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Country Walkers guest admiring one of the many stunning lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Photo: Courtesy of Country Walkers.
“The vision resonates with the guests and the positive impact Y2Y’s efforts has on the landscape is evident every day guests hike through these mountains and valleys."
Joe Flynn, Chair of Country Walkers’ Responsible Travel Committee.

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Y2Y Supporter: Roger S. Smith

Now retired, Y2Y Supporter Roger Smith was once the VP of Research for the University of Alberta and former Dean of the School of Business.

By Roger S. Smith, Y2Y Supporter

I grew up spending time in the Big Hole Valley—we had a friend who was a ranger there and those experiences shaped me. Having opportunities like this for kids to grow up in the outdoors, fishing and wandering and becoming acquainted with our natural environment is exceptionally important.

I’ve spent most of my life in Alberta and Montana. For many years I have fished the headwaters of Flathead Lake, where we now live. I’ve realized firsthand the importance of protecting the watershed for the grizzly bears, wolverines, wolves, elk and other species that call this home. These are incredibly beautiful landscapes.

My brother Ted died in a hiking accident when we were together in the Mission Mountains. He was following his passion in a place we loved. So I feel a family commitment, as well as an individual one, to do what I can to respect, preserve and conserve the Yellowstone to Yukon corridor and the future it represents for our children and grandchildren.

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