Outdoors and Recreation

While most tubers on the Cowichan River are respectful and just looking for some fun in the water, as those shown in the photo, a riverside business owner says a minority of rowdy tubers are driving away business. (File photo)

Lake Cowichan riverside business says rowdy tubers deterring customers

Long-time customers at Greendale Riverside Cabins say they won’t return

 

Despite already appealing to many in Sooke, RC events and activities can only be put on with a proper track, says Vancouver Island RC Racers organizer Dan Pudwell. (Contributed - Dan Pudwell)

South Island’s first remote-control car dirt racetrack eyed for Sooke

Track will be constructed on West Coast Road farmland

 

North Shore Rescue quickly deployed rescue teams and Talon Helicopters thanks to the preparation of an overdue camper. (NSR photo)

B.C. search and rescue team commends ‘excellent’ preparation of overdue camper

North Shore Rescue says good planning from the camper greatly aided rescue efforts

 

Proceeds from the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s second annual online auction will support conservation initiatives around the province. BCWF photo.

Online gift, gear and getaway auction boosts BC fish and wildlife conservation

B.C. Wildlife Federation online auction supports conservation projects across the province

Proceeds from the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s second annual online auction will support conservation initiatives around the province. BCWF photo.
Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.

Head outdoors this summer with Outdoors West!

New magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s great outdoors

Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.
The Tube Shack in Lake Cowichan is opening a second location this year. (File photo)

The Tube Shack opening second location in Lake Cowichan

Cowabunga Tubes will be on North Shore Road

The Tube Shack in Lake Cowichan is opening a second location this year. (File photo)
One person with a killer 90-second video will walk away with a $62.50 an hour job this summer – camping across Canada for 40 days. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Canada’s Best Summer Job comes with $20,000 payment for 40 days of camping

Contest relies on entrants’ social media savvy, Canadian vote

One person with a killer 90-second video will walk away with a $62.50 an hour job this summer – camping across Canada for 40 days. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
(Metro Creative photo)

Youth summer fishing challenge: Go fishing, take a photo, then enter to win!

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s contest returns this summer

(Metro Creative photo)
Ucluelet’s Recreation department, from left: Abby Fortune, Bri Walker, Judy Bloedorn and Barb Gudbranson, are calling on the residents to join the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge that kicks off on June 1 to help win funding for outdoor lighting at the skatepark. Read about the contest on page 13. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Help Ucluelet win $100,000 for the skatepark and basketball court

Join the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge from June 1-30

Ucluelet’s Recreation department, from left: Abby Fortune, Bri Walker, Judy Bloedorn and Barb Gudbranson, are calling on the residents to join the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge that kicks off on June 1 to help win funding for outdoor lighting at the skatepark. Read about the contest on page 13. (Nora O’Malley photo)
B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.

BC’s Family Fishing Weekend returns June 18 to 20

Get ready with a free Family Fishing Webinar Series June 12

B.C.’s Family Fishing Weekend is coming up June 18 to 20.
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)
A locked gate prevents access to a logging road on Mosaic Forests land in 2017. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)

Pilot project aimed at keeping access open to Vancouver Island back country

Trial access plan in Alberni could provide template for other Mosiac forestry roads and properties

A locked gate prevents access to a logging road on Mosaic Forests land in 2017. (ELENA RARDON/ Alberni Valley News)
Sisters Lily and Bryna Frost with mom Kelsey glide around Tofino’s new, outdoor synthetic ice rink. The District of Tofino is offering free public skates and lessons for the community until the end of January, 2021. To learn more about programs and COVID-19 safety procedures visit: <a href="http://tofino.ca/skatelot" target="_blank">tofino.ca/skatelot</a>. (Nora O’Malley photo)

POLL QUESTION: Have you skated on Tofino’s temporary synthetic rink?

Have you skated on Tofino’s temporary synthetic rink? READ MORE: Tofino aims…

  • Jan 8, 2021
Sisters Lily and Bryna Frost with mom Kelsey glide around Tofino’s new, outdoor synthetic ice rink. The District of Tofino is offering free public skates and lessons for the community until the end of January, 2021. To learn more about programs and COVID-19 safety procedures visit: <a href="http://tofino.ca/skatelot" target="_blank">tofino.ca/skatelot</a>. (Nora O’Malley photo)
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 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