We’re proud to announce that Departful was recognized this week at the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards, an annual juried award highlighting some of the best in Canadian-driven blog content, as best “Travel Blog”.

This year, 530 blogs were nominated across 26 categories spanning topics including arts and culture, business, fashion, design, politics and sports. Each site was reviewed and assessed by a team of 34 volunteer jurors on criteria ranging from the accessibility, design and functionality of the site to the quality and originality of its content. The result is a list of publications created and curated by Canadians from coast to coast that will without doubt make their way into your daily grind in the coming year.

In addition to placing first in the Travel category, our team was delighted to have received a third place mention for best Group Weblog. While Departful can trace its roots to a few backyard beers in Leslieville, Toronto, we’ve been lucky to work with a growing team of contributors from across Canada and around the world, including a Woodstonian (though I think we prefer Woodstocker) in Sydney, a Sudburian in Kampala, a Kelownan in Waterloo, a Guelphite in Chiang Mai, and a Costa Rican-based Venezuelan expat who used to call Toronto home. Between trips, a Londoner and a Torontonian are also still enjoying backyard beers in Leslieville. (Disclaimer: We may have one North Carolinian milling about as well).

On behalf of everyone listed above, and everyone else who has supported Departful along the way, we’d like to congratulate all of the bloggers, designers, programmers, and social media wizards whose work was nominated and recognized this year – and of course the team and volunteer jurors at the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards.

You can check out the categories we were recognized in, and our great companions below. You can also view a full list of this year’s Canadian Weblog Award winners here.

2014 Canadian Weblog Awards winner

Travel / Voyage

1st: Departful
2nd: TurnipSeed Travel
3rd: A Cook Not Mad


2014 Canadian Weblog Awards winner

Group Weblog / Blogue Collectif

1st: Apartment613
2nd: Chic Darling
3rd: Departful


The Canadian Weblog Awards are a juried competition brought to you by Elan Morgan of Schmutzie.com that promotes good weblogs of all genres from across Canada year round through regular interviews, articles, and the nomination, judging, and an award process that culminates with the announcement of the top three weblogs in each category. The Canadian Weblog Awards are about quality not popularity, so there is no public vote. Each weblog is judged by a volunteer jury against a set of criteria.