When people discover I’m a travel writer they often ask for my
I say “Canada” and they look disappointed, like someone with a mass of frequent flyer points should long for a Caribbean island or a distant Himalayan kingdom. But the more I travel, the more I love this country. So it was a special day last month when I was made a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), an
The RCGS has been around since 1929. Banting - the inventor of insulin - was one of the first fellows, former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed was a fellow, and Alex Trebek of Jeopardy fame is a fellow (and honorary president). Pat Morrow, the second Canadian to climb Everest and his wife Baiba were
Laval St. Germain, who has climbed the highest peak of every continent except Antarctica and rowed solo across the Atlantic, and Debra Garside, renowned for her Sable Island photography, were other Calgary area residents made fellows this year. It was a heck of a party with no shortage of interesting conversation.
“History is about the past, geography is about the future,” extolled Trebek as the RCGS gala got underway next to towering totem poles in the Canadian Museum of History’s grand hall. With six-story high windows offering a view of Parliament Hill I think it is one of the country’s most impressive indoor places and a perfect backdrop for Trebek’s reminder that geography shapes every aspect of our lives.
Canada’s vast distances, northern climate, and abundant wildlife make it a wonderful place to live and travel. As we approach the end of 2017 my New Year’s resolution is
Do you want to see more of Canada? Here are some of my
Get your free insider’s guide to Canada from World Nomads here. I wrote the section on Haida Gwaii, a place where you feel spiritual connections between people and landscape.
Speaking of Haida Gwaii, this story on ghost stories and cinnamon buns
Large wildlife roaming safely through an urban area? Perhaps only in Canada. Read why you should visit Columbia Valley’s Village of Radium Hot Springs for a chance to watch bighorns from your hotel.
Enjoy the best of the holiday season!