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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.