Stories

  • Cariboo, Kamloops, Prince George and a few spots along the coast are battling with wildfires. Homes, ranches, businesses and major events are at the mercy of the wind and the weather.

  • Nestled in the Foothills, on the Cowboy Trail, Sundre is where you’ll find good old-fashioned Western hospitality, unlimited recreational opportunities, and best of all a break from busy, city life.

  • For me finding places for Zen often means finding peaceful places to be mostly alone and often surrounded by Nature. Sometimes I’ll add in a chance to discover new cultures or historical events. But usually, I’m looking for places in British Columbia and Alberta that have lots of great quiet space and nature. Here’s my top ten Zen places I’d like to share.

  • Sitting in the saddle, cooking in the kitchen or running a trail can bring a sense of self discovery we never knew was hiding deep inside. Its that willingness to take that plunge to expand our world, to learn. ZenSeekers is all celebrating the transformation you feel when you accept the challenge to try something new. Here’s some ideas to get you exploring.

  • SilverStar is famous in the summer for its ridiculously fun bike park, but the hiking is often overlooked by the large influx of people who come up just to ride.

  • Our visit to O’ Keefe Ranch was a first-time experience at a ranch for both my girlfriend Chelsea and I. Leaving the sounds of the highway behind and stepping onto the soft dirt pathways of the working historic ranch was instantly a refreshing experience.

  • Heading to SilverStar Mountain Resort for the bike park’s opening weekend was even better than I had hoped for, and my expectations were high.

  • Something slows us all down when we see a sunset. We walk along a ridge slower, we calm down and contemplate life. But why do we cherish it so much?

  • Frogs hop under fern leaves as trembling aspen whisper above. Sun filters through the high forest canopy as the breeze stirs the treetops, sight and sound combined bringing to mind a sense of shimmering.

  • The safest water adventures are the smartest ones. When you plan to head out, Canada’s authority on playing it right, AdventureSmart reminds you to follow the 3 Ts of safety for any paddling getaway this summer

  • Everybody loves the mountains, but nobody likes the long drive out to see them. If you make the trek, you’ll often find yourself among throngs of tourists, standing in queues from sunrise to sunset. It’s a beautiful landscape, but one full of selfie sticks, elbow bumping and mounting frustration.

  • Brian Hamilton, our captain, tells the tale of the Kinosoo, or “big fish” for which Cold Lake is named. Legend has it that a giant fish bit a Dene warrior’s canoe in two as he paddled across French Bay to see his beloved.

  • My heart thumps rapidly as I start the Sea-Doo’s ignition. It’s my first time jet skiing and I’m excited, but a little nervous. After the safety talk, I wonder if I should be wearing a wetsuit, or if I’m going to fall off, then relax as I look around the lake. The sun is shining, the lake is placid, and the water is warm. We couldn’t ask for a better day to go jet skiing.

  • Tendrils of smoke curl from the kindling I’ve just set alight. Soon, the slow burning embers ignite and tiny dragon tongues lick the sky. Shawn Perry sets a pot over the fire, preparing to make tea from the leaves we’ve just harvested.

  • Flying high over the waves, Nathalie Senez takes a plunging dive. Momentarily, she pops up again. Mere seconds later she’s back in the air. Senez is a talented athlete, no doubt, but she’s no superhero - she’s a flyboarder.

  • There is something I felt while exploring Sonoma in the Arizona heat that I did not expect to experience once again in the Pacific Northwest.

  • “I think we can get a bit closer,” Jamie says, and we paddle as silently as we can towards a huge American pelican. Soon, we are just metres away from the giant bird, and he looks at us curiously wondering what we’re up to.

  • The pike’s tail thrashes, splashing the sides of the boat. It’s a strong 10-pounder and it’s putting up a fight. This is the eighth fish on our lines in less than an hour but it’s my first. Not just my first today; it’s my first ever.

  • As we cross the causeway to Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park’s Big Island, we stop to admire the view. Sunshine glints off the water and fishing boats, while cyclists cross the causeway. On the island road, the truck in front of us pulls over and waves us on.

  • Looking for a place to do just that this summer that also includes a lovely drive towards the mountains? Then you have to hit up the Cochrane Farmers' Market on Saturday mornings this summer.