Our Story

Acquired in 2015 by Phil Saunders, the Crossing Guide was originally envisioned as a travel guide for the Pacific Northwest and was primarily a print publication. In 2015 it became exclusively an online publication and expanded its mandate to include all world travellers who had an interesting story to tell.

In 2017, the head office moved to Spokane, Washington, a thriving community in Eastern Washington that provides a standard of living that is affordable. It also gives The Crossing Guide access to interior British Columbia, Idaho, and parts beyond.

As an online publication you will find content here that transcends the local community where The Crossing Guide is based. That’s because when we say local, we are talking about local communities around the globe.

Our Philospophy

In one word: Transformation. We are looking for people and places where transformation is taking place. We are telling stories that include a journey. It could be living your life after the death of a loved one, it could be surviving a life threatening illness, it could be overcoming your fear of heights and climbing a mountain, or succumbing to your fear of the ocean despite your first ever Kayaking trip. We want to tell your story.

Editor/Publisher Phil Saunders MA (Journalism)

I began my career in the late eighties writing about the music scene in Toronto for a variety of publications. In the early nineties I returned to school and completed a Masters in Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. In 2000 I had a film accepted into the Toronto International Film Festival and soon afterwards was hired by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a writer, reporter and editor. In 2004 I was part of team of journalists who were nominated for one of the most prestigious journalism awards in Canada, The Michener Award. I was also awarded two Radio and Television News Directors Awards for my editing work for CBC.ca.