Outdoors

Walking on water

The dream of walking on water can become a reality thanks to the paddleboard, an outdoor activity whose popularity has grown exponentially over the past 15 years. It’s this discovery…

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Rock climbing in the Laurentians

The small town of Chamonix, nestled at the foot of France’s Mont Blanc, is recognized as the world capital of mountain climbing. It all started in 1786 with the first…

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Priceless lessons for the outdoors (Part three)

Early outdoors enthusiasts ate fruits and nuts, pastry, dried meats, and cheese. For energy, I make and eat mint cake. The sugary treat was used on Shackleton’s Antarctic expedition. Edmund…

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Priceless lessons for the outdoors (Part two)

In part one, we learned that a compass, hot water and a hiking stick are great outdoor companions. It is easy to rely on cellphones or be complacent because we…

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Outside our back door

I’m an absolute slug when it comes to climbing uphill. Biking, running, snowshoeing. Pick a sport. I shine on the descent, not the ascent. And that is why I did…

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Priceless lessons for the outdoors (Part one)

By Jeff Swystun A 1927 tourist booklet for Canada stated, “The out of doors appeals to every normal, healthy individual. We revel in the bigness, the freshness and the wholesomeness…

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The joy of ice climbing

By Jeff Swystun Did you know that you can learn to ice climb just a short walk from the ski village? Under the gondola at the base of the mountain…

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Hiking to the most beautiful mountaintops

Fall is a paradise for hikers. With a choice of trails as impressive as this, you’re bound to find the one for you. From easy-peasy to difficult, for little legs…

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Boréal Campers: designed for playing outside

Like secondary residences surrounded by nature, converted vans are currently highly popular. Crafted in a workshop in suburban Montréal, the motor homes from Boréal Campers are aimed at outdoors enthusiasts….

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Revisiting the beaten paths

What if we reinvented our fall hikes? And perhaps restored our voyageur mindset to rediscover the paths we liked already? What we’ll suggest here are some original approaches to enrich…

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