Locking eyes with a polar bear and unlocking the Hermetic Code at the Manitoba Legislature. These are only two examples of the inspiring Manitoba moments that travel writer Robin Esrock highlights in his new book, The Great Canadian Bucket List.

Hear about the other must-do Manitoba adventures at The Great Canadian Bucket List book launch and talk on Monday, Oct. 28 at 8 pm at McNally Robinson Booksellers.

“What are the destinations and activities one must experience in Canada before you die?” says Esrock. “Manitoba screams out in the book that it’s a province worth exploring. I expected the province to be beautiful, but I didn’t expect it to be so rich in culture.”

John Gunter, President and CEO, Frontiers North Adventures, hopes that the inclusion of the Tundra Buggy Lodge polar bear adventure in The Great Canadian Bucket List will help more people discover this quintessential Canadian travel experience. “Many of our guests have commented that seeing polar bears in their natural environment is life-changing, yet relative to many other travel destinations in Canada, Churchill is still fairly unknown,” says Gunter.

The mind-bending Hermetic Code tour of the Manitoba Legislature questions whether or not this government building was actually designed as a temple in disguise. “Historian Frank Albo decodes the architectural mysteries of this Winnipeg icon,” says Don Finkbeiner, Owner, Heartland International Travel and Tours. “Being included in this book is a real honour for Winnipeg.”

Those attending The Great Canadian Bucket List reading at McNally Robinson have the chance to enter the Bucket List Grand Prize draw, which includes two Sleeper Plus Tickets on VIA Rail’s iconic Canadian journey, two nights at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Fairmont Royal York, and bucket list experiences in Toronto and Vancouver.

Robin Esrock is a former travel columnist for the Globe and Mail, MSN, and Outpost magazine, and co-host of the television series Word Travels as seen on OLN and CityTV. The Great Canadian Bucket List is published by Dundurn Canada. Visit www.canadianbucketlist.com to explore more of Esrock’s unforgettable cross-Canada journey.

To arrange an interview: Karen McMullin, Dundurn Press, 416.214.5544 ext. 227 or kmcmullin@dundurn.com

Travel Manitoba is proud to sponsor The Great Canadian Bucket List, but we refer all related inquiries to Karen.