What the Hekla? Everything you need to know about riding Icelandic horses.

By Cline Owen | November 19, 2021

Wild Women’s Hekla Volcano Riding Adventure is thoughtfully designed to delight experienced riders who are seeking a very different experience from an everyday trail ride. We’re riding in the wild and remote east of Iceland, near the volcano Hekla! This is not your average walk in the park. In fact, we don’t do much walking…

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The Fairy Tale Horses of Faial Island, Azores

By Cline Owen | November 18, 2021

The Azores are a group of nine Islands in the mid-Atlantic, that are entirely formed by volcanic activity. The archipelago is part of Portugal, though the islands are almost as close to North America as they are to Europe, with 1,400 km between Lisbon and the Azores, and 1,900 km to Newfoundland, Canada. Portugal is…

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Becoming a Cowgirl in the Real Canadian Rockies

By Carolyn Ray, Editor-in-Chief of JourneyWoman | November 17, 2021

This post is an exclusive and AWESOME feature from Carolyn Ray, the Editor-in-Chief of JourneyWoman. If you’re not familiar with JourneyWoman, it’s a reliable and lively resource for women–for travel tips and advice on solo travel, JourneyWoman is wonderful company to keep. Watch for a future post from Carolyn about her experience on the legendary…

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These Boots Are Made for Walking

By Jules Torti | November 12, 2021

It’s easy to tell someone to go take a hike, but we thought we’d lean on a few experts for tips on how to do it properly! Hiking in remote wilderness presents its own distinct considerations versus walking hostel to hostel on the populated Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. In the end, the distance or…

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Edible Morocco: Did Somebody Say Berber Pizza?

By Jules Torti | November 9, 2021

When I received my hotly-anticipated copy of Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide, I beelined through the pages to the North Africa section. Authors Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras are immediately frank about their seven continent, 120 country, 500 dish-long taste-test: “We love tasty food, but we aim to be explorers rather than gourmands. Seekers…

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Let’s Get Some Latitude!

By Jules Torti | November 2, 2021

It’s a common thread (once you remove the knots). We’re all anxious to get out there and complain about airplane food again, aren’t we? Actually, on a recent British Airways flight from Dubrovnik, the baked lemon thyme chicken and chickpea salad with marinated tomatoes and basil was rather impressive. And a salted caramel brownie pudding…

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Introducing Kate Hives: Our Adventure Specialist in a Spray Skirt!

By Jules Torti | October 26, 2021

When I look at Kate Hives profile on LinkedIn it’s obvious: this woman loves to be outside. She’s like the cat that will curl around your ankles with affection but then shoot out any open door when you’re not looking.  Kate has been a sea kayak guide, coach, examiner and outdoor educator for over 20…

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Grin and Polar Bear It: Five Things You Didn’t Know About Them!

By Jules Torti | September 21, 2021

  Often called the “Lords of the Arctic,” Nanuk (Inuit), Nanook and ᓇᓄᖅ (in Inuktitut), polar bears are also known as sea bears, God’s Dog (by the Sámi and Lapp), Gyp (“Grandfather” in Siberian) and Isbjorn–”The Ice Bear,” in Norway and Sweden. Male polar bears can tip the scales at 1,320 pounds and stand 10 feet…

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The Polar BARE Facts with Wild Women Team Member Franny Bergschneider

By Jules Torti | September 17, 2021

Introducing Wild Women Expeditions’ Resident Polar Expert and Program Manager, Franny Bergschneider! Franny emerged from the urban wilderness of Toronto and first cultivated her love for travel, expedition, remote places and environmentalism on the deep lakes and rivers of Ontario, Canada. Her passions run just as wild and untamed as the rivers for youth and…

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A Story About the South Pole and a Southpaw (with a few penguins)

By Jules Torti | September 11, 2021

You might be wondering what tennis and the 66th parallel could possibly have in common. It’s doubtful that you will ever find tennis on a Wild Women itinerary but there’s a connection here between the South Pole and Canadian’s surprise southpaw, Leylah Fernandez. The spunky 19-year-old has become a U.S. Open darling, landing a coveted…

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Which Horseback Riding Adventure Do I Choose?

By Cline Owen | May 11, 2021

    I have a magnet on my fridge that says, “Where to next?” I’m not sure where it came from, but it seems to be a theme in my life. There’s always a “where to next.” Except for that time in 2020 when I’d returned from a road trip with my partner in January,…

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Experience The Golden Circle Riding Adventure…

By Cline Owen | May 11, 2021

    On every trip there is a kind of pinnacle moment, an experience that you know instantly you’ll remember for a lifetime. On the Golden Circle Riding Adventure in Iceland, there are many potential peak moments; every instant is spectacular and special in its own way. If I asked every one of the hundreds…

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The Magic of The Arctic and Antarctica

By Natalie Gillis | April 8, 2021

      Natalie Gillis is a sea kayaker who has been professionally guiding for the past 12 years; while she spends most of her days paddling cold waters in the High Arctic, Greenland and Antarctica, some of her favourite kayaking destinations are found on the coasts of her home country of Canada. She has…

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Animals of the Antarctic- 10 Things you Never Knew

By Becky Parmiter | March 19, 2021

  There’s nothing that spells adventure quite like a trip to the farthest reaches of our beautiful planet. In an ice-covered continent that boasts the world’s coldest temperature ever recorded (a balmy -89.2 degrees celsius), you will visit the home of some of the earth’s most elusive, beautiful, and resilient animals – the animals of…

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Happy International Women’s Day

By Jennifer Haddow | March 8, 2021

Don’t doubt that sharing your story matters. Over the past 30 years of running Wild Women Expeditions, we’ve shared countless stories of women who are changing the world, starting with empowering themselves. We have been so inspired by the awesome women who join our trips around the world and the welcoming women who host us…

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Beyond Pyramids: The Wild Women of Egypt

By Jennifer Haddow | January 17, 2021

“My heart is so full, my heart is so full…” Helen whispered as we walked in the Goddess temple. It was only the second day of our 2 week Wild Women tour of Egypt and I knew that it was going to get even better. It was my fourth visit to Egypt, and my heart overflows…

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Face to Face With A Wild Polar Bear

By Jennifer Haddow | November 4, 2020

My face was a few feet away from the face of this beautiful wild polar bear. She was curious about the tundra buggy, like an alien ship landed in her backyard, that I sat in the back of, outside on the observation deck. I was in her territory, on the shore of Hudson Bay in…

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By Melanie Chambers | August 26, 2020

She pulled out a giant chocolate bar. “Does anyone want some?” That’s rhetorical, right? We’re on a bus filled with women, albeit strangers. It’s day one of a week together to hike the Inca Trail in Peru, but this ice-breaking comment is sure to turn a batch of strangers into fast friends. For some of…

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The Gate

By Jet Dowson | July 24, 2020

“The Nahanni River at The Gate flows through a mountain ridge that looks as if it has been cleaved in two by a giant axe. Our campsite is just upriver from it. These two massive rocks include outcroppings called The Pulpit and The Preacher and I find myself listening for silent sermons about the ancient…

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The Paradise Of Haida Gwaii

By Melonie Shipman | July 8, 2020

“We see a steady stream of wildlife companions throughout the trip in Haida Gwaii. Here a seal, there a seal, every day a seal. A small squid propelling lets go a stream of ink as it realizes there is a strange object in its way; a wild woman in a kayak!     It started…

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Let’s Be Mermaids

By Johanna Gohmann | July 1, 2020

I was lying on the ground somewhere in Canada, my tail glinting in the sunlight. I thrust my fin up toward the blue sky, glancing at the women beside me. Their own tails—in shimmery shades of pink and green and purple—were also tilted up in a piscine salute to the sun. The day was baking…

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Healing On The Inca Trail

By Donna Reina | June 25, 2020

Here’s my story about finding healing along the Inca Trail. In late 2014 I was diagnosed with a more uncommon type of breast cancer and immediately went through surgery, months of tests, radiation treatment, and hormone treatment. As I was coming out of the fog, I came across Wild Women Expeditions through a mutual business…

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In The Wilds Of Baja, Mexico

By Gloria J. Chang | June 11, 2020

I had never been so happy to see a cactus — even just through the window of an airport shuttle, as it sped towards a promised adventure full of whales and kayaking in what was known as the “Galapagos of Mexico.” A cactus meant warmth, sun, and did I mention the sun? The description of…

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A Conversation With Annahid Dashtgard

By Candice Bartlett | June 4, 2020

What is required to create change in ourselves and in society? This conversation between Jennifer Haddow and Annahid Dashtgard was transcribed from a video earlier this week and is available in full in our Facebook Group. These words come at an important time right now and act as a meditation on the universal questions of…

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So, You Wanna Go Canoeing?

By Jenny Martindale | May 26, 2020

Fact: Wild Women Expeditions was conceived and born in a canoe. That’s right, 30 years ago, founder Beth Mairs was inspired to start this company on a canoe trip with other female friends in Northern Ontario. Over the years, the roots of Wild Women have been firmly planted on the quintessential Canadian canoe trip, and…

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Fierce Vulnerability: A Conversation With Eve Ensler

By Candice Bartlett | May 5, 2020

Famed for her fearless work as an activist, author, and Tony Award-winning playwright, Eve Ensler epitomizes what it means to be a Fierce Female. Director Jennifer Haddow connected with Eve in Bali to interview her for Wild Women Magazine. Read Jennifer’s inspiring conversation with Eve about how being vulnerable and showing up has the power…

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The Wild Spirit Of Espiritu Santo

By Stacey Nedrow-Wigmore | April 30, 2020

I leaned over the side of the small boat, slapping the surface of the water with my hand. A large eye blinked back at me as the massive animal it belonged to approached the panga, sliding under my hand like a dog looking for a pat. I tentatively rubbed the cheek of the gray whale…

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By Candice Bartlett | April 15, 2020

  She embodies the spirit of a wild woman and inspires as she leads. Jane Goodall is the kindness and devotion that is needed in the world if we hope to avoid the extinction of many endangered species and the destruction of our wilderness habitats. Hope has the power to transform our world for the…

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