Travel Journalist Lucy Izon
Award-winning Toronto travel writer Lucy Izon has been published for 30 years in leading North American newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail and Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel.
According to Wefollow.com Izon's Twitter page @CanadaCool is currently the most popular Twitter page tagged Canada, with more than 48,200 followers. Izon was also a 2010 Finalist in the ‘Travel’ category for a Shorty Award - which salute the Best Producers of Short Real Time Content.
Twitter traffic is directed on to Izon's popular CanadaCool.com website. While continuing to produce freelance travel stories for leading newspapers and magazines, Izon also speaks to groups about what makes Toronto 'Cool'. (SAMPLE VIDEO)
She is the author of Izon's Backpacker Journal & Canadian Traveller's Trip Planner (TVO), plus contributing author to Thomas Cook's Touring Eastern Canada and contributor to Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul.
She has served as both Canadian Chapter Chair and Vice President of the Society of American Travel Writers, and she is a member of the Travel Media Association of Canada.
Izon is also the 2005 & 2009 award-winner for 'Best Travel Journalism' from the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership.
She is one of five women chosen by Celebrity Cruises to help design new spacious staterooms for the Celebrity Solstice (click on accommodation and learn about Celebrity's Leading Ladies). The ship launched November 2008.
In 2000 Izon partnered with the Canadian Goverment's Millennium Bureau to create a national travel writing and photography competition for Canadians ages 18-26, to celebrate the Millennium and to encourage young Canadians to explore their country.
Canada Cool is produced by award-winning Canadian travel writer & speaker Lucy Izon. Her travel stories & reports have appeared in numerous leading North American publications including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Chicken Soup for the Traveler's Soul. Bio page
Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Lucy@CanadaCool.com. Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!
The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives
Here are some of my favorites...
The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.
The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.
The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.
And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...
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- Haunted Hotels
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Send your suggestions to lucy@CanadaCool.com
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