An outdoors/adventure feature takes the reader either into the great outdoors or on a possibly on an extreme adventure, or both. Canoe trips, cycling or mountain climbing might form the basis of such a story, but so too could base-jumping in the big city if it’s an activity available to visitors.

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Colleen Friesen, Cycling Among the Mennonites

Published in Adventure Cyclist Magazine, October/November 2016 

Cycling Among the Mennonites

            It’s not often you find yourself sitting in a Mennonite’s horse-drawn buggy. But here I was, snuggled under a dark-green fleecy blanket beside the bonnet-wearing, buggy-driving 67-year-old Viola Brubacher. Although it was only a short distance away, my bicycle, left back on the Brubacher farm, felt like something from a different life.

            The sliding side doors of the buggy had large windows. Combined with the wide...Read more

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Jenn Smith-Nelson, Petting wolves at Quebec's Parc Mahikan...

published in The South China Morning Post, December 12, 2015 

Adventure travel: petting wolves at Quebec's Parc Mahikan

Is it crazy to want to kiss a wolf?

I have no fear as I enter the enclosure; I've been waiting for this moment for most of my life.

Created in 2009 by Gilles Granal, a Frenchman who raises sled dogs, Parc Mahikan (Cree for "wolf") is an eco-adventure park in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec, in Canada, that offers a unique experience: interaction with wolves.

"I think all people who...Read more

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Debbie Olsen -"Iron Road"...

Published in - Red Deer Advocate - July 25, 2015

Iron Road – Via Ferrata

Banff’s new protected climbing route makes mountaineering accessible – even for middle-aged greenhorns.

From a high alpine ridge near the top of Mount Norquay, I could see the snow-dusted craggy peaks of more than a dozen mountains and I couldn’t believe I was standing there. When you reach a certain age, you realize the chances of you ever climbing a mountain are not very good. If you haven’t taken up mountaineering in your first 50 years of...Read more

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Janice and George Mucalov -"A River Safari on the Zambezi Queen"...

Published in - Cruise & Travel Lifestyle Magazine - Fall/Winter 2014

A RIVER SAFARI ON THE “ZAMBEZI QUEEN”

There’s nothing quite like an elegant river safari on the Chobe River between Namibia and Botswana. Wake up to grunting hippos, and watch elephants at sunset while sipping champagne.

“See the hippos!” Our guide, Gilbert, points to a jumble of large round boulders in the mud flats. One boulder moves. We make out red-rimmed eyes and little piggy ears. Sure enough, it’s a hippo. It stands up, waddles sideways, and then plops...Read more

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Janice and George Mucalov -"A Fine Phinisi: the Alila Purnama" ...

Published in -  Cruise & Travel Lifestyle Magazine - Fall/Winter 2015

A FINE PHINISI: CRUISING INDONESIA ON THE ALILA PURNAMA

Scuba diving in coral gardens, idyllic beach forays and… OMG, Komodo dragons!  Sailing Indonesia aboard the stylish Alila Purnama is an exercise in adventure.

Scales glinting, the Komodo dragon looks… well… stoned. Never mind that it’s the world’s largest and most lethal lizard – in 2009, two dragons attacked and killed a fisherman when he fell from a wild...Read more

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1st Place winner in Best Outdoors/Adventure Feature
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Warming Up to Winter by Mark Stevens

Published in Just for Canadian Dentists, January/February 2014

It’s late in the afternoon and the sun has already dropped behind the western hills, now swathed in deep shadows, that stand sentinel over Algonquin Park’s southeast boundary. A light snow falls and there is a thick layer on the ground, fluffy as a feather quilt.

The silence is absolute but for the crunch our snowshoes make on the snow as we step onto the trailhead of an undulating path just inside the park.

Come July, visitors to Algonquin flood Highway 60, the park’s main artery...Read more

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Cold Comforts
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Saskatchewan Tourism
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Remy Scalza
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Michael DeFreitas - Cuban Man with Rooster
Jody Robbins - Perfect Weekend in Penticton - Vacay.ca, July 2012

Published in The Sun Herald, October 2011

Chilled from a day in the snow, worn out from hours of shoveling and stacking snow blocks, we worm into the tunnel of the igloo one after another. The wind's howl mutes to a low hum. The day's gray light goes black. I follow the pair of boots in front of me, crawling in toward the glimmer of light ahead.  
The boots belong to Michael Harding, igloo evangelist. An outdoor guide with baby-blue eyes and snow-white hair, Harding has raised untold hundreds of igloos in this corner of western Canada. "They're warmer than tents. They...Read more

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The world's most epic road trip
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Saskatchewan Tourism
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Jody Robbins
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Lucas Aykroyd - On Frozen Pond, Westworld Saskatchewan, Winter 2012
Mike Fisher - Mexico's Top Lure, Up!, March 1, 2013...

Published in MSN Travel, July 2013

Be a brave traveller on the Karakoram Highway

The first thing that strikes me when wandering through the old town is the abundance of raw meat hanging outdoors on gigantic metal hooks. The second is the vast number of flies attracted to it. The butcher’s solution in this frontier town? Simply douse the beef in bug spray. Problem solved, and no extra charge for the marinade.

I’m in Kashgar, China’s westernmost city, about to embark on the world’s most epic road trip - the Karakoram Highway. Connecting China with Islamabad...Read more