Hi! I’m Tazim. I’m on a national quest to experience the history, natural beauty, and diverse cultures in Canada.
My quest will take me to all Parks-Canada-managed National Parks, National Historic Sites, and National Marine Conservation Areas. There is a total of 47 national parks, 156 national historic sites, and 4 marine conservation areas.
Who is Tazim?
I’m a 30-something Canadian woman who was born in the Vancouver area. I have lived in Houston, Texas; Auckland, New Zealand; around India; and Calgary, Alberta. I now live in Vancouver and have for over 16 years.
When I’m not planning my next adventure, there’s a good chance that I’m reading, taking photographs, writing, going for a walk in nature, or cooking. I have written the lifestyle blog Being Tazim for over 8years. I also write the travel/adventure blog Celebrate Life’s Adventures.
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How My National Quest started
In late 2014, I was thinking about how I’d been overseas a lot over the years, but hadn’t seen very much of my own country of Canada. It has always been much less expensive to travel to other countries, so it seemed like an easy choice.
It was at the point when I started reading the Chris Guillebeau book The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding The Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. And I thought: “what if I spent two weeks in each province and territory?” That seemed pretty good to me and I was excited to start planning which cities I’d visit. But two weeks? That hardly seemed like enough time to really see and experience this huge country!
So, as I started reading more of the book, I got the idea that I wanted to visit the National Parks in Canada. Then, my dreams expanded to include all Parks-Canada-managed National Parks, National Historic Sites, and National Marine Conservation Areas.
What it could mean:
- camping, kayaking, snowshoeing, and hiking in National Parks.
- flying to remote locations and having a guide to assist me.
- driving. lots of driving.
- interviewing locals to learn their memories of sites and parks.
What it DOES NOT mean:
- driving through National Parks without stopping or spending a decent amount of time in them.
- stopping in the parking lots of National Historic Sites without going inside/enjoying my experience.
- just taking pictures of the outside and/or inside and not really soaking in the experience and learning the history of the location.
Where I’ve been
I’ve been to many of the National Parks and National Historic Sites in the Canadian Rockies in both Alberta and British Columbia, having grown up in nearby Calgary, Alberta. I’ve also been to local sites in and near Vancouver, British Columbia. During a recent trip to Québec I visited a National Park and several National Historic Sites in Québec City.
Who I will be travelling with
At times, I’ll be travelling alone. But other times, I’ll be camping, road-tripping, flying and hiking with one of my closest friends Alex or another one of my friends. My Subaru Outback will often be accompanying me.
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