In this article I discuss the best way to visit Newfoundland (spoiler alert: it’s by boat), along with insights into the history, language, and culture of Newfoundland.
I grew up in Toronto, which was where I sold everything I owned to embrace my dreams of long-term world travel. First, I took the train west across the country and explored Vancouver Island, before settling in Edmonton for seven months (much of which were spent in the Rocky Mountains near Jasper).
I have since gone back to Canada to visit family and friends, and also to do some further explorations.
Here’s a summary of where I went in 2018; although none of the 6 countries were new to me, the places I visited and experiences I had TOTALLY were! Enjoy.
2016 started off in one way, turned left, got flipped upside down, then messed up in the blender. Here’s how it all came out in the end:
Here are 18 of the world’s fastest, highest, longest, deepest, happiest, smelliest, most dangerous – and more – things I’ve done:
After living in Peru for a while and then returning to Canada for a visit, I was surprised by some of the differences in daily life. Check it out:
In 2014 I traveled through/lived in 7 countries, and traversed over 34,000 miles. Here’s a summary of what I did, and where.
Some pictures and stories of my visit to Muskoka Ontario and the lifetime of memories it holds for me. Included: a shot of me 12 years ago on a sportbike!
Amidst a sea of people buried in their iPhones and MP3 players, I see something on a Toronto subway that warms my heart and reminds me of the city I left five years ago.
Here are some impressions and colourful shots of the Toronto Pride Parade, attracting over a million people on a hot sunny Sunday afternoon.
Airport Musings: Thoughts that Happen During the Longest Trip on Earth This is the story of one girl’s determination to take a large trip without layovers, inexpensively, and somewhat stupidly. Please enjoy my antics. So. The longest trip on earth (or at least so it felt). I endured it recently, and lived to tell the […]
For those who missed it, here is a (poorly captured by yours truly – sorry for the mouse hand on the screen) rendition of my appearance on Canada AM this morning. The powers that be liked it enough that I think you’ll be seeing me a few more times on the show in the next […]
Here is a conversation I had with an Aussie mate the other day: Me: “Do you have a nickel?” Aussie Mate: “A what?” Me: “A nickel”. Aussie Mate: “A what?” Me: “Oh for god’s sake. A nickel! You know – a five-cent piece!” Aussie Mate: “OH! A five-cent piece!” (hands over said currency) Me: “Why? […]
This post about Canadian Wild Animals was originally published in 2009, during my first visit back to Canada after two years abroad. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. Although my week in nature’s heaven of Muskoka was relaxing, the weather wasn’t exactly co-operative. We had one or two days warm […]
Okay, so we weren’t exactly sailing, nor did we go away per se. But we were on the Segwun, nonetheless. Here’s what this historic boat ride is like. This post was originally published in 2009. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. After arriving in Toronto, I was immediately whisked away […]
This post about taking the world’s shortest ferry ride was originally published in 2009. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. Mums are the best, and mine is no exception. Upon hearing that I was going to travel up to Toronto from New York City via overnight bus, she kicked into […]
You may remember from my earlier post about Edmonton, I identified some of the many charming (and otherwise) new experiences I had when I came out here. Having spent the summer in Edmonton now, I have discovered yet more differences between Edmonton vs Toronto, Alberta vs Ontario, West vs East. Here are a few more […]
My last post on The Ominous Disaster Point caving experience was a recount of the actual events of the weekend and our caving experience. But I have spoken to many people (both before and since I wrote the article) who have cited me as being just plain crazy for caving at all. Therefore, I’d like […]
This post about Disaster Point cave was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. A little over a year ago, I came out to Alberta for a visit. During that time, Kelly & I made a getaway to the mountains near Jasper. We hiked, climbed, and caved. […]
This post about discovering the island life in Hawaii was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. It appears that we have nailed down the next step to our adventure; and it takes us to (of all places) Hawaii! Island life will be ours. You may recognize […]
When you are traversing a spiny ridge over 10,000 feet in the air, with an incredibly steep rocky scree slope on one side and cliffs overlooking thin air on the other side, and the wind is blowing fiercely, there is but one golden rule to live by: Don’t Look Down! At least, that became the […]
Warning: This is not an educational article. Are you interested in the secrets of travel in First Class? Check out this post to apply a science to get there: A Beginner’s Guide to Frequent Flyer Miles and How to Start Travel Hacking Like a Pro This post was originally published in 2007. It has since been […]
This post about the hike up Grotto Mountain in Alberta Canada was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. Part of the joy of mountaineering is the sense of accomplishment and elation you get when you get to the top….and then back down to the bottom again […]
The last two weekends running, I have been in the mountains. Last weekend was at Hidden Valley near Jasper, where I accompanied a few members of the Alpine Club of Canada on a traditional multi-pitch rock climbing trip with an instructional bent. This weekend past was to “scramble” up Grotto Mountain and Middle Sister Mountain, […]
This post about my adventures in Jasper and Banff was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. So we’ve already determined that I am a mountain person extraordinaire. But we weren’t so sure I was a camping person. My last experience camping was on the May 24th […]
Edmonton: It’s amazing what 3000 kms and 3 provinces will do for changing the landscape….. And I don’t mean just the physical landscape. Although if you’ve seen the Rocky Mountains you needn’t go any further to know that you’re in a drastically different place. What I’m talking about are the small subtle differences between Toronto […]
This post about backpacking through Vancouver was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. Travelling on public transportation with massive backpacks can be fun. No really. Laden with 50lb packs and a positive attitude, we boarded the bus-to-the-ferry-to-the-bus-to-the-bus to the Vancouver hostel. It was a 7 hour […]
This post about Victoria on Vancouver Island was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. Okay. Maybe the pendulum has swung for us and we want nothing to do with cities after having lived the city life for a while. Maybe we’ve been spoiled by Toronto, the […]
Courtenay (on Vancouver Island) is actually a place we could call home. This post was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. After a few rainy days in Ucluelet and Tofino we decided to make our way back towards the eastern side of Vancouver Island and homeward […]
This (slightly ridiculous but highly entertaining) post about fish and chips was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. It started with a love-hate affair with KYC (Kentucky Fried Chicken). I so loved getting a big bucket of the greasy, deep-fried-with-southern-love chicken, the fries with peppery gravy […]
Ucluelet (pronounced yoo-cloo-lit…say that five times fast) was yet another unplanned locale for us. Our efforts were originally directed towards Tofino, which is the popular northern town on the western peninsula of Vancouver Island. However we had trouble finding available accommodations there, and in the spirit of “rolling with the punches” we decided to capitalize […]
This post about Vancouver Island was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. I’ve said it over and over to people, and now I’m truly seeing and realizing it: Canada has so much to offer. From one coast to the other, there is so much variety, […]
If somebody tells you “It’s worth its weight in gold to pay the extra cash for a cabin” – listen to them. The ferry ride from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy (on Vancouver Island) is a 20 hour adventure, taking passengers through the beautiful inside passage. Lush mountains covered in trees with white snow caps […]
An impromptu stay for longer than expected in Prince Rupert certainly paid off in spades. “Jimmy The Janitor” was the first friendly face, stopping his busy rounds to chat with us about the town.“If you aren’t afraid of work, and you have a business you like, you’ll do well here,” he said in a thick […]
This post about our train trip from Edmonton to Prince Rupert was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content…but the writing and photos are still terrible. What can I say? It was a long time ago. In years to come, I would end up taking many more […]
Wow. Is the train ever the way to travel! So many people dream of taking a train across Canada. Yet so few seem to do it. Strong Travel Recommendation: If you have the time and ability to travel across the country, take the train! It’s the way to go in our eyes. This post was […]
This post was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. If you’re going on a big trip, the weight of such a venture rarely sinks in until you’re on your way. Most people going on a big vacation for example cite realizing the gravity of it only […]
This post was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. This is just a taste of the scenery we expect to drink in during our summer in Alberta.The photo was taken while trekking last May (2006) on Parker Ridge, near the Columbia Icefields. You can expect many […]
This post about selling all my stuff was originally published in 2007. It has since been updated for accuracy of links and content. We are sitting amidst makeshift furniture, boxes, piles of “stuff” scattered everywhere; we are moving! Well, not so much moving as liquidating.Currently we are working towards separating all our belongings into 4 […]