Give me a tent, a warm sleeping bag and a crackling fire: Why I love camping

Tent (Photo by Carys Richards/NCC staff)

Tent (Photo by Carys Richards/NCC staff)

When the cold Canadian winters begin to recede and the weather grows warmer, I pull all my camping gear out of storage. After years of groundwork, I have my preparation down to a science. All of my gear is sorted and stored in large plastic bins,...

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GOT Parks? Canada sure does!

Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site, NS (Photo by D. Beevis)

Kejimkujik National Park and Historic Site, NS (Photo by D. Beevis)

GOT (Get Out To) Parks is a joint initiative between the Canadian Parks Council and the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada. Our ultimate goal is to provide an online destination for young people to learn about Canada’s national,...

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Canada. Yours to discover: Top NCC protected areas selected by eh Canada Travel

Cape Spear, NL (Photo by eh Canada Travel & Adventure)

The eh Canada Travel team at Cape Spear, NL (Photo by eh Canada Travel & Adventure)

As avid explorers of Canada, from coast to coast to coast, we have visited thousands of parks and protected areas in the name of researching tourism. So...when selecting our TOP most memorable adventures in a Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)...

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What do protected parklands and conservation areas mean to Canadian tourism?

Greg Girard with his day pack in Nova Scotia (Photo courtesy Canada eh Travel & Adventure)

Greg Girard with his day pack in Nova Scotia (Photo courtesy Canada eh Travel & Adventure)

Everything! Tourism in Canada is highly dependent on our parks and conservation areas. We would even go as far to say that our protected parks and conservation areas in Canada are the foundation of a successful future in tourism for Canada....

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Gratitude for Gaff Point: A winter hike

Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

Gaff Point, NS (Photo by Amanda Cashin Photography)

The natural undisturbed beauty of Nova Scotia is alluring for many. Visitors are drawn to the vast ocean views, long sandy beaches, and pristine forests. Yet on more than one occasion, when people arrive they are quick to cut down trees and build...

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Life on the tundra

Arctic poppy in the snow (Photo by Teva Harrison)

Arctic poppy in the snow (Photo by Teva Harrison)

Icebergs. Polar bears. Frozen expanses of windy rock & snow. Scurvy-riddled explorers. Dogsleds... What do you picture when you think of the Arctic? This summer, I had the opportunity to travel north by ship into the Northwest Passage with...

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At home on the tundra: Why I fell in love with the Arctic landscape

Dundas Harbour (Photo by Carolyn Mallory)

Dundas Harbour (Photo by Carolyn Mallory)

If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit the Arctic tundra, perhaps your first moments will compare to mine. When I stepped off the plane in Iqaluit, Nunavut in 1999, I knew immediately that I would call this place home. The landscape...

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Still waters: A photographic landscape study

Carl Zeiss sonnar lens (Photo by Mohylek, Wikimedia Commons)

Carl Zeiss sonnar lens (Photo by Mohylek, Wikimedia Commons)

Pontederia cordata, commonly known as pickerelweed, is an aquatic plant native to the American continent. It grows in a variety of wetlands, including pond and lake margins across an extremely large range from eastern Canada south to Argentina....

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Journey to Canada’s Middle Earth: My first trip to Darkwoods

Ladies of NCC's BC Region: Linda Hannah, Trish Blackstock, Hillary Page and Nancy Newhouse. (Photo by NCC)

The ladies of CanRock - Linda Hannah, Trish Blackstock, Hillary Page and Nancy Newhouse (Photo by NCC)

My bonus this fall was my first trip ever to Darkwoods with the ladies of CanRock: not a rock band at all, but instead the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) Canadian Rockies Program (Nancy Newhouse, Hillary Page and Regional...

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10 items to pack when exploring Canada's protected lands

Greg Girard with his day pack in Nova Scotia (Photo courtesy Canada eh Travel & Adventure)

Greg Girard with his day pack in Nova Scotia (Photo courtesy Canada eh Travel & Adventure)

Imagine Canada's protected ecosystems as a very large fine art gallery with nature's works on public display 24/7. Visitors to an art gallery follow a set of unwritten rules based on a mutual respect between the works of art, the patrons and the...

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