Lisa Jackson
Lisa Jackson is a freelance writer and the editor of Eat Drink Travel Magazine. Her work has been featured in The Globe & Mail, Al Jazeera News, Eater, Islands Magazine, enRoute, Travel Life, West Jet, and many others. Lisa is a proud member of the Yukon's Sour Toe Cocktail Club, which she joined by letting a dead toe touch her face.

Entries by Lisa Jackson

Love In The Era Of Irish Matchmaking

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 8:25 AM


(Photo credit: Eamon Ward & The Outing LGBT Music & Matchmaking Lisdoonvarna Ireland)

Every autumn, hordes of singles flock to a tiny Irish town in search of love.

Matchmaking is one of Ireland's oldest traditions, and for...

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Raglan, New Zealand: The Best Surfing Town You've Never Heard Of

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2017 | 7:01 AM


(Photo credit: Lisa Jackson)

Have you heard about the hidden hangout on New Zealand's west coast?

Decades ago, Raglan was considered an "old backwater town." Now, crowds flock to this tiny surfing town, known as Whaingaroa by the...

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Visit The Real Hobbiton In New Zealand

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2016 | 9:07 AM


(Photo: Sara Orme/Tourism New Zealand)

"Would you like your picture taken next to Bilbo Baggins' house?"

It's not a stress dream. I'm standing in the emerald green fields of Hobbiton, the original film set for Peter Jackson's Lord of the...

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5 Reasons To Travel By Train Across Western Canada

(3) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 6:24 PM

As the train rounds the bend, Canada's highest mountain appears out of nowhere.

I'm outside on the train's open-air vestibule when Mount Robson suddenly pokes its craggy face from the clouds. A snowy peak rising like a church steeple, it's a...

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7 Weird And Wonderful Experiences In The Azores

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 11:51 AM


Arriving in the Azores, it feels like reaching an ethereal outer world.

Legend says that these nine lonely islands, 1300 km off the coast of Portugal, are leftovers from Atlantis. In reality, the archipelago was born out of volcanic activity, and...

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6 Fabulous Foodie Experiences In Jamaica

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2016 | 3:07 PM

Come for the beach, stay for the food. While the cuisine may not be the initial draw to Jamaica, it's an excellent reason to stick around and explore the island -- both on and off the resort.

Jamaica is a...

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Discovering The Spirit World In Toronto's Distillery District

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 5:32 PM

Toronto's Distillery District is swarming with spirits -- and not just the drinking kind.

A decade ago, the cluster of dilapidated 19th-century industrial buildings were mostly used for filming movies such as X-Men and Chicago. Now, it's been rated as a "top pick" for travelers to Canada by...

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6 Questions to Ask Before Buying Travel Insurance

(0) Comments | Posted September 11, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Last March, my $2,000 camera was stolen from my checked luggage.

I made the huge-ass mistake of packing a valuable item and trusting that it would arrive on the other side. Arriving in Dublin, the camera was missing. In talking with the police, it's quite likely that airport staff at...

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How to Build Better Suburbs

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 12:44 PM

I grew up on a tree-starved street in the suburbs of Toronto.

It was a newer residential development with cookie-cutter houses, in-ground pools, and pristine lawns. Preserving wilderness or promoting "community" were afterthoughts. Houses were crammed together, separated by thin alleys, and the indoor mall was the local hangout....

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Yukon Dancers Sparkle at Panamania

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 5:31 PM

The 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto involved more than sports. There was also plenty of art and culture featured too.

The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers travelled 5,000 kilometres from Whitehorse to perform onstage at the Aboriginal Pavilion, as part of the 17-day Indigenous arts, culture and sports...

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Four Secrets About Southwest Ontario's Culinary and Craft Beer Scene

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 12:17 PM

The jig is up! After exploring Norfolk County, I'm sharing four of the best kept (and delicious!) secrets about the culinary scene in Ontario's Southwest. But go quickly: once the hipsters find out, tourists seeking a gastronomic retreat will flood this region.

A Feast of Farm Fresh...

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Six Fabulous Foodie Experiences in Ireland

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 12:21 PM


(Photo: Courtesy Brian Morrison, Tourism Ireland)

I'd like to set the record straight about Ireland.

Ireland's food culture gets a bad rep among travellers as being "boring" or "bad," and I'm not sure where this urban myth originates. The truth...

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6 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Puerto Rico

(2) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 7:40 AM

Too often, Canadian vacationers overlook Puerto Rico as a sun destination. But this lively island just south of Miami is filled with history, culture, ecotourism, and an incredible food scene. Here are six things you probably didn't know about Puerto Rico, as well as excellent reasons why you should visit:

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Meet the Yukon's Caveman

(2) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 10:28 PM


For the past 18 years, "Caveman Bill" Donaldson has lived in a cave above the Yukon River in Canada's North.

Yup, this is for realsies. His cave is fully equipped with two small LED lights, a woodstove, cooking facilities, and a bed. There...

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Five Places to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Around the World

(55) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 1:07 PM

No matter where you are in the world, March 17 will likely be marked with a St. Patrick's Day celebration. The date marks the death of Saint Patrick, Ireland's most celebrated patron saint.

But as we all know, it's also one of the liveliest shindigs of the year.

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Is John A. Macdonald Really the Canadian Hero We Think He Is?

(29) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 11:33 AM

Last January, the Macdonald Bicentennial Commission was criticized for celebrating the 199th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada. Photos of party-goers in period clothing and "red face" were posted on Twitter, triggering public debate about John A's legacy.

This year, a Sir John A....

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Should We Abandon the Travel Bucket List?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 11:54 AM

I'm a bit taken aback when the "queen of the check list" confesses her dislike for travel bucket lists.

"There are people who collect passport stamps," says Patricia Schultz, author of the best-selling 1000 Places to See Before You Die. "Can you really say you 'saw' a...

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Canadian War Memorials Around the World

(12) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 7:18 AM

There are cemeteries, burial plots, museums, and memorials all over the world that honour our Canadian Forces. If you're travelling overseas, here are a few international sites where you can pay your respects on November 11 or any day of the year:

Vimy Ridge (France)
In the early hours...

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This Man Has the Coolest Job in Canada

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 5:21 PM

For some people, it would be a dream job to travel across Canada and eat in some of the country's finest restaurants.

For Canadian writer and international food and wine journalist, Andrew Braithwaite, it's just another day at the office. He's the official judge for "Canada's Best New...

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Talking Adventure Travel with Scott Wilson, Host of 'Departures'

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Is riding a reindeer across Siberia on your travel bucket list? How about visiting the last man living in the radioactive zone in Chernobyl? Or uncovering sunken ships and wreckage of World War II planes in the Pacific Ocean?

(Above: Travel show host, Scott...
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