The Great Canadian Bucket List

The Great Canadian Bucket List

One-of-a-kind Travel Experiences

Book - 2013
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With a career that has spanned the world, Robin Esrock was amazed at the wealth of unmissable experiences in Canada -- and you will be, too.

On his personal quest to check off the best of his home country, travel writer and host Robin Esrock catalogues must-sees, including nature, food, culture, history, adrenaline rushes, and quirky Canadiana. After spending years crafting the definitive Canadian Bucket List, he's packed in enough for a lifetime, at least.

A few of the highlights include:

Ziplining over a giant waterfall in New Brunswick Digging for dinosaur bones in Alberta's badlands Harvesting an iceberg to make a refreshing Newfoundland cocktail Floating in Canada's own Dead Sea Cracking a Canadian Da Vinci Code in Winnipeg Hiking the tundra under Nunavut's midnight sun

The companion website presents extensive bonus content: on-the-ground info, videos, gear guides, hotel and tour recommendations, and more. Join the community of Bucket Listers sharing their experiences as they follow Robin's trail.

Publisher: Markham, Ontario :, Thomas Allen Publishers,, 2013
ISBN: 9781771023016
Branch Call Number: 917.1 ESR
Characteristics: ix, 390 pages : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 21 cm


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Aug 07, 2014

The Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin Esrock. I’m impressed. Not the usual collection of places to see like Niagara Falls (although that’s in there too) but a few I guarantee you’ve never heard of like Lake Manitou (I visited there with family --- it was absolutely abandoned --- and this in high summer too.). There’s a collection of esoteric (and expensive) destinations and activities such as heli-yoga in the Rockies; dive a sunken battleship (the HMCS Saskatchewan); or scale a frozen waterfall (Mont-Saint Anne Quebec). Then there are others that are more to what I’m up for: the Winnipeg Ballet; Find Montreal’s best smoked-meat sandwich; or sleep in a lighthouse. It’s all good; it’s all illustrated; it’s all inspirational.

Jul 28, 2014

A fantastic read !

Jul 04, 2014

Some great ideas in this book.

ksoles Dec 03, 2013

The "bucket list book" has become a cliche; hundreds of travel guides line bookstore shelves, all highlighting amazing must-see places before you die. Certainly, they feature awe-inspiring destinations but few convey a true sense of place. "The Great Canadian Bucket List," on the other hand, boasts an author who has personally visited 105 of the 115 items on his list. And Robin Esrock doesn't write like he works in the tourism industry; he tells it like it is. Yes, Niagara Falls teems with tackiness and screaming kids but the spectacular scenery more than makes up for it.

The Vancouver-based travel writer has explored over 100 countries on six continents and recognizes that Canadians take their country for granted. Many look to Europe and Asia without first discovering their own back yards. Esrock doesn't gloss over the fact that many of his bucket list items involve time and expense, such as seeing the northern lights. However, he also includes seemingly ordinary experiences that actually create lifelong memories: eating smoked meat in Montreal or strolling the Stanley Park seawall.

So where to begin? Any Canadian can start a fantastic journey close to home and Esrock's book can provide inspiration to take the first step.

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