Jenn Smith Nelson

Travel Writer & Photographer


Award-winning freelance travel writer & photographer

Co-author of 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Hailing from Saskatchewan, Jenn Smith Nelson is an award-winning freelance travel writer, photographer and author. She’s been published in four countries and in four languages, contributing hundreds of articles to 25+ outlets including enRoute, Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic, Toronto Star, explore Magazine, Best Health Magazine, Nuvo, A Birder’s Guide to Travel and more. She also appears as a travel expert on CBC Saskatchewan’s The Morning Edition and Global News Morning Regina.

Jenn often writes about connecting with nature, wildlife, family and adventure travel. She co-authored her first book 110 Nature Hot Spots in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and has contributed to other titles including 150 Nature Hot Spots in Canada and A Gelato a Day.

Current Portfolio

An Urban Safari


Legend has it that 50 years ago the Argentine government shipped a crate of wild monk parakeets to New York in an attempt to control populations and make a profit (the birds were destined for pet stores). But the parakeets escaped.

Red, White and Brew

Brewers Journal

“You’ve arrived in the sunny Okanagan in prime season for fruit,” says the taxi driver during the shuttle from the airport to my hotel. Feeling fortunate, in addition to all the fresh apples, peaches, apricots and more, I’m with a small group of journalists for what promises to be a tasty experience – of breweries, that is.

The (Wild) Rush of the North

Just for Canadian Doctors

BMM BMMP, BMM BMMP, BMM BMMP, BMM BMMP … My heart is beating with such intensity that it’s the only noise I hear. I don’t dare look down at my Fitbit to see my actual rate; it’s surely the highest it’s ever been while standing still. Adrenaline courses through my veins and I try to keep my body till and my eyes locked ahead. There’s no other way out of this situation but to face it: a polar bear.

A Wild World Awaits at the Earth’s End

Birding Magazine

“At the end of the world, true adventure begins.”

As I catch sight of this quote on a bag in the back of the car I’m riding in, I am instantly rooted to my new whereabouts. Minutes after double-digit hours spent up in the sky trans- ported from the Canadian prairies, I’m only a 4.5-hour drive from one of the world’s most untamed regions: Chilean Patagonia.

Go Here: Pair Outdoor Adventures with the Best Breweries and Wineries in Kelowna, BC


Found on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is surrounded by pine forest, parks, vineyards, orchards and mountains. It’s an ideal destination for those seeking outdoor adventure in one of Canada’s prettiest landscapes.

Just So You Know, Whistler Is The Wellness Capital of Canada

Best Health Magazine

If wellness is your game, Whistler, B.C. is the name. Just north of Vancouver, the bustling mountain town best known as one of Canada’s largest ski resorts is also a mecca for those seeking balance of mind, body and spirit. Chock full of delish and healthy eats, adventures galore, mindful options and views for days; it’s one of the country’s best spots for health-conscious types.

The World Through My Lense