Manitoulin Island: Exploring The Great Spirit Circle Trail
From learning about making glue and topical ointments from tree bark to participating in a spiritual cleansing on a medicine walk, exploring Manitoulin Island in Northeastern Ontario with the Great Spirit Circle Trail is one of my top 10 Canadian experiences. On this journey, I spent two days learning about and experiencing firsthand indigenous culture, traditions, and history on the island with a fantastic local guide named Falcon Migwans. He is part of the Great Circle Trail, which represents the seven First Nations in and around Manitoulin Island and tries to serve a message of living with the earth instead of just on it.
My passion for travel was unlocked when I spent some years living across Europe and South America. I've never been one to shy away from a new adventure, be it swimming with pigs in the Bahamas, bird watching in the Galapagos or Heli-Hiking in British Columbia. And while I used to mostly travel solo, I now like to hit the road with my 4-year-old son, 1-year-old-daughter and husband in tow. The best part of travel to me now is getting to see the world through their eyes. Whether they are petting goats during an Oregon farm stay or making their very own pizza in Idaho, their enthusiasm and joy never fails to remind me of why I love travel.