You may be surprised by what you find
Travel is an elemental thing, and for many it’s what makes us, us. We crave putting some miles between what’s familiar with that visceral thrill of being someplace new. If done right, it has the fundamental ability to change us, too: Boundaries are pushed, our boxes are ticked, and chances are taken—all good things.
To explore is to be human, so it feels particularly jarring when our ability to jump up and jet off has been taken away right down to the core. When will we travel again? How will we travel again? Answers remain in limbo, but the silver thread is that when we’re stripped of what we’re used to doing, it ends up leaving a lot of room for what we haven’t yet done, and that unknown can be exciting. (Not unlike jumping on that jet plane.)
Your city may hold that opportunity you didn’t know you needed, providing the newness we all crave and exploration we’re missing in this new world we find ourselves in. Whether it’s a neighbourhood you’ve heard of, outdoor art installations you have scrolled on social yet not witnessed in real life, or simply opening your eyes wider to the green space you take for granted, meaningful discovery (and adventure) is everywhere. No passport is required – just a penchant for curiosity.
Here, we offer some inventive suggestions on how you can rediscover your city and learn something new about your home digs.
Invite a plus one
Part of the joy in experiencing new things is doing it with someone who shares the same level of enthusiasm. Pick a like-minded friend whose love of travel mimics your own, and map out a flexible itinerary based on spontaneous, “let’s try here” ideas. The only rule? You don’t repeat your tracks. Everything has to be something (or somewhere) you haven’t done or been to before. (Plus, it goes without saying that social hangs with your friends should respect social distance mandates as well.)
Embrace the elements
In this spirit of unpredictability, the weather may want to play its part, too. The Cardinal Collection, a collaboration between Canada Goose and WANT Les Essentiels, will take swings of temperature in stride with a versatile waterproof jacket that is lightweight enough to throw on or roll and stow into the E90 backpack, also part of the collection. With removable interior backpack straps, the jacket can be carried over the shoulders or cross body: ideal for those who prefer to stay unfettered and hands-free (and who doesn’t?).
Get behind the lens
Analogue is in again, and getting behind your camera will remind you to look at something every day in an unexpected way. All of a sudden a street’s composition seems interesting, a skyline surreal. Smartphones never quite do a scene justice. (Bring: W270 Waist pack from The Cardinal Collection. Perfect for storing items you need easy access to while on the move.)
Find space for serenity
Nature has the ability to ground us, and what we took for always being there in our “Before” now carries much more power in the “After.” Take a minute and sit in a grassy field, reflect by a waterway, and smell the literal roses. Life will gain its thrust again, savouring these moments of stillness is a rare commodity.
Art is everywhere
Banksy was here? Maybe. Outdoor art installations not only define a public space but also tend to pop up in inanimate side streets and highway underpasses we rarely venture through. It’s thrilling to stumble upon a graffiti wall or open-air artworks, both of which have the added benefit of being larger-than-life: With all that space, artists can push their canvas. It’s a good reminder that beauty is always in the unexpected.
Pack up essentials
Made for utility, but designed for life, the E90 backpack (a first for Canada Goose) offers side drawstring pouches and a top zip pocket to keep essentials close and easy to access, plus a removable cross body bag that snaps into the interior. Fill it with some of your favourite things for a day of urban adventuring. If that happens to include a bottle of refreshment, the soft structure and interior padding has you covered. When you think about it, al fresco under the city lights really does have a nice ring to it.