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Caches are often hidden in places like beneath boulders and bushes and inside hollow tree trunks. Though most come in waterproof containers, there are no official rules, so caches can also be hidden in objects like a birdhouse hung on...
Having a safety mindset is critical in the backcountry. This doesn’t mean that you don’t take any risks, but rather that you understand the dangers you may encounter during your outdoor adventure and are prepared to handle them. Being prepared means...
A crackling fire and roasting marshmallows or hotdogs while basking in the glow of a campfire is a time-honoured tradition for many families. It can be a memory that lasts a lifetime, or it can be a disaster waiting to...
Bloating, cramps and achy backs make that time of the month extremely uncomfortable, and the thought of heading outdoors—where clean water and a hot shower can be elusive—seems too inconvenient and almost unbearable. But with proper preparation and the right...
There’s only one thing worse than carrying a heavy backpack on your outdoor adventure: forgetting the gear you need to ensure your safety, leaving yourself ill-equipped to handle emergency situations. Every hiker and camper should always carry these 10 essential items.
It’s a beautiful day; the sun is shining—until you head up the mountain only to find yourself trapped in a raincloud with visibility so bad that all you can see is the snow under your feet. At some point during...
Paddling is a peaceful and enjoyable way to experience the Great Outdoors. For a successful journey, paddlers need to be prepared for anything—complications, challenges and unexpected weather conditions can arise at any time. It’s essential to be equipped with the...
You might remember when I detailed what it’s like getting outside with a baby in winter several months ago. Now, my son is older, heavier, more awake, and his needs are growing. Thanks to balmy forecasts, we’re getting out more...
For your dog to be an asset and not a liability, it's important to invest time before, after and during their first few trips to ensure you have a dog that's not only comfortable on the water and at the...
Scroll through social media and you will find video after video of people diving into stunning alpine lakes. While taking a dip after a hot hike to cool down isn’t a new concept, the cold plunge wellness trend has inspired...
To access the Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park near Lytton, British Columbia, hikers need to take the Lytton reaction ferry across the Fraser River. But when my group arrived at the dock in early July 2022, bright-eyed and eager to hit...
Camping is a fun way to relax after a long work week. However, sometimes knowing where to put your tent isn’t easy. Overlooking the little things could mean the difference between an amazing weekend and an uncomfortable night sleeping on...
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