Whew, what a week! Let’s get outside!
One of the ways we can recharge and refresh our perspective is by getting outside and enjoying nature. At this time of year, the fall colours are ablaze in the northern hemisphere. Connecting with nature is a wonderful way to reconnect with ourselves and enjoy the sweeping vistas, vast wilderness, wild rivers, majestic lakes, rocky beaches. The rocky cliffs, deep crevasses, and secret forest paths. The starlit skies, offering up scintillating sights of the Milky Way and Northern Lights. These are stunning, awe-inspiring, and life-affirming.
NS-Salt Marsh Trail / Photo Credit: Daniel Baylis
The PEI Confederation Trail
New Brunswick Riverfront Trail, Lighthouse / Photo credit: Hanna Grossman
The Great Canadian Hike
For our JourneyWomen in Canada: an idea for you to consider: from now until the end of October, you can join The Great Canadian Hike, a national challenge to embrace trails in a physically distant world. The Great Canadian Hike is calling on Canadians to collectively hike 27,000 km in 31 days from coast to coast. From humble strolls to epic adventures, you can hike, walk, jog, cycle, paddle and experience The Great Trail as a participant in the Great Canadian Hike. We invite you to check out the Great Trail map, choose a short, single-day hike along sections of the Trail close to your home.
Before registering, check current public advice issued for your province or territory and follow it before, during and after your hike. When registering, only add team members who are members of your household. While on the Trail (or anywhere outdoors), keep a distance of at least two metres from anyone who is not a member of your own household or bubble – and always wear a mask if you can’t socially distance. You can register for a hike here: https://greatcanadianhike.ca/.
Expert Advice from a JourneyWoman
We’ve asked JourneyWoman Advisory Council member Dr. Nekessa Remy for her expert tips and advice to help you limber up, wherever you are. Nekessa is frequently featured as a health and wellness expert on Breakfast Television, CTV, and Global Morning, where she provides advice on posture, mobility and injury prevention. She’ll also join us on our October 20 ‘Behind the Scenes’ of our October issue to answer your questions live.
Nekessa’s Tips For Hiking
If you anticipate using your shoes in damp or cold weather, waterproof hiking shoes might be your best option. These hiking shoes and boots have a PU membrane sandwiched between the outer layer and the lining that keeps out moisture but still allows water vapor you generate to escape so your socks aren’t soaked through with sweat. These shoes will usually include ‛GTX’ in their title, which indicates that they include Gore-Tex technology.
Have more questions? Let us know!
Ready to Hit the Road?
Here are some of our top picks for Ontario:
- The Kissing Bridge in West Montrose (the last covered bridge in Ontario)
- Cataraqui Trail in Kingston
- Elora Cataract
- Sleeping Giant National Park in Thunder Bay
- Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
For those in Canada, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s resource page here: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/symptoms/provincial-territorial-resources-covid-19.html
In all other countries, please check your local government website for the latest information.
Note: all photos and logo provided by the Great Canadian Hike.