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Outer Edge Adventure Park turns up the adrenaline! by Andrew Livingstone

North of Lumsden, just off Highway #20, the Outer Edge Adventure Park rises over Lumsden Valley. Constructed, owned and operated by Cheryl and Terry Deck, the park offers a variety of exciting experiences for individuals, families and other groups seeking fun, safe and eco-friendly adventures. Outer Edge’s zip line courses, called Big Zipper tours, are recommended for visitors who enjoy the thrill of high speeds and high places, and they are available in both five- and seven-line options. After gearing up and receiving a 15-minute orientation, visitors will find themselves soaring on the edge of the valley. “Our lines go through treed areas, over top of ravines, from hilltop to hilltop, and you get a beautiful valley view,” said Cheryl Deck. Two guides accompany each group to provide information, safety and encouragement. “We have nothing but the best guides – they are all very friendly, outgoing, kind of crazy sometimes, and they’re here to help ease people’s concerns,” Deck said. “If somebody has any fears of heights or anything like that, they’re

Outer Edge Adventure Park’s zip line tours go from hilltop to hilltop, offering breathtaking views of the Lumsden valley. Supplied photo

here to help you with that. I can honestly say they are awesome, they’re just as fun and, a lot of times, they help to enrich the adventure experience.” Depending on the speed and size of the group, the tours vary in length, but Deck says that a full, eight-person tour on the seven-line course typically requires a commitment of around two hours. “For our Big Zipper tours, we always recommend people book online through our website or by giving us a call,” she said. “We are open other days of the week to groups or, for instance, team-building events – basically parties of four or more people. For those they do have to call by booking.” For younger visitors who would like a more modest version of the zip lining experience, Outer Edge offers three swing-style zip lines called Lil’ Zippers. “They’re close to the ground, and they’re designed for the little people who aren’t ready for the big ones yet,” said Deck. “The typical age for those is anywhere from age three to age eight, and those are not guided adventures – those do have to be supervised by parents or guardians.” The Lil’ Zipper lines are not a

sequential course. “They go back and forth throughout each of them as many times as they like,” Deck said. “So, it’s a good way for young children to be involved and give them a taste of zip lining – more of the movement and the feel of going.” For those who have the strength to attain the heights with their own two hands (and feet), the park includes a 24-foot high climbing wall called Rockin’ the Edge. “It’s got three auto-belay systems with different routes – kind of a beginner route all the way to a more experienced climber route,” said Deck. “So, you can have three people on it at a time.” As on its zip lines, Outer Edge provides guidance and gear for the climbers. “We like to have lots of fun with the climbers too, so we’ve had different races on the rock wall to see who can get to the top first,” Deck said. “A lot of times, if it’s just one climber that is climbing at a time, it’s not uncommon to see our guides hook themselves up and have a quick little race with them and do fun things.” For those who would like to admire the area while keeping their feet on the ground, Out-

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Outer Edge Adventure Park’s zip line courses make for a great family outing or team building experience. Supplied photo

The 24-foot high rock climbing wall, nicknamed ‘Rocking the Edge’, is the park’s newest adventure. Supplied photo

er Edge also offers a Valley Edge Hike through the adventure park. “We share different informa-

tion about local vegetation that we find in the park, animals that frequent the park and other neat

information about what nature has given us in the park and also in the Lumsden Valley and such,”

said Deck. The tour is around 30 to 45 minutes long. “It really all depends on how many people, and we certainly don’t rush you through or anything like that.” Deck encourages anyone who wishes to check out the park or simply experience the view to stop by and enjoy a drink atop the converted shipping container that serves as the park’s regis-

tration centre and gift shop. “It’s a wonderful valley that our park is situated in, and we would just like to have the opportunity to share it with everyone,” Deck said. “We definitely will be adding more adventures as we grow. This is just the start of our second season.” To plan your family’s summer adventure, visit outeredgepark.ca.

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This summer, take your sport to the next level by Ryan Hall

Summer is the season for getting out and doing things. Whether it is going for a walk, enjoying a day at the beach, or just a backyard barbeque, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the warm weather. However, for some athletes, summer is the time to put in extra work so they will have a leg up on their competition come the fall. To help them achieve this goal, and have fun along the way, Athol Murray College of Notre Dame will once again be hosting basketball and hockey camps over the summer months. Since the 1980s, Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox has been running youth summer sport camps for children of all ages, genders and skill levels. While these camps have gained a reputation for their high quality of instruction, the focus remains on ensuring everyone has a good time. “We want students to enjoy themselves,” says Dawn Froats, Director of Marketing and Communications, “so they should be prepared to have the time of their life!” Nowhere is this more important than in Athol Murray’s signature Notre Dame Summer Hockey School, where they use every waking moment to help students become the best player they can be. Part of this means taking the time to offer tailored instruction that focuses on their position and skill level, while also providing the latest information and tactics to help give players a jump on the competition. Whether an attendee is a goalie, defender, forward, male or female, they will receive expert on-ice instruction to help them grow and develop. All of this is possible due to the low student-to-instructor ratio,

The summer hockey and basketball camps offered by Athol Murray College of Notre Dame in Wilcox are recognized among the best in North America. Participants receive personalized coaching and attention, while having a great time. Supplied photo

which allows each participant to receive personalized coaching and attention. As a result, attendees will get detailed help on individual and team tactics, dry-land training, weight training, power skating, mental development and personal goal-setting. They will also watch instructional videos, as well as take part in tournament games and a skills competition. The end result is an intense, but fun, experience with three-plus hours on the ice, and over ten hours of training, each day. This year, there will be four different hockey camps offered throughout July. The Male and Female Development camps will be July 16-20 and July 23-27 respectively, while the High Intensity Goalie Camp is also set for July

23-27. For those wanting high-end skill level instruction, a Male Elite Hockey camp is scheduled for July 9-14. As for basketball, the Male camp is set for July 12-15, and a Female camp for July 23-27. Anyone interested in attending one of these camps is encouraged to register soon, as space is limited. Since demand is usually high, wait lists are often created to ensure as many students as possible have the chance to participate. “Our Summer Hockey camp is one of the best known throughout North America,” says Froats, “so it’s important that people register early to ensure they get a spot.” For more information on any of these camps, or to learn more about Athol Murray College of Notre Dame, visit notredame.ca.


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Remember safety in and around the pool Beating the heat in a pool is one of the most popular warm-weather activities. Swimming attracts people of all ages because of its various benefits. In addition to being an enjoyable recreational activity, swimming also is a low-impact way to exercise. Having a backyard pool makes swimming and outdoor fun that much easier. Although exact numbers are difficult to come by, various sources indicate there are approximately 4.5 million residential swimming pools across the United States. While it once was relatively rare to find a backyard swimming pool in Canada, things have changed – especially in Quebec. No other province comes close to matching Quebec for backyard pools, which has well over 300,000 backyard pools, more than Ontario (which has five million more people). Quebec also has more pools per capita than almost anywhere else in North America according to numbers compiled by Pool & Spa Marketing magazine. Pools can be enjoyable places to gather and make for the focal points of yards, but they require careful use so fun is not overshadowed by tragedy. Unfortunately, young children have the highest risk of pool injury or drowning, with more than 200 youngsters drowning in swimming pools each year. The American Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation® have partnered to educate home pool users. The following guidelines are important when adults and children are enjoying the pool. • Create barriers. Preventing accidental drowning means removing easy access to pools. Pools should be surrounded by secure fencing with an automatically latching gate. Fences should not be accessible by climbing. Extra precautions like installing a safety cover on inground pools and removing or securing ladders when the pool is not in use can help as well. • Establish rules. Each pool owner should establish their own set of rules for the pool. These can include “no running around the pool,” “no diving in a shallow pool” and “no riding toys at poolside.” Pool owners can customize rules as they pertain to

Swimming is a great way to have fun and exercise. By keeping safety guidelines in mind, pool users can enjoy a safe swim season. photo: MNS

safety issues in their yards. • Maintain constant supervision. People of any age can drown. That is why it’s always safest for

within arm’s reach when infants and toddlers are swimming. This is known as “touch supervision.” For older children, an adult should be paying constant attention and remain free from distractions, like talking on the phone, socializing, tending to household chores, or drinking alcohol. • Use approved flotation devices. Individuals who do not know how to swim should rely on a Coast Guard-approved flotation device. Water wings and general pool floats

are not adequate, especially in situations that requires someone to be saved. • Take swimming lessons. Knowing how to swim will not entirely remove the risk of drowning, but it certainly can reduce it. Many swim programs teach water survival skills as well as general swimming techniques. Fun around the pool is par for the course come summer. But fun must be balanced with safety when swimming. (MNS)

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Kids attending Royal City Soccer Club’s soccer camps don’t just improve their game. They make new friends, get healthy exercise, gain confidence and develop leadership and team-building skills. Supplied photo

Soccer camp isn’t just about soccer! The benefits of soccer camp for kids might seem obvious: healthy, physical activity. But at the Royal City Soccer Club, soccer camp is so much more. Boys and girls will learn life skills at soccer camp that extend far beyond the one or two weeks of their camp session. Kids will learn leadership and team building skills while gaining self-confidence that doesn’t come easily in some environments. You don’t have to be a great soccer player – or need any soccer experience at all to attend Royal City’s soccer camps. Whether your son or daughter wants to improve his/her skills or simply wants to try soccer in a non-competitive, fun environment, these summer day camps have so much to offer. Here are just three ways kids will benefit from attending summer camp: • An opportunity to make friends. Many children attend summer camp with their friends and many children attend summer camp not knowing anyone. Camp is a sacred place where children can develop friendships easily and with everyone. Children partici-

pate in fun camp activities all day with other children and it is very easy to find common ground to build a friendship on. At school, children grow up with the same core group of friends progressing through the grades; however at camp children learn how to make new friends and strengthen their social skills. • An opportunity to get more exercise. They spend the majority of the day participating in physically active games and activities. Society has shifted and within recent years there is a large increase of child obesity and obsession with computer and video games. Camp provides children with an opportunity to unplug from technology and get outside to move, run, swim, and jump all while making those everlasting friendships. • An opportunity to gain confidence and become more independent. At camp, children try new things and begin to discover who they are as a person. They may discover that they really enjoy swimming or soccer and want to pursue this activity further outside of camp.

The Royal City Soccer Club is excited to host its 26th year of summer soccer camps. Having hosted over 300,000 campers in over 100 locations across Canada, their grassroots soccer camps are considered the most popular in Canada. The program is designed to promote personal development, team building and of course, FUN! The camp program is uniquely designed to offer a soccer focus in the morning and a leisure swim with other camp activities in the afternoons. Boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 13 are encouraged to register for full-day, morning and afternoon sessions. Each camper receives a camp soccer ball, t-shirt, medal, excellent camp ratios and much more. Parents can take advantage of fully supervised early drop-off and pickup times at no extra charge. Two camps will be offered in Regina during the months of July and August. For more information, call 1-800-427-0536 or register online at royalsoccer.com.

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Must-haves for your next hiking trip Few outdoor activities are more widely enjoyed than hiking. According to Statista, a statistics portal that gathers studies and statistics from more than 18,000 sources, more than 37 million people in the United States went hiking in 2015. That marks an increase of nearly eight million from 2006. Hiking is a great activity that makes for great exercise and a wonderful way for people of all ages to spend time enjoying the great outdoors. Veteran hiking enthusiasts recognize that hiking, while a fun activity, can quickly become dangerous if they don’t exercise caution and prepare for their hikes. Novice hikers may want to focus on a handful of areas before going on their first hikes.

enjoyable. The American Hiking Society notes that hikers going on short hikes that do not involve heavy packs or technical terrain can wear trail shoes, while hikers should wear hiking books when carrying heavy loads or traversing more technical terrain. Boots offer more support than hiking shoes, making them more suitable than hiking shoes on difficult terrain. In addition to wearing footwear appropriate to the terrain they will be traversing, hikers must pack rain gear and extra clothing. The AHS recommends that hikers dress in layers so they can adjust to changes in the weather and their activity levels. Avoid cotton, which keeps moisture close to the skin, and bring a hat to protect against unforeseen rainstorms and insects.

ATTIRE Appropriate attire and footwear can make hikes safer and more

tomed to pulling out their smartphones or tablets and employing the GPS services on such devices when they need directions. But it’s important that hikers recognize networks may not be accessible in wooded or remote areas. As a result, hikers should not think they can rely exclusively on technology to help them when they get lost. Hikers should carry a map and compass during the hike, making sure they bring an updated map of the trails they will be hiking.

FOOD AND DRINK Extra food and drink can help hikers whose hikes end up taking longer than they anticipated. Choosing snacks such as protein bars that can fill a person up without making him or her feel sluggish is a good idea. In addition, hikers should pack enough water to keep them hy-

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SaskExpress summer programs sure to entertain Music. Theatre. Passion. These are the things that SaskExpress is all about. Since its beginning as a touring show to celebrate Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967, SaskExpress has been promoting and supporting performers from throughout the province while entertaining audiences throughout North America. “With its history rich in the mentorship of emerging entertainers, SaskExpress is thrilled to be on a journey into the future under our new director, Danny Balkwill. By producing cutting-edge original theatre shows relevant to today’s generation, yet appealing to all demographics, we are firing up the community’s passion for the arts and giving countless young performers opportunities to grow. In other words, showcasing the amazing talent we have right here at home in Saskatchewan,” said SaskExpress-Regina Studio director Michele Glaze. In addition to the touring group, SaskExpress provides a multitude of opportunities for young performers and those studying the performing arts with their diverse programs and studio locations in both Regina and Saskatoon. “For our students, we deliver top notch, triple-threat (singing, dancing, acting) programming taught by an experienced faculty of instructors. Whether it is through the Mini Express and The Expressions, a competitive program, or our recreational programming, there are opportunities for everyone. With our performance group, SaskExpress,

we provide opportunities for youth from rural communities to the big cities with an avenue to perform and live out their dreams,” said Danny Balkwill, artistic director and CEO. Dance classes are offered throughout the summer months with programs for all ages and skill levels. “Our Tiny Tots Summer Program will be running this year from July 9-13. Our camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon each day and during that time our students learn a variety of different dance styles including musical theatre, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. At the end of the week, parents and family members are treated to a presentation in our theatre where the kids are able to show off what they have learned!” said Glaze. In addition to classes, SaskExpress is perhaps best known for their touring shows, which they perform throughout the province. From the main SaskExpress touring group to the Mini Express and the Expressions, the talented cast of young people can be seen from Assiniboia to Orlando, Florida. And they are always a highlight of the Queen City Exhibition in August. This year, the SaskExpress group will be performing Wednesday through Friday during Exhibition week, bringing their unique style to the many people visiting the fair this year. If you have a young person who wants to dance in your family, or if you’re someone who enjoys a great show with a talented cast, SaskExpress has it all for you! It’s easy to get involved, and their programs and shows run year

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round. “We offer both recreational and competitive programming for students ages three to 18 and from beginner to advanced. We are excited to be once again offering a wide range of programming including musical theatre (live voice), ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, CDTA and RAD exam classes and for the first time this year, acrobatic arts. For young adults/adults interested in being a part of and performing with SaskExpress, we also hold auditions twice a year in Regina and at locations throughout the province,” said Glaze. SaskExpress has a proud history of putting on great shows, teaching dance to the

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Have fun rolling around Regina by Ryan Hall

Regina Rolling Robots Tours was created last year by Jasmine Kindred. She had experienced Segway tours in other cities while vacationing with her family. Supplied photo

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There are many great ways to take in the sights and sounds of Regina. Whether on foot, a bike, or driving around, there is no shortage of destinations to fill a summer day. However, if you are looking for a new way to experience the city, Regina Rolling Robots (RRR) Tours has you covered with a variety of entertaining and electric Segway adventures that are sure to leave you breathless. This unique approach was created by Jasmine Kindred, who says that she got the idea during her own family vacations. Segway tours had become a regular part of every trip she took, as they provided an unparalleled way to sightsee and explore. From this, a desire was born to bring the same kind of opportunity to the Queen City. “I found my own Segway experience exhilarating,” says Kindred, “and I wanted to give others that same feeling, while also showcasing the gem of Regina-Wascana Centre.” The result is RRR Tours, the only company in Regina that offers guided tours of Wascana Centre, and which is entering its second year of operations. So far, the response has been overwhelming, with locals and visitors flocking to sign up for one, or both, of the tours. As Kindred explains, “People love that they can see more in less time, enjoy nature, and learn about the rich history of the area all while rolling on a robot!” Part of this success has to do with the nature of Segway travel itself, which is energy efficient, safe and quiet. One of the greatest benefits of Segways is that they balance themselves, and that makes them an easily accessible option for first-timers. It also contributes to the ‘robot’ nickname, as the machine itself does the bulk of the work. In general, it only takes a couple minutes for most riders to master the controls of leaning forward to move forward and standing upright to stop. The

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machines themselves can turn a full 360-degrees and reach a top speed of 20 km/hr, providing all the tools required for an invigorating experience. Lastly, the only safety gear required is a helmet, which is provided. RRR Tours offers two different tour options for exploring Wascana Centre. The Nature Conservation Tour travels around Wascana Marsh, and has become popular with locals who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of crowds to enjoy nature. Alternatively, there is the Historic Sites of Wascana Centre, which focuses on points of interest around Wascana Lake itself, such as the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. This is a favourite for visitors to the city, with tourists from as far away as New Zealand, Trinidad, Israel, and England taking part. Regardless of the tour chosen, each trip runs 60 minutes and is filled with fun facts that many locals might not even know. After their first year, RRR Tours received a wealth of positive feedback including several 5-star reviews on Trip Advisor, Google Reviews, and Facebook. This season, Kindred plans to continue building on this initial success by offering a variety of tour packages for corporate team building, splurge groups, wedding parties and more. “The summer season here is short,” says Kindred, “so we want to help people get out and enjoy it while they can.” For more information about RRR Tours, visit rrrtours.ca. To book a tour, follow the ‘Book a Tour’ link on the website, or else call 306-551-1462.

Regina Rolling Robots Tours is an exciting and unique way to explore Wascana Centre. Two different tours are offered, including a tour of Wascana’s historic sites. Supplied photo

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Beginner’s guide to kayaking

Kayaking is a water sport that can be beneficial to the mind and body. Just about anyone willing to spend a day on the water can benefit from learning about kayaking and how to get started with this rewarding activity. The history of kayaking is interesting . T he word “kayak” means “hunter’s boat,” and the Inuit used to rely on these small vessels to catch food by sneaking up on their prey from the water’s edge. Some people still hunt and fish from their kayaks, but many are happy to use them for sightseeing and exercising. “Paddlesports are increasing in popularity among Americans who desire to connect with the outdoors,” said Christine Fanning , e xec utive direc tor of The Outdoor Foundation. The Outdoor Foundation and The Coleman Company, Inc., found in a Special Report on Paddlesports that 21.7 million Americans enjoyed paddling on rivers, lakes, streams, and other waterways in 2014, the most recent year for which data is available. Paddlesports include canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and standup paddling. Learning how to kayak does not involve a significant initial financial investment. The outdoor experts at REI say there’s a good chance a novice kayaker will not go out and buy a boat immediately. It’s important to first get a feel for the sport and then go from there. Although it’s not absolutely necessary, it’s recommended that novices take paddling lessons to hone their kayaking skills. Learning the proper technique can help people avoid strain on their neck and back and safeguard their arms from fatigue. Novices should practice on calm waters until their technique is honed. Lakes are a great place

to learn, as rivers and places with mild currents can overwhelm those new to the sport. One of the easiest ways to get introduced to kayaking is to go with an experienced paddler or tour company. Such companies charge a set price for an excursion that will provide transportation to the drop site as well as the equipment needed for the voyage. Tours may include travel down several miles of a relatively calm waterway, allowing novice kayakers to get a feel for paddling and take in the scenery. Getting in and out of a kayak

can be challenging for beginners. The resource Kayakpaddling. net offers helpful illustrations and animated tutorials about entering and exiting kayaks as well as paddling techniques and safety. Kayakers should bring some essentials along. A dry pack can keep electronics, food and equipment dry. Remember to wear sunscreen and a hat to keep safe from the sun. A life vest also is essential. Exercise, fresh air and enjoying the open water are just some of the many draws of kayaking. (MNS)

One of the easiest ways to get introduced to kayaking is to go with an experienced paddler or tour company. photo: MNS

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BMX racing speeds out of the gate

by Andrew Livingstone

If hurtling on your bike around a winding track, flying over jumps as you leave your fellow racers in the dust is an idea that appeals to you, then the 13th Ave BMX Club has the perfect sport for you. “It’s a very good cardio exercise,” said Mike Stopanski, co-founder of the 13th Ave BMX Club. “It’s a lot of fun, and that’s why we think that more people should join.” Stopanski himself has relished BMX racing since he was a child, and it has remained a passion for him well into adulthood. “I think people should get involved because it is a sport that is excellent for all ages – it’s a family sport, really,” said Stopanski. “We have riders right from age five to over 50.” Although BMX racing bikes may superficially resemble the ones used for freestyle BMX, the two sports are quite distinct from one another. “Even though it’s on a BMX bike, it is a different sport, for sure,” said Stopanski. “Obviously, when people are going over jumps, they’re going to clear them, and there’s going to be air, and it’s really exciting to watch – but it’s not necessarily doing the tricks and such that you’d be doing at the skate park.” A lighter bike is an asset in racing, but the 13th Avenue BMX Club does not demand that its racers ride any particular model. “Most race clubs don’t accept mountain bikes or anything like that,” said Stopanski. “However, we’re okay with that.” Indeed, the club’s membership includes racers of all ages, shapes and sizes who ride children’s bikes, regular and cruiser-style BMX bikes, mountain bikes and dirt jumpers. Racers must, however, remove reflectors, kickstands, chain guards, BMX freestyle pegs or any other accessories that might endanger other riders. With the proper precautions, BMX racing is considered quite safe. “We just require every member to have a full face helmet, long sleeve shirt, gloves, tear-resistant pants

The unique course at 13th Ave BMX Club attracts users from across Regina, White City and Moose Jaw. Supplied photoS

(no sweatpants, yoga pants, or anything like that) and enclosed shoes (no sandals),” said Stopanski. “We encourage riders to wear padding as well.” The 13th Avenue course used by the club has enjoyed several incarnations over the years. “In about ‘86, the track was there, and then it went away, and then it came back from ‘94 to ‘97, and then it went away again,” said Stopanski, who credits his long-time friend Richard Bandet with the idea to revive the course. “In 2011 and 2012, we started renovating the track again, because the layout was still kind of there with a start hill and jumps, but it was just overgrown with a single path right through everything … and then 2015 was the first year that we started holding races.” The track is city property and is usually available for public use. “We just hold our races every Monday night at 6:30,” said Stopanski. “This year, we’ll start on June 4. We’ll race right until September long weekend (Sept. 3), and, during that time, we meet every Monday at 6:30.” Stopanski appreciates the track and the assistance provided by the City of Regina to the area’s BMX community. “We’re lucky to have

To promote safety, the 13th Ave BMX Club requires every member to wear a full face helmet, a long-sleeve shirt, gloves, tear-resistant pants and enclosed shoes. Supplied photoS

BMX racing is a family sport, says Mike Stopanski, co-rounder of the 13th Ave BMX Club. Riders from age five to over 50 enjoy using the club’s course. Supplied photoS

this track, and we’re lucky to have the support of the City,” he said. “They see value in having it. Last year, it wasn’t just members in Regina – we had [racers from] White City and Moose Jaw – so it really was Regina and surrounding areas that we were helping.” That interest has been both surprising and encouraging for the club. “Our first day, we had 28 people show up just to register and start racing,” said Stopanski. “We

were kind of scrambling. We weren’t prepared for that. We thought we were going to ease into it, so that was quite fun. That year, we ended up with about 40 members; the second year, around the same; but, last year, we grew to 60 members.” As befits an all-ages sport, that membership includes parents and children who enjoy BMX racing as a family. “Unlike just going to your son’s baseball game or your daughter’s soccer game, the parents can

also get involved. They can also have a bike and ride, so they can watch their son race, their son can watch them race and it’s really good exercise,” said Stopanski. “It’s something that your whole family can get involved in. It’s something that teenagers can do. Everybody has a bike, so why not bring it down and race it?” To learn more, check out 13th Ave BMX Club’s Facebook page or email: bmxregina@gmail.com.


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Camping vacations are on the increase

Comedian Jim Gaffigan often jokes that camping is a tradition in his wife’s family, but he’s what people would consider “indoorsy.” Gaffigan notes that the idea of burning a couple of vacation days sleeping on the ground outside isn’t his idea of fun. But the comic may be in the minority. Camping is one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in North America. The statistics resource Statistica says the revenue of campgrounds and RV parks was estimated at $5.8 billion in 2015. More than $2.5 billion was relegated to camping equipment spending. In Canada, National Park attendance is typically indicative of camping stays. Parks Canada said there was a four per cent increase in overall visitation between 2009 and 2014. Camping takes many forms.

Some purists equate camping to minimalist survival – eking out an existence for a few days with nothing more than a tent, a single roll of toilet paper and a fishing pole. Others enjoy the creature comforts of home and would readily consider camping something done from their climate controlled RV. C a m p i n g r a n g e s b e tw e e n sleeping under the open stars and glamping – a style of camping with amenities and potentially resort-style services. No matter how one defines camping, information is the key to becoming the proverbial “happy camper.” The following list is a general starting off point for planning a camping adventure. • Not all cam ps ites are equal. When choosing a campsite, seek an area that offers the amenities you desire.

Popular places like lakeside spots or those close to trails tend to book up early. Also, consider proximity to bathrooms, showers and ingress/egress spots. People who desire solitude will pick different campsites than those who want to be near the family action. • C hoose a tent for the weather. Supplies will differ depending on the temperatures when you plan to camp. Select a tent with a sun-protection sealant to prolong its longevity. Opt for a location with partial afternoon shade to keep the campsite and tent cool. Face the tent door into the wind for a breeze (and also to keep mosquitoes from camping alongside you). Speak with a camping supply retailer about your camping needs. • Bring along low-salt, high-protein snacks. Low-salt, high-protein snacks will keep

you fueled for day trips along the trails without making you thirsty. Dried berries and high-fiber trail mixes also can keep energy levels up. • Invest in an insulating pad. A good insulating pad will keep you comfortable when sleeping on the ground. Such a pad also will serve as an extra moisture barrier and will help keep you warm or cool. • Use the moon. If this is your first time camping, schedule

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the night out to coincide with a full moon. There will be extra light at night to chase away any fears and make navigating a bit easier. • Be an early bird. To see wildlife, hit the trails as early as possible. Early morning hours also are cooler for working. Remember that camping involves getting in touch with nature. Leave the campsite how you found it, taking trash along with you. (MNS)

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