Back 2 Backpacking by Adrian Pearce

Follow Adrian Pearce as he reconnects with backpacking after being challenged by his daughter to hike the West Coast Trail this year! Adrian's stories take us from northern Alberta to the WCT as he rediscovers the joys of slinging on a pack and getting back to the land.

Adventures in the Bighorn Backcountry

Marcus Becker shares his experience paddling the wild North Saskatchewan River in his blog about the Bighorn Backcountry. Read about his adventure, and why the Bighorn needs designated protection from the government's North Saskatchewan Regional Plan.

Connecting with Nature: the Importance of Getting Outside

It’s the end of February, which means that at this point most of us are tired of slogging through our 4th month of winter – waking up in the dark, bundling ourselves against the elements, and navigating icy roads and sidewalks on the way to work. At this time of year, many of us opt to stay indoors to avoid the cold weather. That might not be such a good strategy if you want to kick those mid-winter blues and blahs. Why? Because science continues to show us that disconnecting from nature leads to unhappiness and mental health issues.

Protecting our Public Lands and Waters: Keeping Sight of the Big Picture

Public lands are those owned by the federal or provincial governments. In Canada, 100% of our waters are publically owned, and over 90% of our land – 41% by the federal government, and 48% by the provinces. This means that if we are serious about protecting our environment, conserving some wilderness for future generations, and saving some of our iconic wildlife species from extinction, we need to be focused on the BIG picture – protecting and conserving our public lands and waters.

This Year’s Big Wild Challenge was a Big Wild Success!

Hello CPAWS Northern Alberta supporters! Your chapter has had an eventful summer working to protect Canada’s wild spaces, and encouraging Northern Albertans to get out into our beautiful parks. Two of our most successful events this summer were our Big Wild Challenges at Elk Island National Park and Jasper National Park!

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