Just as I began my annual how-will-I-pay-the-bills-this-summer panic, the editors of the Matador Network dropped me an email about their new partnership with the Canadian Tourism Commission on a summer advertising campaign called Explore Canada Like a Local.
Essentially, it was a giant series press trips that sent journalists on independent itineraries in all provinces. I jumped at the opportunity and before I knew it I had loaded my gear into a float plane in Misinipe, Saskatchewan, and flown to Forest House. After that, it was a road trip from Jasper to Banff, where I mounted a horse for the first time in almost 25 years (not bad, considering I am only 27) and joined a wolf pack.
Here is a list off all my articles from the Explore Canada Like a Local campaign.
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Photo Feature: On the Road from Banff to Jasper
Travel Narrative: How I Joined a Wolf Pack in Banff, Alberta
Quick Read: A Beer Drinkers Guide to Banff, Alberta
Community Blog: An Inversion in Lake Louise
Community Blog: Three Places I’ve Slept in Banff National Park
Photo Feature: Dark Skies over Jasper, Alberta
Travel Narrative: 5 Hikes in Jasper, Alberta, You Won’t Find on the Parks Canada Trail Map
Travel Narrative: 5 Classic Rides in Jasper National Park
Community Blog: Drive By Shooting in Jasper, Alberta
Community Blog: The Icefields Parkway… by Foot
Community Blog: Rocky Mountain Endurance Events
Community Blog: Outdoor iPhoneography in Jasper, Alberta
La Ronge, Misinipe, & Prince Albert, Saskatchewan
Photo Feature: 9 Things I Learned in Saskatchewan
Travel Narrative: Who You Meet in the Middle of Nowhere, Saskatchewan
Travel Narrative: Paddling with Pilsner in Saskatchewan
Community Blog: Decidedly Saskatchewanian
Community Blog: Saskatchewan Roadtrip iPhoneography
The end of the Explore Canada Like a Local campaign marks the end of summer and for this first time since I became a writer and photographer, I am thrilled with the quality and quantity of my published work in the past 4 months. I just hope the next few months bring similar returns.