Congratulations to our writers/photographers for their outstanding achievements in the 2016 NATJA Travel Media Awards Competition!

From the Publisher

natja2016-winsJanuary 31st, 2017
Vancouver, BC

For the 2nd year in a row, articles published in Just For Canadian Doctors and Just For Canadian Dentists magazines were honoured as the “best of the best” in travel media by the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). On behalf of associates, partners and supporters of Just For Canadian Doctors and Just For Canadian Dentists magazines, congratulations to our writers/photographers Barb Sligl, Janet Gyenes and Lucas Aykroyd on their 2016 award(s) for excellence in travel writing, photography and promotion!  It is a privilege for our magazines that their work was chosen as winners or finalists among esteemed publications.  Just For Canadian Dentist and/or Just For Canadian Doctors magazine published 1 gold, 2 bronzes and 5 finalists–see list below! Click here to see the complete list of 2016 NATJA Awards Competition Winners and Finalists.

Award-winning writing and photography continue to make our magazines a must-read for doctors and dentists.  Looking forward to another successful year in 2017.

Regards,
Linh T. Huynh
Publisher


gold-bulletsGOLD

silver-bulletsSILVER

bronzeBRONZE

finalists-bulletsFINALIST

Category 109: Illustrated Story, Magazine

gold-bulletsBarbara Sligl, “On the Central Coast," Just for Canadian Dentists

silver-bulletsTim Leffel, “Paradise Found (Kicking Back, Turks & Caicos),” Global Traveler

bronzeJenn Smith Nelson, “Discovering Grasslands,” Prairies North

finalists-bulletsBarbara Sligl, “Belle Saison,” Just for Canadian Dentists

finalists-bulletsLucinda Hahn, “Mythic River: River Cruising on the Danube,” AAA Living

On the Central Coast Belle Saison

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Grand Cayman

GRAND CAYMAN has all the Caribbean musts—beach, snorkelling, marine life, sunsets…and enough food and drink to warrant an annual festival.

Ensconced beachside, on an alabaster swath of sand guarded by elegant hotels, stretching 10 km along Grand Cayman’s west coast, nuzzled by waters so clear you can see starfish on the bottom, I wonder how I’m going to fill tomorrow.

Right now, entertained by a perfect sunset (one of the Caribbean’s best), I don’t feel like doing anything, though tonight it’s fine dining at Abacus at Camana Bay (camanabay.com), a modern town centre boasting boutiques and other fine dining options beside the water. Wherever I dine, I’ll be sated: many consider the Cayman Islands the Caribbean’s culinary capital. It’s also home to the annual Cayman Cookout festival with renowned host, Chef Eric Ripert (this year it’s on from January 12–17, @caymancookout).

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Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix has plenty of Arizona’s desert heat but it has also sparked a spicy and vibrant art and culinary scene…with some sweet spots to rejuvenate

img_2657After my Lotus Blossoming Chakra massage, I discover that some of my seven chakras aren’t quite as aligned as they should be. Apparently I need to meditate more. I try to remedy this immediately by walking the labyrinth at The Boulders Resort & Spa. Round and round I shuffle, the scent of sage wafting over me, the sun warming my face, the dry desert wind softly fluttering my robe. I think it’s working.

Or it could just be this place, the huge rocks the resort is named for, the tall saguaro cacti, the amber and rusty hues of the baked landscape. The next morning I rise early in my adobe-style casita at The Boulders (theboulders.com) and venture into the desert for a run as the sun is just starting to spread its heat. I feel my chakras realigning…
img_3240The Sonoran desert may seem harsh but it teems with beauty. Closer to Phoenix (The Boulders is in Scottsdale, just outside Arizona’s capital and largest city), I walk through the Desert Botanical Garden (one of only a few botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums; dbg.org) and then hike nearby Camelback Mountain to marvel at the range of colour this arid land sprouts, like the magenta spikes of a barrel cactus.

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