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When Waterton resident Christie Low went for a short family walk around town on April 1st, she was unpleasantly surprised to find two tick bites on her torso—and a tick still attached to one bite! “Because we weren’t hiking or on...
Speaking from experience, ankle sprains are the worst. Not only is spraining your ankle super painful, but the time you must take off from hiking and other sports to recover can be extremely frustrating. (Not to mention the armpit...
Over the past year, I've watched as British Columbia has been hit with an unprecedented amount of weather extremes: record-breaking temperatures, devastating forest fires, extreme flooding and an Arctic outflow that blanketed the province with sub-zero temperatures and snowstorms. Here in...
The short answer is yes! Heavy and awkwardly packed items can pull on or poke your body in uncomfortable ways after only a few minutes on the trail. Stashing items like bear spray and water in your backpack creates a...
With spring upon us, sunny days becoming more frequent and the days getting longer, you may be itching to get outdoors. Personally, I can’t wait to go kayaking and canoeing in the Okanagan with my dad. If you’re also hoping...
Tired of spending your hard-earned dollars on big-brand gear? Thankfully, you can find amazing products made (that's right, made) right here in Canada. Shopping locally for your outdoor apparel and equipment comes with a myriad of amazing benefits. You'll get...
Think about the clothes you're wearing. Where were they made? Who made them? For how long do you intend on owning them? Big questions that aren't always asked by many. Rene Gauthier is asking these questions. He is the CEO of a...
Venture Solar Water Bottle Lantern Remember that old camping hack where you strap your head lamp to a jug of water to make a make-shift lantern? Well, now you can simply use the new, and much lighter, SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer)...
We love the Christmas-morning feeling, and our members do too. Everything inside the gear box is hand-picked by Explore’s editor, David Webb. When members open their boxes, they have no idea what they’re getting—only that it’s going to be good...
While leggings are figure-flattering, move with your body and offer unparalleled comfort, a well-crafted pair of hiking pants provide reinforced protection and resiliency to changing climates. So, which should you wear to go hiking? While the answer to this ongoing debate...
Sometimes it can be challenging to motivate kids to swap their screen time for time in nature, especially in cold or dreary weather. Luckily, food can be an excellent motivator, and a thoughtfully curated backpack full of snacks can...
One by one our hiking party of six had atrophied to one: Me. I was the last man standing. At 68, I recognize time waits for no one. Yes, the Great Divide Trail (GDT) would still be there next year,
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