It was such a pleasure to meet so many fellow nature travel enthusiasts at our annual social in Toronto on September 12! Since well before my time, this event has been an opportunity to learn about new tours, meet tour leaders and fellow travellers, connect with community organizations involved in nature conservation and interpretation, AND also win fantastic door prizes.

We had four presentations lined up. The first speaker was yours truly, and I presented nature travel in Borneo. I can only hope that attendees sensed the incredible pulse of Borneo’s natural environments and all of their intrinsic interest. Our second speaker was Marty Obbard, Ontario’s leading bear biologist and new Quest leader, who told us of personal field experiences he has had with Black Bears and Polar Bears from his decades-long work with them across Ontario. Next was veteran Quest leader Jean Iron, who regaled us with scenery and wildlife from the Svalbard Archipelago, which features prominently in our new Three Arctic Islands Expedition Cruise. Last but not least was perennial favourite speaker Chris Earley, who told us about his scouting expedition last March in preparation for our new Baja California and the Sea of Cortez expedition in 2019. He is also hosting a webinar on this topic on Tuesday, November 14 at 2:30pm. Click here to register!

Chris Earley tells the audience about the fantastic
marine and terrestrial wildlife in Baja California

We always hope our guests leave with more than they came, and – if I do say so myself – I think there was plenty on offer this time around! I myself feel I gain tremendously from watching my colleagues’ presentation.

The door prizes are always popular and we had a variety of books, gadgets and other travel-related paraphernalia to share.
Bushnell binoculars Quest Nature Tours

France was the lucky winner of the Bushnell binoculars!

We’re already looking forward to next year’s event! If you are in Toronto and surrounding areas, you can expect it to take place during the third week of September 2018 (those of you on our mailing list will receive an invitation…please sign up so you won’t miss out).

Can you see what we did here with the snacks?

Amanda, Laura and Dianna model our new, limited edition tote bags.

I would like to send a shout out to Ontario Nature, the Toronto Field Naturalists and FLAP (the Fatal Light Awareness Program), three important community organizations who partook in this event. All these worthy organizations work very actively for nature preservation and interpretation close to home and farther abroad. I would also like to thank our generous door prize providers, namely Ontario Nature, Bushnell Sport Optics, the Friends of Point Pelee, and Sarah Rupert (“Pelee Girl”) for adding to the door prize lot.

P.S. Should we host a similar event near you? Please be in touch with me directly and we can see if this is something we could arrange! E-mail me here to let me know.