Chris Boultbee’s Story: what Albertans are doing for outdoor recreation and why it’s important


CPAWS Southern and Northern Alberta commissioned the first-ever survey to understand what Albertans are doing for outdoor recreation and what their values are for wilderness, public lands and recreation. These findings can help to inform land-use plans for recreation and wilderness protection in Alberta.

Here we share the story of what Chris Boultbee from Edmonton values about recreation in Alberta. 

Chris Boultbee's Story

Where: Jasper or Banff

What: Hiking, backpacking, scrambling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing

I access the backcountry alone or with a group of like-minded people. I follow Leave No Trace principles so generations after me can experience the same natural beauty. Outdoor recreation is good for the soul and good for the spirit. It lets me escape everyday stresses and rejuvenates my body and soul for when I return to the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There is nothing more meaningful to me then hiking, skiing or climbing to a beautiful natural vista whether a lake, a summit or a glacier, and knowing I did it under my own steam.

For those weekends I cannot be in the mountain parks you can find me in my second home, the Cooking Lake Moraine east of Edmonton exploring the trails by foot, snowshoe or classic ski.

Learn more about the first survey to measure Albertans outdoor recreation activities and their values toward wilderness, and see what you can do to protect our wilderness.