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Eating out locally Inside Farmer’s Markets A guide to the local wildlife Get cultured in the Columbia Basin Take a hike, bike or ride through Kootenay trails
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It’s a wild wildlife By Claire Paradis
British Columbia is renowned for its nature, and for good reason. Not only do we have breathtaking landscapes but we also have lions, bears, and wolves, deer, elk, moose, birds galore and much, much more that attract visitors from all over the world. Here in the Kootenays, you often don’t even have to leave your vehicle to see many of the animals that roam these parts. If you do decide to roam about car- or truck-free, there are a number of great hiking, biking or riding trails to explore. Go for a leisurely stroll around Box Lake, or tackle the more challenging hike up to Saddle Mountain. Gain some serious altitude and head out to Kimbol Lake, or take in the verdant beauty of Cedar Grove up by the Nakusp Hot Springs. Another rare and wonderful feature of the Kootenays, hot springs have been drawing people from all over to bathe in their waters for a very long time. Large, comfortable pools at Nakusp Hot Springs and Halcyon are a great spot to soak and relax, or take the kids for a nice dip. If you’re up for some fun, take a trip to some of the undeveloped springs. Soak in the geothermally heated mineral springs that bubble up from the ground like magic. Legend has it that there are hot springs to be found all the way through the valley, with some being just a trickle on a trail and others enough to fill a rock-lined pool. Halfway and St. Leon hot springs are a short hike away from the highway. All of these hikes can be found in the Biking Hiking Trail Maps brochure available at the Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Centre. Several local hikes are illustrated, each with the distance and estimated trip time given, as well as a description of the hike itself. The directions to each trail are also included, ensuring that even a traveller unfamiliar with the area can get out there and take in the local scenery. The brochure also prominently features a page on wildlife and responsible trail use that gives tips on how to enjoy time out in the wilderness safely and responsibly. Keep your eyes and ears open when you’re out there, and see some of our amazing wildlife.
This is a photo of a pileated woodpecker. The original headbanger, this bird uses his head and bores into trees to find insects. Like a death metal drummer, their work on trees is fast and furious, and their song is just as wild. Photo courtesy of Gary Davidson
Kootenay Whoâ€™s Who: a guide to the wild life BALD EAGLE Canadaâ€™s famous bird of prey, the bald eagle (not really bald, just piebald, by the way) can hunt, but will scavenge and steal food too. This big bird can be seen tangoing with osprey on occasion over a meal, which makes for a spectacular aerodynamic show. Photo courtesy of Sharon Bamber
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Coyotes arenâ€™t as shy as their wolf canine cousins, their yips and howls can be heard over long distances, and are often spotted on their own or in groups near human roads. They have also been known to interbreed with dogs, in southern climes where the summers are longer and hotter.
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COUGAR Mountain lion, another name for cougar, are large, silent cats that roam the woods capturing small prey. Not to be confused with the species found at late night drinking establishments capturing young male prey.
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CARIBOU The magnificent caribou can be seen at higher elevations, as can their sizable droppings. They are one of the large ungulates found in the Kootenay mountain ranges.
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DEER Oh, deer. As lovely and graceful as they are, deer are a pest for both gardeners and drivers. Although theyâ€™re bound to eat your veggies just before you do, you never know what theyâ€™re going to do when you see them near the road. Giant highway vermin, but pretty. Where thereâ€™s one, thereâ€™s usually more â€“ hit the brakes if you see one.
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Kootenay Who’s Who: a guide to the wild life GREAT BLUE HERON Great in name and great in appearance, the great blue heron is usually found in water looking for fish. Their large, boxy wingspan are a joy to spot as they fly overhead. Photo courtesy of Gary Davidson
GRIZZLY BEAR The second largest land carnivore in North America, grizzlies are sometimes lighter in colour than black bears, and have short ears and a distinctive back hump. Like most humans, grizzlies are omnivores, eating greens, meat, and berries. Photo courtesy of Jenny Coleshill
KOKANEE A big spawning season of the red fish can make rivers and streams run red, filled with the living flags of crimson bodies waving in the current. The season starts in late summer, so keep your eyes peeled! Photo courtesy of Claire Paradis
MOOSE The hippest waders in the deer family, moose can weigh several hundred kilos, and can look like barrels with four spindly stick attached. Barrel chested and perhaps lazy, moose have been known to trot along the centre of a road in front of vehicles for miles. Photo courtesy of Sharon Bamber
MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD These striking bright blue flyers migrate long distances from Mexico to Alaska, passing through our area. With that pretty plumage, they’re pretty easy to spot. Photo courtesy of Gary Davidson
WOLF Roaming in both packs and as lone animals, wolves are definitely up in our hills. Their range can be hundreds of kilometers, as a wolf visiting from Idaho recently demonstrated. Photo courtesy of Sharon Bamber
OSPREY A precision fisher, the osprey’s brown and white markings is sometimes mistaken for juvenile bald eagle. These fish-eating hawks like to build their nests high up in open spaces, often choosing power poles as home sites, which you can see along Highway 6 between Nakusp and Fauquier. Photo courtesy of Gary Davidson
Eat it up By Claire Paradis
One of the great joys of summertime travelling is enjoying new local flavours. In the town of Nakusp there are a variety of spots to eat, ranging from relaxed outdoor burgers and fries to fine dining with lakefront tables. Wolf’s, Nakusp chip truck extraordinaire (and not the kind hauling cedar), will be hitting the festival circuit this summer, but you may catch them around town between gigs. Barbeque is their speciality, and they do it right, making ribs that will stick to your ribs. Their falafel, the vegetarian equivalent of ribs, is also to die for. If you’re just looking for a quick bite while you’re journeying on the road, try the Paddyshack along Highway Six between Nakusp and New Denver. The open air roadside joint offers burgers and fries, wraps and ice creamy desserts. Diners congregate outside at picnic tables, waiting to pick up their order from the counter. It’s fast and easy, and the only roof is the sky over your head. In town, Nick’s Pizza has a selection of the pizza pies, and you can choose to sit outdoors at a picnic table or inside if the weather’s not up to snuff. The liquor store is conveniently located next door, so you can snag a bottle of wine or a six pack to take home with you, wherever home is for the evening. On Broadway Street, Nakusp’s main drag, the Woodfire Pizza offers not only fine pizzas but some traditional European specialities like schnitzel and spaetzle. A comfortable environment, the restaurant’s welcoming owner would be happy to discuss the finer points of football and teamwork with you. There is a small secluded patio out behind the restaurant perfect for summer evenings. The Broadway Deli is a great place to stop for an early breakfast – they open at 6 a.m. – or lunch and find out what’s happening around town or how the fishing has been lately. The distinctive checkerboard floor has several tables for two or larger groups. All the choices on the menu are quick, delicious and affordable, particularly the Mexican dishes. Later in the summer, the Deli will be open for dinner and will be bringing the world to your table. Check out the pink pig when you’re in town. Across the street you’ll find Chumley’s and the Three Lions Pub. The two establishments share a kitchen that serves up traditional fish and chips, or fish and fine salad if you’re looking to cut back on the fat. If you’re ok with a little extra oil, try the bite-sized Yorkshire puddings; they’re delightful. Eggs benedict is the order of the day on Sunday for brunch.
The restaurant at the Kuskanax Lodge is another fine sit-down family dinner spot, and chefs Greg and Kristie have created a fun and fresh menu that covers breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between. Just taking a look at the menu, you can see they are having fun in the kitchen. If you’re looking for a new take on a solid comfort food, try the Thai yam-fry poutine. For lighter fare, their Summer Salad is a hit with goat cheese, beets and lemon dijon combined on the plate. Down by the water on 4th Avenue in the Leland Hotel is the Caffe Lago that looks out on to the lake, and the spectacular view can be seen from both café and restaurant. The handsome dark wood café is open during the day selling handmade pastries, teas and espresso coffees, including iced coffees for those hot summer days. The dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in the summer, with specials for each meal. Chef Rita’s delicious Italian dishes that will make you want to come back and try them all. Her enormous salads are the perfect meal for a summer night dining by the lake. For another view of the lake in a fine dining spot, try the Kingfisher restaurant at Halcyon Hot Springs and Spa. Menus change in the two seasons of change, Spring and Fall, with the daily features being the most popular dishes. Spending time in the hot springs water can make you hungry and thirsty. Fortunately, the Kingfisher has a long and interesting listing of drinks that will complement your food. It is a great place to have girly drinks while watching the sun set behind the mountains.
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The Hills Garlic Festival is a great late summer festival celebrating its 20th year this September. It is the farmers market to beat all farmers markets, especially if you’re a garlic connoisseur. New Denver swells to nearly ten times its normal size, according to some locals, and the line up of cars along the highway are a testament to the festival’s strong draw. Smells like garlic!
The one-day festival is packed with vendors who congregate from all over. You’ll find farmers bringing fruit and veggies, and garlic of course, from all over the interior. Pottery, textiles, jewellery, and so much more is found at the Garlic Festival too. There is music and dancing, and the feel is more like a fair than anything else. Although the giant vegetables
are absent, the level of high craftsmanship (and -womanship) could be competitive. But why compete when there is so much to choose from and so much to enjoy? On hot years, visitors can enjoy a picnic and a swim at the beach adjacent to Centennial Park, the hub of all the festival hubbub. In a day, it’s over, and New Denver returns to being a quiet Kootenay town once again.
Get cultured in the Columbia Basin The beautiful and quiet Kootenay mountain valleys attract many visitors, some of whom decide they just can’t leave. There is a large contingent of artists who have found their inspiration here, and they are scattered throughout the area quietly painting, sculpting and crafting away. On August 11 and 12 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., artists throughout the Columbia Basin are opening the doors to their studios and galleries to visitors. The Culture Tour is a self-directed and free adventure into the world of local artists, artisans and other cultural hot spots. In and around the Nakusp area, culture tourists have several options. In Hills, Boukje Elzinga’s studio features her oil painting, figure drawing and bronze sculpture. You’ll find her at 126 Reiben Road, and if you’re without GPS you get there by turning down Reiben Road in Hills (between New Denver and Nakusp; check a map), and turning right at the end of the road. Voila! Elzinga is stimulated by inspiring figures, and you may find her working away dressed in her favourite Emiliano Zapata shirt. Her paintings, drawings and sculptures range in subject matter from abstract design to animals to colourful river rocks. If you’re heading in to Nakusp from Boujke Elzinga’s studio, stop in and visit the Betty L. Fahlman Studio on 140 Alexander Road. Turning right at Carson’s Corner, visitors will see a white building set back on the property. That’s where you want to be. The studio windows look out onto pasture where the horses that Fahlman paints in portrait roam. Acrylic and watercolour paintings of landscapes, animals and plants are detailed and dramatic. Coming down the Government Hill into Nakusp, stop in at 209 1st Avenue NE just about halfway down the hill to the left. You’ll know you’ve found Barbara Maye’s studio when you’re at the driveway with horse gates. Maye is a painter and carver whose works have been described as “sensual.” A recent exhibition, “Asanas,” showcased bright paintings of local people in various yoga poses. Maye also continues to carve in stone and wood. Continuing down the hill and onto the main street, Broadway, there are more delights to see. Sharon Bamber, a relatively new Nakuspian, is showing her breathtaking and award-winning soft pastel wildlife art in the Arrow Lakes News Office at 203 Broadway Street in Nakusp between Home Hardware and The Hut (which means you can go for ice cream after).
Bamber’s colourful and technically expressive animal paintings of have won awards internationally. A little further down Broadway at 206 you’ll find Debra Rushfeldt Studio Gallery. Rushfeldt has been working on a series of drawings focusing on objects she has discovered around Crescent Bay where she lives. The drawings capture the essence of the objects and reveal something of the spirit of the Kootenays too. Keeping on along Broadway until you pretty much run out of the downtown part of town, you’ll find the Nakusp and Area Museum near the Post Office and the Tourist Information Centre. If you wait until noon, you’ll be able to locate it thanks to the steam whistle that blows each day the Museum is open. Inside, the museum is packed with treasures from the past, records of days gone by. Curator Sharon Montgomery is very knowledgeable, particularly about the First Nations people of the area, the Sinixt. Taking a left down 1st Street, you soon come to the BC Hydro building which houses the Arrow Lakes Historical Society archives, run by local historians Milton and Rosemary Parent. The archives have photos, maps, newspapers, books, and many more documents besides from the towns along the Arrow Lakes and the Lardeau. There is a ton of interesting history, and you’re bound to get some good stories when you visit. Last but definitely not least, the Studio Connexion gallery is also taking part in the Culture Tour, and can be found at 203 5th Avenue NW. Owner/curator Anne Beliveau usually has a few chairs set up outside where folks can congregate and discuss the art away from the traffic of the busier streets. Studio Connexions is open regularly, having a variety of exhibitions every season. With shows running from May until October, visitors will be treated to something new every three weeks. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Another gallery that has regular shows is the Hidden Garden Gallery, 803 Kildare Street, New Denver, which is open between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Saturday. A walking art tour takes place every Saturday in July and August in Nakusp from 11-3 in Nakusp, with brochures available at the Farmer’s Market and at different location around town.
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Whoopin’ it up this summertime Although the Nakusp Music Fest is off the books for this year, there are some new additions to the roster of summertime events for 2012. Starting July 1, the Nakusp 120th Birthday celebration will be taking place, which will see the main street shut down for a parade, community races, music and much much more. It’s bound to get hairy for the wackiest beard and moustache contest. Nakusp will get its first ever rodeo at the end of July, a very new kind of happening for the town. Barrel racing, calf-roping, and an equestrian scavenger hunt will be bringing cowboys and cowgirls from all over July 27-29. There are also a pile of music festivals to roam to and check out. Loki Music Festival is located in the beautiful lush mountain area of Kaslo and runs from June 30 to July 2. The Loki stage invites you and sucks you in with amazing original artwork, stunning visuals, custom dancing platforms, state of the art lighting and effects, and dance performances by professional groups from coast to coast. Sunday afternoon will feature a live hip hop showcase with art and dance exhibits. Come see why Loki is talked about as one of B.C.’s best new electronic music festivals. Visit lokifest.com for more. Just across the Arrow Lake on the Needles ferry is the much warmer Whatshan Lake, home to the Whatshan Lake Retreat and the Whatshan Music & Family Festival, held on July 6–8 this year. This festival is known for its family atmosphere and, of course, its exceptional custom-designed outdoor sound stage. The permanent stage features prominently amongst the several cabins and buildings at the retreat. This year’s headliner is Juno award winner Barney Bentall. The Kimberlites will keep the outdoor venue abuzz, combining strong vocal harmonies and unique instrumentation into a party driving mix of rocking Celtic-Cajun-Zydeco. Visit www.whatshanmusicfestival.com for more. One day 13 years ago, some of Crawford Bay’s culturally creative citizenry were hanging out at Starbelly Beach, twiddling their toes in the water and basking in the sun, wondering what they could do to liven things up and celebrate how wonderful it all was. It must have been an idea whose time had come, because one thing led to another and before anyone realized what was happening, Starbelly Jam Music Festival was born! Starbelly Jam continues to be put on by a community-minded group of volunteers, from the tireless core committee to the many other local people who freely give their time and expertise to make this the cultural event of the year for the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. This year the Starbelly Jam Festival includes acts like Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Gaudi, The Barr. This festival’s success is all about the celebration of life though music, friendship and having a fun time for all in a safe and secure environment. Not too big and not too small. Starbelly runs from July 20–22 in Crawford Bay. For more information on tickets and the full line-up visit the festival website at www.starbellyjam.org The Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival is an intimate, world-class, familyfriendly festival has been host to big names and newly discovered gems of the entertainment business since 1991. Jazz may be in the festival’s name but it doesn’t end there.
Many acts who have performed on the floating stage included blues, funk, soul, world, Latin and jazz bands. This year the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Fest will host talent like Bessie and the Back Eddies, Hornography and the Laura Landsberg Band. The Taj Mahal will also launch the weekend on Friday, August 3. The venue’s unique location provides festival patrons with natural amphitheatre surrounded by pristine wilderness to enjoy while watching the performances on the floating stage nestled on the shoreline of Kootenay Lake. Great music and an intimate beautiful setting is the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival. The event runs from August 3–5. For more information on the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival and the full line-up visit their website at kaslojazzfest.com The Slocan Valley Cultural Alliance presents Unity Music Festival in Winlaw on August 24 and 25. This year’s line-up features music from Shred Kelly, Sweatshop Union, DJ Trippa T, Shades of
Loud, Wolfpack, Lokal Motif and Vortex. Enjoy the last days of summer at the grounds of Sleep is for Sissies with great music, art and more. There is camping available near the festival grounds. For more information about Unity Festival visit www.unitymusicfestival.ca Shambhala Music Festival began in the summer of 1998 when approximately 500 people gathered at the Salmo River Ranch. Over the years, the festival grew organically by word of mouth – friends bringing friends to create a community built upon Shambhalove. Shambhala is a family-owned business. Farm owners Rick and Sue Bundschuh’s three children produce the festival. Jimmy, the youngest, is the executive producer. Anna, the middle child, and Corrine, the eldest, are the producers. Shambhala is held annually in early August, and this year runs from August 8–13. To see a full line-up for all the stages and more on the history and people behind the festival visit their website shambhalamusicfestival.com.
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