Sean and I are passionate about nature, hiking, photography, birding, and exploring new places. We have decided to leave our jobs, sell our house, and walk across Canada on the Great Trail from Cape Spear, NL to Victoria, BC, and then from Edmonton, AB to Tuktoyaktuk, NT. We began our journey on June 1st, 2019 and predict we will finish in the fall of 2022!
We have set out to learn about Canada's landscapes, wildlife, and people. For us this journey is about connections - people to people, people to nature, past to present, and coast to coast to coast. Embarking on this adventure is a great privilege, and we hope to give something back along the way by inspiring individuals, families, and youth to connect to nature through birding. We are collaborating with Bird Canada to share simple, fun steps people can take to help birds in their own communities, to feature opportunities for becoming involved in conservation through Citizen Science programs, and to introduce people to Important Bird Areas across the country.
We are walking with the hope that we can spark a sense of enthusiasm, wonder, and concern for the natural world in those we meet. As we cross this vast country of ours, we are engaging with as many people as we can, to hear your stories and to share our message about the importance of connecting with nature. We strongly believe that disconnecting from the digital world and spending a few minutes in nature each day helps us all to nurture strong connections to the natural world, to local communities, and to ourselves that are important for developing healthy bodies, minds, and spirits, especially in children and young adults. We would like to inspire more people to discover the social, mental, physical, and emotional benefits of getting outside for themselves. Whether you are interested in learning more about our journey, about how you can become involved in the conservation of birds, whether you have a story of your own to tell us, or even if you just feel like going for a walk, we invite you to COME WALK WITH US!