December was the holiday month, and saw quite a few Winter activities. Listed on our December CORE Calendar:

Cascade Fire Road XC  Ski (E); Downhill Skiing Resort- Mt Norquay; Elk Pass X Country Ski (M/D); Snowshoe Hogarth Lakes (E); Urban hike – Bowness Park; Christmas Lights (urban walk); Social dining at U & Me (Cantonese), Downhill Resort Skiing – Nakiska; Snowshoe: Chester Lake (M); XC Ski West Bragg Creek (M); Mount Murray View Point snowshoe trip (E); Urban x-country/snowshoe – Confederation Park golf course; XC ski: Pipestone trails (E-M).

As you can see, there was quite a range of activities of for all levels of skill. Why not come out and join in the winter fun in January!

Some December Highlights

Mount Norquay Ski Day - Nice Ski Outfits

Mount Norquay Ski Day – Nice Ski Outfits

Bowness Urban Hike - Bridge on the River Bow

Bowness Urban Hike – Bridge on the River Bow

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

Chester Lake Snowshoe - Misty Mountains

Chester Lake Snowshoe – Misty Mountains

West Bragg Creek - Moose Loop Picnic

West Bragg Creek – Moose Loop Picnic

Mount Murray Snowshoe

Mount Murray Snowshoe


December Club Meeting

No meeting in December.

January Club Meeting

Tuesday January 26, 2016 – 7 p.m.

Join us at the Scarboro Community Hall, 1727 – 14 Ave SW. The presentation for the evening will be:

South American Adventures

A presentation of the South American tour taken by CORE members Lynn R. &  Geoff C. — they visited 7 countries on that continent.  Presentation includes a photo slideshow.


A message to Car Pool drivers. Please remember to drive safely. Slow down in storms and icy roads. Avoid distractions. Pull over if you are sleepy, or let someone else take the wheel.


Assiniboine Lodge

Mar 6 – 9, 2016

We are starting to make plans for a weekend at Assiniboine Lodge. We will be taking a helicopter to Assiniboine Lodge March 6, returning March 9. During the stay we will be able to backcountry ski or snowshoe. The lodge provides guides and avalanche gear (transceivers, probes, and shovels).

Anyone interested, please check the CORE calendar for further details.


CORE Events Calendar

Most of you already know that the CORE events calendar has lost some of its functionality, in that it no longer sends out email messages to CORE members when a new event is posted. Your CORE executive is working to solve this problem, and in the near future we’ll be sending out a questionaire soliciting input from members as to what features you would like to see implemented in a new Event Management Calendar. You’ll receive an email from CORE once the questionaire is ready, so please do your best to respond.

Ask your Exec

If CORE members have any questions about club policies or procedures, just email us at and a member of the Executive will respond. If the question is of general interest, we’ll include it with the answer in the next newsletter.


If any of you members have an interesting story to relate about one of your outings, and you would like it to appear in the CORE Blog (newsletter), kindly send it in MS word format along with a PIC or so to the CORE Communications Coordinator (or to We’ll likely edit it a bit (we have some skilled proof readers on the CORE Exec), and will include it in one of the upcoming newsletters.

The most recent submission by CORE members Cathie Newsome and John Hitt is posted as a Blog on the CORE website at Below is an excerpt from their adventure.

Canoeing the Land of the Voyageurs

By Cathie Newsome and John Hitt

Soft is the Song my Paddle Sings

Soft is the Song my Paddle Sings

If you like to paddle to experience true serenity and remoteness, have you ever considered Northern Saskatchewan? We’re talking north of La Ronge where the highway becomes a dirt road, and transportation is often by float plane.

We decided on the McLennan Lake area. To get there, you take the Louis Riel trail 380 Km north to La Ronge from Saskatoon. After that, you drive for 2 hours up the highway, (which has now become a dirt road), to McLennan Lake. If you reach Reindeer Lake, you’ve missed it.



The Song my Paddle Sings

E. Pauline Johnson (1862–1913)

And up on the hills against the sky,

A fir tree rocking its lullaby

Swings, swings,

Its emerald wings,

Swelling the song that my paddle sings.