TWO WEEKS of record-high temperatures had BC smoking with over 120 forest fires in July, 2014 but the wildfire situation was not as dire as several times in years past. Forest Fires, also known as wildland fires, burn an average of 300 sq km of forest in BC annually. Each year the province spends about... Read this post
The winter of 2014 has actually set a low temperature record in the Vancouver area, but it's nothing compared to spending record-setting the winter of 1949 in the Fraser Canyon area around North Bend, as remembered by 100-year-old memoirist Frank White in his book That Went By Fast: My First Hundred Years, forthcoming from Harbour Publishing in October:
The next thing that happened was the bottom fell out of the thermometer. This was the winter of 1949-50, which turned out to be one of the... Read this post
In 1884 a shipment of mandarin oranges in Vancouver arrived from Japan intended as a reminder of home for Japanese people living in the province. The small, sweet oranges were quickly adopted by non-Japanese residents and became as much a part of the Christmas season as candy canes, poinsettias, even Santa Claus himself. Mandarins are grown in other places, including Morocco and China, but the Japanese variety, locally known as “Japanese Oranges”, remains most popular in BC, making Canada... Read this post
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