Toque & Canoe – a blog about ‘real’ Canadian travel culture – was originally founded by Jen Twyman (a.k.a. Toque) and Kim Gray (a.k.a. Canoe).
Two Canadian travel hounds with strong journalism backgrounds, Twyman and Gray often collaborate for the mainstream media on stories about their adventures. Driven by their vision of ‘real’ Canadian travel culture, they launched Toque & Canoe as their own storytelling vehicle on Canada Day 2011.
In short order, a fresh and distinct voice in the world of Canadian travel was born – one with a strong online presence and a growing and passionately engaged audience.
‘The little blog that could’ has since become a nationally award-winning site (Best Travel Blog/Canadian Tourism Commission GoMedia Awards 2012) that also features guest posts from other seasoned Canadian storytellers.
Not only were Gray and Twyman nominated (2012) for a White Hat Award for their contribution to travel and tourism in Calgary but Doug O’Neill, executive editor at Canadian Living magazine, listed Toque & Canoe as one of his favourite digital media outlets along with The Tyee, Spacing, CBC.ca and Macleans.ca.
In June 2013, Toque & Canoe won Online Magazine of the Year at the Western Magazine Awards. In May 2014, Toque & Canoe’s story was featured by the CBC in an article entitled From Lobster Rolls to the Midnight Sun: Creating the Canadian Travel Blog Toque & Canoe.
So – do you want to know more about Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, recently named one of National Geographic’s must-see destinations and highlighted by CNN as one of the world’s Last Great Wilderness Areas?
Have a look at Toque & Canoe’s Eyes of the Great Bear – featuring the incredible work of Canadian conservation photographer Ian McAllister.
How about an original hometown take from one of Canada’s most esteemed poets? Be sure to check out Lorna Crozier’s gorgeous Sidney, B.C. by the Salish Sea.
Interested in traveling to Quebec City – Canada’s favourite winter destination? Then you want to peruse freelance writer Don Enright’s bracing tale about how to find your inner snowman in Toque & Canoe’s Icy Affair de Coeur.
What’s more, our first hand account featuring the Calgary Stampede’s 100th anniversary is absolutely required reading if you’re planning a trip to Alberta to take in ‘The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.’
If you, like Toque & Canoe, have a major crush on all things Canadian, please take a moment to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. And feel free to sign up for T & C’s occasional postcard by entering your e-mail – which will remain secure – on our home page in the right hand column.
As we announced the day we launched – we invite you to “lace up your boots and grab the bug spray. Let’s get this road trip started…”
Kim Gray – Co-founder, Editor-in-chief (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jennifer Twyman – Co-founder, Editor-at-large