Articles of Interest
A Book Review
Shadows, Shells and Spain: a fictional travel memoir about the Camino de Santiago by John Meyer. Toronto: Summer Nomad Publications, 2017.
John Meyer’s latest book is a mixture of genres that uses the Camino de Santiago as a vehicle to carry the story. It is part Camino, part history and part mystery/romance.
A Book Review
A Pilgrim’s Journey; 3000 Kilometers from Rome to Santiago by Trip Kennedy. Victoria, BC. 2018.
In the Introduction to the book, Trip Kennedy states that “Each of the more than 100 days of my walk, I maintained a journal of my experiences, observations and thoughts. What follows consolidates those journal entries.” So this is not a guide book as much as it is journal entries with observations about pilgrimage, the land, the architecture, fellow pilgrims and himself.
Jim McNicholas speaks at AGM 2018
At the CCoP Annual Meeting on Feb 3rd, 2018 our guest speaker was Jim McNicholas of the Camino Society Ireland. Jim spoke about the various routes in Ireland that historically fed into pilgrimage routes in Spain. Many Irish pilgrims walked from home to an Irish port and then sailed to Spain, often to A Coruña, and then walked on the last 75km to Santiago. Watch his video by clicking here.
The Camino Podcast by Dave Whitson
The Camino Podcast by Dave Whitson is a program focused on pilgrimage. He talks about major pilgrimage routes, like Spain’s Camino de Santiago, shares stories from the road, and talks about more technical aspects of pilgrimage. Whether you’re planning your first pilgrimage, processing your latest one, or just an armchair traveler, we hope you find these interviews to be a good listen! Available on both SoundCloud and iTunes.
Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics for Camino de Santiago
While your Camino experiences will be personally satisfying, your pilgrimage can have adverse impacts on the places you visit and the people to meet. Your impact can be lessoned if you practice Leave No Trace. The foundation of Leave No Trace is the Seven Principles for reducing the impacts caused by outdoor activities.
Pack light, and be open to the road: Lessons from a medieval pilgrimage route
Article by Tali Folkins on January 19, 2017
Click Here to read article featuring our very own Austin Cooke.
Profile maps of all 34 stages of the Camino Frances
The document shows the profile maps of each of the 34 stages from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela, with the height differences on each stage. Very usefull to get an idea of which stages are flat (and easy), and when to get ready for some uphill walking. It seems the document was created by the French pilgrim association.
Camino de Santiago – Getting Started Guide
A simple two page guide to orientate people wanting to know more about the camino and assist them with their initial travel preparations.
A Book Review
In 2004, two men took a walk from Entraygues-sur-Truyère about a weeks walk from le Puy-en-Velay, France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain. The musician took his violin, the photographer took his camera and they each took their partner/wife. In 2006, Oliver Schroer released his much praised CD, Camino, and now, Peter Coffman is presenting his beautiful photographic collage/memory of their journey.
Camino Francés – a Practical Guide to Walking the Pilgrim’s Path from France to Spain
This new book describes the 800 km route from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago with suggestions for daily distances and places to stay. It is a compact, light-weight guidebook that provides just the key information you need to complete the Camino Frances.
Bryson Guptill is the past President of Island Trails, the major trail organization in PEI. His partner and him hiked the Camino in September and October of 2016. To order please visit this site.
Pilgrim Guide to Santiago de Compostela – 2017
I know that your pilgrimage to Santiago will be an exciting adventure. You’ll have many new experiences, you’ll meet people from many different countries and you’ll make new friends. The journey you will make on the Camino has many rewards and one of the most important of these is arriving in Santiago de Compostela at the end. This Guide is made available to Members of the Canadian Company of Pilgrims through the generosity of Johnnie Walker. Click Here to Open
The “Winter” Route
The Camino de Invierno is a way marked alternative to the Camino Frances route to Santiago.
Beginning in Ponferrada, it follows riverbanks, climbs mountains, and passes through wilderness, farmlands, and small towns of the Bierzo region of León and all four of Galicia’s provinces.
Possible site for a planned $5 million Anglican Centre in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
By Tali Folkins on January, 19 2017
The main purpose of the Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain’s Anglican Centre planned for Santiago de Compostela is to give Anglicans and other pilgrims an opportunity to actually receive communion when they finish their pilgrimage, says the Rev. Spencer Reece, an Episcopal priest and national secretary to the bishop of Spain.
2016 Pilgrim Statistics
During 2016, 277,913 pilgrims received Compostela’s in Santiago, this is up from 262,458 during 2015. 2016 was also a special Holy Year, The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which started from December 8, 2015, through to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, on November 20, 2016.