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May 2018

In this issue

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Trail
Nathan Caddell

There have been movies made about towns like Trail. Those films don’t advertise the fact, mind you: they’re too busy taking the backdrops and scenery of the Kootenay region and calling it Minnesota or Michigan. But if you haven’t visited this city of just over 7,000, chances are you’ve seen it onscreen. No matter where you are in Trail, you’re near...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Vernon
Nathan Caddell

Vernon is about halfway between Vancouver and Calgary, which makes sense, given that the Prairie influence is evident in these parts. With more than 10 other communities in its orbit, the city is something of a trading hub for the central and northern Okanagan Valley. Towns like Armstrong and Cherryville depend on Vernon daily, while larger centres such as Salmon...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Duncan and the Cowichan Valley
Melissa Edwards

Like the Comox Valley to the north, the Cowichan Valley, which forms much of the South Island, is coming into its own as foodie-tour paradise, its rolling roads dotted with wineries, creameries, cideries, artisan dairies and now even a tea farm and a salt maker. Once a mostly forgotten stretch ignored by drivers as they sped back and forth between...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Courtenay, Comox and the Comox Valley
Melissa Edwards

The three connected centres of the Comox Valley—the main cities of Courtenay and Comox, and smaller Cumberland—are Central Island outliers because they haven’t really had to reinvent themselves at all. Their healthy farming and tourism industries, plus 19 Wing, B.C.’s only Canadian Air Force base, which employs roughly 1,500 military and civilian personnel, have provided a steady source of jobs...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Powell River
Melissa Edwards

“Two ferries can’t be wrong.” That wry local bumper sticker encapsulates the Powell River attitude: sure, the crossings make for a long trip to and from Vancouver, but so what? We have ocean views and beaches with some of the warmest ocean waters in B.C., we have affordable property, we’re not afraid of emerging industries, and we’re a community that...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Port Alberni
Melissa Edwards

Port Alberni is a city of some contradiction: seemingly in the middle of Vancouver Island, it’s actually a deepwater Pacific port at the tip of long Alberni Inlet; where news reports feature social issues and a struggling resource industry, residents see a tight-knit hidden gem full of friendly people who like to get involved in their community. (And get involved...

May 3, 2018
B.C. City Guide 2018: Parksville
Melissa Edwards

You probably know about Parksville’s sandy beaches, hefty retiree cohort and tourism industry, which runs full-tilt all summer only to hunker down over the winter months. But it might surprise you to hear about the Vancouver Island city’s fast-growing film industry—complete with a new 32,000-square-foot studio and prop shop—that hit its stride after the Hallmark Channel began shooting the Chesapeake...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Castlegar
Nathan Caddell

When B.C.’s towns and cities were being named, residents of the Kootenay region were clearly the most creative of the bunch. In the West Kootenays, within the Selkirk Mountains and at the confluence of the Kootenay and Columbia rivers are a plethora of towns with unique handles. Take Raspberry, for instance, which has just over 400 residents. There’s also the...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Nelson
Nathan Caddell

Ask anyone from Nelson, and they’ll tell you the same thing: what makes the city great are its people. There are nearly 11,000 of them, and to say that they’re all on a first-name basis is just slightly stretching the truth. Nelson runs on Kootenay time (no one is ever in a rush), so it’s a good thing the locals...

May 3, 2018
BC City Guide 2018: Cranbrook
Nathan Caddell

Most famous in some circles as the birthplace of hockey legend Steve Yzerman, Cranbrook is a city in the East Kootenay west of the Kootenay River. With just under 27,000 residents, it’s the most populous community in the East Kootenay region and a two-hour drive to Alberta. Its slogan is “Mountains of Opportunity,” and credit to the wit who conjured...

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