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 ...

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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 toboggan...

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2015 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 ...

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#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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Rediscover Nature

“When I was a kid…” Whether it’s stories of how far we walked to school, how much things cost, the food we ate for dinner – we all love reminiscing about what life was like growing up in our generation, whatever generation that may be. But most often, I hear the following from both friends and strangers who are over the age of 25: “When I was a kid and the school bell rang, we played outside until our parents called us in for dinner. After dinner and any homework that needed to be done, we were back outside until the streetlamps came on.” My generation ...

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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 ...

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Take Me Outside Day 2014

3 years ago today, I had just crossed the Alberta border into BC and had less than 900 km to go to finish running across Canada. After 9 months of running, my body was strong, but my mind was tired. I couldn’t wait for the day where I didn’t have to talk myself into running another 40-50 km. It was here, with these few weeks left, that 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 dipped my toe into the Pacific ...

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Answer Found in Solving Climate Change

A recent discovery is making waves across North America and around the world today as scientists, academics and children claim a solution to the climate change crisis. I’m tiring quickly of my newsfeed being bombarded with bold claims and teasers that just beg the reader to click and read on. My favourite to mock are the ones that entail lists, and end with the tagline “I couldn’t believe No. 7” or some nonsense like that. So in the spirit of playing along and joining the masses of trying to “sell” this story, the title and tagline were my best attempt. ...

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