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I never would have imagined that my path to snowshoeing would be a result of acquiring my pilot’s license. Picked up as a hobby to save money as I paid for my flight training, it has fast become a favorite winter activity in order to spend time in the backcountry. Snowshoeing has been around for thousands of years – evolving early on from a necessity, to recreational use, to use by competitors… Read More

An igloo is a traditional structure that takes advantage of the insulating properties of snow. It is engineered into a dome-shaped shelter that requires no additional structure, aside from the blocks of snow that lean on each other. I have had opportunities to stay in igloos through my travels, but never to build my own – cutting and stacking the blocks of snow to make a temporary shelter for the night. And… Read More

I never thought I’d be spending a night in an igloo but that all changed with a trip to Parc National des Monts-Valin in Quebec last winter.  The park is a monstrous playground for backcountry snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during the winter season. The park sits at an altitude of 984 m in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The parks gets far more precipitation than it’s surrounding regions and the snow cover makes the… Read More