New Brunswick’s ‘Women of the Wilderness’ group grows amid the pandemic

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A women’s wilderness group in Riverview, N.B., has seen a surge in members in the last year as more women take to the outdoors.

“There has been a lot definitely increased interest in getting out and exercising and getting in nature,” said Natalie MacGlashing, who is a member of Women of the Wilderness (WOW), a Facebook group for women who love to explore the outdoors.

Read more: (Jan. 28, 2021) Ipsos poll finds many pandemic-weary Canadians turning to nature for relief

WOW currently has more than 900 members on Facebook and MacGlashing said the group has been growing steadily amid the pandemic.

“There has definitely been a growth in the group,” she said.

A recent Ipsos poll conducted for the Nature Conservancy Canada shows that Canadians are turning to nature in significant numbers to help them cope with the impacts of the pandemic.

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The poll found 94 per cent of Canadians acknowledge that nature is helping them relieve stress or anxiety.

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