The Harrison Lake Sasquatch

It isn’t much of a secret that I’ve been working on a book about the Sasquatch phenomenon in British Columbia. That story is set in the Great Bear Rainforest region on the Central and North Coast. But some of the background to the book takes place in the Harrison Hot Springs area, a few hours east of Vancouver, where the word “Sasquatch” was coined in 1929. 

I travelled there today to spend time with a couple of local Bigfoot investigators for a magazine article - and additional researcher for the book. They took me onto the gravel backroads running along Harrison Lake, showing me spots where sightings have taken place. At one scenic vantage point above the lake, the men stopped and unpacked a bunch of plaster casts of alleged Sasquatch tracks they’ve collected over the years (photo above). 

Northern Lights, Moose Factory, Ontario

I had a few good nights of Aurora Borealis activity while visiting the community of Moose Factory, Ontario, for a magazine assignment. 

The area around Moose Factory (and its sister community of Moosonee), located just south of James Bay, is one of a handful of spots in Canada considered the best to see the Northern Lights. The Aurora is particularly active there in the autumn months. 

Look for my travel feature on Moose Factory in the Summer 2017 issue of Explore magazine. 

Documentary on Canada’s Residential Schools

I visited the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve, near Brantford Ontario today, to shoot footage and conduct interviews for an Al Jazeera documentary. The doc is about Canada’s residential schools and the forced assimilation and abuse of indigenous children attending those schools. More details to come.

Update, February 2017 - The Al Jazeera doc entitled, Canada’s Dark Secret, is now available online. You can view it here.

The Holloways of Dorset

Just back from a quick trip the U.K. While there I hooked-up with British travel writer Robert Twigger who led me on a hike through the hills around the town of Bridport. 

Our traipse took us into a holloway - one of many deep ruts found across the U.K. made by centuries of foot, cart and livestock traffic. The shot here, with Twigger in the foreground, captures the look and feel of the place. 

Quebec Travel Feature in ‘Explore’

My travel feature, “Quebec’s Lost Coast”, is now out in the Spring 2016 issue of ‘Explore’ magazine. It’s a traipse through the province’s remote Lower North Shore (Basse-Côte-Nord) region adjacent to Labrador. On magazine stands now.

Kitlope Journey

Last year I went on a schooner trip to the remote Kitlope Heritage Conservancy in Haisla First Nation Territory on Canada’s Pacific coast.

Here’s the story I wrote about that expedition which appears in the Canadian online travel blog, Toque & Canoe

Quebec’s Lost Coast

I’ve just returned from a 2-week journey along Quebec’s little-known (and even less visited) Lower North Shore. It is a largely roadless region of windswept boreal forest and tundra dotted with small fishing villages on the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 

The area’s more than two dozen communities are mostly English-speaking (with links to neighbouring Newfoundland and Labrador). French and Innu First Nation speakers also reside in the area. Many of the villages are on the cusp of extinction because of a dearth of economic opportunities and the lack of road connecting them to the outside world. 

I’ll be filing an assignment about my trip for Explore magazine to run in the coming months. And perhaps some other publications. 

Stay tuned. 

Test of Strength

Nothing to do on a Monday night in Doha? 

Why not accept an invite to watch a group of oversized men with fictitious personas (and wearing Speedos) perform acrobatics and pretend to beat on each other?

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