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Many new to the world of dogsledding opt for a leisurely ride in a sled while a musher leads them across the snowy landscape with some help from a team of tireless canines. However, as I learned on a four-day crash course in Quebec, dogsledding is a much more challenging affair when you’re in the musher’s shoes.

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I’ve been snowboarding for 17 years, but am a complete novice when it comes to skiing—just above the beginner’s ski school lesson of forming a “pizza wedge” to slow down, and straightening out to “French fries” to accelerate. Unfortunately for me, my snowboard boots were in baggage limbo along with the rest of my luggage and…

I found myself in the Canadian countryside for the first time, poised to have a deeper, more authentic Québécois experience in the French-speaking Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region. Don’t worry if you don’t speak French; a love of nature seems to be a universal language there.

I’m not sure quite what I was expecting when I arrived at the National Mask Festival in Papua New Guinea. I think I envisioned a gathering of PNG’s many tribes in a big grassy field surrounded by jungle. But I soon discovered, as I was passing through the tickets-required entryway, that it’s a far more organized affair.