On The Newsstands: July 2014 Issue of Canoe & Kayak

The July 2014 issue of Canoe & Kayak Magazine is on the newsstands. 

It is the "Wilderness" issue and in it you can read about...

  • 2014 Camping Guide
  • 4 Paddles for the long haul
  • Leave no Trace essentials
  • 50 years of the act that saved wild paddling
  • Rush Sturges and the art of the extreme
  • and more...

Canoe & Kayak is $4.99 a digital issue (check out the new app updates this issue as well!), or $6.99 at your local newsstand. Subscriptions are $11.99 for a digital, or $14.95 for print. 

Trail Swag's On the Newsstands: covers the latest outdoors magazines in an effort to let you know what great new content or digital issues that have hit the shelves.s

Gear Review: Columbia Pour Osity Jacket

Looking for a jacket to protect you from cooler, blustery days? Check out the Pour Osity Jacket from Columbia. This jacket is considered to be 2.5 layers and will both keep you protected from the elements thanks to its Omni-Dry waterproofness or Omni-Wick EVAP wicking.

If you're out on an extra humid day, Columbia has include long side venting for allowing in a cool breeze. Two zippers per under-arm allow for partial venting, or complete airflow. The two hand pockets are quite deep and a cellphone can stand completely upwards and not even reach the top of the pocket (or accidentally fall out). They are also waterproof thanks to the seam-sealed zipper and an inner pocket.

The attached hood is spacious enough to accompany a helmet but adjustable with the drawcords to keep it snug around your head. The wire brim can be adjusted to your liking for visibility

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There are nice little features such as the tail of the jacket being a little longer than the rest, and the chin having abrasion resistance. Oddly though, there is no loop inside the jacket to hang it on a hook. I like the high visibility of the blue colour and the contoured sleeve cuffs that you could velcro tightly around your wrists to deter water.

Check out the Pour Osity Jacket from Columbia, which is also available in a version for Women. Both are an excellent barrier from bad weather to keep you dry during your adventures.

Highlights of British Columbia Provincial Parks

Here's a great little video to show off some of the stunning sites to see at BC Parks.

From seashore to forests and mountain peaks, the range of park landscapes in BC is matched only by the diversity of outdoor activities available. Go rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, beachcombing, surfing - or just sit in a wildflower meadow and enjoy the view.

New Guide To Conservation Areas in Ontario

Conservation Ontario has released a guide to all of their locations across the province. You can order a copy by e-mailing them, or downloading it as a .PDF.

You can also use it to plan your visits for the Healthy Hikes competition which encourages you to explore Ontario's 270 locations and spend more time in Nature.

Connect with Conservation Ontario on Facebook, Twitter and now Instagram.

Canada's Parks Day 2014

This Saturday is Canada's Parks Day 2014 (the 3rd Saturday of July each year). The goal of the day is to get people to participate in fun, educational, family-oriented events in parks and Historic Sites across the country. Events range from local urban parks to Provincial Parks and highlight how important parks are for both us, and the environment around us. Here is a listing of events at Provincial Parks across Canada...

Gear Review: Columbia Conspiracy Razor OutDry

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Last Summer we gave the Columbia Conspiracy shoes a try and gave high marks for their lightness and grippy Omni-Grip "microlug" tread design. The technology that went into these Trail Running shoes has been integrated into other lines this year, so we figured the Columbia Conspiracy Razor OutDry would be a sure bet.

Sure enough, we found the same quick break-in period along with the extra bonus of a very comfy footbed. Hikes with these lightweight shoes were always enjoyable, and the versatility meant that I was wearing them from urban hikes to deeper woods day hikes.

Your eyes don't deceive you, these shoes float on water under their own weight (A Size 9 1/2 pair weighs 316 grams). Combined with their welded construction and Out-Dry waterproofing system, I never had an issue with soggy trails seeping into my socks. The only thing I would caution is that if you were to submerge your foot in water however, I found that these shoes do take a while to dry out.

With the carry-over of the great Omni-Grip sole, traction was also consistently solid whether it was going up-hill or descending. Their low-profile and flexibility also means that they would perform well as a multi-sport shoe ready for your next adventure.

Head over to Columbia to check out these great shoes, that really don't care what the Summer weather will bring and are also available in a women's style as well.