A city for nature lovers

Downtown Vancouver (Photo by Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

Downtown Vancouver (Photo by Adam Hunter/NCC staff)

Last September I travelled to Vancouver, BC. It was my first time on Canada’s West Coast, and I was really impressed. While I enjoyed exploring the city itself, it was the nature activities that really stood out for me. Stanley...

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Exploring Canada’s wild west

Me in Jasper National Park (Photo by Tazim Hunter)

Me in Jasper National Park (Photo by Tazim Hunter)

Last September I went on a week-long road trip through Alberta with my mom. We flew to Edmonton and then drove past wilderness to Jasper, Banff and Calgary. This was my first time visiting this part of Canada, and I still can’t get over its...

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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? A few summers ago, I had the opportunity to travel north by ship into the Northwest Passage...

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Connecting to nature and my ancestry from the stern of a canoe

Me at the mouth of the Voyageurs and Old Voyageurs channels (Photo by Christine Beevis Trickett/NCC staff)

Me at the mouth of the Voyageurs and Old Voyageurs channels (Photo by Christine Beevis Trickett/NCC staff)

This story is about my experiences on and personal connections to what is now known as the French River, in Ontario. Long before European settlers came, this area was occupied by Indigenous Peoples. The original caretakers of the land, this is the...

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Tails from the Field: On the trail for wonder

The Forks Prairie Garden is a great outdoor classroom. (Photo by Thomas Fricke)

The Forks Prairie Garden is a great outdoor classroom. (Photo by Thomas Fricke)

There are many kinds of nature trails, for many kinds of nature lovers. Some people are happy to scramble over rocks, cut across shallow rivers or squeeze past thorny vegetation during their hike. Others prefer terrain that's a bit more level,...

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Top 10 invasive species to stop this summer

Man fishing in New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Man fishing in New Brunswick (Photo by NCC)

Our Canadian summers are short and fleeting. Warm and sunny days are best spent enjoying the outdoors and connecting with nature. While you are out exploring nature’s wonders, you can also help control the spread of invasive...

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Top 10 backpack essentials for any nature lover

Hiking gear (CC0 Public Domain)

Hiking gear (CC0 Public Domain)

Nature enthusiasts know there is nothing better than experiencing all of the sights, sounds and smells that nature has to offer. With an abundant variety of beautiful landscapes in Canada, it’s no wonder the great outdoors call to...

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Pointe Saint-Pierre: A site of natural splendour and heritage

Pointe Saint-Pierre, QC (Photo by NCC)

Pointe Saint-Pierre, QC (Photo by NCC)

With four months off between two university semesters, I had a decision to make: Would I work, or would I travel? I looked for work away from the Quebec City centre, and the best of both worlds offered itself to me. I could actually work and...

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Fifty shades of green

Croatian coast (Photo by Gayle Roodman/NCC staff)

Croatian coast (Photo by Gayle Roodman/NCC staff)

“Holy smokes, this is stunning!” I exclaimed for the umpteenth time. “This is not at all what I was expecting.” I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting when my husband and I embarked on our self-supported two-week...

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One million steps: A hike to honour the legacy of conservation (Part two)

Snow-covered trail sign at Hockley Valley, ON (Photo by Dan Kraus/NCC staff)

Snow-covered trail sign at Hockley Valley, ON (Photo by Dan Kraus/NCC staff)

Hiking north, we crossed the height of land that defines the watershed between Lake Ontario and Lake Huron. This landscape includes Hockley Valley and Mono Cliffs, provincial parks I had only rarely visited in the past. Over a century ago, much of...

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