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These stories related to the great outdoors, adventure sports and eco-tourism are made possible through the continued support of Lake Country Physiotherapy as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Paddling the dark secrets of the Black River <b>(11 photos)</b>

Paddling the dark secrets of the Black River (11 photos)

Couchiching Conservancy's Passport to Nature program offers 'paddle party' on this 'incredible river' that helps tell the history of the region
Local cycling pioneer still 'making tracks' <b>(7 photos)</b>

Local cycling pioneer still 'making tracks' (7 photos)

Oro-Medonte senior pushed for Simcoe County Museum exhibit which showcases 'important role of Hardwood, Horseshoe, Simcoe County Forest and cycling clubs'
Behold 'beauty and wonder' of Canadian Shield <b>(14 photos)</b>

Behold 'beauty and wonder' of Canadian Shield (14 photos)

Cooper's Falls Trail boasts varied terrain that is 'just enough up and down climbing to make it interesting but not overly difficult,' says hiker
Going with the flow is the secret for these paddlers <b>(9 photos)</b>

Going with the flow is the secret for these paddlers (9 photos)

'There’s nothing like the satisfaction of picking a line down a rapid and nailing it,' says Tony Reid, a semi-retired doctor in his 70s. 'It’s challenging mentally and physically'
Local woman inspired by nature, working for nature <b>(5 photos)</b>

Local woman inspired by nature, working for nature (5 photos)

Upon return to Orillia, Samantha Vessios 'got lost in nature and started to appreciate the things we pass by every day' and has turned that passion into a career
Orillians find unique ways to get outside, support causes <b>(9 photos)</b>

Orillians find unique ways to get outside, support causes (9 photos)

Many people in the community relish a 'chance to get outside and breathe and blow some of the pandemic dust off,' says Mayor Steve Clarke
Brewery Bay home to real-life storybook rink <b>(3 photos)</b>

Brewery Bay home to real-life storybook rink (3 photos)

Popular rink inspired by story in 'Mariposa' book by Jamie Lamb; Creating the rink gave Orillia man 'the purpose (he) was looking for'
Make a New Year’s resolution to get out. Here’s some tips! <b>(5 photos)</b>

Make a New Year’s resolution to get out. Here’s some tips! (5 photos)

Despite the pandemic, columnist urges you to enjoy getting outdoors in the new year, maybe even making a resolution to give yourself a nature prescription
Forest therapy is more than a walk in the woods

Forest therapy is more than a walk in the woods

A forest therapy walk is about 'self-care. The idea is to take your time to open up all of your senses,' says local forest therapy guide
Farm offers opportunity to hang out with alpacas <b>(6 photos)</b>

Farm offers opportunity to hang out with alpacas (6 photos)

'If I’ve had a stressful day, I just come out here, feed them and hang out with them – it always makes me feel better,' says co-owner of Oro-Medonte estate