Kim Gray

Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow
Kim Gray - Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow

After graduating with a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University, Kim Gray spent two decades working as a traditional journalist in newspapers, television and radio throughout Canada. On July 1, 2011, she turned to travel publishing — co-founding the nationally celebrated travel blog Toque & Canoe, a quality digital magazine that explores travel culture in Canada and beyond.

For the past ten years, Kim has been championing transformative travel experiences from coast to coast to coast on her CBC radio travel column and in front of an always growing audience at Toque & Canoe, which currently has 35K followers on all of its channels combined.

Her efforts “to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world” led to her RCGS Fellow nomination in 2016. She often amplifies RCGS and Canadian Geographic content on her social media channels.

Trips that continue to inspire her? Observing, with Indigenous wildlife guides, a rare spirit bear fishing for salmon on B.C.’s remote west coast. Kayaking with beluga whales in the mouth of Manitoba’s Churchill River (and maybe swimming with them, too!) Travelling on a small expedition cruise ship with the RCGS to Nunavut, where she would volunteer on board as a Fellow and fall in love with the Arctic Archipelago’s jewel-like icebergs.

“I’ve been encouraging Canadians to travel in their own backyards for more than a decade now. I plan to continue on this path. Why? Because what is out there is extraordinary and if you experience it, it will deepen your sense of country like nothing else. What’s more, the people you’ll meet on this industry’s frontlines — from cultural ambassadors to wildlife guides to aurora borealis hunters — are the kind of people you want to hang out with. Many of these folks have become my friends. Now, more than ever, Canada’s travel industry needs you. So I ask, do you really need to travel one more time to Las Vegas?”

In 2017, Kim is proud to have helped develop the inaugural guidebook to Indigenous tourism in Canada with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. She’s been covering the growth of this travel sector closely and she encourages all Canadians, as an act of reconciliation, to learn more about this effort and the incredible experiences to be had.

Kim is married to David Gray and they have two wonderful children, Emma and Jackson.

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