Communities

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.

Cool things to do in the Ottawa, Ontario area

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?

Cool things to do in the Winnipeg area

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?

Cool things to do in Nova Scotia

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?

Cool things to do in the Calgary area

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?

Cool things to do in Saskatchewan

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?

Cool things to do in the Montreal area

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?

Cool things to do in the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island area

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.

Cool things to do in New Brunswick, Canada

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?

Cool things to do in Grey County, Ontario

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?

Cool things to do in Bruce County, Ontario

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?

Cool things to do in the Victoria, B.C. area

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?

Cool things to do in the Northwest Territories, 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?

Cool things to do in the London, Ontario area

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?

Cool things to do in Huron County, Ontario

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?

Cool things to do in Whistler, British Columbia

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.?