Canada's Disappearing Giants

Canada’s old growth temperate rainforests on British Columbia’s Pacific coast contain some of the largest trees in the world...

Quebec's Lost Coast

WHAT BEGINS as a nearly imperceptible feeling of movement turns, surreptitiously, into a heavy seesawing that wobbles my beer...

Kitlope Journey

We are in zodiacs, cutting a frothing wake against a torrent of snowmelt running into the sea. Our boats...

Travels in Turkish Kurdistan

“In less than two hours you will arrive at the end of the world,” said Mehmet, the owner of...

The Colonel's Caravan

“Hit the gas hard and stay on my tracks,” our driver barks into the radio before hitting the accelerator...
Environment
Canada's Disappearing Giants
Features, Travel
Quebec's Lost Coast
Adventure, Travel
Kitlope Journey
Adventure, Middle East, Travel
Travels in Turkish Kurdistan
Adventure, Features, Middle East
The Colonel's Caravan
John ZadaIntro

Welcome!

 

I’m a freelance writer and photographer based in Toronto. I’m drawn to stories about culture, travel, adventure, and far-flung regions of the world. This is my portfolio website where you can find some of my published work, latest blog posts, and links to my photography and other sites.

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The Valais Swiss Wine Trail, on the edge of the southern Alps in Switzerland
Travel

The Swiss Wine Trail

Mention Switzerland and a medley of associations come to mind: Gruyère cheese, Rolex watches, fine chocolate. What almost never factors into a conversation about this landlocked bulwark of neutrality is its wines: arguably Switzerland’s deepest secret. Surprisingly, the country produces…

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Moose Factory, Moosonee, Ontario, Canada
Adventure, Features

Moose Factory Tough

The Ontario Northland Railway station in Cochrane – a sleepy Franco-Ontarian boreal hamlet and the birthplace of Tim Horton – looked every bit the embarkation point to places off the grid. A mob of passengers waiting to board the 9:00am…

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A giant western red cedar in Eden Grove, British Columbia, Canada
Environment

Canada’s Disappearing Giants

Canada’s old growth temperate rainforests on British Columbia’s Pacific coast contain some of the largest trees in the world – after California’s redwoods and sequoias. The oldest of those trees are located in the southwest of the province where high…

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Fishermen on a motorboat on the Lower North Shore of Quebec
Features, Travel

Quebec’s Lost Coast

WHAT BEGINS as a nearly imperceptible feeling of movement turns, surreptitiously, into a heavy seesawing that wobbles my beer in its glass. The dining room servers, going from smiles to poker faces, move to-and-fro like tightrope walkers in peril. Outside,…

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Kitlope, Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia, Canada
Adventure, Travel

Kitlope Journey

We are in zodiacs, cutting a frothing wake against a torrent of snowmelt running into the sea. Our boats veer towards land and approach the edge of a wide estuary, its banks rising several feet above us. After tying to…

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Portrait of Canadian ethnobotanist Wade Davis
Environment, Q&A

Wade Davis on The Sacred Headwaters

Canadian anthropologist Wade Davis is considered the most influential western advocate for the world’s indigenous cultures. A professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and a longtime National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Davis frequently travels among people in remote places,…

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