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Outdoor adventure travel in Western Canada & beyond!
Outdoor adventure travel in Western Canada & beyond!

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Sundance Trail and Sundance Canyon Loop, Banff
Sundance Canyon Loop is a fun, short hike with stairs and footbridges near the town of Banff. While the canyon loop is only two kilometres, you must access the canyon via Sundance Trail, a paved walking and biking trail adjacent to a horse trail. For the be...
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The Best Spring and Fall Hikes in Kananaskis
Shoulder season (late fall/spring) is a wonderful time of year to explore Kananaskis. As the mercury drops, so do the number of people in the parks. As we don toques, mountain peaks put on pretty caps of snow, and hiking gives way to snowshoeing, ice walks,...
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Biking Highway 66 from Elbow Falls to Forget-me-not Pond
For a fun, car-free road riding experience, bike highway 66 from Elbow Falls to Forget-me-not Pond when the winter gate is closed (December 1-May 14). The first two kilometres climb gently to Beaver Flats Campground, but after that, there's a big climb to R...
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2018 Ford Escape Titanium Review
On our quest to find a new #playoutsideride , we took the 2018 Ford Escape Titanium for a multi-day road trip test drive. Here's our review of the 2018 Ford Escape Titanium 4WD. Introducing the 2018 Ford Escape Titanium 2018 Ford Escape Titanium at Lake Lou...
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Help us choose our next adventure car aka #playoutsideride
After a decade of amazing road trips in our 2008 Honda CRV, we are seeking a new adventure car aka #playoutsideride. While our Honda CRV has been fantastic for every day use and day trips, its light suspension / max weight load is cramping our family road t...
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Camping in Castle Provincial Park, Alberta
Castle Provincial Park offers great camping and wild mountain adventures on paths less travelled. The water is calm as we paddle across Beaver Mines Lake. Campers wave to us from shore and fishers quietly tend their lines. It's a peaceful evening and we sti...
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The Best Winter Running and Cross Country Ski Wear
Running and cross country skiing in cold weather require self motivation and good gear, but offer quiet trails in return (and stunning sunrises and sunsets in winter). With moisture-wicking base layers and waterproof-windproof-breathable outer layers, you c...
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SKINS DNAmic Compression Thermals Review: Feel Good in Your Skins!
SKINS Compression Sportswear is marketed as "equipment not clothing" because the science behind it actually improves performance. While professional athletes have been reaping the benefits of compression wear for decades, non-pro athletes can also benefit -...
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The Best Short Hikes in Banff National Park - Part 1: Banff Area, Sunshine Meadows, Johnston Canyon
Banff National Park is a hiker's paradise with turquoise lakes, jagged peaks, glaciers, and stunning waterfalls. You don't have to hike far for stunning views; the best short hikes can be done in 1-2 hours or less! Here are the best short hikes in Banff by ...
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Hiking Mount Yamnuska: Choose Your Own Adventure
Mount Yamnuska is an awesome hiking destination with several scenic trails to choose from. Depending on how much excitement you want in one day, you can hike to Raven's End, the Upper Viewpoint, or the summit. Raven's End is a popular year-round objective, ...
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