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The Worldwide Quest Blog

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

From Vegas to the Copper Canyon on the Wings of a Small Reddish-brown Bird

By: Ian Shanahan
While clambering over boulders within a small canyon in southern Nevada, a distinctive sound broke the silence. I called to my dad some fifty metres away to say that I was hearing something that reminded me of the sound effect emitted by a slot machine when one loses a large sum of money: a loud and almost too-in-your-face series of rapidly descending notes. Slots and casinos were especially on my...

Private Journey Testimonials

By: Lewie Gonsalves
Here's what past travellers are saying about their Private Journeys with Worldwide Quest: 'This was an outstanding trip which allowed us to see India as it is. As we expected it was an assault on the senses and the emotions. Generally the guides were excellent and willing to engage in discussions about their country and its history and politics. This allowed us to learn so much about India. I...

Secrets of the Sound

By: David Leach, photography by Byron Fry
Originally published in British Columbia Magazine.As archaeologists unearth the rich history of Barkley Sound, their discoveries are helping coastal First Peoples reconnect with their landscape and the culture of their ancestors.  As the MV Frances Barkley reverses from its wharfage and begins its summer journey, it's easy to feel like I'm slipping back in time. The acrid tang of the pulp mil...

A Winter Birding Challenge

By: Justin Peter
Originally published on the Ontario Parks blog.  It’s tempting to say that winter’s not the best time to look at birds in our Ontario Parks. Many species have migrated south. We’re hesitant to venture into the chilly weather.But the quieter (and leafless) atmosphere of our parks during winter provides an excellent and unique challenge for our sense of environmental awar...

Looking Back on Evolution Gone Wild in Madagascar

By: Pete Read
We had two very successful trips to Madagascar in the fall of 2015. The New Year seems a great time to share some of the highlights of the amazing island of Madagascar. Since there were two tours, some of the highlights below apply to one or the other, but there were more than enough highlights on each trip. Every day we found many exciting species and enjoyed many interesting experiences. So let...

Iceland, an Unlikely Nation

By: Ann Kirkland
This is a personal reflection on our trip to Literary Iceland. Like all Classical Pursuits trips, I expected my prior reading and on site discussions, coupled with unrushed and thoughtful travel, to deepen my understanding of a people and a place.In this instance, before leaving home, I had formed some preliminary impressions. I had expected the stark, remote, and beautiful landscapes, but the gla...