Trespassing Across America

Back in my magazine editing days, we received a story pitch from a photographer who planned to fly atop the entire route of the proposed Gateway pipeline, from Alberta to the British Columbia coast. The photographer, a Canadian member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, wanted to document the landscape that would have been impacted by…

Spring walk

“Tired of winter and can’t wait to get out and smell the fresh earth and hear the first sounds of spring? There couldn’t be a better way to experience spring’s emergence than a walk in the woods.” So say the good folks at the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust, who have invited me to do a walk…

Summer hikes

When you spend a lot of your time writing about walking, people often ask about your favourite places to walk. Typically, they’re thinking about hiking trails — rugged multi-day treks such as British Columbia’s West Coast Trail or Ontario’s Bruce Trail. Page-turner books like Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods have done a…

Edmonton trails — and media

I did some walking last week in Edmonton, the city where I lived for 10 years before moving to Ottawa. The trails in the North Saskatchewan River Valley and Mill Creek Ravine were as beautiful as ever, with the scent of spring in the air and on the trees. Unfortunately, I had to head home before…

Alberta bound

The Born to Walk travelling roadshow heads to Alberta next week for events in Canmore, Calgary and Edmonton on April 28, 29 and 30. The full scoop is below, but I’m thrilled to be joining Tom Babin, the author of Frostbike, and Stephen Legault, who wrote Running Toward Stillness, to talk about the commonalities and differences…

Why did the chicken bone cross the road?

You never know what you’re going to see when you go for a walk in a new city. In this case, it’s Cambridge, Mass., across the Charles River from downtown Boston (a separate city, but still part of greater Boston). You might come across a shop that sells nothing but pickles. Or a wild campus…

Hiking in the Highlands

“It’ll be a pretty severe consequence if you fall off here. A wee bit more than a headache.” So says Keith Melton, the proprietor of Go Glencoe Guiding, who led me up a couple of Munros — a summit above 3,000 feet — during my time on assignment in Scotland last week. The two peaks we did…

Born to Walk: advance copies!

Advance copies of my book have landed. The publishing date is April 1, 2015. (It should be called “Born to Wait,” one friend said.) Here’s what my publisher, ECW Press, has to say: “The humble act of putting one foot in front of the other transcends age, geography, culture, and class, and is one of…