The Amalfi Coast

We spent a week on the Amalfi Coast in October. The weather was warm with each day around 26C and the nights staying around 20C. We rented a place in the old town of Salerno on the South end of the Amalfi coast. Our host, Patricia, is a beautiful person who loves to share her departed momma’s rooftop apartment with stunning views of the Arechi Castle on top of the mountain, the old town and the sea.

Posted by Patrick Robertson on Dec 10, 2023 in Health

Ancient Water Shapes Elk Valley Life Today

Visitors to the ammonite trail will see a spectacular 150-million-year-old behemoth, a fossil remnant of a deep past when shallow seas dominated the area, we now live in. From ancient oceans, coastal wetlands, and glacial cover, many aspects of life within the Elk Valley were carved by water eons ago. 

Posted by Evgeni Matveev on Dec 10, 2023 in Health

Staying Healthy and Active this Winter

With kids back in school or full-time daycare, respiratory illness season is here and it’s a perfect time to change things up a bit and set yourself up for a healthy and active winter season. The goal is not necessarily to avoid illness altogether, but to have a milder course, to decrease complications and hospitalizations, and prevent transmission to those who are more susceptible, like the immune-compromised, young children and babies, and people over the age of 70. 

Posted by Dr. Taina Turcasso on Dec 07, 2023 in Health

Equipment for Kids

Cross-country skiing has quickly become a popular winter activity in Fernie. With access to a variety of terrain and trail options, residents and visitors alike are choosing the sport to cross train for their summer pursuits or as a budget-friendly activity to do with the whole family. 

Posted by Tarah Leggott on Dec 04, 2023 in Health

Sliding into the Backcountry Mindset

Calling all back-country enthusiasts! As the earth makes its annual transition, from the aw inducing yellows of autumn to the enchanting frosty branches and knee deep pow of winter, too shall we. So, pack away your hiking boots and dust off your skis because Fernie’s backcountry snowpack has officially begun!

Posted by Abby Bryant on Dec 01, 2023 in Health

How to Respond When You Feel Out of Control

Sometimes things happen in life that are out of our control. It can be painful, confusing, and difficult to understand. We may not be able to control the situation, but we can control how we respond to it.

Posted by Tyla Charbonneau on Nov 23, 2023 in Health

Fighting the Freeze: How Do Water Animals Survive the Winter?

Most animals have three choices to survive winter: migrate, hibernate, or cope with freezing temperatures. Many birds (and some humans) choose to migrate south to warmer places. Bears fatten up and sleep through winter in their dens. But aquatic animals have an extra challenge: freezing water. Few animals can withstand being frozen because the forming ice destroys cell membranes, so aquatic animals have “cool” adaptations.

Posted by Evgeni Matveev on Nov 08, 2023 in Health

Exploring Malta

In October we travelled to Malta, a small island country located south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. The culture dates back over 7000 years and has three UNESCO sites with the Gozo Temples classified as the oldest structures in the world making them older than the Pyramids and Stonehenge. The Maltese language is one of the oldest living languages in the world… the country is literally an open-air museum.

Posted by Patrick Robertson on Nov 07, 2023 in Health

Independent Fall Colour Tour

I love the trees in the fall. Our beautiful Elk Valley has wonderful colours leaning towards the yellow of cottonwoods, aspens and poplar and the golden needles of the tamaracks.

Posted by Patrick Robertson on Oct 27, 2023 in Health

A Season for Slowing Down

October, for me, is a month of winding down. Daylight hours are dwindling - if we’re lucky we can follow nature’s cue and pare back our to-do lists. I love autumn in the garden: summer’s frenetic pace is replaced by a gentler tempo, and all that remains to do is tuck everything in for a long winter nap. With the theme of slowing down in mind, I try to strike a balance between relaxing and preparing for next year. I like to keep it simple and do just enough to set the garden up for success.

Posted by Hilary Thomson on Oct 19, 2023 in Health

An Ode to the Cottonwood

It’s fall and the Elk Valley is painted a shining golden hue. As cottonwood trees prepare for winter, they lose their green chlorophyll leaving only the yellow/orange “carotenoid” pigments behind. Just weeks ago, the dense canopy of these towering giants cast a deep shadow; a welcome respite from the summer heat.

Posted by Evgeni Matveev on Oct 18, 2023 in Health

Change is Hard

Most people are not big fans of change. We often consider those who do not make efforts to change their lives unmotivated or lazy. In reality we often do not consider that change takes effort, our brains like  to do things involuntarily and based on previous patterns.

Posted by Tyla Charbonneau on Oct 12, 2023 in Health

Popular Hikes and Travelling in Groups

September is the last month of summer and the first month of autumn. Those lingering warm days in the Northern Hemisphere provide a lovely time to travel, especially since the intense heat and summer rush has passed.

Posted by Patrick Robertson on Sep 21, 2023 in Health

Favourite Month

They’re wrong… it’s not… don’t listen… to whom? Those glass-half-full people who have gleefully been telling you since June 21 that ‘the days are getting shorter’ and now that September has arrived, ‘summer’s over.’

Posted by Duncan Maisels on Sep 10, 2023 in Health

Direct Communication

Last month I was sitting at Freshies with another Fix writer writing. Some friends joined us and expressed a worry that they were interrupting us. I laughed and said, “no if you were, I would just tell you directly,” and they responded with, “can that be your next article?” The need for saying how you feel and what you want directly with kindness. It sure can!

Posted by Tyla Charbonneau on Sep 09, 2023 in Health