I grew up in the UK and Africa and found life on the road really suited my inquisitive nature. I visited Asia during my gap year and after graduating with a degree in Chinese, which included a year's stay at a Chinese University, I worked in human rights for many years before moving to Sardinia to start a family; picking up both the Italian language and a love of food and wine along the way.
I fell in love with Canada 20 years ago when I went there with a friend who was writing a travel guidebook. We explored Ontario and Quebec and were delighted to see black bears and beluga whales. On a more recent trip with Audley, highlights included a boat trip through Bute Inlet to see grizzly bears, humpback whales and sea lions, cycling with a guide around Montreal, and visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.
I'll never forget when…
Apart from some thrilling encounters with whales, bears and other wildlife, one of my best memories from Canada is of a guided cycle ride around Toronto. We were a small group and took a quiet route around the city with a very knowledgeable guide who gave us an amusing and in-depth perspective on all the places we visited. It was a great way to see the city and feel more like a local, seeing lesser-known sights and hearing about their history and importance from someone who could put them all in context for us.