Writing

Reporting for The Narwhal

What the coronavirus pandemic tells us about our relationship with the natural world

Why the Heiltsuk Nation wants to establish its own oil spill response centre (nominated for a Digital Publishing Award)

The unmuzzling of Canadian charities

‘They’re not getting how the constitution works’: why Trudeau, Notley can’t steamroll B.C. on the Kinder Morgan pipeline

The new battle of Alberta

This vigilante scientist trekked over 10,000 kilometres to reveal B.C.’s leaking gas wells

Travel writing

Why My Surf Board is My Ultimate Travel Companion, The Inertia. April 6, 2017. Surfing turned out to be the perfect antidote to the fear of wandering aimlessly around a new country solo.

On the Ground: Fernwood, WestJet Magazine, September 2016. In 10 short years, the community of Fernwood, located east of downtown Victoria, has gone from down on its luck to one of the city’s funkiest neighbourhoods. screen-shot-2016-10-10-at-12-58-41-pm

Where to Eat in Victoria’s Fernwood, WestJet Magazine online, September 2016. A short stroll east of downtown Victoria, the lively neighbourhood of Fernwood is well worth a visit for its budding food scene alone.

Finding other-worldly adventures and serenity in the Antarctic Circle, Calgary Herald, May 21, 2016. I find out why travellers go to such lengths to visit the coldest, windiest continent on Earth.

An Insider’s Guide to Victoria, WestJet Magazine, April 1, 2016. An interview with Jaymie Humber, general manager of the Victoria Public Market, about her favourite spots to visit in Victoria, B.C.

Three Outstanding Things to Do in Santa Barbara, California, HikeBikeTravel, Oct. 28, 2015. Santa Barbara captured my heart with its walkable downtown, thriving local food and wine scene and bounty of outdoor activities.

Five Places to Glamp in California, WestJet Magazine, Oct. 15, 2015. If you love the great outdoors, but would rather avoid all the fuss of camping, then glamping — glamorous camping — is just the ticket. And where better to combine nature and luxury than on the stunning California coast?

ManjitMinhasQ&A with Manjit Minhas, WestJet Magazine, Sept. 16, 2015. An interview with the co-founder of Minhas Micro Brewery and one of the new dragons on CBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Horseback riding in the breathtaking Nemaiah Valley, HikeBikeTravel, Sept. 14, 2015. A journey to Snowy Mountain Outfit in Tsilhqot’in territory —  a land with no electricity, no cellphone reception and some of the most breathtaking landscapes I’ve ever set eyes on.

Embracing Cuba before the big change, Calgary Herald, Sept. 1, 2015. A salsa dance adventure across Cuba — with stops in Havana, Trinidad, Camaguey and Santiago de Cuba — turns this group travel skeptic into a believer.

Discovering Small Town Canada: Port Renfrew, British Columbia, July 23, 2015. HikeBikeTravel. Travellers to Vancouver Island who are looking for a chilled out time surfing and wandering through the rainforest almost always make a beeline for Tofino. But just 110 kilometres from Victoria, the tiny town of Port Renfrew has plenty of surf, giant trees and incredible hiking — without the crowds.

Five Spots for Tacos in Victoria, WestJet Magazine, July 23, 2015. Victoria is home to a bounty of great taco spots, ranging from the traditional to the downright experimental (think deep-fried avocado). And we’ve got the lowdown on five spots to snag a tasty taco within walking distance of downtown.

Laid-back Todos Santos offer sun, surfing and fantastic food, Calgary Herald, Jan. 3, 2015. If Cabo is a 23-year-old party animal, Todos Santos is a chilled out 30-something hippie. You won’t find glitzy tequila bars, sunburnt tourists or all-inclusive resorts, but you will find locals riding to the beach on their horses and surfers friendly enough to help you catch a wave or two.

Not your grandma’s river cruise, Calgary Herald, May 17, 2014. River cruises often cater to the grey-haired crowd, but this 28-year-old found lots to love on a seven-night float through southern France. Story also ran in Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal and Regina Leader-Post.

Hotel Elan a boutique hotel for travellers to Calgary, Calgary Herald, April 17, 2014. Underwhelmed by Calgary’s hotel scene? At last, a great boutique hotel just off 17th Ave.

Sedona spa getaway soothes the soul, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Province and Ottawa Citizen, September 2013. What happens when you go through a tough breakup, miss a big promotion or simply lose the will to drag yourself to the office every morning? If you’re anything like me, you find yourself fantasizing about an Eat, Pray, Love-style journey in search of serenity, good pizza and sexy Italian men (OK, maybe that last part is just me). Alas, if a round-the-world trip is not in the cards right now, there’s always Plan B: the spa and wellness getaway.

Lost and found in eclectic Astoria, Calgary Herald, Jan. 12, 2013. Exploring ‘Little San Francisco,’ a hidden treasure on the Oregon Coast.

Brief Case: Esi Edugyan, WestJet Up! Magazine, January 2013. Profile on Giller Prize-winning author Esi Edugyan.My Pousadas of Portugal story ran in almost every major daily newspaper in Canada.

On the big tree trail on Vancouver Island, Calgary Herald, Sept. 10, 2012. How a grove of ancient trees sparked a tourism rush in Port Renfrew — a town once better known for chopping down trees than marvelling at them.

Big trees by the numbers, WestJet Up! Magazine, July 2012. When Captain James Cook first set foot on Vancouver Island 230 years ago, some of the trees were already 800 years old — and other fun facts!

The Island of Cycling Dreams: Victoria makes its mark as Canada’s two-wheel capital, Impact Magazine, May/June 2012. Several factors have collided to make Victoria home to the most cyclists per capita in all of Canada.

Pousadas of Portugal, Calgary Herald, November 2011. What do you do with old monasteries, castles and palaces? You turn them into inns with character. This story ran in eight Canadian daily newspapers, including the Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Province.

Some of my favourite Calgary Herald columns

Garbage Day: A three-part series on Calgary’s trash problem

From dust to dust: green burial is not a fad

Think outside the bottle: exposing bottled water

Bicycle freedom: bike-sharing programs make cycling in Europe a breeze

Green dreamin’: Trip through Europe fuels the eco-imagination

10 questions with a Greenpeace activist

A year in the life of the Green Guide

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