Outdoors and Recreation

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

 

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

 

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)
Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Sparwood’s outdoor skating trail to return

The trail’s future is set in concrete, after the district was awarded a grant from the CBT

Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
(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)
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.
The Sparwood Golf Club has a new deck set up and ready to go for the 2021 summer season. (Contributed by Normal McDougall)

Sparwood Golf Club ready for summer

The club house and the course have been revitalized thanks to volunteer support and grants

The Sparwood Golf Club has a new deck set up and ready to go for the 2021 summer season. (Contributed by Normal McDougall)
file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)

FAR looks ahead to 2021 summer season

The resort is facing a second year operating under COVID-guidelines

file photo of fernie alpine resort sign (Scott Tibballs/The Free Press)
Jason Meldrum and his son Carter are raising funds for the Elkford Bike Park. (Contributed by Jason Meldrum)

Elkford bike park fundraising

Jason and Carter from the ELkford Biking Club were canvassing for donations over Easter Monday

Jason Meldrum and his son Carter are raising funds for the Elkford Bike Park. (Contributed by Jason Meldrum)
The golf course in Elkford would need to be re-zoned to allow for 10 camping sites. (Image courtesy of District of Elkford)

Elkford to consider allowing campsites at golf course

The district has expressed support for 10 campground spaces at the golf course

The golf course in Elkford would need to be re-zoned to allow for 10 camping sites. (Image courtesy of District of Elkford)
Rob and Jennifer King run Sasquatch Cyclery out of their garage. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

‘Hop on it now’: Parts crunch hits cycling

New bikes are hard to get and used bikes are selling at a premium this year

Rob and Jennifer King run Sasquatch Cyclery out of their garage. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
The Cranbrook Community Forest is good to go for mountain biking. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Snow’s done, time to hit the trails

South Country trails are good to go

The Cranbrook Community Forest is good to go for mountain biking. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The site of the Sparling East Playground in Parkland Terrace in Fernie. It will be completed before Summer. (Contributed by City of Fernie)

Parkland Terrace set to swing into new playground

The Sparling East playground should be ready before summer

The site of the Sparling East Playground in Parkland Terrace in Fernie. It will be completed before Summer. (Contributed by City of Fernie)
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.

Meet the team: Fernie’s 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.
Downtown Fernie. File photo

Fernie chamber launches take-out bingo to support local restaurants

New provincial health orders have ordered indoor dining halted ahead of the long weekend

Downtown Fernie. File photo
The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The number of skiers and snowboarders using the Fernie ski shuttle to get to Fernie Alpine Resort from town is down by 77 per cent this season. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Three-year-old Adia Leidums gives her dad a hi-five 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 gives her dad a hi-five at Fernie Alpine Resort. (Image courtesy of Erich Leidums)
A 500m loop of the Fernie Nordic Centre's trails will be lit up each Saturday for March, making it easier to get in some nordic skiing before the season wraps up. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Winter wonderland: Nordic Centre lights up the trails

A 500m stretch of the Fernie Nordic Centre’s trails will be lit…

A 500m loop of the Fernie Nordic Centre's trails will be lit up each Saturday for March, making it easier to get in some nordic skiing before the season wraps up. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s new skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Sparwood’s outdoor skate trail proves a hit

The 400m trail will return in years to come with more trail, and more lights

Branden Macnaughton, Lane Ogden, Kourtney Holberton, and Kally Campbell skate along Sparwood’s new skating trail. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)