Your HeartSong Travel Stories


The Northern Adventure

Paul Bailey

I never thought an almost 2500km drive could change my perspective on so many things, but that's exactly what it did. Two days from Vancouver, BC to Whitehorse YT, my eyes opened to the beauty and wonder that exists all around us.

It was the …

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Charlottetown & Summerside,
Prince Edward Island

Food! Glorious Food! A memorable experience in PEI

Carmen Phinney

I love food, and over the years, I've chopped, seared, and julienned my way through kitchens in many different countries. But perhaps the most memorable experience was in my own Canadian “backyard,” when my travel-writing sister, Sandra, invited me…

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Quebec City,

Meeting Anthony Bourdain… kinda, in Quebec City

Melanie Chambers

I’ve been to Kapuskasing, Twillingate, Haida Gwaii, Elliot Lake, Thunder Bay, Dawson Creek, Edson, but never, ever, Quebec City.

It’s like eating rattlesnake, but never pizza. Everyone’s been to Quebec City.

So when my partner and…

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Bear River,
Nova Scotia

The Floating Village

Katie McDonald

Waking up in the village came with an ominous fog covering the river and casing the town. As the sun broke through, the roads quickly filled with cars and people, nodding and saying hello as they passed.

The small village of Bear River is often…

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Grand Lake,
Newfoundland and Labrador

Bear (or sand bread) anyone?

Sandra Phinney

Elizabeth Penahue is an Innu elder who lives in Labrador. She's not a rich woman in a monied-way, but she is rich in culture and tradition. She's been an environmentalist and community activist her entire life, and taken part in protests that are a thr…

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Adventure in Understanding

Sandra Phinney

Funny how a heartsong moment in our lives can open doors … and lead us on both inner and outer journeys.

The first time I saw a Voyageur canoe (aside from photos in books or magazines) was in Peterborough, ON where I had joined some fellow tr…

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The Pas,

Tree planters’ survival

Melanie Chambers

Wading through chest-deep freezing cold water holding a shovel above my head, with a 30-pound bag of baby trees wrapped around my waist, I couldn’t feel my toes. It was June in The Pas, about a seven-hour drive north of Winnipeg, Manitoba—the farth…

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Mount Tryon,
Prince Edward Island

Hot tub—silly or sublime?

Sandra Phinney

Slipping into a hot tub in the winter always seemed rather silly to me—until I visited Prince Edward Island last December with hubby, Barrie MacGregor. For our first night, we hunkered down at Treetop Haven in Mount Tryon in a TreePOD (a cross betwee…

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Annapolis Valley,
Nova Scotia

My first ploughing match

Anna Mallin

Some times excursions are purely exploratory. You set off in the spirit of adventure, knowing that a first visit is just that—an introduction; an opportunity to be introduced to a new department of information; and, if one is lucky, a chance to meet …

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Nova Scotia

Fast and free on the Halifax Harbour

Margo MacGregor

The summer of 2018 in Dartmouth was hotter than any summer I could remember and work was taking over my life. Little time was left for playing in nature. I needed to do something fun, different, and to enjoy the beautiful summer days before they were g…

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