Friluftsliv! A gift guide to channel your inner Norwegian

  • Nov 01, 2020
  • BC Hydro

In one of the happiest countries on earth, they're way ahead of us in electric vehicle adoption and – through something thing called friluftsliv – the art of enjoying the outdoors in all sorts of weather.

Loosely translated as "free-air life", friluftsliv is a Norwegian focus on the outdoors. It's about hiking, camping, fishing, ski and snowshoe touring, and even living for long stretches in the wild. It embraces the notion that there's no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothes and gear (and perhaps a lack of imagination).

The idea also happens to be perfectly timed for the persistence of the novel coronavirus, which has put on hold (at least for most of us) the option of a mid-winter sun seeker getaway. So as we move through fall and into the winter, we've put together a holiday gift and ideas guide inspired by friluftsliv.

Not everything on the list below is about roughing it in the great outdoors, as items include renting a Tesla or a lux cabin in the woods. But all provide at least a baby step towards enjoying beautiful B.C. – no matter the weather.

This month's Team Power Smart contest prize is a $150 Canadian Tire gift card you can use to stock up on winter gear. If you're a member, just log in to your Member Toolbox to enter. If not, join the team for free today and then enter to win.