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Today is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Read about how explore contributor Jennifer Malloy discovers the connection between recreation and reconciliation on a hike with Buffalo Stone Woman.
Rivers. They play a huge role in our lives, and yet we often take them for granted. We drive over them on bridges, we use them to transport goods, we paddle in them, we fish in them, and we often...
Have you ever dreamt of gliding effortlessly across open water? Spotting seabirds, marine life and being one with the waves? Then you need to check out Steve and Doris Colgate's Offshore Sailing School. With a legacy of over 160,000...
As great as it is to be outdoors, it’s imperative to have a healthy respect for the dangers that lurk in Canada’s wilderness. We share this land with black bears, polar bears and grizzly bears. The following tips will help...
One of the most valuable tools we can bring with us to ensure our safety when heading outdoors is nearly invisible—a RECCO reflector that’s sewn into our outdoor gear. These small and lightweight passive transponders increase any adventurer’s chances...
As I slid my son back in his carrier, a thumb popped through my favourite merino-liner gloves. It wasn’t the first hole I’d had to stitch up. I wear these on every cold weather adventure, so it wasn’t surprising...
Over the past seven years, I’ve paddled 327 of Algonquin Park’s lakes, rivers and creeks. I’ve had many great experiences along the way, but I’ve also made mistakes. From seemingly (but not at all) minor oversights like leaving the...
Owning a collection of Nalgene bottles, marked with stickers and scratches from endless drops on the trail, is almost a rite of passage for outdoor enthusiasts. It quickly becomes your emotional support water bottle. It’s been by your side...
The Yukon River is one of the most storied rivers in Canada. With an epic history typically associated with the Klondike Gold Rush, the river’s incredible geological, ecological and human history spans millennia. The section of the river from...
Jenn Drummond has many different titles—business owner, author, inspirational speaker, mountaineer and mom of seven. As of June 8, 2023, she is also the first woman to complete the Seven Second Summits. Jenn Drummond The Seven Second Summits are the second-highest...
When it’s been pouring rain for several days and you’re desperate to get the campfire roaring, having a good fire starter to help get things going can be extremely comforting. Yes, there’s plenty of natural material in the bush to help...
We learn that rhyme early and most of us never forget it. This is quite telling. Even avid outdoor enthusiasts—those of us who explore in all seasons—don’t much care for rain. And we all know that even if the rain...
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