Crawford Bay Hall Survey – Please Give Feedback!


Please fill out our survey! We are collecting responses until November 10th!

On April 6, 2018, after more than a decade of negotiations with School District 8 and the Ministry of Education the ‘old’ Crawford Bay School has become the property of the Crawford Bay and District Parks Association and now belongs to you, the community. Now that the Crawford Bay & District Hall & Park Association owns the property we can apply for grants previously unavailable.

To say that our 80-year old community hall needs repairs and upgrades is an understatement. Some grant programs are specific to energy efficiency and mitigating potential health issues and the board will apply for these immediately. The purpose of this survey is to get local residents’ ideas and opinions of where we should put our resources first after we cover these basics.


Youth Will Benefit From Continued Funding (East Shore Youth Program Will Continue!)


Trust renews Basin Youth Network for three years with $5 million

(Columbia Basin) – Support for youth around the Columbia Basin will continue as Columbia Basin Trust renews the Basin Youth Network for three years with a budget of nearly $5 million.

“This network has had wide-reaching impacts in communities and in the lives of young people in the region,” said Aimee Ambrosone, Director, Delivery of Benefits, Columbia Basin Trust. “This is a great opportunity to build on what’s been achieved so far, and ensure communities have the supports they need to engage with their local youth to advance on their unique needs and priorities.”

Established in fall 2015, the network serves youth in several ways. On the community level, the Trust provides funding to 28 community youth networks. These work to increase local activities and opportunities for youth aged 12 to 18, enabling them to learn new skills and engage more with each other and their communities.

On the regional level, the Basin Youth Network brings together young people through regional or Basin-wide events like the Leadership Summit, hosted every two years. It also develops programs that address youth priorities such as leadership development and job readiness, and supports local youth coordinators and those who work with youth with resources like a mental health first aid course. Learn more at

All priorities—for the regional network and the community ones—are identified with input from youth. In the first year alone of the regional network, over 6,000 youth provided their voices to identify priorities; this totalled 60 per cent of youth aged 12 to 18 in the Basin.

“The youth network is making a difference by giving youth in our community a chance to meet and create their own youth-run events that otherwise wouldn’t be available,” said Cindy Currie, Coordinator, Tobacco Plains Youth Network. “In creating these events and meetings, the youths’ self-esteem and community involvement has increased substantially.”

Sarah Miles, Coordinator of the Nelson Youth Action Network, said, “The network has given youth a platform to have their voices heard in meaningful and empowering ways. The network is also making a difference by providing youth programming in the communities of Balfour, Harrop and Procter; these youth can now get to know others that live close by and start to build stronger connections in their immediate communities.”

As Coordinator of the Fernie Youth Action Network, Cheri Clarance said, “Youth keep returning to programs or signing up for new events and doing things they may not have tried before—all while creating connections and bonds. Also, we’ve built strong relationships with many local businesses and entrepreneurs who have talents and skills they like to share with the youth in our community.”

In addition to the Basin Youth Network, the Trust helps youth build knowledge about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and more through JA British Columbia; offers awards and bursaries to high school and post-secondary students; and helps youth get employed through its wage-subsidy programs. Learn more at

Columbia Basin Trust supports the ideas and efforts of the people in the Columbia Basin. To learn more about the Trust’s programs and initiatives, and how it helps deliver social, economic and environmental benefits to the Basin, visit or call 1.800.505.8998.


Last day to vote for our Young Adult Program! You have until 2:00 pm PST today to help us into the top ten. We have been doing so well with over 1000 people having voted we now stand at 14th place out of 188 entries. Let’s keep trying!…/project/view/18-550

Action Opportunities Meeting at Boswell Hall, Sat Sept 29th! All residents welcome…

Meet-up this Saturday at Boswell Memorial Hall for all residents.

Enjoy the drive, and come out to a strategic meeting from 1 to 4 pm on Saturday, September 29 sponsored by the EDC of Area A.


  • Meet up with neighbours and new friends from all East Shore/Wynndel communities
  • Hear about East  and potential for your business
  • Share snapshots and highlights of current action projects all along the lake
  • Explore together what can strengthen our communities and our business culture.
  • Refreshments by Black Salt Cafe.

Let’s celebrate and honor the amazing volunteer efforts on-going on the East Shore/Wynndel Area A and imagine ourselves into a bright future. We can take the next step together.

Questions? Call or text Laverne at  250-551-6020.

We hope to get a good number of people from each community in Area A- bring a friend!



Autumn Jamboree!

Sept 30, CB Park – Fun for All Ages! Free Admission!

Come Rain or Shine to Crawford Bay Community Park for the Autumn Jamboree! Enjoy the music magic of The Hillties, take in the food and artisan market, pick up a pumpkin at the ‘Great Pumpkin Patch’, have some fun with the children`s activities and more!

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We’ll have a Happy Harvest Table, a spot to bring that item you are most proud of or inspired by from this past season. Whether it is something you’ve grown, something you’ve made, or something you’ve found, bring it to the table for the afternoon so we can all enjoy it and be inspired! Please label all items with your name and the story that goes with it. We’ll photograph all the items and post them to our “Happy Harvest Album for 2018”.

We are happy to announce that felting artist Leah Wilson of Amazing Felted Fibre Arts will be offering a pumpkin felting workshop in the Community Corner (located in the park) at the Jamboree, from 11-1pm!

Tickets for the workshop are limited and are $15, or $10 if you bring a lovely non-perishable for our area’s Christmas Food Hamper project. Thank you Leah for offering such a fun workshop! Check out her ad for more information.

The East Shore Youth Network will be hosting a youth scarecrow building contest during the Jamboree! Scarecrows will be auctioned off as a fundraiser for Council activities. More details to follow!

East Shore Alliance Supporting the Early Years – EASEY will be at the Jamboree with fun autumn activities for the little kids (although I’m sure you can try your hand at them too!

Presented by Food Roots with support from Columbia Basin Trust.

Kootenay Lake Conservation Fund Accepting Proposals

by Nicole Trigg, Kootenay Conservation Program

Kootenay Conservation Program, on behalf of the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), is now accepting proposals for the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF).

The KLLCF was established by the RDCK in 2014 by referendum and property owners in Electoral Areas A, D and E pay a parcel tax of $15 per parcel per year towards this dedicated fund, which each year provides financial support to local projects that help conserve and restore the area’s prized natural surroundings.

Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP), which works in partnership with the RDCK to administer the KLLCF, is encouraging conservation groups operating in the participating Areas A, D and E to submit funding proposals for 2019 projects. The deadline for applications is November 1st, 2018. If you have a project idea that can benefit fish and wildlife or other conservation values in the region, please contact the KCP Program Manager. Community groups and associations can partner with an eligible non-profit to qualify.

“The Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund is an excellent resource for local organizations that have projects helping support fish and wildlife habitat, open spaces and water quality,” says Juliet Craig, Program Manager for the KCP.

In 2018, four projects successfully received KLLCF funding: grizzly bear conservation through Grizzly Bear Coexistence Solutions, water monitoring of north Kootenay Lake by the Kootenay Centre for Forestry Alternatives, Western toad conservation in the Fish and Bear Lakes area by the Valhalla Wilderness Society, and bat conservation on private land through the Kootenay Community Bat Project.

Local conservation priorities have been identified in a KLLCF Guidance Document that the RDCK commissioned in the spring. To learn more about the KLLCF, how to apply, and conservation priorities from the Guidance Document, come to one of the open houses taking place from 7-9 pm on the following dates: September 18 at the Kokanee Creek Park Visitor’s Centre, September 26 (hosted by Friends of the Lardeau River) at Argenta Hall, and September 27 at the Boswell Memorial Hall.

For more information and how to apply, please visit For phone or email inquiries, please contact KCP Program Manager Juliet Craig at 250-352-2260 or

Back to the 80’s with Val Kilmer and the New Coke

Take a trip in the way-back time machine, and join us at Kokanee Springs for a weekend of the best in 80’s music, 80’s inspired food, spectacular golf, and awesome prizes.

Planet Earth’s hottest 80’s cover band is bringing the party back to the East Shore! Val Kilmer and the New Coke have been

leading the 80’s party revival throughout Western Canada for over the last 10 years. Think Disco meets New Wave, mix in a selection of 80’s rock epics like Eye of the Tiger, Maniac, and The Final Countdown…!

Get ready for some high energy 80’s magic that’ll keep you dancing all night long! Doors @ 7PM, Show @ 8PM. $15 Admission.

Back to the 80’s – Weekend Packages
*All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

Two nights’ shared accommodation in a standard room in the Lodges at Kokanee (either Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun), two 18 hole rounds of golf with cart, and admission to Val Kilmer & the New Coke show on Saturday evening.
$275.00 pl. tax/person

Admission to Val Kilmer & the New Coke, and sharedaccommodation in a standard room in the Lodges at Kokanee.
$79.00 pl. tax/person

*Accommodation upgrades available. Extra nights of accommodation available at a preferred rate.


Final Riondel Community Market of the Summer – This Saturday, Sept 1

Riondel Community Market 
Every Saturday 10am – 2pm 
Located at the Beautiful Riondel Campground Pavilion!
Come out and support your local artisans! 
Books, Knitting/Crochet/sewing, Bakery Goods, Jewelry, Hand Blended Teas, Natural Homemade Soap and Bath Products, Avon, Scentsy and more!

We look forward to seeing you!

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Cowichan Valley MLA Sonia Furstenau Visits Crawford Bay

Hello friends and neighbours,

It is a real HONOUR that our little community has been chosen as one of MLA SONIA FURSTENAU’s event sites, during her visit to the Nelson area next week!

Sonia is a young dynamic speaker, a school teacher and mother, and now a SITTING MLA in the BC Legislature. She is a hero of Cowichan Valley watersheds and has great ability in teaching COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT. With her, we can gain insight into the TENURE PROPOSALS, PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION, and more involving our area and the province.

Snacks, coffee, tea, juice will be provided.

Hope you can come Mon Aug 27 and show her the great EAST SHORE SPIRIT and community welcome and interest we have here, and your questions!

Mary Donald



Wildfire Protection Planning Meetings on East Shore

Community Wildfire Protection Planning Meetings happening in Area A:

  • Crawford Bay
    • August 21st at the Crawford Bay Community Hall from 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Boswell
    • August 21st at the Boswell Community Hall from 2:00pm-4:00pm

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan Program (CWPP) assists local governments in identifying the risks of wildfire to their community as well as opportunities to reduce those risks. The purpose of a CWPP is to identify the wildfire risks within and surrounding a community, to describe the potential consequences if a wildfire was to impact the community and to examine possible ways to reduce the wildfire risk.

At the Area A community meetings, we aim to educate and update the community on the process and purpose of the CWPP and to gain valuable insight into how to best develop the plan from a local perspective.