Nadege Luquet’s 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 recreation and wilderness protection in Alberta. 

This is Nadege Luquet's story. See what this Canmore resident values about wilderness and recreation in Alberta. 

Nadege Luquet's Story

Where: Bow Valley, the Rockies in general, Maligne Lake

What: Whitewater kayaking and canoeing, climbing, mountain biking, ski touring

I love multi-day trips that really immerse you in the mountains, especially in the Bow Valley because it's beautiful and there's so much to do and so many great people to play with.

On a hot summer day, my favorite canoeing spot is Maligne Lake because the scenery is stunning, camping is away from the crowds, and because my canoe can carry a lot of good wine! My favorite kayaking spot is Kicking Horse. It's close, fun, bouncy and can be exciting. And the take out is steps away from one of my best friend's sunny backyard and accompanying GnT's.

I have many favorite climbing spots that can be found from Yamnuska to Sir Donald. For ski touring, I go anywhere there's powder or a great view...and my secret stash. My favorite mountain biking happens on the G8, because it's fast and flowy and it's right here at the end of my street.

I also love using my sports as an excuse to go explore the world's remote places. I get outdoors with my partner, friends, friends and friends, and even sometimes on my own. It depends on my mood and the type of day I need. If I can take Resa, my friend Sandy's super fun avalanche dog, it's a bonus. I believe that a good friend in the mountain will make an ok day fun,  a good day really awesome, and an awesome day, a day to be shared around camp fires for a life time!

Learn more about the first survey to measure Albertans outdoor recreation activities and their values towards the wilderness. See what you can do to protect the wilderness.