The wild Purcell Mountains have long been filled with adventurers, photographers and rabble rousers. Wildsight, with West Kootenay EcoSociety and Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative, are proud to present Our Wild Purcells, a multimedia event celebrating the grassroots efforts that created the Purcell Wilderness Conservancy 40 years ago and inspiring action to protect these rugged mountains into the future.

The evening will be hosted by award-winning author and photographer, Dave Quinn, and will feature vintage photos and tales from wild landscapes: from the stunning geography of the towering mountains in the central Purcells to the ancient forests in the north and the Mallandaine wilderness area in the south.

“The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy is an immense legacy, achieved by passionate people coming together because of their love of the wild. It’s a story that inspires me daily and it will surely inspire you to celebrate the wild Purcells and stand up for this landscape we all love so deeply,” said Robyn Duncan, Wildsight’s Executive Director.

“Yellowstone to Yukon is proud to be co-hosting this event in Nelson and Kaslo,” said Candace Batycki, BC and Yukon Program Director for Yellowstone to Yukon. “The wild Purcells are critical to our mission of keeping landscapes connected so people and nature can thrive.”
“The Purcell Wilderness Conservancy is a reminder that preserving wilderness in our region comes back to our engagement as citizens and activists,” said David Reid of West Kootenay EcoSociety. I hope we can continue to add to the legacy of wilderness protection and that we’ll be celebrating permanent protection for places like Jumbo Valley very soon.”

Nelson: Saturday March 12, 7pm Nelson United Church, 602 Silica St. By donation
Kaslo: Sunday March 13, 7pm, The Langham – Kaslo Cultural Centre