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Dallas Road cliffs. Photo © Stewart Butterfield, via flickr and Creative Commons

Erosion inevitable on park’s sea-side cliffs

We live in a part of the world many other people envy us for. We have ocean, mountains, beach, forests, a pretty darn awesome year-round climate for a place just south of the 49th parallel, and a number of big-town services and restaurants for what is, in many ways, a Read more →

Sign of the foo. Photo © TimParkinson, via Creative Commons and flickr.com/timparkinson/

Poo police track dogs (and owners) that dump

In the recent Incident of the Abandoned Ford Thunderbird, the Sooke resident who found the abandoned car, complete with registration papers, in the woods near Bear Creek posted a scathing rant online and notified police. Instead of immediately fining the car’s owner under the conservation and motor vehicle acts, the Read more →

View of the Columbia Icefield from the visitor centre. Photo © Samantha Marx (@smath.com). via creative commons and flickr

Columbia Icefield determines future of downstream benefits of the Columbia River

When you stand on the new Glacier Skywalk, just off the Icefields Parkway in Jasper National Park, you can look down into the depths of the Sunwapta Valley 280 metres beneath your feet and up at the heights of the Continental Divide around you. Nestled among these peaks is the Read more →

Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park. Photo © Kyla Duhamel, via creative commons and flickr

Individuals, not parks, need to set boundaries on use of technology

Nature Boy uses a number of smartphone apps with his work. Some help him identify birds. Others help him key out wild plants, fungi and other assorted roughage. He opens the astronomy app whenever he’s outside on clear nights. And because he works with people, he often photographs—with permission—families, school Read more →

Pathway from Mildred Street to Wilkinson slips between backyards.

Rights of passage serve as rites of passage

A little-known network of shortcuts and passageways knits many of the region’s urban areas together. These connecting pathways—they’re too short to be called trails—pass unobtrusively among municipalities’ houses and yards. They stitch residential streets to other residential streets, quiet parks to formal trail systems, seemingly dead-ends to pedestrian-only exits, and Read more →

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