Vacation in the trees

Remember the fun of treehouses? That feeling of adventure was hard to beat. You can rekindle it with your family at Les Refuges Perchés. Less than an hour from Mont-Tremblant…

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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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