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It’s no secret that the Lower Mainland boasts a bounty of beautiful hiking spots, which is why our trails lure considerable crowds and cause pesky parking problems during the warmer summer months. But in the fall, when the weather cools...
Last weekend my canoe partner, Kristine, and I (and the two dogs, Angel and Oliver) choose a site set amongst a birch grove, tucked away in Raven Lake’s Deer Bay. The autumn colours were amazing, and the nights were crisp...
Vancouver is a playground for adventurers. Sitting between the ocean and the mountains, the area attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe. Vancouver has it all. This list compiles the top five hikes within 200 kilometres of Vancouver that are...
Why outdoorsy folks love dogs? It's their enthusiasm! As much as you love to hike, chances are your dog loves it even more. Tongue out, ears flapping, muddy paws—dogs love to play hard in the forest, mountains and beaches. But is...
"Walking is man’s best medicine."– Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, 460-377 B.C. I’m now halfway through a condensed college/high school course that’s not online; it’s a face-to-face (actually, mask-to-mask) Outdoor Skills course. Challenge excepted—basically because no one else wanted the...
I always feel refreshed after a quick camping trip. Sure, my back might ache from the deflated air mattress and my muscles may be tense from shivering in frigid overnight temperatures—but something still feels right about sleeping outside. The benefits of...
The mooring line was my only reference as I descended into icy blue water. I passed pulsing Lion’s mane jellyfish and glittering ctenophores, suspended in the cool water around me. Eventually, the ship appeared—a dark shadowy mass at first, but...
Wild animals leave distinguishing signs that give you clues to who was on the trail ahead of you. Wildlife signs include tracks, scat, beds, fur, rubs and scratches. Look for tracks in soft dirt, mud and snow. Keep an eye...
It sounded like a truck was idling right outside our tent at 8:30 a.m. BC Park’s official policy states generator use is permitted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., but no one...
Whenever you are tempted to snack on or touch a plant, make sure you know what it is and that it is safe. Here are 10 common trail plants that are not safe to eat. These pretty, perfect white flowers...
Don’t put your paddling gear away yet. Fall is one of the best times to get out there. There are no mosquitoes buzzing in your ear, the autumn colours are stunning, the days are usually sunny and the nights are...
You might not know your dessert fork from your salad fork, but in the outdoor adventure community, there’s an unspoken understanding of how to behave. We all need to be respectful and informed—especially as more Canadians get outside during the...
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