Toque & Canoe—a blog/online magazine featuring stories about Canadian travel culture—was originally founded by Jen Twyman (Toque) and Kim Gray (Canoe).
Two Canadian travellers with journalism backgrounds, Twyman and Gray previously collaborated on stories for mainstream media about their adventures.
Driven by a desire to reinvigorate what coverage of Canada’s travel scene could look like, they created Toque & Canoe as their own storytelling vehicle and launched it, fittingly, on Canada Day 2011.
And so, a fresh and distinct voice in the world of Canadian travel media was born—a voice with a strong online presence on multiple platforms that connects with a growing and engaged audience.
The little blog that could became a nationally award-winning site in 2012 when it was named “Best Travel Blog/Canadian & International Submissions,” courtesy Destination Canada GoMedia Awards judge Ryan Holmes of Hootsuite fame.
Since Toque & Canoe’s launch, the site, which now includes posts created by celebrated storytellers from coast to coast to coast, continues to distinguish itself as a stand-out player in the Canadian travel scene.
In 2013, Toque & Canoe won Online Magazine of the Year at the Western Magazine Awards in Vancouver.
In 2014, contributors Lorna Crozier and Lori Andrews were listed as finalists in Tourism Saskatchewan’s Awards of Excellence for their story Exploring Light’s Birthplace.
In 2015, our post Tasting Turtle Island: Aboriginal Cuisine Goes Mainstream was shortlisted in the culinary category for Destination Canada’s prestigious Explore Canada GoMedia Awards of Excellence.
In 2016, we were formally recognized, for work related to Toque & Canoe, by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society at their College of Fellows annual dinner.
And in 2017, we produced the inaugural and inspiring Guide to Indigenous Tourism in Canada, in collaboration with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (and a small but mighty team of creatives), which can be accessed here for free, and viewed in a larger format here.
You can also hear us regularly on CBC Radio’s province-wide DayBreak Alberta where we share our adventures and tackle larger themes in the Canadian travel world.
Do you have any interest in travelling to Atlantic Canada and “biting into 25,000 years of caught water and frozen light?” We invite you to give celebrated poet Lorna Crozier’s Gobsmacked in Newfoundland & Labrador a read.
Curious about the explosion of culture that is one of Western Canada’s largest First Nations celebrations? Check out Pow Wow Power: The Colours of Kamloopa — an extraordinary photo essay created by award-winning photojournalist Leah Hennel.
Perhaps travelling to winter-rich Winnipeg, Manitoba is more up your alley. In senior editor Valerie Berenyi’s Cold Land, Warm Heart, we invite you to plunk yourself down on a fur-topped stump for duck confit at the world’s only pop-up restaurant pitched on a frozen river.
If you, like Toque & Canoe, have a major crush on all things Canadian, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and sign up for our (very) occasional postcard by entering your e-mail, which will remain secure, on our homepage.
And as we announced the day we launched in 2011, we invite you to lace up your boots and grab the bug spray. Let’s get this road trip started….
Kim Gray – Co-founder, Editor-in-chief
Jennifer Twyman – Co-founder, Contributor
Valerie Berenyi – Senior Editor, Contributor