BC Goes Wild Weekend

The third weekend of September is when we encourage the residents of BC to enjoy a BC Wild Weekend. Hike, paddle, bike, or take part in one of the many activities going on around the province. This is the weekend that WildSafeBC encourages people to safely enjoy wildlife in the wilds. It is our hope that by emphasizing the fact the wildlife should be in the wilds - and not in our urban areas, that people will help us meet our goal of "keeping wildlife wild and communities safe."

Photo Contest

Grab your camera (or start going through your photos from this year) and enter our second annual photography contest for the BC Goes Wild Weekend.

We’re looking for shots of BC wildlife and shots for a segment we are calling “Doing the Right Thing!” The wildlife can be any wild (non-domesticated) animal found in BC.

“Doing the Right thing!” is a shot of how people are doing the right thing in terms of either managing attractants (e.g. a street with no garbage cans out, or a fruit tree with all of its fruit picked) or in terms of safety while in the wilds (e.g. a dog on a leash, bear spray on your hip holster, a bare campsite, etc.)

We’ve got cool, fun prizes this year: field guides to all types of wildlife, tee-shirts, and a special grand prize of a field day for two, watching bighorn sheep and other iconic grassland species. Your hosts will be CBC’s Outdoor guy (and WildsafeBC’s Provincial coordinator) Frank Ritcey, along with Peter Sulzle, noted wildlife photographer.

Not only are entries adjudicated for first second and third places in our two age categories (children and adults) but ALL entries are entered in a draw for a spot on our field day of wildlife watching with Frank and Peter.

Entries can be submitted up until midnight on September 17th 2017.

Full contest details are found at: BC Goes Wild Photo Contest

Additionally we have the following activities going on in these communities:

Castlegar

Activity: Guided Hike and Bear Spray Demo
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10:00am-11:30am
Location: Selkirk College - Meet outside the MIR Centre for Peace
Description: Join WildSafeBC Coordinator, Jenny Wallace, for our second annual BC Goes Wild Weekend! Meet at the MIR Centre at 10:00am for an informative bear safety talk and bear spray demo, followed by a gentle hike through the college trails to learn about local plants and wildlife. For more information about this event, contact castlegar@wildsafebc.com or 250-365-8971.
Notes: Everyone welcome. Family friendly.

Creston

Activity: Nature walk
Location: Wildlife Center, Creston
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Description: Learn how to ID signs of wildlife and natural food sources with WildSafeBC at the Creston Wildlife Center.
Notes: All ages welcome.

Activity: Bear spray demonstration
Location: Wildlife Center, Creston
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 1pm-2pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC for a bear spray demonstration!
Notes: All ages welcome.

Activity: Attractant management presentation
Location: Wildlife Center, Creston
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 2pm-3pm
Description: Learn how to reduce wildlife attractants in urban areas.
Notes: All ages welcome.

Cowichan Valley Regional District

Activity: Scavenger hunt and nature walk
Location: Somenos Marsh
Date: September 16th, 2017
Time: 12:30pm start for the Scavenger hunt, 1pm start for the nature walk Description: In partnership with the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society, join WildSafeBC Cowichan Valley for the second annual BC Goes Wild Weekend! Search for local wildlife and plants along the boardwalk before going on a guided nature walk.
Notes: All ages welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To learn more about this activity please contact cvrd@wildsafebc.com or call 250-210-7303.

Cumberland

Activity: Booth display with crafts table, coloring contest and scavenger hunt.
Location: OAP Hall at 2674 Dunsmuir Avenue.
Date: September 16th, 2017
Time: 1pm-4pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Cumberland for an education booth in the park for kids and families with education/information for all ages, some colouring and crafts and a scavenger hunt.
Notes: All ages welcome. Young children will need a parent present and will need to be accompanied by the parent for the scavenger hunt.

Activity: Film Night featuring Wild Wednesday clips
Location: 2nd Floor, OAP Hall at 2674 Dunsmuir Avenue.
Date: September 16th, 2017
Time: 7pm-8pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Cumberland for a screening of wildlife videos captured straight from our trail cameras!
Notes: All ages welcome.

Activity: Nature walk
Location: Coal Creek Historic Park Trail
Date: September 17th, 2017
Time: 10am-11am
Description: Join WildSafeBC Cumberland for a nature walk to learn about natural bear food sources identification and other discussions/activities.
Notes: All ages welcome.

Fernie

Activity: Educational booth display
Location: Fernie Community Center
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Description: In partnership with Fernie Fire Depot, join WildSafeBC Elk Valley for a educational booth at the Family Safety Day!
Notes: All ages welcome.

Activity: Educational booth display and bear spray demonstration
Location: Chatauqua Fall Fair - Fernie City Hall
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Description: In partnership with Wildsight Elk Valley, join WildSafeBC Elk Valley for a bear spray demonstration at 1:30pm in celebration of BC Goes Wild Weekend!
Notes: All ages welcome.

Golden

Activity: Natural world photography walk
Location: Confluence Park
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 9am

Description: Join WildSafeBC Golden for the 2nd Annual BC Goes Wild Weekend! Explore a local location and put your camera skills to work on a Natural World Photography Walk with Cheryl Goodwin. Cheryl Goodwin travels the world and is an avid outdoor enthusiast. Bring your own camera and share in the joy of capturing some of our local vistas and natural world. Cheryl will share how she embraces her hobby and passion - combining adventure and photography together.
Notes: Activity is for novice and/or avid photographers of all ages. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To learn more about this activity please contact golden@wildsafebc.com or call 250-290-1222.

Invermere

Activity: Bare camping and bear spray demonstration
Location: Pothole Park, Invermere
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 11am bare camping presentation and 12pm bear spray demonstration
Description: Join WildSafeBC Columbia Valley for a Bare Camping presentation and a bear spray demonstration to celebrate BC Goes Wild Weekend.
Notes: All ages welcome.

Kamloops

Activity: Wildlife detective nature walk
Location: Tranquille Creek Trail
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10am-12pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Kamloops for a wildlife detective nature walk! Learn about local wildlife by looking and listening for signs of animals along the Tranquille Creek Trail.
Notes: All ages welcome. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
What to bring: Appropriate footwear, water, and bug repellent are recommended.
To learn more about this activity please contact kamloops@wildsafebc.com or call 250-828-2551 ext. 107.

Kaslo

Activity: Fruit gleaning, apple juicing and scavenger hunt
Location: Saturday Market Spot, Front Street
Date: September 17
Time: 10am-4pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Kaslo for a day of family fun at the Saturday Market Spot.
10:30am-12:30pm Fruit gleaning
In partnership with Harvest Share, come along to take part in fruit gleaning. We will meet at the WildSafeBC booth at the Saturday Market Spot and head out as a group to collect local fruit.
1:00pm-3:00pm - Apple juicing
In partnership with The Food Hub, visit our booth to practice apple juicing.
1:00pm-4:00pm - Nature scavenger hunt
Scavenger hunt contestants should pick up their hunt list prior to the start time at the WildSafeBC booth at the Saturday Market Spot and hit the river trail to complete their list.
Notes: All ages welcome. Please do not bring dogs.

Activity: Safety presentation and bear spray training
Location: Vimy Park, D Avenue
Date: September 17
Time: 4pm- 5:30pm
Description: Join us for a safety presentation and bear spray training with Gillian Sanders and Tracy Remple at the Logger Sports area. Get hands on experience using inert spray.
Notes: Participants in bear spray training must be 12 years and older. Please do not bring dogs.

Kimberley

Activity: Apple Capture Pick and Press
Location: Kimberley - Open Gate Garden
Date: September 16, 2017 AND September 17, 2017
Time: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Description: In partnership with Wildsight Kimberley, WildSafeBC Kimberley-Cranbrook will be attending the Apple Capture Pick and Press to talk about wildlife attractants, specifically fruit trees. Come stop by!
Notes: All ages welcome.

Maple Ridge

Activity: Information session at the GETI Festival
Location: Memorial Peace Park, Maple Ridge
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Maple Ridge for an information session at the GETI festival in Memorial Peace Park! Notes: All ages welcome.

Activity: Information session
Location: Bell-Irving Hatchery
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 10am-2pm
Description: In partnership with KEEPS and Metro Vancouver Parks, join WildSafeBC Maple Ridge for an information session at the Bell-Irving Hatchery!
Notes: All ages welcome.

Nelson

Activity: Bear spray training demonstration
Location: Cottonwood Market
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10:30am
Description: Join WildSafeBC Nelson for a bear spray safety demonstration in celebration of BC Goes Wild Weekend! Learn how to use bear spray with an interactive demonstration using inert spray.
Notes: All ages welcome.

Activity: Demo of Toter bear-resistant garbage cart
Location: Cottonwood Market
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 9:30am - 3:00pm
Description: Stop by to check out the Toter bear-resistant garbage carts that will be available for purchase from the City of Nelson starting in mid October!
Notes: All ages welcome.

New Denver/Nakusp

Activity: Bear spray demo at Kootenay Sufferfest
Location: Nakusp Gazebo
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 9am-2pm
Description: In partnership with Kootenay Sufferfest for the Nakusp Suffercross CX Bike Race and Duathalon/Corporate Challenge, WildSafeBC will be set up with a display and will be hosting a bear spray demo.
Notes: All ages welcome.

Powell River

Activity: For the Love of Bears speaker series
Location: Powell River Public Library
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 7pm-8pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Powell River for a public presentation at the Powell River Public Library!
Notes: All ages welcome.

Activity: Booth display and Junior Rangers scavenger hunt
Location: Powell River Fall Fair - Paradise Exhibition Grounds
Date: September 16 and 17
Time: 12pm-5pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Powell River for a wildlife information session and junior rangers scavenger hunt to celebrate BC Goes Wild Weekend!
Notes: All ages welcome.

Princeton

Activity: Wildlife and plant search, craft activities, and scavenger hunt Location: Swan Lake Bird Sanctuary, Princeton-Summerland Road
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10:30am-2:30pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Princeton Coordinator Jessica Blue for Princeton’s first ever BC Goes Wild Weekend! Search for all our local wildlife and plants to see if you can spot the most, make some fabulous wildlife crafts and look around for BC’s hidden treasures during our scavenger hunt! Junior Ranger activity books will be available for kids.
Notes: All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult. Participants under 18 must have waiver signed by parent/guardian. Please leave your dogs at home.
What to Bring: There is some rough ground so unfortunately this walk is not recommended for individuals with mobility issues. Please bring appropriate footwear, water and a lunch and be prepared for any type of weather. Sunscreen, bug repellent, a hat, camera and binoculars are recommended. To learn more about this activity please contact princeton@wildsafebc.com or call 250-293-6359.

Rossland

Activity: Bear spray demonstration
Location: Lions Campground, Rossland
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10am
Description: Join WildSafeBC Rossland for a bear spray safety demonstration in celebration of BC Goes Wild Weekend! Learn how to use bear spray with an interactive demonstration using inert spray.
Notes: All ages welcome.

Squamish

Activity: Backcountry Bears, Beers and More!
Location: Valhalla Pure Outfitters Squamish
Date: September 13, 2017
Time: Doors open at 7:00pm; Presentations at 7:30pm
Description: An evening of presentations by WildSafeBC and Coast to Cascades on local wildlife biology and behaviour, safety and grizzly bear conservation. Refreshments will be provided by Backcountry Brewing for purchase. All proceeds will support further education and conservation initiatives.
Notes: RSVP via Eventbrite; free entry and all ages event.

Activity: Squamish is Wildlife Country
Location: Squamish Adventure Centre
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 9am-6pm
Description: Drop in at the Squamish Adventure Centre for a number of activities and presentations for all ages.

9:00 am Bears in Pajamas
Bring your young ones still in pajamas with their favourite animal stuffies for some story-telling. We will be reading "Eat Like a Bear" by April Pulley Sayre.

10:00 am Family Hike Near Adventure Centre with Rhonda O'Grady Rhonda is an experienced nature educator who will guide you in techniques to instill a wonder of nature.

11:00 am Presentation - Recreating Safely in Wildlife Country
Learn about local wildlife and how to stay safe will biking, hiking and enjoying all of BC's wonderful parks and trails.

12:00 pm Staying Safe in Bear Country
You have a run in with a grizzly bear. Should you play dead? The answer may surprise you. Join us for this 20 minute video which explains bear behaviour and demonstrates appropriate responses.

1:00 pm Wolves, bears and more - Presentation by Michael Allen
Michael Allen has been researching bears for almost three decades and has amazing local footage of black bears, grizzly bears, wolves and more. Michael minimizes his impact by using remote cameras. Get close and intimate with our local wildlife from the comfort of your chair.

3:00 pm Presentation or nature walk - TBD

8:00 am to 6:00 pm Self-guided Scavenger Hunt
A scavenger hunt will be set up on the Logger's lane nature trail.

Activity: Nature walk
Location: Squamish Estuary
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 9am
Description: Did you know? Only 3% of BC's coastline is classified as estuarine. Join WildSafeBC Squamish for a walk in the Squamish Estuary. Learn about the wildlife, plants, ecology and the dynamic properties of this rare ecosystem in British Columbia.
Notes: Meet on Main Street near yellow gates on the dyke.

Sunshine Coast

Activity: Bear Campfire Stories
Location: Porpoise Bay Provincial Park (grass area by the playground)
Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Description: WildSafeBC Sunshine Coast presents a ‘BC Goes Wild’ event – Bear Campfire Stories Join us for a fun evening of celebrating our coastal Black Bear. Stories, songs, treats and games.
Notes: Bring warm clothes appropriate for the weather, and your own mug for hot chocolate. This is a ‘Pack it in, pack it out’ event.

Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Activity: Wildlife talk and claymation mini films
Location: Savona Public Library
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 11am-2pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC TNRD for the BC Goes Wild Weekend where we will have a presentation on wildlife in our ecosystem, staying safe in bear country, managing our attractants, and will produce a claymation stop motion video. Create your own clay and prop wildlife characters and make a stop motion film about human-wildlife conflicts which will be published on the WildSafeBC Facebook Page.
Notes: All ages welcome, children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended activity ages 9 and up.
To learn more about this activity please contact tnrd@wildsafebc.com or call 250-319-6265.

Tumbler Ridge

Activity: Nature walk and safety talk
Location: Flatbed Falls Recreation Area
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10am-12:30pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Tumbler Ridge for a nature walks along the Flatbed Falls trail, accompanied by frequent stops for identification and discussion of food sources, ecology and 'the signs' of wildlife activity along the way. Our nature walk will occur between 10:30am and 12:30pm, followed by a 'Bare Camping' safety presentations from 1pm to 3pm.
Notes: All ages welcome.

Activity: Bear spray demonstration
Location: Tumbler Point trailhead
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 2pm-4pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Tumbler Ridge for an interactive bear spray demonstration using inert spray.
Notes: All ages welcome.

Activity: Night walk
Location: Tumbler Point Trail - meeting at the trailhead at the end of Bergeron Drive
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 8pm-9:30pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Tumbler Ridge for a night walk up Tumbler Point Trail!
Notes: All ages welcome.

Vernon

Activity: Nature walk
Location: Turtle Mountain Trail
Directions: On Alexis Park Drive turn west onto Turtle Mountain Blvd. Parking lot is to the right of subdivision entrance.
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 5pm-7pm
Description: Join WildSafeBC Vernon for a nature walk! The walk will total approximately 1.2km. Bring plenty of water. Stops will be made throughout the walk to talk about wildlife safety, bear smart community status, wildlife encounters, and wildlife attractants.
Notes: Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information, please contact Andrew Otto-Artavia at vernon@wildsafebc.com or 250-878-0001.

Okanagan Westside

Activity: Nature walk, scavenger hunt and crafts/activities
Location: Shannon Lake Regional Park
Date: September 16, 2017
Time: 10am-12pm
Description: In coordination with the Regional District of Central Okanagan, join WildSafeBC Okanagan-Westside for a short nature walk and scavenger hunt at Shannon Lake Regional Park! Discover all the natural beauty of this park while we search for local wildlife and look around for hidden treasures during our scavenger hunt. Activities and crafts to follow. To avoid any conflicts, please do not bring dogs.
Notes: All ages welcome, children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate footwear, and dress appropriately for the weather.
To register and to learn more about this activity please contact Andrea Tait at okwestside@wildsafebc.com or call 250-862-7336.

Activity: Nature walk and bear spray demo
Location: Rose Valley Regional Park
Directions: Meet at the second parking lot off Westlake Road (across from Peak Point Road).
Date: September 17, 2017
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Description: In coordination with the Regional District of Central Okanagan and local hiking group, Hiking Addiction, join WildSafeBC Okanagan-Westside for a nature walk through Rose Valley Regional Park! Discover all the natural beauty of this park while we discuss safety around bears and other wildlife, and do hands-on bear spray training using inert bear spray.
Notes: Recommended for 16 years of age and older. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult, or must provide written consent.
This is an easy to moderate difficulty walk. Please wear appropriate footwear, and dress appropriately for the weather. Please bring plenty of water.
To register and to learn more about this activity please contact Andrea Tait at okwestside@wildsafebc.com or call 250-862-7336.