Slow Food rules in the Paris of the Prairies

Version 2Bill Swan, Partnership Development with Adventure Canada, attended and presented at the Slow Food Canada National Summit April 19th – 22nd in Saskatoon.  

The ‘Paris of the Prairies’, as always, did not disappoint and served as an outstanding host for this event.

Surrounded by a thriving arts and culture scene and great restaurants, delegates met local farmers, teachers, students, chefs and Indigenous leaders.

Discussion revolved around local farming initiatives including their challenges as well as their rewards, youth in farming, plant breeding, urban agriculture, Indigenous food sovereignty, de-colonization and food as an integral element in First Nations cultures and reconciliation in Canada.

At the Summit Gala Dinner, A ‘Waste Not’ Feast was served, utilizing foods otherwise overlooked or discarded foods. Field tours included a dairy farm, fruit farm chicken farm and the University of Saskatchewan research greenhouses that were all very inspiring.  Delegates tasted many food items grown in Saskatchewan that included pulses, mustard, moose, yak (yes, yak!), Haskap berries, deer, elk, duck, wild rice & fresh greens; we were never hungry!  

Bill provided Gala Dinner attendees with an overview of Adventure Canada’s expedition opportunities and in particular, highlighted our new Slow Travel initiative and alliance with Slow Food in Canada and Slow Food USA as we prepare to embark on the Newfoundland Circumnavigation together in October, 2018.

Joining Bill, (note – sporting the new white shirt/AC vest look) – Ingrid Jarret, Vice-Chair, Slow Food Canada (right) Ashlyn George, Saskatchewan Travel Writer (left). 

Bonus points – what is the most important food crop (as measured in export sales) produced in SK? Leave your answer in the comments!

Adventure Canada supports the Century Project

John Carrick was Matthew and Bill Swan's Grand Uncle, killed at age 23, April 9, 1917, most likely at Vimy Ridge.

John Carrick was Matthew and Bill Swan’s great uncle, killed at age 23, April 9, 1917, most likely at Vimy Ridge.

In 2004 Adventure Canada’s founding Directors, Bill and Matthew Swan toured Normandy during the 60th commemorative of the D-Day Landings. It was a personal family journey and a powerful event that led to a return to France the next year with a group of Adventure Canada travellers.

The experience left Bill with a desire to extend the opportunity to include Canadian youth. Ten years later, the century mark of the start of the First World war presents such an opportunity. Bill conceived and proposed the Century Project and Adventure Canada quickly jumped onboard as a primary supporter.

The Century Project is the design of a group of teachers, citizens and passionate community leaders from the Columbia Valley, British Columbia, who have joined together to structure a program that honours the transformative period of World War I. The vision is to use the magnitude of the cultural shift of the early 1900’s to help today’s youth examine their values and appreciate the issues they may face in their lifetime. The project also aims to inspire our community to look at the profound questions of today.

The Century Project currently entails a yearlong commemorative action plan in collaboration with community groups and David Thompson Secondary School. Grade 12 students will be immersed in historical and literary curricula that emphasize personal narrative, community involvement, project-based activities and applied learning opportunities.

Proposed events include hosting a notable speaker series; participating in Remembrance Day observances; touring local and regional museums; working with military resources to offer an interpretive simulation of the experience of soldiers; creating an anthology of local stories, biographies and responses to the war; and travelling to Europe in 2014 to visit war monuments, battlefields and meet with European youth.

Adventure Canada invites your support as we in turn support the aims of the Century Project as it seeks to affect the interests, skills, values and aspirations of Canadians—and more importantly the young citizens of the future.

25 Years of Adventure

Adventure Canada from inMotion on Vimeo.

At Adventure Canada, we’re celebrating an important milestone this season. We ran our first trip to the Arctic twenty-five years ago this summer, with founders Matthew Swan, Bill Swan and Dave Freeze.

Thus began a story of family and friends, determined to take adventure-seeking travellers to the great ‘blank spaces’ on the globe. (And have a little fun along the way.)


All these years—and hundreds of trips—later, Adventure Canada remains a small operation, headed up by the next generation Swan family. In this beautifully shot video from inMotion, Matthew, Cedar, Alana and Matthew James tell the story in their own words.

You’ll also see some of the awesome scenery of the Arctic, where we still love to travel, year after year.