Marie Milner

Marie Milner is celebrating a new life. She was born and raised in Saskatchewan, moved to the Vancouver area as a young adult, and then came to Cranbrook in 1995 with her husband John and their young son Tom. Always a lover of words and language, she worked for most of her adult life in secretarial and administrative positions in the medical field, using her English skills whenever she could. A heart attack and loss of her job in spring 2011 rocked her world, and for a time her horizons seemed very near.

Within three months, though, Milner found the opportunity to do some writing and photography for a local community newspaper, and after ten months with that paper, she came upon Koocanusa Publications’ ad for a “skilled writer.” With a sense of “What do I have to lose?” she applied for the position.

“I always thought of myself as a writer without a story to tell,” Milner said. Now, busy with the community paper, Koocanusa Publications and freelance requests, her work is an opportunity to tell all sorts of stories. And those horizons? Not even in the picture.

All Articles by Marie Milner

Black's Smuggler Winery is located in the Rio Grande Valley near Socorro, New Mexico.

America’s original wine country

Wineries near Socorro, New Mexico, offer a warm welcome to visitors, with wine tasting and tours available.

October 2017 by
Public art, farmers markets and historic architecture make a summertime visit to Nelson, B.C., a memorable experience.

Culture-rich Nelson

More than a few music festivals are easily accessible from Nelson, making it an excellent home base for the festival-goer.

June 2017 by
The 3-D floor mural in the Christina Lake Visitor Centre captures the artistry that is prevalent in the community and the beauty that is prevalent in the surrounding area
Christina Lake

The art and heart of Christina Lake

Christina Lake’s community embodies an eclectic mosaic of creativity, business savvy and a passion for environmental stewardship.

March 2017 by
Pat Deleenheer and Jeff Ashworth love to travel the byways throughout B.C., soaking up the culture and history of its communities
RV Living

RVing with purpose

For Pat DeLeenheer and Jeff Ashworth, their home province of B.C. is a favourite place to explore, learn about and enjoy.

March 2017 by
This mountain goat on a pedestal keeps watch over downtown Smithers, B.C.

Smithers in summer

Smithers, B.C., has a growing reputation for friendliness and abundant cultural and recreational options.

March 2017 by
Grizzly Plaza in downtown Revelstoke, B.C., is often used as an entertainment venue.

Revisiting Revelstoke

The charming, visitor-friendly downtown area of Revelstoke, B.C., lies just seconds from the Trans Canada Highway.

March 2017 by
Shelter Point Distillery, at Black Creek, B.C., offers free tours and tastings.
Campbell River

Toast nature in Black Creek, B.C.

Black Creek, B.C., offers its visitors many interesting, inspiring agritourism and ecotourism options.

January 2017 by
Christina Lake, B.C., was named for Christina McDonald in 1870.
Christina Lake

Who was Christina Lake’s Christina?

Christina Lake, named for Christina McDonald in 1870, nestles like a jewel set in the dramatic beauty of B.C.’s Boundary Country.

January 2017 by
Tourists flock to Vancouver's beautiful, internationally renowned Kitsilano Beach.

Kitsilano, Vancouver

Vancouver’s Kitsilano area was named for August Jack Khatsahlano of B.C.’s Squamish people.

December 2016 by
Franziska and Cliff Haberman love to travel, and have been RVers since their honeymoon days.
RV News

It’s a wonder-filled world

Here's how one couple turned their true love into a lifelong, family-embracing RVing adventure.

July 2016 by
Steak medallions and seasonal veggies at the Cheesecake Factory in Anaheim

Family-friendly dining in Anaheim

Many restaurants in Anaheim cater to families, with menu options that don’t bust the budget.

December 2015 by
The Alamo historical site in San Antonio, Texas

Texas beckons

For the visitor seeking cultural events, beaches, professional sport events, historic sites and wide open spaces, Texas has them in abundance.

October 2015 by
Mike Sanders of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, hopes to make another visit to Hovenweep National Monument.
RV Snapshots

Hello, Hovenweep

A visit to Hovenweep National Monument was the highlight of this Saskatchewan couple’s summer.

August 2015 by
The Cragg family from White Rock, B.C.
RV Snapshots

Newly rigged out

White Rock dentist Coby Cragg and his family spent their summer vacation touring southern B.C. and Alberta, and the northwestern U.S.

August 2015 by
Tom Cragg and his big rig
RV Snapshots

Sorry, the dinosaurs are dead

After visiting the dinosaurs in Drumheller, Alberta, the Cragg family headed for Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho.

August 2015 by
Vic Gill with his Okanagan truck camper
RV Snapshots

Proud grandpa

His truck camper gives Vic Gill the mobility, comfort and independence he appreciates.

August 2015 by
Families release wish lanterns into the night sky
RV News

RVing with heart

Go RVing Canada and Make-A-Wish ® Canada combined forces in the first National RV Weekend at sites across the country.

July 2015 by
Point Atkinson, West Vancouver, is a National Historic Site of Canada

Urban history in West Van

One of the two National Historic Sites of Canada in West Vancouver celebrates the community’s origins, and the other enables its growth.

May 2015 by
U.S. troops arrive in Dawson Creek, B.C., in March 1942
Dawson Creek

The Alaska Highway: why and how

The Alaska Highway is a monument to intelligent, mutually beneficial collaboration between the United States and Canada.

May 2015 by
Writing and marketing staff for RVwest magazine, with publisher, Keith Powell
RV News

RVers: A power in the community

Using reader input and current technology, RVwest has become the leading RV multi-platform publishing company in Western Canada.

March 2015 by