Elk River Alliance


Illustrated by Sarah Pullen

There are dozens of organizations and hundreds of volunteers in our community working hard to make this a great place to live! In 2024 this column will introduce you to the devoted people putting unpaid hours into our small town to make it kinder, more compassionate, safer, sustainable and beautiful.

Let’s inaugurate this series with the Elk River Alliance.

In high school, I volunteered as a youth lawyer to help kids clear their driving records by assigning community service. It was amazing to help people in real and meaningful ways, but as I got older volunteering lost its lustre. I began to feel that volunteer work was reserved for the well-off to feel less guilty about their well-offness. Now as Stage two of my nine-month Canadian Conservation Corps program comes to a close, I’ve learned that volunteering can change your relationship with work and re-route your path back to something that provides meaning in your life.

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Time: 
7:30pm

Elk River Alliance Trivia is BACK to celebrate the annual release of Fernie Distillers’ Saskatoon Berry Liqueur!

This summer, ERA volunteers collected an incredible 16 kg of Saskatoon berries, which Fernie Distillers turned into a new batch of the popular liqueur. Bring your friends, answer some general knowledge questions, and have a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Top Prize is a Day pass for Fernie Alpine Resort donated by RCR.

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.

Event Date(s): 
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Time: 
10:00am - 2:00pm

This summer, locals and tourists basked in the refreshing waters of the Elk River watershed to avoid unusually dry and hot conditions. Unfortunately, where there are people, trash is soon to follow. The Elk River Alliance–a local environmental charity–is asking the Elk Valley community to come together and help ensure a clean river for generations to come.

This summer, locals and tourists basked in the refreshing waters of the Elk River watershed to avoid unusually dry and hot conditions. Unfortunately, where there are people, trash is soon to follow. The Elk River Alliance–a local environmental charity–is asking the Elk Valley community to come together and help ensure a clean river for generations to come.

The Elk River watershed interlaces the valley, providing clean water for vegetation, wildlife, and humans. Healthy streams are vital for all life; but what makes a stream “healthy?” The Elk River Alliance has monitored Elk Valley waters for over a decade, and we’d like to explain.

Event Date(s): 
Tuesday, July 25, 2023
Time: 
5:00pm - 8:00pm

It's that time of the year again! For the third year, Fernie Distillers is creating a delicious Forager Saskatoon Liqueur with berries collected by Elk River Alliance (ERA) volunteers, with a portion of sales going to the ERA!

They're hosting a berry picking event next Tuesday (July 25th) from 5-8 PM, and meeting at the Disc Golf course in James White. If you feel like going out on your own, that's great!

Event Date(s): 
Saturday, July 15, 2023
Time: 
11:00am - 1:30pm

Join the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council and the Elk River Alliance in helping keep the boat launch invasive species free! We will be conducting a weed-pull, where EKISC will provide information on invasive species and hosting an appreciation BBQ after.

Bring your friends and family and spend some time outdoors helping keep our ecosystems healthy!

The Elk River is in danger of becoming BC’s entry point for whirling disease; this could have significant impacts on our local trout and hence the $2.7 M/year fishing industry.