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2019 Sépaq Winter Day – Free access to the joys of snow

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Access to 17 establishments of the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) network will be completely free of charge on Saturday, January 26 for the 3rd edition of our Sépaq Winter Day. (Société des établissements de plein air du Québec)
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Access to 17 establishments of the Société des établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) network will be completely free of charge on Saturday, January 26 for the 3rd edition of our Sépaq Winter Day. This event remains a must in January in Québec given its recipe for success: free admission, a wide array of special activities and entertainment, exceptional territories, and abundant snow.

“Québec’s nature and winter are incomparable riches, for which we’re renowned the world over. Sépaq Winter Day is an ideal opportunity to have fun with friends and family, fill up on fresh air, and realize once more how lucky we are to live in such a vast and beautiful part of the world,” declared the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks, Pierre Dufour.

“Sépaq establishments have everything you need to fall in love with winter. This day is a celebration of the best that the cold season has to offer. Outdoor activity is synonymous not only with pleasure and relaxation but also with health and healthy habits,” stated Sépaq Interim Chief Executive Officer, Guylaine Berthiaume.

The various Sépaq teams have concocted a special schedule, adding to the regular activities to make the event even more festive for the whole family. Access to cross-country ski and snowshoe trails will be free of charge.

Free equipment rental

Depending on the location and availabilities, it will be possible to borrow equipment at no cost and discover different activities, including the ever-popular fatbike. Also on the menu: skating, sliding, hiking, and discovery activities. There’s nothing better to put a smile on your face and add some colour to your cheeks.

Spaces will also be set up to toast marshmallows on an outdoor fire and find warmth and comfort while sipping a tasty hot chocolate.

For the complete schedule, go to:

www.sepaq.com/hiver/journee

 

 

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AED Program Renewed for the 2019 Arkansas River Whitewater Rafting Season

Vlad Poptamas

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The Arkansas River in Browns Canyon National Monument is a popular whitewater rafting destination in central Colorado. Photo by Catherine Eichel Photography.
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The Arkansas River Outfitters Association (AROA) has implemented an additional layer of safety for its industry by placing Automated External Defibrillators (AED) at key points along the Arkansas River from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, 2019.

“Nothing is without risk. AROA is constantly looking for ways to help make the river safer. We want to be prepared for any situation,” said Brandon Slate, President of AROA – a trade organization made up of 30 river outfitters within the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).

AEDs are high-tech, life-saving, medical devices that deliver an electrical shock to re-establish the heart’s rhythm in the event of sudden cardiac arrest. The sophisticated device gives visual and even audible instructions to talk users through the process until medical professionals arrive.

This groundbreaking program started last year but will be further enhanced this season. AROA will rent and place 12 AEDs – up from eight last year – along 100 miles of the river to coincide with Colorado Parks and Wildlife backboard locations.

“This is a model program. We are the first to do it to this extent,” said Slate. “There are buildings near rivers that have AED’s inside, but none that are set up in wilderness areas like we’re doing that are specifically designated for boaters to use.”

Encased in waterproof boxes, the AEDs are posted along the Arkansas River from Leadville to Cañon City from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. A notable partner is Colorado Parks and Wildlife through the AHRA. Rangers will deploy the devices, and regularly check and maintain them. Northwest River Supply (NRS) also collaborated with this program by providing water-proof boxes at a discount.

“Of course, we hope we never have to use the AEDs, but having them there is important for overall river safety,” said Slate.

“At AROA, we are proud to be a leader in promoting safety on the river and throughout the river communities,” said Slate.  “AROA’s overall efforts on safety issues make the Arkansas River a great place to take your family and friends whitewater rafting.”

SOURCE Arkansas River Outfitters Association

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RVshare Launches National Parks Guides

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RVshare, the world’s largest RV rental marketplace, has launched in-depth guides to all 60 of the United States’ National Parks. According to RVshare customer data, more than half of RV renters are headed to national parks. In response, RVshare’s team of travel experts created these guides to serve as an easy-to-use online resource to navigate the ins and outs of national parks. They provide valuable tips in one place, including the best hiking trails, nearby towns and entertainment, where to camp, and more. Explore the guides at www.rvshare.com/national-parks.

“We want to change the way people experience our National Parks,” says Megan Buemi, Sr. Content Marketing Manager at RVshare. “Taking an RV trip lets travelers really get up close and personal with what the parks have to offer. Being able to camp right in the park under the stars, or step out of your RV to start hiking up a mountain or along a beach is a pretty incredible and unique experience.”

According to the National Park Service, an estimated 331 million people visited National Parks in the U.S. in 2017. With 60 parks spanning across the country, adventure-seekers in every region have access to explore at least one of the scenic, preserved lands. In addition to popular destinations like the Grand Canyon, the RVshare National Park guides spotlight lesser-known parks, such as Wind Cave in South Dakota, and the remote North Cascades in Washington.

With the guides, RVshare’s goal is to highlight the breathtaking views, incredible wildlife and endless adventure of the parks and encourage travelers to explore the beautiful escapes in an unparalleled experience, quite different than staying at a hotel and driving in for the day. In addition to being immersed in nature and having immediate access to campfires and beautiful trails, RVs offer the added benefit of bringing more family members and pets along.

Other features to enhance the experience include RV delivery options in select cities, roadside assistance and 24/7 customer service and insurance.

For additional information and to book your next rental, visit rvshare.com.

 

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Los Angeles Area Girls Prepare For Launch Of Scouts BSA

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Girls from across Los Angeles are gearing up to join the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in its most iconic program this February.

“I can’t wait to go camping, earn merit badges, and go on adventures with my friends,” said Alexis Shrewsbury, a future Scout from Santa Clarita.

Alexis and countless other girls will join local troops next month thanks to the BSA’s historic decision to open the Boy Scout program, which will be called Scouts BSA, to both boys and girls ages 11-17.

Troops will be single-gender and will meet independently. Numerous Troops have already formed in anticipation for the launch of Scouts BSA, from Beverly Hills and Culver City, to the San Fernando Valley, and Lancaster.

“The experiences and skills that Scouting provides are incredibly valuable to all youth– not just boys. I’m honored to help offer this opportunity to the girls and young women in our community,” said Troop 2019 adult volunteer leader Jessica Pazdernik.

Some of the girls who plan to join Troop 2019 are coming from the BSA’s Cub Scout program, which opened to girls age 5-10 in 2018. Since then, more than 77,000 girls have joined the program, but the troop is also seeing interest from young women in the community who would be joining a BSA program for the first time.

“When I heard it would be possible for me to join Scouting and work to become an Eagle Scout, I knew I had to find a Scouts BSA troop to join,” explained Anna Fineberg. “I can’t wait for our troop’s adventures – this is something I have been excited to do for a long time.”

Girls and families who are interested in learning more about Scouts BSA can find a unit near them by visiting BeAScout.org.

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