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

Red and white tulips are beautiful against a backdrop of assorted colourful maples.

VanDusen magic

In the heart of bustling, hustling Vancouver lies an oasis of calm and beauty called VanDusen Garden.

July 2019 by
Dan Goy takes to the surf with his boogie board at Todos Santos.
Baja California Sur

Beautiful Baja beckons

Here are a few favourite vacation destinations on the Baja Peninsula, and ideas for what you can do when you get there.

June 2018 by
Making memories: Families enjoy a day of fun at Pine Lake campground.
Alberta Central

Not just for summer

Central Alberta’s Pine Lake Leisure Campground & RV Resort is a favourite summertime destination for many Alberta families. 

April 2018 by
The BMO Centre in Calgary's Stampede Park was full to overflowing with RVs and RVers during the 2018 Expo & Sale.
RV News

Calgary RV Expo 2018: A recap

Full-time, part-time and occasional RVers found inspirations galore at the 2018 Calgary RV Expo & Sale. 

February 2018 by
The San Miguel Mission in Socorro, New Mexico, is more than 400 years old

Socorro’s treasures

Socorro’s history, geology, arts and natural environment provide many opportunities for visitors to educate themselves and enjoy the process.

January 2018 by
The Kluane Museum of Natural History is situated in Burwash Landing, Yukon

Kluane Lake’s communities

Destruction Bay and Burwash Landing support government services and tourism in the sparsely populated Yukon.

January 2018 by
The words

Osoyoos treasures

Osoyoos is the southern gateway to B.C.’s wine country, and it offers much more to interest and entertain visitors.

December 2017 by
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