Outdoors and Recreation

Early season powder has graced SilverStar Mountain Resort since opening early Nov. 18. (Bree Vanderleest photo)

More mountain, lifts, Tube Town opens at Vernon’s SilverStar

Resort also hosting light-up and BC Winter Games Torch Light Parade

 

A sign placed on the Okanagan Rail Trail is blocked by a tree near Coldstream. (Contributed)

Guess that sign: Okanagan Rail Trail marker overgrown

Trail users wondering why a sign would be erected behind a tree

 

Greg Barber, formerly of Montrose, took four months to complete the 4,200-km hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Turn to page 10 to see more photos of his epic journey. Photo: Submitted

Kootenay native reflects on 4,200-km trek on pacific trail

Greg Barber hikes from Mexico to Canada over Sierra and Cascade Mountains

 

The long-standing trees in Lakeview Park around the Peanut Pool are coming down to make way for the new pool and spray park. (Morning Star file photo)

Aging Vernon park trees cut down

Elms at Lakeview to be replaced, after construction of new peanut pool

The long-standing trees in Lakeview Park around the Peanut Pool are coming down to make way for the new pool and spray park. (Morning Star file photo)
Floaters on the Penticton River Channel needed the fire department to rescue them after they tied together their floats and became tangled around the bridge. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)

Penticton fire department called to rescue floaters on River Channel

The floaters had become tangled around the centre pillar after tying the rafts together

Floaters on the Penticton River Channel needed the fire department to rescue them after they tied together their floats and became tangled around the bridge. (Monique Tamminga - Western News)
The Shuswap River Ambassadors have stocked the Kids Don't Float kiosks with lifejackets for use. (Video still)

Enderby Shuswap River users reminded, ‘Kids don’t float’

Heatwave sees increasing number of people out on river, despite higher-than-normal levels

The Shuswap River Ambassadors have stocked the Kids Don't Float kiosks with lifejackets for use. (Video still)
Kildonan Boat Launch is closed due to high levels on Shuswap River in Enderby. (Shuswap River Ambassadors)

Enderby river floating discouraged following rescues

Shuswap River too dangerous for inflatables/paddling

Kildonan Boat Launch is closed due to high levels on Shuswap River in Enderby. (Shuswap River Ambassadors)
One day after celebrating a very warm Canada Day in Trail on Friday, Brenda Haley and her hiking pals set out on a trek through the snow to take in the majestic views of Kootenay Glacier Provincial Park. Photos: Brenda Haley

Got snow? Summertime in the Kootenays sure does

PHOTOS: Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is one of the oldest major parks in the provincial system

One day after celebrating a very warm Canada Day in Trail on Friday, Brenda Haley and her hiking pals set out on a trek through the snow to take in the majestic views of Kootenay Glacier Provincial Park. Photos: Brenda Haley
Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo

Let Outdoors West be your guide to the great outdoors this summer!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo
Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)

New business partners breathe new life into Vancouver Island’s most remote pub

Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant in Holberg is edge of civilization for wilderness adventurers

Tim Sangha, a member of the Nanaimo-based business partnership that has owned the Scarlet Ibis Pub and Restaurant since November 2020, presents a carving by woodcarver Rick Rotar of the Ibis business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)
Artists of all ages and mediums are invited to take part in the free Okanagan Rail Trail Plein Air event Sunday, June 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between Km 0 in Coldstream and Lake Country along the Okanagan Rail Trail. (Contributed)

Okanagan Rail Trail to be captured by artists

Arts Council of North Okanagan, Opus Kelowna host free event from Km 0 to Lake Country Sunday, June 12

Artists of all ages and mediums are invited to take part in the free Okanagan Rail Trail Plein Air event Sunday, June 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between Km 0 in Coldstream and Lake Country along the Okanagan Rail Trail. (Contributed)
Noah Rubuliak rides in last weekend's 'Fire in the Mountains' bike race in West Kelowna. (Joe Roberts/ Jump into frame photography)

Cool kind of ‘Fire in the Mountains’ at West Kelowna bike event

West Kelowna firefighters organized the charity event

Noah Rubuliak rides in last weekend's 'Fire in the Mountains' bike race in West Kelowna. (Joe Roberts/ Jump into frame photography)
Revenues through public swims are up 71 per cent since the first quarterly update in 2021, with a total of $137,971 brought in as a result of the service. (City of Penticton)

‘Near pre-pandemic service levels’ for Penticton’s recreation and culture programs

Majority of financial targets for start of 2022 are on track despite staffing shortages, city says

Revenues through public swims are up 71 per cent since the first quarterly update in 2021, with a total of $137,971 brought in as a result of the service. (City of Penticton)
Christine Burwell takes the throne as Kniven Cadden and Braydon Gauthier race the TP 4 UR PP to the finish line in the Lumby Outhouse Races Monday, Feb. 21 at the Salmon Trail. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Outhouses race to a frozen finish in Lumby

Monashee Trails Society event draws hundreds despite winds, snow, cold

Christine Burwell takes the throne as Kniven Cadden and Braydon Gauthier race the TP 4 UR PP to the finish line in the Lumby Outhouse Races Monday, Feb. 21 at the Salmon Trail. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Ice Decor (Langley) employees Sergei Woewoda (front, left) and Isaac Woewoda (right) are joined by Vernon Winter Carnival ice sculpture competitor and volunteer Tyler Welfing in creating a 30-foot ice slide that will be among the features at the Carnival’s Winter Playground at the Vernon Army Camp. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Ice creators slide into Vernon Winter Carnival

An ice castle, ice bar and ice slide will be part of the fun and frolick at the Vernon Winter Carnival Winter Playground

Ice Decor (Langley) employees Sergei Woewoda (front, left) and Isaac Woewoda (right) are joined by Vernon Winter Carnival ice sculpture competitor and volunteer Tyler Welfing in creating a 30-foot ice slide that will be among the features at the Carnival’s Winter Playground at the Vernon Army Camp. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Ice Decor (Langley) employees Sergei Woewoda (front, left) and Isaac Woewoda (right) are joined by Vernon Winter Carnival ice sculpture competitor and volunteer Tyler Welfing in creating a 30-foot ice slide that will be among the features at the Carnival’s Winter Playground at the Vernon Army Camp. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

VIDEO: Ice creators slide into Vernon Winter Carnival

An ice castle, ice bar and ice slide will be part of the fun and frolick at the Vernon Winter Carnival Winter Playground

Ice Decor (Langley) employees Sergei Woewoda (front, left) and Isaac Woewoda (right) are joined by Vernon Winter Carnival ice sculpture competitor and volunteer Tyler Welfing in creating a 30-foot ice slide that will be among the features at the Carnival’s Winter Playground at the Vernon Army Camp. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

(Ice) bear spotted in Fernie

Local wood carver in training Dave Richards is the artist behind the ice sculpture

Fernie local Dave Richards with his latest carving creation - an ice bear carved from ice from Crowsnest Pass Lake. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Conceptual plans

New Vernon peanut spray park pool plans on tap

Recreation Services seeking public input on popular East Hill Lakeview Wading Pool

Conceptual plans
The Okanagan Relationship Wellness Centre, and Vernon’s Elements Adventure Company, are teaming up this summer to provide another fully-guided and catered Couples Adventure Retreat for six nights on the Kootenay River, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. (Contributed)

Vernon company helps couples’ therapist with canoe adventure

Elements Adventure Company partners with Okanagan Wellness Relationship Adventure for summer excursion

The Okanagan Relationship Wellness Centre, and Vernon’s Elements Adventure Company, are teaming up this summer to provide another fully-guided and catered Couples Adventure Retreat for six nights on the Kootenay River, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. (Contributed)
Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)

Outdoor group urges B.C. government to expand budget for recreation

Recreation Sites and Trails BC manages recreation resources on public lands

Biking the trails in Revelsotke. (Liam Harrap/Revelstoke Review)