Outdoors and Recreation

George Johnson shows off a tub racing hat from the early 1970s. The hat is fitted with ear phones and has pockets that contained a radio and batteries, so safety crews and race officials could listed to reports on the race progress. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo family keeping up 55-year tradition of tub racing

Johnson family’s old racing tub being refurbished to enter this year’s great race

 

Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club offers a chance for young participants to learn how to handle and care for sport padding craft at week-long summer paddling camps at Long Lake. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Canoe and Kayak Club hosting summer camps at Long Lake

Paddlers of all skill levels can register for week-long summer camps

 

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

 

Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo

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Mark Pavesic reels in a small mouth bass from Elk Lake, near Victoria, BC. Kelsey Pavesic photo
The City of Nanaimo begins annual water testing for coliform levels at swimming areas Tuesday, June 14. (Photo: City of Nanaimo)

City of Nanaimo checking water cleanliness at outdoor swimming holes

Annual water quality testing at beaches and streams starts Tuesday, June 14

The City of Nanaimo begins annual water testing for coliform levels at swimming areas Tuesday, June 14. (Photo: City of Nanaimo)
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 business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)

Nanaimo business partners breathe new life into 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 business logo to Patricia Gwynne who owned and operated the Island’s most remote pub for more than 40 years. (Scarlet Ibis image)
The City of Nanaimo is organizing events for Spring GoByBike week from May 30-June 5. (Stock photo)

City organizing group rides as part of Spring GoByBike Week in Nanaimo

Commuter challenge cycling event features ‘Nanaimo (Handle) Bar Ride,’ celebration stations and prizes

The City of Nanaimo is organizing events for Spring GoByBike week from May 30-June 5. (Stock photo)
École Quarterway Elementary School Grade 7 students Moto Croft, left, Daniel Ubilas and Keegan Bates take a ride on the zipline in the school’s new accessible playground that was officially opened Tuesday, May 24. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

New accessible playground opens at Nanaimo’s École Quarterway

MLA touts government’s $30-million program to upgrade playgrounds across B.C.

École Quarterway Elementary School Grade 7 students Moto Croft, left, Daniel Ubilas and Keegan Bates take a ride on the zipline in the school’s new accessible playground that was officially opened Tuesday, May 24. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
A pickleball tournament organized by the Nanaimo Pickleball Club will raise money for humanitarian aid to Ukraine. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo pickleball club organizes tourney to try to help Ukraine

UkraineAid open mixed doubles tournament to be hosted in Nanoose Bay

A pickleball tournament organized by the Nanaimo Pickleball Club will raise money for humanitarian aid to Ukraine. (News Bulletin file photo)
RCMP say a woman encountered a man who exposed himself to her on the Beach Estates Trail in Nanaimo last week. (File photo)

Man exposes himself to woman on trail off Departure Bay Road in Nanaimo

Police offer tips on what to do if in case of an indecent act

RCMP say a woman encountered a man who exposed himself to her on the Beach Estates Trail in Nanaimo last week. (File photo)
Bonnie Lindsay, a volunteer at an invasive plant and litter removal event, tears invasive English ivy from a tree in Bowen Park on Friday, April 22. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Volunteers at Nanaimo’s Bowen Park get to the root of the problem for Earth Day

City organizes work party to combat English ivy, daphne and holly

Bonnie Lindsay, a volunteer at an invasive plant and litter removal event, tears invasive English ivy from a tree in Bowen Park on Friday, April 22. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Lionel de Rothschild, whose grandfather created Exbury Gardens in Hampshire, England, is coming to Nanaimo for a speaking engagement about the rhododendron garden. (News Bulletin file photo)

Grandson of Exbury Gardens creator to speak to Nanaimo Rhododendron Society

Lionel de Rothschild to present Exbury Garden: Past and Present at Beban Park

Lionel de Rothschild, whose grandfather created Exbury Gardens in Hampshire, England, is coming to Nanaimo for a speaking engagement about the rhododendron garden. (News Bulletin file photo)
A man was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after falling from a cliff at Pipers Lagoon Park in Nanaimo on Monday, April 11. (News Bulletin file photo)

Senior airlifted to hospital after falling off cliff at Nanaimo’s Pipers Lagoon

Man fell 18 metres onto rocks, firefighters conducted rope rescue

A man was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after falling from a cliff at Pipers Lagoon Park in Nanaimo on Monday, April 11. (News Bulletin file photo)
Physical forces conspire against Dustin Haracka and his ‘Batmobile’ as he tries to navigate a downhill slalom course during the first Vancouver Island University Engineering Soapbox Race on Thursday, April 7. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo engineering students come to grips with gravity at soapbox derby

VIU Engineering Club holds race day, hopes to make it an annual event

Physical forces conspire against Dustin Haracka and his ‘Batmobile’ as he tries to navigate a downhill slalom course during the first Vancouver Island University Engineering Soapbox Race on Thursday, April 7. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
The new viewing platform and staircase are now complete at Ammonite Falls at Benson Creek Falls Regional Park in Nanaimo. Photo courtesy Regional District of Nanaimo

Staircase and viewing platform now open at Nanaimo’s Ammonite Falls

RDN announces accessibility improvements at Benson Creek Falls Regional Park

The new viewing platform and staircase are now complete at Ammonite Falls at Benson Creek Falls Regional Park in Nanaimo. Photo courtesy Regional District of Nanaimo
A fundraiser has been created to build a mountain bike trail in honour of Matthew Jeromkin, who was 13 when he died Feb. 6. (GoFundMe/submitted photo)

Family hopes to memorialize Nanaimo boy’s life with mountain bike trail

Gofundme set up to raise money for project to honour 13-year-old

A fundraiser has been created to build a mountain bike trail in honour of Matthew Jeromkin, who was 13 when he died Feb. 6. (GoFundMe/submitted photo)
Bowen Park trailway is wider, brighter and safer thanks to upgrades and a redesign that followed installation of a new sewer line through the park. The trail was officially opened Friday, Feb. 4. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s upgraded Bowen Park trail opens with winter fitness challenge

Widened, stabilized trail built overtop of sewer line

Bowen Park trailway is wider, brighter and safer thanks to upgrades and a redesign that followed installation of a new sewer line through the park. The trail was officially opened Friday, Feb. 4. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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)
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)
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Enjoy the great outdoors this winter with Outdoors West!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

From hunting and ice fishing to snowshoeing and hiking, this new must-read guide from Black Press Media and WestCoastTraveller.com will inspire plenty of winter pursuits.