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“We are the bear.” That’s how James Raffan ended the final chapter of his 2014 book, Circling the Midnight Sun. In other words, what we are doing to polar bears, we are doing to ourselves—it was a climate change call to...
The tree that speaks to me is a slender and towering lodgepole pine with a jagged orangish-yellow gap where some precious bark has been stripped away. Dwarfed by the wounded tree, standing in the forest minutes from downtown Banff, I...
My canoe buddy, Andy Baxter, came over the other day to show me some new product coming out of his side business: Recreational Barrel Works. You’ll see his blue barrels in a bunch of outdoor stores. They’ve become a favourite...
Ski season is upon us, but like everything else, this year will be different. While you may use a face cover naturally when zipping down the slopes, expect to bring a three-layer face mask for other settings and practice hand washing...
I’m straddling a snowmobile behind a badass woman with a gun. We’re racing across the ice on Frobisher Bay, a section of the North Atlantic Ocean that’s solidly frozen even on this relatively balmy -7 C April day. We’re traveling...
Sales are everywhere right now, and as we approach Christmas gift-giving season, we wanted to share our own specials. For the next few days, individual gear items on our store are a whooping 50 per cent off! But if you need...
Like many others, I was inspired (or was it forced?) by this summer’s travel restrictions to venture into the woods. “I need a holiday,” my friend Hannah told me on one of our many Zoom calls. “Well, where exactly do you...
I was unpacking my winter camping gear to get ready for the cold season and found that my cotton canvas anorak was full of black mold. Oh, the horror! It was stored in a waterproof bag and tucked away in my tiny...
I met Ben Kraushaar at the 2019 edition of the Banff International Film and Book Festival after the showing of a film he'd made. The tall, amiable resident of Laramie, Wyoming had an easy way about him, and we ended...
It all started with a lost fishing rod. Robert was fly fishing at a local river near Boise, Idaho, when he found an abandoned fly rod. Like most outdoors folk, he wanted to return it to the owner. However, there was...
“Ok. Put your foot on the brake, like so, and don’t let go until I say so.” I shuffle into the ready position, hold my foot down and grip the bar, honing in on the guide’s instructions. My dog team’s yelps...
It’s about to happen out there. The shoulder season is about to end, the lakes are about to freeze, the creeks turn to slush and the snow is about to fall (if it isn’t already). Bring it on. I love...
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