201 results for author: Colin Harris


2016 Winners of the Take Me Outside Student Video Contest

The 2016 Take Me Outside Student Video Contest is excited to announce the winners! First off, we just want to thank a few folks. Mountain Equipment Co-op is the main sponsor of this contest and we’re really grateful for their support. They have donated some great prizes for the winners, helping students across this country get outside. We also want to thank the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival as well as Banff Lake Louise Tourism. The Festival is hosted each year in Banff, followed by a World Tour in over 40 countries, and showcases stories of adventure from around the world. The winning student entry will be screened in front of a sold ...

Take Me Tobogganing

Take Me Outside wants to make a short film that will inspire kids to grab their toboggans and head for the hills. This film will be cinematically stunning, high adrenaline and will capture the joy of winter in Canada. We’ll use tobogganing as the vehicle for this film, however, the take away message will be highlighting the benefits of kids spending time outside and the sense of fun that comes with it. Let’s get kids excited about winter! Canadian winters can be a time when we all find excuses to stay inside a bit more. But with inside time comes screen time – a lot of it. Canadian students are spending an average of 8 hours a day in front of ...

How Justin Trudeau’s time outside shaped him as politician, educator and father.

My conversation with Justin Trudeau started in the unlikeliest of places. I had recently finished running across Canada and was fortunate enough to be granted an interview with our future prime minister. In early 2012, he was a local MP, splitting his time between Ottawa and Montreal while I had settled into Victoria after spending the previous 9 months running westward from Newfoundland. Our interview would be by phone, and not being particularly tech savvy (even after doing some research), the best solution for recording the conversation was to put the phone on speaker, hold it up close to my laptop to be recorded, and hope that the audio ...

6 Reasons Why Canadians Should Go Tobogganing This Winter!

Winters in Canada help define who we are. Yes, we may whine about cold snaps, incompetent winter drivers, shoveling and wet mitts, but there is little doubt that this land shapes who we are as Canadians. Spending time in the great outdoors is fundamental to our national identity. Each winter, every city, every town, every community across Canada, has some kind of hill that is transformed into a gathering space when the snow starts to fall. So to embrace our nippy northern climate (yes, even you Toronto), here are 6 reasons why Canadians of all ages, should go tobogganing (or sliding as it’s called in some parts of this country) this winter: 1. ...

Past Winners of the Take Me Outside Student Video Contest

The 2015 Take Me Outside Student Video Contest is excited to announce the winners! First off, we just want to thank a few folks. Mountain Equipment Co-op is the main sponsor of this contest and we’re really grateful for their support. They have donated some great prizes for the winners, helping students across this country get outside. We also want to thank the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival as well as Banff Lake Louise Tourism. The Festival is hosted each year in Banff, followed by a World Tour in over 40 countries, and showcases stories of adventure from around the world. The winning student entry will be screened in front of a sold ...

#RediscoverNature Photo Contest

Take Me Outside, in partnership with Nature Valley and Banff Lake Louise Tourism would like to thank everyone for their participation in the #RediscoverNature photo contest. We are excited to announce Jennifer Alexander as the Grand Prize Winner! Jennifer’s family has won a 4 day all expense paid trip to Banff to enjoy Canada’s oldest National Park. We are so thankful that Banff Lake Louise Tourism donated this prize to encourage more families to rediscover nature throughout these past few weeks. Below is Jennifer’s photo that was randomly selected as the winner. Nature Valley has also donated some great prize packs. If you see your ...

Changing Our Default Settings

At the tender age of 13, I found the piece of electronic equipment that was going to change my world forever – the ghetto blaster. It wasn’t just any ghetto blaster either. It had dual cassette tape players, FM stereo and detachable speakers on each side. I would make mixed tapes for my junior high crushes, and always be up to date on the latest singles from Depeche Mode and Twisted Sister. I saved my allowance for months and even offered up doing extra chores an exchange for more dollar bills (still to this day, the smell of dusting with lemon Pledge haunts me). When I walked out of Zellers with my new stereo, I was ready for music to shape the ...

Rediscover Nature Day

This summer, my parents along with my sister and nephew, visited me here in Banff. It was my nephew’s first time to the mountains and some of our favourite moments included canoeing the Bow River, hiking up Tunnel Mountain and throwing rocks into Lake Minnewanka. The weather wasn’t great, but that didn’t matter. The time we spent together outside created memories that will last a lifetime. Nature Valley and Take Me Outside are excited to announce Rediscover Nature Day! On Sunday, September 20, we are asking families across Canada to spend at least one hour outside – playing in and exploring Canada’s amazing backyard. Please help us remind ...

I. Am. Canadian.

I’m staring out the window of a hotel in Jasper on the verge of tears, looking at fresh snow in the mountains peeking through low lying clouds, a gentle breeze on the lake below and a Canadian flag at half-mast. Humans are storytelling creatures. The stories that we tell shape our history and culture. As Canadians, we sometimes question our sense of identity – the stories we’ve told and the stories we’re telling that shape who we are as a country and who we are as Canadians. In the wake of this week’s tragedies, mass media, politicians, schools and workers around the proverbial water cooler will in some way try to make sense of what has ...

Take Me Outside Day 2016

6 years ago, I had just begun my journey of running across Canada. I was making my way across Newfoundland in the heart of winter, and visions of reaching the west coast seemed a distant dream as I slowly ran westward on the TransCanada Highway. It would take 9 months of running 40-50 km a day. For the full story, check it out here - http://takemeoutside.ca/the-run/ In the final 3 weeks as I made my way through British Columbia towards the Pacific, Take Me Outside Day was born. We wanted a way for schools to celebrate not only the end of my run across Canada, but more importantly, an opportunity to raise awareness for simply getting outside.As I ...