My earliest experience with backpacking was a feeble attempt to hike forty two kilometers from London, Ontario to the city of St. Marys following the Thames Valley Trail... Not having a lot of cash, but having a stack of Canadian Tire money, it was an easy decision as to where to buy my camping gear.
The plight of Woodland Caribou in Alberta has been well-documented over the last several decades. Despite belonging to the privileged class of wildlife known colloquially as “charismatic mega-fauna,” which generally affords a species a high level of public concern, caribou populations remain in serious decline and are now classified as threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.
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.
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.
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.