BESIDE is an independent magazine at the crossroads of nature and culture. We feature personal essays, stories from the field, and ideas—new and old—for better ways to live in the world. Subscribe to receive our biannual print magazine.

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IDEA: Design – Édition – Magazines et journaux

Silver medal (issue 11, 2022)

Bronze medal (issue 09, 2021)

Applied Arts: winner for Entire Publication Design – Single (issue 11, 2022)

National Magazine Awards

Issue 11, 2022

  • Silver medal for  Art Direction of a Single Article A Home for Yesterday and Tomorrow
  • Honourable mentions for Best Magazine (News, Business, General Interest), Art Direction Grand Prix, Issue Grand Prix, Feature Writing The Last Owls, One of a Kind Storytelling My Own Personal French Republican Calendar


Art Direction Grand Prix

  • Silver medal for issue 09, 2021 
  • Silver medal for issue 07, 2020
  • Gold medal for issue 05, 2019

Digital Publishing Awards:

One Show: nomination in category Design Editorial – Magazines & Newspapers (issue 11, 2022)

ADC Annual Awards: nominations for Design for Good – Publication Design, Magazines – Full Issue et Story Spread (Climbing Cholitas) (issue 11, 2022)

  • Chris Burkard, photographer
  • Yvon Chouinard, founder Patagonia
  • Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Indigenous leader
  • Dave Courchene, Indigenous leader
  • Matthieu Dugal, science journalist
  • Dan O’Brien, farmer, falconer and author
  • Shelma Jun, climber and founder, Flash Foxy
  • Ellen MacArthur, sailor and entrepreneur
  • Sarain Fox, activist
  • Bernie Krause, sound ecologist
  • Michael Pollan, author
  • Liz Plank, journalist, Vox
  • Chelsea Vowel, fiction author
  • Philip Cheung, photojournalist
  • Magnus Nilsson, chef
  • Alexis Pauline Gumbs, poet
  • Sandor Ellix Katz, food writer and activist
  • Jenna Wortham, podcast host and culture writer
  • David Zilber, food scientist and author
  • Sarah Cox, investigative journalist

BESIDE Magazine is free of traditional advertising, with the exception of a few select sponsored articles developed with carefully chosen partners whose values and vision we admire.

Our magazine is printed in Quebec on Rolland Enviro paper, a 100 per cent post-consumer paper.

Latest Issue

What moves you?

  • Mackenzie Yeates, cofounder of KOTN
  • Gabrielle Anctil, journalist
  • Landon Speers, photographer
  • Sarah Khilaji, spoken word artist
  • Stacey Désilier, dancer & choreographer
  • Simon Coutu, journalist
  • Illyanna Maisonet, chef & journalist
  • Guillaume Rivest, adventurer & storyteller

Issue 14, release date: May 25, 2023

What do rock skipping, pigeon racing, and van-dwelling have in common? All are expressions of movement, with surprising lessons to teach us.

In the new issue of BESIDE, we explore different facets of how we move: down rivers and across borders, with our ancestors and in our communities, past prejudices and toward joy.

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Do you mostly experience nature online, or in real life?

Our modern lives are increasingly marked by a tension between connection and disconnection, between new technologies and nature. How can we make these necessary extremes meet? Green Screen, the inaugural title of our BESIDE Journals, casts a curious, comical, and commonsense gaze upon this new reality—ours to embrace and to reinvent.