Jessica Kirby

Jessica Kirby is a freelance writer and editor based on beautiful Vancouver Island. She writes for several Canadian publications and oversees the editorial direction of four industry trade publications. Jessica grew up tenting in Northern Ontario, where she developed an early appreciation for the forest and open water. She spends most of the summer camping Vancouver Island’s temperate forests and driftwood beaches with her family in their much-loved 1972 Alpine Sprite.  

Jessica has a bachelor of arts degree in creative writing from Vancouver Island University and continually hones her craft through professional development opportunities offered by the Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island and the Editors Association of Canada.

When she isn’t nestled among stacks of paper in her home office, Jessica can be found running or biking the Island countryside, practicing yoga or exploring the B.C. coastal wilderness with her family.  

All Articles by Jessica Kirby

Kevin Friesen, chef at Down to Earth Health Shop and Cafe in Fort Nelson, B.C.
Fort Nelson

Eating healthy in Fort Nelson

In B.C.’s north, where short growing seasons and limited transportation can limit available ingredients, developing a local cuisine flavour is a trick–unless it means a secret mission to make healthy, vegetarian comfort food the community’s daily norm. 

January 2016 by
A view overlooking Shuswap Lake on a sunny summer day
Salmon Arm

Where to eat in the Shuswap

Looking for local flavour in the Shuswap?

January 2016 by
Ben and Rebecca Pazdernik are watching fireworks from a boat in Seweard, Alaska.
RV News

Working mobile allows for freedom to travel

Ben and Rebecca Pazdernik have taken the dream of living on the road to a robust and exciting level, making a decent living and travelling at their leisure, unsure if they’ll ever go back to living stationary.

January 2016 by
A street scene at Magdalnea Trail drivers Cowboy Action Shooting.

Socorro, New Mexico, immerses travellers in local tradition and history

Whether you are hounding for rocks, discovering history or staging a Victorian-era shootout, Socorro, New Mexico, promises edu-tourism opportunities to immerse travellers in local tradition and history.

October 2015 by
A small motor boat with 10 people on board.  Two people are leaning over to touch a whale that is alongside of the boat.
Baja California Sur

Wilderness, culture and outdoor adventure come together on the Baja peninsula

Swim with the gentle giants of the sea, or take in history at Jesuit missions or on mule-back cave painting tours in magical Baja California Sur, Mexico.

October 2015 by
Jan Doherty finishes her acrylic painting at the Mesquite fine arts classroom.

Mesquite is a diamond in the desert

The  Mesquite Fine Arts Center and community classroom hosts a number of ongoing drop-in classes that will appeal to any creative imagination.

September 2015 by
A group of students painting while a teacher is shown giving individual instruction to one of the students.

Phoenix is a hub of educational tourism

Painting, pottery and cooking classes are all available for snowbirds in Phoenix, Arizona.

September 2015 by
One of eight original buildings on site at the Heritage park Museum in Terrace, B.C.

Terrace history before and after European contact

The Gitselasu lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years before George Little founded the town of Terrace in 1905. Today’s visit to Terrace is not complete without experiencing firsthand both elements of local history.

May 2015 by
A display of native items, including  beaded moccasons, a miniture canoe, dreamcatcher and a beaded purse  from the Mackenzie Crossroads Museum and Visitor centre at High Level.
High Level

Passing through High Level? Don’t pass up a look at this old-but-new little town

High Level may not be old, but it has history. Don't miss the Mackenzie Crossroads Museum and Visitor Information Centre.

April 2015 by
A photo of the Valley of Fire State Park sign with a red mountain in the background.

Enjoy the natural wonders of Nevada

 Just a short drive from either Mesquite or Pahrump, Nevada, are some unique, heart-of-the-desert destinations.

October 2014 by
motorhome at Mount Robson
RV Snapshots

Living the good life on wheels

With annual trips to B.C. and memorable snowbirding in the southern U.S., this retired couple from Alberta knows how to live the good life on wheels. 

September 2014 by
Bison roam the streets at Liard Hot Springs.
Fort Nelson

Fort Nelson: a natural treasure

Wildlife and scenic views capture northern B.C.’s essence, while endless adventure possibilities keep locals and visitors exploring year round. 

May 2014 by
Cranbrook Hill is a beautiful, picturesque landscape of rolling meadows.
Prince George

Prince George combines natural beauty and city charm

Gorgeous views, endless natural wonders, and hand-made chocolate—Prince George has it all, and more.

April 2014 by
Leanne and Ethan Hannah have explored the countryside just east of Yellowknife along the Ingraham Trail, a 70-km stretch of Highway 4 heading east through cottage country.

A passion for adventure? Head to Yellowknife

Travellers with a passion for adventure, the outdoors and fresh pan-fried Arctic char will always have a place in their hearts for beautiful Yellowknife, NWT.

April 2014 by
Saskatoon berries ripe on a bush.

Abundant nature at your fingertips

The Stoney Creek Valley flows through Camrose like a river, bringing with it acres of beautiful native flora.

February 2014 by
The Regina Floral Conservatory’s floral display changes six times per year with seasonal offerings.
Southern Saskatchewan

Find the floral beauty of southern Saskatchewan

A conservatory in Regina and a native plant museum are must-sees in southern Saskatchewan.

January 2014 by
Kit Frost's rig, a Sunline Saturn at Valley of Gods, a Bureau of Land Management area in southeast Utah.
RV News

Kit Frost is chasing light and adventure in her RV

Kit Frost’s camper did more than get her off the ground—it changed her life. With more flexibility and space to store her camera gear, Frost is off chasing the perfect shot—and storm—every other weekend.

January 2014 by
View of Haines, Alaska from waterfront.

The adventure capital of Alaska

Photographer Larry Bradfish gives some tips for capturing the stunning beauty of Haines, Alaska.

January 2014 by
Gravelbourg elevator and train.

A photo tour of Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan

Gravelbourg is a cozy prairie town that has some of Canada’s most photo-worthy icons: wooden grain elevators.

December 2013 by
Flatbed falls.
Tumbler Ridge

Tumbler Ridge is the waterfall capital of the north

Tumbler Ridge is the waterfall capital of the north, offering photography lovers countless opportunities to obtain scenic shots from several angles.

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