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I always planned to be a writer, but somewhere along the line I got the idea that I could never pay off a student loan on a writer's income. So I trained as a Recreation Therapist and spent several years on a community mental health team. Then one day I sent a story off to a magazine and got a cheque by return mail.  

Since then I've interviewed astronauts and olympians, learned about building high-tech yachts and making traditional ukuleles, I've trekked after wild lemurs and spent time on a police boat looking for yacht thieves - all for the sake of a good story.

I love to travel and have spent the past seven years sailing with my family aboard our 40' sailboat--traveling from B.C.'s north coast, to the west coast of the US, Mexico, the South Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, across the Indian Ocean to South Africa and on to St Helena, South America, the Caribbean and Central America. Our family of three; my husband Evan (who illustrates many of my travel stories with his gorgeous photos), our 15 year old daughter Maia (who's in many shots) and Charlie the cat are now making our way back to Vancouver.

If you're curious about our sailing trip stop by Ceilydh Sets Sail my personal blog about blue water sailing.

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  • Men’s Journal
  • Saturday Evening Post
  • National Geographic Traveler
  • Islands
  • Reader’s Digest
  • Air Canada's enRoute 
  • Cruising World
  • Yachting Times
  • SAIL
  • Sailing
  • Pacific Yachting
  • Cruising Helmsmen (AU)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Dive
  • Canadian Family
  • Canadian Living
  • Canadian Retailer
  • Western Living
  • Tiger Air's Tiger Tales 
  • Silk Winds
  • West
  • Northwest Palate
  • Northwest Travel
  • Edible Vancouver
  • Pregnancy
  • Mothering Magazine
  • Best Health
  • BC Business
  • BC Parent
  • Private Clubs
  • Chesapeake Bay Magazine
  • Chesapeake Family
  • North of Ordinary
  • Latitudes and Attitudes
  • DYI Boatowner
  • Boatworks
  • Bluewater Sailing
  • Boat Journal
  • Shared Vision


  • Complete Idiot's Guide to Sailing
  • Vancouver Island Book of Everything (coauthor)
  • Travelers' Tales - Her Fork in the Road
  • Travelers' Tales - Wild with Child
  • Travel anthologies - A Pink Suitcase


  • The Guardian
  • The Globe and Mail
  • The National Post
  • The Washington Post
  • The Independent
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • Brisbane Times
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer
  • The Georgia Straight


  • Travel + Leisure
  • BBC Travel
  • Vice
  • Outside
  • Slate
  • Men's Journal
  • Cosmopoliton
  • Besthealthmag.ca
  • BC Living.ca
  • Forbestraveler.com
  • Granvilleonline.ca
  • More.ca
  • MSN Travel.com
  • Mothering.com
  • Reader's Digest.ca


2014 Diane Selkirk