Outdoors and Recreation

John “Jack” Bryce and Brad Murphy of Revelstoke Paragliding soar over Revelstoke together on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. The flight was how John chose to celebrate his 88th birthday. (Contributed)

88-year-old Shuswap thrill seeker fulfills wish to soar in a paraglider

John Bryce joined Revelstoke Paragliding for flight from 6,000 feet

 

The City of Vernon will add an outdoor skating rink to the planning process for the development of the Kin Race Track Lands park. (City of Vernon photo)

Outdoor rinks skates into Vernon’s Kin Race Track plans

Staff recommendation voted on unanimously by council to add outdoor rink to planning process

 

Roderick L. Haig-Brown authored his classic books, Fisherman’s Spring (1951), Fisherman’s Winter (1954), Fisherman’s Summer (1959) and Fisherman’s Fall (1964). (File photo)

Column: Recommended books by respected B.C. anglers

Great Outdoors by James Murray

  • Oct 6, 2021

 

The Shuswap Film Society presents Dream Horse, playing at the Salmar Classic on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. (Contributed)
The Shuswap Film Society presents Dream Horse, playing at the Salmar Classic on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. (Contributed)
Migrating sockeye in the Fraser River August 7, 2007. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Column: Serious concerns for Fraser River sockeye salmon runs

Great Outdoors by James Murray

  • Sep 8, 2021
Migrating sockeye in the Fraser River August 7, 2007. (Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
Some of the coho fry, a few centimetres long, grow in one of the tanks at the Jake Leyenaar Salmon Hatchery at McLean Mill National Historic Site. (PHOTO COURTESY DAVID HOOPER)

Column: Fish under stress from summer’s high temperatures

Great Outdoors by James Murray

  • Aug 26, 2021
Some of the coho fry, a few centimetres long, grow in one of the tanks at the Jake Leyenaar Salmon Hatchery at McLean Mill National Historic Site. (PHOTO COURTESY DAVID HOOPER)
North Shore Rescue quickly deployed rescue teams and Talon Helicopters thanks to the preparation of an overdue camper. (NSR photo)

B.C. search and rescue team commends ‘excellent’ preparation of overdue camper

North Shore Rescue says good planning from the camper greatly aided rescue efforts

North Shore Rescue quickly deployed rescue teams and Talon Helicopters thanks to the preparation of an overdue camper. (NSR photo)
Proceeds from the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s second annual online auction will support conservation initiatives around the province. BCWF photo.

Online gift, gear and getaway auction boosts BC fish and wildlife conservation

B.C. Wildlife Federation online auction supports conservation projects across the province

Proceeds from the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s second annual online auction will support conservation initiatives around the province. BCWF photo.
Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.

Head outdoors this summer with Outdoors West!

New magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s great outdoors

Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.
Morels are a popular type of edible mushroom. (StarZhab/Pixabay photo)

Column: Delving into a diet of wild foods and edible flora

Great Outdoors by James Murray

  • Aug 4, 2021
Morels are a popular type of edible mushroom. (StarZhab/Pixabay photo)
Biking on Knox Mountain. Photo courtesy Tourism Kelowna.

This Okanagan town has a bit of all-season everything

The largest city in the interior of British Columbia and along the…

  • Aug 3, 2021
Biking on Knox Mountain. Photo courtesy Tourism Kelowna.
Storyteller/columnist James Murray. (File photo)

Column: Untangling the legend of Cedar Stump Lake

Great Outdoors by James Murray

  • Jul 28, 2021
Storyteller/columnist James Murray. (File photo)
White Valley Spray Park in Lumby. (File photo)

Hazmat spill closes North Okanagan pool and spray park

Chemical reaction at Lumby spray park, emergency crews cleaning up and investigating

White Valley Spray Park in Lumby. (File photo)
Floating on inflatables is not recommended on Enderby’s Shuswap River right now. (Morning Star file photo)

Near drowning reported on Enderby’s Shuswap River

Inflatables still not recommended on the fast-flowing water

Floating on inflatables is not recommended on Enderby’s Shuswap River right now. (Morning Star file photo)
The District of Sicamous has released its Summer 2021 Recreation Programs Events guide. (District of Sicamous image)

Registration open for summer recreation programs in Sicamous

Class and group sizes limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis

The District of Sicamous has released its Summer 2021 Recreation Programs Events guide. (District of Sicamous image)
One person with a killer 90-second video will walk away with a $62.50 an hour job this summer – camping across Canada for 40 days. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Canada’s Best Summer Job comes with $20,000 payment for 40 days of camping

Contest relies on entrants’ social media savvy, Canadian vote

One person with a killer 90-second video will walk away with a $62.50 an hour job this summer – camping across Canada for 40 days. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Yoga with Goats instructor Samantha Richardson gets some attention from one of the goats while stretching on her mat June 15 at O’Keefe Ranch. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Yoga gone to the goats at North Okanagan ranch

Get your downward dog on with some four-legged friends at O’Keefe

Yoga with Goats instructor Samantha Richardson gets some attention from one of the goats while stretching on her mat June 15 at O’Keefe Ranch. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The new Civic Memorial Park will incorporate pieces of the 80-year-old arena it replaces. (Artists rendering)

Pieces of Civic Arena reclaimed for new Vernon park

City centre space to incorporate wood from the historic arena

The new Civic Memorial Park will incorporate pieces of the 80-year-old arena it replaces. (Artists rendering)
Declan Powell, four, left, and big brother Ethan, six, check out the freshly stocked Unplug and Play Box at Vernon’s Lakeview Park courtesy of the North Okanagan Optimist Club, which has been given permission to operate the boxes again after being closed all of 2020 due to COVID. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Optimist club welcomes back play boxes in North Okanagan

North Okanagan Optimist Club stocks boxes with new play equipment at four locations in Vernon and Lavington, two more to be added

Declan Powell, four, left, and big brother Ethan, six, check out the freshly stocked Unplug and Play Box at Vernon’s Lakeview Park courtesy of the North Okanagan Optimist Club, which has been given permission to operate the boxes again after being closed all of 2020 due to COVID. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
(Metro Creative photo)

Youth summer fishing challenge: Go fishing, take a photo, then enter to win!

Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s contest returns this summer

(Metro Creative photo)