Tik Tok is Not Therapy

If I were to follow the advice of several Tik Tok and Instagram mental health stories I might come to believe: All relationships are toxic, any child who has energy or difficulty concentrating has ADHD, my moody family members are bi-polar and should be on medication, but most medications do not work, and therapy is a waste of time. Unfortunately, some of this messaging can cause significant harm as it can be difficult to tease out the healthy information from the unhealthy information. 

Posted by Tyla Mackay on Nov 09, 2022 in Health

Cooking from Your Pantry

Cooking intuitively from your pantry, fridge and freezer can help you to create cost effective dishes that will impress your family and friends. By cleverly using your kitchen finds, you’ll put a flavoursome dinner on the table any day of the week. I encourage ingredient swaps in these two recipes. Yam for squash, sausage for spicy salami etc.

Posted by Barrie Elliott on Nov 01, 2022 in Health

Wyatt Mads Thurmeier

Tennis has been on the rise in Fernie (and beyond) thanks to a couple of individuals from the UK, passionate about the sport. Charlotte Willis started Fernie Tennis Coaching around 2010, and was instrumental in exposing our younger cohort to tennis through programming in schools and coaching all ages and levels. “This was the start of the junior tennis movement in Fernie,” says Lucy Harrup, who took over the business in 2019. 

Posted by Krista Turcasso on Oct 27, 2022 in Health

Comfort Through Planning

Comfort is defined as a state of physical ease free from constraints and pain. That contented well-being and comfort when travelling comes from exhaustive planning. It is important to be thorough, and you want to make sure that you have the important things like travel and accommodations fully planned out and booked. 

Posted by Patrick Robertson on Oct 11, 2022 in Health

Seeking Discomfort

Homeostasis is a way that our body systems function through finding a steady state. Ideally this is calmness, but rarely in this society is it represented this way. Our brains are like data entry systems. They only know what gets inputted and unfortunately there is no filter for unhealthy or healthy behaviours or systems. 

Posted by Tyla Mackay on Oct 06, 2022 in Health

Knowledge Through Travel

Summer is coming to a close. School doors open once again as students stream through them to get their formal education. One of the things that we learn is the meaning of, “the more you know, the less you know.”

Posted by Patrick Robertson on Sep 13, 2022 in Health

The Harvest

It’s hard to think that Summer is drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean that you need to stop gardening.

Posted by Ashley Lortscher on Sep 08, 2022 in Health


Have you ever had a feeling of such intense pain that you long for the day that it will end? Those moments where you lay in bed unable to move and the thought of getting up, or even breathing, seems equivalent to climbing Everest without oxygen. It can feel like everything you are experiencing or thinking about has become an accumulative weight that is sinking into your chest rendering you unable to move. 

Posted by Tyla Mackay on Sep 06, 2022 in Health

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an opportunity to educate others by raising awareness of suicide and to promote action that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally. The first WSPD was launched in Stockholm on September 2003 as an initiative of International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a way of focusing attention on Suicide and confirming the message: Suicides Are Preventable.

Posted by EVELIENE EIJSERMANS on Sep 01, 2022 in Health

Vocalizing the Critic

In this column I often write about the critical voice in our minds that can convince us to believe negative thoughts about ourselves. Sometimes this happens without us even realizing it and it can impact our mood and our behaviours. 

Posted by Tyla Mackay on Aug 18, 2022 in Health

Raised Beds and Hugelkulturs

Why hello there, mountain gardeners! This month I’m exploring garden beds and how they can help your garden thrive in our ever-changing valley climate.

Posted by Ashley Lortscher on Jul 28, 2022 in Health

Within a Four-Hour Drive

Looking for something different to do this summer? Something a bit out of the ordinary? You don’t have to look far. We have a variety of summer adventures and options available in our area that are not available anywhere else in the world.

Posted by Patrick Robertson on Jul 12, 2022 in Health

The Fear of Joy

The emotion we fear the most in life is actually joy. Surprised? I was too. We fear joy because when we are in those happy moments, we often become terrified that it could all be taken away in one single moment.

Posted by Tyla Mackay on Jul 07, 2022 in Health

Greenhouses vs. Row Cover vs. Innovative Garden Design

The allure of having a greenhouse in a cold climate is very strong for gardeners, both new and experienced. Greenhouses can be an excellent season extension tool; however, they come with some problems too! They can be a great resource for season extension (growing crops earlier in the spring and later in the fall) as well as creating an environment that provides a little extra boost for heat loving plants such as peppers and melons.

Posted by Ashley Lortscher on Jun 29, 2022 in Health

Rediscovering Your Passions

Do you remember back in elementary school when you were asked to write “I am” in the middle of the page and you had to write all the things that made you you around it? Daughter, brother, reader, athlete etc. If I asked you to do that today, what words would you write outside of your profession and family roles? What are your current passions? If you have difficulty answering those questions, please know that you are not alone. I often ask people to do this exercise and receive blank stares in return.

Posted by Tyla Mackay on Jun 18, 2022 in Health