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Fat biking is one of the newest and fastest growing sports in Canada. More than just a way to stay in shape for the summer mountain bike season, fat biking offers a unique outdoor adventure experience that needs to be tried at least once. Here is our beginner’s guide to this exciting winter sport.

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February 23, 2017
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After a long day hiking through Canada’s backcountry, it is always nice to unwind with a cool refreshing beverage around the fire. The key is to know what to pack so you are not bogged down by your grog. Check out these 5 drinks to mix on your next backcountry trip!





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February 17, 2017
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Snowmobiling 101

February 16, 2017

As many of our readers know, snowmobiling is one of the most exciting ways to enjoy the outdoors during winter. We have put together a quick list of tips and techniques for making sure your snowmobile adventure goes smoothly.







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February 16, 2017
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Avalanche Safety 101

February 1, 2017

With so much amazing backcountry to explore all across Canada, it would be a shame not to strap on a pair of skis or snowshoes or fire up the snowmobile and get outside! To help keep your adventures safe and fun, we have put together a beginner’s guide to avalanche safety.





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February 1, 2017
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Although trail mix can be a great option for a snack on the trail, or a simple snack while camping, store-bought brands can be expensive and come with a lot of unhealthy (and unnecessary) ingredients. That is why we have put together this handy cheat sheet to make your own trail mix, and we have even added some tried and true recipes!



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January 31, 2017
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While winter presents all sorts of exciting adventure opportunities in Canada, it also poses unique risks and challenges. Two of the most common, and avoidable, medical emergencies that occur outdoors in winter are frostbite and hypothermia. Here is our introductory guide to recognizing, treating and preventing frostbite and hypothermia.



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January 27, 2017
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Though the winter on the west coast can be a bit milder than across Canada, it is still not anyone’s ideal running weather. However, with the right tips, tricks, gear and exciting trails to conquer you will be enjoying a January jog in no time! Here is our BC Winter Trail running 101 and some great places to go!



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January 25, 2017
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Before you head out on your backcountry winter adventures, print off our Winter Travel Checklist to to ensure you pack everything you need for a safe and exciting bucket list adventure this season!

 









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SOS: Safety on Snowmobiles

November 28, 2016

Snowmobiling is easily one of the most exciting winter sports to enjoy in Canada, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. Follow these simple safety tips to stay safe and have fun on your sled this winter!

 





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November 28, 2016
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When Animals Attack

October 21, 2016

The Backroad Mapbooks team knows that wildlife can be one of the major hazards encountered in the outdoors. We’ve put together a list of wildlife species to watch out for, how to avoid encounters and what to do if attacked.

 




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October 21, 2016
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A mother and Backroad Mapbooks employee had the scare of a lifetime on a local hiking trail. Here is an account of her run-in with an aggressive black bear, as well as some tips and pointers on how to stay safe in the woods.  



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October 11, 2016
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The days of fast and light summer camping are gone with the wind and it's time to embrace the beauty of the changing season. Instead of packing up your camping gear, pack up some essential items to keep you camping comfortably right until the first snowfall. Here we’ve got a list of ideal essentials to bring on your fall camping trip this year!

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September 28, 2016
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