Outdoors and Recreation

Professor John Reynolds, from SFU, does salmon research at the Bamfield Marine Science Centre in the summer. He is also chair of COSEWIC (Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada). (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

You too can be a citizen scientist with new app

SFU professor to talk about how a smartphone app is helping preserve nature

  • Apr 7, 2021

 

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

 

The Echo 67 Aquatic Centre is nearing the end of its service life, and many people in Port Alberni want to see a new pool. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

LETTER: City should spend reserves on pool, not path

All too often, to avoid public scrutiny, councils have used reserve funds to pay for pet projects…

  • Mar 31, 2021

 

The Echo 67 Aquatic Centre is nearing the end of its service life, and many people in Port Alberni want to see a new pool. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

LETTER: City of Port Alberni’s ‘new’ pool fund not so new, says former employee

So why create a new “contingency” fund?

  • Mar 31, 2021
The Echo 67 Aquatic Centre is nearing the end of its service life, and many people in Port Alberni want to see a new pool. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
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)
A locked gate prevents access to a logging road on Mosaic Forests land in 2017. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)

ACRD, Mosaic form working group for public access to forest lands

Pilot project will allow increased public access on a trial basis to Scout Beach and Lowry Lake

A locked gate prevents access to a logging road on Mosaic Forests land in 2017. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)
The Rogers Creek Trail system has multiple trails and not all of them are well marked. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

EDITORIAL: Alberni Valley park trails need better signage now

Alberni Valley boasts some of the most stunning hiking, biking and multi-use trails on the Island

The Rogers Creek Trail system has multiple trails and not all of them are well marked. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
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)
The play structure at Kiwanis Park on 16th Avenue in Port Alberni is one of three that were removed for safety reasons, according to the City of Port Alberni. The spray park remains at Kiwanis Park. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Play structures removed from three Port Alberni parks

Replacement will be part of long-term master parks plan, says city official

The play structure at Kiwanis Park on 16th Avenue in Port Alberni is one of three that were removed for safety reasons, according to the City of Port Alberni. The spray park remains at Kiwanis Park. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The next chapter of your summer adventure begins here

The next chapter of your summer adventure begins here

All the amenities, none of the crowds: Discover Sugar Lake

  • Jun 8, 2020
The next chapter of your summer adventure begins here
One ruined picnic table at Marble River Campground. (Zoe Ducklow)

North Island recreation camping site closed due to vandalism

Damage happens every year, forcing site manager to reallocate improvement budget to repairs

One ruined picnic table at Marble River Campground. (Zoe Ducklow)
Telegraph Cove Resort will open June 1 to self-contained campers only

Telegraph Cove Resort will open June 1 to self-contained campers only

Washrooms, showers and all other amenities will remain closed for now

Telegraph Cove Resort will open June 1 to self-contained campers only
Discover your dream staycation at this hidden gem!

Discover your dream staycation at this hidden gem!

North Okanagan’s Sugar Lake offers four seasons of memory-making opportunities

  • May 18, 2020
Discover your dream staycation at this hidden gem!
Your family staycation could look like this

Your family staycation could look like this

At Sugar Lake, find all your favourite Okanagan amenities, without the crowds!

  • May 4, 2020
Your family staycation could look like this
Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Civil Liberties group seeks amnesty for recreational tickets issued during pandemic

The association has received at least 100 public complaints over the past 10 days

Toronto Police Mounted Unit officers patrol a city park in Toronto on Thursday, April 16, 2020. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says it’s going to seek amnesty for all tickets issued for municipal recreational infractions during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The Backyard Wild Bird & Nature Store’s Tuesday Birders take an outing to Somass Estuary in this 2013 file photo. (SANDY MCRUER/ Special to the AV News)

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Time for a nature club in Port Alberni

Nature clubs provide education, spearhead conservation projects in their communities

  • Apr 8, 2020
The Backyard Wild Bird & Nature Store’s Tuesday Birders take an outing to Somass Estuary in this 2013 file photo. (SANDY MCRUER/ Special to the AV News)
Tony Loyd, Bill Irwin, Christel Fong, Hans Galesloot, Victoria Loyd, John Wilson and Logan all build houses for Purple Martins. (SANDY MCRUER/ Special to the AV News)

PAC RIM ACTIVE: Port Alberni church helps house Purple Martins with birdbox program

United Church will hold community event March 22

  • Mar 4, 2020
Tony Loyd, Bill Irwin, Christel Fong, Hans Galesloot, Victoria Loyd, John Wilson and Logan all build houses for Purple Martins. (SANDY MCRUER/ Special to the AV News)
Explore Port Alberni - Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town

Explore Port Alberni – Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town

On the water in Port Alberni

  • Aug 28, 2019
Explore Port Alberni - Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town
Photo by Ashley Perry (Amateur Photographer Contest 2018)

Hiking in the Alberni Valley

Set between forested hills and the Alberni Inlet, the Alberni Valley has…

  • Aug 28, 2019
Photo by Ashley Perry (Amateur Photographer Contest 2018)