RA Canoe Club Looking for Adventurer

The RA Canoe Club is looking for one more adventurer for their 2015 trip down Mountain River in the Northwest Territories.

This looks like an amazing river trip: 320km of some of the last, untouched wilderness in the country! Check out this BlackFeather tours video promoting their Mountain River trip:

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Gatineau Park Closes Parkways for Winter

Cross Country Skiing on the Gatineau parkway

Cross Country Skiing on the Gatineau parkway

The NCC announced again that tomorrow is the last day for cars on the parkway system in Gatineau Park.

Every year on the fourth Sunday of October the Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake parkways close to motorized vehicles, and the preparation begins for the winter ski season. Even though there’s no snow yet, most of the major Gatineau Park roads are converted into cross country ski trails in the winter.

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Are the New Gatineau Park Snowshoe Fees Fair?

Overlooking Lusk Lake in Gatineau Park on Snowshoes

Overlooking Lusk Lake in Gatineau Park on Snowshoes

In preparation for this winter’s fun, the NCC has announced discounted pricing on Gatineau Park cross country ski passes and… snowshoeing passes!?

Yep – after being free forever, the NCC has decided to institute a user fee for trekkers on the official snowshoeing trail system in Gatineau Park. So, beginning December 16th, that stroll through the forest will run you $7/day if you’re a grown-up  ($5 for youth, students and seniors) or $50 for the season.

I’ll be honest, my initial reaction to this news was comparable to my reaction to ATM charges… “uh, what exactly am I paying for here? You want to charge me to trudge in the cold, waist-deep snow through the woods in the middle of winter?

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Get Early Bird Discount on Gatineau Park Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Passes

Cross Country Skiing back from Lusk Cabin

Cross Country Skiing back from Lusk Cabin

Looking to get out and enjoy Gatineau Park this winter? Now’s the time (or anytime before December 5th, really) to grab a ski pass… or a snowshoe pass!

The NCC is offering discounted ski and – for the first time and to mixed reviews – snowshoe passes online and at the Welcome Centre in Chelsea.

A day pass for snowshoeing will cost $7 for adults, $5 for students, youth and seniors, or pick up a season’s pass for between $40 and $50. Until December 5th, that price is $30-40.

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Asian Ladybug Invasion Not So New

Asian Ladybug, with a prominent "M" behind it's head

Asian Ladybug, with a prominent “M” behind it’s head

I was sure I had seen a strange ladybug when I was up at Lac La Peche last weekend, but my fellow campers poo-pooed my amateur entomology and my enthusiasm. When I mentioned the biting Asian ladybug I’d been hearing about all week to Erica, thinking I had redeemed my keen observations from the campsite, she shot back with “oh yeah, they’ve been around for years now.”

I found that strange since I don’t remember hearing anything about it, so I set about to do a little more research, just to ensure the record was straight.

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