A hike with history

It was October 19, 1943. The Second World War was raging and victory far from certain for Canada and its allies. In the town of Saint-Donat, residents did their best…

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Long-distance relationships

It is amazing to see the wildlife that inhabits Mont-Tremblant. I enjoy spotting these creatures. Where some see a nuisance, I see critical players in our ecosystem. On a few…

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Well read thanks to our libraries

If you are not “checking out” our two libraries then you are missing out. The Mont-Tremblant libraries offer a collection of 50,000 books, subscriptions to newspapers and periodicals, computer stations,…

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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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A true escape in nature

Many of us dream of a small chalet tucked away among snowy trees, looking onto a beautiful lake surrounded by gentle hills; outside, many healthy activities would beckon. That very…

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Pick up that peel

By Jeff Swysten Hiking’s simple rule is this: leave only footprints. I like to add: try to avoid that, too. Often I see people avoiding a puddle, thereby widening the…

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Remembering the rope tow

By Jeff Swystun Before magic carpets moved tottering children gently up bunny slopes, or highspeed quads whisked thrill-seekers to towering summits, there was the humble rope tow. Until it was…

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