What the heck is bike touring anyway? It’s an experience

But, often, it requires making lemonade out of lemons

What the heck is bike touring anyway? It’s an experienceBike touring has been my favourite way to travel since 1993 when my partner Tanya and I discovered it as an affordable way to visit her dad in New Zealand for a month. Since then, we have logged thousands of kilometres in more than 50 countries. By the time we completed a 14-month family bike…

COVID panic? Keep calm and carry on with bike tour planning

Four of the five members of the core group who plan to cycle across the country have had their first shots. We’re ready to go

COVID panic? Keep calm and carry on with bike tour planningDoug Firby, publisher of Troy Media, is part of a group of Canadians who call themselves ConnecTour. Starting on May 15 in Victoria, they plan to dip their wheels in the Pacific Ocean and then head east for 8,000 km, discovering how the COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our lives and our sense of community. Watch…

It’s not about where we travel but why

A collection of ordinary adventurers are preparing to travel at the speed of life, seeking to connect with fellow Canadians across the country

It’s not about where we travel but whyOf all the things we do that have changed since the arrival of COVID-19, one that has altered the most is travel. And it’s not only about when and where we go, but also why. Spending Christmas in a sunny, warm resort is no longer a legitimate reason to travel, as a few politicians have…

Iqaluit and beyond, through snow and ice

Everyone was on high alert, and while the crew sailed and fretted, we watched the parading wildlife

Iqaluit and beyond, through snow and iceI left you last time off the coast of Baffin Island, where we shared the shore with polar bears and followed the tracks of early explorers. Let’s see what happened next on my 20-day journey northward. Nunavut was separated from the Northwest Territories in 1999, as a result of the enactment of the Nunavut Act…

The polar bears were the showstoppers

The polar bears were the showstoppersI left you in Hebron, Newfoundland and Labrador, where an eye-opening tale from the past brought home that the stability of home and property we enjoy hasn’t always been a reality for northern people. From Hebron, we travelled ever northward to a place I’ve never been before – Torngat Mountains National Park. This vast expanse…

Sailing ever northward in search of wildlife, culture and history

Venturing to rarely-visited sites along the Newfoundland and Labrador coast on the way north

Sailing ever northward in search of wildlife, culture and historyI get to travel to some great places as an expedition guide. A few months ago (pre-COVID-19), I travelled to parts of Canada I had never seen before and filled in gaps on my lifelong adventures in Canada’s remotest reaches. I thought I’d share some insights about Canada’s northern regions as we celebrate Canada’s 150-plus…

Isolation-ish escapes and one dreamy trip to save for 2021

The best little K-Country Lodge you may not know about, three mountain lodges made for escapism, Icelandic dreams

Isolation-ish escapes and one dreamy trip to save for 2021The best little K-Country Lodge you may not know about Mount Engadine Lodge has the warm feeling of walking into an old friend’s cabin: knitted slippers in a basket for guests and a roaring fire in the main entryway are the backdrop for the beautiful mountain views from the dining room. The lodge is located…

How to protect yourself when a travel company cancels your trip

Travel insider: Standard or economy airfares: Do you know the difference? And how the selfie generation is altering travel experiences

How to protect yourself when a travel company cancels your tripIt happens all too often – travel companies suddenly announce bankruptcy or face financial hurdles, leaving thousands of paying customers stranded and out of pocket for hasty alternate arrangements. Never mind the disappointment of missing out on a trip of a lifetime – the money can be gone, too. The sudden shutdown of British travel…

An epic fishing adventure at the Arctic Circle

Ten friends, a rustic lodge and days spent on the pristine waters of Great Bear Lake

An epic fishing adventure at the Arctic CircleBy Grady Semmens “Well, I guess I actually have to do this now that we’ve come all this way,” says Jeff warily as he eyes the cloud of mosquitoes that tracks our every move and bounces off the nets that cover our heads. And with that, he casts off every stitch of clothing save for…

‘This is Mongolian rehab:’ Father and son go to extremes for digital detox

‘We have a chance to free ourselves from technology. It’s this wide-open space reflecting philosophically and spiritually. There are few fences and many roads’

‘This is Mongolian rehab:’ Father and son go to extremes for digital detoxWhat length would you go to break your kid from their 24/7 tech addiction? Even for a few weeks? It’s a modern parental dilemma – moms and dads fretting about how to slim down their teen’s ravenous digital diet. Some parents resort to high-tech means, like automatic kill switches (there’s an app for that!), while…