About the author  ⁄ Stephanie Florian

Founder and fearless leader Play Outdoors Media Inc. TV and radio host, adventure journalist, surfer chick, Mom I'd like to rip with.

May 28 is Community Day at Playland!

On Saturday, May 28th, $10 from every ticket sold for Playland at the PNE will be donated to the Hastings Community Little League on the fifth annual Community Day at Playland. Since 2010, the PNE has raised over $85,000 for the sports organization, which has helped the Little League upgrade their facilities. This year all proceeds will support the Hastings Little League in hosting the 2016 Little League Canadian National Tournament, taking place from August 4-13, 2016. “The PNE believes in getting youth outdoors and active. We are proud to continue our support of the Hastings Community Little League,” said PNE President and CEO Mike McDaniel. “We are thrilled to have Hastings Little League bring the National Tournament to Vancouver this summer and can’t wait to see the kids out on the field!” The past four Community Days were extremely successful, and this year, Playland is looking to hit over $100,000 raised for this worthy non-profit sports organization. Proceeds from the 2010 100th Anniversary Golf Tournament were also donated to the Little League.... ...

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Looking for some adventure in your life?

On May 14th, the crew from Chasing Sunrise – who you might have heard of from their Canada Day sunrise up Mount Seymour with 400 people – is now taking 50 of you and sending you into the unknown for an all expenses paid weekend of adventure, outdoors, and all things Chasing Sunrise. The plan? They are not saying. They’ll be giving you nothing more than a small packing list and a time and place to show up. The rest, you’re just going to have to trust them. But hey, they have a pretty good track record and we all know the best things in life go to those willing to step out of their comfort zones. Want in? Applications are open until May 4th and they will be announcing the winners on May 7th. Chasing Sunrise – Into The Unknown http://chasingsunri.se/the-unknown-is-calling ...

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Finding stillness glamping at Wya Point Resort

Life can feel like a treadmill. The daily grind of everyday living in the big city can take a toll on our spirits, especially near the tail end of winter. Take the time to check out of the work-life hustle and to check inward. Make a date with yourself to leap off the treadmill, to regroup and recharge. Camping is the ideal way to push the reset button, although the unpredictable west coast weather is not for everyone, not even the most adventuresome. Eco resorts like Wya Point in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island offer a dazzling alternative. It’s called glamping, AKA glamorous camping. A soul-filled getaway to Wya Point Resort on the edge of the Pacific Rim is both character building and raw. We made the trip in a new 2016 Platinum Ford Explorer, the ultimate storm trooper and perfect west coast road companion. Storm watching on the west coast of Vancouver Island and glamping in a yurt requires a fair amount of gear and the Explorer is roomy enough... ...

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Top 10 reasons to head north to the Yukon

Some say the Yukon is Canada’s wildest frontier and some Canada’s golden nugget. Call it what you may but call it Canada’s biggest and best outdoor winter adventure playground. Only a short, direct flight from Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa or Yellowknife, Whitehorse is where you’ll want to hang your toque at the end of a winter day living large in the great outdoors. Here’s our top 10 reasons to put the Yukon on your winter travel bucket list. 1. A plethora of unique outdoor adventures With so many new and different experiences to be had, cabin fever AKA winter boredom does not exist in the Yukon. From snowshoeing to dog mushing, hiking, skiing and ice fishing, pick your pleasure and prepare to take on Canada’s wildest frontier. 2. Canada’s biggest playground Did you know that the Yukon represents 4.8% of Canada’s total land area and has a population of only 38,000 people while California, with the same land mass has 39 million people? It is said that the Yukon... ...

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Auto Review: Chasing Fun in the All New 2016 Toyota Prius

Spending a day sitting pretty behind the wheel of the all new 2016 Toyota Prius has changed my perspective on what how an ‘adventure’ ride should look, feel and drive. Many outdoorsy types like me tend to stereotype adventure vehicles as large and in charge with off-road capability but perhaps this theory is stale and should be challenged. As the first car company to put the hybrid on the map, Toyota has the leading edge on its competition and this owns the bragging rights. The most iconic car in the green category to date, one can assume that the 2016 model has all the bells and whistles and then some. As far as we adventurers are concerned, the need to go green comes with the territory. You can’t really be a true outdoor enthusiast without having some degree of passion for our planet. Who wants to be guzzling gas and spending a fortune on getting to your adventure destination? Rather we prefer to do the environment some due diligence, save... ...

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The Commandments of Après Ski

In the good old days, skiers coined the term après that time of day when one had earned the right to indulge and share their passion for powder and sport. Resort towns like Whistler can trace the inception of après culture back to hippy ski-bum days circa 1967. Today, it is a globally recognized social phenomenon and universal celebration that takes place after sport. Clearly, certain things have evolved over the years but the core elements are consistent. It isn’t a full ski or sports day without après. Establishments like craft breweries and upscale restaurants capitalize on the continuous popularity and expansion of this cool sporting culture but overlook the basics. It’s not the atmosphere or the menu that make for great après but the following ingredients. Cause for celebration: The core vibe of après is a celebration. Traditions may vary but the term itself is universally understood. Après is permission to party, to let your hair-down, raise a glass and celebrate the fact that you have conquered another epic... ...

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