandemic

The Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve’s network of trails is popular with outdoor enthusiasts. (chilliwackblueheron.com photo)
City of Chilliwack councillors and mayor stand at the freshly paved pump track which is scheduled to be open in the spring of 2021. (Facebook/ Chris Kloot)

Chilliwack pump track, longest in North America, nears completion

Few items still need to be completed on pump track before scheduled spring 2021 opening

City of Chilliwack councillors and mayor stand at the freshly paved pump track which is scheduled to be open in the spring of 2021. (Facebook/ Chris Kloot)
Panorama Ridge Hike

5 Best Hikes Around Vancouver to Add to Your Bucket List

From North Shore to Whistler, find incredible spots to lace up your boots

  • Nov 24, 2020
Panorama Ridge Hike
Construction is underway on Chilliwack’s new pump track, seen here on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 beside the Chilliwack Curling Club. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. city set to become home of the largest pump track facility in North America

Custom designed pump track with crossover tunnel will be geared to riders of all abilities

Construction is underway on Chilliwack’s new pump track, seen here on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 beside the Chilliwack Curling Club. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Sasquatch Mountain Resort is set to open for the 2020-21 season with enhanced COVID-19 protocols in place. The final day to purchase season passes is November 15. (Contributed Photo/Sasquatch Mountain Resort)

Sasquatch Mountain unveils COVID-19 rules for upcoming season

Resort staff planning a job fair as they look forward to new season

Sasquatch Mountain Resort is set to open for the 2020-21 season with enhanced COVID-19 protocols in place. The final day to purchase season passes is November 15. (Contributed Photo/Sasquatch Mountain Resort)
The golden larches at Manning Park’s Frosty Mountain trail are seeing an ‘extreme level of visitors’ on weekends. (BC Parks/Facebook photo)

‘Extreme level of visitors’ to Manning Park’s golden larches prompts travel advisory

Hikers going off trail or camping in larches could cause ‘irreparable damage’ to fragile environment

The golden larches at Manning Park’s Frosty Mountain trail are seeing an ‘extreme level of visitors’ on weekends. (BC Parks/Facebook photo)
With more than half a million people using the trails and natural spaces along the Vedder Greenway, a survey to guide long-term planning is now on until Oct. 9 seeking feedback. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

Long-term planning for jewel known as Vedder Greenway starts with survey

It’s the most popular trail system in Chilliwack with a half million local and LM users each year

With more than half a million people using the trails and natural spaces along the Vedder Greenway, a survey to guide long-term planning is now on until Oct. 9 seeking feedback. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Harrison Hot Springs Mayor Leo Facio pays tribute to local legend John Green, standing in front of two sand sculptures recently created in his honour at the Harrison Lake Hotel’s courtyard. (Screenshot/Harrison Hot Springs)

‘A very nice gentleman’: Sand sculptors pay tribute to local legend John Green

Sculpture tribute to John Green created in courtyard of Harrison Lake Hotel

Harrison Hot Springs Mayor Leo Facio pays tribute to local legend John Green, standing in front of two sand sculptures recently created in his honour at the Harrison Lake Hotel’s courtyard. (Screenshot/Harrison Hot Springs)
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Earthwise Agassiz unveils summer camp program

Earthwise Agassiz unveils summer camp program

Open to children ages 6 to 10

Earthwise Agassiz unveils summer camp program
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Ferny Coombe pool now accepting family swim bookings

Hour-long blocks can be booked through the CRCC

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The waterfall at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a popular photo spot, yet neighbouring Popkum Fire Department chief Walter Roos urges people to obey the signs and stop at the viewpoint as several rescues have to be done from the falls each year.  Jenna Hauck/ The Progress

Popkum fire chief urges caution after Saturday rescue from Bridal Veil Falls

11-year-old boy was stable, fire chief Walter Roos said, when delivered to a waiting ambulance

The waterfall at Bridal Veil Falls Provincial Park is a popular photo spot, yet neighbouring Popkum Fire Department chief Walter Roos urges people to obey the signs and stop at the viewpoint as several rescues have to be done from the falls each year.  Jenna Hauck/ The Progress
Creative costumes and a rainbow that appeared over Harrison Lake just before the Polar Bear Swim countdown started on Jan. 1, 2020. (Karissa Gall/The Observer)

Boaters warned about high water levels on Harrison Lake

Village officials ask for added caution while recreating

Creative costumes and a rainbow that appeared over Harrison Lake just before the Polar Bear Swim countdown started on Jan. 1, 2020. (Karissa Gall/The Observer)
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