David Newland
Photo: Meghan Sheffield

Among his many adventures, David spent four months living in a bamboo hut in a Costa Rican fishing village, journaling his experiences for two Ontario newspapers.

He backpacked through India, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala and Europe.

David funded his travels and education working as a waiter, house painter, factory worker, mason’s labourer, baby photographer and call centre manager, to name only a few of his various jobs.

He spent six seasons planting trees in Northern Ontario, living in a tent in bush camps and witnessing first-hand the catastrophic destruction of the Boreal Forest.

David built and lived in a cabin without electricity and running water on Nova Scotia’s North Mountain for more than a year.

In addition to travelling Canada and the US by bus, train, car, and plane dozens of times, David has hitchhiked through the Rockies three times (twice in February!), as well as thumbing his way from Toronto to Halifax, and from Florence, Italy, to Cardiff, Wales.

In 2002, David was a writer and web producer for Discovery Channel Canada following the Eco-Challenge in Fiji Islands. In 2005, he accompanied Valerie Pringle and the CTV travel team for 12 days from Toronto, to Vancouver, to Halifax, to Toronto by train, writing the theme song for Canada’s Greatest Ride along the way.

In 2007, He travelled across Canada with Phil Keoghan of the Amazing Race as a multimedia producer.

David’s travels continue with voyages to remote wilderness destinations including the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Sable Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and the Northwest Passage as a host, performer and Zodiac driver with Adventure Canada. In the past four years alone David has visited every province, as well as Nunavut and Labrador.

In 2012 David hosted the 90 km Voyageur Folk Tour along the coast of Lake Superior by canoe. He has made two week-long visits to Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation, Northern Ontario, with ArtsCan Circle presenting music to students.

David appeared in the Discovery Channel program Mighty Cruise Ships, filmed aboard the Ocean Endeavour in 2016. His recent adventures include the Cedar Shake tour of Southern BC in February of 2017, on the Home Routes house concert circuit. He also tours with his band, Uncharted Waters, presenting The Northwest Passage in Story and Song.

One comment on “Adventures

  1. Paul
    Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Northumberland Photography Club’s 20th Anniversary celebration. Your words and music contributed greatly to the success of the evening. Thank you also for allowing the attendees to enter the draw.
    Thanks again
    Brian Hart

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