Happy Canada Day


Happy #CanadaDay2020 to all my friends and family back home.

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in two decades of travel — having lived in 3 other countries, and traveled and written about close to 80 more — is that we’ve got it very good back home.

Living the Golden Age of Prank Calls

I had an unexpected glimpse of a friend from the distant past last week.

I was staying up late watching a French Canadian film called The Decline of the American Empire. Around thirty minutes in, just as I’m taking a sip of Crown Royal on ice, a telephone rings. The character in the shot stiffens in his chair, and then the camera pans to a side table, where we see…

Old Glory by Jonathan Raban

Old Glory by Jonathan Raban

After a childhood of river dreams inspired by readings of Huckleberry Finn, Jonathan Raban set out to travel the length of the Mississippi River from north to south in a 16-foot open aluminum boat.

My Sunny St. Lawerence Childhood

Of Time and an Island by John Keats

I’d like to tell you about a book I just read. 

It’s about the Thousand Islands.

Exploring My Old Urban Haunts

I shared a video with you in my last blog, where I got together with an old childhood friend to search for a campsite we’d set up 27 years before.

I hope it brought to mind some of your own childhood adventures and memories, and that you spent a couple days taking a mental journey through the hazy summers of your youth.

Traveling Back in Time

I found one of my old campsites this summer… nearly 27 years later.

In a recent blog, I talked about exploring old haunts in my hometown region with my friend Rob Wilson.

Peeling Back the Years At My Old Public Library

I visited the public library in my hometown over the Christmas holidays. I hadn’t been back in about 15 years.

The children’s section was just as I remembered it. But the rest had changed dramatically.

The Biggest Food Fight in the History of My High School

My proudest high school moment wasn’t an academic or sporting achievement. I failed several classes and I was never part of a team.

No, my proudest achievement was a food fight. The biggest food fight in the history of my school.

In Memory of Dalhousie Lake Finishing School


It’s the Victoria Day long weekend in Canada. For most people, that means the start of summer: barbecue season, cottage parties and beer (it’s not called “May Two-Four” for nothing…). But for me, this weekend is always a time of remembrance.

My 10 Favourite Cities


I’ve got “top ten” lists on the brain these days…

I thought it’d be fun to dredge through the foggy corners of my memory, brush aside the cobwebs, and post a list of my top 10 favourite cities, taken from 25 years of travel.