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Hikers explore the Trail during an Instameet in Langford, B.C. Photo: Jennifer Mahon
Today, I’m happy to introduce a newsletter that celebrates a virtue I cherish. This virtue, my friends, is empathy. I see it at play every day as it fuels the meaningful and selfless work my colleagues, other organizations and leaders – known and unknown – do to ensure all people feel welcome and safe outside.

We have all shied away from attending events and gatherings, or from frequenting certain venues because we felt we would not belong or would stand out a bit too much. That feeling we’ve all experienced has kept (and still keeps) many would-be outdoor enthusiasts from joining us outside. Not everyone knows what we know, has experienced what we have experienced, or needs what we need.

Therefore, my request today is this: If we’ve ever missed a chance to make you feel welcome and included on our Trail, in our community, or in our content, let us know. We don’t know what we don’t know about you. You do. So reach out. It’s better together.

Jérémie Gabourg
Trans Canada Trail
10 Instagram accounts that empower all outdoor enthusiasts to come outside
These Instagrammers are sharing their stories and adventures on social media, so that everyone can feel inspired to find their place on trails.
2-minute read
Judith Kasiama on diversity and healing in nature
A MEC Outdoor Ambassador, a new Canadian citizen and a human being who loves being free in nature, Judith tells us about her first hike in Canada, and what drives her activism for diversity and inclusion in the outdoors.
4-minute read
Humans of the Trail
You don’t need to spend hours on the Trail to discover how many different people enjoy it. Take a stroll along the Trail in North Vancouver…
3-minute read
Experiencing hospitality and the kindness of strangers on The Great Trail 
Back in 2016, we met Trevor Hodgson, an avid cyclist who rides the Trail as a way of coping with bipolar disorder. This month, we’re catching up with him to see where the Trail has brought him since.
3-minute read
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