Monthly Archives: August 2010

Germans in Canada’s Okanagan Valley

“Over the past few decades adventurous German immigrants looking for new opportunities have been finding a home in Canada’s Okanagan valley in British Columbia. Today it’s famous as a major wine producing region not least due to the German winemakers who have settled there over the past half century. Deutsche Welle Radio Correspondent Brandy Yanchyk travelled to the region to meet some of the immigrants who are helping to shape developments there.”

Saving Tumbler Ridge

How does a coal mining town that’s lost its coal mines stop itself from becoming a ghost town? Charles Helm of Tumbler Ridge has the answer…build hiking trails, uncover dinosaur bones and tourists will come. Or will they?

The town of Tumbler Ridge was built in the late 1980’s to support the opening of coal mines in northeastern British Columbia.

Tumbler Ridge and its infrastructure was built specifically to last 25 to 30 years because that would be the life of the mines.

But as CBC’s Brandy Yanchyk reports the residents are fighting to keep their town alive and are hoping that rebranding it as a tourist destination will be the ticket that will attract people to come.