TOPIC: SEARCH FOR B.C.'S BEST SMALL TOWN

From pretzels to lip balm: How Kimberley has moved away from its Bavarian brand

As the town became better known for recreation opportunities in the 21st century, more young families started to move in — and what defined Kimberley began to evolve.

How Kimberley's unique car-free centre has anchored its tourism for almost 50 years

The Platzl was developed in 1973 when Kimberley rebranded as the Bavaria of the Rockies, and the pedestrian zone's intersecting cobblestone lanes still twist through the city centre today.

It's Ucluelet vs. Kimberley in the final round of the search for B.C.'s best small town

126 small towns eliminated. More than 800,000 votes cast. It's Ucluelet vs. Kimberley for the win.

Search for B.C.'s Best Small Town: Championship semifinals

After winning their respective regions, it's Kimberley vs. Smithers with the winner heading to the finals.

Search for B.C.'s Best Small Town: Championship semifinals

After winning their respective regions, it's Ucluelet vs. Lillooet with the winner heading to the finals

Search for B.C.'s best small town: northern finals

From 32 communities, it's Bella Coola vs. Smithers in the battle to reach the championship final four

Search for B.C.'s Best Small Town: Interior finals

From 32 communities, it's Kimberley vs. Osoyoos in the battle to reach the championship final four.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Interior & northern semifinals

Vote on Nelson vs. Kimberley, Revelstoke vs. Osoyoos, Smithers vs. Queen Charlotte and Quesnel vs. Bella Coola.

As small towns in B.C. grow, so do fears over gentrification

As big changes come to small towns, many communities are looking to strike the right balance between preserving a town's character and personality, and managing social and economic growth.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Vancouver Island & southwest B.C. semifinals

Vote on Salt Spring vs. Gabriola, Hornby vs. Cumberland, Ucluelet vs. Cowichan Bay and Lillooet vs. Sun Peaks

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Northern quarterfinals

Tumbler Ridge vs. Quesnel, Bella Bella vs. Bella Coola, Smithers vs. Atlin and Hazelton vs. Queen Charlotte are your choices today.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Interior quarterfinals

Fernie vs. Kimberley, Nelson vs. Nakusp, Revelstoke vs. Peachland and Osoyoos vs. Naramata are your choices today.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Southwest B.C. quarterfinals

Salt Spring Island vs. Gibsons. Bowen vs. Gabriola Island. Sun Peaks vs. Clearwater. And Lillooet vs. Lytton. Which small town will you vote for?

A voice in the wilderness: B.C.-based project tells the story of Black rural Canadians

Being Black in a rural setting can lead to conversations that are "beautiful and uncomfortable all at the same time," says the project's founder.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Vancouver Island quarterfinals

Voting will take place until 10 p.m. PT each day, with today's votes determining the final four in the Vancouver Island quadrant of the competition.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Northern region, Round 2

There are plenty of interesting communities remaining in the Search for B.C.'s Best Small Town, but there's only one that requires people to leave British Columbia in order to visit it. 

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Interior region, Round 2

Revelstoke and Golden are separated by 150 kilometres, but the ways they're connected offer a history of the relationship between small towns in B.C.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Southwest region, Round 2

There are two certainties in this part of the province: tension around making the ferry, and a close relationship with neighbouring communities.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Vancouver Island region, Round 2

When you reach the fork in the road after driving the winding highway from Port Alberni, you face a choice: take a left to Ucluelet, or a right to Tofino?

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Northern region, Round 1

Thirty-two towns past Williams Lake compete to be the community champion from this quadrant in votes to determine B.C.'s best small town.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Interior region, Round 1

Sixteen towns from the Kootenays will compete against 16 towns from the Okanagan, Columbia and Boundary regions to determine the best in this part of B.C.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Southwest region, Round 1

The Lower Mainland, Thompson-Nicola, Sunshine Coast and Gulf Islands will all face off in this quadrant of the competition.

Plan to bring high-speed internet to B.C.'s rural areas fails to address digital divide, says mayor

The mayor of a rural community says B.C.'s plan to bring high-speed internet to every part of the province fails to consider affordability and the need for cellphone coverage.

Search for B.C.'s best small town: Vancouver Island region, Round 1

After a 2019 competition to find Metro Vancouver's best neighbourhood, we're doing a sequel — but this one is beyond Hope. 

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