Posts tagged ‘Northern British Columbia’

April 21, 2017

“Clang-clang-clang!” – it’s spring in northern BC

A sure sign of spring in Northern British Columbia: northern flickers hammering away on metal chimney pipes and lamp post caps!!

The northern flicker is a member of the woodpecker family, and, according to Wikipedia, woodpeckers often drum on trees or metal objects to communicate and declare territory. The louder the noise, the better, apparently — hence the metallic clang-clang-clang-clang “song of spring” in northern BC!

January 9, 2015

Observed on the street: Winter traffic signs in Canada

I encountered this barely visible stop sign in the parking lot of a grocery store in northern British Columbia.

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September 29, 2014

Observed on the street: How we tow cars in a resource-based town

The car wouldn’t start, so . . .

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I saw this rather unique car removal strategy — or is it just a creative parking job? — in my northern British Columbia neighbourhood. 🙂

October 8, 2013

Why I love (northern) B.C.– Harbingers of snow

Today I heard my first set of studded snow tires crunching down the street.

And I saw my first wisps of wood smoke curling up above the tree tops, evidence of fires burning in wood stoves somewhere below.

Here in Northern British Columbia, winter is most certainly on its way.

September 25, 2013

Why I love (northern) B.C. – Sidewalk art, wildlife style

The walking and cycling path leading to the university in the Northern BC town where I live is littered with muddy moose tracks. Fresh sets, small and large, criss-cross the asphalt each morning after the previous night’s travellers have wandered to and fro. We really do co-exist with the wildlife up here, and it is a wonderful feeling.

July 9, 2013

Why I love (northern) B.C. – Compelling highway signs

In northern British Columbia, road signs like this actually exist — and for a reason, too!

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April 4, 2013

Why I love (northern) B.C. – A peculiar sign of spring

From a local newspaper in my northern B.C. community:

Spring is in the air.  One way to tell is the number of people you see shovelling snow from their lawns back onto their driveways.

Ha! 🙂

(For those of you who don’t know:  Snow melts faster when it’s spread out in a thin layer rather than piled in huge mounds.  Moving snow from the tall piles alongside your driveway — where you shovelled it during in the winter — back onto your clear driveway surface — where it will melt and evaporate during the day — means that you’ll see your lawn a heck of a lot sooner than you would otherwise!)

March 29, 2013

Why I love (northern) B.C. – Curious moose behaviour!

In northern British Columbia, the moose even deliver the mail!

Mailbox attached to a piece of driftwood shaped like a moose head.

March 12, 2013

Why I love (northern) B.C. – Moose on the loose!

Here in northern B.C., moose are everywhere.  I caught this one running through the parkade below the library in my home town:

Silhouette of a running moose painted on a concrete pillar.

 

😉

 

January 4, 2013

Why I love B.C. – Pulp non-fiction

I saw this sign outside the University of Northern British Columbia:

Sign for a Pulp Bleaching Conference at the University of Northern British Columbia

Here in northern B.C., a two-day conference on this topic is completely normal!