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“Hello, my name is Amelie and I am doing a big presentation on how hiking benefits your mental health. I know that you are very busy, but could you please spare a few minutes to answer the following questions: 1. How does hiking help you? 2. Do you think hiking helps your mental health?...
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Greetings everyone! As many of you probably know by now, Jonathan Toews (pronounced toes not taves) has been hiking along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as part of a national campaign called Defeat Depression. It’s pretty amazing actually. At first, I...
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As many of you may already know (or not), I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Jonathan Toews, a local athlete who plans to hike along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada as part of a national campaign called Defeat...
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Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Niagara hiking enthusiast Jonathan Toews to discuss his upcoming plans to hike along the Bruce Trail in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Mood Disorders Society of Canada, which he plans to accomplish on weekends by hiking 24 consecutive hours on five...
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In my last post, I talked about my desire to hike all the way across Short Hills Provincial Park before eventually turning around and heading back to the Rockway Conservation Area prior to sunset, only I didn’t quite make it all the way across. Without knowing exactly how much more distance I needed to...
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DISCLAIMER: Before attempting any level of exercise, please consult with your physician to ensure that you are in good physical condition and able to participate in any of the explained activities. You should understand that when participating in any form of an exercise program, there is always the possibility of physical injury. If you...
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“This is the way we fall. First we lose our balance, teetering precariously on the edge of uncertainty, until, mercilessly, gravity takes over. You can’t outshine gravity.” ― Cassia Leo When I set out to hike along the Bruce Trail from the Rockway Conservation Area all the way to Short Hills Provincial Park, I...
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As some of you may recall from my last hike, I finally committed myself to trekking across every inch of the Bruce Trail, starting here in the Niagara Region, and then eventually, over an undetermined amount of time, hike the remainder of the trail all the way up to beautiful Tobermory. Something else that...
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“The unexplored life is not worth living.” ― Plato All this past week, one of the things that I’ve been looking forward to the most on my day off was just getting back out onto the Bruce Trail and picking up where I left off. It occurred to me on my last hike that...
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I couldn’t tell you how I got my hernia. All I know is, I had this walnut-sized, mysterious bump in my lower abdomen, and truthfully, I didn’t think much of it at the time. It wasn’t until my regular check-up at my doctor’s office that he told me rather nonchalantly that it was a...
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As of today, it’s been three weeks since my hernia surgery, so to help celebrate, I decided to head out onto the Bruce Trail for a quick little three hour hike. How could I not on a day such as today? It was 18 degrees and gorgeous out there. A perfect Spring day. A...
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Over the years, I know I’ve spoken to a lot of people about my many wilderness adventures, particularly those spent over the past decade with my son in Algonquin Provincial Park. My son and I have had a lot of incredible adventures together, which subsequently, I plan on sharing in great detail in my...
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Model: Denae Albertyn Hair and Make Up: Neeshea Ellis Photo: Relz Life Photography “I found this awesome abandoned motel and gas station by accident. Once I saw it, I had this shot already planned out in my head. It reminded me of something you’d see in the deserts of Nevada or Arizona. So I...
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After work today, I hung out for a bit at the Prince of Wales Hotel in beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake (Ontario, Canada), where I happened upon an old acquaintance of mine – Peter Crabtree of Crabtree Publishing. Peter was one of the many consultants who I chose to add as a dedication in my book Desolate...
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“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn For the past twelve months, my life as a writer has looked as follows: I spent nine months literally rewriting and formatting every single word...
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This past weekend, I once again had the pleasure of meeting with each of the executive members of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC) at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), which was held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, but I also had the opportunity to finally meet many of the other great...
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. . . . Today couldn’t have been any better. I woke up knowing that I didn’t have to be down in the hotel lobby until around 1:00 p.m. in order to catch the shuttle to the CJFL Canadian Bowl football game between the Vancouver Island Raiders (BCFC) and the Regina Thunder (PFC), but...