Meet our newest TMAC Alberta-NWT Media Member Leigh McAdam, global traveller, writer, blogger, photographer and author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
For someone who could easily ‘spin the yarn’ about her unique lifestyle, Leigh McAdam doesn’t like to talk about herself - but we will. This Queen’s University trained geologist has been around the globe -to all continents but Antarctica - a grand total of 55 countries. In Leigh’s world, there is always something planned, even if it’s a weekend. She thrives on change and travel quenches that passion.
Leigh’s a mom with two grown kids. Husband John remains her best friend after three decades. She loves a good bike ride, doesn’t own click-in bike shoes and would rather take a flat tire to get it fixed than to do it herself. Hiking and backpacking make her happy. Going to places most won’t. Solitude for the soul - being at one with nature. Yet, a walk around Stanley Park with hubby and hound is equally satisfying. Sea Kayaking scares her a little bit - when the sea roars. However, the reward for surviving that heart pounding adrenalin rush is relaxing onshore in a way that can’t be replicated on any other trip - likely because she’s totally unplugged from the digital world. Leigh’s also a voracious reader, florist owner-turned gardener and she loves to cook - just not seven days a week. A coffee addict and latte junkie, she’ll freely admits that she could live solely on almond butter, buckwheat honey and banana sandwiches, forever. That becomes slightly more strange if you know Leigh’s a registered professional dietitian.
Her most recent achievement is the just published Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures. Leigh has written for Travel and Escape, up!, Reader's Digest online, BC Living, Canoeroots Magazine and many high profile travel blogs. She’s also worked with Visit California, The Rocky Mountaineer, Tourism Saskatchewan, Travel Alberta, New Brunswick Tourism, Tourism Montreal, Outaouais Tourism, Columbia Valley Tourism, Shuswap Tourism and many other tourism boards and adventure companies.
Leigh will never tell you that she has more than 10,000 Twitter followers, 3,500 Facebook likes, 800 newsletter subscribers or that her online pages average 33,000 unique visitors and almost 50,000 page views every month.
You may wish to personally welcome Leigh to the TMAC Alberta-NWT Chapter. Here are her co-ordinates.