Best People Photo
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Destination Cape Breton
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Rhonda Krause, Walk Down Shimbashi Street, Kyoto

Published in Travel? Yes Please!, February 21, 2016 Read more

Best People Photo
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Destination Cape Breton
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Sharon Matthews-Stevens, Taking a Cruise on the Wild Side

Published in Sailing, April 2016 Read more

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FIRST PLACE - Best Action Photo
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Le Québec Maritime
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Robin Karpan, Bear Battle

Published in Photojourneys.ca, December 14, 2015Read more

Best Action Photo
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Le Québec Maritime
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Sharon Matthews-Stevens, Call of the Wild

Published in Dreamscapes, Winter 2016 Read more

Best Photo Series
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Travel Media Association
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John Sylvester, Adventures in Iceberg Ally
Best Photo Series
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SECOND PLACE - Best Photo Series
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Travel Media Association
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Gary Crallé, Silk Road Rising
Best Photo Series
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HONORABLE MENTION - Best Photo Series
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Sharon Matthews-Stevens, Sail Away to God's Island...
Best Cultural/Historical Feature
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FIRST PLACE - Best Cultural/Historical Feature
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Québec City Tourism
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Anne Bokma, The Town That Paranoia Built

Published in The United Church Observer, October 2015 

“Salem: The Town That Paranoia Built”

August 19, 1692. Rev. George Burroughs, a Harvard-trained minister, stands on a ladder perched against a tree in Salem, Massachusetts, with a noose around his neck. He begins to say the Lord’s Prayer in a strong sure voice. His very life depends on a perfect recitation since it’s believed that real witches are incapable of saying this prayer without making a mistake.

Burroughs gives a faultless delivery. The crowd begins murmuring in...Read more

Best Cultural/Historical Feature
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SECOND PLACE - Best Cultural/Historical Feature
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Québec City Tourism
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Sandra Phinney, The Birth of Mighty Micro-nation Outer Baldonia

Published in localexpress.ca, June 1, 2016 

The birth of mighty micro-nation Outer Baldonia

In 1949, Russell Moore Arundel bought a three-acre island off the coast of southwest Nova Scotia called Outer Bald Island. When he later proceeded to create his own nation — The Principality of Outer Baldonia — things got interesting.

First, a little background. 

Outer Bald Island is part of the Tusket Islands. As the crow flies, this archipelago stretches about 32 kilometres from Robert’s Island off Yarmouth to Seal Island off...Read more

Best Environmental/Responsible Tourism Feature
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FIRST PLACE - Best Environmental/Responsible Tourism Feature
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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
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Jane Mundy, Vancouver Volunteer Uses Past Skills as a Cook to Assist Refugees

Published in Vancouver Sun, December 1, 2016

Vancouver volunteer uses past skills as a cook to assist refugees

When my friend Laurie Cooper asked if I’d consider volunteering at a refugee camp, I didn’t hesitate. I wanted to do something for the Syrian refugees coming to Vancouver, but I couldn’t offer accommodation or much money. It never occurred to me that I could help at a camp on Lesvos, Greece.

I’m not a medical professional, translator or house builder, but I had plenty of experience cooking in restaurants and had ...Read more

Best Environmental/Responsible Tourism Feature
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by Destination British Columbia
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Carol Patterson, Turtles with Jobs

Published in Red Deer Advocate, January 23, 2016

Turtles with jobs

I love turtles. Not the chocolate kind or the teenage-mutant characters made famous in the 1980s but the hard-shelled ballerinas of the ocean. I almost swallowed my snorkel the first time I saw a wild sea turtle. Watching colorful angelfish in Maui several years ago, a turtle larger than my suitcase floated into view. It gracefully maneuvered around snorkelers in its pursuit of seaweed, chunks of vegetation disappearing down its throat as excess water squirted out its...Read more

Best Family Feature
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FIRST PLACE - Best Family Feature
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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
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Heather Greenwood-Davis, Freedom in California's Fern Canyon...

Published in National Geographic Traveler, June 20, 2016 

Freedom in California's Fern Canyon

The most breathtaking escape in California is the great outdoors.

My son Cameron, 11, is and has always been a mover.

If there’s a log, he’ll jump on it; a couch, he’ll climb it; a puddle, he’ll be happy to splash around.

In our suburban neighborhood the opportunities for that are fewer than they were when I was a kid. While recess offers a bit of an outlet for all that tween energy, it never seems to...Read more

Best Family Feature
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SECOND PLACE - Best Family Feature
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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
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Lisa Kadane, Travelling with my Autistic Son

Published in The Globe and Mail, August 16, 2016 

Travelling with my autistic son is both fantastic and formidable

I knew we were in trouble when a group descending the rain-forest trail we were struggling up were wearing helmets.

“It’s really steep and there are loose, falling rocks,” the guide explained, noting our bare heads.

Oops. We’d also forgotten to bring any snacks except for a half-eaten bag of tortilla chips, or an extra litre of water in what felt as though 40-degree heat. Our family jungle trek at Mayflower...Read more

Best Family Feature
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HONORABLE MENTION - Best Family Feature
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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
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Jennifer Merrick, A Wild Wizard Adventure at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates

Published in Vacay.ca, June 30, 2016

A Wild Wizard Adventure at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates

How does a vacationing Canadian family find themselves in a classroom with 29 home-schooled Florida kids and a ‘Wild Wizard’?

It was the guilt.

We had misgivings about pulling our kids out of school for a week. But the lure of four extremely cheap last-minute tickets was too strong to resist. We allayed our pangs of conscience by telling ourselves that we weren’t just going to play on the...Read more

Best Food/Drink Feature
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FIRST PLACE - Best Food & Drink Feature
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Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
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Cinda Chavich, Seaweed Season

Published in Eat!, July/August 2016

SEAWEED SEASON

Sea vegetables are among the most nutritious plants on earth – and we are literally swimming in the stuff.

Go out to almost any island beach at low tide and you’ll see electric green sea lettuce and dark purple laver clinging to the rocks, fronds of frilly brown alaria (a.k.a. wakame), and salty sea asparagus at the high water line. Vast forests of kelp shelter small fish and other ocean life just off shore, and their wide flat blades and bulbous floats are often found washed...Read more

Best Food/Drink Feature
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SECOND PLACE - Best Food & Drink Feature
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Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
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Darcy Rhyno, Once Upon a Vine: A Fairy Tale About Nova Scotia Wine

A Fairytale About Nova Scotia Wine
In “Good Taste”
Nov/Dec 2015


Alanna McIntyre leads a kind of fairytale life for grownups. The 30-something sommelier and mother of two works at Bishop’s Cellar, a private wine store in Halifax where she faithfully tastes all the wine she helps import from around the world. And that’s just the beginning of her enviable lifestyle, one intricately bound with the story of Nova Scotia wine.


I am standing on a rise in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley near Canning, the red mud flats of the Minas Basin beyond, the red cliffs of...Read more

Best French-Language Feature
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FIRST PLACE - Best French Language Feature
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Parks Canada
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Aurélie Resch, Les sentinelles du Pacifique,

Published in L'express de Toronto, August 2, 2016 

https://travelmedia.ca/sites/default/files/fr1_sentinelles_pacifique.pdf

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Best Outdoors/Adventure Feature
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FIRST PLACE - Best Outdoor and Adventure
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Ontario Parks
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Colleen Friesen, Cycling Among the Mennonites

Published in Adventure Cyclist Magazine, October/November 2016 

Cycling Among the Mennonites

            It’s not often you find yourself sitting in a Mennonite’s horse-drawn buggy. But here I was, snuggled under a dark-green fleecy blanket beside the bonnet-wearing, buggy-driving 67-year-old Viola Brubacher. Although it was only a short distance away, my bicycle, left back on the Brubacher farm, felt like something from a different life.

            The sliding side doors of the buggy had large windows. Combined with the wide...Read more

Best Outdoors/Adventure Feature
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SECOND PLACE - Best Outdoor and Adventure
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Ontario Parks
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Jenn Smith-Nelson, Petting wolves at Quebec's Parc Mahikan...

published in The South China Morning Post, December 12, 2015 

Adventure travel: petting wolves at Quebec's Parc Mahikan

Is it crazy to want to kiss a wolf?

I have no fear as I enter the enclosure; I've been waiting for this moment for most of my life.

Created in 2009 by Gilles Granal, a Frenchman who raises sled dogs, Parc Mahikan (Cree for "wolf") is an eco-adventure park in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec, in Canada, that offers a unique experience: interaction with wolves.

"I think all people who...Read more

Best Service Feature
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FIRST PLACE - Best Service Feature
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Lisa Monforton, Living on Cuban Time

Published in Calgary Herald, August 16, 2016 

Living on Cuban time: Island has its charms, challenges and breathtaking beaches

"No problem," our taxi driver Rodolfo says cheerfully and as he pulls the 1981 Lada we're riding in to the side of the road. The sputtering and clanging is just another unholy sound coming from the belching rattletrap of a car - seemingly held together with Bondo and wire.

Holding up his index finger, he gestures and says, "un minuto," and grabs a pair of blue mechanics' coveralls from the trunk to put...Read more

Best Service Feature
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SECOND PLACE - Best Service Feature
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Travel Media Association
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Tamara Elliott, Secret Tricks and Tips for Booking Aeroplan Rewards

Published in Globe Guide, November 23, 2015

Secret Tricks and Tips for Booking Aeroplan Rewards

If you’ve ever signed up for an Aeroplan card, chances are you have a love-hate relationship with the popular rewards program. On one hand it’s easy to rack up the points thanks to credit card sign-ups and bonuses on everything from gas to drug store purchases, and you can earn also points by travelling with any of their Star Alliance counterparts.

But when it comes time to use all those hard-earned points…that’s when things usually...Read more

Best Spirit in Canada
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FIRST PLACE - Best Spirit of Canada
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Yukon Tourism
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Sandra Phinney, Mindful travel Port Medway a small village with a big heart (but not for everyone

Published in localexpress.ca, August 28, 2016

 

Port Medway—a small village with a big heart (but not for everybody)

I’m not regular churchgoer, but if the timing is right when I travel, I like to attend a Sunday service. It’s a great way to get a sense for community and catch a glimpse of the folks who live there. I’m also partial to hymn sings — especially when no one seems to care whether I can carry a tune or not.  

So it was that I recently found myself walking into the Baptist church in ...Read more

Best Spirit in Canada
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SECOND PLACE - Best Spirit of Canada
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Yukon Tourism
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Mark Stevens, Sailing to God's Island...

Published in Just for Canadian Doctors, May/June 2016 

SAILING TO GOD’S ISLAND

We’re skimming the waters of Frazer Bay in Ontario’s Georgian Bay in a forty-nine-foot sailboat named “Summer Breeze”.

The quartzite LaCloche Mountains, their rugged slopes white as a February snowfall in the afternoon sun, reach skyward off our starboard quarter. Far astern we can see Killarney Provincial Park and Baie Fine.  Royal blue decorates the bay, mirroring the sky but for whitecaps scattered like lace collars across its wind-riffled...Read more

Best Spirit in Canada
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HONORABLE MENTION - Best Spirit of Canada
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Yukon Tourism
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Josephine Matayas, Yukon Cold Spell

Published in Doctor's Review, February 2016 

IF CARS COULD SKATE, I am certain our SUV would have done Lutz jumps and half-Axels all the way up the Klondike Highway. It’s a storied route, well travelled in the summertime by nature enthusiasts, scanning the roadside for bears foraging for berries or horsetail. In the months when the sunshine finally warms the soil, the ditches are painted a bright purple with Fireweed, the Yukon’s territorial flower.

In the dead of winter, not so much.

It’s a six-hour journey of snow and ice, ice and snow. We...Read more