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The adrenaline rush of tearing away wrapping paper and ripping off bows has many of us up at the crack of dawn on Christmas morning. Witnessing the warmth of a child’s or loved one’s smile as they unwrap the...
What in the world should you gift that friend or family member who likes nothing better than spending time in nature? If that person is happy simply looking at trees and rocks, and gets excited about a new pair of...
Whether in an anorak, quarter zip top or pullover hoodie form, fleece is a versatile fabric made from polyester that actively traps heat to keep us warm. Whichever form you pick, fleece garments are generally worn as a mid-layer for...
Outdoor adventurers from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who are on the hunt for the best outdoor gear can now shop at MEC in Hudson’s Bay. Three inaugural MEC shop-in-shops are located within The Bay’s flagship store on Queen Street, the...
I just finished my third late fall canoe trip. I’m hoping to get one more in before the lakes freeze. The latest was a good old bass fishing competition with the YouTube celebs Paddleheads. Check out the video I put...
My hiking boots are looking rough. After years of use in the mountains, scrambling and hiking through varied, tough terrain, its no wonder they’re full of tears and the tread is wearing down. Although they used to be comfortable, my...
There are certain things you can do to avoid a bear attack, stay safe when you see a bear and get to safety after an encounter. One of the most important elements is knowing how to use the bear spray...
In the summer of 2021, Carter Obasohan decided to put the backcountry gear collecting dust in his closet to good use, taking a hiatus from work and driving across the country on a two-month adventure that would see him...
Prioritizing lightweight gear and touting a small pack with just the essentials for day adventures, I always try to ditch extra weight where I can—including from my shoes. Choosing lightweight hiking shoes instead of boots means I sacrifice additional ankle...
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...
I’m out in the bush a lot this fall, taking my dual-credit students out on day hikes to teach them how to identify leaves, twigs, minerals, herptiles and scat. Thanks to Covid, more course credits are needed, and class sizes...
Whether you love icy cold beverages or are looking for a toasty treat to warm you up this season, Avventura Outdoors’ Bamboo Insulated Bottle is the perfect sidekick for your adventures. The bottle comes with a removeable tea infuser/filter. Add a...
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