Embetsu exchange students and their hosts enjoyed a camping trip at Syringa Creek Provincial Park

Japanese exchange students visit Castlegar

Students from sister city Embetsu, Japan visit Castlegar

Exchange students from our sister city of Embetsu, Japan arrived in Castlegar last Thursday. The group of five students and two sponsors spent a busy week touring Castlegar and the surrounding area.

The group received a guided tour of City Hall including a tour of the environmentally friendly geothermal heating and cooling system and a chat with Mayor Chernoff followed by taking turns sitting behind the mayor’s desk.

Tours of the fire hall, RCMP offices and Sculpturewalk were followed by swimming at the Millennium Ponds on Friday.

The group even got to take in an overnight camping trip at Syringa Creek Provincial Park which included beach activities, swimming, kayaking, tubing, a pinata and a scavenger hunt.

The group left Tuesday to fly to Calgary followed by two days in Banff, Alberta.

Embetsu is located on the northern tip of the island Hokkaido and has a population of 4,000. Its main industries are fishing and agriculture.

The program is in its 18th year and involves a student exchange with visits alternating between Castlegar and Embetsu every other year. The goal is to reinforce the relationship of goodwill and understanding between the young people of the two cities. The student exchange is facilitated by a grant from the Shikano Fund, provided by a Japanese businessman born in Embetsu. For more information on the program or to see photos of the visit you can go to www.castlegarembetsu.com.

 

Just Posted

Zoning mix-up nixes Shoreacres property sale

Man says the RDCK’s listings online don’t match his property’s official zoning

Castlegar coach receives Basketball BC honour

Cheryl Closkey recognized for 50 years of volunteering

Application deadline approaching for Castlegar-Embetsu exchange program

Student exchange program sees students travel to Japan every other year.

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

RED resort announces new ski lift

Topping lift will add new ski area to resort, reduce bottleneck on Motherload chair

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Baby left alone in vehicle in B.C. Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

College of the Rockies to add 96 beds for student housing in Cranbrook

$17.7 million project featuring six cottege-style buildings to be completed by 2020

Nowhere to grieve: How homeless people deal with loss during the opioid crisis

Abbotsford homeless advocate says grief has distinct challenges for those living on the streets

Most Read