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Outdoors: May 2013 Archives

Abitibi Tourism's travellin' van

abitibi tourism book.jpgThe idea of spending a summer in a Volkswagon bus has a kind of romantic ring to it. For boomers, it's a throwback to that orange bus from the Summer of Love.  

Well, this summer, it's the Tourism staff in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue that's taking to the road in a camper-van: a sky-blue Westfalia. They'll be travelling not only the region, but taking the highway to Montreal and Toronto too.

The head of communications for the office in Rouyn-Noranda, Stéphanie Lamarche, told us about the plans for the camper-van and how it will be given away!
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Take a walk in the spring woods

Trout-Lilly-open-600x450.jpgSpring has truly sprung. The wildflowers are out, the migratory birds have returned, and the frogs are calling.

It's a perfect time to walk in the spring woods - or visit the Morgan Arboretum.

The Morgan Arboretum is a forest reserve at the western tip of the island of Montreal. It's part of McGill University's Macdonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. At this time of year, it's bursting with life.

Chris Cloutier works at the Arboretum and he's leading a number of walks in the spring woods. He joins Elizabeth Robertson to talk about what's out there - as well as about National Wildlife Week.

(Photo of Trout Lily by Chris Cloutier; courtesy of Morgan Arboretum)

**Click here for the Morgan Arboretum's nature blog.

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Jane's Walks in Quebec City and Montreal

promenade_de_jane_vignette_2_version_20_nov_2.jpgJane Jacobs was a journalist, author and activist who changed the way we think about cities.

She believed that neighbourhoods are the heart and soul of cities and that urban environments should be planned around the people who live there.

Jane Jacobs passed away in 2006 in Toronto, but her legacy lives on. For the past five years, around her birthday (which is today), volunteers in cities around the world have organized "Jane's Walks." The idea is to get people out exploring their neighbourhood and meeting their neighbours.

This weekend, there will be more than 60 different Jane's Walks taking place in Montreal and in Quebec City. Tristan Bougie coordinates the walks at the Montreal Urban Ecology Centre, and he joins Elizabeth Robertson in studio. 

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