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Enjoy our leaders’ reports from the field, our travellers’ stories and pictures, travel advice and staff picks from trips we’re working on.

Quest Expeditioners encounter unexpected marine life on tour

By: Justin Peter
We plan every Quest Nature Tour to take in certain key experiences of each place we visit, but we usually also get some thrilling and unexpected sightings as well – the proverbial icing-on-the-cake. Case-in-point: our recent Bay of Fundy and Grand Manan tour. Our group had set off from Grand Manan Island for one of our two private boat trips. This one focused on seeing the breeding seabirds ...

Vote on the next Quest Nature Tours catalogue cover!!

By: Justin Peter
It's that time of year again as we're finalizing our catalogue with the exciting line-up of tours for 2018/2019. One of the tasks that we face each year is choosing the cover photo for the next catalogue, and this process sometimes leads to vigorous debate in the office! As usual, we’ve narrowed our selection of photos down to a few candidates. To help us make our choice, we’d like to ...

Photo Essay: FireWorks with Chef Michael Smith

By: Amanda Butler
It is often said that we overlook what is in our own backyard. I was recently confronted with this truism while leading our culinary tour for University of Toronto alumni travellers on Prince Edward Island, after I had been away from there for 7 years. I used to live on Prince Edward Island (PEI) during the early days of my career and, having been fortunate enough to visit over 25 countries since ...

Top 10 Reasons I love Japan

By: Prof. Henry Yu
Our specially designed tour to Japan and South Korea is a cultural mosaic of the traditional and the contemporary. Professor Henry Yu lent his expertise to help us design exclusive signature experiences to maximize your understanding of how ancient and modern influences affect everything from food, clothing, and architecture, to social customs and language. Our route from Tokyo to Seoul includes v...

A Unique and Authentic Canadian Experience at Fogo Island Inn

By: Judi Cohen
I had the opportunity to spend a long weekend last summer at Fogo Island Inn situated on an island off an island in Newfoundland, Canada. Getting there was part of the experience, with a flight to Gander, Newfoundland followed by a 45-minute ferry ride from the ferry launch in Welcome to Fogo Island. I have heard Zita Cobb, the visionary who founded Fogo Island Inn, speak several times about the F...

Festival of Birds 2017: Recap + Winner!

By: Justin Peter
We were so pleased to be a part of the recent Festival of Birds at Point Pelee National Park. This beautiful park is rightly considered a bird migration hotspot of international significance and thousands of nature lovers had an opportunity to enjoy the annual rites of spring here. What were some highlights from this year’s festival? The Birds!This is surely not a surprise. It’s a...