Foxhole 163 CKLU 96.7 FM 163_2013_05_22

Foxhole 163 CKLU 96.7 FM 163_2013_05_22

Show #163 May 22, 2013 was 143 Feb15,12

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“It is better to be alone than in bad company.” George Washington 

Join us for a focus on folk rock with a unique blend of Canadian, local, folk, and world music. Connect up with clubs on the Club Roundup, find out what books we have been reading on the On-Air Wireless Book Blog, and find out about small business on the Small Biz Net. On Science Rules find out what is new in the world of science and on the Trail Head learn about great outdoor places to visit. For today's music selection and topics see below...

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The Road-Kings - Riders On The Storm - Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song - Lucy Kaplansky, Martha P. Hogan, Song Project - Montchanin - Lincoln Durham - Clementine - Mary Chapman - Luka - Kashtin - Akkuka Tuta - The B-52's - Planet Claire - Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Willie Nelson - Seven Spanish Angels - Lincoln Durham - How Does A Crow Fly - Chris O'Brien - Ocean Stone - Sinead O'Connor - Rivers Of Babylon - Kim Barlow - Jake the Sailor - Willie Nelson - Sunday Mornin Comin Down - Chris O'Brien - Lighthouse - Willie Nelson - The Scientist - Barbara Gosza - Famous blue raincoat - Kevin Closs - O Canada

Club Roundup : Sudbury Cycling Club - Small Biz Net : The Power of Introverts - On Air Book Blog : The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram Perception and Language in a More Than Human World - Science Rules : Craig Venter and Synthetic Life - Maker Faire of the air waves : This Spring Mini Maker Faires - The Trail Head : Alberta Hiking Association


 Note italic songs omitted - Zirka was added in and as announced

  1  Foxhole Morse Code Special C morse_letter_c.mp3 Foxhole IDs 0:02

  2  Foxhole 15th Troop ID scouts15th_foggyMountainBreakdown stationId 5:20

  3  The Road-Kings Riders On The Storm Dust and Gasoline 4:23

  4  Thin Lizzy Cowboy Song Live At The Indigo2 6:06

  5  Lucy Kaplansky, Martha P. Hogan, Song Project Montchanin - Lucy Kaplansky, Martha P. Hogan, Song Project CooP - Fast Folk Musical Magazine (Vol. 1, No. 5) Traditiona 2:49

  6  Alex Koren ak_StationId_foxhole_theDancing foxhole 0:27

  7  Lincoln Durham Clementine The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones 3:22

  8  Mary Chapman Luka - Mary Chapman Acoustic Now 4:02

  9  Kashtin Akkuka Tuta - Kashtin Due South: Original TV Soundtrack 4:56

 10  Foxhole IDs AR arno_cklu_foxhole_id_wildwoodflower1.mp3 Foxhole IDs 0:23

 11  The B-52's Planet Claire With The Wild Crowd! 4:51

 12  Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt Where Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs Of Pete Seeger 4:43

 13  Willie Nelson Seven Spanish Angels No. 1 Country Singles 2:45

 14  Sarah Koren (Murray Mclauchlin - Farmers Song) Station ID The Foxhole

The Foxhole 0:10

 15  Lincoln Durham How Does A Crow Fly EP 2:34

 16  Chris O'Brien Ocean Stone Lighthouse 3:02

 17  Foxhole ID AK ak_StationId_foxhole_righteousHeart foxhole 0:15

 18  Sinead O'Connor Rivers Of Babylon (corrected time) Theology 2:36

 19  Kim Barlow Jake the Sailor Champ 3:28

 20  Alex Koren ak_foxhole_id_payTheMan foxhole 0:20

 21  Willie Nelson Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down Remember Me, Vol. 1 4:11

 22  Chris O'Brien Lighthouse Lighthouse 2:51

 23  Willie Nelson The Scientist The Scientist - Single 5:02

 24  Sarah Koren (Murray Mclauchlin - Never Did Like that Train) Station ID The Foxhole The Foxhole 0:23

 25  Barbara Gosza Famous blue raincoat Purify 3:29

 26  Foxhole ID JP jp_cooCooBird_BeGoodTanyas_stationID_foxhole stationId 1:00

 27  Sound Effects Coyote Sounds of Birds and Other Animals 0:14

 28  Foxhole Morse Code cklu_morse_code.mp3 [Unknown] Foxhole Morse Special CKLU 0:05

 29  Kevin Closs O Canada Homecoming 1:26

Reginald Aubrey Fessenden (October 6, 1866 – July 22, 1932) was a Canadian inventor who performed pioneering experiments in radio, including early—possibly the first— transmissions of voice and music. In his later career he received hundreds of patents for devices in fields such as high-powered transmitting, sonar, and television

Club Roundup:

Sudbury Cycling Club 

Formed in 1974 when Sudbury hosted the Ontario games, the Sudbury Cycling Club has been the starting point of three local Olympians and has produced many Regional, Provincial and National road racing champions. Although the club did once have a Mountain Bike and a Touring division, the club currently is a road racing club; however, many local runners, triathletes, long distance riders, track riders and mountain bike racers train with our members. 

Road racing basically includes: road races [longer races on long loops and hills]; criteriums [shorter races on short flat loops] and time trials [out and back races or point to point with individual starts and “no drafting rules”]. As a result our work out schedule must incorporate training that improves all systems [short and very hard efforts called sprints, longer hard efforts called intervals, hill climbing, anaerobic threshold training and long distance or endurance training]. It is the only sport that includes many hard and shorter bursts of speed during a race which is required to break away from the peloton [or main group] or bridge [or catch up] to riders that are “up the road” and that’s why we train the way we do. 

Formal track workouts at Delki Dozzi Cycling Track are held every Tuesday (shorter sprint training) and Thursday (long intervals) from 6:00 - 8:00 pm (April to September). Approved helmets and road racing bikes are mandatory. For safety reasons, aero bars may remain on bikes but cannot be used during track training times unless you have permission from one the coaches. 

We offer certified coaching. Our head coach [Battista Muredda] accompanies our athletes on his motor scooter, while our other coach and assistants offer coaching while riding. Many skills can be learned during these practice sessions, including bike handling, proper cadence [spinning], high speed cornering, bike fit and safety. 

For the last few years, the club has been running 3 different skill level groups, simply called the A, B and C groups. We do our best to accommodate and coach all club members regardless of skill and ability and welcome newcomers. 

The club organizes some smaller local events, while the Ontario Cycling Association [OCA] works with Ontario cycling clubs to put on sanctioned races which basically means well organized and safe races which require a racing license [please see]. These larger races also accommodate different skill/experience levels. 

Our club has many informal group rides that occur during the weekend and weekends. We have various fitness testing/monitoring equipment [Compu-Trainer and lactate threshold]. The club also trains together during the winter months.


How do I get a proper bike fit?

Fitting a person to a bike is a "process" that takes time and experience. Please consult our coaches Battista or Frank. 

Should I buy an expensive bike?

Although I believe you get what you pay for in respect to bikes and components, you don't need to take out a 2nd mortgage to own a reliable and comfortable two-wheeler. There are a couple of bike buying websites out there and I have been out-raced and out-toured by many people with less expensive bikes than my own. 

How should I adjust my helmet?


A helmet should be approved for safety and have a snug fit. It should be balanced properly on your head with the chin strap also adjusted to be snug. Please consult a professional if unsure, and if you fall with your helmet or see a crack please get it checked out immediately. 

Do I need all that fancy clothing?

Cycling apparel is not all show. There are many benefits to wearing it, such as comfort, increased visibility, perspiration wicking and cooling, and protection when you fall (i.e., you can end up with less road rash with a t-shirt under your cycling jersey and gloves protect your palms).

Small Biz Net:

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The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance

Author Susan Cain explains the fallacy of "groupwork," and points to research showing that it can reduce creativity and productivity

By Gareth Cook  | Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 69

Do you enjoy having time to yourself, but always feel a little guilty about it? Then Susan Cain’s “Quiet : The Power of Introverts” is for you. It’s part book, part manifesto. We live in a nation that values its extroverts – the outgoing, the lovers of crowds – but not the quiet types who change the world. She recently answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook 

Cook: This may be a stupid question, but how do you define an introvert? How can somebody tell whether they are truly introverted or extroverted? 

Cain: Not a stupid question at all! Introverts prefer quiet, minimally stimulating environments, while extroverts need higher levels of stimulation to feel their best. Stimulation comes in all forms – social stimulation, but also lights, noise, and so on. Introverts even salivate more than extroverts do if you place a drop of lemon juice on their tongues! So an introvert is more likely to enjoy a quiet glass of wine with a close friend than a loud, raucous party full of strangers.

It’s also important to understand that introversion is different from shyness. Shyness is the fear of negative judgment, while introversion is simply the preference for less stimulation. Shyness is inherently uncomfortable; introversion is not. The traits do overlap, though psychologists debate to what degree.

Cook: You argue that our culture has an extroversion bias. Can you explain what you mean?

Cain: In our society, the ideal self is bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight. We like to think that we value individuality, but mostly we admire the type of individual who’s comfortable “putting himself out there.” Our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions are designed for extroverts. Introverts are to extroverts what American women were to men in the 1950s -- second-class citizens with gigantic amounts of untapped talent.

In my book, I travel the country – from a Tony Robbins seminar to Harvard Business School to Rick Warren’s powerful Saddleback Church – shining a light on the bias against introversion. One of the most poignant moments was when an evangelical pastor I met at Saddleback confided his shame that “God is not pleased” with him because he likes spending time alone.

Cook: How does this cultural inclination affect introverts?

Cain: Many introverts feel there’s something wrong with them, and try to pass as extroverts. But whenever you try to pass as something you’re not, you lose a part of yourself along the way. You especially lose a sense of how to spend your time. Introverts are constantly going to parties and such when they’d really prefer to be home reading, studying, inventing, meditating, designing, thinking, cooking…or any number of other quiet and worthwhile activities.

According to the latest research, one third to one half of us are introverts – that’s one out of every two or three people you know. But you’d never guess that, right? That’s because introverts learn from an early age to act like pretend-extroverts.

Cook: Is this just a problem for introverts, or do you feel it hurts the country as a whole?

Cain: It’s never a good idea to organize society in a way that depletes the energy of half the population. We discovered this with women decades ago, and now it’s time to realize it with introverts.

This also leads to a lot of wrongheaded notions that affect introverts and extroverts alike. Here’s just one example: Most schools and workplaces now organize workers and students into groups, believing that creativity and productivity comes from a gregarious place. This is nonsense, of course. From Darwin to Picasso to Dr. Seuss, our greatest thinkers have often worked in solitude, and in my book I examine lots of research on the pitfalls of groupwork. 

Cook: Tell me more about these “pitfalls of groupwork.”

Cain: When you’re working in a group, it’s hard to know what you truly think. We’re such social animals  that we instinctively mimic others’ opinions, often without realizing we’re doing it. And when we do disagree consciously, we pay a psychic price. The Emory University neuroscientist Gregory Berns found that people who dissent from group wisdom show heightened activation in the amygdala, a small organ in the brain associated with the sting of social rejection. Berns calls this the "pain of independence."

Take the example of brainstorming sessions, which have been wildly popular in corporate America since the 1950s, when they were pioneered by a charismatic ad executive named Alex Osborn. Forty years of research shows that brainstorming in groups is a terrible way to produce creative ideas. The organizational psychologist Adrian Furnham puts it pretty bluntly: The "evidence from science suggests that business people must be insane to use brainstorming groups. If you have talented and motivated people, they should be encouraged to work alone when creativity or efficiency is the highest priority."

This is not to say that we should abolish groupwork. But we should use it a lot more judiciously than we do today.

Cook: What are some of the other misconceptions about introverts and extroverts?

Cain: One big one is the notion that introverts can’t be good leaders. According to groundbreaking new research by Adam Grant, a management professor at Wharton, introverted leaders sometimes deliver better outcomes than extroverts do. Introverts are more likely to let talented employees run with their ideas, rather than trying to put their own stamp on things. And they tend to be motivated not by ego or a desire for the spotlight, but by dedication to their larger goal. The ranks of transformative leaders in history illustrate this: Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Rosa Parks were all introverts, and so are many of today’s business leaders, from Douglas Conant of Campbell Soup to Larry Page at Google.

Cook: Is there any relationship between introversion and creativity?

Cain: Yes. An interesting line of research by the psychologists Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Gregory Feist suggests that the most creative people in many fields are usually introverts. This is probably because introverts are comfortable spending time alone, and solitude is a crucial (and underrated) ingredient for creativity.

Cook: Can you give some other examples of surprising introversion research?

Cain: The most surprising and fascinating thing I learned is that there are “introverts” and “extroverts” throughout the animal kingdom – all the way down to the level of fruit flies! Evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson speculates that the two types evolved to use very different survival strategies. Animal “introverts” stick to the sidelines and survive when predators come calling. Animal “extroverts” roam and explore, so they do better when food is scarce. The same is true (analogously speaking) of humans.

Cook: Are you an introvert?

Cain: Yes. People sometimes seem surprised when I say this, because I’m a pretty friendly person. This is one of the greatest misconceptions about introversion. We are not anti-social; we’re differently social. I can’t live without my family and close friends, but I also crave solitude. I feel incredibly lucky that my work as a writer affords me hours a day alone with my laptop. I also have a lot of other introvert characteristics, like thinking before I speak, disliking conflict, and concentrating easily.

Introversion has its annoying qualities, too, of course. For example, I’ve never given a speech without being terrified first, even though I’ve given many. (Some introverts are perfectly comfortable with public speaking, but stage fright afflicts us in disproportionate numbers.)

But I also believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.

In our culture, snails are not considered valiant animals – we are constantly exhorting people to “come out of their shells” – but there’s a lot to be said for taking your home with you wherever you go.

On Air Book Blog: 

The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World 

David Abram 


David Abram's writing casts a spell of its own as he weaves the reader through a meticulously researched work that gently addresses such seemingly daunting topics as where the past and future exist, the relationship between space and time, and how the written word serves to sever humans from their primordial source of sustenance: the earth.

"Only as the written text began to speak would the voices of the forest, and of the river, begin to fade. And only then would language loosen its ancient associations with the invisible breath, the spirit sever itself from the wind, the psyche dissociate itself from the environing air," writes Abram of the separation caused by the proliferation of the written word.

In writing The Spell of the Sensuous, Abram consulted an engaging collection of peoples and works. He uses aboriginal song lines, stories from the Koyukon people of northwestern Alaska, the philosophy of phenomenology, and the speeches of Socrates to paint a poetic landscape that explains how we became separated from the earth in the first place. With minimal environmental doomsaying, Abram discusses how we can begin to recover a sustainable relationship with the earth and the nonhuman beings who live among us--in the more-than-human world. --Kathryn True

From Publishers Weekly

How did Western civilization become so estranged from nonhuman nature that we condone the ongoing destruction of forests, rivers, valleys, species and ecosystems? Santa Fe ecologist/philosopher Abram's search for an answer to this dilemma led him to mingle with shamans in Nepal and sorcerers in Indonesia, where he studied how traditional healers monitor relations between the human community and the animate environment. In this stimulating inquiry, he also delves into the philosophy of phenomenologists Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, who replaced the conventional view of a single, wholly determinable reality with a fluid picture of the mind/body as a participatory organism that reciprocally interacts with its surroundings. Abram blames the invention of the phonetic alphabet for triggering a trend toward increasing abstraction and alienation from nature. He gleans insights into how to heal the rift from Australian aborigines' concept of the Dreamtime (the perpetual emerging of the world from chaos), the Navajo concept of a Holy Wind and the importance of breath in Jewish mysticism. 

Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Science Rules:

Craig Venter and Synthetic Life

Craig Venter was the first person to have his genome sequenced. Recently he and his colleagues at the J. Craig Venter Institute created a synthetic organism that could be a key to the foods and fuels of the future.  Dr. Venter speaks about synthetic life and about a project to map the diversity of the microbial world. His lecture was the inaugural Wall Exchange, a new public lecture series in Vancouver presented by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies in the University of British Columbia.

J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research.  In 1992 Dr. Venter founded The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR), a not-for-profit research institute, where in 1995 he and his team decoded the genome of the first free-living organism, the bacterium Haemophilus influenzae, using his new whole genome shotgun technique. Dr. Venter and his teams have now sequenced hundreds of genomes using his techniques and tools.

He is Founder and President of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit, research and support organization with more than 400 scientist and staff dedicated to human, microbial, plant and environmental genomic research, the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics, and seeking alternative energy solutions through genomics.


For photos and reports on synthetic life, including the ethical studies mentioned in the lecture, go to his website. 

Sea Sampling

The Global Ocean Sampling Expedition (GOS) is an ocean exploration genome project with the goal of assessing thegenetic diversity in marine microbial communities and to understand their role in nature's fundamental processes. Begun as a Sargasso Sea pilot sampling project in August 2003, Craig Venter announced the full Expedition on 4 March 2004. The project, which used Craig Venter's personal yacht, Sorcerer II, started in Halifax, Canada, circumnavigated the globe and returned to the U.S. in January 2006.[29]

Now Venter, Eisen and colleagues report in the journal Public Library ofScience One that they have analysed marine DNA to reveal genes that look quite different from any seen before. Venter, who is based at the J Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland and San Diego, exploited the methods he had honed to read the human genetic code, which involved shredding DNA into pieces small enough for sequencing machines to handle, then reassembling them using a computer. In 2004, he moved from studying organisms in the lab to a new challenge: applying the shotgun method to studying the microbes found in seawater, using samples collected during a world cruise on his private yacht.

For this new study, Eisen, an evolutionary biologist, scanned the DNA Venter had collected for the genes found in all known organisms. But he discovered something surprising: versions that did not fit in with any of the known domains of life. It is possible that the novelty of these genes is the result of some unusual accelerated rate of evolution. But more tantalising is the possibility that they are from a previously unknown domain.

If this turns out to be the case, it wouldn’t be the first time the tree of life has had to be redrawn. Until the Nineties, it had just two branches, with bacteria and archaea being lumped together. In 2004, Jean-Michel Claverie of the University of Mediterranean School of Medicine argued that mimivirus, the largest virus then known, might also represent a new domain. So the new work could even represent a fifth branch of life.

Venter’s work offers another challenge to the labelling system, however: we will soon have to add creatures we have created ourselves. Last year, he used a computer to draft the genetic code of a synthetic species of bacterium – Mycoplasma laboratorium. He then inscribed a line from James Joyce into its genetic code as a kind of watermark. The Joyce estate was not impressed to learn that the line would be replicated every time the synthetic bug reproduced in the lab.

The microbe’s watermarks also included a quote from Richard Feynman, the great quantum physicist: “What I cannot build, I cannot understand.” That prompted a response from Caltech, where Feynman had taught for decades, that the quote actually read: “What I cannot create, I do not understand.” It seems apt that this tour de force of DNA manipulation contained a misquotation: however breathtaking the feat, there was no doubt that it was indeed the handiwork of man.

Trail Head:

Alberta Hiking Association

Hike in Alberta!... There’s no better way to experience its splendours than on foot. No other province boasts the wealth of contrasting landscapes; dazzling heights of alpine meadow and glacier, foothills of fen and forest, lush parkland and boreal woodlands, grasslands where antelope roam, arid expanses home to cactus and rattler, stark walls of time-worn badlands and a corner of rare vegetation that escaped an ice-age.

Good highways access these regions but it is on foot that they should be explored, when eye and ear take in the scene at unhurried pace and where the air carries the sounds of nature. Companionship with safety in numbers and knowledge of a guide can be added by joining a hiking group.

Outdoor groups are based in most large cities and many have year-round programs. The Alberta Hiking Association is here to help those who want to start hiking and possibly to help start a walking group. Check theOrganizational members page for clubs within close travel distance and contact us if none is suitable.

An added bonus to hiking is the benefit to fitness and health, and a recreation that can last a lifetime. 

Calgary Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts

Calgary Outdoor Recreation Enthusiasts (CORE) is a Calgary-based hiking club. We are a smaller club of very active members of varying ages. Hiking is our primary activity, but we also have active participation in scrambling, urban walking, skiing (cross-country and downhill), snowshoeing, backpacking, camping, cycling, and canoeing. We also hold social events with dinner or movie nights, and picnics, as well as other group social activities and outings. Trip and event planning is an ongoing process and we welcome and encourage members to get involved by suggesting and/or coordinating activities. We feel the more involved members are, the more fun it is !!!


Town: Calgary

Calgary Ski Club

Calgary Ski Club A Recreational Club for All Ages! Looking for fun, meeting people, and making new friends? Are you passionate about the great outdoors and want to be active all year round? Then the Calgary Ski Club is for you! Since our incorporation in 1935, these are the core values we embrace and pursue. We're an active, volunteer-run, non-profit organization open to all ages. As a recreational club, we offer Cross-Country skiing, Downhill skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Hiking, Cycling, and other activities for all skill levels and abilities. Whichever activity is your passion, you'll never be bored as a member of the Calgary Ski Club!


Town: Calgary

Grand Nature Club

The Grand Nature Club is a non-profit organization with the main goal to bring people together, giving people the opportunity to enjoy the outdoor safely with a group, under certain rules, without having a professional guide. Also, this is a chance to meet people with the same interest and discover new sceneries.


Town: Banff

Old Goats Climbing Club

The Old Goats Climbing Club is a loose collection of people who enjoy the outdoors and who stay in touch with each other by e-mail disbursed through a Yahoo bulletin board ( Originally Old Goats was a mountaineering community, but now we encompass rock climbing, skiing, hiking, backpacking, cycle touring, adventure racing, kayaking, and much more. Originally we were based in Calgary, but now we have members throughout Alberta and B.C., in much of the rest of Canada (including Baffin Island), and as far away as Colombia. Originally, all Old Goats were over 50, but now the age range extends from 18 to 80; anyone, even members of other outdoor groups, can join simply by writing

Town: Calgary

Red Deer Ramblers

The Red Deer Ramblers are an informal hiking group founded in 1998 by 7 people who wanted to hike safely in the mountains. Our membership is now over 100 from many communities around Red Deer and outside the area. Hikes are scheduled every second Saturday from April to October and include extended hiking trips. We have hiked in Newfoundland, BC, Saskatchewan, Canadian Rockies and parks in Alberta. The coordinators are volunteers who do not act as guides and do not have specialized training. We follow a set of guidelines. Please see or e-mail us at for more information or to request phone contact.


Town: Red Deer

Seniors' Outdoor Club of Calgary

Members of this club are active seniors (55+) who gather to hike, cross country ski and snow shoe on established trails mainly in the foothills and mountain parks West of Calgary. Some members travel to and from the trail heads every Tuesday by chartered bus. Different levels of fitness are accommodated. Others hike on Calgary walking paths in the summer every Thursday.


Town: Calgary

Tuesday Hikers

The Tuesday Hikers began in 1971 as an interest group in the University of Calgary Faculty Women's Club. Five years later, with a keen and active membership of 25, we became a private club which is now celebrating 40 years on the trails, hiking and cross-county skiing. Weekly day trips, annual back-packing, and summer and winter lodge trips have allowed us to explore the mountains, hills and flatlands in all directions from Calgary, in Alberta and B.C.

Town: Calgary

Volkssport Association of Alberta

The Volkssport Association of Alberta (VAA) oversees the seven clubs within the province. Our program is non-competitive encouraging people to walk at their own pace. Walking routes usually feature the best the area has to offer and normally include a 5 to 6 km route as well as longer distances. Our program provides the opportunity to meet new friends from across the country and around the world. Check out the VAA website at to find a club or activity in your area. We walk for Fun, Fitness and Friendship come out and join us, everyone is welcome.


Town: St. Albert

Wood Buffalo Adventure Club

The Wood Buffalo Adventure Club is a non-profit organization that sprang to life in May 2008 and was registered under the Alberta Society Act in May 2009. The Club promotes non-motorized, low impact outdoor recreational activities in the Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality. We provide a wide variety of quality, safe outdoor-based activities, designed for all ages and skill levels for our members. The Club currently counts 80 members and is active all year round organizing hiking, snowshoeing, backpacking, orienteering, camping, information sessions and training. Our latest project is the development of 34 km of backcountry hiking trails.


Town: Fort McMurray