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It was just before 2 p.m. and the sun was already starting to dip below the low, rocky hills we were flanked by. So many off-whites and blues were laid out around us, both at our feet and in the...
Canada’s prairie provinces are more than just wide-open spaces. Manitoba has two national parks, 92 provincial parks and over 100,000 lakes that provide scenic hikes for explorers all year long. Here are 10 of the best winter hiking and cross-country...
Hiking in winter is a delightful way to enjoy the great outdoors. Metro Vancouver, Whistler area and the Lower Mainland have no shortage of incredible trails to discover. While cold weather keeps bugs at bay and large predators asleep in...
With so many options for winter hiking in and around the Greater Toronto Area, from pastoral farmland to dramatic cliffs to picturesque woods, there’s no reason to stay indoors. Don’t let the cold weather get you down; bundle up, make...
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...
Don’t let the cold weather stop you from enjoying Canada’s beautiful nature year-round. Our country offers diverse terrain—from mountains to forests to plains—and the weather varies immensely. With a little preparation and advance planning, you can be comfortable, safe and...
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...
A fat bike is similar to a mountain bike, but with a lighter frame and oversized tires. The thicker tires provide traction on soft and unstable terrain like sand and snow. Because fat bikes are so stable, they’re easy and...
The first time I went snowshoeing was with my then-ten-year-old-daughter, and while I was nervous about trying something new with a child in tow, it quickly became our winter activity of choice. Crunching through the snow, we stopped only to...
The tree that speaks to me is a slender and towering lodgepole pine with a jagged orangish-yellow gap where some precious bark has been stripped away. Dwarfed by the wounded tree, standing in the forest minutes from downtown Banff, I...
I’m straddling a snowmobile behind a badass woman with a gun. We’re racing across the ice on Frobisher Bay, a section of the North Atlantic Ocean that’s solidly frozen even on this relatively balmy -7 C April day. We’re traveling...
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...
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