Doug O'Neill

Freelance writer/content producer


I'm a Toronto-based writer with a passion for nature and the outdoors. I write for print magazines and digital, in additional to guest-blogging.

I find there are many opportunities to "get outside" whether a helicopter lands me on a glacier in Northern BC, or I hop into a kayak while visiting Chicago. Hiking, kayaking, camping, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, heli-hiking, winter camping, dog-sledding, skating, horseback riding... I'm down for it.

I'm also a Certified Hike Leader with Hike Ontario. I'm a member of the Outdoor Writers of America, the Society of American Travel Writers (Canadian Chapter) and the Travel Media Association of Canada.

The Globe and Mail
The joys of hiking at night

I wasn't always a fan of hiking at night. In fact, for most of my childhood and early adult years, I'd grow skittish when I found myself in the outdoors after dark, whether I was by a campfire or sitting on the back porch listening to Supertramp on my Walkman.

Canadian Geographic Travel
COVER STORY: One Heli of a Hike

British Columbia's remote Cariboo Mountains are one of the hardest-to-reach wilderness areas in Canada — unless, of course, you have access to a helicopter.

The Globe and Mail
Northern exposure with a fly-in adventure to Ivvavik National Park

Recalling her first visit, in the summer of 2016, to Ivvavik National Park, Mady MacDonald remembers specifically the excitement of the plane ride from the town of Inuvik in Northwest Territories - where she is based for her role as a visitor experience product development officer with Parks Canada - to the remote - Base Camp.

Canadian Geographic
My relationship with nature: It's complicated

Relationships have their ups and downs. Sometimes they get stale, especially when one party begins to take the other for granted. If respect isn't reciprocal, the relationship runs the risk of morphing into a marriage of convenience, which doesn't bode well for the long haul. So, how do we define our relationship with nature?

Canadian Traveller
Spirit Trek on Manitoulin Island

Our writer strapped on his hiking boots in order to tap into the mystery of what the Ojibway call “Spirit Island.”

Explore Magazine
25 of the Best Hikes in Canada's North

Trail suggestions made by David Webb It might possibly have been easier for our writer Doug O'Neill to complete the Cirque of the Unclimbables than assemble 25 of the Best Hikes in Canada's North. After all, these trails crisscross some of our nation's most remote places, and up-to-date details can be infrequent and incomplete.

Urban Guides Canada
5 Incredible Ontario Parks Summer Experiences

Sylvia Plath captured the magic of immersing oneself in nature when she wrote: "I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery-air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, 'This is what it is to be happy.'" Ontario Parks celebrates its 125th birthday this year.