About Me

Hello & Bonjour!

Corbin Fraser

My name is Corbin Fraser. I’m a 26 year old fellow from the flatlands of Canada, known to most as Saskatchewan. Despite being one of the tougher provinces to spell, it’s not such a bad place to grow up.  My family has a big old farm just North of Regina, where we have some cattle, a few horses, and a decent size of land. I grew up primarily in Regina, but spent a fair amount of time out at the farm which is where I think the travel bug first infected me with its sweet-sweet poison.

After finishing High-School, I fell into that “trap” of taking a year off before diving into University. While sometimes I wonder what might have happened had I been responsible, I have to admit that my decision worked out in the end. I sold my truck (yep, Ford Ranger had to go), most of my possessions, and took off for a year of dedicated backpacking. I loved every minute of it, and upon arriving back home, I realized I couldn’t stop. Travel had become my drug of choice, and I needed a fix. Bad!

So I decided to borrow a car only 2 months after arriving home (Love you Ma!), and drive it 30 odd hours west to the beautiful city of Vancouver. During those travels I started to realize how little I knew about my own home nation. I began taking notes, and whenever I had a chance to pop online for “travel inspiration” I became aware that there wasn’t much information for backpackers, adventurers, and young adults keen on taking in the great outdoors and truly experiencing this nation.

For the roughly 3 years I traveled coast to coast across Canada off and on, snapping photos, and looking for my next big blog post to share out. Eventually, I settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a couples years to complete a diploma in Graphic & Digital Media Design at a local Halifax College. While attending school, I was regularly sneaking off to cover all sorts of travel across Canada. After graduating, I co-founded a web design company, and eventually moved my half of the business to Regina, SK along with my long-term girlfriend. This was to be the new base of operations for Command Base, as well as I Backpack Canada.

Coming home to the prairies took some adjusting, it had been nearly 5 years since I spent an entire winter in the -40 to -50 degree cold; however, being centrally located in Canada has allowed me to quickly hop, skip, and jump from province to province with my now fiancé and cover more of Canada.

I write about experiences, hostels, hotels, Canadian resorts, camping, hiking, adventure, outdoors, wildlife, Canadiana, culture, food, history, beer, and a bunch of other things that tickle me. Things are looking on the up and up! So saddle up, sign up to my RSS feed, and join me as I Backpack Canada.

Awards & Recognition

2010 CTC GoMedia “Best Travel Blog” Award

In 2010 the Canadian Tourism Commission awarded I Backpack Canada their first “Best Travel Blog” award in Toronto Ontario. The judges had this to say:

New to GoMedia in 2010: the Best Travel Blog Award. It was a tough choice for judge Sree Sreenivasan, dean of Student Affairs and digital media professor at New York City’s Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. However, I Backpack Canada’s depth of Canada travel stories, tips and info tipped the scales in its favour. Here’s how Sreenivasan assessed the site: “I Backpack Canada has all the features of a good travel blog: smart writing, strong photos, useful advice and glimpses into unusual, enticing and, occasionally, scary places. But Corbin does it all with a sense of humour and personality rarely seen on other sites, making it a blog worth reading—and emulating.”

2010 Tourism Saskatchewan Award of Excellence Nominee

Shortly after receiving the CTC’s Best Travel Blog award I was nominated for an Award of Excellence by Tourism Saskatchewan. While I wasn’t able to claim the prize, it was a tremendous honour to be put in the running with some of Saskatchewans best writers.

News & Radio

I’ve been interviewed by multiple radio stations, including CBC Radio1, CBC Radio2 and Newstalk 980 CJME for my recent success in online travel writing and blogging on I Backpack Canada. I’ve also been quoted in The Prince George Citizen, and the Regina Leader-Post.

Lonely Planet

I’m a featured blogger for internationally acclaimed online and print travel guides, Lonely Planet. You can view my syndicated blog posts in the Lonely Planet’s Canada Section. Lonely Planet’s website receives 4 million unique visitors per month.

Co-founder of The Professional Travel Bloggers Association

professional travel bloggers associationI’m a proud co-founder of The Professional Travel Bloggers Association. Close to 50 travel bloggers united in 2013 to form the initial policies, bylaws, and guidelines that provide the framework for this unique organization that connects travel bloggers with media and industry. The PTBA also has a strict code of ethics, ensuring a responsible, civil growth to this growing medium.

 

Testimonials

I Backpack Canada was one of the first websites that we found when we started travel blogging. Corbin is an authority on everything Canada and continues to be a leader in his field. A great Ambassador for all things Canada, we recommend I Backpack Canada as a resource for anyone looking for tips, advice and information to travel through the country.

-Deb & Dave,
The Planet D

I’ve had the pleasure of travelling and working with Corbin on several occasions, including a week-long trip through the Canadian Rockies. His upbeat and professional attitude combined with a total passion for travel is reflected in the content he produces. And he ain’t hard to look at either!

-Candice Walsh,
Candice Does The World

Working with Corbin was easy and fun! His vast travel knowledge and skilful descriptive writing style make him the perfect candidate to write about exploring Ontario’s natural beauty and hidden gems. Corbin wrote multiple articles about his Ontario adventures, providing readers with many exciting, interesting, and unique stories about his travels.

-Kattrin Sieber & Miguel Rolo,
Ontario Tourism

Need a Travel Blogger to Cover Your Region, Product, or Brand?

If you’re looking to hire a travel blogger, look no further! I have a wide variety of expertise working with media, industry, and brands in order to provide valuable and unique coverage that has a broad reach. Some big names I’ve worked with in the past include: VIA Rail Canada, Tourism Manitoba, Tourism Saskatchewan, Alberta Tourism, Central Newfoundland Tourism, New Brunswick Tourism, Quebec Tourism, as well as brands such as Columbia, Air Canada Vacations, Moose Travel Network, HI Hostels Canada, Red Bull Crashed Ice, and more.

 

Feel free to reach me at corbin(at)ibackpackcanada(dot)com or fill in my contact form on my contact page.