Connecting Calgarians to the Outdoors

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What started as a personal mental health blog, Happiest Outside has grown into an outdoor adventure hub for anyone looking to rejuvenate their health and well-being through nature, or to simply get outdoors more.
Based in Calgary, AB, Canada, Happiest Outside shares experiences, tips and recipes for the outdoors – and occasionally hosts events – to provide others with opportunities to connect with nature.

Our Core Values

Sustainability

We are committed to being stewards of sustainability and conservation - and strive to inspire others to be as well.

Learning & Leadership

We are dedicated to continue exploring, learning and sharing. Period.

Supporting Local

We believe in the power of supporting local. Proceeds from our events and merchandise are donated to local initiatives, charities, and programs.

The Adventurer Behind the Screen

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Hi, I'm Briana!

Most people call me Bri. The outdoors is my absolute happy place. Ever since I completed my first backpacking trip on the West Coast Trail, I’ve become obsessed with outdoor adventure and I’ve never looked back. Whether that be to a city park, or out to the mountains, I take every opportunity I can to get outdoors; rain or shine (or let’s face it, snow or shine).

I graduated from Mount Royal University with a major in Ecotourism & Outdoor Leadership, a minor in  Sport & Recreation Management, and an extension certification in Event Management.

What inspired the creation of Happiest Outside:

Getting outside and connecting with nature was – and continues to be – a key factor for keeping my mental (and overall) health in check.  Self-awareness, personal development and self-reflection have been major positive outcomes from challenging myself in nature-based environments. This discovery inspired me to not only share my experiences, but to provide others with motivation, resources and tips to get out and explore the outdoors. 

Education & Certifications:
  • Bachelor of Health & Physical Education
  • Event Management (ILEA)
  • 40hour Wilderness First-Aid 
  • Apprentice Hiking Guide 
  • AST-1 (Avalanche Safety Training)
  • Paddle Canada (Moving Water)
Favourite summer activity:
Hiking & Mounting Biking
Favourite winter activity:
Fat Biking & Nordic Skiing
Favourite Urban Park:
Carburn Park
Adventure Buddies:
Millie & Wilson