Alberta Equine Partners take action for those facing financial distress – Lethbridge News Now

LETHBRIDGE, AB. — Alberta’s Equestrian Federation (AEF) is taking pro-active action to ensure horses are cared for during the coming winter months.

It’s estimated Alberta is home to 33 per cent of Canada’s horse population – roughly about 320,000 horses. The equine industry is diverse and includes racing, sport, ranching, breeding, boarding, pleasure, recreation, and companion animals.

With that in mind, it’s known the COVID-19 pandemic is already causing financial distress on the equine industry in the province and there is likely to be a struggle this winter to provide basic care to horses.

A recent province-wide survey of the Alberta equine community, found one in five respondents said that they need help for their horses, donkeys or mules.

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Going off grid on Cape Breton Island – Saltwire Network

There is something special about driving across the causeway to Cape Breton Island that evokes the feeling of a different time and place.

Nova Scotia’s topography begins to change almost instantly. The landscape appears more rugged and untouched. Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean glisten under the morning sun, and mountainous terrain unfolds in the distance.

Cape Breton is the perfect place for an off-grid adventure in the great outdoors. Iron Mountain Wilderness Cabins, located on top of Whycocomagh Mountain, provides its guests with a true off-the-grid experience.

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Tourism association asks province for significant stimulus package – Sun Peaks Independent News

A consortium has asked the provincial government to allocate $680 million of their planned $1.5 billion recovery package to supporting tourism, a request supported by Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP) and other regional tourism organizations.

“Assistance for the many small businesses that make up the tourism experience is crucial in maintaining a strong product for both the short and long term,” said Arlene Schieven, president of TSP. “If our member businesses are able to access some of this support, then there is a greater likelihood that they will be able to keep their doors open through these uncertain times.”

In June the province asked for input from residents and announced an online survey and series of virtual town hall meetings. 

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Province kicks in money towards Twillingate Island Trails project – The Telegram

The Twillingate trail system will be getting some tender love and care soon.

This is after the provincial government announced more than $90,000 to help with the development, maintenance and expansion of trails in the Twillingate area.

Previously, the federal government and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced $273,811 towards the project.

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Pandemic prompting increase in area mountain biking interest – CHAT News Today

MEDICINE HAT, AB – It may be a four hour drive from Medicine Hat to the Rocky Mountains, but its surrounding mountain bike trails are regarded as some of Alberta’s best.

Entering the dog days of summer, it appears as though more locals are catching on to what the local landscape has to offer.

The 670 Collective, who design and maintain much of the 60 kilometres of biking trails located in and around Medicine Hat, say popularity of the sport has taken off during the course of the pandemic.

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Now is the time to invest in renewing Canada’s outdoor recreation infrastructure – The Hill Times

The jobs and economic impact of these investments would be a great boon to all regions of Canada, including rural and remote and Indigenous communities.

When it comes to ‘shovel-ready’ projects, there are many smaller projects—improving and expanding trails, marinas, campgrounds, and other recreational infrastructure—that could be started quickly and done this fiscal year, writes Sara Anghel. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

With warmer weather sweeping across much of our country, Canadians are venturing outside and looking for safe ways to spend time with family and friends. Outdoor recreation—be it getting on a boat and fishing, hiking through a provincial park, camping in your RV, or motoring along a wooded trail—is the perfect prescription for a lockdown-weary nation.

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Gros Morne a ‘ghost town’ amid pandemic, but staycations offering a ray of hope for businesses – CBC

Ten tourists from St. John’s zip on their life-jackets and slip into kayaks at the waterfront of adventure tourism company Gros Morne Adventures.

The company decided to market to the Newfoundland and Labrador tourist this summer — and it’s working.

“I don’t think we were expecting to be this busy,” said Robbie Hickey, who, with his wife, Kristen, owns Gros Morne Adventures.

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Take The Scenic Route: Calgary To Vancouver Via Crowsnest Pass – Travel Awaits

A road trip from Calgary to Vancouver has two main route choices. The popular Coquihalla route (about 11 hours drive time) uses Highway 1/the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 5/the Coquihalla Highway. The southern route via Highway 3/the Crowsnest Highway takes about 14 hours.

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Want to go camping? Follow these COVID-19 safety tips – CTV News

Camping — one of the earthiest of endeavors — can inspire the most heavenly of thoughts. But in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, it inspires a sobering question as well: Is it safe?

The good news is that relatively speaking, camping is among the safer forms of recreation you can enjoy right now.

Even so, it’s not without risk. But if you know what you’re getting into and follow some practical camping safety tips, you can enjoy that soul-cleansing getaway without much worry.

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Sam King teaches youth motorcycle skills – Whitehorse Daily Star

The young off-road motorcycle riders spent an afternoon Sunday with professional Sam King as part of Dirt School hosted by the Yukon Cross Country Motorcycle Association. Dirt School was also held the weekend prior and on Saturday.

The school helped the youth target their technical skills to increase their control and ability on their off-road motorcycle. The techniques taught would benefit the average trail rider as well as those who consider themselves experts in hard enduro.

King, originally from Australia, but now riding pro out of B.C., said he has had a passion for dirt-biking ever since he was a kid.

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