Sonya

My parents began taking me out on trails as soon as I could walk, but I really discovered a passion for hiking while studying Biology and Environmental Resource Science at university in southern Ontario, Canada. I met Sean while at school, and ever since we have been hiking, kayaking, travelling, and camping together. I am super excited to start our next adventure coast-to-coast-to-coast along Canada’s Great Trail.

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“Day 4” or the day I wanted to toss it all in and get the heck off the trail…..

“Day 4” or the day I wanted to toss it all in and get the heck off the trail…..

At this point, just less than 3 weeks into our 3 year hike across Canada along The Great Trail – a pathway which is 24,000 km long, things still feel

Jun 27, 2019 : Sonya
The Great Trail – Halfway Through Our First Province at 450 km of a 24,000 km Trail

The Great Trail – Halfway Through Our First Province at 450 km of a 24,000 km Trail

Halfway through our first province on an adventure across Canada that is just beginning! It has been 22 days since we began our #hike4birds across

Jun 24, 2019 : Sonya
The Great Trail – The first 225 km of a 24,000 km trail!

The Great Trail – The first 225 km of a 24,000 km trail!

Canada's Great Trail has no official starting points.  This is wonderful as the trail passes through 15,000 communities and has an eastern terminus,

Jun 11, 2019 : Sonya
Equipment List for 23,000 km along Canada’s Great Trail

Equipment List for 23,000 km along Canada’s Great Trail

We are a couple days away from striking out onto the world's longest recreation pathway - The Great Trail.  The key to the success of our hike,

May 29, 2019 : Sonya
The Moon, or Why We Need More Hikers, Roamers, and Explorers!

The Moon, or Why We Need More Hikers, Roamers, and Explorers!

These days I am constantly asked - Why? Why give up your career?  Why sell your house to fund a trip talking about birds?  Why donate most of your

May 24, 2019 : Sonya
Things I Have Learned in a Year of Preparing to Hike on Canada’s Great Trail

Things I Have Learned in a Year of Preparing to Hike on Canada’s Great Trail

As I head back to Ontario after 40 days and 750 km of training to pick up the extra gear I need to start my hike in St. John’s Newfoundland along

May 22, 2019 : Sonya
It Was the Name That Got Me…

It Was the Name That Got Me…

As we near the departure date (less than two months now!), working with great collaborators like Bird Studies Canada and Nature New Brunswick and

Apr 6, 2019 : Sonya
Praise for the Trail Crews, Volunteers, and Trail Angels

Praise for the Trail Crews, Volunteers, and Trail Angels

As the hiking season gets into full swing with people already on the Triple Crown trails or the Discovery Trail in the United States, on the various

Mar 31, 2019 : Sonya
How Going Ultralight Turned Me Into a Minimalist

How Going Ultralight Turned Me Into a Minimalist

As a long-distance hiker everything eventually comes down to the weight of your pack. What are you carrying? Is it a necessity? Does it have more

Mar 21, 2019 : Sonya
Unexpected Responses: How Can Anyone Hate This?

Unexpected Responses: How Can Anyone Hate This?

There you are---you have just summited Mount Katahdin, finishing your AT trek, or you have concluded your PCT on the Canadian border, or reached the

Mar 11, 2019 : Sonya