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Cariboo MamaCare:  A guardian angel for your baby

Cariboo MamaCare: A guardian angel for your baby

By LeRae Haynes – Trish Nairn from Cariboo Mamacare provides a unique, personal, and supportive service to moms with newborn babies. Reflecting a practice that dates back centuries, she processes the placenta into capsules to provide postpartum support that includes numerous health benefits for both mom and baby. “In traditional Chinese medicine they use anybody’s […]

Featured Green Business | 52° North: Wild and locally sourced birch water

Featured Green Business | 52° North: Wild and locally sourced birch water

By LeRae Haynes – From the beautiful pristine wilderness of Horsefly, BC come natural, refreshing beverages with enormous health benefits, thanks to 52° North, a small, insightful company with vision and commitment providing a health drink with detoxifying and revitalizing properties. 52° North co-owner Sarah Wall said birch sap, or birch water, is the first […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Keeping Warm with Cariboo Wool Bedding

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Keeping Warm with Cariboo Wool Bedding

By Terri Smith – Konny Kadenbach and her partner, Joel, live on a beautiful piece of property just south of Quesnel. I knock on the door of their handcrafted home and hear Konny call from the basement. I enter the house and feel instantly comfortable in my surroundings. Their entire home is a work of […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Five Rivers Crematorium: Helping you say goodbye in the most meaningful way

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Five Rivers Crematorium: Helping you say goodbye in the most meaningful way

By LeRae Haynes – Being a voice for a loved one lost, as well as for the family left behind, is at the heart of Cariboo Chilcotin Funeral Services. Serving the Cariboo-Chilcotin and B.C. central coast including Bella Coola and Quesnel, they look after families on every aspect of a death, from burials, cremations, and […]

ECO TOURISM | First Nations Trail Development: Sustainable economic development & healthy living

ECO TOURISM | First Nations Trail Development: Sustainable economic development & healthy living

By Thomas Schoen, Chair, CMBC –  Trail recreation, including hiking, trail running, horseback riding, and particularly mountain biking, is growing in popularity throughout British Columbia. Numerous communities throughout the province, both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, are investing significantly in trails as a means for enhancing the liveability of their communities and to attract and retain residents. In […]

CONSERVATION | Protecting the Great White Sturgeon: Giants Among Us released next year

CONSERVATION | Protecting the Great White Sturgeon: Giants Among Us released next year

By LeRae Haynes – Documentary film maker Robert Moberg has focused on the Fraser River, Rick Hansen, and a unique species of fish for a feature-length film to be released in 2017. Giants Among Us: Rick Hansen and the Great White Sturgeon will highlight these incredible fish, some of whom may be 150 years old, […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Esk’et Tiny House: A stunning example of sustainable housing

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Esk’et Tiny House: A stunning example of sustainable housing

By Casey Bennett– It’s amazing how far a tiny idea can go. It was only a little over a year ago when Robert and Bettina Johnson decided to sell their home in Victoria and move their young family to the community of Alkali Lake (called Esk’et in the Shuswap language), 45 km southwest of Williams […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Blocks R Us: Garden art from the scrap heap

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Blocks R Us: Garden art from the scrap heap

By LeRae Haynes – Transforming a heap of rusty scrap metal and discarded engine parts into art for your garden is a great example of art meeting recycling face to face. Wayne Ball and Bridget Lusignan have launched Bridget’s Rustic Garden, a unique garden shop in connection with Blocks R Us. Ball said it all […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Aikido Studio and Aizenkan Martial Arts

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Aikido Studio and Aizenkan Martial Arts

By Terri Smith – Many people who call Williams Lake home have been concerned lately with what seems to be an alarming increase of violence in our town. People who were once comfortable walking alone here now find themselves nervous at times, even in the daylight. As I walk along Mackenzie Avenue at dusk on […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS| Mt. Timothy — Winter Fun on the Mountain in our Backyard

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS| Mt. Timothy — Winter Fun on the Mountain in our Backyard

By LeRae Haynes –  New focus and direction is on the menu at Mt. Timothy Ski Hill, with new general manager Caroline Sherrer and staff working hard to make it a stellar family destination. They are increasing the business’s recycling program, planning for structure and equipment upgrades, and working on a tube park on the […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Making a Difference: Paying it back and paying it forward

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Making a Difference: Paying it back and paying it forward

By LeRae Haynes — Kane Fraser is partner and team member at FBB Chartered Professional Accountants LLP. He also competes in extreme off-road racing events in Canada, the US, and Mexico, recently attended an Association of Research and Enlightenment conference to be certified in hypnosis and past-life regression, and regularly commits random acts of profound kindness.   […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Social Enterprise: Worth Every Penny

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Social Enterprise: Worth Every Penny

By LeRae Haynes — Improving and enriching the lives of women, their families, and their communities is at the heart of Worth Every Penny, a social enterprise created by Penny Hutchinson, the driving force and the caring heart behind this innovative, non-profit start-up organization.  She describes herself as a lifetime social entrepreneur who has been […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Corporations for the Planet: MEC and Patagonia

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Corporations for the Planet: MEC and Patagonia

By Jessica Kirby — In the midst of “shop local” messages it can be easy to forget or overlook corporate efforts toward sustainability and responsible environmental practices. Corporations, big box stores, and global economic powers are curse words in crowds trying to pay homage to hometown communities and contribute positively to a greener future. It isn’t […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories | Buying ‘Green’ for Kids

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories | Buying ‘Green’ for Kids

  By LeRae Haynes — Lisa Buhler and Jennifer Earnshaw at Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories have six children between them, and know what it’s like to try to find kids’ clothes that are unique and practical, responsible and affordable. Buhler says they started Alternative Kids Clothing and Accessories last fall because they heard so […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Louis Blanc Studio | Where the Ghosts are Alive – A Barkerville Story

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Louis Blanc Studio | Where the Ghosts are Alive – A Barkerville Story

Submitted by Louis Blanc Studio —   In 1868, a photographer named Louis A. Blanc travelled to the Cariboo to seek his fortune. We know very little about Louis, but here’s what we do know: he was a trained goldsmith and his home country was the French area of Switzerland. He made his way to […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Cariboo Auto Recyclers | Changing with the Times at Cariboo Auto Recyclers

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Cariboo Auto Recyclers | Changing with the Times at Cariboo Auto Recyclers

By LeRae Haynes — Cariboo Auto Recyclers has changed with the times to keep up with and exceed environmental standards. For more than 60 years the company has provided a wide range of automotive services throughout the Cariboo-Chilcotin, helping people replace, reclaim, and recycle. Today,, the company consistently receives gold- and platinum-level certification from the […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Green and Natural Balance at Zirnhelt Timber Frames

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Green and Natural Balance at Zirnhelt Timber Frames

  By LeRae Haynes — Zirnhelt Timber Frames designs, engineers, and builds sustainable hand-crafted timber frame homes, cottages, and commercial buildings, achieving balance between natural products and energy efficiency. The company’s staff builds complete homes from foundations through to finished cabinetry, or supply custom timber work and lock-up packages. Zirnhelt Timber Frames is newly located […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Kinikinik: Beauty, ethics, and delectable food in the west Chilcotin

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Kinikinik: Beauty, ethics, and delectable food in the west Chilcotin

  By LeRae Haynes — One unique and unforgettable destination in the beautiful west Chilcotin is the Kinikinik Restaurant and store, part of a sustainable, natural enterprise that includes rental cabins and a conference centre, Pasture to Plate ranching, the Chilcotin Harvest abattoir, a feed store, and a butcher shop. Owners Felix and Jasmin Schellenberg […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed: Plugging you in to the great outdoors

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed: Plugging you in to the great outdoors

By LeRae Haynes — For 27 years Red Shreds Bike and Board Shed has been a source of outdoor gear for all ages in a wide range of activities. But besides bikes and boards, owner Mark Savard and his staff also provide information and inspiration to the community when it comes to getting out and […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | What’s Brewing in BC?

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | What’s Brewing in BC?

By Jessica Kirby, Senior Editor of TheGreenGazette — It may come as a surprise—and a source of great pride—that modern day Canadian craft brewing has roots in British Columbia. According to Ken Beattie, executive director of the BC Craft Brewers Guild, it all began in 1982 when John Mitchell, who owned the Troller Pub in […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Adorn and Beauty Naturally: Loving the planet and being your most beautiful ‘you’

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | Adorn and Beauty Naturally: Loving the planet and being your most beautiful ‘you’

By LeRae Haynes — Health and beauty treatments go hand in hand with protecting the environment at Adorn and Beauty Naturally. The salon offers pedicures, manicures, facials, waxing, reflexology, a range of massage treatments, eyelash and eyebrow tinting, gel nails and polish, and more. What sets the salon apart, according to owner Jo-Anne Lang, is […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | The Future of Tourism is Green

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | The Future of Tourism is Green

By Jessica Kirby — Thirty years ago, there was no ecotourism. There was tourism, which meant going to unfamiliar places in a recreational state of mind, but the prefix “eco” was reserved for more traditional concepts like “ecology” and “economy,” and not at all for a gentler, and greener way of interacting with nature. Ecotourism […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | ECO TOURISM AND TRAVEL | Hidden Gold: History, art, and adventure in Wells and Barkerville, BC

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | ECO TOURISM AND TRAVEL | Hidden Gold: History, art, and adventure in Wells and Barkerville, BC

By Lisa Bland — This summer, if you fancy heading out on a road trip with stunning scenery and extra ordinary adventure, why not follow a section of the old Cariboo Waggon Road, a route of days gone by that leads to hidden historical tourism gems tucked in the Cariboo Mountains. Taking a right-hand turn […]

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | LOCAL FOODS | Working Partners at Bella Coola Seafoods add Value to Local Fish

FEATURED GREEN BUSINESS | LOCAL FOODS | Working Partners at Bella Coola Seafoods add Value to Local Fish

By Sage Birchwater — Tucked away in the specialty fish section of Margetts Meats in Williams Lake are the delectable salmon products of Bella Coola Seafoods. One taste of half-smoked spring salmon fillets will have you hooked. However, the other products like regular spring or chum fillets and steaks or ready-to-eat hot-smoked salmon will have […]