Destination Canada Writer's Directory includes the names of journalists who have attended our most recent GoMedia Canada Marketplace media event as well as the authors of our Media Centre story ideas and essays.
Lucas Aykroyd writes about adventure travel (bear-watching, zip lining and canoeing), historical and cultural destinations (from mosques to First Nations museums), entertainment-related travel, lifestyles and sports travel (hockey, the Olympics and other spectator and participant sports). He has contributed to a wide variety of publications such as National Geographic Traveler, “Frommer's Far & Wide: A Weekly Guide to Canada's Best Travel Experiences,” Westworld Alberta, 24 Hours Vancouver and Western Living. Lucas has also done extensive work for HelloBC.com, the official Tourism British Columbia website. Contact Lucas at lucasaykroyd [at] yahoo [dot] com.
Nikki Bayley is a Vancouver, BC-based freelance journalist and copywriter who contributes to a range of titles, including The Guardian, Metro, Yahoo! Travel and The Sunday Times. She’s never happier than when she’s tracking down the latest spa trend, stepping aboard a cross-country train, or discovering whatever's in season or fresh off-the-boat in Canadian cuisine. Her blog, The Maple Life, chronicles her adventures in Canada as she adjusts to living in a new country.
Follow Nikki on Twitter @nikkibayley or contact her at nikkibayley [at] gmail [dot] com
Writer, photographer and broadcaster Crai S Bower cycles in the Galapagos, wanders England’s Lake District footpaths and kayaks among the berg bits in Alaska’s Glacier Bay for more than 30 publications including American Way, National Geographic Traveler, The San Francisco Chronicle and Virgin Atlantic, where he contributes the “Our Places” blog. He broadcasts travel with American Forces networks. Crai’s received a 2014 “Excellence in Journalism” award from SPJ, his fifth accolade in as many years.
Lola Augustine Brown has spent 12 years as a freelance writer, covering a wide range of crazy, beautiful and awesome events on three continents. Her articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, NUVO, Flare, Good Times, The Toronto Star, Australian Penthouse, Playboy and she has written more than a dozen travel articles for Readersdigest.ca. Originally from the UK, Lola lives in rural Nova Scotia, but travels extensively throughout the Maritime provinces and beyond both solo and with her family. From snorkelling with polar bears to eating beaver tails and lobster rolls, Lola loves everything about Canada, her adopted home country.
Contact Lola at lola [at] lolaaugustine [dot] com.
Cinda Chavich is a longtime journalist and author, specializing in culinary and travel writing. A former newspaper and CBC radio staffer, turned freelance based in western Canada, she’s won national awards for her stories and photos in magazines and newspapers including Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Living, NUVO, the Toronto Star, Westjet’s up! magazine and Canadian Geographic. When she’s not on the road searching for the next story, Cinda’s on the Vancouver Island coast with her camera, exploring the food scene for several local publications.
Kathy Eccles is a freelance corporate/creative writer who returned to her Vancouver Island roots to write full time after working in public relations in a variety of sectors, including hotels, food, fashion and health. She recently returned to university to finish a Bachelor of Arts degree, studying scriptwriting for film, theatre and television. She enjoys writing about Canada’s phenomenal gardens and wildlife, arts, culture and things uniquely Vancouver Island. She’s been published in The Vancouver Sun, Cottage, Vancouver Fresh, InnFocus, CityFood and Alberta Hospitality.
Contact Kathy at kathy [at] on-cue [dot] ca.
Alberta-based writer, Joanne Elves is never home. With her trusty camera, notepad and a pair of running shoes, she is out there looking for the next adventure, cultural or culinary story, usually in Alberta or throughout Canada. Taking “the other road” and writing about it has also won her a few journalism awards. Over a 20-year career, Elves has been a regular contributor to the Calgary Herald and its sister publications as well as numerous other publications, including The Globe and Mail, Westjet’s up! magazine, Canadian Running Magazine and Travel Alberta.
Contact Joanne at Jelves [at] telus [dot] net.
Katharine Fletcher is an award-winning journalist, photographer and author based in Quebec who writes about eco-adventure, the environment, gardens, culture and First Nations. She is author of three guides: “Historical Walks: The Gatineau Park Story”; “Capital Walks: Walking Tours of Ottawa”; and “Capital Rambles: Exploring the National Capital Region.” Katharine also co-authored “Quebec Off the Beaten Path” with the photographer and her husband Eric Fletcher. Read Katharine’s stories in the Ottawa Citizen, the Calgary Herald, Canadian Wildlife, up! Magazine and VIA Destinations. Follow Katharine on Twitter @Spiritwood or contact her at fletcher [dot] katharine [at] gmail [dot] com.
Denise Flint is a freelance journalist based just outside St. John’s, NL, on the edge of the North Atlantic. She’s lived in four provinces and three countries and her interests are diverse. Denise’s articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country and she has received several awards for her work. While she never refuses to board a plane. she admits to loving train travel best of all.
Contact Denise at dflint [at] nl [dot] rogers [dot] com.
Josephine Matyas is an accomplished freelance writer who specializes in travel stories: she has crisscrossed Canada by automobile, train and plane. Jo has been published widely in newspapers, magazines and websites and often writes about the outdoors, culinary trends, heritage, culture and history. She is based in Kingston, ON, a city with unlimited water opportunities at its doorstep—heaven for such an avid canoeist.
British Columbia-based freelance writer and photographer Lori McNulty journeys the globe to connect life and landscape. Her award-winning travel and arts essays uncover striking landscapes and soulful adventure.
Contact Lori at lori [at] mcnultywrites [dot] com .
Suzanne Morphet lives, breathes and works travel. Her stories and photos have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines in Canada and abroad. She is a travel correspondent with Troy Media and the co-author of “The Vancouver Island Book of Everything.” Suzanne lives in Victoria, BC.
Award-winning, Montréal, QC-based freelance writer and photographer Margo Pfeiff’s work has appeared in many different publications, including Lonely Planet guidebooks, Reader’s Digest, enRoute magazine, Canadian Geographic, The Walrus, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, the National Post and The Globe and Mail. She is working on a book about contemporary life in Nunavut.
Contact Margo at margo [dot] pfeiff [at] gmail [dot] com.
Remy Scalza is a Vancouver, BC-based journalist who has covered everything from Canadian rodeos and dude ranches to culinary trends and city life. His stories and photography have appeared in major magazines and newspapers across Canada and the United States, including Canadian Geographic, National Geographic Traveler and Budget Travel. Remy is also featured on InsideVancouver.ca, Vancouver’s top-Google-ranked blog. Follow Remy on Twitter @RemyScalza. www.remyscalza.com
Randall Shirley lives in New Westminster, BC, a city that was once the provincial capital and is now a groovy suburb of Vancouver. Randall is the travel editor for Canada’s national gay magazine, Outlooks, and writes for many other publications. He’s one of a rare group of people who have visited all 13 Canadian provinces and territories. He blogs about favourite travel experiences at www.5faves.com.
Vancouver, BC-based freelance writer and photographer Mark Sissons has contributed to a number of major North American publications, including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post, Calgary Herald, Vancouver Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal and Dallas Morning News. He specializes in adventure travel, from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to heli-skiing the Cariboos.
Contact Mark at info [at] marksissons [dot] com.
Michele Sponagle is a prolific journalist and editor. She contributes lifestyle features to top media outlets, including The Globe and Mail and Huffington Post. Based in Paris, ON, she takes pride in uncovering hidden gems, whether it's the best small-town bakery for butter tarts to unusual alternatives to hotel rooms. She is also the author of two books, “Tales from Dog River” (a No. 1 bestseller) and “Dog River Confidential” about the Canadian series Corner Gas. Although she has travelled to more than 60 countries, Michele is happy to call Canada her home.
Follow her on Twitter: @Msponagle or e-mail her at: m [dot] sponagle [at] sympatico [dot] ca
Veteran Canadian writer/journalist and photographer Judy Waytiuk moved into freelance writing in 1994 after more than 20 years in mainstream news media. She specializes in story photo packages covering soft adventure, nature, cultural historical and learning travel for the boomer senior demographic, and has had hundreds of articles published in consumer and travel trade publications.
Contact Judy at waytiuk [at] wordsink [dot] ca.
David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based writer, editor and photographer. He is the editor of the award-winning Explore magazine, as well as a contributing editor to BC Magazine, a freelance travel writer and active blogger. David is also an avid adventure traveller who can be found skiing, fishing, surfing and motorcycle touring all over Canada and around the world.
Follow David on Twitter @davidebwebb or contact him at david [at] theworldwidewebb [dot] ca.
I write about the outdoors, travel and food when I’m not playing outside, on the road or eating. My recent adventures have included a trip to the tundra to serve as cook at a caribou hunting camp and making a long overdue journey to Ukraine with my dad Merv.
I’m an avid angler and hunter and write the hunting column in the Winnipeg Free Press (Winnipeg, Canada).
I’ve written for Up! Magazine, Going Places, Canadian Gardening, Travel Manitoba, Outdoor Canada, Western Living, The National Post, West Magazine, Winnipeg Free Press, The Globe & Mail, EnRoute and various Websites.
Email: shel [at] shelzolkewich [dot] com
Phone: (204) 223-2499
Office: 158 Bannerman Avenue
Canada R2W 0T4