Strawberry Social – June 25 1-4pm

Please join the Yasodhara Ashram as they celebrate the 21st Annual gathering of friends and neighbours!

Join us for strawberry shortcake, used book sale, live music, and community!

All are welcome. No need to RSVP.

For more information, please contact us.strawberry-s-header-2014

Raise the Roof – Help GC Hall AND Be Entertained!

In the words of one of our wonderful Hall Directors, Will Chapman:

We all love our hall – the centre of our community for over 100 years. It’s such a centre for so many activities of our lives: concerts, anniversaries, weddings, wakes, yoga, workshops, children’s music classes, art classes, etc.

Over the past couple of years, the hall has been getting a lot of revenue from weddings, etc., which allows us to continue to do a series of ongoing upgrades and keep it available for local workshops, for almost no charge – by donation.

The hall is there when we need it, and never asks anything of us in return. Now, it’s time to give back.

Raise the Roof

Please come out this weekend. See some entertainment, have a bite, and help raise money toward a the new roof it needs. Feel free to bring cash or a cheque to donate, above and beyond the admission fee. It will be much appreciated, and a great investment in our community future.

This Saturday, June 18, the Gray Creek Hall will fill to the seams with music, laughter, silliness and art and the community is invited to come and bathe in it, and hopefully help raise some serious funds for a new roof.  The party starts at 8pm with:

  • Improv Theatre by members of the Hexagon Players and friends
  • Live Music (various local performers)
  • Stand Up Comedy with Paul Hindson
  • Dancing with DJ Will D’Beats
  • Pizza and Salad for purchase
  • And much more!

Big Meeting About Ferry Landing Moving

Coming up – there is an important meeting/information session regarding possible changes to the Balfour ferry landing involving moving it to Queen’s Bay.

Advocates of this change have been pushing for it for a long time, but there are also strong voices against the move.

The Queen’s Bay Association forwarded the following letter to Mainstreet and would like their East Shore friends to attend the information session and hear about the negative ramifications of this move. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and others involved in pushing for this move would also like to see people at the meeting to learn more, ask questions and express your concerns.

There is much to be discussed and learned. Come to the meeting for more information. It will be at the Redfish Elementary School Gymnasium from 5-8pm on June 15. Ferry-Meeting

Hello Friends and Neighbors of Queens Bay

The BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) indicates that there are some emerging safety and operational issues with the Balfour Ferry terminal that need to be addressed.

The Ministry is considering either improving the existing Balfour terminal or relocating the terminal to Queens Bay North (~.5 Km from McEwen Point.)

The process of “public consultation” around this issue begins with an open house session at Redfish School June 15, 5 to 8pm.

This will be an “information session “not a meeting. It is a place to learn, discuss and give your feedback on their proposals.  There are many factors at play here beyond the desires of our residents. There are complex environmental, and technical issues, and huge social and economic concerns for Queens Bay and Balfour.

The formal consultation process proposes to end on July 6, giving only 3 weeks for stakeholders and the public to prepare their input.

Despite statements that “no decision has been made” relocating the ferry terminal to Queens Bay is clearly the preferred option for the Ministry.

Queens Bay Residents are overwhelmingly opposed to this possibility. More than 200 people live here and are primary stakeholders. We were not contacted directly about this process. MOTI is now engaging with us, but their timelines for input are unacceptably short.

The move would involve the paving and infill of most of the public beach in Queens Bay.
This beach is one of the best and warmest swimming beaches on the lake, cherished by many people.

QB community member

Get informed and make your views known.
Check out the gov. website at
The latest study was just added. You will be able to give feedback here after June 15, and ongoing to government officials your MLA and MP.

We appreciate your support.
Queens Bay Residents

Category 3 Open Fires Now Prohibited!

Category 3 Open Fires Now Prohibited within the Southeast Fire Centre

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Effective at noon PDT on Friday, June 3, 2016, Category 3 open fires are prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

Anyone conducting a Category 3 open fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre must have extinguished any such fire by noon on June 3, 2016. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

A map of the affected area is available online at:

Specifically, this order prohibits:

  • the burning of any material (piled or un-piled) larger than two metres high or three metres wide
  • stubble or grass fires over an area larger than 2,000 square metres
  • the burning of more than two piles of any size.

This prohibition does not apply to campfires, cooking stoves that use gas, propane or
briquettes, or open fires that are two metres by three metres or smaller. Please ensure that fires are not lit or kept burning during windy conditions and that adequate tools, water and people are on hand to contain the fire. Ensure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks and Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire.

The Southeast Fire Centre covers the area extending from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C./Alberta border in the east. It includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a
cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit:

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

  •  Twitter at
  •  Facebook at

How About a $100,000 Playground?

After receiving nominations from across the province, judges from have selected five play spaces to move forward into the final round. Amazingly, Crawford Bay Park made it to the final five finalists who are nominated to potentially win a revitalization worth up to $100,000!

Crawford Bay Community Park

The plan, according to EASEY (East Shore Alliance for Supporting the Early Years) Coordinator Ellie Reynolds, is to turn the park/playground “from decrepit and dangerous to a beautiful, functional appealing public space.”

She asks residents and friends all around the area, province, country or world to please take a minute and VOTE, not just today but everyday until the end of June.

“We are competing against Vancouver projects and so everyone and their friends and acquaintances and grandparents needs to vote if we are in with a chance, so please help spread the word and share the link.Cast your vote and show your support by sharing your favourite spaces with friends and family.”

Vote Now


Riondel Races to the Rescue: Volunteer Fire Fighters Extinguish Flames

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Fast-acting fire fighters with the Riondel Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a wildfire in Gray Creek before it razed out of control the evening of May 16th.

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Although the fire was out of the fire department’s jurisdiction, seven volunteers raced to put out the one-acre blaze which was growing quickly by the time the crew arrived.

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“We were able to contain the fire, and essentially put it out before Forestry personnel arrived,” said Riondel Fire Chief Cory Medhurst.
The fire fighters used their wildland truck, which was acquired last year for wildfires.
“This serves as a good reminder that wildfire season is early and upon us,” said Chief Medhurst.

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The RDCK reminds residents to call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 toll free on most cellular networks to report a wildfire. Alternately, you can report a wildfire by calling 9-1-1.
For up-to-date information on fire prohibitions, fire danger rating, and current wildfires, please

Burning Information – Think Before You Burn


Although fire bans have not yet been imposed in the region, residents are urged to use extreme caution if they decide to have open fires given the unseasonably warm and dry weather. “Fires can have devastating impacts upon communities; the mass evacuations and destruction in Fort MacMurray are a sober and prime example,” says Andrew Bellerby, Regional Fire Chief for the RDCK.

“Please don’t burn unless absolutely necessary and if you still insist on having a fire, make sure you have plenty of extinguishing devices available.” Never, ever leave a fire unattended or toss out cigarette butts.

Those residents who insist on having open fires are asked to keep the following points in mind:
• The type of material to be burned (only burn organics—no plastics, toxins, etc.)
• The size of the area to be burned
• Wind direction and strength
• Establish fuel/fire breaks and guards
• Have fire suppression (sprinklers, hoses)
• Make sure the fire is monitored at ALL times
• Ensure that the fire is extinguished
• If a fire spreads beyond control, contact your local fire department immediately.

The public is encouraged to attend Disaster Day on Hall Street in Nelson on Saturday, May 7th to learn more about emergency preparedness, wildfire mitigation, Fire Smart principles, and a number of other valuable topics. Grab a free hotdog and meet your local first responders who work hard to keep our communities safe!

From Alanna Garrett,  Emergency Preparedness:

Individual Preparedness – Grab ’n’ Go Kit 

Food and Water Tools

  • Water (4 litres per person per day and pets) Flashlight and Batteries
  • Food (for 3 days, that does not need refrigeration) Portable Radio and Batteries
  • Infant Items-Diapers, Bottles, Canned Milk & Food Wrench (shutting off valves)
  • Pet Items-Food, Water, Leash, Kennel Rope, 6 metres
  • Manual Can Opener
  • Duct Tape
  • Paper or Plastic Plates, Utensils
  • Multi-Blade Knife
  • Alternate Cooking Source, with Fuel
  • Candles/Holder/Matches
  • Shovel

Health Safety

  • First Aid Kit Whistle
  • First Aid Manual Emergency Blanket/Sleeping Bag
  • Medication (3 Day Supply)
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Eye Glasses / Contacts and Solution
  • Work Gloves
  • Dentures
  • Lg. Garbage Bags (Rain Protection and waste disposal)
  • Personal Hygiene Items – Tooth Brush
  • Toilet Tissue, Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Clothing- 3 Day Supply, suitable for the season

Important Papers Miscellaneous

  • Insurance Papers  (scan/digital photos)
  • Map/Visitor’s Guide
  • Copies of Personal Identification/Passport Extra House and Car Keys
  • Family Documents/Photo Album
  • Numbers for RCMP, Fire and Ambulance Cell Phone/Charger (do not use 911 in a large-scale disaster)
  • Cash
  • Name and Number of your Out of Area Contact(s)
  • Paper and Pencil
  • Memory stick for Important Documents
  • Tent
  • Documents / photos of home (before/after)
  • Children’s Toys
  • Playing Cards

Emergency Preparedness Websites

  • PreparedBC
  • BC Wildfire Information  
  • Regional District Central Kootenay
  • BC Wildfire Public Information Line: 1-888-336-7378 press 3 for Kootenay Information
  • To Report a Wildfire: 1-800-663-5555   or  *5555 on most cell phones
  • Tune into local Radio Stations for current emergency information.
  • Evacuation Orders and Alerts go to

Some Upcoming Events



First, attend the East Shore Ambulance Auxiliary Society AGM, from 10am on Saturday, April 30 at the RIondel Ambulance Hall. All those from the Eastshore Ambulance Service Area are welcome to attend. Coffee and cookies available.



Fundraiser for the Ontario SEVEC exchange. Watch a movie while your kids have fun at a carnival!

Saturday, April 30th at 2:30pm, CBESS

Concession by donation – face painting, ball toss, all sorts of games! Petting zoo, too.

$10/20 tickets or $1/ticket

10 tickets to attend the movie.




Highway Clean Up Going On Now!

Today is our annual Highway Clean Up Day! That means there will be community members, business owners and school children on the roads this morning, cleaning up the highways. Please use extra caution when out and about!


Youth Society AGM – Please join us!

Eastshore Youth Society Annual General Meeting

Tuesday April 19th at 3pm at Crawford Bay School

This is the society that holds the assets and helps organize how the Community Directed Youth Funds (CDYF) Grant from the CBT is spent.

This grant is for increasing local activities, opportunities & services for youth 12 to 18.

We are nearing the end of our fourth year of receiving this funding and we will be looking for your input as we move forward. If you have youth in this age group or are interested in the opportunities for our youth on this shore, please attend to see what’s going on and consider helping out.