Renfrew-Collingwood Community News

News stories from the Renfrew-Collingwood community in East Vancouver


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September 2020 issue of RCC News is here

RCC News September 2020

Stay connected to your community through the RCC News. Please stay well and safe while you’re out and about.

Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Participate in the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival all September long
  • Collingwood Corner: A picnic in the 1920s
  • Paul Reid’s first taste of community spirit(s)
  • Help save B.C. bees – Build a bee house
  • Thank you neighbours by Robert F. Edwards
  • Local resident seeks his guardian angels
  • Coping with COVID: The postcard

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the October 2020 issue is September 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.


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August 2020 issue of RCC News is here

Stay connected to your community through the RCC News. Please stay well and safe while you’re out and about.

Click on the cover image to view the new issue.

In this issue:

  • Collingwood Days 2020 – Enjoy events and activities throughout August – in the community and online
  • Remembering Don Van Dyke
  • Introduction to podcasting. First workshop in the Tapestry of Place project
  • Military band plays at Slocan Park on Mondays
  • Experience a traditional sagra at the Italian Cultural Centre
  • Do you have enough retirement income?

Do you have a local story to tell or an event to share? We’d love to hear about it! Email rccnews-editorial@cnh.bc.ca.

The deadline for the September 2020 issue is August 10.

We welcome story submissions from 300 to 400 words long. Accompanying photos must be high resolution in a jpg file at least 1 MB large and include a photo caption and the name of the photographer.


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Read On: Camping

BY TONY WANLESS

Reading level 3 (***)

For most people in Vancouver, B.C. Day is the unofficial start of summer.

And for many, it also means it is time to think about going camping.

Camping in one of the many forest parks in B.C. is a long-time summer tradition enjoyed by both old and young.

But camping does require some knowledge, so if you are new to it, you should learn as much as you can about it before you attempt it.

A good start is the B.C. government, which has (free) information on camping in leaflets, small books and pamphlets, and online. Many books on camping in B.C. also exist.

Unless they are very experienced, most local families go to campgrounds where everything – such as campsites, toilets and other needs – are provided for a small cost.

But it is best to check, because many are filled quickly.

With almost all camping, you must bring much of your own equipment with you. You will need a tent, sleeping bags, a comfortable ground cover like a sheet of foam or plastic, a camp stove, food, eating utensils like plates, knives and forks, perhaps something to cut wood for a fire (where allowed), and some warm clothes because the woods can be chilly at night.

Many official campsites supply water, but it is a good idea to bring your own if you can.

When camping, a popular pastime is swimming in nearby lakes or streams if they are available. So bring some swimsuits and towels.

Reading level 2 (**)

You need some knowledge to enjoy one of the many campgrounds.

The B.C. government has much material in different languages to help you understand what you must do and bring when being in the forest.

Understand that you will have to bring your own food, water, bedding, a tent, and clothing that is comfortable in the heat of the day and cool of the night.

First published in the Renfrew-Collingwood Community News August 2019.