My recommendations for enjoying British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii archipelago are just out in World Nomad’s The Insider’s Guide to Canada. To download your FREE copy of this helpful guide click here.
Invermere hosts the 4th Wild and Scenic Film Festival November 25 in British Columbia’s newest community center.
What I remember about the first time I attended Wildsight’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival was the sense of community. People were milling around the door of the old community hall greeting friends while handing in their tickets.
Volunteers circled through the crowd selling raffle tickets for what I no longer remember, but I bought tickets because the odds and the cause were good. The festival raises money for Wildsight a nonprofit organization educating and advocating for Canada’s Columbia and Rocky Mountain’s wild places.
Pizza was available by the slice and people hovered around the bar for a budget-friendly glass of wine or beer while catching up on local happenings. The master of ceremonies – Eagle-Eye Tour owner Cam Gillies – has a PhD in forest birds and a five star rating as an entertainer – called many in the audience by name and kept people laughing while prying money from their wallets for the silent auction.
Wildsight board member Baiba Morrow flitted among the auction items making sure people got a chance to bid. I bid (and won) an item she and her husband Pat Morrow had brought back from Nepal; Pat was the second Canadian to climb Everest and the pair still help the Nepalese people but save time for working on conservation issues at home.
Many interesting and interested people call the Columbia Valley home. They choose to live in the Rocky Mountain trench, their backyards shared by wild creatures and vegetable patches, their walks and drives punctuated by deer or bear sightings.
They come to the festival to be entertained and inspired by stories of adventure, survival and exploration, and to support conservation in the valley. They welcome strangers at the event but you won’t be one for long. Between the movies, food and fun you’ll likely be friends before the evening is over.
Tickets to this year’s festival November 25 here.
Learn more about Wildsight’s mandate
Residents of British Columbia’s Village of Radium Hot Springs are bragging about their status as the easiest place in the world to see head-banging bighorn sheep each fall. Read more in my latest story for Roadstories.ca hereWhy is it never a good idea to do a selfie with bighorn sheep?
Watch their headbanging rituals here
Can a dead whale save a living one? The newly expanded Whale Interpretive Centre (WIC) in British Columbia’s Telegraph Cove thinks it’s possible by displaying whale skeletons.What happens to dead whales?
As I paddled my kayak across Johnstone Strait towards Telegraph Cove, the wash of a passing boat gently rocked me from side to side. Sunshine danced across the inky blue waters as a flock of common murres bobbed nearby. Suddenly, the water parted in front of me and a glossy grey back emerged from the depths, a large blow splitting the cries of gulls and shooting up a giant mist cloud. Read more
When Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site found itself overrun by introduced species, the Archipelago Management Board decided to take action. Realizing that Haida culture was threatened by invasive species, the AMB developed a multi-year, large-scale restoration project to remove rats and deer.
Rats were poisoned but another approach was needed for the deer. To learn what it’s like to travel into the battle zone as Gwaii Haanas staff wrestle back ecological integrity and rescue their culture, read my story in the UK Independent.Invasive species threaten culture as well as natural environments