Category Archives: ACTIVITIES

In this category we will try to keep you updated on the most current local activities.

Please feel free to suggest any Activities, Hobbies etc you may wish to add.

Enjoy!

Zen Groups

Kodo Sawaki wrote about the dojo:

“A group behaves just like a coal fire. A burning ember that is not fanned goes out all by itself. A big pile of embers becomes a blazing furnace.

When there are many of us, each person must take it upon himself to not disturb the others, by virtue of which we obtain a unique atmosphere. It is precisely by this atmosphere that we recognize a dojo of the Buddha Way.”

Taisen Deshimaru wrote about the dojo:

“The atmosphere of the dojo and the presence of the master and disciples are a precious aid to meditation. A tendency toward emulation occurs in the dojo, which prevents you from giving up at the first sign of fatigue or pain. Doing zazen together, with other people, leads us to practice every zazen as though it were the first time.”

Philippe Coupey wrote about the dojo:

“Every dojo with a strong, solid practice has its own energy. It’s an energy that comes from doshu — how the people in the dojo express the Way through their bodies and minds.

If you visit a dojo and don’t go back for awhile, remember that this place exists, and that you have received the Buddhist teaching there. And if you do go back, please try to practice on a regular basis.

Remember the mind you have at the very beginning. Don’t become an old hand at the practice, thinking you know more than other people, and so on. Beginning mind. This is zazen mind.”

Motorcycle Tours

Motorcycle Tours

Experience Canada on a motorcycle. For motorcycle riding enthusiasts there is no better way to explore the vast beauty of the country. These motorcycle trips will take you along roads through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Our motorcycling tours will take you through national parks, along lakes and rivers and over mountains on several tours through Alberta and British Columbia. On your motorcycle, explore the vineyards and orchards of British Columbia’s Okanagan area or travel to the Sunshine Coast and visit rain forests and ocean views. Ride your motorcycle through the rugged Rocky Mountains or head north across the arctic circle, up the Dempster Highway. Ask about our guided or unguided tour options and even on guided tours there are opportunities to strike out on your own. Motorcycles can either be rented as part of the package, or if you have your own motorcycle, we look after your itinerary and arrange everything along the route. The possibilities are immense and the adventure is like no other.

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Fishing

Fish Recipes:

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So Many Fish, So Little Time…

Fishing in Canada is second to none. The endless crystal clear waters of the north remain relatively untouched. This means more fish, bigger fish and possibly the battle of your life!

In Canada, freshwater fishing is widely acknowledged as among the best fishing in the world. Aggressive freshwater fish of all kinds can be found right across the country.

By the way, the scenery isn’t too bad either.

Like you, we love fishing. Our goal is to simply help you catch more fish and bigger fish. Bookmark this site for some of the best advice and thoughts on fishing in Canada.

Times are busy. Getting a break in a remote region of Canada is often just what the doctor ordered. In Canada, fishing is better than anywhere on the continent. You will experience not only big fish, but aggressive fish. The fast moving waters, deep lakes and amazing rock structures provide the perfect setting for your outdoor adventure.

Pick a Province. Your options are endless.

Freshwater fishing in Canada offers the incredible water systems of Ontario and the amazing rivers of British Columbia. With thousands of points in between, there are more untouched lakes than you can fish in a lifetime. This means spirited battles from fish that grow in strong numbers and sizes!

British Columbia offers some of the most remarkable trout and Salmon fishing found anywhere. Fly anglers from all over the world congregate to this province hoping to land that river bound lunker. Fishing in BC is something you will never forget!

Moving east, the Canadian prairie provinces are more than just wheat fields! Don’t let their moniker fool you. From Alberta through Saskatchewan and into Manitoba there is a vast stretch of Canadian Shield. This area is spotted with over two hundred thousand lakes and dazzling scenery. Many folks swear by the northern prairie provinces and they revisit every year.

Further east, Ontario and Quebec continue to offer outstanding freshwater fishing. The different regions to choose from while fishing Canada’s two largest provinces truly is a marvel. Ontario alone has over 200,000 lakes, and is home to more types of fish than anywhere else in the country. From pike to salmon to walleye and muskie, there is something for you in these 2 beautiful provinces.

What’s your pleasure?

Among the most popular fish in Canada is the walleye. This is a great eating game fish that is always looking for a fight. Make sure you consult our walleye section for the best strategies for all seasons.

If you are looking to tangle with an aggressive fish, look no further than the northern pike. We don’t know who pee’d in these guys cereal, but they are a down right nasty fish (and a lot of fun to catch). Years of experience are consolidated within this site to provide you the best information for catching northern pike.

For fly anglers, there are more rivers than can be imagined in Canada. Fast moving waters that are home to salmon, grayling, rainbow and many other members of the trout family. Fly-fishing in Canada is considered to be among the best in the world.

We also have terrific strategies that work year round for musky, perch, lake trout and other freshwater fish in Canada. No matter your pleasure, you’ll find it here!



Fitness: Nutrition and Activity

Definition of healthy living:

At a population level, healthy living refers to the practices of population groups that are consistent with supporting, improving, maintaining and/or enhancing health. As it applies to individuals, healthy living is the practice of health enhancing behaviours, or put simply, living in healthy ways. It implies the physical, mental and spiritual capacity to make healthy choices

Physical Activity

Physical activity plays an important role in the health, well-being and quality of life of Canadians. People who are physically active live longer, healthier lives. Active people are more productive, and more likely to avoid illness and injury.

Benefits of physical activity

Physical activity helps:

healthy growth and development

prevent chronic diseases like cancer, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease

make us stronger

give us energy

decrease stress, and

prolong independence as we get older.

Learn more about the benefits of physical activity.

Physical activity guidelines

To help Canadians move toward healthier lifestyles, the Public Health Agency of Canada supported the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) in reviewing the latest science on physical activity and in developing new physical activity guidelines.

Canada’s Physical Activity Guides, which were based on the previous guidelines, are no longer being distributed by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Canadians are encouraged to refer to our Get Active Tip Sheets for the latest information on physical activity. For more information or tips to get moving, please visit CSEP or ParticipACTION.

Tips to get active

Being active doesn’t have to be difficult. There are many ways to make physical activity a part of daily life — at home, at school, at work, at play, and on the way.

Getting started is easier than you think. Start now and slowly increase your physical activity to meet the new recommendations. They can be met through planned exercise sessions, active forms of transportation like walking or biking, as well as recreation and sports.

Maintaining Healthy Habits

Eat well and be active today and every day!

Eating well and being active work together for a healthier you. These healthy habits may help you reduce your risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer and osteoporosis while providing many benefits such as:

Better overall health

Lower risk of disease

A healthy body weight

Feeling and looking better

More energy

Stronger muscles and bones

Steps towards better health and a healthy body weight include:

Eating the recommended amount and types of food each day.

Limiting foods and beverages high in calories, fat, sugar or salt (sodium).

Being active every day.

Grilling and Barbecue Tips

What is the origin of the word barbecue?

We have to go back to the West Indian island of Hispaniola in the seventeenth century to begin the search for this word. The local Arawakan Indians had a method of erecting a frame of wooden sticks over a fire in order to dry meat. In their language, Taino, they called it a barbacòa, which Spanish explorers borrowed.

This word seems also to have been applied by Europeans to sleeping platforms raised off the ground to reduce the risk of snakebite, presumably without the fire underneath. That extraordinary seaman William Dampier was the first person to use the word in this variant sense, in his New Voyage round the World of 1699: “And lay there all night, upon our Borbecu’s, or frames of Sticks, raised about 3 foot from the Ground”.

It seems that the word began to be applied quite quickly to cooking meat rather than drying it, and for such outdoor cooking to become a social event, even though barbecues in those days differed from the modern suburban ritual in that animals were often cooked whole over pits of hot coals (the Oxford English Dictionary has a lip-smackingly wonderful definition of the process: “To broil or roast (an animal) whole; e.g. to split a hog to the backbone, fill the belly with wine and stuffing, and cook it on a huge gridiron, basting with wine”. The first example known is of the verb, in a work by Aphra Behn of 1690: “Let’s barbicu this fat rogue”, showing that it was well enough known even then to be used figuratively

In 1733, a certain Benjamin Lynde, who lived in Salem, Massachusetts, wrote in his diary “Fair and hot; Browne, barbacue; hack overset”. This is rather a cryptic comment, but then he could hardly have known that nearly three centuries later his jotted note would be transmitted across the Internet as the first ever recorded usage of the noun in our modern sense. It seems that on this hot but pleasant summer’s day he went to some neighbours called Browne to have a barbecue, but that at some point, presumably on the way back, his hack — either his hired horse or carriage — had an accident.

Incidentally, many people believe that barbeque actually derives from the French barbe à queue, that is, “from beard to tail”, signifying the whole of the pig being roasted. Leaving aside the question that pigs don’t have beards (though the allusion would work for goats), the true origin is well authenticated, and the story is just another example of folk etymology.

Whyldfire Bar-b-que:

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This Blog contains recipes, thoughts, whats cooking and mostly things related to Bar-B-Que including some awesome recipes and how to build the “Ugly Drum Smoker”, this is great material!

Picnic Recipes and Games:

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These tips should help make your first, or next, BBQ a big success. Bare in mind there are a few exceptions to these guidelines and not every “expert” sees eye-to-eye on some techniques. However, keeping these things in mind will greatly increase your chances of a having a wonderful BBQ or picnic.

Hot – Above 400 °F You will very rarely want to BBQ anything on hot for more than a few minutes, just long enough to sear the meat and give it a nice grilled taste. If you do intend to sear the meat, you will want to do so when you first put the meat on the BBQ and then lower the temperature to medium. It should noted that many people believe the process of searing the meat seals the juices inside but that’s not correct. Searing will only caramelize the meat. It will not seal the juices inside. Sealing the juices inside a piece of meat cooked on a BBQ grill is almost impossible.

Medium – 300 °F to 400 °F

This is temperature at which most things are BBQed on the grill, including chicken, hot dogs and burgers.

Low – Below 300 °F

Low temperatures are used to BBQ large pieces of meat such as roasts and prime rib. BBQing at low temperatures is a must for meats which are quite high in fat. Please note, we do not recommend cooking any meat at a temperature below 225 °F.

Tips For Cooking Meats And Seafood

Here we will review some tips when BBQing burgers, steaks, chicken and seafood. First, we will start with some general BBQ grilling tips.

Whenever possible, marinade the meat overnight. At the very least, let it marinade for a couple of hours.

If you get the BBQ grill too hot while trying to sear a piece meat, don’t be afraid to remove the meat until the BBQ grill cools a little bit. Better this than a burnt steak.

Brush the meat often with butter or oil. Olive oil is probably best.

Try not to turn the meat too often. This is especially true of beef. You should be aiming to cook the meat 40% done on one side, flip it once and then cook it the rest of the way done. Beef is about 40% done when it has become slightly brown about halfway up the edge of the meat.

Unless you are in a big hurry or you like for your meat to be dry, do not press on it. You will just be squeezing out all those wonderful juices.

If you are not a pro when it comes to cooking meat, always use a thermometer to test for doneness. Check out our Meat Doneness Temperatures page to learn the exact temperatures at which different types of meat are safe to eat.

Do not salt the meat while it is on the BBQ grill. The salt will soak up some the juices and may cause the meat to become dry.

Don’t be afraid to let the food stand for five or ten minutes after it’s done BBQing on the grill. The food will be too hot to enjoy straight off the BBQ grill anyway.

Tips for BBQing Burgers

To prevent “pregnant” burgers, make an indention in the middle of the patties before you put them on the BBQ grill. This will allow room for them to swell in the middle.

Always mix the seasonings into with the ground beef before making patties.

Don’t use ground beef that it is extremely lean, 20% fat is just about perfect. The fat helps make the burgers juicy and very tasty.

Tips for BBQing Steaks

If you buy a large piece of meat and you plan to slice it into smaller pieces, remember to cut against the grain of the meat.

Don’t take the meat directly from the cooler and put it on the BBQ grill. Let it stand out for a few minutes and warm up a little bit. The meat will cook more evenly.

Trim away excess fat but never trim away all the fat. The fat is what gives a steak most of it’s flavor.

If you plan to use salt, do so just before you eat it.

Tips For BBQing Chicken

If you are going to use some type of seasoning rub them buy chicken with the skin still on it. You can rub the seasoning under the skin and it will stay there. Otherwise, much of the seasoning may fall off when you are BBQing it.

If you are going to use a marinade then skinless chicken is perfectly fine.

Trim away all the fat, it serves no useful purpose.

Monitor chicken closely. It will dry out quickly if you overcook it. This is especially true of boneless, skinless breast filets.

Injecting chicken with a marinade is a great way to add flavor and reduce dryness.

Tips For BBQing Seafood

Use fresh seafood, if you can. Don’t cook frozen seafood without thawing it first.

If you are using thin filets of fish, wrap them in foil or place foil underneath them while BBQing them on the grill. If you don’t, they may fall apart.

Shrimp are difficult to BBQ on a grill without overcooking them. Try jumbo shrimp or precooked shrimp that only need to be heated up.

Fish is done when the meat in the middle has turned opaque in color.

Volunteering:

Volunteering, giving back to our community!

Why Volunteer?

People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, especially wanting to help others. But it’s also OK to want some benefits for yourself from volunteering.

Some people are uncomfortable with the notion that a volunteer “benefits” from doing volunteer work. There is a long tradition of seeing volunteering as a form of charity, based on altruism and selflessness. The best volunteering does involve the desire to serve others, but this does not exclude other motivations, as well.

Instead of considering volunteering as something you do for people who are not as fortunate as yourself, begin to think of it as an exchange.

Consider that most people find themselves in need at some point in their lives. So today you may be the person with the ability to help, but tomorrow you may be the recipient of someone else’s volunteer effort. Even now you might be on both sides of the service cycle: maybe you are a tutor for someone who can’t read, while last month the volunteer ambulance corps rushed you to the emergency room. Volunteering also includes “self-help.” So if you are active in your neighborhood crime watch, your home is protected while you protect your neighbors’ homes, too. Adding your effort to the work of others makes everyone’s lives better.

Your Motivations

Think about how much you receive when you give and consider why you want to volunteer. You may have several different reasons. Here are just a few of the many possible motivations identified by other volunteers:

-to feel needed

-to share a skill

-to get to know your community

-to demonstrate commitment to a cause/belief

-to gain leadership skills

-to do your civic duty

-satisfaction from accomplishment

-to keep busy

-for recognition

-to repay a debt

-to donate your professional skills

-no one else to do it

-to make an impact

-to learn new skills

-for freedom of schedule

-to help a friend or relative

-for escape

-to become an “insider”

-to be challenged

-to be a watchdog

-to feel proud

-to make new friends

-to explore a career

-to help someone

-therapy

-to do something different from your job

-for fun!

-for religious reasons

-to earn academic credit

-to keep skills alive

-because an agency is geographically close

-to do what you love

-to assure progress

-to feel good

-to be part of a team

-to gain status

-you were asked

-to test yourself

-to build your resume

-to be an agent of change

-personal experience with the problem, illness, or cause

-to stand up and be counted

You will probably have some special reasons of your own.

Remember that the motivations you have to select the place to offer your services may not be the reasons why you stay. Once you’re on the volunteer job, you will continue to serve as long as you feel that your efforts are accomplishing something, that your talents are appreciated, and that you make a difference. And if you also like the people with whom you work, so much the better!

As long as you are truly serving through your volunteer work, isn’t it wonderful that such an exchange occurs? In fact, it tends to strengthen your commitment to volunteering when you can see the benefits to both the recipient of your efforts and to yourself. And it is much more comfortable than “charity” because it upholds the self-esteem of those with whom you volunteer.

We will try to keep you informed of all activities in regards to each of our Helping Agencies:

-Heart & Stroke Foundation

-Aids Saskatoon

-Birthright

-Bottle Drives

-Cancer Society

-Churches

-Egadz

-Red Cross Blood Donor Clinics

-Canadian Diabetes Association

-Salvation Army

-Saskatoon Food Bank

-Saskatoon Friendship Inn

-Saskatoon Indian & Metis Friendship Centre

-Saskatoon SPCA

-Schools

-YWCA Opportunity Shop

and more!

We will keep you informed of all upcoming Events, Marathons/Walkathons, Fundraising Campaigns, Volunteer Needs etc

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or information!