WestJet Coming to Cranbrook!

WestJet Link to the Kootenay Rockies!

On November 24, 2017, at the Canadian Rockies International Airport, WestJet introduced a new regional air service operating under a capacity purchase agreement (CPA) with Pacific Coastal Airlines.

Using Pacific Coastal Airlines’ aircraft painted in WestJet colours, WestJet Link will connect the community of Cranbrook to WestJet’s rapidly expanding network hub at the YYC Calgary International Airport.

“This is a game-changing event, not just for our residents, but also opening up our region to WestJet’s long-haul travellers, which includes the UK.”
Mike Smith, Chair of Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association

All WestJet Link flights will be operated by Pacific Coastal using its fleet of 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft.  Flights from Cranbrook begin March 7, 2018, and will fly 3 times daily (with reduced frequency on weekends and some holidays).  Book by December 4, 2017, for travel between March 7 and June 27, 2018, for special introductory fares.  WestJet.com/Flight-schedules-new

“Kootenay Rockies Tourism is extremely pleased with the announcement of the new WestJet Link service into the Canadian Rockies International Airport from Calgary.  Not only will this additional service serve residents and business travellers well, but visitors to our region now have a new viable option to get into this region from the Calgary gateway.  The new service is extremely welcome and exciting as we build up business for 2018 after the losses of 2017 due to the wildfires.  We commend Tristen and his team for their efforts to secure this new service and we look forward to working in partnership with the airport to get the word out.”
Kathy Cooper, CEO Kootenay Rockies Tourism 

“Today’s announcement represents a milestone that we’ve been striving towards for years.  This partnership between two great companies, WestJet and Pacific Coastal Airlines, is a best-case scenario allowing for the right-size aircraft, providing high frequency and timely connections to Calgary and WestJet’s international network.  In addition, we are pleased to announce we will reduce our Airport Improvement Fee in Cranbrook to four dollars for all flights booked on or after December 1, 2017, for travel on or after March 7, 2018.  Welcome WestJet, you will soon see just how delighted we are to have you operating in the Kootenays.”
Tristen Chernove, CEO, Elevate Airports 

Inter-generational Language Camp – This Weekend!

Multi-Generational Language Camp in Crawford Bay

Join the fun on the weekend of November 25, 26 at Crawford Bay School on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake.   Celebrate our multi-language Canadian culture; the whole family is invited.

On Saturday, we start the day with yoga in French (instruction in English) at 10 am or make a German cake, then sing songs in Spanish and other languages, do Middle Eastern Belly Dance for women and Hip Hop World Sign for youth (and young elders) ! In the afternoon we are pleased to have an Introduction to Ktunaxa Language with Christopher Horsethief of the Ktunaxa nation and Anne Jimmie of Yakan Nuqui.  Child-minding (0-6) is available and LUNCH is available for purchase, thanks to Jen Newcomen.

On Sunday, play games in German with grandma and grand-daughter team Sylke and Eira, make a German cake, and dance with Dance Fusion Slava Doval- all ages.  Worldsign signing and colouring is available for all.  Maybe our favourite magician will stop in.   An international dance celebration will end the day at 4 pm.

WHY- we noticed that several local families speak French, German, Spanish and other languages at home.  In this event we hope bring families together to meet other families, and celebrate our diverse Canadian languages.   If you would like to get involved, maybe lead some games, give coordinator Laverne Booth a call at 250-551-6020.

This FREE event is brought to you by Heritage Canada, RDCK and the East Shore Learning Hub.  You can purchase a delicious lunch, and childminding (0 to 6) is provided.  Please let us know if you plan to attend on Facebook: East Shore Learning Place/event page or www.eastshorelearninghub.ca , email Laverne at eslearningplace@gmail.com or txt/call 250-551-6020.

NOTE the FERRY SCHEDULE- if you take the 8:10am from Balfour you arrive at Crawford Bay School (on Walkley Road) at 10 am local time (we are one hour ahead in MST). To go home, take the 5:20pm and arrive home an hour early!


Birth of a Family – On CBC Nov 19

The East Shore’s own Rosie Yopek (of Crawford Bay as well as being the ever-smiling face behind the counter at Gray Creek Store) was featured in a documentary by director Tasha Hubbard and the National Film Board of Canada, along with her two sisters and brother. The story is about their re-aquaintance and road to becoming a family again after being torn from each other and their home in the infamous 60’s Scoop.

Above, left to right: Esther, Rosie, Betty Ann and Ben

The synapsis on the NFB’s home page reads as follows: “Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard. Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.”

Mainstreet learned that CBC’s POV documentary series will be airing the film on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19th at 9pm (presumably that’s PST – check your local listings!).  This is an important and moving story that we should all watch!

Don’t miss it.

Healing the Columbia – This Saturday, Nov 18

Join us for a talk and discussion on the ethics of water management in the upper Columbia Basin as well as the possibility of salmon re-introduction above Grand Coulee Dam in the Columbia River system. 

A River Captured represents a decade of research and a lifetime of learning about water for local author Eileen Delehanty Pearkes, Nelson’s 2017 Cultural Ambassador.  Come learn about the Columbia  River Treaty and the opportunities it presents to the Pacific Northwest.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017

  • Time: 3 pm to approx. 4 pm
  • Cost: By contribution

Options, stay for:

  • 4 pm – Ashram & Temple Tour
  • 6 pm – Dinner ($18, call ahead to reserve)
  • 7:30 pm – Satsang in Temple

For information about this event at the Ashram:

Call 250-227-9224 or info@yasodhara.org 

5 Minutes from Kootenay Bay Ferry.

527 Walker’s Landing Road, Kootenay Bay, BC


Party at the Gray Creek Hall for Halloween

Fake it & Shake it – Halloween Get Down at Gray Creek Hall

…a 2017 Halloween Party as a joint production between Gray Creek Hall & DJ Will D’Beats
TO PERFORM:: find a Karaoke version of the song you want to sing (on YouTube) and send a link to graycreekhall@gmail.com
…and Will Chapman will have it ready for you. Or just show up at Gray Creek Hall at the event and pick something from our existing song list
Best ScaryOke performance wins $100 cash!!
Afterward, DJ Will D’ Beats will be playing a special ‘RESURRECTION’ set.
Groove oriented remix versions of rock, soul, funk and pop songs from the past 60 years.

Studio/Apartment in Crawford Bay Burns to Ground

In the early morning of October 21, 2017, a Crawford Bay residence and studio burned to the ground, along with all supplies and equipment inside and a nearby vehicle.

The rental property and studio, a two-story unit, belonged to Crawford Bay’s Jacqueline Wedge who lives in the neighbouring house with her two children.

At 2:05am, Wedge woke to a sound and light outside her home and looked out her window to see flames shooting from her rental house just 20 feet from her own home. Fortunately, her renter, Tiffany Lahey, was not at home at the time of the fire and no human lives were lost or seriously injured in the fire, although sadly the renter’s cat did perish.

Wedge states that the value of potting (she is a potter and artist by trade) and building, garden, craft, paint and other supplies in the lower level studio is substantial and much of it is irreplaceable.

Lahey, who lived upstairs, has lost everything she owns but the clothes on her back and her vehicle.

Wedge’s vehicle caught fire and burned out in the blaze as well. Within a day of the fire, a generous resident had gotten a replacement vehicle for her to use as long as necessary. The family and neighbours were present to help move things further away from the blaze and do what they could to contain it, but mostly they had to just watch it burn.

Wedge’s house stands, but has seen damage due to the high heat. Most of the windows on the east facing side of her house are cracked or broken and will need replacement.

Wedge says, “The apartment and studio are gone. That means no more rental income. Not to mention, all my clay, glazes, paints, bisqueware & glazed pieces, finished pottery, hand tools, hot water tank, hoses, water pump, gardening/electrical/plumbing supplies for the property, a small kiln, solid wood doors, clothes dryer, roofing materials that I got for the roof and house projects… all gone. All of the items upstairs, gone too… I raised my children in that house.”

Wedge stated that this is not a fully comprehensive list of the items and materials lost (not to mention the actual value of the building itself), but she estimates that just the possessions in the building would be valued at well over $40,000.

There is no official word on the cause of the fire. Community residents are gathering to help out through an active Facebook chat group and are creating a plan for a meeting to help out the family and tenant, a work bee to fix up the house and clean up the burned out studio/apartment, and figure places to take donations of all kinds.

There is an account at the Crawford Bay Store where people can make deposits to help the family with food costs and a GoFundMe (for both the family and Lahey – who is now out of a home) is in the works as well as a possible account at the CU Watch for more information posted around town.