CPAWS Blog

News and views on conservation in Canada, and updates from CPAWS chapters across the country.

The Big Hike Part One


Adrian Pearce shares a story of hiking with his friend Roy through the foothills of Alberta's Rockies. As is usual with Adrian, hilarity ensues!

Back 2 Backpacking by Adrian Pearce Part 4


CPAWS member Adrian Pearce continues his adventure of learning how to backpack after a forty year absence. Hiking the West Coast Trail is planned for this summer and in this blog Adrian describes his preparations...

How Much Do We Caribou Them, Part Two by Marcus Becker


In “How much do we Caribou them, Part 1,” we examined the urgency of the situation facing caribou populations in Alberta and the significant desire among Albertans to see this iconic species preserved into the future. Despite this desire, successful solutions to this conservation problem do not seem to be emerging from either our provincial or federal governments. Why is the case? Well, although we zeroed in on the benefits of caribou conservation in the last post, there is more to the story: costs.

Back 2 Backpacking by Adrian Pearce Part 3


Fast forward forty years and I find myself as a cameraman working on a documentary about food in Alberta. The producer Jeff tells me that he wants to film at Skoki Lodge in Banff National Park. Chef Katie Mitzel and her staff create five start meals in a rustic kitchen without any electrical power. “Awesome!” I say. Wanting to make sure I understand the situation Jeff informs me “The thing is, we have to hike in. There is no other way unless you are royalty.” This makes me want to go even more.

Ten Years Home by Ina Lucila


2015 marks my tenth year in Canada. Looking back, it is hard to believe that my tropical toes have survived ten winters – I still have trouble wrapping my brain around the fact that I've been here long enough to go to college twice, be on my fifth job, and own a house. But most of all, it astounds me how much I've grown to love living here, and how Canada has truly become my home.

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