Written on March 7, 2020, by Sean Nichols
One month after the launch of our 2020 Adventures for Wilderness programme, the first adventures are drawing near: A cross-country ski trip from Canmore to Banff and a 48-hour ice fishing trip!
With Adventures happening from March through June and even beyond, we’re sure to have something that suits your style. Perhaps that’s a winter adventure, maybe it’s a summer adventure, or something indoors… or maybe you don’t care: you just want to get out there and have fun. Here’s what’s coming up!
Ski Crosscountry from Canmore to Banff
If you’re really itching to get out there and enjoy the snow, Jamie Jack, Sky England and Hannah Slomp have the perfect cure for those winter blues: a cross-country ski trip from Canmore to Banff! This 18km ski trip along the Goat Creek Trail has quickly become a fast favourite among those who have been able to undertake it. March 14th is your chance to make it a favourite of yours too!
Help Friends Fish-A-Thon reach their fundraising goal!
From March 7-8, Nissa Petterson and friends will be spending 48 hours ice fishing, winter camping, and performing some citizen science to test the lake’s overall health in conjunction with the Alberta Lake Management Society. Sponsor this Adventure to help them reach their goal of raising $2000 for Alberta’s wild waters.
Have an idea for an adventure?
Written on January 31, 2020, by Sean Nichols
Since we last wrote to tell you about Alberta Wilderness Association’s new event, things have been unfolding with an amazing precision and we’re all pretty excited!
The response to Adventures for Wilderness has been overwhelming. With a dozen adventures from around Alberta posted to our website and several more in the queue awaiting a few final touches, we’re ecstatic that we can finally offer the ability to include people from across this amazing province, and connect with the wilderness they love and know that’s in their own backyard.
For example, here’s one of our great new adventures this year: A Garden Exploration led by longtime AWA friend and expert botanist Vivian Pharis. Vivian has an amazing day in June planned for her adventurers: a visit to four beautiful private gardens in the highlands west of Calgary, with time for refreshments in one of these gorgeous settings. Each of the gardens comprises a fascinating example of Chinook belt horticulture, and will be accompanied by the host gardener explaining their approach to moulding elements of the wild into themes representative of beautiful wild rockeries or woodlands. This is a very rare chance to see these private gardens, and anyone who raises $100 or more will be given the opportunity to participate in this exclusive adventure with Vivian.
That’s just one of the adventures we already have up on the site! Not your speed? If you’re looking for something a bit more, well, adventurous, then how about a hike around the Jumping Pound Mountain Circuit with Chris Saunders? Looking for a winter adventure? We have a cross-country ski trip from Canmore to Banff with Jamie Jack. In Edmonton? Stand-up paddle boarding on the North Saskatchewan River with Gail Docken. Prefer to stay inside and let your mind do the adventuring? A wilderness-themed trivia night with Sean Nichols.
And for those of you that just miss climbing the stairs, then stay tuned! We have a couple of different stair-climbing ideas just for you folks that are about ready to bloom. We hope to have them up on the site soon, so keep checking back!
The range of adventures really does leave us inspired. We hope you agree, and that you’ll join us on one — if not more — of these adventures.
Or better yet: we hope you’ll also be inspired by these ideas, just like we have! Is there an adventure that you’d like to go on? We can’t wait to hear about it! We’d love to see more and more of your wilderness adventures popping up all over the province. There’s a form right on the website where you can submit your idea. We’ll be happy to add it to our map along with the other adventures. When you register your adventure, we’ll be in touch with fundraising ideas and will set up a dedicated page where you can promote your adventure, invite participants, collect sponsorships and more.
In the meantime, keep an eye on our website and social media pages for details and news of the Adventures being planned.
What’s Your Adventure?
Written on January 13, 2020, by Sean Nichols
After 28 successful Climb for Wilderness events, Alberta Wilderness Association is celebrating 55 years as an association with a new and exciting event — Adventures for Wilderness.
Despite every possible effort we have had it confirmed that we are not able to use the Bow Building for our event. As disappointing as that is and after realizing we needed to change; “let’s get outdoors” was the response. And so we are doing just that, we have reinvented Climb for Wilderness.
This is AWA’s 55th year and with your help, we are continuing in our tradition of renewal and reinvigorating and being nimble!
We hope you will join the fun of creating your own adventure and being part of AWA’s plan to get out there! With a limit of 55 adventures designed by people who care about wilderness and wildlife we expect to have adventures that will cover the province and even be in locations where we have members across Canada.
Watch this space for details and news of the adventures being planned.