Outdoors and Recreation

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)
The City of Vernon displayed new draft design concepts for the proposed athletic park at the former Kin Race Track site while set up at the Greater Vernon Community Expo on Saturday, April 30, 2022. The public has until May 23 to submit feedback via an online survey. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Kin Race Track site survey closing May 23

A new park and active living centre are planned for the site

  • May 16, 2022
The City of Vernon displayed new draft design concepts for the proposed athletic park at the former Kin Race Track site while set up at the Greater Vernon Community Expo on Saturday, April 30, 2022. The public has until May 23 to submit feedback via an online survey. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Volunteers will be back at Polson Park Sunday, June 5, for the return of the North Okanagan Hospice Society’s Hike For Hospice fundraiser. (Contributed)

Vernon Hike For Hospice returns

Fundraising event for the North Okanagan Hospice Society slated for Sunday, June 5, at Polson Park

Volunteers will be back at Polson Park Sunday, June 5, for the return of the North Okanagan Hospice Society’s Hike For Hospice fundraiser. (Contributed)
The City of Vernon has released plans for a revamped Peanut Pool at Lakeview Park. The new design will incorporate the peanut into the plans. Demolition of the existing pool will begin in late June. (City of Vernon photo)

Iconic peanut part of revamped Vernon pool plan

New pool at Lakeview Park would be C-shaped but original peanut look will be included in plan

The City of Vernon has released plans for a revamped Peanut Pool at Lakeview Park. The new design will incorporate the peanut into the plans. Demolition of the existing pool will begin in late June. (City of Vernon photo)
The Kalavista Boat Launch in the District of Coldstream has officially re-opened on Monday, May 9, following construction. Users are advised, however, the water in Kalamalka Lake is quite shallow and to use at own risk. (File photo)

Kalavista Boat Launch in Coldstream re-opens

Construction completed; water in Kal Lake quite shallow; use at own risk says district

The Kalavista Boat Launch in the District of Coldstream has officially re-opened on Monday, May 9, following construction. Users are advised, however, the water in Kalamalka Lake is quite shallow and to use at own risk. (File photo)
On the right is a cell infected with SARS-CoV-2. The white box is enlarged in the left image showing mature virus particles. (Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes - Pedro Simas/Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência - Erin Tranfield)

Get Outdoors! And mingle with the microbes

North Okanagan outdoors enthusiast on the little things that make up nature

On the right is a cell infected with SARS-CoV-2. The white box is enlarged in the left image showing mature virus particles. (Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes - Pedro Simas/Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência - Erin Tranfield)
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)
Vernon’s iconic Lakeview Park Wading Pool – aka Peanut Pool – is looking to be upgraded and you can have a say about it through EngageVernon.ca. Morning Star)

Input sought on Vernon Peanut Pool plan

Residents can take online survey for what they’d like to see in a revamped pool at Lakeview Park on East Hill

Vernon’s iconic Lakeview Park Wading Pool – aka Peanut Pool – is looking to be upgraded and you can have a say about it through EngageVernon.ca. Morning Star)
Snowshoeing is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy winter. (Contributed)

Step out in Greater Vernon’s winter wonderland with snowshoeing

Ribbons of Green Trail Society offers the benefits of a popular winter activity

Snowshoeing is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy winter. (Contributed)
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)
The balloon glow returns Friday night to kick off Vernon Winter Carnival at the Winter Wonderland at the DND grounds. (Morning Star file photo)

Vernon Winter Carnival ready to glow

Balloon glow is back to kick off festivities Friday at DND grounds

The balloon glow returns Friday night to kick off Vernon Winter Carnival at the Winter Wonderland at the DND grounds. (Morning Star file photo)
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. (Daniel Leidl Photo)

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. (Daniel Leidl Photo)
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
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)
Cross country skiing is one way to improve your health and build brown fat. (Sovereign Lake Nordic Club photo)

Get Outdoors! And build brown fat

Vernon outdoor enthusiast shares healthy lifestyle tips

Cross country skiing is one way to improve your health and build brown fat. (Sovereign Lake Nordic Club photo)
Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says it’s time to celebrate the sun as the days will soon be getting longer with the arrival of Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. (Pixabay.com)

Get Outdoors! And celebrate the sun

The Winter Solstice begins Dec. 21, meaning the days will be getting longer and nights shorter

Columnist Roseanne Van Ee says it’s time to celebrate the sun as the days will soon be getting longer with the arrival of Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. (Pixabay.com)
Jason Bongalis and daughter Amelia (six) enjoy a morning skate at Centennial Outdoor rink last weekend. Along with outdoor skating, indoor skating is available at Kal Tire Place, which will hold a Pro-D toonie skate Jan. 29. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

Outdoor Vernon skating rink reopening delayed by warm weather

Ice normally opens Dec. 1, but Mother Nature not allowing it

Jason Bongalis and daughter Amelia (six) enjoy a morning skate at Centennial Outdoor rink last weekend. Along with outdoor skating, indoor skating is available at Kal Tire Place, which will hold a Pro-D toonie skate Jan. 29. (Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)
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