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About Suburban Tourist


Suburban Tourist is a personal blog about outdoor activities, food and drinks, travel and various lifestyle topics. My name is Margaret – a first-time mom in my early 40s with a quickly growing toddler we fondly call “Baby B” on this blog.

I’m also a communications professional, so I know the value of getting the word out about great brands and services to the right consumer audiences. A bit of a information junkie, I’m also interested in many topics, but a master (or should I say, mistress) of none in particular. This puts me in the same spot as many other women and moms out there. I can relate to what you are going through!

Suburban Tourist is my creative outlet, allowing me to focus on my writing and social media skills and to share my thoughts and experiences with readers. I hope to inspire others via my posts which fall into these areas in my tagline: “Discovering. Experiencing. Living.”

I also share stories about where I live, so this is really a Burlington lifestyle blog. You may see  topics related to my life in this lovely Ontario city and the surrounding area. I moved here in 2012 and have fallen in love with it!

More About Suburban Tourist Blog

On July 13, 2010, I launched Suburban Tourist with a focus on outdoor activities, travel and restaurant reviews. Many posts include my experiences exploring the Greater Toronto Area, Golden Horseshoe and Burlington, Ontario and feature my husband, Frank.

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Me and my hubby at the train station in Bath Spa, UK during our 2012 honeymoon trip.

With the addition of our little baby boy in early 2016, I’ve transformed Suburban Tourist from the original travel and outdoor blog to a personal lifestyle blog, encompassing a broader range of topics and interests.

By no means is this just a mom or parenting blog, but I will occasionally share stories related to these topics.

We hope you enjoy our posts and stories!

Things I Like

  • The smell of rain in the forest and thunderstorms
  • Listening to nature sounds while relaxing/trying to fall asleep
  • Whisky, gin and wine
  • Cooking, trying new food – except pickled herring
  • Coffee!!!
  • Home renovations
  • Photography – it’s an art I’m trying to master
  • Weekend road trips
  • Drinking a cup of coffee on a cool weekend morning, and catching up with news or reading a book
  • TV series marathons on Crave TV (love Letterkenny)
  • Cats and dogs
  • The courteous wave somebody gives you when you let them cut in front of you while driving
  • Quiet cottage or camping weekends over hot, sticky summer days in cities

The list is endless, but this gives you a little taste of who I am. Also, please check out my husband Frank’s outdoor blog – Outdoor Adventurers.

Blog Stats

This blog started in July 2010 and has an audience of Canadian outdoor enthusiasts, travelers, food lovers and others.  Most of the blog’s active readers live in the Greater Toronto Area and Ontario in general (some international readers as well); ages 25 to 55; have a college or university education and are interested in all that is to do with outdoor lifestyles, travel, food and drink, and lifestyle topics.

This blog is promoted on my Twitter account: @GosiaBourne (over 3,900 followers); Instagram: (over 960followers); Pinterest (over 68,000 followers) and other social networks.

Visitor stats provided on request.