The two of us are passionate about nature, hiking, photography, birding and of course exploring new places. In the past year we have left our jobs, sold our house, donated our possessions and beginning on June 1st 2019 we will begin walking 24,000 km across Canada on The Great Trail, formerly the Trans Canada Trail, from Cape Spear Newfoundland to Victoria British Columbia and then trek from Edmonton, Alberta to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories to learn more about Canada’s landscapes, its wildlife, and its people. For us this journey is about connections - people to people, people to nature, communities to communities, past to present, and coast-to-coast-to-coast. We strongly believe that taking a few minutes each day to get outside into nature, disconnect from the digital world, and spend some time with our thoughts or talking to other people helps us all connect with ourselves, our families, our communities, and our natural environment.
We are walking with the hope that we can spark a sense of enthusiasm, wonder, and concern for the natural world in those we meet. As we cross this vast country of ours, we would like to engage with as many people as we can, to hear your stories, and to share our message about the importance of connecting with nature. We strongly believe that disconnecting from the digital world and spending a few minutes in nature each day helps us all to nurture strong connections to the natural world, to local communities, and to ourselves that are important for developing healthy bodies, minds, and spirits, especially in youth. We would like to inspire more people to trade some of their Screen time for Green time and discover the social, mental, physical, and emotional benefits of getting outside.
In an effort to give back to the communities we pass through, in collaboration with Bird Studies Canada we are walking to raise awareness of the importance of conserving migratory birds and their habitats such as the Boreal Forest, and to promote the many opportunities that are available for people to participate in conservation initiatives and become Citizen Scientists in their own neighbourhoods. As we walk we will be passing through more than 15,000 communities and 132 Important Bird Areas and countless other areas which are essential to wildlife conservation and scientific research. En route we invite you to join us in learning about their significance and the opportunities they offer for exploring, enjoying, and protecting birds and the natural world. Whether you are interested in learning more about our journey, curious about Canadians and their cultures across the country, interested in how you can become involved in the conservation of birds and our natural world in your own region, whether you have a story of your own to tell us, or even if you just feel like going for a walk, we invite you to COME WALK WITH US.
From 2019 until 2021 we will explore Canada, its trails, its wild spaces, and its birds together.
See you on the trail...