Jessica Kirby

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Jessica Kirby is a freelance writer and editor based on beautiful Vancouver Island. She writes for several Canadian publications and oversees the editorial direction of four industry trade publications.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from Vancouver Island University and continually hones her craft through professional development opportunities offered by the Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island and the Editors Association of Canada.

When she isn’t nestled among stacks of paper in her home office, Jessica can be found running or biking the Island countryside, practicing yoga or exploring the B.C. coastal wilderness with her family. Jessica comes from a family of dirt bikers and knows her way around an ATV. She is former editor of Canadian Powersport Trade and loves a good supercross race.

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Ashley Chaffin with a big smile and a red hat
Valdez, AK

Valdez, Alaska, rad rider Ashley Chaffin spends 140 days a year on her sled

If there’s one thing Ashley Chaffin a.k.a. “Smashley” will never be guilty of, it’s turning her back on a challenge.

by Jessica Kirby
A photo of a mountain bowl near Mackenzie, B.C.
Mackenzie, BC

Top three riding areas in Mackenzie, B.C.

Three sledding areas around Mackenzie, B.C.

by Jessica Kirby
Avalanche Canada's new logo is part of a rebranding campaign that is kicking off the 2014-15 season.
SledLife

Avalanche Canada, formerly known as the Canadian Avalanche Centre, has rebranded

Avalanche Canada launching a new name, new brand and upgrades to its app

by Jessica Kirby
Two men sit on snowmobiles in the deep snow.
Whitecourt, AB

Alberta’s Golden Triangle awaits

Alberta’s Golden Triangle is a sledding mecca, with 350 kilometres of groomed snowmobile trails.

by Jessica Kirby
Houston, BC

Head to Houston for fabulous mountain riding

Houston, B.C., offers up mountain riding, deep powder and forests for snowmobilers to explore—all moments from town.

by Jessica Kirby
Westlock's Pembina Drift Busters stop for a rest on the Long Island Lake Trail's Main Loop.
Westlock, AB

Westlock is a sled-friendly town

Westlock’s Long Island Lake Trail boasts 150 kilometres of groomed bush trails.

by Jessica Kirby
Tumbler Ridge, BC

Fantastic sledding around Tumbler Ridge

Deep snow, unexplored terrain and a long season draw sledders of all abilities to Tumbler Ridge, B.C., known for its enthusiastic sledding community.

by Jessica Kirby
A man and a woman wearing matching white Icerock jackets.
Gear

Icerock rocks

Snowmobile garments and accessories called Icerock

by Jessica Kirby
Ross on Horton Loop Road
Calgary, AB

Best riding in and around Okotoks

Okotoks, AB, only 20 minutes southwest of Calgary, offers great riding in open meadows and foothills.

by Jessica Kirby
Kevin Zatorski doing a cat walk in fresh powder.
Lac la Biche, AB

Sledders in Lac la Biche have hundreds of miles of power lines and open meadows

Kevin Zatorski from Lac La Biche says the power lines are a great starting place for adventures.

by Jessica Kirby
David Noel at the opening of the TrailNet with Valerie Pringle.
St. Paul, AB

St. Paul, Alberta, is a haven for deep snow trail riders

Robert Pruneau and David Noel tell about riding in and around St. Paul, Alberta.

by Jessica Kirby
A snowmobiler cresting a hill near Mackenzie.
Mackenzie, BC

Adventure seekers explore off the beaten trail in Mackenzie

Lawrence Napier of Mackenzie, B.C., knows his way around the backcountry.

by Jessica Kirby
Betty Ladouceur on her snowmobile.
Nipawin, SK

From Nipawin to anywhere

Locals in Nipawin, Saskatchewan are dreaming of snow

by Jessica Kirby
4 snowmobilers on a ridge in the Babcock riding area.
Tumbler Ridge, BC

Deep powder and stellar mountain riding

Deep powder and stellar mountain riding have put Tumbler Ridge on the B.C. sledding map.

by Jessica Kirby
Man and snowmobile
Snowmobile News

A Governor General award for longtime Whistler snowmobiling advocate

Nelson Bastien helped secure a crucial land use agreement for Whistler’s Brandywine Snowmobile Trail.

by Jessica Kirby
Houston, BC

Houston has deep powder, open meadows and wild ravines

Adventure seekers, intermediate explorers and easygoing sightseers will find Houston, B.C.’s, main areas an all-inclusive alpine haven.

by Jessica Kirby