Travel Stories


Many a West Coast Trail hiker applies whittled graffiti to the tangles of stray fishing floats that adorn each campsite. Photo: Ian Doig

Tips for travelling Vancouver Island’s West Coast Trail

Sensible safety to proper pooping on Canada’s legendary rainforest hike The usual common sense advice applies when hiking the West Coast Trail: pack as lightly […]

July 29, 2015 ×


The West Coast Trail follows the spectacular shoreline of Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim National Park. Photo by Ian Doig

In a West Coast Trail state of mind

One of the world’s great nature hikes, this Vancouver Island trek is physically and mentally challenging “I realized a long time ago, it’s better to […]

July 21, 2015 ×

Destinations, Experiences

Albo’s research suggests the building’s impressive architecture follows Masonic lineage all the way back to ancient Egypt. Photo by Bob Keelaghan

Manitoba Legislative Building’s Hermetic Code Tour and the riddle of the sphinx

A historical tour guide uncovers the mysterious Masonic codes of the Legislative Building in Winnipeg “You will become a more intelligent, better balanced and altogether […]

July 15, 2015 ×

Experiences, Food

Duncan Ly's artistic scallop plating is something diners may never see again. Photo by Elizabeth Chorney-Booth

Collaborative dinners at River Cafe in Calgary are one of a kind

Diners and local chefs enjoy a special evening of food, cocktails and wine in Prince’s Island Park The mountain rustic yet warmly luxurious dining room […]

July 10, 2015 ×


Owner Dinku Tadesse and his wife Eline Baye operate Zahebesha Ethiopian Restaurant in Yellowknife, Canada’s most northerly city.

Eating African food near the Arctic Circle in Yellowknife

Wapawekka visits what may be the world’s most northerly Ethiopian restaurant African food in the Canadian north? Huh? The sign outside Zahebesha Ethiopian Restaurant on […]

June 30, 2015 ×


Musician Robyn Hitchcock says his first visit to a Western Canadian music festival was unlike anything he has experienced.

Western Canadian folk music festivals produce unrepeatable performances

Wapawekka discusses uniquely Western Canadian festival workshop sessions with musicians Travis Good of The Sadies and Robyn Hitchcock It’s a Western Canadian thing. A thousand […]

June 16, 2015 ×


First stop on the Tehranto walk, the author peruses the pastries at Red Rose Patisserie. She then eats many of them. Photo by Beth Weisberg

Tehranto tour: Toronto’s uniquely delicious Iranian-Korean neighbourhood

  Great grilled meat, delectable pastry and Horny Goat Seed Tea on Yonge Street There are foods a person just can’t find downtown, even in […]

June 8, 2015 ×

Destinations, Experiences, International

Norwegian cycling routes generally follow older roads or trails considered safer and more interesting than major highways. Photo by Eric Doig

Norway by bike: A genealogical odyssey, part three

Part three: Awkward introductions and ancient history It was early afternoon the next day by the time I had cycled out of Nesbyen and the […]

June 2, 2015 ×

Destinations, Experiences, International

Some coastal campgrounds feature wooden cabins great for drying out after a rainy day of cycling. Photo by Eric Doig

Norway by bike: A genealogical odyssey, part two

Part two: Viking lands and marching bands Norway has a series of National Cycle Routes. I followed route No. 1 as outlined in the very […]

June 1, 2015 ×