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April Explorations – Part 2: Broughton Archipelago Provincial Park

April Explorations – Part 2: Broughton Archipelago Provincial Park

Broughton Marine Park is an incredible place, and there is nothing like it on the coast anywhere.  It is an endless area of island groups and islets, pocket beaches, lonely rock outposts, deep bays and protected anchorages all criss-crossed with an endless variety of channels. You could spend a lifetime routing your way through the […]

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April Explorations – Part 1: Brown’s Bay to the Broughton’s

April Explorations – Part 1: Brown’s Bay to the Broughton’s

Sometimes you just need to get out and get lost and we decided it was time for a mini expedition.  Two weeks is just enough time to allow that to start to happen, to move at a human speed and to let life get simpler and slower.  Conditions at the end of April are a […]

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Five Essential Attributes in a Trip Partner

Five Essential Attributes in a Trip Partner

A few years back, while looking for a canoeing partner on the Yukon’s Wind River, I stumbled across a potential candidate via an outdoor forum. Sending off an enthusiastic email, I received a firm but polite decline for an answer. Outlining his reasons, he wrote that he mostly traveled alone and that when he did […]

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Nurturing the Wild Within

Nurturing the Wild Within

Recently I have been reflecting on my outdoor life. It’s been that rare thing: a sustained love affair. One that has transcended and outlasted all my other interests, jobs, and, dare I say it, personal relationships. But for a long time, the only thing that counted for me was long trips into the wilderness. Once […]

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Happy New Year – Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year – Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year!  We kicked the New Year off much as you might expect, we went paddling.  But it is where we went paddling that is a bit unusual: we paddled up the East River right through the heart of New York City.  It was an absolutely bluebird day, the city was still asleep, there […]

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Launching A New Collaboration – Chowaniec Projects

Launching A New Collaboration – Chowaniec Projects

Conversation leads to collaboration, and when we work together we are capable of so much more.  Enter Chowaniec Projects. I think we often feel powerless to make an impact on problems we see around us. We are faced with challenges on so many levels, problems of our own making, and on a scale never before […]

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Surviving the Shoulder Season (Without Flying South)

Surviving the Shoulder Season (Without Flying South)

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, this is the time of year we like least. With the darkest days of winter approaching, but still insufficient snow to liberate our skis and snowboards from the storage room, November until January sees many of us retreat indoors. It’s time for binging on TV series, getting […]

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In the Land of the Giants – Carmanah Walbran Park

In the Land of the Giants – Carmanah Walbran Park

Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park is one of the most incredible places I have ever been.  It is a sanctuary full of remarkable beings that humble you with their size and scale and age.  It is a place that is impossible to experience through words, or images.  You have to go and stand in the base […]

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Octopus Island Marine Park

Octopus Island Marine Park

Octopus Marine Park is just off of Quadra Island in the Discovery Islands, roughly northwest of Desolation Sound, between Vancouver Island and the mainland.  Quadra is surrounded by a series of tidal rapids that drain the huge tides running between Johnstone Strait in the north and the Strait of Georgia in the south. The small […]

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The Art of Eating Outdoors

The Art of Eating Outdoors

We’ve all had epic fails when it comes to backcountry meals. One of my most memorable was bringing a dozen tins of curry mackerel on a trekking trip. I didn’t particularly like mackerel (and still don’t), and the combination of it swimming in curry sauce didn’t make it any more palatable. Apart from being the […]

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