Sites to See by Taking the Train Across Canada


There is just one way to see all of this great country in a single trip: take the train. Slow and magical, a train journey across Canada is the best way to celebrate our country’s sesquicentennial — yes, that’s a word.

The best part? We’re going to help you do it. Keep reading to see the beautiful highlights of a VIA Rail trip across Canada — and how you could win one.

The Fraser River

 

Wind your way along the stunning banks of the Fraser River. British Columbia’s longest river has been providing salmon and clean water to local inhabitants for thousands of years. Oh, and it’s gorgeous, too.

The Rockies

The Canadian Rockies are a must-see, once-in-a-lifetime experience. And there is no experience more romantic than seeing them by train.

The Prairies

If you’re doing the cross-Canada, your midway point will be marked by golden, endless fields. Canada is full of unique landscapes, and the Prairies are among the most notable. Lose track of time and relax into the serenity of their golden glow.

The True North

So few of us ever see Canada’s true north. Travel the 1160 kilometres from Jasper to Prince Rupert for a small glimpse of the north’s beautiful forests and rugged landscape.

Jasper

Framed by mountains and stunningly gorgeous, Jasper will take your breath away. Get off the train for a stroll around town or sit still, and watch as the train winds along rivers and lakes.

Packing your bags yet? Don’t forget to enter — and your trip could be free! Just purchase any Swingline® or Quartet® product before July 1, 2017 and enter for a chance to win a $1500 VIA Rail travel voucher.

ParticipACTION 150 Playlist Vote & Staying Active This Winter


Going into hibernation mode is oh so tempting. The colder the weather gets, the less we want to go outside. It makes sense. And of course, staying inside all cozy and warm snuggled up with some tea is one of the best ways to unwind during the cold season. But this doesn’t mean you can’t keep active during your spare time.

Another reason to stay healthy this winter is that we live the great white north! And this year marks Canada’s 150th birthday, which gives us all the more reason to stay active and celebrate in a way that embraces the true heritage of Canada.

Take a look at some ways you can stay active this winter.

Ice Skating

Most cities have a local ice rink, so make sure you get out those skates and take advantage this winter! Ice skating is great cardio and a fun activity to do with family or friends.

Lake Louise

Snow Sprints

Another great way to get that cardio workout in. Find a snow-covered field and try jogging or running in laps. Ice usually doesn’t form on grass so it is safe to run on a grassed area. But if it makes you feel more comfortable, you can do this during or after a fresh snowfall.  Also, if you want to take it up a notch, throw some walking lunges into those laps. Just make sure you dress warm!

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Skiing/Snowboarding

This snow sport is an amazing way to stay in shape, but it does require more skill than the other alternatives. If you aren’t familiar with skiing or snowboarding, don’t fret it! There are many training classes and smaller hills available to practice on – which is still great exercise.

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Tobogganing

Who would have thought such a fun activity can also be a way to stay active! Tobogganing should not be undermined. Walking uphill, especially in the snow, is great cardio and melts mega calories. This is also the perfect way to have some family time while keeping everyone active.

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Shoveling Snow

It might be time to second guess that dreaded task. Shoveling snow is actually great exercise, as you are working your arms to move the snow and your legs to lift. It really is a whole body workout. So grab your shovel and don’t be afraid to take ownership of this chore!

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Like these ideas? Vote for your favourite activities on Participation’s “150 Playlist” to help get Canadians moving on the 150th birthday! Challenge yourself and your friends to participate in as many activities as possible through out the year and be entered to win amazing prizes such as a new car, or a trip to Whistler! Over 100 events will be taking place across Canada to give everyone a chance to stay active, and try some great activities. Make sure you vote now and help us change these stats!

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Social Concerns: A Corporate Responsibility


A recent article outlines the importance business students and their respective schools are placing on social involvement and community contribution as meaningful factors of business responsibility and personal/career fulfillment. Focusing on students from Canada’s top business school such as York University’s Schulich School of Business, University of Victoria and McGill University the message is clear: future generations want to be involved in making the world a better place, and that starts with their local community and their corporate workplace.

Corporate Community InvolvementMajority of companies are already involved in some type of charity or non-profit by donating funds. However, going beyond just donations will be necessary in the future in order to satisfy employee needs and sense of responsibility. As technology makes our personal lives more intertwined with professional lives, having the ability to be involved with local communities and giving back in a meaningful way will be embedded within a corporate philosophy.

Whether you are looking to attract new employees, keep old ones or simply give to a cause to help those in need, the corporate entity will have to be involved. With the holiday season just around the corner, there is no better time to start!