Smoke Filled Summer Skies
As the mornings get cooler and the sun starts to set earlier, summer comes to an end. As anyone who has witnessed the smoke filled skies will agree, the cooler weather and possible (we’re hopeful) rain is much needed. This summer again has been a summer with hot weather, no rain and over 500+ wildfires… in BC alone!
The smoke in the skies blurred out the mountain ranges and sunshine making it hard to find the motivation to get outside and do anything really. Breathing was difficult and eyes were stinging. As you know, we as Canadians love the outdoors; from skiing that pow in winter to climbing that peak in summer… or rafting that river. When the smoke takes away our normally fresh air and replaces it with muck our morale for the outdoors decreases a little.
There have been multiple evacuation orders and alerts in place. Closures of parks and of course highways. Many of these orders and alerts are still in effect… and don’t forget, there is still a campfire ban in many parts of BC (always check for these bans before having a campfire)! We have to give a huge shout out to all the firefighters out there working their butts off to get these under control. Thank you!
We actually felt one of the park closures/ evacuation orders first hand! For approximately 3 weeks we were unable to raft the Kootenay River but as mentioned above the hard working fire fighters and cooler weather helped bring this order down and the Kootenay was up for rafting again… just in time to finish off the season.
With the season done and dusted we just want to thank all our customers for a great summer despite a few road bumps. We hope to see you all in a future summer on one of our 3 rivers!Tags: BC Fires, Golden, Invermere, Kootenay National Park, Panorama, Travel BC, Whitewater
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