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Electric car parked beside charging station.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology, Transportation Kootenays continue to charge ahead to support electric vehicle travel

Provincial statistics show that the Kootenay region had one of the largest increases in new EV sales in B.C.

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Karli and her daughter, Karli is wearing a Kootenay Cancer Survivor t-shirt.
East Kootenay, Creston, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business, Tourism Kootenay Livin’ Apparel makes Kootenay-inspired clothing, including a line for cancer survivors

Giving back to her community is important for Karli Melnychuk, owner of Kootenay Livin’ Apparel

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Vendors at Revelstoke Food Initiative Market.
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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A group of white water rafters smile as they dip into deep water on a raft.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Tourism This legacy award-winning business knows how to retain staff and delight clients

Lynn Muller, co-owner of Canyon Raft Company in Fernie, B.C. outlines how to run a successful business for over a quarter century

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A child climbs up a colourful wall inside Arq Mountain Centre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Top 10 things to do in Cranbrook with kids

Children can climb, swim, bowl and mini-golf their way to adventure in Cranbrook, B.C.

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Audrey taking two students mountain biking on the forest trails
East Kootenay, Golden, Education, Small Business, Tourism Forging a sisterhood on mountain bikes in the Kootenays

The owner of Shred Sisters came all the way across Canada to teach mountain biking to like-minded women.

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The Golden Council voted to support the transition to 100% renewable energy, thus taking meaningful action for a healthier, safer and more secure community.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Environment These Kootenay local governments have voted for 100% renewable energy by 2050

The 100% Renewable Kootenays campaign for clean energy, led by the West Kootenay EcoSociety, continues to grow, adding No. 12: Golden

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Dancing employees, indoor camping, high fives and bloopers—it’s all part of the fun that shows off the personality and people behind the automobiles at Cranbrook Hyundai. Photo collage.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business What does a social media manager really do all day?

What does a social media manager really do all day?

by Kerry Shellborn
golfer taking a swing at the Grey Wolf golf course
East Kootenay, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Play your best game at these East Kootenay golf courses

The East Kootenay region is home to some of B.C.’s most sublime courses.

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Amber Granter with two horses, mountains in background.
East Kootenay, Golden, Real Estate Diverse skills helped park ranger Amber Granter switch to real estate in Golden, B.C.

Realtor Amber Granter in Golden, B.C., left behind the park ranger life and found her life skills were transferable to her new career in real estate

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(L to R) Mackenzie, Marina, Jayden, Jeremiah and Maya Pauw in front of a hotel with a big bright orange image of a fox.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business, Technology Fernie Fox Hotel aims to become the most sustainable hotel in B.C.

Jeremiah Pauw has rebranded the Super 8 into the Fernie Fox Hotel in Fernie, B.C.

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A man and woman holding their young son
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Animal Care, Small Business A couple builds a puppy paradise in the community of Wycliffe

After the pandemic inspired a surge of new pet adoptions, Kootenay Canine Adventures was perfectly positioned to meet customer demand.

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Cute tiny home with cedar siding.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Developments, Real Estate Tiny houses in the Kootenays: Rent, buy or build

Interested in tiny homes? Explore our list of tiny house resources in the Kootenays

by Virginia Rasch and Julie Matchett
Grant Sharam and Jim Cunnington sitting on eTrikes
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Environment, Retail, Small Business, Transportation Keeping the Kootenays up to speed with eco-friendly electric trikes

Grant Sharam and Jim Cunnington saw the need for affordable, accessible, green transportation—leading them to start eTrikes Canada in Kimberley.

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Jeff Zukiwsky
East Kootenay, Elkford, West Kootenay, Environment How to make your community more resilient to climate change: Tips from a community planner

Communities need to create climate adaptation plans to increase their resilience to risks such as floods, fires and droughts.

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Two cars, one black, one blue, are parked in front of Cranbrook Hyundai’s new showroom with large glass windows.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Small Business, Transportation Cranbrook Hyundai has a shiny new showroom

Bob Bullock, owner of Cranbrook Hyundai, has transformed the location inside and out

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Michelle Shypitka (L) and Deb Smithurst, owners of Sweet Gestures in Cranbrook, have their shop ready for chocolate lovers everywhere.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality Keep calm and eat chocolate from these Kootenay chocolate shops

Chocolate, chocolate everywhere! Chocolate shops abound in the Kootenays

by Julie Matchett and Virginia Rasch
Street view of old Armond Theatre.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Developments, Entertainment and Hospitality, Real Estate Growing communities: Cranbrook and Kimberley see upward tick in housing and development projects

From much-needed housing to commercial buildings, these East Kootenay cities are continuing to blossom.

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Four employees stand in front of a Boundary Electric sign in Grand Forks, B.C.
East Kootenay, Grand Forks, Small Business How to hire and maintain employees during a labour shortage (or any time)

Mike Freed, director of sales and marketing at Boundary Electric in Grand Forks, B.C., highlights how businesses can become great places to work

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Dave Thomson and Coraley Letcher, owners of 5 Gen Construction.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Small Business Collaboration—not competition—is embraced by two rival Kootenay companies

Two rival Kootenay construction companies believe business should be about supporting each other

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A row of snowmobilers parks at the top of a snowy mountain as the sun breaks through the clouds up above.
East Kootenay, Tourism Kootenay-made snowmobile film is creating an avalanche of attention online

Sheldon Kelly, snowmobiling filmmaker in the Kootenays, highlights what makes Sledfarm Rising such an epic movie worth watching

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Eden Yesh
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Technology This Invermere, B.C. thought leader’s motto could be “bringing power to the people”

Based in Invermere, B.C., Eden Yesh applies his systems thinking to shift paradigms through community investment cooperatives and his solar businesses

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Two kids wearing bright blue t-shirts with Live-It logo.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Education Why one Kootenay tech company is opening up in the face of Omicron

As families and teachers struggle with school closures during the fifth wave, a local online education company is helping out by offering open access to program

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Jody McInnes has a reddish brown beard and wears a grey jacket.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Small Business Jody McInnes, multi-business owner, entrepreneurial master strategist and calculated card player

Jody McInnes, President of Stillwater Consulting in Cranbrook, B.C., has formed several businesses based on changing lives in a positive way

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Elena Sterritt sits at a desk in front of several monitors showing off a presentation.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Education, Small Business Gen Z gets a boost thanks to the NexGen Business Training program

Stillwater Consulting is now offering NexGen Business Training, a virtual program that helps youth across B.C. develop and launch a business idea

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East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Cuisine, Real Estate, Retail, Technology Our top 10 thought leaders of 2021 from KootenayBiz

KootenayBiz has chosen our top 10 thought leaders of 2021

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Group photo of Business Excellence Award winners.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Fairmont Hot Springs, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail, Small Business Columbia Valley Chamber celebrates 22nd annual Business Excellence Awards

The 22nd Annual Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence awards were held on November 18, 2021.

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Ella Harris and Breanna Fast sit down at a table to share a drink in front of a brick wall at The Hourglass in Kimberley, B.C.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Small Business Two longtime friends fulfill their decade ambition to mix drinks together in Kimberley, B.C.

Ella Harris and Breanna Fast have fulfilled their dreams of opening a cocktail bar, The Hourglass, in Kimberley, B.C.

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Kicking Horse Mountain Resort views.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Tourism Top ski resorts in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies to find legendary powder

Itching to hit the slopes? Check out this list of ski destinations in the Kootenays and Canadian Rockies region

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Beverly MacNaughton smiles in a colourless photo.
East Kootenay, Sparwood, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Beverly MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce

Beverly MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce, is excited about mines and local businesses being busier than ever

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One of eight (soon to be 10) yurts is nestled into the mountainside of Radius Retreat’s 400-hectare property.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs, Entertainment and Hospitality, Tourism Radius Retreat offers a slice of “Kootenay Life” with its unique ingredient—yurt accommodations

Radius Retreat welcomes visitors from all over the world to experience, learn about and explore the backcountry near Radium Hot Springs, B.C.

by Karrigan Folvik
The Bighorns metal sculpture in Radium Hot Springs.
East Kootenay, Radium Hot Springs One-on-one with Jessica Fairhart, E.D. of Tourism Radium and Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

Tourism Radium and the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce focus on promoting Radium as a hotspot for tourists

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The team at Blend Bistro are all smiles after winning the Small Business of the Year award.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Elkford Chamber’s 2021 Business Awards celebrate small-town success stories

The Elkford Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards were held virtually on October 29, 2021

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Kenny Chan
East Kootenay, West Kootenay Is franchising right for you? Here’s advice from the Canadian Franchise Association

Franchising in the Kootenays: An interview with the Canadian Franchise Association’s Kenny Chan

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Ali Hadikin (L) and Melanie Joy standing in front of Simply Raw counter.
East Kootenay, Creston, Cuisine, Small Business Simply Raw in Creston brings healthy fast-food options to the community

Tired of the same old fast-food fare? Simply Raw offers customers a selection of healthy, good-for-you options

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Wade Jarvis (L) and Trevor Semchuck standing in front of distillery equipment.
East Kootenay, Kimberley, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business Kimberley’s newest distillery, Bootleg Spirits, proves that collaboration is key

Trevor Semchuck and Wade Jarvis are the business partners behind Kimberley’s newest distillery, Bootleg Spirits

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Co-working space with wood floors, row of tall chairs along window, plant in background.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Golden, Fernie, Invermere, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Small Business, Technology Kootenay co-working spaces offer community and creative collaboration

They’re a growing trend across the Kootenays—check out this list of the region’s co-working spaces.

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Rendition of Canal Flats sign.
East Kootenay, Canal Flats, Developments, Financial, Retail, Small Business Canal Flats, B.C., wants your business to move there

Canal Flats, B.C., wants to grow its population and is offering a tax break to businesses that relocate to this small East Kootenay town

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Andy and Sinead Britner stand behind Property Guys SOLD sign.
East Kootenay, Real Estate, Small Business An East Kootenay couple has found their perfect home as franchisees with PropertyGuys.com

Franchising in the Kootenays: Meet the Britners of PropertyGuys.com

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Owner of Glacier PhysioLab, Marie-Michelle Lafontaine
East Kootenay, Golden, Health & Wellness, Small Business This Golden physiotherapist put her dreams into motion

Marie-Michelle Lafontaine let nothing break her stride when she started Glacier PhysioLab in Golden, B.C. - and now she’s added bike-fitting to her services

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(L to R) Corinna Robinson, Mike Robinson and Christel Hagn stand in front of the Morchella Market building.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Agriculture, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Retail Morchella Market & Cafe: Cranbrook’s newest addition to the local “hidden-gem” collection

Morchella Market & Cafe is bringing a farm fresh feel to grocery shopping downtown Cranbrook, accompanied by the fully renovated co-working space upstairs

by Karrigan Folvik
A lightweight backpacking tent  made by Durston Gear in Golden, B.C.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Nelson, Revelstoke, Rossland, Salmo, Small Business KORE—Canada’s first craft outdoor industry cluster is right here in the Kootenays

The Kootenay Outdoor Recreation Enterprise is helping Kootenay businesses design and build outdoor gear that rocks

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Jared Williams stands in front of Northstar Bicycle Co., a lime green building in Cranbrook, B.C.
East Kootenay, Cranbrook, Health & Wellness, Retail, Small Business Bikes and coffee—what could be a better Kootenay combo?

Jared Williams, manager of Northstar Bicycle Co. in Cranbrook, B.C., has adapted his love of bicycles and coffee into a popular Kootenay Business

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Barrie Elliott is a successful Red Seal Chef and owner of the Fernie Catering Co.
East Kootenay, Fernie, Cuisine, Entertainment and Hospitality, Small Business The Fernie Catering Co.’s food philosophy is rooted in seasonal, sustainable ingredients

Red Seal Chef Barrie Elliott and her team bring delicious, seasonally-inspired dishes to their catered events

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Marloes Van Lent, leaning against wooden wall. There's a sign on the wall that says
East Kootenay, Golden, Financial, Small Business Day2Day Books in Golden cultivates efficiently-run businesses with cloud-based accounting services

Based in Golden, B.C., Day2Day Books is a highly experienced bookkeeping company

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Shawna Bryant has black-rimmed glasses and dyed blonde hair.
East Kootenay, Elkford, Small Business, Tourism One-on-one with Shawna Bryant, executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce

Shawna Bryant, executive director of the Elkford Chamber of Commerce, highlights accomplishments of the past year and issues to address in the future

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Owners of Stone Meadows Gardens riding bikes and carrying flowers.
East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Agriculture Say it with flowers . . . sustainable local ones from flower farms in the Kootenays

The consumer trend towards buying locally-grown flowers is booming in the Kootenays as proven by this list of 10 flower farms

by Julie Matchett and Virginia Rasch

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