Outdoor Activities

12 Ways to Improve Your Nature Photography Game

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

If one of your goals when you get outside to enjoy Canada's vast natural spaces this summer is to bring home some awe-inspiring photographs, you may be wondering where to start. We spoke with Bruce Kirkby, an award-winning wilderness writer and adventure photographer to get his take on what makes a great nature photo.

Best Camping Games To Play With The Kids This Summer

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Parents

After three hikes and two trips to the beach, give your kids these fun camping games -- no screens required!

18 DIY Ideas To Turn Your Backyard Into A Waterpark

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Parents

Keep your kids cool with these DIY summer activities!

Get Off Your Butt and Take Your Kids Outside

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

ParticipACTION unveiled their 2015 Report Card On Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The results are pathetic, with a D- for overall physical activity, in part because just nine per cent of five to 17-year-olds meet daily recommendations of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

How to Fuel Your Body Before and After Gardening

Jane Dummer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Did you know that gardening is not only good for the environment, but it also promotes both mind and body health? Just like the soil and plants in the garden, we need to make sure we are adequately fueled and hydrated. Before or after a few hours of planting flowers and pulling weeds, I recommend these two simple, delicious go-to recipes to help keep you energized all day long.

11 Invaluable Life Lessons Kids Learn From Gardening

The Huffington Post Canada | Heather, Mother Your Business | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents

There is no commitment that I’ve made that is more important to me than the pact I made to my kids when I signed on as their mother. My two little p...

10 Perfect Places in Ottawa to Picnic in the Sun

Yelp Canada | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Living
Yelp Canada

After one of the longest and coldest winters in recent memory, there's no question that the capital is ready to get outside. Boasting tons of green space, interesting landmarks, and breathtaking scenery, Ottawa's got plenty of places to throw down a blanket and cheers to the warm weather.

When Our Daughter Became Sick, We Found Strength in Nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

In 2010, our five-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Whenever Lily was released from the hospital, and the weather cooperated, we headed outside. We really started to depend on these adventures, these outdoor excursions, to get us through the bad days and help Lily along her road to recovery. According to the National Environmental Educational Foundation, exposure to nature can reduce stress levels by as much as 28 per cent in children. Health benefits of nature may include reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy and immunity, decreased stress and improved mental health.

A Fungus May Soon Save You From The Poison Ivy Itch

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

Poison Ivy grows freely in Canada -- with the exception of Newfoundland. Because of the presence of urushiol, there are no known predators. Our only defenses have been through the act of prevention. The first is best described by the rhyme, "Leaves of three leave it be," which essentially advises people to simply know the look of the plant and then avoid touching it.

Being Healthy Should Be Your Goal, Not Losing Weight

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Healthy should be the goal. As a nation, we are caught up in a thought process and mission to get skinny, or muscular. We lost sight of healthy. We should care more about feeling healthy and being stress-free, than about how we look. Here is how to make the paradigm shift from losing weight to staying healthy.

Spring Cleaning For Your Child

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

This time of year we all need some personal spring-cleaning. The winter is a time when we get too little exercise, eat more comfort foods (remember those unhealthy holiday meals?), spend too little time outside, and often gain weight. Our kids do the same, following our behaviours.

Our Favourite Spots for Outdoor Adventure

Brian Simpson | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Travel
Brian Simpson

From deserts to tropical rain forests, mountain ranges to waterways, there is certainly no shortage of adventure awaiting you in the great outdoors. Travelocity.ca has put together a list of the best countries around the globe for outdoor travel and a few of our favourite spots in each.

The Greenest Way to Deal With Stress

David Suzuki | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

The good news is that researchers have built an increasingly persuasive case for what most of us know intuitively: nature is good for us. Being regularly immersed in a natural setting can reduce stress while boosting immunity, ingenuity and energy.

I Lost Fifteen Pounds...By Tobogganing!

Jenna Em | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

On January 1 of this year, I made a resolution to get my family more active, and eat healthier foods together. The quintessential resolution, right? But would you believe that I lost 15 pounds in six weeks by sledding? Yes! As in with a toboggan!

Active Video Games Are No Replacement for Activity

Kelly Murumets | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

Lately, there's been a lot of buzz about active video games being a new tech solution to the inactivity crisis in Canadian kids. While active video games -- also called exergames -- may seem like a plausible way to get kids to exercise more, a recent review of academic literature suggests this may not be the case.

INFOGRAPHIC: Why You MUST Get Outside This Weekend

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.28.2012 | Canada Living

When was the last time you felt the grass beneath your feet? If statistics are anything to go by, you probably can't even remember. Thanks to more ...