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- Created on Friday, 18 February 2011 09:34
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The Cranbrook Community Forest borders the north eastern side of the city of Cranbrook British Columbia, Canada. This recreational area provides an extensive trail system that encompasses 2000 hectares of crown land.
In the summer months the Community Forest is a great place for walking, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, wild life viewing and horseback riding.
The winter provides opportunities for winter hiking, wildlife viewing and cross country skiing/snow shoeing (if area has received enough snow).
The eastern side of the park contains grasslands and three interesting alkali lakes which mostly evaporate in the summer months forming a crust of alkaline salts across the lake bed. Above these lake is a network of trails that moves through a forest of fir, pine and larch trees. Following these trails you’ll find several view points of the Purcell and Steeple mountains. Hikers and Bikers taking the Big Tree Trail will get see one of the area’s largest and oldest standing pine trees, next to a view point overlooking the city of Cranbrook.
- Created on Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:41
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Fossil hunting seems to be a mystery to most. In truth, it’s a really easy hobby to explore. Most people aren’t even aware that they have locations containing fossils near them, ready to be explored. Because it doesn’t take much to get into the fossil hunting game, it makes it a great activity for just about everyone, especially if you have kids. For children, fossil hunting provides a hands on learning environment that beats learning about fossils from an old school text book any day. When I was in elementary school, I was lucky enough to have a teacher that brought us to a local fossil pit for a field trip. We spent the day happily splitting rocks open, which quickly became a fun treasure hunt for the whole class. At that age, finding a fossil in a rock is like finding gold. Many years later, I still return to that fossil pit every once in a while for a treasure hunt.
Trilobite Fossil from the Eager hills, BC, Canada
- Created on Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:30
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Ice fishing is a widespread winter activity in most northern countries including the United States, Canada, Russia and even China.
In principle, ice fishing simply involves going to a frozen body of water, making a hole in the ice and dropping in a baited hook. Because most ice fishing spots can be easily accessed, it makes a great outdoor family activity for those winter days where you feel the need to get outside and play.
Video filmed at Cherry Lake, BC, Canada
Before You Start
You should always check your local fishing regulations for the for the body of water you’re thinking of fishing at. Some regions only allow ice fishing at certain times of the year, while some restrict access to certain bodies of water for fishing during the winter months. There may also be regulations on the type of fish you can catch and/or size limits as to how big a fish must be before you can keep it.
May regions also require adults to have a fishing licence in order to ice fish. These are generally inexpensive and well worth attaining, as fines for fishing without one are steep. Generally, children and senior citizens are omitted from having to purchase a licence.
To find out more about your local fishing regulations and licencing:
- Created on Saturday, 29 January 2011 09:18
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In this video, we visit the South Star Recreation trails which set on the outskirt of Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada. We also talk about cross country skis and boots.
For those of you that are new to cross country skiing, the vast choices of equipment these days can be a bit daunting. Below, we’ll try to give you a bit of a primer to help you out.
Types of Skis
Classic Cross Country Skis: These are the skis that most people visualize when you talk about cross country skiing. They come in either wax or wax less varieties and are the type of skis most people start with when they get into the sport of cross country skiing. Classic skis are generally only used on groomed runs or pre-made trails. They vary in price greatly from cheap department store brands to expensive professional grade skis.
Touring / Back Country Cross Country Skis: These are NOT to be confused with back country skis used by downhill skiers outside of ski hills, which are modified downhill skis. When it comes to “Back Country” in reference to cross country skis, we’re simply talking about a wider than normal ski with metal edges, that still acts like a cross country ski and still fits inside or a standard cross country ski trail run. The extra width on these skis let you “float” more when you’re in skiing in non-compacted snow outside of a maintained trail setting. The metal edges let you “cut” into the snow like downhill skis, which in turn you handle slightly steeper hills than classic skis. Basically, touring cross countries skis are meant for people who what to still be able to ski in a standard maintained trail but also want the ability to go off trial. They are also great for breaking trails that classic skis can later use.
Skating Country Cross Country Skis: Mostly used by experienced/professional skiers as a racing ski. They are narrower than classic skis and are built for speed. Skate skiing use a motion that look similar to the motion ice skater use to when getting up to speed, hence the name. These skate skis are meant to be used on the groomed runs, not the standard grooved trails that classic cross country skier use.
- Created on Saturday, 29 January 2011 08:58
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Premier Lake Provincial Park is nestled against the west slopes of the Rocky Mountains, in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia.
Premier Lake’s main hiking trail is an easy (but long) 7.5km loop between Yankee, Canuck and Turtle lakes. This is a picturesque hike along the base of the Rockies that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The lakes are usually amazingly clear and offer many places to view wildlife. Yankee and Canuck lakes provide great fishing opportunities for those who pack a fishing rod. Personally, I would recommend fly fishing in these two lakes. Turtle Lake, as the name suggests, has a large population of Western Painted Turtles. During late spring you can find the nearby crawling the female turtles looking for place to lay their eggs.
For those looking for a more challenging and longer hike, hikers can fork at the beginning of Yankee Lake onto Saddle Back Trail which greatly gains elevation, as it climbs to the Peak of Travois Mountain.
Besides Hiking, Premier Lake Provincial Park offers a variety of other activities including full facility camping, boating with boat launch, fishing, and swimming. There is also a fish ladder and fish collection station which provides eggs for the Kootenay Fish Hatchery. Signs along the creek interpret the life cycle of the rainbow trout.
Click Here for the: Premier Lake Provincial Park Trail Map
Click Here for: More information at the BC Park website.