explore (magazine)

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explore Magazine
Editor David Webb
Categories Destination, outdoors, fitness, lifestyle
Frequency Quarterly
Year founded 1981
Company My Passion Media
Country Canada
Based in Vancouver
Language English
Website explore-mag.com

explore is a Canadian publication focusing on outdoor lifestyle content. The magazine is published four times a year by My Passion Media. Each issue highlights travel adventures to remote corners of Canada and beyond. The magazine also features gear and events across the country. It is headquartered in Vancouver.[1]


explore was founded in 1981.[2] In 1998 won the Magazine of the Year award at the Western Magazine Awards. Since 2001, the magazine has been nominated for 175 National Magazine Awards, winning 25 Gold awards and 29 Silver awards. In 2006, to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the magazine published Way Out There, an anthology of some of the best writing to appear in the publication.

In the fall of 2005, explore was the first glossy magazine in North America to publish on Ancient Forest Friendly, Forest Stewardship Council-certified, 100% post-consumer recycled paper.

In the summer of 2012, explore was sold to OP Publishing by Cottage Life Media Inc. in exchange for OP Publishing's Cottage magazine. David Webb, formerly the editor of Western Sportsman and The Outdoor Edge magazines, became editor in November 2012. In November 2013, My Passion Media acquired explore Magazine alongside InfoBarrel and Canadian Traveller. In April 2014 ExploreTheUSA.com, explore magazine's sister publication was launched.


explore was nominated for "Best Single Issue" in the 39th annual National Magazine Awards (2016), bringing the total number of NMA wins and/or nominations to 128. Other recent notables include David Webb's article "At home in a Great Land" listed as a finalist in the 2015 Explore Canada Media Awards of Excellence; articles "Death on a Glacier" (Jon Turk) and "Across the Little North" (Conor Mihell) receiving Honourable Mentions at the 38th annual National Magazine Awards; and explore receiving a Bronze in the 2015 Canadian Cover Awards.


In 2012, explore-mag.com was redesigned to better serve users with more relevant information in a cleaner and easier to use format. It is updated five times weekly, and includes blogs from Kevin Callan (The Happy Camper), gear reviews, travel destinations and more. Explore's web site was once again updated in 2014 with a new visually enhanced experience.


  1. ^ "Contact Us". explore. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Our Timeline". My Passion Media. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 

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