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Check out all the fun everyone’s been having on our adventures!

As the adventures take place over the course of spring 2020, be sure to check back here for photos from the adventure, a report back, and more!

Here’s what we have so far…

X-country Ski Canmore to Banff

with Jamie Jack, on 15 Mar, 2020

Sometimes you just need to put your phone down, turn off the news, and go on an adventure. As the weekend arrived, a winter storm warning was blowing in – but we were hopeful for sun. After only a one day delay, we headed off into the wilderness!

Discovering the logistics of getting to the trailhead was only the start of our adventure. Confidently, in our finest animal print, we skied 19 km along Goat Creek and Spray River trails. Fresh, trackset snow and a bluebird day made for forgiving steep descents, and a relaxing trailside picnic. Aware of the recent grizzly sighting, we sang, yodeled, and laughed for four and a half hours! Reconnecting with nature gives you the opportunity to reset emotions and refresh your perspective. To everyone who sponsored our Adventure for Wilderness – Thank you! Remember to get outside, and appreciate Alberta’s natural beauty.

Friends Fish-A-Thon

with Nissa Petterson, on 7 – 8 Mar, 2020

Our adventure started on Friday with a race against time; we boogied to set up our staging area and drill our holes in the ice before the weather socked in and the blowing snow kept us huddled by our fire. By Friday evening, we had 4cm of snow, with more to come. We bunkered down in our tent, hoping to catch some late roving and hungry walleyes. Saturday morning we woke up to -20C, and welcomed some more friends that popped in for a day visit. We roamed around the lake, drilling holes and using a fishcam hoping to spot some schools of perch, or even just a single monster pike. We also took time to help our friends at Alberta Lake Management Society with one of their citizen science programs, the Winter Lakekeepers Program. We recorded the total dissolved oxygen at various depths of the lake, and took a sample of the water to test Total Phosphorous-all of which help indicate the overall health of the lake.  As the day progressed, more snow arrived and some of our friends who couldn’t overnight on the lake had to leave. As the snow continued to fall, we resumed our posts hoping to pair our dinner with a side of fish, and eventually, our efforts paid off! We caught a 26 inch pike on a tip up located outside of the tent. It ended up being the only fish we caught over the weekend, but at least we can say we weren’t completely shut out! The catch rejuvenated our spirits, and we celebrated over a tasty meal. Sunday morning came, and it was time to pack up and head home, however it seemed that Mother Nature didn’t to want us to leave. By Sunday morning, a total of 9 cm of snow had accumulated bogging down our vehicles, in addition to a couple of frozen vehicle batteries. With some shoveling, pushing, and a little bit of kitty litter, we eventually made it out safely – with stories to tell!


Registration OpenJan 15, 2020

Fundraising Prize DeadlineJun 5, 2020

A4W CelebrationJun 6, 2020

Final Fundraising DeadlineJul 31, 2020

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