Tofino - Photo courtesy of Tourism Tofino

5 Adventure Destinations You Should Add to Your List

The Calgary Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show is Alberta's largest show of its kind. Activity providers, tourism operators, and gear companies gather each year to bring the best in outdoor, ...


5 Activities to Try in the Canadian Rockies this Winter

If there is something you can count on in the Canadian Rockies each year it’s winter. Living in a place where it is cold and icy seven to eight months ...


5 One-Pot Dinner Camping Recipes

After a long day in the outdoors, nothing is more comforting than a hearty meal. But cooking a good meal can be challenging when you are camping. Often you have ...

Latest Book and Gear Reviews

Review - On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership

Review – On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership

Ever wonder what leadership skills could be learned from being one of ...
FreeSteps6 Crampon

Review: Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra and FreeSteps6 Crampons

If I had to compare trail crampons to anything, it would have ...
Images from Climbing Fitz Roy, 1968.  Photographer: Chris Jones.

Review and Giveaway: Climbing Fitz Roy, 1968

A few years back I watched a film called “180° South”, which ...
I Promise Not to Suffer by Gail Storey

Review and Giveaway: I Promise Not To Suffer, by Gail Storey

The cover of I Promise Not to Suffer gave me a lot ...
Dorcy Lumen Headlight Broadbeam. Photo by Ian Scriver.

Review: Dorcy Lumen Headlight Broadbeam and LED Bicycle Light

Whether in town or out in the wilderness, your safety when it’s ...
Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Review: Wild by Cheryl Strayed from The Hippie Triathlete

Jennifer Ward Barber's review of Wild gives us a breath of fresh ...

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Our Top 3 Gear Picks from the Calgary Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

When I attended the Calgary Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show *, I was on the lookout for new products or ideas I wanted to share with The Campsite community. I came home with great suggestions for new adventurous destinations I wanted to visit, as well as products and companies that caught my eye.

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The Rama Llama.

Rama Llama: A Sustainable Sleeping Bag

The Rama Llama is a high performance sleeping bag that boasts to be the first sustainable option to the outdoor market. Check out the story behind it and how you can support this initiative.

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Win FREE Admission to the Calgary Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show

Here’s your chance to check out Alberta’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences!

Here’s your chance to check out Alberta’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences!
We’re giving away 2 Family Four Packs of FREE Admission Tickets to the Calgary Outdoor Adventure & Travel Show on March 22 and 23, 2014. All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below!

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Helena and Nick at the summit

Finding a New Home in the Canadian Rockies

When I first set eyes on the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, I desperately wanted to learn their names. This was my search for belonging; my way to feel at home. The feeling was similar to the time I took a taxi from the airport to the bed and breakfast I had reserved for nine days when I first moved to Calgary, Alberta. Nothing could be more daunting than looking around and not finding anything familiar.

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Ben on the trail to Yamnuska, the mountain seen in the background. Photo from by Chic Scott.

Ben Gadd: Trail Guides Are Books of Dreams

Winter is long here in the Rockies, and we’re approaching that time of year when we start dreaming up our plans for the summer ahead, when the mountains are dry, the lakes turn to their azure blue, and the wildflowers start popping up in alpine meadows. In our minds, or perhaps on paper, we draw up a list of peaks yet to be climbed, routes that need completing, and trails we want to explore. Often we turn to our trail guides for help…

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Nancy Hansen

Arc’teryx Announces Nancy Hansen as Recipient of The Guy Lacelle Pure Spirit Award

Since 2009, when athlete and friend Guy Lacelle was tragically killed in an avalanche in Montana, Arc’teryx, La Sportiva and Petzl have come together to honour a climber who embodies the spirit of integrity, humility and joy that Guy brought to all his climbs.
This year’s recipient of the “Guy Lacelle Pure Spirit Award” shines in all those areas: Nancy Hansen of Canmore, Alberta, has been climbing hard, but quietly, for decades, and like Guy, has grown into a well-deserved role as a mentor for countless aspiring climbers.

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Expanding The Campsite Team with Helena Artmann

Introducing The Campsite’s newest team member, Helena Artmann! Helena lives in Canmore, Alberta, and brings a ton of web experience and outdoor enthusiasm to the project. You can learn more about her in this Q&A!

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Baker Lake campground in the Skoki Region. Photo by Meghan J. Ward.

Top 5 Backcountry Campgrounds in Banff National Park

One of the best things about Banff National Park is the access it offers to camping experiences for outdoorsy folks of all kinds, whether they’re keen to pitch a tent at a roadside campground or eager to hike to a more distant campsite. For campers willing to put in a bit of work, here are my recommendations for some of the best backcountry campgrounds in Banff National Park!

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Photo Banff Lake Louise/Paul Zizka

Ice Skating in Banff National Park: 7 Sweet Spots to Glide

Banff National Park provides outdoor enthusiasts with some of the most scenic ice skating rinks on the planet, and a quiet, peaceful way to enjoy the great outdoors. Both natural and manmade rinks are located throughout the park, and more specifically close to the Town of Banff. Here are our recommendations for the best spots to skate!

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Andrew (left) Landon (right)

Two Peaks, Two Days, Two Beards: Climbing for Change

Lassen Volcanic National Park is an often-overlooked park in Northern California. There isn’t any way for it to keep up with Zion and Yosemite National Parks of the United States, which, oddly enough, is probably why it’s so luring to a back-woods explorer like me. Lassen Peak is the tallest of the park. Standing at 10,457 feet the mountain is an active volcano and produces thermal activity throughout the park.

In just a few weeks Andrew and I will hopefully stand atop Brokeoff Mountain, followed by Lassen Peak, having reached not only our adventure goal, but also our goal to provide support for an organization fully committed to making the world a better place, one teen at a time.

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