I love a good bucket list; in fact, I’ve dedicated my life to them. After a fateful bicycle accident left me with a hefty settlement, I began crossing off exciting things to see and do in over 100 countries, and detailing my adventures for publications around the world including National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, and The Guardian.

Robin Esrock’s book, The Great Canadian Bucket List
Robin Esrock’s book, The Great Canadian Bucket List. It contains 400 pages of “I can’t believe that’s my country!”

But there was one place I had yet to explore: my own backyard.

I decided I could no longer be a stranger to Canada, and so I set out to list the essential destinations in this wonderful land. The result was The Great Canadian Bucket List.

What I discovered is that Canada’s bucket list is as vast as its borders. This fall, Ford has given me — an aptly named — Ford Escape to drive from Victoria to Ottawa. And I’ll be taking it further by visiting communities across Canada to speak about my bucket list experiences, current adventure and the SUV I’m doing it with.

I can’t wait to drive through the Rockies, watch the mountains turn to prairies and the prairies to boreal forest. I can’t wait to discover the people and places that make Canada the incredible nation it is.

You can follow my journey online, or come see me in person at one of my tour stops and get inspired to start knocking things off your own bucket list.

Is there any Canadian experience on your bucket list right now? Tell us about it in the comments.

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Ford Canada is presenting The Great Canadian Bucket List Fall Speaking Tour. Click here for venues, dates, and info.