Experiential, Adventure Tourism in Rural BC

Between wrenching structural changes in the forestry industry, the pine beetle epidemic, and other significant economic and social changes, countless rural BC communities are struggling to reinvent themselves. For many of these communities, tourism seems a viable economic option.   Experiential tourism In this context, in much of rural BC, experiential tourism is of particular Continue reading


Rural tech

Technology Boosts Rural Life

Is it true that technology boosts rural life?   Conventional wisdom has it that the rural economy is in decline due to seismic shifts in the modern economy.   Traditional rural industries are shrinking, or are moving abroad. Mainstay activities like farming need fewer people as they become more efficient.  There is poor broadband and mobile Continue reading


Youth attraction strategies are necessary

Youth Attraction: Rural Challenges, Successes

    Introduction We have become a culture of nomads. “Where do you come from?” is a question we now routinely ask one another because we rarely expect the answer to be “here.” Discovering where someone comes from tells us about who they are and what their story is — but we never ask, “When Continue reading


Community Land Trusts work!

Community Land Trusts, Land Leases & Shared Equity Affordable Home Ownership — a New Report

This report on Community Land Trusts, land leases & shared equity approaches to creating affordable rural housing was written by Gordon Borgstrom, Executive Director of the BC Rural Centre. The report is based on research completed by Borgstrom, as well as consultants retained by the BC Rural Centre to work on the project. This report Continue reading


Rural Innovation — Communities As Engines Of Change

by Rupert Downing, June 1, 2018   This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Highland and Islands Enterprise (HIE) in Scotland, one of the most impactful examples of community partnerships for change in rural areas anywhere.  It was fitting that the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) chose to hold its 8th international conference on rural development, Enhancing Rural Innovation, Continue reading


ABCD Toolkit

ABCD Toolkit

In this toolkit by DePaul University’s ABCD Institute, Dan Duncan sets out the concept of asset-based community development, or “ABCD.” Duncan argues that, to improve individual and family well-being, communities, neighbourhoods and their residents need to be involved as co-producers of their own and their communities’ well-being. Everyone has something to contribute, Duncan asserts, and Continue reading


rural schools matter

Rural Schools — Successes & Challenges

Rural schools — it’s difficult to imagine a thriving rural community without one. Yet across the rural landscape, declining populations led by an outflow of young people to the cities threaten the existence of many small schools, and with them the towns and villages they are based in. Is this steady loss of rural schools Continue reading


Rural Schools, Why They Close & How They Can Be Saved

In this BC Rural Centre report, we look at why rural schools close, and highlight experiences drawn from rural BC communities as well as elsewhere in Canada where rural schools have been saved.   See also our Rural Schools — Successes & Challenges,  Rural Schools Matter, How Wells-Barkerville Saved Its School, Rural Schools Are Vital Continue reading