Cassidy van Rensen Story: what Albertans are doing for outdoor recreation and why it’s important


CPAWS Alberta chapters commissioned the first survey to understand what Albertans are doing for outdoor recreation and what they value about the wilderness, public lands and recreation. The findings are important because they can help inform land-use plans for the future of recreation and wilderness protection in Alberta.

This is Cassidy van Rensen's story. See what this Edmonton resident values about wilderness and recreation in Alberta.

Cassidy van Rensen's Story

Where: Banff and Jasper National Parks, Edmonton River Valley, William A. Switzer Provincial Park, and Cooking Lake-Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area

What: Cross-country skiing, backcountry skiing, backcountry hiking, running, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, mountaineering

I recreate (xc ski and run primarily) in the Edmonton River Valley three days per week. I recreate outside of Edmonton two weekends per month in parks or recreation areas, or in some cases other types of crown land (e.g. Kootenay Plains).

I love the exploration, whether it's incredible scenery, interesting plants or wildlife, or facing a new challenge with friends.

I also love that recreation outdoors provides a platform to live entirely in the moment, leaving me feeling refreshed and inspired!

Learn more about the Alberta recreation and wilderness values survey