Wild Jobs Part Seven: Raft Guide

July 26, 2016

White-water rafting is a fantastic way to experience a fast-paced river. The large volume boats, coupled with an experienced guide at the helm, allow you to confront some gnarly waves head-on and live to tell […]

The Hermit of Inglismaldie

June 2, 2016

Banff National Park was a very different place in the early 1900’s than the world-class nature preserve we know today. Two coal-mining towns, Anthracite and Bankhead, both long since abandoned, were operating just outside the Banff […]

Legendary Cowboy

May 19, 2016

When discussing history it can be challenging to discern fact from fiction; truth from tale. Detailed record keeping was not what it is today and many stories were only passed on orally; their words never […]

Forgotten Fire Lookout

February 26, 2016

“Anyone can see a forest fire. Skill lies in sniffing the first smoke.” ~Robert A. Heinlein Black Rock Mountain, a prominent peak in the front range of the Canadian Rockies, features a small piece of […]

Wild Jobs Part Five: Wildlife Photographer

January 29, 2016

Photography has long been a hobby of mine, especially wildlife photography.  I always thought that professional photographers that were paid to photograph wild creatures in exotic locations had some of the best jobs in the […]

Wild Jobs Part Four: Search & Rescue

October 16, 2015

In the early 1990’s it was identified there was need for organized search and rescue (SAR) in Alberta to search for lost/missing persons in wilderness settings.  The response started at the grass roots level and […]

Wild Jobs Part Three: Wildland Firefighter

August 21, 2015

Wildfires have dominated headlines for much of the past few months.  So far this season there have been 1,638 wildfires with 101 burning on the same day, making May 18 the third busiest day since […]

Cold Water Kings

July 23, 2015

When you think about the sport of surfing you likely picture turquoise water, radiant sunshine, bikinis and board shorts, bronzed bodies, and tropical oases in exotic locales. The City of Calgary, located in one of Canada’s landlocked […]

Wild Jobs Part Two: Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician

April 16, 2015

Part two in my series on outdoor-related professions looks at the work of Wildlife Rehabilitation Technicians at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC).  Recently I spoke with Holly Duvall, AIWC’s executive director, about her work, the […]

Lest We Forget

November 10, 2014

Each November Canadians wear a Poppy to show respect for those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The freedoms we enjoy in this country are directly attributed to the immeasurable sacrifices […]

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