Adventure

Moose Factory Tough

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 northbound train to Moosonee – ceremoniously dubbed The Polar Bear Express – crowded the aging […]

Travels in the Great Bear Rainforest in Search of the Sasquatch

  Halfway up the British Columbia coast, along the fabled Inside Passage route to Alaska, lies The Great Bear Rainforest. This remote and little-visited Shangri-La is one of the last intact wilderness regions left on Earth – home to ancient indigenous communities and a medley of majestic species from 1,000 year-old cedars, to humpback whales […]

The Timbuktu Delusion

The Timbuktu Delusion

Tahir Shah’s Timbuctoo has arrived with eerie, serendipitous, timing. In the months leading up to its publication, a coup d’etat and ensuing power vacuum in the West African nation of Mali has resulted in extremists taking over the country’s north (where Timbuktu is located). Islamic militants, said to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, and who have […]

A Journey to Turkish Kurdistan

“In less than two hours you will arrive at the end of the world,” said Mehmet, the owner of the teahouse where the minibus bound for Bahçesaray departs. Our long morning of animated conversation came to an end as I squeezed into the small vehicle overloaded with passengers and their cargo of pickles and cooking […]