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Epic Rides in Yukon

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Dropping into the Mountain Hero trail on Montana Mountain in Carcross.

Historic gold rush trails rebuilt into mountain bike magic

By SEAMUS McGRATH

Thousands of prospectors were lured north by stories of riches in the Klondike gold rush in the 1890s, but the bounty was short lived, barely three years. Today, adventurers discover a different kind of gold in the Yukon — amazing mountain biking, kind people and beautiful scenery.

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A Vintage Destination

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From top left: Michael Kosak pours a taste at La Stella Winery; riding Black Sage Road; Okanagan orchards, kitsch at Home Hardware

DRINK IN the desert

Osoyoos a vintage destination for active visitors with a thirst for fine wine

By CHRIS WELNER

There’s a symbiotic relationship between pain and pleasure. It’s a feeling you get grinding up a Cat 2 mountain on two wheels, or stretching a long run an extra 5K while pushing the pace into the homestretch. It hurts. It’s supposed to hurt. But there’s a payoff, too.

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Costa Rica Run Right

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Teo Prestinary on a jungle run.

COSTA RICA RUN RIGHT

From jungle runs to surf school, it’s heaven on earth

BY PETE ESTABROOKS

Teo Prestinary strolls out of Tica Pilates class a few blocks from the Pacific Ocean, spots me and shouts, “Hey, mi amigo, it’s been too long.” He pulls me into his sweaty chest for a hug, the warmth of which outweighs its grotty nature.

I tell him I arrived this morning in Nosara and need a long run. Teo is an ultra-runner with a cat-like intuition, and back-of-your-hand knowledge of the Costa Rican jungle. “Easy,” he replies, “We start at nine tomorrow.”

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Utah Graced by Olympic Legacy

Salt Lake City a vast playground for active adventures

BY RANDALL SHIRLEY

I’m in pure bliss, lying on Roger Olbrot’s massage table in Salt Lake City. If I make my brain squint, it’s February 2002, and I’m an Olympic athlete preparing to ski my way to a gold medal. I’m having my muscles worked by Olbrot, director of massage during the Games, who applies the perfect pressure to my glutes and gives my hamstrings a good stretch.

But it’s 2013, and I’m no Olympic athlete. I am, however, enjoying an exquisite massage. I’m in Utah to explore its Olympic legacy, and Olbrot’s talented hands are a part of that — the same hands that worked on world-class athletes now provide my own gold medal experience for $60.

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Wild Scenery and Wildlife

Waterton, Alberta

BY JOANNE SASVARI

If you’re searching for unbeatable mountain adventure far from the crowds, then Waterton Lakes National Park is the destination for you.

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Prehistorically Good Times Ahead

Badlands, Alberta

BY JOANNE SASVARI

Thousands upon thousands of years ago, wind, ice and water carved out a unique geography in southeastern Alberta, leaving behind dramatic landforms, spectacular scenery and a perfect playground for outdoor adventure.

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