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The Alex Fraser Bridge: A critical link in British Columbia’s highway system

In his newest book, Incredible Crossings, renowned historian and best-selling author, Derek Hayes, combines hundreds of visuals with meticulously researched commentary to educate readers on the bridges, tunnels and inland ferries that connect British Columbia 

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Travel

Portable glamping: Renting a houseboat on Shuswap Lake

Over the water and under the stars, Robin Esrock recounts his experience renting a houseboat in Sicamous, British Columbia, Canada’s houseboating capital 

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Travel

Exploring Vancouver Island’s wild side with RCGS Ambassador John P. Smol

As one of the many trips being offered by Maple Leaf Adventures, Vancouver Island’s Wild Side is an excursion for those who love adventure beyond the norm  

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People & Culture

Our country: Patrick Watson on his impactful trip to Haida Gwaii, B.C.

The Montreal-based singer-songwriter shares his experience exploring the forests and scenery of Haida Gwaii 

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People & Culture

A community’s quest to document every species on their island home

Naming leads to knowing, which leads to understanding. Residents of a small British Columbia island take to the forests and beaches to connect with their nonhuman neighbours 

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Overhead view of Jawdrop base camp with Claire and Eva watching Robin rig the cave entrance

Exploration

Searching for new caves in West Kootenay, B.C.

A Royal Canadian Geographical Society-supported expedition has added to the inventory of known caves in a little-explored region

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Confessions of a Naturalistus ignoramus

Learning to spot wildlife with a Naturalistus extremus (Robert Bateman) in B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest

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Travel

Beyond bears: How an Indigenous-led tourism company in B.C. is fostering deeper connections to their land

Homalco Wildlife and Cultural Tours offers a chance for visitors to experience Homalco culture — and for the community to heal

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Travel

5 ways to experience Squamish, B.C., the eagle capital of the world

Stunning scenery, craft beer — and eagles by the hundreds 

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Travel

“Maybe they are happy to be home:” Watching the salmon run in British Columbia’s Adams River

The Indigenous-owned and operated Quaaout Lodge in the B.C. interior is an ideal base for watching one of North America’s most amazing migrations

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Wildlife

As deadly white-nose syndrome spreads west, bat biologists race to prepare

Disease has appeared for the first time in Manitoba, Minnesota and Wyoming 

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Road tripping B.C.’s Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

Freedom is wide open spaces framed by endless skies and rich history. It is uncrowded, quiet, calm and yours to define in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast.

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People & Culture

Seafood chef Ned Bell works to bring sustainability into the kitchen

Bell is the special guest at the upcoming Vancouver GeoGala, an ocean conservation-themed fundraiser for The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

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Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Jay Matsushiba

“The Edge of the World” became a meeting place, where the edges of my world collided with another

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Environment

Ocean Bridge Diaries: Dax Justin

The people and landscapes of Haida Gwaii opened my eyes to the fact that we all rely on the ocean

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Glass sponge reef in B.C.'s Hecate Strait

Wildlife

B.C.’s glass sponges “cough” to unclog blocked pores

New research reveals these unique animals evolved a way to rid their systems of excess sediment — but the sponges may be having trouble keeping up with human activity in their habitat

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Wildlife

Tiny shrimp may be stirring up the oceans

New research suggests that swarms of migrating crustaceans have a big impact on ocean mixing

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Waves crash on a Tofino beach during a winter storm

Environment

How storm-watchers inspired a groundbreaking coastal safety program

Initially targeted at visitors and locals in Tofino and Ucluelet, B.C., the CoastSmart program could save lives along all Canadian coasts

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Sea otters play among the kelp in Tofino, B.C.

Environment

British Columbia is developing its own law to protect species at risk

Environmentalists hope the long-awaited legislation will compensate for shortcomings in the federal Species at Risk Act

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The articulated tugboat Nathan E. Stewart aground off B.C.'s north coast in October 2016

Environment

Fighting for their coastline

As ship traffic increases off the coast of British Columbia, so will accidents. The Heiltsuk Nation intends to be ready.

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Jumbo Valley in the East Kootenays, site of a lengthy battle over a proposed ski resort

Environment

The Supreme Court sides with B.C.’s Jumbo ski resort. What does that mean for sacred places in Canada?

With its ruling in Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada has shown that Indigenous groups cannot use the Charter's freedom of religion clause to protect lands they consider sacred

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Environment

What it’s really like to fight a wildfire

A former firefighter offers a glimpse at the day-to-day lives of the men and women who rush into danger each summer to protect life and property

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Poplar trees on the site of a former landfill in Salmon Arm, B.C.

Environment

Could trees be the chemical recycling centres of the future?

Researchers at the University of British Columbia Okanagan hope to learn whether chemicals absorbed by trees from contaminated soil can be retrieved and re-used

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Travel

Your next cup of coffee should come from Canada’s North

Support small businesses and get a killer cup of coffee at the same time with a bag of beans from these northern roasters

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The entrance to the massive cave recently discovered in Wells Gray Provincial Park, B.C.

Exploration

Canadian team confirms presence of huge unexplored cave in British Columbia

Cave in Wells Gray Provincial Park described as “about as big as they come in Canada” 

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Travel

Finding the spirit of Gwaii Haanas

Robin Esrock, author of The Great Canadian Bucket List, explains how Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, one of only four Canadian locations to make it into his book, The Great Global Bucket List, got under his skin

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Travel

The non-skier’s guide to Whistler, B.C.

Whistler is world-renowned for its powder, but the picturesque mountain village has plenty going on off the slopes as well

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Coming Soon: The Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival

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Science & Tech

How Canada is preparing for the next big earthquake

The last megathrust earthquake to strike Canada was in 1700, and the clock is ticking. How we’re preparing for the impact.

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History

Footprints found in B.C. may be North America’s oldest

Footprints found on a remote British Columbia island might be the oldest ones ever discovered in North America.

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Travel

The inn that built Tofino

How a tiny town on the continent’s westernmost edge went from stormy outpost to revered eco-tourism destination

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Travel

Exploring northern Vancouver Island by boat with Maple Leaf Adventures

Spotting otters, wolves and orcas on a small-ship adventure on Vancouver Island’s wild west coast 

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Ocean Week: Howe Sound community creates interactive map protecting ecological, economic and cultural values

The 400-layer map will connect communities, celebrate culture and share data to protect the Howe Sound ecosystem

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Travel

Touring B.C.’s Inside Passage through photos

Still largely remote, B.C.’s Inside Passage offers a glimpse of a wild world where nature — from grizzly bears to humpback whales — rules the day

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Travel

Worlds apart: B.C’s ultimate adventure

The ultimate B.C. adventure takes guests from bustling Victoria’s Fairmont Empress to increasingly remote stops at Tofino’s famed Wickaninnish Inn and finally Nimmo Bay Resort in the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Bigfoot emerges in B.C.’s Harrison Hot Springs

As the community hunkers down at home, Sasquatch sightings are on the rise

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B.C. hotel chain stays open, offers special rate for healthcare workers during Covid-19

Accent Inns made the decision to keep its five properties open after receiving a panicked call from a nurse in need of a place to stay 

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How the world came together to protect a B.C. inlet

When a significant portion of B.C.’s Princess Louisa Inlet went up for sale this spring, donors raised the $3 million needed to purchase it in just three months

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Travel

Saddling up in British Columbia’s Sea to Sky Country

 Four reasons why a horseback expedition in southwestern British Columbia is a must-do this summer

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Travel

Five fascinating nature hot spots to explore in British Columbia

From crystal-clear tidal pools to expansive lava beds, these five spots showcase the incredible biological and geological diversity of Canada’s westernmost province

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Travel

The wild beauty of British Columbia’s Galiano Island

Discover a tranquil retreat from city life in the Southern Gulf Islands 

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The Aurora Explorer chugs along the B.C. coast

Travel

What it’s like to sail aboard a working freight boat

Marine Link owner Guy Adams talks about the company’s main attraction

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Rudi Gertsch shows clients where they had just gone skiing

Travel

Q&A with a heli-ski legend

Rudi Gertsch has been guiding people through the backcountry slopes of Golden, BC for 40 years. Here’s what he’s learned

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