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 laurie@outdooradventurecanada.com 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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honouring Kirk Wipper—help needed for Friday, April 29th

I received an email today saying that help is needed with tomorrow’s leg of the portage honouring the life and achievements of  Canadian paddler, Kirk Wipper.

If you can help and would like more information please visit….

A True Canadian Portage in Honour of Kirk Wipper

Kirk’s memorial memorial gathering has been changed. “Travelling On: Celebrating the Life and Passions of Kirk Wipper” will be on Sunday, May 1st, 2011, 2 pm at the Canadian Canoe Museum.

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It’s Earth Day…

Everyone here at OAC is wishing you a Happy Earth Day! It is supposed to be a beautiful day here in Ontario, Canada, so we’ll probably go cycling or for a hike… right after a hot cup of tea.

Feel free to comment and tell us what you are up to on Earth Day!

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Bill Mason Memorial Scholarship Fund – Annual Fundraising Auction

Most Canadian canoeists have been influenced by Bill Mason whether directly or indirectly. He was an avid paddler, a wonderful film maker, and a great environmental champion.

In 1990 Paddle Canada created a scholarship fund in memory of Mason. This fund is for students pursuing education in environmental studies. April 21st is Bill Mason’s birthday and also the day of the annual auction which raises money for this scholarship.

You can read more about the auction by reading Becky Mason’s post in our forums or visiting the auction page at www.redcanoes.ca.

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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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celebrating the life of Kirk Wipper

Kirk Wipper’s Life and Work to be Celebrated Sunday May 1st at Canoe Museum

Please note that the date for the Kirk Wipper memorial gathering has been changed. “Travelling On: Celebrating the Life and Passions of Kirk Wipper” will be now held at The Canadian Canoe Museum on Sunday, May 1st, 2011, 2 p.m. followed by a reception at the museum. Anyone moved to contribute a song or story to this celebration should contact the museum (705) 748-9153 or email james.raffan@canoemuseum.ca.

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