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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.

Two Arctic Birds of Canada's Northwest Passage

By: Jean Iron
About 10 species of birds are hardy enough to stay in the Arctic year round. On our recent expedition to the Northwest Passage, we had exciting encounters with two specialties: Rock Ptarmigan and Gyrfalcon. I was able to take some great shots with my camera and here you'll find a first-hand account of these special moments.   Rock Ptarmigan - Nunavut's Territorial BirdThe ultimate A...

Meet your new tour leader: Dr. Martyn Obbard

By: Justin Peter
We are thrilled to announce that bear expert Dr. Martyn Obbard will be joining our team of tour leaders! Even though you may not have travelled with him before, you may already have been acquainted with Martyn (Marty) through his various appearances on Canadian television. His highest profile appearance was undoubtedly the one he made on the CBC’s Rick Mercer Report in 2009, when Rick joined...

What's your choice for the next catalogue cover photo?

By: Justin Peter
The summer is a busy time for us at the Worldwide Quest office as we’ve been putting together our Quest Nature Tours catalogue with exciting line-up of tours for 2016-2017. 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...

Cappadocia Vs. Fiction

By: Miranda Hueston
Have you ever been reading a book or watching a movie and found yourself wishing that you could be transported to these beautiful fictional lands? Cappadocia in Turkey is world-famous for its “fairytale landscape.” But, what exactly does such a landscape entail? Its unique otherworldly features may border on overwhelming to the curious traveller who doesn’t know what to expect. W...

The Unstoppable Diane and Doug Clement

By: Samantha Clark
We’d like you to meet one of the most passionate and energetic couples we know: former Olympians Diane and Doug Clement. This week we had the pleasure of welcoming this unstoppable duo from Vancouver to our office in Toronto, as they’re leading our upcoming tour with alumni UBC titled Japan: Food, Fitness, and Healthy Ageing.   Diane and Doug are currently in Toronto to get ...

Has Two Leaves. Dies Hard.

By: Justin Peter
One of the truisms (and clichés) we hear about desert environments is that their resident life forms are specialized to survive and even thrive under difficult conditions. It isn’t generally difficult to imagine how a desert organism’s shape and behaviours make sense insofar as they contribute to its survival; for instance, it is intuitive to us that a cactus stores water when ava...