The Plus-Size Backpacker’s Mission

To find and share alternatives and solutions
to the challenges plus-size travelers may face,
through product reviews, fat acceptance and body positivity, and occasional activism.

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Machu Picchu, Peru (2016)

Edith Bernier’s Bio

Born and raised in the Bas-du-Fleuve (Lower St. Lawrence River) area of the province of Quebec, in Eastern Canada, I started dreaming of the Maya and Inca lands at the tender age of 6 after watching the cartoon The Mysterious Cities of Gold (the adventures of kids and sailors who crossed the Atlantic in the 16th century, in search of a mythical gold-covered city in the heart of Latin America).

After a college (CEGEP) degree in Literature & Cinema (2000), I completed a Bachelor degree (B.A.) in Journalism (History minor – 2003) at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

I created the blog The Plus-Size Backpacker in April 2013, after struggling to find equipment adapted to my body size as I was preparing a trip to India.

In 2015, I started writing The Ultimate Guide to Plus-Size Backpacking (in French: Le Manuel des routards taille plus), which was released as an e-book at the beginning of 2016.

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Varanasi, India (2012)

Also in 2016, I was a guest speaker at the first Montreal + Fashion Week and was chosen to be a spokesperson for the #NousPouvonsÊtre campaign by plus-size activewear retailer Sportive Plus, a campaign meant as a reminder that plus-size women can be and do whatever they desire.

I also contributed to the book Big Fit Girl (by Canadian trainer & author Louise Green – published in March 2017), which includes my testimony on how hiking can contribute to unleash plus-size women’s inner athletes.

>> For a complete list of my publications, CLICK HERE<<

In 2017, I wrote posts for the Belles et rondes blog and for Économies et cie as a travel contributor.

Fascinated by cultural immersion, new acquaintances and extreme landscapes, I already visited…

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Loch Ness, Scotland (2011)
  • Canada (Québec, Prince Edward Island)
  • USA (Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico & Arizona)
  • Cuba
  • El Salvador
  • Mexico (Yucatan)
  • Guatemala
  • England
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • India
  • Hungary
  • Austria
  • Czech Republic
  • Poland
  • Peru
  • Bulgaria

Some of my upcoming destinations are California, Alaska, Senegal, Morocco, Nepal, the Tibet Autonomous Region, Bolivia, Chile, Southeast Asia and the Balkans region.

Press Book (2013-2017)


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