As you may guess about anyone who decides to trek across the world's longest recreational pathway - we love being in Canada's great outdoors!
The two of us are passionate about nature, hiking, photography, birding and of course exploring new places. Last year we left our jobs, sold our house, donated our possessions and on June 1st 2019 we will began walking across Canada on 24, 000 km long Great Trail, formerly the Trans Canada Trail. Our goal from 2019 to 2022 is to venture from Cape Spear Newfoundland to Victoria British Columbia and then trek from Edmonton, Alberta to Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories in the Arctic Circle to learn more about Canada’s landscapes, its wildlife, its history, cultures 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 outdoors 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 intention that we can spark a sense of enthusiasm, wonder, and concern for the natural world in those we meet. We are also passionate about expanding the diversity of individuals who are active in Canada's outdoors and nature groups. As we cross this vast country of ours, we are striving 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 firmly 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 hope 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, 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, our histories, our diversity and cultures across the country, interested in finding out more about the various regions across Canada, or a curious about the natural world then we invite you to follow along and COME WALK WITH US.
From 2019 until 2022 we are exploring Canada, its trails, its wild spaces, and its birds. In 2019 we began hiking across Canada in Cape Spear Newfoundland (Canada's eastern most point on the Atlantic Ocean!). Since then, we have trekked more than 3300 km across Newfoundland, Cape Breton and Nova Scotia, as well as Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and into Quebec! Our blogs, photographs, Facebook updates, Instagram posts, and Tweets detailing the first year of our adventures are posted and free to anyone to read and enjoy. But even if you are joining in as we set out for our second year we are excited to have you along!
See you on the trail...