Tour Storyteller, Len Friesen, grew up knowing that the world was a big place; that it extended well beyond his home community. That’s no surprise given that he was the child of immigrants from another land, or the fact that his mother tongue was not English. In time, Len studied the history of other lands, which included a period of research and study overseas. Since 1994 he has been a history professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. In 2000 Len also established Canada’s first university-level Global Studies programme, and it was that experience that opened the world, literally, to Len and Mary (they had married in 1977). Since then, Len and Mary have often led learning and adventure tours together to various European and African destinations. Both appreciate the informal interactions that occur on these tours, and they love to get beyond the museums and galleries to the everyday sights and sounds of a location. Len and Mary have three children, three in-laws, and seven grandchildren.  Len says about TourMagination: “It’s unlike any other tour company I know; it really is travel with a purpose. TourMagination builds community in life-changing ways, and we’re delighted to be associated with it.

2024 Highlights of Morocco Tour


Morocco is home to spectacular landscapes, a vibrant cultural history, and welcoming people. On this unforgettable tour, you’ll experience firsthand why Morocco is so irresistible. See Africa’s largest mosque in Casablanca. Discover Morocco’s spiritual and intellectual history in Fes, including the world’s first university. Stay overnight in a luxurious camp in the Sahara Desert and take a sunrise camel ride through the sand dunes. Get a taste of local culture in marketplaces and city centres.

2024 Switzerland: An Alpine Adventure

Fill your lungs with fresh mountain air and see incredible views as you ascend peaks by cable car, hike mountain-top paths and wander valley trails. Explore the Swiss mountain village of Mürren and surrounding area for three days. See the nearby Lauterbrunnen Valley, with its subterranean, glacial Trümmelbach Falls. Then set up a basecamp in Grindelwald village in Switzerland’s Bernese Alps, from which you can enjoy Eiger Mountain and a glacial gorge featuring trails with interpretive signs, waterfalls and striated limestone walls. Also take a walking tour in Zurich, a city closely tied to Roman and Anabaptist history. We will spend our final night in Lucerne, considered by many to be the most beautiful medieval city in Switzerland with a fjord-like lake and surrounding mountains.