Finding the Saskatoon Sensation [video]

Ever since reading about Timbuktu in Dr Seuss’ ‘Hop on Pop’ as a kid, I’ve concocted all sorts of wild visions of what places are like based on the sound of their names. The more unusual, the more magical the skyline I envisioned. Of course, it rarely works out that way — Tahlequah isn’t all that different from Fort Smith — but it … Continue reading

Full Mountie: My Days as a RCMP Cadet

A few months ago the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – Depot Division (Regina, Saskatchewan) invited me to spend a couple nights and a (full) day training as a “mountie.” It’s a rare opportunity. Apparently only five civilians before me had had the chance — and I was apparently the only one to get a regulation moustache. This Lonely Planet video sums up the … Continue reading

Vancouver Video Notes

I’m crossing Canada to create a video series of Canadian cities for Lonely Planet and Canadian Tourism Commission, and focus on a ‘local’ version of the city. A few things that didn’t make the quick two-day shoot include the following: Vancouver’s a sports town that go well beyond last year’s Stanley Cup losers. I saw a Whitecaps soccer game AND a BC Lions … Continue reading

Going to Canada

Tomorrow I head on a three-city visit to Canada: Toronto, Montreal and St John’s in Newfoundland. It’s part of a series of seven videos of seven Canadian cities and how one can ‘experience a place like a local.’ It’s far from my first time there (that would be age nine to Alberta; above). But to prep, I’ve been reading books like mad. Canadian … Continue reading