LETTER FROM THE EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF

Air Canada enRoute - - CONTENTS - LETTER FROM THE EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF LE BILL ET DUR ÉDACTEUR EN CHEF JEAN-FR ANÇOISLÉGARÉ CON­NECT WITH US / RESTEZ BRANCHÉ FACE­BOOK ENROUTE MAG­A­ZINE IN­STA­GRAM @ENROUTEMAG

Work­ing for this mag­a­zine over the last eight years, I’ve had time to get used to the re­al­i­ties of travel jour­nal­ism. Din­ing alone in a grand restau­rant where the ser­vice is tightly chore­ographed by a ca­bal of maître d’s and wait­ers no longer in­tim­i­dates me. (Granted, there are worse ways to make a liv­ing.) I’ve also mas­tered the art of trav­el­ling for a few weeks with no more than a carry-on. Re­ally, the only thing that still gets me is good­byes. My trips have led to many mem­o­rable en­coun­ters, like the time I criss­crossed Tas­ma­nia by car with a tour guide who has since be­come a friend. But no mat­ter the out­come, farewells are never easy.

That’s truer than ever this month, as I turn a sig­nif­i­cant page in my ca­reer. Af­ter al­most three years pi­lot­ing Air Canada enRoute, it’s time to hand over the con­trols. Dur­ing its half-cen­tury of ex­is­tence, this mag­a­zine has been a go-to for trav­ellers look­ing to dis­cover how Canada in­ter­sects with the world. Serv­ing as its edi­tor-in-chief was an hon­our I had as­pired to for a long time.

Dur­ing my years here, I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to as­sign sto­ries on al­most ev­ery con­ti­nent – Antarc­tica, I’m com­ing for you – and call up chefs all over the coun­try to tell them they had made the list of Canada’s Best New Restau­rants. I’ve come to know the smartest team of ed­i­tors I’ve ever had the plea­sure of lead­ing and worked with some of the most tal­ented jour­nal­ists and pho­tog­ra­phers in the world. Best of all, I’ve had the plea­sure of check­ing out your own travel take­aways and mem­o­ries on so­cial me­dia (as well as your crit­i­cism when we’ve messed up). I’ve nav­i­gated all this and come out the other side ex­hausted but proud, just like af­ter my first solo trip abroad.

With con­fi­dence and hu­mil­ity, I now pass on the duty to Rachel Giese, a sea­soned jour­nal­ist you may al­ready be fa­mil­iar with from the pages of Chate­laine, The Grid or The Wal­rus, or per­haps have heard on CBC Ra­dio, where she ap­pears from time to time. Rachel is a tal­ented sto­ry­teller who is sure to take you on in­cred­i­ble new ad­ven­tures over the next few is­sues. The only thing left for me to do is to say good­bye, then. And safe trav­els.

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