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It’s a monumentally tenuous relationship in this day and age. The environment is what both sustains us and inspires us. In the mountains our natural surroundings are visibly alive, full of inspiration and danger, beauty and catastrophe. We explore everything from animals to geology, the weather to wilderness.

Hundreds of stalwart volunteers are digging in and raking muck in BC streams for the precious salmon and its precarious future.

Doris Hausleitner is a scientist, consultant and Selkirk College ecology instructor who’s helping us learn more about the fascinating world of wolverines. 

A new school of linguistic experts and cultural researchers is beginning to discover a connection between endangered languages and collapsing ecologies. Can we save the world one word at a time?

Surf Anywhere got its break on the Kananaskis River, but today the river-surfing company is creating waves around the world.

The global cold-water cosmos knows Tofino, British Columbia’s Surf Sister, an all-inclusive school that has stewarded the surf scene for 20 years. Story and photographs by Erin Hogue.

Behold bellyaking, a new river-borne adventure that begs the question: why hang ten when you can hang twenty?

Last summer members of the Canadian-Eh Society set out to re-enact the 1926 expedition to Mt. Waddington, the highest mountain in British Columbia’s Coast Range. This is why they failed.

Former Hazelton, BC, mayor Alice Maitland has spoken out on all matters of small-town politics, including big-business bullying and indigenous rights — and she’s only 85.

On May 2, 2019, skiers Stefanie Falz and Cam Mclellan skied a new line off Chisel Peak near Invermere, British Columbia. This is their story as told by Cam.

One of BC’s leading wildfire ecologists, Robert Gray, says British Columbians can expect fire in the woods and smoke in the air for decades to come. “This is what the future looks like, and, if anything, it’s going to be worse than this,” he says.

Red Teeth, the Mountain Wine Festival hosted by Red Mountain Resort and the Josie Hotel, returns June 28 to July 1, 2019.

Most in the village seem to smoke. All of their butts tossed into these stunning waters—on which their whole life depends.

Given a choice of any beverage, most black bears and grizzlies would probably not stuff their snouts into a vat of gin. But in Fernie, British Columbia, a company has distilled a drink with Ursidae in mind.

The National Park Foundation in America has announced the winners of its “Share the Experience” photo contest. And they’re sick!

Want to live to 100? While science has discovered mountain zones around the globe where centenarians are thriving, Editor Vince Hempsall reports there’s more to a life of longevity than big walks over the hill. 

The 2019 Rip Curl Nationals presented by Red Bull are set for May 10-14 and this year there’s something new in the mix: the competition is also the official trials for Canadian Team Olympic qualification.

The Sun Peaks Bike Park marks its 20th anniversary this summer with an investment of $350,000 in upgrades and new trails.

In 1900, Mary Vaux became the first woman to reach a peak over 10,000 feet in Canada when she summited Mount Stephen. Her work with glaciers has been invaluable and her photographs of various plant species are now archived in the Smithsonian.

Marcus Paladino shares with us his slideshow from the World Ski & Snowboard Festival Pro Photo Showdown.

Following an era of over-recreation and lakeside development, Dave Quinn reflects on the frozen memories of fishing burbot, and a strange future that followed.