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The appeal of an easy-to-learn, inexpensive activity that doesn’t require a big investment in clothing or gear is easy to understand. It’s a sport that gets you out into the fresh air, is good for all ages and abilities, and...
Increasing in participation by about 15 per cent a year (even before the pandemic caused a spike in popularity), cross-country skiing is becoming cool. Denys Lawrence, president of the Canadian Association of Nordic Ski Instructors (CANSI), says for longtime cross-country...
Ah yes, there lies a gift to the trail. A soft, warm offering encased in emerald, purple or indigo. A Hershey’s kiss dropped artistically on a path winding into the wilderness, to be shared by hikers and their furry friends. An ornament...
It can be a challenge to get enough liquid in on winter adventures if you are not prepared. You might not even feel thirsty. Because your body directs less blood towards your peripheries and instead sends it internally, your insides...
If you’re one of the many Canadians who took up running during the pandemic—and want to keep it up—you’re now faced with your first winter as a runner. The prospect is daunting, I know; you may be tempted to hibernate...
You’ve seen it before: you pull your phone out of your pocket after an hour of skiing only to discover that the battery has gone from fully charged to 50 per cent. The lithium-ion batteries that our cell phones depend...
Seeing an owl in the wild is an experience you will never forget—and it’s a great motivation to get outside during the chilly months. Plus, winter is the perfect time to spot owls. Since many trees are without leaves, roosting...
Strapping on a pair of snowshoes and stomping out into the cold wilderness is a wonderful activity that guarantees sparkling views of pristine white and clouds of foggy breath. No wonder snowshoeing is so popular: the feeling of floating on...
Ever since I first watched The Art of Flight while bartending at a ski resort on the French Alps, I’ve loved the heart-pounding adventure of ski and snowboard films. I struggle to call these films “documentaries,” because this isn’t some marketing...
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...
The “murder hornet,” better known as the Asian Giant Hornet, made its debut in the public eye earlier this year, sparking fear and suspicion of anything striped in the outdoors. Neighbours assured me their friend had been chased by one while...
On day 25 of our recent 1,060-kilometre journey from Sandy Bay, Saskatchewan to Hudson Bay, Shauna Liora and I were cruising the down the fast-moving, braided waters of the Seal River about 12 kilometres from our finish at sea. Off...
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