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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.

The Saskatchewan Autumn Experience

By: Gabriel Foley
My childhood was spent exploring the forests, lakes, and creeks on the north shore of Lake Ontario. I followed animal tracks in the forest, fished for bass and walleye in the lakes, and caught crayfish and minnows in the creeks. Nature became as engrained in me as the mud and grass stains on my jeans. I didn’t think I’d ever leave the farm. Eventually though, I grew up, went to college...

A Narwhal x Beluga Hybrid

By: Christoph Richter
In 1990, a hunter on Greenland’s west coast saw some whales that looked strange: they were bigger than either belugas or narwhals, had flippers like belugas but flukes more similar to narwhals. He collected the skull of one of them, which he donated to a museum. A reconstruction of the narluga  |  Markus BühlerHe, along with some scientists who measured the skull and teeth...

Arctic Return

By: Nancy Watters
“Arctic Return” is a recently completed (Spring, 2019) Arctic overland journey led by Canadian David Reid to retrace the steps of Scottish physician and explorer John Rae. A key Arctic Return project team member was an Inuit historian Louie Kamookak from Gjoa Haven whose work documenting Inuit oral history which led to the discovery of Franklin’s ship the Erebus and many other hi...

Discovering Gems in the Canadian Arctic

By: Lee Groat
I first experienced the north in 1980 as a geology student exploring for lead and zinc in the Yukon. Each day I would be dropped off by helicopter in a remote location and would hike as many as 10 km, prospecting and sampling while navigating by map and compass, avoiding bears, and hoping to be picked up again at the end of the day. The experience left me wanting to see more of the North. However,...

The First Time Arctic Traveller: Nathan Earley

By: Nathan Earley
The idea of the Arctic has always thrilled me. When I was young my father, who at that time was just starting his long tenure as a Quest Nature Tours leader, would tell me stories about his Arctic adventures. I would sit back in awe as he described the majesty of the land, the power of the ice, the untamed beauty of it all. In disbelief I would ask him how big the Polar Bears actually were, trying...

Five Reasons to Go to Spain in Spring

By: Josh Vandermeulen
In April of 2016 I headed to Spain for two weeks to lead Quest Nature Tours' Spain in Spring trip. The trip was timed perfectly - the last two weeks of April - meaning that we explored Spain during the height of spring. Bird migration was in full swing, and the plains were alive with a carpet of wildflowers and displaying bustards. We watched the raptor migration across the legendary Straits of Gi...