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Memories of 2017

As another trip around the sun rolls to an end, it’s time for my annual memories post! (If you’re new here, check out my old posts from 2014, 2015, and 2016). It was a tough year for my body…

The Enchantments, Washington
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Memories of 2016

As is tradition around this corner of the internet, here are my favourite memories of 2016. (How many years do you have to do something to make it a tradition? I did this in 2014 and 2015, so I…

Garibaldi Lake
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We Killed a Bear

A Quick Note: This article was originally published in August 2016. The aim of this post was to shock people in order to raise awareness. I know it’s an uncomfortable post to read and that many hikers and campers…

Jessa Gilbert #getoutoftownvibe
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Jessa Gilbert: #getoutoftownvibe

This post is part of a series here on Happiest Outdoors called “More Than Outdoors” where I chat with outdoorsy people who take their connection with the backcountry a little further, who do a little bit more outdoors. Jessa…

Vancouver Wildlife viewing - heron cam
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Vancouver Wildlife Viewing… From Your Couch!

One of the highlights of spending time outdoors is spotting wild animals. I’ve seen black bears, whales, mountain goats, lots of birds, deer, moose, elk, marmots and once even a wolverine. However, seeing wildlife while hiking is a game…

Trail running in North Vancouver
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I’ll Admit It: I’m a Runner

Yesterday I was shuffling along the Stanley Park seawall here in Vancouver.  The cold wind whipped rain into my face, my hip ached, my clothes were soaked through and my race bib rattled with every lurching step.  How did…

Rope swing at Joffre Lakes
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Memories of 2015

The highlights of my year aren’t what happened at work or who won the sports championship; the highlights of my year are the time I’ve spent outside.  Like last year, I hiked about 700 kilometres in 2015, took countless…