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Stories of Our Wilderness

April 4, 2017

Nature – A Big Part of My Life

Submitted by: Jonathan Nature is and has always been a big part of my life. It started when I grew up in a small village in Germany, where my brothers and I used to build our own bunkers and tree...

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March 30, 2017

My Relationship With Nature

Submitted by: Joseph When I think of how I related to nature, I trace my life back to childhood. I spent most of my early life living on a number of isolated acreages across Alberta and Saskatchewan, as my father...

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March 30, 2017

Wilderness in Switzerland

Submitted by: M. Grün Switzerland is a small country with an amazing landscape that might look adventurous on postcards, but in reality is not as wild as one might think. There is no wilderness in Switzerland. I live in Visp,...

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September 1, 2016

Tonquin Valley Surprise

Submitted by: Tara Adventure friends are the best friends, and I am lucky to have some gems. Specifically because one of them has a knack for getting everyone organized and booked before you have truly committed to the activity. Last...

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August 7, 2016

Saskatchewan Glacier From Two Perspectives

Submitted by: Kecia Since my husband and I moved to Alberta in December 2012, it has become a tradition to meet up with two close friends from Calgary at the Wilcox Creek campground near the border of Banff and Jasper...

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July 26, 2016

Backcountry Hiking With My Two-Year-Old

Submitted by: Christian The backcountry is a bit like an adults-only resort. You can expect that your sleep will not be interrupted by the screams of a toddler – or your meal at a shared-picnic table for that matter. There...

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July 16, 2016

Berry Long Time Ago

The “Pole Line” at the end of a long dirt road didn’t sound like a remarkable place when my dad first told me about it. In the evening after a long summer day spent in the sun, I hoped in...

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February 15, 2015


Submitted by: Leah Growing up, I was not a big fan of winter.  I was in the mindset that it was too cold, dark, and that there was just never anything to do.  Then in 2015, I went on a...

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February 21, 2014

The Cookie Race Campers

Submitted by: Mackenzie As my uneventful reading week hit the halfway mark, I couldn’t wait to get outdoors, far away from the sedentary school library. My coach had registered myself and two teammates in the Kananaskis Cookie Race, how we...

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July 1, 2013

Enjoying the Outdoors

Submitted by: Aaron I have always enjoyed spending time in the outdoors as this is the space where I have felt most in tune with myself. Since the first time I participated in a backcountry hiking trip when I was...

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June 8, 2013

Wilmore Backcountry Adventure

Submitted by: Dan Our backcountry adventure in the Wilmore began as we parked our cars at the Rock Lake staging area. Stashing our watches and cell phones in the glove compartment, we freed ourselves from our attachments to the outside...

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April 25, 2007

Mirror Lake

Submitted by: Raj In 2007, I returned home to Camrose, after having lived as a Buddhist monk for eight years, studying under the Tibetan Master Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. I wasn’t prepared for the shock of returning to “regular” life, and...

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August 5, 2006

Caribou in the mist

Submitted by: Liv 2006 was a year of transitions for me. I was in the process of moving from Ontario to Edmonton. I’d just finished my Master’s and was about to plunge into the murky pool of PhD studies. I’d...

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August 1, 2003

Ya Ha Tinda to Dolomite Pass

Submitted by: Matt Throughout my younger days, I attended a summer camp based out the Bow Valley. In 2003, I hit an age where the backcountry trips got a bit longer and a bit harder. For this particular summer, a...

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August 25, 1980

Crowsnest Mountain

Submitted by: Joel One summer I was taking road trips all over Alberta, exploring and doing lots of photography. A friend and set off on one road trip with the explicit goal of climbing Crowsnest Mountain in the southern Canadian...

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July 1, 1976

Almost Alone in the Mountains

Submitted by: Pat It was July of 1976, somewhere around my 21st birthday and while on a camping trip to hike in Banff National Park and visit friends, I decided to undertake a solo weekend hike starting at Sunshine Ski...

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April 25, 1975

Creating the Augustana Outdoor Education Program

Submitted by: William The 70s were a period when there was a lot of activity in the outdoors field. A number of institutions had outdoor programs. I was teaching at the U of A’s Augustana campus, and would look at...

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July 6, 1972

Immersing in the Wild of Kananaskis

Submitted by: Don I’ve always been fascinated with mountains and wilderness, spending many summers of my restless youth wandering the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada of California. That fascination led me to pursue an education in biology as I moved...

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August 1, 1971

Canoeing the Athabasca River

Submitted by: Derek On a hot sunny August day in 1971 my two brothers, father and I were paddling our canoes down the Athabasca River. We came through a long large gorge in the river. Our topographical maps of the...

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July 24, 1971

Alberta Mountain Adventure

Submitted by: Carol In 1971 we had a wonderful opportunity to travel to Alberta, Canada. At the time we were living in the north eastern town of Billingham, Teesside, England and had only travelled within the British Isles. It was...

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