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TAKE ME THERE — A still image from the new tourism marketing video of the Columbia Valley.  YouTube screen shot

New YouTube video highlights summer in the valley

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


Following on the success of the Columbia Valley Whiteway winter tourism marketing video, the same crew has just recently launched a summer promotional video of the valley.
The five-minute long video, this time entitled Take Me There – Columbia Valley, was put up on YouTube on Wednesday, March 18th by the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce.
“We wanted to represent what it feels like to live and spend time here in the valley and we wanted to capture the emotions that come with that,” said video producer and project manager Courtney Allen, …

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CARING COMMUNITY —Once again, the local community is reponding to a family in need —this time the Campbells. Forrest Campbell has had to undergo extensive surgery in Calgary after a skiing accident at Panorama. Photo submitted

Valley community pulls together for Campbell family

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


The valley has banded together to help a local family in a time of need.
Longtime valley resident Forrest Campbell was severely injured in an accident on Sunday, March 15th while skiing on the frontside of Panorama Mountain Resort. The exact nature of his injuries have not been disclosed, but ski patrol attended the scene immediately and Mr. Campbell was flown by helicopter to Invermere and District Hospital before being transferred to Foothills Hospital in Calgary, where he underwent seven hours of surgery and where he remains as of press …

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HELMETS ARE COOL —The first meeting for the new local campaign aimed at convincing teens that it’s cool to wear a helmet took place on March 18th. Left to right are Columbia Valley Rural Fire and Rescue Service fire chief Jim Miller, Oscar Mejia, Don Steedman, Crisanna Macleod, Crisdon Chaisson, Rhythom Chaisson and Anne Newhouse with Summit Youth Centre co-ordinator Kelsey Prichard in front. 
Photo courtesy of Rob Dunn/The Valley Peak

Campaign kicks off to convince teens to protect their skulls

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


A local resident is starting a new initiative to get valley teenagers to wear helmets while cycling.
Crisanna MacLeod is enlisting the help of businesses, the RCMP and local volunteers to help get the message across to local teens to put their helmets on.
“Little kids do wear helmets on their bikes; teens however just don’t wear them,” said Ms. MacLeod. “They will put them on if you ask, but as soon as you’re not around, at the beach or at the skate park, they tend to take them off. And obviously …

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HOCKEY HIGH —Shamrock Lake in the Purcell Mountains has become the location of the newest hockey craze in Canada thanks to Panorama-based RK Heliski. The bottom left photo is the one recently featured in a Huffington Post article titled “We Aren’t Kidding That This Is The Most Canadian Photo Ever.” Photos submitted

Helihockey with RK Heliski proves to be a big hit

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


RK Heliski has recently begun offering one of the most unique winter recreational options anywhere in the country.
Starting on Sunday, March 15th the Panorama heliski operation began its “helihockey” packages, in which participants fly up to a remote, frozen, high-altitude mountain lake to play a game of hockey.
“Nobody else is offering something like this as far as I know,” said RK manager Graham Holt. “It is a true pond hockey experience. There has not been a single person who has come back without a smile on his or her face.”
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NATURAL CONNECTION — British filmaker David Bond takes on the job of marketing Mother Nature to his kids in the documentary Project Wild Thing, which will screen at Wildsight Invermere’s AGM on March 31st. Photo submitted

Film shows a father’s fight to connect kids to nature

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
Wildsight Invermere is having an exciting night on Tuesday, March 31st as the organization is hosting both its AGM and presenting the recently released British documentary, Project Wild Thing.
The feature-length film takes an interesting look at the fragile connection between children and nature. Already, it has received rave reviews, with The Telegraph commenting “… this film will change your life.”  Wildsight Invermere has chosen to screen this film because it supports its environmental mission. Wildsight Invermere president Baiba Morrow hopes the film will “spark conversation about the benefits to our entire …

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SPRINGTIME FUN — The end of the ski season at Panorama is always a good time — the resort is hosting multiple events before closing on April 12th. Above, skiers enjoy the sun on last year’s closing day. File photo

Panorama action-packed until closing day

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


By James Rose
Special to The Pioneer
As the days get longer, we march into spring and the temperatures steadily rise, Panorama Mountain Resort’s ski season is, alas, coming to a close. With recent fresh powder, one might think a season extension may be in the cards. This, however, is not the case — as George Harrison once said: “All things must pass.” This is not to say, though, that all good things involving Panorama’s 2014/15 ski season have come and gone… yet.
In the upcoming two weeks, the hill has …

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Classic Dan

That doggone Dan Walton

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


I’ve been taken aboard another Black Press publication, and it’s in the Okanagan, so this is my last article for the Invermere newspapers.
It’s going to be hard to forget that these past two years ever happened.
The local geography really hardened me. Before moving here, ski hills that required three chair lifts to reach the top was just an urban legend, and I had no idea how rugged my little car could be before taking it up the deadly roads that lead to some of the best trail heads. Very few …

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FIRST FOUR — The first Invermere curling team (pictured here in the Banff Curling Club)  to head to the BC Club Challenge consists of (from left to right) Skip Kindry Luyendyk, Third Trish Phillips, Second Holly Jones and Lead Laurie Klassen. Alternate Kari Saunders is missing from the photo. Photo submitted

Taking it to the next level

Posted on March 27th, 2015 by


Four local curlers have won the right to represent the Kootenay Region in the BC Club Challenge scheduled for April 15th to 19th in the Lower Mainland, in Richmond.
Over the weekend of March 14th and 15th, the Invermere & District Curling Club sent a ladies club team to the Traveller Curling Club East/West Kootenay play-downs and Invermere came out the winner.
The team of Kindry Luyendyk, Trish Phillips, Holly Jones and Laurie Klassen are the first Invermere curling team to win the regional zone playdowns in this provincial championship event.
“It …

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