how do you...outdoors?

As summer is slipping away and fall is close on its heels... there’s no better time to head outdoors! 

Are you planning to hug a tree or swim in one of our beautiful surrounding lakes, don't worry we have you covered with these three helpful tips.

Bugs, bugs everywhere!  Throw on some light-coloured attire (mosquitoes are more attracted to dark colours) and find some DEET free bug spray alternatives such as soybean or lemon eucalyptus oil.  Check out this handy insect repellent guide pulled together by the good people at Environmental Defence.

Sun, sun everywhere!  Unfortunately, skin cancer has become the most common form of cancer.  While picking a sunscreen avoid these ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate known for their negative effect on the body's hormones.  When you find a healthy alternative, don't be afraid to slather it on!  Check out this handy reminder of the amount of sunscreen we should be using.

Dirt, dirt everywhere! Whether it is for a campsite full of dirty dishes or dirty hair, look for soaps and personal care products that are non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate-free.  Avoid all products which contain the chemical triclosan. In 2012, Environmental Canada declared ttriclosan to be toxic. When exposed to sun, triclosan turns into dioxins which are not only linked to cancer but has also been linked to antibiotic resistant bacteria in our waterways. All-natural should be the trademark for the great outdoors!

Got any other great tips?

How do you...outdoors?



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