Conserving all-Canadian wildlife just one part of the puzzle – Dan Kraus, Trail Times

“Canada plays a critical role in protecting many of these plants and animals.”

Every nation plays an important role in stopping wildlife extinction.

Here in Canada, we have an estimated 80,000 known wild species. They range from pygmy shrew to polar bear, and from stellate sedge to Sitka spruce.

Canada plays a critical role in protecting many of these plants and animals.

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Annual Canada Day Paddle goes Virtual – SooToday.com

The Parade of Paddles is an annual event that celebrates Canada Day, with the goal being to fill the lock with as many canoes or kayaks as possible. Due to COVID-19 and physical distancing restrictions still in place, the challenge this year will be for paddlers to take the vessel of their choice to their favourite paddling spot, instead of the Sault Canal, says an event post on Facebook.

To participate in the challenge, paddlers are asked to simply take photos of themselves paddling at their spot and share the photos on the Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site’s Facebook page

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From Bill Goulding of Sustainable Trails Inc.

On Wednesday our crew placed the bridge beams across the Crow Gulch waterfall – 30 feet high – on the Gros Morne Mountain trail. We constructed false work or scaffolding so that we could use a smaller (and much cheaper alternative for the Park) helicopter. The bridge is 72 feet long. By the end of the week we will be driving our machines across. Note that the photo was taken from the top of the waterfall.

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Yukoners discover local hikes – YukonNews.com

“Everybody’s just getting outside”

Scenic views, narrow trails — sometimes along steep ridges — and selfies showing smiling faces amid vast wilderness.

More of these images appear to be popping up on the social media feeds of Yukoners as they take to trails near their home in a season where organized summer activities have been cancelled and vacationing outside the territory is not a possibility until at least July when the border with British Columbia may open up.

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Cyclists find physical distance heaven at Hardwood – BarrieToday.com

This summer, local mountain bike riders are missing one of their favourite weekly events – the popular Wednesday Night Bike Race series – which has taken place at Hardwood Ski and Bike in Oro-Medonte for the past 25 years.

“This is the first time we’ve had to cancel,” said Arienne Strong, program manager at Hardwood, which is located north of Barrie on Old Barrie Road. “Cancellation of this event is especially tough because the series is like having a family reunion every week – kids, families, competitive team members – everyone comes together for the races. It’s exciting and fun and something we all look forward to so much.”

The decision to cancel this year’s series, which involves an average of 180 riders at each of the events held over the 18-week season, was made in May as a result of COVID-19 restrictions and an announcement by Cycling Canada and the Ontario Cycling Association to cancel all events up until August 2020.

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Win a Knolly Warden LT with the NSMBA ‘Trails Forever’ Bike Raffle – from Pinkbike

We are incredibly excited to offer the chance to win a brand new custom-built Knolly bike while raising some money for the trails! Raffle tickets are available for 1 for $10 and will be on sale until July 31, 2020 on 7pm PST. The winner will be drawn at 7:30pm PST and will be contacted by email.

Buy your tickets here!

Knolly Bikes has generously donated a special edition of the Warden LT complete with a topographic map of Mount Seymour and NSMBA decals; the build has been rounded out with top shelf components from SRAMOne Up ComponentsWe Are One Composites, and built with love by the Wheelthing.

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Participaction report card gives children a D-plus for physical activity – from the Chronicle Journal

Kids get D-plus in Participaction report card

Before the pandemic, Canadian children were barely getting a passing grade for overall physical activity and sedentary behaviours.

Restrictions from the COVID-19 crisis have made things even worse, according to numbers released Wednesday by Participaction.

The report card gave children and youths a D-plus for overall physical activity and a D-plus for sedentary behaviours, according to a two-year stretch of research and data analysis through February 2020.

“This report card confirms that children and youth in Canada are not as active as they should be and have too much screen time,” said Participaction scientist Dr. Mark Tremblay.

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Cross-Canada hikers pass through the Kawarthas – from My Kawartha.com

Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton passed through Peterborough and the Kawarthas this weekend during a four-year journey on the 24,000km Great Trail

An epic journey across the country brought a pair of nature adventurists through Peterborough and the Kawarthas this weekend.

“We are hiking the longest trail in the world to encourage people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, races, abilities, genders, orientations, and identities to re-connect with nature through birding and Citizen Science,” says Dr. Sonya Richmond, conservation GIS analyst with Bird Studies Canada, who stopped in Peterborough Saturday (June 13) with partner Sean Morton.

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Your guide to summer: How to enjoy outdoor activities despite the pandemic – Arti Patel, Global News

As Canada slowly starts to reopen amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, it’s no surprise Canadians may feel like they’re getting the shorter end of the stick this season.

READ MORE: How many Canadians have the new coronavirus? Total number of confirmed cases by region

From cancelled vacations, events and music festivals to restrictions at patios and restaurants, the summer of 2020 just doesn’t feel the same.

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