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Meet the hosts

Ashley and Mike are a couple of thirty-somethings who are hitting the pause button on what most would call “regular life” to chase down a calling of their very own; to explore this beautiful country called Canada, and connect to what it truly means to be a Canadian.

 

Always making the most out of their down time by creating their own adventures, big and small, Ashley and Mike love exploring their backyard, the Okanagan Valley, and bring that same enthusiasm to exploring others' backyards.

Experience Inuit culture in Nunavut - credit: Nunavut Tourism
Episode 13: Nunavut
Experience the Inuit way of life in the northernmost inhabited place in the world.

Episode 13 – Nunavut

 

There is an arctic that lives in the mind of those who have not yet been. There are ideas, concepts, trends, and theories reported about the arctic everyday. But making the trip to Nunavut, experiencing the people, traveling the land, seeing the wildlife— these are what fill us with reverence and awe, kindness and warmth, humility and sense of achievement. The arctic is a lived experience, one that can’t be appreciated, until you’ve been.

 

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Wildlife spotting in Yukon's Kluane National Park - credit: Paddy Pallin
Episode 12: Yukon
Find inspiration in the iconic wilderness parks and a dynamic First Nations culture of this northern territory.

Episode 12 – Yukon

 

Whether it’s the people you meet, the wildlife you encounter, or the wide open spaces you explore, the phrase, “Larger than Life '' applies to most everything in the Yukon. Even its history is B-I-G big. With its original people crossing the Bering Land Bridge in the last Ice Age and it playing host to the legendary Klondike Gold Rush, Yukon is a place for those with big imaginations, hungry hearts, and unique character.

 

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Aurora viewing in the Northwest Territories - credit: J. F. Bergeron/NWT Tourism
Episode 11: Northwest Territories
Witness the magic of the Northern Lights in a place that still lives free and wild.

Episode 11 – Northwest Territories

 

Aurora, sundogs, moonbows; strange names for enchanting phenomenon in an unbelievable place. This is Northwest Territories. A place to delight in the folly and fancy of nature’s tricks. A place to meditate on earth’s biggest, deepest, highest wonders. A place where something will change you.

 

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Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon - credit: Tourism Saskatoon/Carey Shaw
Episode 10: Saskatchewan
So much more than beautiful prairie nature, discover Saskatoon’s unique spirit.

Episode 10 – Saskatchewan

 

Wander through Saskatchewan, guided by the glowing hearts stories of the inspired and inspiring people who are shining a light on what has always been here, but hasn’t always been celebrated; a simple, hearty way of life, a pure connection to nature, a rich living history, and endless, diverse beauty ready to be discovered.

 

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Nathan Philips Square, Toronto, Ontario - credit: Tourism Toronto
Episode 9: Ontario
The dynamic culinary scene in Toronto, Canada’s downtown.

Episode 9 –​ Ontario

 

In a lot of ways, Toronto can be whatever you want it to be. It’s one of the most multicultural cities in the world, has a food scene that mirrors its diverse inhabitants, and a skyline that can steal your heart even in the brisk November winds. For us, Toronto was magic. It was re-capturing the joys of childhood holidays, discovering new foods, and by extension, new cultures, and honestly exploring how the concept of diversity, a tenet of Canadians’ identity, actually looks and feels in action.

 

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Canola fields in bloom, Springbrook, PEI - credit: Tourism PEI / Paul Baglole
Episode 8: Prince Edward Island
Exploring Canada’s foodie paradise

Episode 8 – Price Edward Island

 

Prince Edward Island (PEI) punches way above its weight class in all the right ways. Food isn’t just something to eat here; it’s a way of life. Whether fishing or farming, much of what occupies PEI resident’s brains and hearts is about what will satisfy their stomachs. But they don’t do it alone. Family comes first here, and on the island, there’s no way to separate the interwoven braids of food, family and music. And who would want to?

 

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Making the most of winter in Edmonton with a massive snow fight - credit @tye
Episode 7: Alberta's Edmonton
How Edmonton has turned winter into the most fun time of year

Episode 7 – Alberta

 

Edmonton’s winters are no joke, and this Albertan city’s residents are serious about making this season their brightest. With a city strategy dedicated to celebrating how Canadians have perfected winter and to telling Edmonton’s great northern story, you can let the winter professionals take the reigns as you revel in your own exploration of the Winter City’s flair

 

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Polar bear viewing from a Tundra Buggy in Churchill, Manitoba
Episode 6: Manitoba
Passionate locals from the north and the south uncover little bits of magic in Canada's heartland.

Episode 6 – Manitoba

 

The anticipation starts in Winnipeg, where visits to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre in Assiniboine Park set the stage for discovering what makes Canada's heart beat.

 

There's an undeniable spirit that exists in a community only accessible by rail or air, where residents co-exist with polar bears and belugas. Capture the spirit of Churchill, the small town in the "middle-of-nowhere" in Northern Manitoba, where the unbelievable is a part of daily life and the challenges of the north are met with perseverance and celebration.

 

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Crow Head, Twillingate Islands, Newfoundland Labrador - credit: Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism/Barrett and MacKay
Episode 5: Newfoundland and Labrador
Meet the warm people and striking places that have forged a rich and diverse way of life that is distinctly their own.

Episode 5 – Newfoundland and Labrador

 

Never an easy existence was to be had here, and through the many trials that have been put to them, Newfoundlanders have created their own way of being and doing; their own way of talking and singing; their own way of working and playing; their own way of hunting and cooking; and above all, their own way of life.

 

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  • Mike Sixonate, Musician & Entertainer, Twillingate
  • Brenda O'Reilly, O'Reilly's Irish Newfoundland Pub - YellowBelly Brewery/Public House/Takeaway - UnderBelly Speakeasy - Mussels on the Corner, St. John's
  • Sonja Mills & Alicia MacDonald, Port Rexton Brewing, Port Rexton,
  • Uncle Rol & Wilf Cutler - Pike's Arm, fishing in the open water

 

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  • 08:57 - Mike Sixonate - Doin Alright
  • 16:13 - Mike Sixonate - Last Chance Dance
  • 29:21 - Mike Sixonate -  A Captains Reverie

Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island - credit: Tourism Nova Scotia
Episode 4: Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island
Learn about the diverse cultures that settled here and how their storied past molded the present.

Episode 4 – Nova Scotia

 

Life by-the-sea and resettled peoples have shaped every part of Nova Scotia life and culture. When the ocean calls the shots, you need to put down deep roots to thrive, and whether they be new or old, that’s exactly what Nova Scotians have done.

 

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Québec’s Montréal - credit: Tourisme Montréal / Loïc Romer
Episode 3: Québec’s Montréal
Experience the invigorating mix of culture, language, and cuisine unlike anywhere else in North America.

Episode 3 - Québec

 

Montréal has everything you could hope for in a city, yet when you are in it, walking its streets, eating its food, immersed in its art, you feel a part of something bigger, something deeper, something that makes you want to find out more about the what, the how and the why behind it.

 

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New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy
Episode 2: New Brunswick's Bay of Fundy
How the humbling power of the world's highest tides shape the land and people who live there.

Episode 2 - New Brunswick

 

The Bay of Fundy's coastline seemingly stretches forever and the humbling power of the tides shape the land and people who live there. In this episode we crack open some of the secrets this province has been keeping.

 

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Special thanks to Dennis MacDonald for his help with the episode. Find Dennis @dennis.eats on Instagram for all of your chef inspiration needs.

British Columbia's Okanagan Valley
Episode 1: BC's Okanagan
Tasting the local terroir in this beautiful valley

Episode 1 - British Columbia

 

This episode features the Okanagan, an absolute gem of a valley located in British Columbia. We’ll talk to winemakers, storytellers, musicians, distillers and fermenters to help paint a picture of the pioneering spirit, pride for the land, and the glowing hearts that make this an easy-to-love and hard-to-forget chapter in any travel story.

 

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