Earlier in the week snow dusted the tops and for a moment or two we wondered if summer was done... Thankfully those were wasted thoughts and the long-weekend ahead looks like a Columbia Valley classic. According to Environment Canada we'll enjoy wall to wall sunshine and perfect summer temperatures. Check the forecast and make the most of your escape from the flat land (if that's where you are escaping from).   Read more

At 3:00pm on Tuesday the 19th one of the most intense storms in recent years pounded the area. Rain came down in torrents and marble-sized hail shattered the usual peace of the mountains. Streams flooded, lakes formed, and the hot springs complex closed early for the first time since 1998.   Read more

A recent road trip in the USA showed that we Canadians could do more to celebrate "our" history. Early American pioneers, Lewis and Clark, are immortalized in many states and although their travels were remarkable, a British-Canadian explorer by the name of David Thompson is easily their equal.   Read more

Today, there are more than 600 million people world-wide using Facebook (and that's probably quite a conservative number)...   Read more

The word from you was clear... Stay true to our roots but move forward too, and that's exactly what we've done with the brand NEW Bear's Paw Bar and Grill. An investment of close to $200,000 has transformed the Bear's Paw in to the premier place to meet in the Columbia Valley - from floor to ceiling everything is new and spectacular! The patio is now even better too - mechanical awnings mean that diners and drinkers are sheltered from all but the most crazy summer storms. Sincere thanks go to Brian, Bryan and the team who turned "brass in to class".   Read more

Summer is here and for once the forecast looks excellent for the week ahead (including the weekend). Tuesday, June 21 marks the Summer Solstice, with the season officially arriving at 5:16pm. Spring was far from normal but there are upsides; the golf greens are as green as we've seen them, the mountains look spectacular with their summer snow cap, and there aren't many pesky bugs to bother BBQ goers. Looking around the globe it's apparent that crazy weather can no longer be considered abnormal.   Read more

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