The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences by Robin EsrockThe Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences by Robin Esrock

The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences

byRobin Esrock

Paperback | June 17, 2017

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A National Bestseller!
Fully revised with new chapters and fascinating destinations to explore, renowned travel writer Robin Esrock guides you to Canada's most incredible experiences.


Having visited more than 100 countries on 7 continents, Robin Esrock has built a career chasing the extraordinary. His bestselling Bucket List books feature experiences that are entirely unique, instantly memorable, wholly inspirational, and available to all. Celebrating his adopted home of Canada, Robin journeys to every province and territory to reveal the remarkable activities and destinations that are unique to the True North strong and free. Get ready to:
  • Cross the mythical Northwest Passage
  • Cycle across Prince Edward Island
  • Float on Canada's very own Dead Sea
  • Feel the hot breath of a wild polar bear
  • Cave bash along Quebec's Magdalen Islands
  • Sail among whales in the "Galapagos of the North"
  • Taste Canada's best poutine, smoked meat, and fish and chips
  • Raft a tidal wave, roll your car uphill, camp in the Arctic
  • and much more!
Robin packs each chapter with colourful descriptions, unforgettable characters, quirky trivia, and eye-popping photography. With more than 70 exciting new experiences, the new edition unlocks an extensive online companion where you'll find videos, galleries, maps, reading guides, and all the practical information you'll need to follow in Robin's footsteps.
Robin Esrock is a bestselling author, journalist, TV host, and public speaker. His stories and photography have appeared in major publications on five continents, including National Geographic Traveler, the Guardian, Chicago Tribune, and the Globe and Mail. The creator and co-host of the internationally syndicated television series Wor...
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Title:The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel ExperiencesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 8 × 6 × 1 inPublished:June 17, 2017Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read will make you want to visit Canada and be proud to be a Canadian!
Date published: 2017-11-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good read Almost reads more like a brochure...................this may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on what you're looking for.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from COOL! love all the cool pics to go along with the descriptions.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great guide! Good to learn more about our sites and natural resources.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from very, very Disappointing The other reviews are stellar and , sorry, but here is the warning. I thought this could be really great ! But, Virtually the whole bk is a trumped up tourist brochure (that u can get for free) Very little if anything unique or off the hugely beaten main tourist trail. Plus the Updated version is sadly out of date - an example - fly Buffalo Airways - well guess what - u cant. The official website has indicated for yr that the sched passenger service is "temporarily suspended". go figure. For Ontario, check out the real deal, bks by Ron Brown
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! So many great ideas!! Great inspiration to explore your own neighbourhood!
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun Great for planning a road trip or just dreaming
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Travel Worthy I adore this book and I live in Canada, I'll never travel anymore without it in my car. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hugely inspirational I bought this as a gift for my parents and they LOVED it! Lots of great ideas, beautifully designed and the writing is fun and fascinating. A must-have for anyone who loves Canada.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely love it! Amazing for any Canadian who loves road trips!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is simply amazing! Canada is such a beautiful country!
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from cool lots of great ideas on where to visit/see
Date published: 2017-06-05

Read from the Book

Haida GwaiWest of British Columbia's west coast, beyond the boiling water of stormy dreams and on the knife's edge of the continental shelf, is a 280-kilometre-long archipelago of unsurpassed myth and beauty. A region of mountains, creeks, and towering trees, these Pacific islands are inhabited by a culture whose uniqueness means its art is instantly recognized, and the language of its people found nowhere else on Earth. When I set off to discover the best of Canada, I asked fellow travel writers what tops their own national bucket lists. More often than not, the answer was Haida Gwaii.Flying into the sleepy village of Sandspit, I catch a ferry over to the $26-million Haida Cultural Centre to give the adventure some context. Here, I learn about the two Haida clans - Eagles and Ravens - and how they balance each other in marriage, trade, and even death. I learn about the importance of western red cedar, how imposing "totem" poles were carved to tell legends, honour people, and identify homesteads. I learn how this proud warrior nation, whose seafaring and ferocity have been compared to that of the Vikings, was all but exterminated after a century of European contact in a deadly cocktail of disease and cultural genocide. Of the Haida who thrived on these islands, 95 percent disappeared, buttheir descendants are staging a remarkable comeback. First they reclaimed their art, which is recognized worldwide as a pinnacle of First Nations cultural expression. Next they reclaimed ownership of their land in an unprecedented deal with the federal government, so that the Queen Charlotte Islands became Haida Gwaii (Place of the People). Now they are relearning their language, before it, too, becomes a ghost echoing in the forest. It gives me a lot to think about as the Moresby Explorers' 400-horsepower Zodiac speeds down the coast into the vast protected realms of Gwaii Haanas Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site. I am late for a date with Bluewater Adventures' 21-metre-long Island Roamer, on which I will join a dozen tourists from around the country on a week-long sailing expedition. This 1,500-square-kilometre national park reserve, unique in its stewardship from mountaintop to ocean floor, can only be accessed via boat and float plane. Only 2,000 visitors are allowed each season. Founded in 1988, the reserve was a hard-fought victory for the Haida over political roadblocks and multinational logging companies busy shearing the islands of their forests. I hop on board to find new friends, deeply fascinated with the culture, wildlife, and beauty, and relishing the comfortable yacht in which to explore it. The islands of Gwaii Haanas boast 40 endemic species of animals and plants, are a haven for 23 types of whale and dozens of seabirds, and are covered with dense old-growth temperate rainforest. Sailing the calm waters between the coves and bays of the park's 138 islands, we spot humpbacks, seals, sea lions, and a large family of rare offshore orcas. Bluewater's Zodiac and kayaks deposit us onshore to explore forests of giant western red cedar, hemlock, and Sitka spruce, the ground carpeted with bright green moss and fern. We walk among the ruins of an old whaling station in Rose Harbour and pick up Japanese garbage on Kunghit Island, blown in with the raging storms of the Pacific. In Echo Harbour, we watch schools of salmon launch themselves from the sea into the creek and a huge black bear (Haida Gwaii boasts the biggest black bears found anywhere) lick its lips in anticipation. We do the same on the yacht, with chef Deborah serving up fresh coconut-crusted halibut and other delights from her small but fully equipped galley.As an eco-adventure, Gwaii Haanas deserves its reputation as a "Canadian Galapagos." Yet it's the legacy of the Haida themselves that elevates this wild, rugged coastline, a history best illustrated by the remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site on Anthony Island, now known as SGang Gwaay. Haida lived here for millennia, but after the plague of smallpox, European trade, and residential schools, all that remains, fittingly, are eerie, carved cedar mortuary poles. Facing the sea like sentinels with the thick forest at their backs, they make it an unforgettable and haunting place to visit, and all the more so for the effort it takes to do so. The five Haida village National Historic Sites in Gwaii Haanas - Skedans, Tanu, Windy Bay, Hotspring Island, and SGang Gwaay - are guarded by the Watchmen, local men and women employed by the community and Parks Canada. James Williams has been a Watchman at SGang Gwaay for over a decade, showing visitors around and enthusiastically describing the history of the village and the legacy of the poles. He tells us how the Haida attached supernatural qualities to the animals and trees that surrounded them; hence their culture borne out of tales featuring bears, ravens, eagles, killer whales, otters, and cedar. Unassuming in his baseball cap, James discusses violent battles with mainland tribes, the Haida acumen for trade, canoe building, and their interaction with European sea-otter traders, which ultimately killed off the animal and very nearly finished off the Haida themselves. Today, these weathered ash-grey mortuary poles are maintained to honour a tradition that once thrived and shows signs of thriving again. Tombstones that seem older than their 150-year-old origins, they remind me of the stone heads on Easter Island, the stone carvings of Angkor. Trees rattle in the onshore breeze as the forest slowly reclaims the remains of abandoned cedar longhouses. Isolated for months, James gifts us with some freshly caught halibut as he welcomes some arriving kayakers. With Watchmen having to live in solitude for months at a time, it is not so much a job as a calling.Each abandoned village is different, and each Watchman reveals more about this rugged West Coast wonderland and the people who call it home. By the end of the week, both the land and its stewards have woven a spell over us. Designed to last the length of a single lifetime, old Haida totem poles will not last forever. Fortunately, the protection of Gwaii Haanas, by both the Haida people and Parks Canada, along with the deep respect paid to both by operators like Randy Burke's Bluewater Adventures, ensures this magical archipelago will remain on the Canadian bucket list for generations to come.

Table of Contents

  • INTRODUCTION
  • USING THIS BOOK
  • BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • SAIL IN HAIDA GWAII
  • HIKE THE WEST COAST TRAIL
  • DIVE A SUNKEN BATTLESHIP
  • SURF IN TOFINO
  • TRACK THE SPIRIT BEAR
  • SNORKEL WITH SALMON
  • SURVIVE A COLD SAUNA
  • EXPLORE AN OLD-GROWTH FOREST
  • GO HELI-SKIING
  • STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES
  • POWDER DOWN IN WHISTLER
  • FLY LIKE A SUPERHERO BETWEEN THE PEAKS
  • STROLL THE SEAWALL
  • CROSS A WILD WILD SUSPENSION BRIDGE
  • TASTE THE OKANAGAN
  • SEE THE SOCKEYE RUN
  • FIND YOUR INNER OUTLAW
  • CLIMB A MOUNTAIN WITH NO EXPERIENCE
  • CONQUER THE GRIND, HIKE THE CHIEF
  • GET A THAI MASSAGE IN THE CARIBOO
  • SOAK IN THE LIARD HOTSPRINGS
  • ALBERTA
  • EXPERIENCE THE CALGARY STAMPEDE
  • SKI INSIDE A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • HUNT FOR DINOSAURS
  • HELI-YOGA IN THE ROCKIES
  • HIKE THE SKY
  • BE THE COWBOY ON A RANCH VACATION
  • RV THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY
  • CANOE ON MORAINE LAKE
  • STEP OVER THE ROCKIES
  • VISIT AN OASIS OF WILDLIFE
  • HIKE OR SKI IN TO SKOKI LODGE
  • VISIT A SITE FOR ALL EYES
  • BOARD THE ROCKY MOUNTAINEER
  • SWALLOW A PRAIRIE OYSTER
  • SASKATCHEWAN
  • SALUTE THE RCMP
  • CLIMB CASTLE BUTTE IN BIG MUDDY
  • BUST THE CHICAGO CONNECTION
  • SUPPORT RIDER NATION
  • DROP THE HAMMER IN SASKATOON
  • FLOAT IN CANADA'S DEAD SEA
  • VISIT A HAUNTED GROVE
  • STARGAZE IN A DARK SKY PRESERVE
  • ZIP THROUGH THE CYPRESS HILLS
  • EXPLORE NORTH AMERICA'S LARGEST SAND DUNES
  • HORSE RIDE WITH BISON
  • DISCOVER PIZZA AND PRAIRIE RAILWAYS
  • MEET THE FIRST NATIONS
  • TRACK A WOLF
  • PORTAGE IN THE PRAIRIES
  • MANITOBA
  • SEE POLAR BEARS FROM A TUNDRA BUGGY
  • SNORKEL WITH BELUGAS
  • CRACK THE HERMETIC CODE
  • GET CREEPY AT THE NARCISSE SNAKE DENS
  • VISIT A TROPICAL BEACH
  • FEEL THE CRYSTAL MENTHOL
  • HAVE A HAPPY FOLK FESTIVAL
  • PADDLE A BLOODY RIVER
  • STAND BENEATH A POLAR BEAR
  • HÉ HO TO THE VOYAGEURS
  • HOOK A SMALLMOUTH BASS
  • CATFISH ON THE RED RIVER
  • CHANNEL YOUR INNER VIKING
  • PONDER THE MUSEUM OF HUMAN RIGHTS
  • WATCH RWP IN THE PARK
  • ONTARIO
  • SPEND A NIGHT IN JAIL
  • PAY YOUR RESPECTS
  • VISIT THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
  • AVOID NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON
  • UNRAVEL A MYSTERY IN ALGONQUIN
  • ICEWINE AND DINE IN NIAGARA
  • HIKE THE BRUCE TRAIL
  • LEARN FROM THE ROCKS
  • SKATE THE RIDEAU
  • LEAN OFF THE CN TOWER
  • MOTORBIKE AROUND SUPERIOR
  • MARVEL AT THE FALL FOLIAGE
  • EXPLORE THE GREAT MUSEUMS
  • FEEL THE SPIRIT OF MANITOULIN ISLAND
  • GIVE A STANDING OVATION AT STRATFORD
  • GET SPRAYED IN NIAGARA FALLS
  • QUEBEC
  • BIKE LE P'TIT TRAIN DU NORD
  • DISCOVER QUEBEC CITY
  • GO CAVE BASHING IN "THE MAGGIES"
  • BITE INTO MONTREAL'S BEST SMOKED MEAT
  • DRINK CARIBOU WITH BONHOMME
  • ICE CANOE ACROSS THE ST. LAWRENCE
  • SNOWMOBILE IN SAGUENAY-LAC-SAINT-JEAN
  • SCALE A FROZEN WATERFALL
  • ATTEND THE GREAT MONTREAL FESTIVALS
  • SURF A STANDING WAVE
  • SPEND A NIGHT IN AN ICE HOTEL
  • CANOPY CYCLE THROUGH THE TREETOPS
  • ENJOY THE FALL FOLIAGE
  • DEVOUR A PLATE OF POUTINE
  • CLIMG THE DEVIL IN MONT-TREMBLANT
  • JUMP THE ROCK
  • BOAT TO THE MINGAN ARCHIPELAGO
  • NEW BRUNSWICK
  • WALK THE SEABED BENEATH HOPEWELL ROCKS
  • ABSEIL CAPE ENRAGE
  • ROLL UP MAGNETIC HILL
  • BIKE IN A KILT
  • APPRECIATE THE GENIUS OF DALI
  • WALK OFF A CLIFF
  • CROSS HARTLAND'S COVERED BRIDGE
  • VISIT HOCKEY'S FIELD OF DREAMS
  • HIKE THE FUNDY FOOTPATH
  • ZIPLINE OVER A WATERFALL
  • PAINT YOUR FACE AT TINTAMARRE
  • JOIN THE POLAR BEAR CLUB
  • NOVA SCOTIA
  • RAFT A TIDAL WAVE
  • STROLL AROUND LUNENBURG
  • ARM A CANNON AT THE HALIFAX CITADEL
  • RUN A RACE OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS
  • EXPLORE CAPE BRETON
  • HAVE A BLAST IN LOUISBOURG
  • PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
  • CYCLE ACROSS THE GENTLE ISLE
  • HAUL A LOBSTER TRAP
  • SUCK BACK AN OYSTER
  • PLAY A ROUND OF GOLF
  • RAKE FOR A CLAM BAKE
  • CROSS CONFEDERATION BRIDGE
  • MEET ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
  • NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
  • WATCH THE SUN RISE ON A CONTINENT
  • THANK COD FOR BATTLE HARBOUR
  • MAKE AN ICEBERG COCKTAIL
  • CATCH THE CONTINENTAL DRIFT
  • REWRITE THE HISTORY BOOKS
  • SLEEP IN A LIGHTHOUSE
  • GET SCREECHED IN
  • DRIVE THE TRANS-LABRADOR HIGHWAY
  • DISCOVER THE TWO B'S
  • YUKON
  • GEE AND HAW ON A DOGSLED
  • CAMP IN THE HIGH ARCTIC
  • SWALLOW THE SOURTOE COCKTAIL
  • DRIVE THE DEMPSTER HIGHWAY
  • CLIMB THE GOLDEN STAIRS
  • SKATE ON A CRYSTAL LAKE
  • CHEER AT THE ARCTIC GAMES
  • PAN FOR GOLD
  • FLY OVER KLUANE NATIONAL PARK
  • NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
  • SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS
  • FLY WITH BUFFALO AIR
  • EXPLORE CANADA'S LARGEST NATIONAL PARK
  • SHELL OUT FOR FISH AND CHIPS AT BULLOCKS
  • EAT THE MUKTUK
  • VISIT AN IGLOO CHURCH
  • RAFT THE NAHANNI
  • ATTEND A NORTHERN FESTIVAL
  • HOOK A NORTHERN PIKE
  • NUNAVUT
  • CRUISE THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE
  • SEE UNICORNS FROM THE ICE FLOE
  • WITNESS THE MIGRATION OF THE OTHER BEAST
  • VISIT A NORSE GOD
  • EXPLORE THE WORLD'S MOST NORTHERLY ECO-LODGE
  • WATCH BELUGAS PLAY AT YOUR FEET
  • SLEEP UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN
  • SWIM IN AN ARCTIC WATERFALL
  • ATV TO ICEBERGS AND ANCIENT RUINS
  • HIKE IN THE TUNDRA
  • PADDLE A CRYSTAL CLEAR ARCTIC STREAM
  • FISH FOR ARCTIC CHAR
  • NATIONAL
  • SEE CANADA FROM THE CANADIAN
  • SHOP THE COUNTRY'S BEST URBAN MARKETS
  • TAKE AN EPIC CANADIAN ROAD TRIP
  • GAZE UPON CANADA'S BEST WATERFALLS
  • MORE UNUSUAL LANDSCAPES TO EXPLORE
  • EXPLORE MORE NATIONAL PARKS
  • TICK OFF CANADA'S UNESCO SITES
  • EPILOGUE
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • PHOTO CREDITS

Editorial Reviews

As the saying goes, the longest journey begins with a single step. Esrock's book just might inspire you to take it. - The Georgia Straight