Canada Outdoors

We Need to Get Our Kids Outside

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

From climbing trees to slouching over desks -- the transition from summer sovereignty to school routines hasn't been all that easy in my household. So, the big question I have is -- how can we strike a balance between school routines and spending time outdoors?

Will Generation Z Give Us Superheroes for the Planet?

David Suzuki | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Parents
David Suzuki

A growing body of research confirms the health benefits of getting outside. Kids who spend time in nature every day are healthier, happier, more creative, less stressed and more alert than those who don't. As parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators, it's our responsibility to raise kids with healthy nature habits.

Top Tips for a Great Day Hike!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.22.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I love going on a day hike. Nothing is better than being out with friends enjoying nature and having a laugh. But from time to time, when I am on the trail I do see people who look distressed or uncomfortable. Day hikes are much more fun and enjoyable (and safe too!) when you have the top tips to make your outing great.

How to Start Kayaking

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

I have written before about how you are never too old to learn a new sport or spend time outdoors. Kayaking is no exception. It is an amazing way to enjoy nature, be close to the water and spend some fun times with friends and family.

How to Find a Super Comfortable Tent for Camping!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently, I was fortunate enough to speak with Andrew Sutherland, Public Relations at MEC. Andrew shared the top tips for choosing the right tent and how to make camping super comfortable. What can help make your tent more comfortable?

How to Stand up Paddle Board

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Some of my favourite memories are paddling and laughing with friends. Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) has really taken off in the past few years and it seems now more than ever people are trying this fun outdoor activity.

How to Uncomplicate Camping

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Camping can be the best memories that you can share with your friends or family. Growing up, I really loathed camping and actually being outdoors in general. I did not see the point of it. But now I love it. Being in nature is a requirement for me to live a happy, balanced life.

Want Another National Holiday And Long Weekend?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada
Dr Dina Kulik

Want Another National Holiday And Long Weekend? Whether you're a child or an adult, living a healthy lifestyle is so important -- but getting outside...

Dust Off Your Patio Furniture and Start Entertaining

Sarah Baeumler | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Baeumler

As an interior design hobbyist, avid hostess and mom of four, I've devised some simple prep, design and clean-up tips to help make alfresco entertaining at home easier -- allowing you to leave a lasting impression on your guests and spend more quality time with the ones you love!

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.

The 7 Best Places to Go Glamping in Canada | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Living

If "Go Camping" was the marketing catchphrase used to lure our parents to the great outdoors, then "Go Glamping'" is what'll get this generation of millennials to follow suit. Yes, sometimes you have to tempt us with luxury.

How To Feel And Look Great In The Outdoors!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Recently, I was lucky enough to speak with Jasmin Ghaffarian, Director of Womens Outdoor Outerwear & Lifestyle, The North Face. Jasmin shared with me the top trends for outdoor wear this summer and some of the latest innovations

7 Bold Summer Drinks to Kick Off Patio Season

Gillian Farber | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

After enduring a long, brutally cold winter, nothing indicates summer more for Canadians than their first cocktail outside on a patio. "Patio weather" has not only become a common phrase for us Canadians but it's actually developed into its own season.

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.

I Hugged a Tree and I Liked It

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Impact
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

When I discovered the German word Waldensemkite -- the feeling of peace that one gets when being alone in the woods -- it made me wonder how real are these experiences? Did this invisible forest mist have an impact on me? As a scientist, I relish the experiment. So for one week, I would spend at least five minutes maximizing the human/tree interface, i.e. tree hugging.

Creating the Perfect Deck and Landscape

Colin & Justin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Style
Colin & Justin

A really good deck doesn't stop at the luxuriant lumber from which it is constructed. To bring any deck (patio or terrace) alive it needs subsequent "layers." In precisely the same manner in which décor and accessories will alternate interior "beat," so too can visual and physical tricks make your exterior scheme look "considered."

When I Go Wild, people and Nature Thrive

David R. Miller | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Impact
David R. Miller

As spring finally heats up in the east, I'm reminded of all the reasons why I get outside and like to go wild and immerse myself in nature. Of course, exercise is important (for me and my dog Jimmy) and it's nice to clear my mind, but as I do it, it reminds me why protecting nature is an important daily responsibility.

My Tips for the Non-Intrusive Enjoyment of Snowy Owls

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

My moment with a snowy owl has been a long time coming. In late 2013 I wrote about my attempts to find one during the Guelph Christmas Bird Count and ...

Travel: Panorama B.C.

Vitamin Daily | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Travel
Vitamin Daily

Our winter weekend getaway to the new-and-improved Panorama Mountain Resort in southeast B.C. took us to the top of the world--here's our itinerary to help you achieve great heights, too.

Outdoor Winter Fun in Canada's Capital

Yelp Canada | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Travel
Yelp Canada

Has all that outdoor fun left you spent? Maybe you're just sick of layers, static, and space heaters. Beat the winter blues at this Old Chelsea oasis. It's the biggest spa in North America! While they do offer indoor services such as massage and body treatments, the full experience includes taking a dip in the outdoor baths and warming up in seven different saunas.

Top Tips for Cross-Country Skiing Newbies

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Being outdoors and enjoying nature is one of the happiest parts of my life. Cross country skiing is in that category of happy experiences. In fact, it is probably at the very top of the list. It is an amazing way to be outside, get some fresh air and make friends. Best of all it is really easy to learn.

Take Time to Enjoy the Winter Wonderland This Holiday

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

With the mercury dropping from coast to coast, it's easy to want to huddle inside by the fireplace. But most of us find that we're happier when we get outside. For my family, some of our happiest memories have been when we've been exploring nature and the outdoors together.

Here Is Your Inspiration To Keep Fit And Enjoy The Outdoors At Any Age!

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada
Sacha DeVoretz

Sacha DeVoretz (author) and "Dundarave Dave" 70 years of age. In August 2013, Outside Magazine named the Grouse Grind one of the most dangerous hi...

How to Look Fabulous Even When Running Errands

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.31.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

It is no secret that I love comfort but looking good too. Many mornings you can find me walking the trails in my neighbourhood, enjoying the scenery and getting my daily exercise in. But how to look great after the walk, when I need to go to the produce store or run errands?

How To Look Fabulous And Keep Warm Outdoors

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.10.2015 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Living on the west coast where it is rainy, chilly and dark, it is essential to have a stylish looking fleece that will keep me warm, breath when I am active outdoors and also take me around town. Recently I spoke with Renata Mannino, the Product Line Manager for Arc'teryx. Renata shared with me the current trends for fall fleece and how fleece materials have improved.