FROM KOKANEE SPRINGS: Kokanee Springs Golf Resort is opening for day play beginning May 7 with daily tee times available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. They say that are not inviting travelers at this time but hope to open accommodations before the end of May. There is no opening date for accommodation at this point and they say they are closely watching evolving mandates from all levels of government.

FROM FLORIFEROUS GARDENS: We are now open (store right next to Black Salt Cafe) on Thursdays and Saturdays, from 10am-3pm. More plants and soon bouquets of flowers will be popping up in the shop every week. Please only 1 person in the shop at a time 2 are permitted if you have been isolating together. Please maintain 6 feet distance inside the shop and only come if you are feeling well. There are gloves and hand sanitizer available for you to use Tap Debit, chip debit, and credit card payments are available.
Please message or call for contact free pick up! 250-420-7442. Happy Growing in the Kootenays!

FROM CAM MUIR: Crawford Bay Market’s Bottle Depot will be closed until further notice due to Covid-19.

FROM SUNNYWOODS GARDEN CENTRE: Effective April 7th, 2020, here is how Sunny Woods will handle the upcoming season due to the COVID-19:

Our plants and flowers etc will be coming end of April for trees etc, and around beginning of May the flowers will arrive.  The seeds are all here now.  We will go ahead and set up with everyone’s safety in mind.

We are here to help.  We have no issues with anything currently happening.    Here’s to a new season in a weird time😊   Susan & Alex

FROM SHERRI SUTCLIFFE: The Riondel Community Centre is closed due to COVID 19; we have no reported cases in the area, but it’s best to be safe. Reopening of the Centre is entirely dependant on the future status of the health situation. All programs of the Seniors Association, the Art Club, and the Library/Museum are suspended until the building reopens. In the interim, take a walk in the sunshine, work in your garden, clean up your golf clubs, keep in touch with friends and family … from a distance! Stay well!

FROM WENDY SCOTT: Riondel Community Centre is closed and the Library’s Open House has been cancelled.

FROM NORSE ARTS: We have decided to close the gallery temporarily. We will continue to post items that we are creating and keep you updated as time goes by. We wish you all the best during this difficult time. Thank you for your support.

FROM RDCK RECYCLING AND WASTE RESOURCE: Effective Saturday, March 21, the following measures are being adopted at all RDCK-operated Resource Recovery facilities (landfills, transfer stations and depots, excluding Edgewood, Burton, and Yahk):

These are emergency measures during very challenging times. We ask that you respect the free tipping limits so our sites are not overwhelmed, and can remain open and operational. Please follow the direction of staff at our facilities. We anticipate these measures will result in longer lineups and delays at the facilities. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Regular disposal services and operating hours at all facilities will continue according to their regular schedules. Hours of operation can be found here. Please do not visit one of these facilities if you are feeling unwell, experiencing flu-like symptoms or have been potentially exposed to the coronavirus. The RDCK is closing the re-use buildings, commonly called “Free Stores”, located at many Resource Recovery facilities. Users will not be able to enter re-use buildings to deposit or collect items until further notice.

FROM MILA AT MILA’S YUMMIES: We are open and our entire menu is available through takeout. You can order ready made or frozen. Please allow at least two hours for ready-made. All menu items available while supplies last. Orders can be made through phone at 250.505.3780 or email:

FROM EAST SHORE COMMUNITY LIBRARY: In this time of uncertainty, some things and institutions which I have always thought of as constant, have had to change. It is with reluctance, therefore, that I post that the Eastshore Community Library board has decided to close the library here in Crawford Bay until the present emergency has abated sufficiently. Please do continue to return books into the dropbox outside, as it will be emptied regularly.

FROM PAM AT NEWKEYS: Newkey’s is doing takeout food on Wednesdays and Fridays, featuring chicken wings, fries and gravy, burgers, chicken fingers and more! Call ahead: 250.227.6911

FROM BEN & VENUS ROCKWOOD CAFE: Open for take out service from 12-7pm everyday but Monday.

FROM LOIS AT LAKEVIEW: Reduced hours just a bit…Mon-Thurs 9-2pm, Fri/Sat 9-5pm

FROM CB HALL AND PARKS: In following other communities we are closing the Enchanted Playground until further notice. ALSO: the Park is currently closed to the public while a rodent trapping program is underway. (April, 2020)


The rapidly changing COVID-19 situation is unprecedented and disruptive to our daily lives. With this great level of uncertainty we want you to know that ESIS values the health and well-being of our member-subscribers and staff. As a response to the COVID-19 virus, effective immediately, all ESIS subscribers will have access to unlimited data until June 1st. During this time people are being encouraged to use social distancing and to self-quarantine when necessary. Please use your Internet service responsibly.
We will be monitoring usage levels on all accounts and excessive users may face slowdowns to help keep the network in balance for everyone.
In order to help protect you and our office staff we encourage customers to avoid coming into the ESIS office and consider paying your bill using one of the following methods:
• If you bank with the Nelson and District Credit Union, you can pay ESIS using the Bill Payment function (this option is not available with other banking institutions)
• use e-transfer to:
• phone the office to pay by VISA or Mastercard
• mail or drop off your cheque (into the locked mailbox outside the
   East Shore Internet Society
   #10, 16210 Hwy 3A,
   P.O. Box 145
   Crawford Bay, BC
   V0B 1E0
Our office staff are available by phone from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If you experience any connectivity issues and need technical assistance, please continue to phone our ESIS support number. Our technicians will consult with you by phone to resolve your issues remotely. If a visit to your home is required our technicians will consult with you to determine the best approach to resolve your problem while maintaining a healthy distance for all.
Thank you,
Stevie Jukes,
Director, ESIS board

FROM JANET WALLACE: Barefoot Handweaving is closed to the public until further notice. Stay safe!

FROM CAM MUIR, CRAWFORD BAY MARKET: We, at the Crawford Bay Market, are working hard to ensure our community has access to groceries and fuel at this trying time. We want to assure our customers that we are doing our part to keep the community safe while shopping in our store. We have increased sanitation practices – including disinfecting pin pads, buggy handles, tills, and high-volume areas of the store, while encouraging hand hygiene, avoiding skin to skin contact through hand shaking, etc. as per the BC Public Health guidelines. The health and wellness of our team and customers is paramount. If you are experiencing illness or are self-quarantined due to travel, please do not come into the store, as it is important that our staff remain healthy to provide necessary services to our community. To assist you at this time, we ask that you call the store at: 250-227-9322 and we will endeavour to make other arrangements ( by phone orders, email or delivery)  to ensure you have everything you need to see you through this difficult time.   As manager of the Crawford Bay Market, I ask for patience for my staff as we work to ensure your grocery needs are met. I would like to acknowledge their hard work and dedication to our community. If further changes due to the fluidity of COVID-19 affect our business, we will let you know as soon as possible. At this time, we are experiencing some supply issues (we have toilet paper at this time), although delivery days for groceries may change. Thank you for your continued support. Our store hours remain the same: Sunday 9-5 and Monday to Saturday 9-6:30

FROM CRAWFORD BAY HALL: Crawford Bay Community Hall and Community Corner will he closed until further notice. Also, The Silent Auction Fundraiser for the hall has been postponed until the fall.   The kind and beautiful donations that have already been collected will be kept safely.  At present, it is neither practical nor safe for our volunteers to continue to solicit donations, so we will set a new date when we can see our way clear.  Thanks everyone and take good care.

FROM THE FORGE: Forge & Furnace Gallery will be closed to the public until further notice. 

FROM SHELBY AT CBESS: The school district is closing all after-school, extracurricular or community events at the school until further notice. Further, see Minister Fleming’s announcement below:

FROM ROB FLEMING, EDUCATION MINISTER: The health and safety of our students, staff and their families is our highest priority. The global pandemic COVID-19 is moving quickly and its impact on British Columbians is growing. We have followed the direction – daily – of public health officials and scientists in making fact-based decisions when it comes to B.C.’s school system. Today, (March 17, 2020) under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer we are directing all schools to immediately suspend in-class instruction until further notice. While classroom lessons are suspended it is expected that schools will implement a variety of measures to ensure continued learning for students. More info can be found here:


FROM BLANCHE TANNER: We will be postponing the Health, Healing and Harmony ( Family Constellation workshop at the Gray Creek Hall  on March 28th until a later date). 

FROM TINA AT TIMBUKTU: We have shut down all our vacation rentals for the foreseeable future and cancelled all our upcoming reservations, politely and proactively. We are hoping all other community members who offer short term rentals understand the need for each of us on the East Shore to do our part. For those of us in hospitality, that unfortunately means shuttering our doors to travellers from anywhere else and focussing on social distancing and looking out for our vulnerable community members. Stay safe dear friends. 

FROM THERESA AND WILL MORRIS: Dear Members of the Kootenay Sound Healing Centre Community: After much deliberation, we have decided to close the centre in advance of any known SARS Cov-2  (COVID-19) epidemic activity in this region. The KSHC will remain closed between March  16 and April 16 of 2020.  Updates will be forthcoming.

FROM EAST SHORE FITNESS PLACE: East Shore Fitness Place is CLOSED until further notice. Please do not go to the gym. We are going to deactivate the key card reader as soon as possible but in the meantime, please stay home and respect our decision to close the facility. Memberships will be put on pause until we re-open. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Julia at 250-777-2497 or We appreciate your understanding.

From Gerald Panio: To err on the side of caution in these challenging times, I’m going to temporarily suspend the Marquee Monday movie showings, and my Tuesday art lectures.  We have some vulnerable people in our community, and I want to do my bit to minimize risks over the short term.  I will resume both activities as soon as I have a sense that the situation is less volatile.

From Kris Lymbery at Gray Creek Store: Here at the store, we are working with the following priorities. As members of our local community, citizens of Canada, and fellow human beings on this planet Earth,  the staff and owners of Gray Creek Store are committed to:

1)  Protecting  the health and safety of our staff and customers.

2)  Helping  slow the transmission of the coronavirus so that our health care system can handle those who need to be hospitalized

3)  Helping people get the supplies they need.  

We are trying to think ahead and take the necessary steps so that if this becomes a worse case scenario we can hopefully get supplies from our suppliers and get those supplies to those in need. Also just an FYI, when we came across the border on Saturday (March 14) and when friends flew in from Mexico, we received no information about self-isolating.  In other words, we are hearing one message from our government but what they say they are doing, has not been implemented.

FROM MEGAN ROKEBY-THOMAS AT LADYBUG CAFE: Due to COVID19 the Ladybug will be closed from March 16 until further notice. We want to be part of the solution to stop the virus from spreading in our community faster than our healthcare system can handle and before they have a treatment or vaccine. This time of year there are many travellers travelling. We don’t want to risk someone bringing COVID19 to the Ladybugs and our community. We will keep everyone posted through our Facebook page and we monitor the situation daily and stay in touch with the local health authorities. In this time of closure we will be doing a little outdoor work at the Ladybug and working on the development of our year round Meals on Wheels type of service. This service will be intended for people who need it, not a restaurant delivery service. We will provide more details as we figure it out over the next weeks. If you know anyone who may need this delivery service over the next couple of uncertain weeks, please PM us at the Ladybug. We will be happy to help while we work out the systems.

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