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A Day on the Hudson’s Bay Grand Portage – Connecting Canada Through Adventure

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A Day on the Hudson’s Bay Grand Portage – Connecting Canada Through Adventure

Have you heard about The Great Trail? There is a chance that you may have hiked sections of it before, perhaps you know it as the Trans Canada Trail. It’s 22,000 km (13,670 mi) of trail that crosses all 13 provinces and territories, through urban, rural and wilderness landscapes, and follows green-ways, waterways and roadways. What began in 1992 as a big dream of a few Canadians is now coming to life. The Grand Portage Needless to say we were pretty excited and honoured to meet up with the Hudson’s Bay crew, as they stopped in on the West...

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Mammut Kento HS Jacket Review

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Mammut Kento HS Jacket Review

Bottom Line: The Mammut Kento HS Hooded Jacket is a hardshell jacket perfect for a range of outdoor pursuits were protection from the wind and rain is necessary. Lightweight and small packing size makes this a perfect jacket to stow in the bottom of your pack and leave there for when you’ll need it. Observations: Recently I had the opportunity to use and test out the Mammut Kento HS jacket during a few coastal hikes in Ireland dealing with rain and ocean spray. My first thoughts when I started using it was that it’s pretty light...

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Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set Review

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Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set Review

Bottom Line: The Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set is a versatile hydration vest that can be used for multiple outdoor activities. Whether you are heading out for a long mountain run, fast and light alpine climb or a day of mountain biking you will be able to carry all of your necessary gear in this 15L version and be comfortable all day. Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set Observations: I had the opportunity to test out the Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set recently while trail running in the Irish mountains. The weather in the West of Ireland is notoriously fickle so I...

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Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Trail Runner Review

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Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Trail Runner Review

Bottom Line: The Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 is a light, cushy trail runner that can easily do double duty on roads as well as other hard packed surfaces. It feels like you are literally floating on the trails. Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 Observations: Recently I had the opportunity to test out the Hoka One One Challenger ATR 3 on the trails around Southwest BC. The terrain here is mostly coastal rainforest, so it’s rocky, rooty and muddy. I was interested to test out the Challenger ATR 3 due to the amount of cushioning it offers...

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Amazing Grass Green Super-foods Review

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Amazing Grass Green Super-foods Review

Bottom Line: Amazing Grass makes clean, well made, high quality products for those looking to add more nutrition into their daily life in a convenient way. Everything is organic, vegan, gluten-free, Non-GMO and chock full of greens, super-foods and whole foods. This is a simple way to add a punch of nutrition and energy to your day. Observation: I am going to focus on the Amazing Grass Green Superfood as they are the product that I use on a daily basis. The first thing I loved about this product is the quality of ingredients and that it is...

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Island Lake Lodge Review

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Island Lake Lodge Review

Bottom Line: Close your eyes and think about the perfect mountain cabin setting. You might be picturing something like this: sitting on the balcony of a log cabin looking out over a beautiful alpine lake with a vast mountain range within hiking distance, the jagged peaks piercing the cobalt blue sky above. If this is similar to what you just had in your mind, you just pictured Island Lake Lodge. At Island Lake you can enjoy everything that big mountain back country has to offer, stunning views and acres upon acres of terrain to play in, while...

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The Wilderness Season’s Pass for the Canadian Rockies!

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The Wilderness Season’s Pass for the Canadian Rockies!

Bottom Line: If you live near the National Parks in Alberta, are planning to visit there and recreate for a week or more or simply want the option of staying somewhere road accessible that’s in the heart of the Canadian Rockies then you simply have to purchase the “Wilderness Season’s Pass” by Hostelling International. Observations: When I first learned about the “Wilderness Season’s Pass” I was intrigued, to say the least. On the outside I simply couldn’t believe what I was reading and that I...

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket

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Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket

Bottom Line: A hooded jacket that finds that narrow balancing point between warmth, durability and weight. Perfect as a belay jacket for rock and ice climbing, a ski touring mid-layer or as an ultralight jacket to always have stuffed into a corner of your pack for when the mountains are a little chillier than anticipated. Observations: I had the opportunity to test out the Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket on a number of cold mornings and evenings over the past few months. In all instances I was pleasantly surprised with just how quickly I...

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Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review

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Mountain Hardwear OpticVue 2.5 Tent Review

Bottom Line: A spacious and feature rich 2 person, 3 season tent. The OpticVue 2.5 has a really interesting design that allows for 180 degree views. A bit heavy for backpacking, but still manageable. Perfect for car camping or kayak/canoe trips! Observations: I got to use this on a number of multi-day trips, mainly a week long sea kayaking adventure as well as several road-trips. I’ve come to love this tent so much that it is now my go-to tent for car camping. It’s just a very simple tent that works and allows for panoramic views...

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Minipresso GR and Minipresso Kit Review

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Minipresso GR and Minipresso Kit Review

  Bottom Line: A compact unit that makes excellent espresso on the go. Small enough to bring camping or even on hiking day trips. Pulls a shot of espresso that actually tastes like true espresso. The additional “Minipresso Kit” is a must if you plan to use this device for camping and hiking. Observations: I became aware of this unit a few months back when I saw a friend using his on an adventure. I’m always interested in how others make coffee in the mountains. The piston style bump was intriguing, I had to try it out...

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