Karen Ung (aka @playoutsidegal) is a lover of maps, mountains, and mochas. With her Geography degree and experience leading hikes and backpacking trips in the Rockies, she is full of ideas on where to go and what to do. In 2013, she started Play Outside Guide to provide “everything you need to know to get outside” featuring outdoor adventures in Alberta and BC, road trips, safety tips, and the best outdoor gear.

You may have seen Karen on TV (Global Calgary columnist – Summer 2021 & CBC TV’s “Our Calgary” – 2018 & 2019) or heard her on CBC Radio’s Eyeopener Show. She was CBC Calgary’s Family Road Trips columnist for the summers of 2017-2019 and continues to be a frequent guest on CBC Radio. Since 2020, she has done syndicated radio segments from coast to coast on Bear Safety, Summer Fun, and more!

Currently an Ambassador for Alberta Parks, Aurora Heat, and West Coast Seeds, Karen has the experience to promote your destination or products to an engaged audience. If you have questions, or would like to work together, please contact Karen via the Contact Us form below.

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