Social media is an incubator for trends, the latest of which being outdoor and adventure photography. Despite an infinite supply of outdoor landscapes available, certain locations come up more frequently than others. You’d be hard pressed to spend time on Instagram’s nature page without seeing a disproportionately high number of photos from locations such as … Continue reading Subsistence and survival: one photographer shows there’s more to Alaska than pretty landscapes
Mikaela spoke with Tessum Weber, an accomplished polar explorer about life in the arctic and his family's business Arctic Weber, the leading arctic tourism operator. As arctic travel gains popularity so too does its controversy, the most prevailing being its carbon inefficiency and sky high price tag. With blunt honesty and a touch of humor, … Continue reading The reality of arctic tourism, as explained by the youngest explorer to the North Pole
In the summer of 2018, six lifelong paddling friends from Quebec began a trip unlike any other. Over 65 days, they traveled 1600 kilometers to connect the inland town of Schefferville to the Inuit village of Nain. By modern knowledge, they are the first team to complete this route. Throughout their journey, Expedition AKOR sought to capture to beauty of northern … Continue reading Polar Bears and Paddling: an interview with AKOR Expedition on their seemingly impossible 1600 km journey
Whether you’re in your first year at Western, an incoming exchange student or have been living in London for a while but are tired of the same old boring scene, there’s a lot of hidden restaurant gems in London. I went to high school in downtown London before going to Western for five years, and … Continue reading Underrated & Overlooked: 12 food joints in London ON worth checking out
"Does the car seem to be swivelling a bit, or is that just me?" "Probably just the road, it isn't the smoothest." "Yeah but isn't it making a weird noise too? I'm gonna pull over and check." "Babe, I'm sure it's fine, you're just being paranoid." But my boyfriend insisted we pull over. We were … Continue reading A dark, winding highway without cell service = the perfect place to blow a tire (aka what NOT to do when roadtripping)
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson How do we judge whether or not we’ll “run” a rapid? There’s some terminology to know before diving into this post. Whitewater Terminology explains what I mean when I say thing like “holes”, “strainers” or “standing waves”. Rapid Classes explains the basic classification system for rapids based on difficulty. Please skim … Continue reading A beginner’s guide to scouting rapids
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson I've written about the importance of getting wilderness medicine training before, but committing to a course can be a bit daunting. What will it be like? What should you expect before, during and after? Today I'm going through my experience with Wilderness First Responder, a course I did in 2017 with the Canadian … Continue reading Wilderness First Responder: A glimpse into a backcountry medicine course in Costa Rica
Close your eyes and imagine Canada's great north, just bursting with unspoiled wilderness and untapped adventure. What do you see? The mountains and pine forests of the Yukon? Likely. Or maybe paddling along one of the powerful rivers of The Northwest Territories? Probably. But did an expanse of boundless tundra, no trees in sight, come to mind? How about sea kayaking between icebergs on the arctic ocean? Not as likely. That's because Canada's youngest territory, Nunavut, is a place seldom spoke of and even less often travelled.
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson I've always found there to be this shame associated with homesickness. It starts when we're young; no one wants to be that camper, the one crying themselves to sleep because they miss the familiar comforts of home, the one judged by fellow campers or pitied by their counsellors. I, for one, … Continue reading 3 Important Reasons to Accept (and Embrace) Homesickness when Traveling
Similar to our first leg of the road trip, I'm going to assume we're starting from Toronto (it's the biggest city, most central location and arrival point for many international flights). Instead of driving west, however, this time we will be driving east.
Here's a quick recap of where we've been so far. In part one, we left from Toronto and drove north over Lake Superior, seeing three national parks: Bruce Peninsula, Georgian Bay Islands and Pukaskwa National Park.
From here we have the choice to go north to Jasper National Park and continue north to Yukon, or go south through Glacier National Park of Canada and Mount Revelstoke National Park and onwards to Vancouver. For part 3, let's imagine we have ample time and head north. In part 4, I'll go south on a more direct route to Vancouver.
We left off in Thunder Bay, after having travelled the coast of Lake Huron and Lake Superior. It's now time to cross the prairies. Many people look at the prairies as a painfully long and boring drive to power through without stopping. I'll admit, it is very flat and I did not particularly enjoy it when I did it as a kid.
I remember once saying that my goal was to visit every national park in Canada. Someone responded "well, you're going to need a lot of time and a lot of money for that." I hadn't appreciated the sheer quantity of parks, nor the immense distance between them all. Many of the parks are far north and difficult to access, but there are still so many to see even if you don't have the luxury of ample time and ample money.
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson In this post I'm going to walk you through how to prepare for a short flatwater canoe trip (1-4 nights) in a popular destination (like a nearby national park). Whether this is your first time planning a canoe trip or you're a regular looking for some tips, you've come to the … Continue reading A guide for those new to canoeing
Written by: Mikaela Ferguson Tonight is my last night in Canada before leaving for Europe tomorrow. As I write, I'm sitting in bed with my cat beside me for what will be the last time in the five weeks to come. Anyone who tells you they aren't at least a little anxious the night before … Continue reading The most exciting trips are the ones that make you nervous