Having cancer taught me to embrace the many incredible experiences life has to offer. Inspired by my journey, I started Badge of Awesome Communities to share ideas for adventure in destinations around the world — and invite others to do the same. Explore the links below to see what people list as their favourite things to see and do in these great places. Then add your own!
2018 marks my 10th year cancer-free. To celebrate, we’re running contests throughout the summer. For every comment you add to any of the Community pages below, you’ll be entered into a monthly draw to win a copy of my book Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life’s awesome and absurd moments.
Life is short. Let’s inspire each other to get off the couch and make the most of it.
Whether you’re touring Parliament, rafting down white-water rapids or sipping on some locally brewed craft beer, Canada’s capital region overflows with awesomeness. What’s on your list?
From Oktoberfest to canoeing the Grand to Elmira’s tasty Maple Syrup Festival, the Kitchener-Waterloo area is jam-packed with awesomeness. What’s on your list?
Pedal through Stanley Park. Tackle the Grouse Grind. Cross the Capilano River on a swaying suspension bridge. There’s no shortage of awesome ways to explore the Vancouver area. What’s on your list?
Say hello to drool-worthy delicacies at the Forks, foot-stomping folk festivals and countless other awesome things to see and do in Winnipeg, Manitoba. What’s on your list?
Jaw-dropping scenery? Check. Amazing people? Check. A million-and-one ways to make memories to last a lifetime? Heck yeah. What’s on your list of awesome things to see and do in Canada’s ocean playground?
Whether you’re in the mood for an urban outing along the Red Mile or a day hiking in the Rockies, Canada’s Cowtown is your launchpad for awesome adventures. What’s on your list?
Escape the hustle and bustle for a land of big sky and bigger hearts. What’s on your list of favourite things to see and do in the prairies?
The Big Smoke. The 6ix. Hogtown. Whatever you call it, Canada’s largest city boasts endless opportunities for adventure. What’s on your list?
Whether you’re wandering through Old Montreal, hiking up Mount Royal or chowing down on world-famous bagels, smoked meat and poutine, Canada’s second-biggest city offers first-rate experiences. What’s on your list?
Whether you’re a birder searching for a rare warbler, a wine-lover thirsty for an award-winning vintage or a cyclist looking for some of the best scenic waterfront trails in the province, the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island area in southern Ontario is a hot-spot of awesomeness.
Crack open the screech and tuck into your Jigg’s dinner. From Conception Bay to Tickle Cove, loads of awesomeness awaits in Newfoundland and Labrador. What’s on your list?
Canada’s smallest province is big on fun. Enjoy stunning coastlines, rolling countryside and some of the best seafood on Earth. What’s on your list of favourite things to see and do in PEI?
Whether it’s high tide at the Hopewell Rocks or the meandering along the Mighty Miramichi, New Brunswick offers one spectacular wonder after another. What’s on your list of favourite things to see and do?
Waterfalls, world-class cycling and wonderful people — find them all along the southern shores of Ontario’s Georgian Bay. What’s on your list of favourite things to see and do in Grey County?
From shipwrecks and the Flowerpot Islands to Scottish parades and the world’s biggest pumpkins, Bruce County in southern Ontario is your destination for all things awesome. What’s on your list?
By ferry, floatplane or international flight — however you get here, a trip to the Island is always sure to impress. What’s on your list of favourite things to see and do in the Victoria area?
Feel the awe-inspiring power of Niagara Falls or sip and cycle your way through charming Niagara-on-the-Lake. What’s on your list of favourite things to see and do in this part of Ontario, Canada?
Shoot through the rapids in the canyons of the South Nahanni River. Feed your soul with unrivaled views of the Northern Lights. Spot wood buffalo and whales in pristine wilderness. What’s on your list of favourite things to see and do in NWT?
Home of the Western Fair, groundbreaking microbreweries and endless opportunities for family fun, the southern Ontario’s “Forest City” is your jumping off point for awesome adventure. What’s on your list?
Nature lovers unite! The Great Outdoors awaits in this unspoiled part of Ontario. What’s on your list of favourite things to see and do in Peterborough & the Kawarthas?
See a play at the Blyth Theatre, explore boutiques in Bayfield or watch an incredible sunset over the lake as you stroll along the boardwalk in Goderich. However you spend your time in “Ontario’s West Coat,” you won’t be disappointed. What’s on your list?
Carve fresh powder down black diamond slopes. Cycle a two-wheeled wonderland in the Sea to Sky corridor. Feast on five-star fine dining in the heart of the Rockies. What’s on your list of favourite things to see and do in Whistler, B.C.?