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fall hiking stories – a contest

Fall is one of my favorite time of year for hiking and backpacking. I adore hiking in the fresh, crisp Autumn air and hearing the crunch of leaves beneath my hiking boots.

It would be great to hear about your Fall hiking adventures. Send in your story and photos for a chance to win a $25.00 Mountain Equipment Co-op gift certificate. The categories are..

  • favorite fall day hike
  • autumn backpacking trip
  • fall camping adventure

Email your story to
Deadline is December 15th. Winners will be announced December 19th. Good Luck!


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15 things to see and do in Canada before you die

As I am trying to get an early start to the day and I sit here checking OAC email, my mind is wandering. It is early and a few hours before the phone lines are turned on. While sipping my coffee an email catches my eye. It is from the Globe and Mail and contains a link to a photo essay called 15 things to see and do in Canada before you die. I enjoy the little travel feature but two in particular spark my wanderlust. One is kayaking the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and the other is Bike the Cabot Trail.

This has me thinking… what outdoorsy things would you like to see and do in Canada before you die? Submit your answers to for a chance to win an MEC gift card.

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Run Like a Mother Contest Winners!

We have our contest winners for the Run Like a Mother giveaway … Congratulations to Wendy and Terry.  Here are their stories:

Wendy L. from Alhambra, Alberta

Why I love running:

As a mother of three children running is the ideal activity to keep
physically and mentally well. It takes minimal effort and arranging to put
on the shoes an step out the door. Running burns off 100 calories every 10
minutes, clears your head, strengthens multiple muscle groups and keeps me
looking great.

As far as funny moments go my children understand that the only reason to
interrupt my run with a phone call to my cell is that they just had to phone
911 a moment ago.

Terry T. from Calgary Alberta

When I did my first half marathon with a bunch of friends we showed up to
the area where it started very early. We parked and settled into a Starbucks
for some breakfast and coffee. When we came out to get to the start line we
realized that our car wad parked on the race course and had been towed!
Luckily the impound lot was close by so we ran to it, got the car reparked
got our bibs and last minute gear and ran to the start. We arrived about 5
minutes after the last half marathon starters had crossed the start line.
Thank goodness for chips because I ran that half with my now husband and
made my goal of sub 2 hrs!

Thank you to all who participated. Stay tuned, there’s a rumor flying around Outdoor Adventure Canada that we will be hosting a similar contest in March 2012 for the sequel to Run Like a Mother.

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a contest from one of our sponsors

You can win $1500 of camping gear with our returning sponsor, KIWI. Click the KIWI contest graphic just below the site menu in the left hand column on our sponsors page and it will take you to the contest and also help support OAC at the same time.

OAC Sponsors

Thanks and Good Luck!

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the renewal of spring – photography contest

outdoor photo contest

sample submission

Before I became a professional photographer, I found that the best way to improve my skills was by doing. Books and theory were all great but self-assignments gave me a chance to push my limits and stretch my imagination. We thought that bringing self-assignments to Outdoor Adventure Canada would be fun.

To make it fair there will be two divisions—one for hobbyists and one for professionals. No prizes… just bragging rights and a chance to show off your work.

The Assignment – Spring

Now that winter is nearing the end and spring will be upon us, your photographic self-assignment is to take a creative outdoor photo that illustrates the renewal of spring. Think outside the box a little and have fun with it.

1.) you must have taken the photo yourself
2.) you may submit more than one entry
3.) the photo must be sent in jpeg format (see below)
4.) the photo cannot be larger than 700 x 700 pixels and 1.4 MB
5.) Panoramic photos must not exceed 700 pixels on the longest side
6.) do not place any text or watermark on the photo
7.) by submitting your photo and entering the contest you are giving permission to publish your photo on our website with credit to you as the photographer. You retain all rights to the photos you submit.
8.) the photos must be related to the outdoors or outdoor adventure in some way

Submit the information below to with your photograph attached. Please send one email per photograph.

Real Name
Email address
Website URL (if you have one)
Hobbyist or Professional
Camera Make and Model
Lens make and focal length
If and how the photograph was manipulated digitally
The location of the shot
The outdoor activity were you participating in
The story behind the photograph (if there is one)

We will show images from each category that we feel are exceptional. Images will be accepted until June 30, 2011.

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