Browsing Category : Outdoors

Snowshoeing on Syncline Trail


When I saw that there was going to be a break in the extreme cold during Reading Week I set up a couple outings; skiing at Pass Powderkeg and snowshoeing somewhere in Castle Provincial Park. Rachelle and I headed out to snowshoe despite the high wind forecast knowing that Syncline Trail is mainly in the tree line and sheltered. The…

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Learning to Ski at Pass Powderkeg- Final Lesson Recap


I’m a graduate again! This time instead of a long ceremony and weird looking hat, I received a certificate and a season’s pass. 🙂 Canadian Sport for Life has skiing on their list of movement skills to teach children. It makes sense for Canadians, our winters are long and too often we opt to hibernate indoors rather than get outside. …

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Canada’s Largest Lesson and Ski Lesson 3/4 Recap


Is there anything better than a day in the mountains? Probably not. And I had SUCH a great day last Sunday when I joined several families for Canada’s Largest Lesson at Pass Powderkeg. Canada’s Largest Lesson is part of Never Ever Days, a special program offered at more than 80 ski areas across Canada. It encourages folks to not let…

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Guest Post: Bikepacking 101: The 5 Essentials You Need on your Tour


Embarking on an outdoor adventure has never been easier. While many like to go by foot or take their trucks into the woods, a fun way to freshen up your outdoors travelling is by taking in the sights on a bicycle. Multi-day bikepacking is the beautiful combination of mountain biking and minimalist camping. In essence, everything you need to survive…

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Join me at Pass Powderkeg for Canada’s Largest Lesson!


What do you have planned Sunday? Why not hit the mountains? Because Sunday January 27th is Canada’s Largest Lesson at Pass Powderkeg and you finally take that lesson you’ve been thinking about. Canada’s Largest Lesson is part of Never Ever Days, a special program offered at more than 80 ski areas across Canada. It encourages folks to not let affordability…

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Learning to ski at Pass Powderkeg- Lesson 2/4 Recap


Can I offer a piece of advice? Don’t take one ski lesson and think you’ve got it down because you don’t! After my first ski lesson at Pass Powderkeg, I was feeling so confident and ready to conquer the mountain but really, I wasn’t there yet. Thank goodness I signed up for more than one lesson! I was super happy…

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Learning to ski at Pass PowderKeg- Lesson 1/4 Recap


I had an epiphany last year when I was pregnant and watching a friend’s children take a ski lesson. I realized that though I’ve been snowboarding for 15 years and very comfortable on a board, it will be very difficult to help my son learn strapped to a board. All the parents were on skis which gave them the mobility…

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FAQ with an Expert- Tips for Skiing with Kids


Anyone who read my blog knows how passionate I am about encouraging people, especially children, to spend as much time outdoors as possible. A couple years ago, I shared information I learned in school about the essential movement skills children need to learn. Included in Canada’s list of essential skills is skating/skiing. It makes sense when you consider how long…

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Baby’s First XC Ski Misadventure


Oh boy is TyTy ever going to grow up with a sense of humour. I am the Queen of Misadventures and since he’s being drug along, he’ll have plenty of misadventures too. This week, I headed out to Castle with Samara and Ty with plans to cross country ski on the Syncline Trail.  Samara and I were excited because we…

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Budget Gift Guide for Hikers & Giveaway


It’s that time of year! If you haven’t seen the Christmas episode of Community, pause reading this and do it now. SO FUNNY! Anyway, when I do gift guides I like to suggest affordable items. Some of the gift guides I’ve seen have items that cost more than $500! And while I envy people who have that much disposable income,…

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Fall Hike on Bertha Trail


With no school on Friday, I packed up TyTy and hit the road for Waterton. A day in the mountains was so needed! There is so much construction currently going on. When I pulled in, they were working on rebuilding the old Kilmorey Lodge at last, building a new cabin, redoing the townsite campground, and paving the Bertha Falls parking…

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Guest Post: How Self Massage Can Help You Recover After Long Hikes


Hiking is a wonderful way to keep fit and enjoy spending time in nature. The downside? It’s common to experience aches and pains after a long hike. According to the National Health Service (NHS), the soreness you experience following grueling exercise is caused by small muscle tears. When you work your muscles harder than usual, the fibers become damaged. This…

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Book Review: There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather


Sometimes you find a book and everything the author is saying is what you’ve been thinking or saying to your friends for years. That was Linda Åkeson McGurk’s book “There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather.” As a child who was raised in Northern Alberta (VERY cold) on the edge of town playing in the woods, ponds, and open nature spaces…

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Hiking to Window Mountain Lake in Crowsnest Pass


I’m going to start by saying that when you read reviews of hikes, you have to understand everyone has their own opinion on the difficulty of a hike. The reviews of Window Mountain Lake said easy to moderate so Rachelle and I figured it was perfect for me to pack little TyTy along. I would not call that easy! Read…

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Hiking with Kids on the Syncline Trail


Cat and I have been talking of going to Huckleberry Festival for years. This year we decided it was time to actually go and when we saw that it started Friday it was perfect! I was leaving for Great Falls on Saturday morning with the family so on Friday afternoon ,we loaded her car up with our kiddos and headed…

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Paddleboarding & Finding the Elusive Loon Lake


Last week I finally accomplished my goal of finding the Elusive Loon Lake at the base of Mt. Vimy. A couple of years ago while on Bear’s Hump, I noticed a lake across the lake at the base of Vimy. After checking out a park map,. I learned that it was called Loon Lake and I’ve been wanting to check it…

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Kayaking Fun in Waterton


On the August Long Monday, Ryan stayed home with the baby so I could go to Waterton with Cat and Jenn for paddle boarding. “Wait- but your title says kayaking?” We got to Blakiston & Company at 3 p.m. and they were completely booked out until 6 p.m. at the earliest. We were completely bummed and didn’t know what to…

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Going to Miss My Hiking Buddy!


How many of you have a go-to hiking/adventure buddy? Someone you can call and say “Want to go ice skating on a frozen mounatin lake in -20C with me?” Someone whose response is “Hell yes!” That’s my friend Samara. Ever since we did our first hike two years ago, we became fast friends and experienced a ton together. I knew…

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Hiking the Highline Trail in Glacier National Park


I knew that with a new baby I would likely get one all day hike this summer; two if I was lucky. One of those hikes (which I planned to do in the spring) was the Highline Trail, also known as the Garden Wall in Glacier National Park.  This was one of the most memorable hikes I’ve done, and it’s…

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Baby’s First Attempt to Hike


Last Wednesday, despite the heat warnings, I set out for Waterton with TyTy and my friend Paula and her children.  I read on Twitter that Parks Canada had opened up the Crandell Lake hike and I thought that was a perfect easy hike to ease TyTy into baby carrier life. Paula had her doubts after seeing the forecast of 34C,…

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