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baking in the region
baking in the region
Food and Beverage
By John Bowden Wake and bake, the flavours of Nelson and Kootenay Lake are calling. Careful though, you might just get hooked on the selection of hand-crafted varieties. That sweet aroma is tough to resist.  Yes, this place is a haven for artisan bakeries and fresh breads. ... Read More
Whitewater Ski Resort
Whitewater Ski Resort
Winter
By John Bowden Who needs snow? I do. You do. We all do. And lots of it. Even if you don’t ski or board and prefer to remain bundled up inside for the winter, those magical little snowflakes are critical to our most important resource. Water. So it’s fitting that the appropriately named... Read More
Kaslo Front Street
Kaslo Front Street
Kootenay Lake
By John Bowden Psst! I have a little insider’s secret to reveal. The ridiculously scenic town of Kaslo may be bustling with visitors in the summer, but in the off-season, it feels like you have it all to yourself. It’s the perfect time to enjoy Kaslo’s thriving food scene on top of its... Read More
Burger Week
Burger Week
Food and Beverage
“Burger Week” is actually “Burger Month” if you talk to the chefs in Nelson and area. The annual event has expanded from one week, and runs from November 4th – 25th at 19 local restaurants this year. The month begins with arduous burger testing and sampling by the chef and staff, until the... Read More
Snowboarder at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing billboard.
Snowboarder at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing billboard.
Adventure
By John Bowden Amidst a sea of choices, what makes a place unique and worth visiting? As tourism continues to grow rapidly, and is now the world’s largest industry, it seems that just about every city, town, or hamlet is vying for a slice of the action. And no surprise; the industry is worth... Read More
Food and Beverage
Shambhala Music Festival Team Launches New Café By John Bowden Canada’s café capital has a new player. Farm Fresh Café, an extension of the up and coming Savoy Hotel in Nelson BC, opened its doors in late October. The team behind the world-renowned Shambhala Music Festival has scored... Read More
Baker Street, Nelson, BC
Baker Street, Nelson, BC
Shopping
By John Bowden Deep powder. Mild climate. Gourmet fresh food. Killer ski town. Nelson is well known for all of the above. It also offers some of the friendliest and best equipped outdoor gear stores you’ll find anywhere, all contributing to Nelson’s amazing ski town vibe. I set out to... Read More
Shopping
By John Bowden I’ll be honest. The thought of stepping into a shopping mall (or just about any store) is usually enough to send me running to the nearest pub. But there’s something about charming mountain towns that draw me in the doors of retailers. A walk along Nelson’s historic Baker Street... Read More
Nelson sunset - Ryan Flett
Nelson sunset - Ryan Flett
Adventure
By John Bowden Allow myself to introduce…myself. Mountain dweller since 2011. Local food and drink enthusiast. Avid cyclist and cultural explorer. Part-time writer and storyteller. And passionate about sharing memorable travel experiences with others. Once upon a time, in... Read More
Cinnamon bun
Cinnamon bun
Food and Beverage
Photos and Story by: John Bowden of Bikes, Brews and Beyond First things first. The Bun Run isn’t a “run”. And it won’t make your “buns” any smaller. But it might just be the perfect combination of cycling and cinnamon rolls in Canada. Just make sure to rise and shine. What I’m about... Read More

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