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Spotlight on conservation: Kootenay River Ranch

Thanks to contributions from donors like Kruger Products, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is restoring and protecting some of Canada’s most valuable ecosystems

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History

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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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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“We did this:” Is there a way out of our intertwined climate and biodiversity crises?

As the impacts of global warming become increasingly evident, the connections to biodiversity loss are hard to ignore. Can this fall’s two key international climate conferences point us to a nature-positive future?

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Environment

Kelp: The sustainable superfood coming soon to a plate near you

Kelp’s potential as a commercial crop is finally being recognized — and, as kelp forests vanish worldwide, so is its importance in coastal ecosystems 

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Environment

Seeing the garden through the trees: The Indigenous forest gardens of coastal B.C.

The discovery of the 150-year-old Ts’msyen and Coast Salish garden sites — and their still-booming biodiversity — could provide fresh inspiration for both land management and food security solutions

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Environment

How honeybees can help track pollution in cities

A study of honey from urban hives reveals much about Vancouver’s pollutants, past and present 

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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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5 ways to soak in Vancouver’s nature if you’re not outdoorsy

You don’t have to be an outdoor thrill-seeker to see all that Vancouver has to offer

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Travel

The Local Life: Kitsilano, Vancouver

A local’s guide to one of Vancouver’s most iconic neighbourhoods

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The Local Life: Main Street, Vancouver

A local shares his favourite places to eat, drink and play in Vancouver’s hippest neighbourhood

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2018: The year in travel

Our favourite travel experiences of 2018 — and where we’re headed in 2019

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Environment

The fate of the Fraser River delta

A booming economy, a thriving community, a healthy environment — can Vancouver have it all?

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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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Frozen in time: The remarkable legacy of Mary Vaux, amateur glaciologist

Mary Vaux’s groundbreaking 19th-century study of B.C.’s Illecillewaet Glacier created an invaluable record of the glacier’s recession

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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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The spiny dogfish made history when it was certified as the world’s first sustainable shark fishery in 2011

Wildlife

The great green shark hunt 

Can British Columbia’s spiny dogfish make the grade as the world’s first “sustainable” shark fishery?

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Travel

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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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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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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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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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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Volcanologists Steve Quane and Alex Wilson get ready to launch a drone to survey a volcanic dam

Science & Tech

What British Columbia’s volcanoes can tell us about climate change past and present

University of British Columbia PhD student Alex Wilson is studying the Garibaldi Volcanic Belt for clues to past climatic shifts

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

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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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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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One heli of a hike

British Columbia’s remote Cariboo Mountains are one of the hardest-to-reach wilderness areas in Canada — unless, of course, you’re a keen hiker with access to a helicopter

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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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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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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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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

Sisters of the surf

The owner of Surf Sisters on promoting women’s surfing

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