Gobble up your turkey and pie at an Alberta Provincial Park

For many Albertans, Thanksgiving weekend is a time to get together with family and friends to enjoy one another’s company and a hearty meal! This year, why not escape to a provincial park and have your Thanksgiving dinner surrounded by Alberta’s autumn splendor?IMG_5447

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Gone Fishing

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After upgrades, the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery will decrease its greenhouse gas emissions of moving water through the building by up to 67%.

One of North America’s largest fish hatcheries is getting a well-deserved overhaul. The Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery (SLFH), located in southeast Calgary, has raised over 50 million trout from eggs to adults since it opened in 1973. For the first time in more than 40 years, the facility will undergo renovations to update its water treatment systems and modernize its equipment.

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Running with the Bulls in Fort McMurray

Who says horror stories can’t have happy endings? After nearly two years, the Texaco East Pond has been restocked and is open to fishing again. The popular local fishing hole was closed after an angler reported an unusual catch on June 23, 2015. This fishy find was in fact a black bullhead – a species of catfish – and the ecological impacts it had on the pond were devastating.

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Winter is coming – and so are the energy efficiency rebates

IMG_5500Albertans bracing for colder months will have help lowering their utility bills, thanks to another round of in-store rebates on energy-efficient products.

A new campaign runs from Sept. 28 to Oct. 29 offering instant rebates of up to $25 for outdoor timers for block heaters and holiday lights, programmable thermostats and many other energy-efficient products. Continue reading

Hunting small game and pest animals

It’s easy to forget that hunting SMALL game can be every bit as exciting and challenging as hunting large game once you’ve made the switch and you’ve successfully stocked your freezer with deer meat.

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No Idle Matter: the consequences of idling

Whenever we find ourselves stuck in traffic, crawling through a restaurant drive-thru, or waiting for passengers, our vehicles’ engines idle and spew harmful pollutants into the atmosphere – pollutants that eventually make their way into our air, water and soil.

We generally don’t give idling much thought, but its cost to the environment, our communities, our health and our pocketbooks cannot be understated.

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Fish Alberta – Wadlin Lake

When it comes to boreal lakes in Northern Alberta, Wadlin Lake is as good an example as you will find.

A gravel road and a modest campground operated by Mackenzie County are the only man-made features along the shore of this stunning 1,900 hectare lake.

The nearest settlement is the town of Fort Vermilion. Fort Vermilion, established on the banks of the Peace River in 1788, is one of Alberta’s two oldest European settlements. Continue reading

Graves Wildlife Sanctuary Trail – new addition to the Trans Canada Trail mix

Graves Photo 2The new Graves Wildlife Sanctuary Trail is a triumph of thoughtful planning.

The six-meter wide trail winds its way through 300 acres of near-pristine old-growth forest just north of Pigeon Lake. The scenic 2.3 kilometre trail meanders through various ecosystems. Continue reading

Putting the “MOVES” on Summer

Summer is in full swing, and Albertans are making the most of it. It’s time for fun in the sun, drinks on patios, trips to lakes and pools, and barbeques. Even so, everyday decisions have impacts on the environment and affect the quality of the air we breathe. We all share responsibility for clean air and ensuring healthy communities and ecosystems. Luckily, there are many things you can do to move with the air in mind this summer, whether out on a road trip or enjoying a staycation!

Move yourself using human-powered transportation.

Move smart using fuel efficient practices when driving.

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Air Quality and Your Health

Whenever the air is hazy, or the smell of engine exhaust or smoke from a forest fire lingers, many Albertans wonder what effects poor air quality is having on their health.

The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a tool that helps inform people about the present quality of outdoor air, and helps them decide how to manage their outdoor activities so they are not injured by air pollution.

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