Outdoors and Recreation

The instructor was great to lead us down trails, help us on the chairlift and give us tips for a smooth ride. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

PHOTOS: SilverStar cranks out biking enthusiasts

Riders of all ages and abilities at the bike park, including some extreme this weekend

 

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

 

Pictus the Cactus is among three characters set up to help relieve the heat at the City of Vernon pop-up spray park which opened Monday, July 25, at Kin Park beside Kal Tire Place. (Brittany Webster - Morning Star)

Spray park popping up in various Vernon neighbourhoods

Shadier spots to cool off in needed during heat wave

 

Focused on 2023-2033, the plan will provide a comprehensive review of the current state of trails and natural spaces. (File photo)

Public surveyed on North Okanagan trail plans

Input sessions at Farmers’ Market and Rail Trail

Focused on 2023-2033, the plan will provide a comprehensive review of the current state of trails and natural spaces. (File photo)
The opening of Vernon's popular Peanut Pool at Lakeview Park was delayed due to vandalism. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

A dip into the history behind Vernon’s Peanut Pool

LETTER: Pool was a true multi-use facility

The opening of Vernon's popular Peanut Pool at Lakeview Park was delayed due to vandalism. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)
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)
JCI Vernon and BDO Canada LLP are teaming up again for the return of the popular Lawn Days of Summer lawn bowling tournament, open to teams of four over three Wednesday evenings in August at the Vernon Lawn Bowling Club in Polson Park. The beneficiary of this year’s tournament – back after a two-year COVID hiatus – is the Archway Society for Domestic Peace. (Photo submitted)

Popular Vernon lawn bowling tournament returns

JCI Vernon/BDO Canada’s Lawn Days of Summer runs Aug. 10, 17 and 24 at Vernon Lawn Bowling Club

JCI Vernon and BDO Canada LLP are teaming up again for the return of the popular Lawn Days of Summer lawn bowling tournament, open to teams of four over three Wednesday evenings in August at the Vernon Lawn Bowling Club in Polson Park. The beneficiary of this year’s tournament – back after a two-year COVID hiatus – is the Archway Society for Domestic Peace. (Photo submitted)
The Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society and Friends of Rose Swan Ecosystem Society joined up for a solstice hike June 26. (Contributed)

Solstice steps: Armstrong groups team up for night hike

Trails Society and Rose Swanson group team up for ‘a first for many’

The Armstrong Spallumcheen Trails Society and Friends of Rose Swan Ecosystem Society joined up for a solstice hike June 26. (Contributed)
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
Thundershowers in Vernon Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Rain closes Vernon fields, again

Grass parks and ball diamonds could be damaged by use

Thundershowers in Vernon Thursday afternoon. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon Coun. Teresa Durning (left), Mayor Victor Cumming, MLA Harwinder Sandhu, and Coun. Kari Gares break ground for the revitalization of the Lakeview Peanut Wading Pool June 14. (City of Vernon photo)

Ground breaks on Vernon’s new peanut pool

Construction expected to be completed for summer of 2023

Vernon Coun. Teresa Durning (left), Mayor Victor Cumming, MLA Harwinder Sandhu, and Coun. Kari Gares break ground for the revitalization of the Lakeview Peanut Wading Pool June 14. (City of Vernon 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)
Members of the Vernon ATV Club, Four Wheel Drive Association of B.C. and the Okanagan Forest Task Force spent a good part of Saturday, June 4, cleaning up the trails on the King Edward Lake Forest Service Road east of Coldstream for B.C. Trails Day. (Facebook photo)

Volunteers tidy Coldstream FSR trails

King Edward Lake trails have garbage and messes removed as part of B.C. Trails Day

Members of the Vernon ATV Club, Four Wheel Drive Association of B.C. and the Okanagan Forest Task Force spent a good part of Saturday, June 4, cleaning up the trails on the King Edward Lake Forest Service Road east of Coldstream for B.C. Trails Day. (Facebook photo)
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)
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Coaches and game officials confer in the outfield of Port Angeles Civic Field in a pouring rain during Wednesday evening's game between the Port Angeles Lefties and the Corvallis Knights. The field was declared unplayable, forcing cancellation of the game in the second inning.

Rain dampens play on Vernon fields

Baseball diamonds, parks and soccer fields closed

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Coaches and game officials confer in the outfield of Port Angeles Civic Field in a pouring rain during Wednesday evening's game between the Port Angeles Lefties and the Corvallis Knights. The field was declared unplayable, forcing cancellation of the game in the second inning.
Members of the Vernon ATV Club will be joined by cohorts from the Okanagan Forest Task Force and Four Wheel Drive Association of B.C. Saturday, June 4, to clean up the trails and known dumpsites on the King Edward Lake Forest Service Road in Coldstream to mark B.C. Trails Day. (Graham Go - file photo)

North Okanagan communities step up for B.C. Trails Day

Events slated in Coldstream, Silver Star Provincial Park and Spallumcheen

Members of the Vernon ATV Club will be joined by cohorts from the Okanagan Forest Task Force and Four Wheel Drive Association of B.C. Saturday, June 4, to clean up the trails and known dumpsites on the King Edward Lake Forest Service Road in Coldstream to mark B.C. Trails Day. (Graham Go - file photo)
Grey Canal Trail: Coldstream Valley Estates. (Contributed)

Column: The Okanagan’s Nature Nut: Change is taking place!

Columnist Roseanne Van Ee looks at how we are changing our ways to help the environment

Grey Canal Trail: Coldstream Valley Estates. (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)
Volunteers from three different groups spent a couple of hours cleaning up RVs, trailers and other garbage from the Noble Canyon Forest Service Road in Lavington Saturday, May 14. (Contributed)

Volunteers clean up popular North Okanagan outdoors spot

Noble Canyon Forest Service Road has burnt trailers, RVs, other garbage removed

Volunteers from three different groups spent a couple of hours cleaning up RVs, trailers and other garbage from the Noble Canyon Forest Service Road in Lavington Saturday, May 14. (Contributed)