Pioneer Staff

Each year, The Pioneer publishes the glossy, colourful Columbia Valley Map Book. It is an essential guide to the area for any visitor, and an inspiring read for locals.

What many people dont know is that The Pioneer partners with Invermeres Artym Gallery, and artist of choice, and photographer Ryan Bavin to produce beautiful, high-quality prints of the chosen painting on the Map Book cover, which are for sale at the downtown Artym Gallery.

It feels wonderful that we can contribute to these charities and show our support for the community in our own way, said Columbia Valley Pioneer publisher, Rose-Marie Regitnig. The glices of Map Book covers from seven years ago are still generating money, which is just fantastic.

Since 2005, the Map Book has raised more than $25,000 for local organizations such as the Family Resource Centre, the Historical Society, the Invermere Library, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 71 – Invermere Branch, the Invermere Fire Department, the East Kootenay Foundation for Health, and ICAN.

For more information about this project, contact The Pioneer at 250-341-6299, or Artym Gallery at 250-342-7566.