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Community Planner Norman Allard Jr.
East Kootenay, Creston, Environment, First Nations Renewed commitment to wetland restoration in Yaqan NuɁkiy

Phase one in monitoring mode; onward with phase two.

by Columbia Basin Trust
Gipman Kitchens COO Nikki Van Boeyen
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Technology From theatre to kitchen design: Nikki Van Boeyen’s unusual journey

Catching up with the COO of Gipman Kitchens & Cabinetry in Cranbrook

by Kerry Shellborn
Cranbrook Farmers Market sign
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism A love for local: Farmers market season across the Kootenays brings communities together

Local farmers markets help to increase food security and create sustainable communities—check out our list of markets across the Kootenays.

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Amanda Mori
East Kootenay, Elkford, Health & Wellness, Small Business From Ontario to BC: How one health care practitioner set up shop in the Elk Valley

Amanda Mori of Summit Osteopathy makes a difference in the lives of Elk Valley residents

by Danielle Brost
Creampal  makers with Lees and awards – L-R Sebastien Laberge, Amanda Goodman Lee, Jeff Lee, Joel Laberge.  The Lees used a revolutionary made-in-Canada specialized creaming machine manufactured by the Laberge’s CreamPal company from Quebec. It is the only one of its kind in British Columbia.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Environment, Retail, Small Business What is all the buzz about Honey Bee Zen Apiaries?

A story of transformation and conservation in Creston, B.C.

by Danielle Brost
Gord McArthur in front of a climbing wall
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Small Business, Tourism Gordon McArthur is scaling new heights via Arq Mountain Centre

The owner of Arq Mountain Centre in Cranbrook, B.C., discusses the challenges of entrepreneurship, and the thriving climbing community he has fostered.

by Kerry Shellborn
Owner of Life Balance with two other ladies accepting chamber of commerce awards
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Small Business Life Balance in Cranbrook promotes women’s fitness for every age

Cyndi Weltz discusses the journey of Life Balance, its impact, and future goals in addressing the health needs of local women.

by Danielle Brost
exterior of Tigz Designs
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Health & Wellness, Real Estate, Retail, Small Business Top unique businesses for sale in British Columbia’s Kootenay and Columbia Valley regions

Check out this list of businesses for sale across the Columbia Valley and Kootenay regions.

by Julie Matchett and Danielle Brost
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East Kootenay, West Kootenay Introducing our Top 10 thought leaders of 2023

Taking a fond look back at some of the most inspirational thought leaders from the stories we told in 2023.

Group of volunteers with Elkford Trails Alliance.
East Kootenay, Elkford Excellence awarded at Elkford Chamber of Commerce’s annual event

A dedicated group of outdoor enthusiasts and a business that’s all about precision were among this year’s winners.

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Row of Business Awards, with stained glass star-shaped tops and wooden bases.
East Kootenay, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs Star-studded awards at Columbia Valley Chamber’s Business Excellence gala

There were a total of 12 award winners at this year’s Business Excellence celebration.

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Black and white photo of Edge of the World team.
East Kootenay, Fernie Fernie fantastic! Chamber’s annual Business Excellence awards celebrate success

The annual awards celebrate the successes of local businesses and the people who make a difference in the community.

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Group of 5 ladies celebrating wins at Business Excellence award in Sparwood.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business Sparwood’s Chamber celebrates excellence at 2023 business awards

Winners of the 2023 Sparwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards were announced on October 19.

Interior of 2nd Edition Coworking in Fernie, showing comfy set of chairs, small table and windows with mountain view outside.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, West Kootenay, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology These Kootenay coworking spaces offer community and creative collaboration

Shared workspaces in communities like Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Nelson and Trail provide flexibility and support in a communal environment.

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Person on a massage table getting a treatment
East Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Small Business Purcell Wellness Mobile Massage brings wellness to your doorstep

Kristina Kotila discusses the serenity of running a mobile massage business in Golden, B.C.

by Danielle Brost
Aaron Higgs standing in nursery greenhouse.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment, First Nations , Forestry Strength and resilience: Nupqu shares the same name and characteristics as a black bear

Aaron Higgs, president of Nupqu Resource Limited Partnership, is growing this Indigenous-owned company through plants, people and profits

by Kerry Shellborn and Kyle Born
Corrie Walkley stands, arms folded in a boardroom in front of a wooden sign with the Ktunaxa Enterprises Ltd. logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations How business-savvy are Ktunaxa entrepreneurs? The creator of Ktunaxa Enterprises Ltd. explains

Corrie Walkley, chair of Ktunaxa Enterprises Ltd., discusses the Ktunaxa Nation’s governance and economic development efforts.

by Kerry Shellborn and Kyle Born
Person buying coffee at concession trailer. Northstar logo on side of vehicle.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Kootenay coffee roasters help you get your buzz on for National Coffee Day

Read about local coffee roasters as you celebrate National Coffee Day and the beverage that’s an essential pick-me-up for many people

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Close-up of Kootenay West Distilling Vale Vodka bottle.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Raise your spirits (and a glass) at these Kootenay craft distilleries

Explore this list of distilleries from across the Kootenay region in British Columbia.

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Beverly MacNaughton wears black glasses and a black shirt. She has shoulder-length blonde hair.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Mining Catching up with Beverly MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

Beverly MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce, provides an update on developments around the new Middletown subdivision

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Man sitting with his dog, a cute blue heeler
East Kootenay, Invermere Building with stone in the Kootenays

With decades of experience, Russell Buksa of RNB Works still enjoys bringing high-quality projects to his clients around the province

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Mount Fisher shown as captured by Indigenous photographer Blaine Burgoyn
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, First Nations Indigenous bands and businesses in the Kootenay region of British Columbia

Indigenous-owned businesses are an integral part of our local economy and contribute to the well-being of First Nation communities

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An aerial view of the Columbia Valley showcases some pristine, tall homes among trees and distant mountains.
East Kootenay, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Real Estate What is the state of the real estate industry in the Kootenays?

Jeff Kennedy and Geoff Sherlock, realtors in Nelson and Invermere, provide real estate insight into the B.C. housing market in the West and East Kootenays

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The green Terex Titan dump truck is parked with John, Kyle, Annabelle, and Gus Born standing in front of it.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Mining, Tourism Taking a tour beyond Teck’s Terex Titan in Sparwood

The world’s largest dump truck is a humongous hit with kids, as is the Museum’s dino diorama and Teck’s coal mine tour in Sparwood, B.C.

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Image of hand holding a lightbulb between thumb and forefinger, with clean energy icons surrounding it.
East Kootenay, Golden, Creston, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver, Rossland, Salmo, Slocan, Trail, Environment Making clean energy commitments in the Kootenays

Thirteen communities across the Kootenays have now made a commitment to 100 per cent clean energy by 2050.

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Aerial photo of Cartwheel Farm.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Environment, Technology Creston organic farmer is aiming for year-round food without fossil fuels

A solar array and Chinese-style greenhouse technology will be impacting Cartwheel Farm and its ability to produce vegetables year-round without fossil fuels

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People standing in front of a truck
East Kootenay, Fernie, Technology Tourism Fernie shines with a sustainability award win and new technology

The latest initiatives putting Fernie on the map as a sustainable and tech-savvy destination.

by Danielle Brost
Jess Paloposki, owner of Mamacita’s Empanadas in Golden, B.C., standing in front of sign.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Small Business Oh, Mamacita! Building a specialty food business at Mamacita’s Empanadas

Jess Paloposki first started selling Argentinian empanadas as a side hustle. Mamacita’s Empanadas is now selling these frozen pastries throughout the Kootenays

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Assortment of fresh produce, wine in background.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Agriculture, Entertainment and Hospitality Market gardens and farms in the East Kootenay: Bringing fresh produce, meat and more to local tables

Throughout the East Kootenay area, local farms and food producers sell directly to the public through roadside stands and farmgate sales.

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Megan MacPhee, education and communications manager with EKISC, pulling baby's breath in Invermere.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Environment Invasive species in the Kootenays: Red flags and other things to know

Kootenay Business talks with the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council about making a difference and some of the plants to be aware of in your backyard.

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Christmas photo of Rudy family.
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Animal Care Coming full circle at Boundary Hill Farm in Grand Forks

Michael and Courtenay Rudy are first-generation farmers helping to feed their community

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Dr. Ilona Hale standing in field on overcast day, row of solar panels in picture behind her.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, West Kootenay, Environment, Health & Wellness East Kootenay family physician develops national guide to reduce healthcare’s environmental impact

The guide offers tools, tips, and perspectives on how primary care providers can pursue low carbon, high-quality healthcare that heals the planet

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Treanne and Shaun See stand in front of a black and transparent sign that reads Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers’ Market. There is greenery in the background as well as a red barn with white doors.
East Kootenay, Cuisine, Small Business, Tourism The Kootenay’s original farmers’ market is stronger than ever

Treanne See, market manager for the Jaffray-Baynes Lake Farmers’ Market, explains how this historic market is still the standard bearer across the Kootenays

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Greg Eaton headshot
East Kootenay, Cranbrook Restoring part of Cranbrook’s heritage

The Baker Hotel has been renovated and revamped to breathe new life into the city's downtown core

by Danielle Brost
Sigi, owner of International Timberframes
East Kootenay, Golden From childhood dream to industry leader: Carving a path with International Timberframes in Golden

Sigi Liebmann embraces innovation and sustainability as he evolves his longstanding timber frame business and realizes his dream.

by Danielle Brost
Lake and mountains in background.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Real Estate Rocky Mountain real estate: 10 waterfront acreages in the Kootenays

Waterfront and acreages are among the most desirable pieces of real estate. Check out our list of 10 prime Kootenay properties.

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Wildflowers in bloom, with scenic backdrop of mountains.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Adventure awaits: A guide to tourism destinations in the Kootenay Rockies

Known as B.C.’s adventure playground, the Kootenay Rockies offers an endless supply of attractions and recreational pursuits

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Melanie Myers, new executive director at Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce.
East Kootenay, Golden One-on-one with Melanie Myers, executive director of the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce

Golden’s new executive director shares news and views about the community.

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The Cardinal family sitting under a tree with their dog.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Fun and fermenting at Red Bird Winery in Creston

For the Cardinals, building a winery was both a passion and a desire that they have turned into reality with Red Bird Estate Winery

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Expansive view of Mountain Soul Vineyard showing vines and distant mountains.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Pay a visit to these wineries and vineyards in the Kootenay region of B.C.

The Kootenays are an emerging wine region in B.C. Here’s a list of the 8 Kootenay wineries—and 2 meaderies

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The Francis family, Nigel and Laura, with their two young boys.
East Kootenay, Creston, Agriculture, Environment Community and commitment at Cartwheel Farm in Creston

For Nigel and Laura Francis, farming has given them a sense of meaning and satisfaction in both life and work

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City of Nelson sign on Baker Street with mural painted on building in background.
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, West Kootenay, Castlegar, Kaslo, Nelson, Revelstoke, Salmo, Trail, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism West Kootenay festivals inspire fun and friendship

Uniting in a shared experience like a festival helps to forge community connections, fun and new friendships

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A large group of people, tents and food trucks at the Round the Mountain Festival in Kimberley.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Cranbrook, Golden, Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Kimberley, Sparwood, Entertainment and Hospitality, Environment, Tourism Festivals in the East Kootenay bring fun, friendship and smiles

Uniting in a shared experience like a festival helps to forge community connections, fun and new friendships

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Steph McGregor holding two dogs and standing on a hiking trail
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Animal Care, Retail How a Cranbrook entrepreneur brought her vision to fruition

The owner of the Paw Shop in Cranbrook is making her entrepreneurial dreams come true, and she’s happy to share her secrets.

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Young restaurant owner leaning in doorway with arms crossed, smiling.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Small Business Entrepreneur 101: Successful Kootenay business owners share their best tips

KootenayBiz chatted with local business owners to find out what advice they would tell themselves in their first year of business

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Exterior view of the Leland Hotel, showing timber-framed building painted white, expanse of lawn and tree in foreground.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Milestones: a list of the oldest businesses in the Kootenays

Weathering the storms of business ownership over the long-term is commendable, especially when you’ve managed to survive for over 50 years

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Three owners of Funk Haus Craft Lab holding art supplies
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Retail, Small Business Crafting a strong business relationship

Kimberley’s Funk Haus Craft Lab is run by three dedicated entrepreneurs who found their respective niches.

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