Barnes Lake Trails 2016

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 12, 2016 4:59 pm

We try to hike the Barnes Lake Trails twice a year, and in 2016 we returned in November to do the routes again.   We started at the Gardiner Road trailhead and hiked up Trail #1, then continued to take left turns around the outside loop of the area, returning back into the grasslands on the west side, finishing at Barnharvale Road where w …


Kealia Pond and Sugar Beach

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 10, 2016 7:40 am

Kealia Pond National Wildlife Reserve is located just north of Kihei on Maui.   A viewing platform of the larger pond is found one mile north of Kihei on the northeast side.   On the other side of the pond off the highway is the Kealia Coastal Boardwalk, a 2200 foot walkway through salt marsh ponds.   Wetland birds, wa …


Indigenous people hold the key to caribou survival

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 8, 2016 5:30 am

(Credit: Western Arctic National Parklands via Flickr) When government biologists in Canada want to learn where caribou are, they put radio-tracking collars on some animals and monitor their movements. This gives them a rough idea of where herds are and where they travel, but it doesn’t tell them much about a caribou population’s history — travel …


Sullivan Range

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 7, 2016 4:59 pm

The Sullivan Range is a 1000m high ridge that runs north-south, parallel to the North Thompson River, 5 km south of McLure.   The trails are old backroads and double tracks accessed from the Orchard Lake Road.   They are part of a trail system adopted by the Horse Council of BC.   The Orchard Lake Trails can be accesse …


Goose Lake Plateau

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 5, 2016 4:47 pm

Just south of Potholes Reservoir is the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, an area of lava flow cliffs, lakes, ponds, grasslands, and canyons.   It is part of the channeled scablands, scoured by the release of an ice age lake, an eroded and complex terrain.   We drove into the middle of the Refuge to hike the Frog Lake – Mesa L …


Christmas Extension Cord Safety

by: Rich Weare
Posted on: December 5, 2016 2:53 pm

Everyone loves a house that decorated with lots of Christmas lights, but there’s some safety tips that you need to be aware of before you start. Each year, holiday lighting contributes to injuries caused by electrical shock, falls and fires. Holiday lighting fires annually cause property damage in excess of $16 million. Consider the following to av …


Winter Boots

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 4, 2016 7:54 pm

We hike and snowshoe all winter using our regular hiking boots.   This is how we do it. We have good hiking boots – vibram-type soles, leather and goretex, a gusseted tongue, proper bootlaces, and good coverage above the ankles.   These are boots we can backpack in, climb up steep slopes, do long days in the alpine, and so …


Nicola River

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 3, 2016 8:46 am

The Nicola River’s source is in the highlands west of Okanagan Lake on the west side of the divide, north of the Bear Creek Recreation area and south of the Shorts Creek watershed.   The meltwaters of the mountains and high plateau at about 1700 m (5580 feet collect in many streams to become the Nicola River which runs for 3 km sout …


Frog Lake and Crab Creek Trail

by: Doug Smith
Posted on: December 1, 2016 4:52 pm

Just south of Potholes Reservoir is the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, an area of lava flow cliffs, lakes, ponds, grasslands, and canyons.   It is part of the channeled scablands, scoured by the release of an ice age lake, an eroded and complex terrain.   We drove into the middle of the Refuge to hike the Frog Lake – Mesa L …


Reconciliation requires recognizing rights-based fishing

by: David Suzuki
Posted on: December 1, 2016 5:30 am

(Photo Credit: Nick Thompsonvia Flickr) Fishing is as emblematic to Canada as ice hockey. It’s also a way of life with a long tradition in coastal Indigenous communities. But since European contact, it’s been all but eliminated as an economic development opportunity for them. As Canada struggles to come to terms with reconciliation, court cases are …