Land of Living Skies

Winnipeg, Manitoba – Indian Head, Saskatchewan

Day 7 (end of wk one): 5 hours (took us 6.5hrs) – 504 kilometres – $30

G’mornin’! So before we left Manitoba, we went to Fort Whyte Alive. Which is an incredible family friendly, perfect all year round place to experience and explore! Bison, Prairie dogs, trails, and so much more including day camps for kids and activities in the winter! fullsizeoutput_f11

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After a beautiful morning walking around and seeing what there was to see we headed west on the number one. We pulled off to a sweet little town called Austin. It was primitive, clean and quite ghost town like. This was one of the most delightful buildings there!

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We continued on until we reached Indian Head, Saskatchewan which was LONGG. V. Long. Extremely dull, it’s beautiful landscapes but the drive became quite monotonous compared to the treelined, hilly landscapes of the east. We reached Indian Head and stayed with the most beautiful people! The conversation was fruitful and their hospitality was ever so kind. They were long time friends of my mom’s and the most interesting and joyous couple I’ve met. So thank you Sandra and Bill for your love and insightful knowledge.

Off We Go: Cochrane, Alberta

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Northern Ontario – Part One

Ottawa, Ontario – Goulais River, Ontario

Day 4:  816 kilometres – 9 hours – Fuel: $33

We left our sunny capital today and headed west once again on the trans-canada.  We drove until we came to Mettawa and stopped at Timmies (the real MVP on this trip.) and continued on until Sudbury. Oh Sudbury, home to the giant nickel! A very interesting stop. You pay six dollars to get up close to it, but if you’re out in forty-five minutes you get a full refund! So, we got the photo, made a bathroom stop and continued on our way. You could also go down into the nickel mine if you wanted to!

Somewhere between Sudbury and Sault-Ste. Marie we stopped at a picnic spot on the side of the road! It was a bit buggy, but not too bad as there was a lovely river flowing behind us. The canola fields are a beautiful golden yellow, brightening the landscape up. Fields of Gold by Sting got stuck in my head for way too long.

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We also stopped at an Amish farm along the way and bought the most delicious oatmeal cookies. I can’t even describe how amazing they were! We also bought a pint of strawberries – fresh, local strawberries! Ontario’s growing season is much farther ahead then in Cape Breton.

About 9 hours later we reached our Airbnb in Goulais River, Ontario. It is v. Secluded and extremely buggy, but also incredibly beautiful and peaceful! If you’re driving across Canada, it’s one of those places where you can’t avoid it. Literally. You have to pass through it unless you’re driving through the states. It’s a perfect place to break up the drive. I also highly recommend Airbnb! Generally speaking, all of the hosts are very welcoming and accommodating.  You just have to do your research! We were welcomed with open arms and a warm smile!

We settled in and then drove up the road to hike to a falls.  It was an easy-moderate hike. The sign says 2-3 hours, but we went left and took a 20 minutes hike. The black flies, deer flies and mosquitoes were incredible. They were so bad! Definitely reccomend this hike for the morning, or else be prepared! Hoods, jeans, mosquito nets, and bug spray (a lot of it!) The falls were beautiful though.

We drove back to our Airbnb  — I firmly have decided that I enjoy nature, to an extent, maybe even from afar and man made nature takes on an all new meaning. Jokes, but seriously, be prepared for little monsters (bugs) if/when hiking in N. Ontario!

Tomorrow’s destination: Somewhere even more north, Ontario. (We haven’t decided where we’ll stop yet.)

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Canada 150 – Part Two

Ottawa, Ontario

Day 3: Toured Our Nations Capital – Fuel: $32

Today was a beautiful day! Bright, sunny and everything Canada Day was not. (jokes.) But seriously, I’m so glad we were able to wander Ottawa in the sunlight and with some friends of ours! Unfortunately I ran out of space on my SD card, so my account of the day in words will have to do.

We went to All Nations Church in Central Ottawa. Unfortunately we mixed up the times and missed the music but was able to sit in on the sermon! Which was SO good! Like, so. good. If you’re thinking yawn, boring, dragged out, “old”… this is NOT that kind of message! It is fruitful and abounding in hope and love! Overall – amazinggg!

Afterwards, we had a lovely lunch at the Elgin Street Diner.  We had a wait of forty minutes, but it was worth the wait! Elgin street is the place to be if you’re craving some good eats! Local pubs and bars, student life is high and the energy is just so invigorating! The Elgin Street Diner had pretty good service and overall, a great place for some foodies if your looking to get involved and experience the local scene!

We also visited the museum of Nature. In my opinion, it was slightly overpriced and there was no family rate (yet!), but it was very interesting and educational nonetheless. They had many engaging exhibits which made it all the more fascinating. The architecture was beautiful and learning about Canada’s ecological history was v. cool!

It was all in all an eventful day. Our last stop before the night was the grocery store as we’re buying food and picnicking!

Next stop: Northern Ontario – Goulais River, Sault-Ste. Marie

Canada 150 – Part One

Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec – Ottawa, Ontario

Day Two: 6 Hours – 624 Kilometres – Fuel: $40 – QB/ON

Happy Canada Day! Today marks the 150th anniversary of our great country. It is truly an honour and a privilege to be able to live in a country such as this. Thank you!

We left Rivière-du-Loup at seven this morning and drove until we reached Lévis. We took a little ferry to cross the river and ended up right in Old Quebec City.

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I think this is my favourite city so far! The little streets reminded me much of the streets in Europe. There was an ease and familiarity about it, still new and exciting, yet strangely comforting.

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We stopped for lunch in the sweetest little cafe! The aesthetic was absolutely darling and the staff were very kind and friendly. We ate out on the terrace which was a dream. They had the coolest tables with beautiful artwork on them, and blankets in case you were chilly. It was a serene environment. Little sparrows flying all about and the smell of home cooked food filled the air. I would reccommend this as a must place stop to eat if you’re ever in town. We had their French onion soup (because what else would you have while in Quebec?!) which was absolutely to die for! It was the right amount of flavour and warmth to fill you up.

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We also had the pleasure of popping into the most homelike store there. They make all their products out of the left over lambs wool the farms don’t want and create everything in store! It was charming in all aspects!

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We left grey skied Quebec and started our journey west again, making our way to Ottawa, Ontario. It down poured, showered, stopped and repeated until we reached the outskirts of the city. The traffic going into the city was not as bad as one might think considering it’s a major celebration! We waited in line for only thirty minutes, and went through two lines of security before we reached the hill! Parliament Hill! Oh, you were wet, crowded and muddy – (I was to my ankles in mud, oh yes I was.) We stood for six hours in the rain (which stopped and started quite frequently.) And then the birthday party started! We were wowed and dazzled by a number of brilliant musical performances and talented artists. Walk Off the Earth, Serena Ryder (still starry eyed), Alessia Cara, Dean Brody, Gordon Lightfoot and the list goes on! It was all surreal and exciting! We even had the privilege of seeing Cirque du Soleil!! Overall, Canada Day on the hill was great. Aside from the weather and the lack of food — It was definitely worth every second. Happy Canada Day everyone!

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La Belle Province

“Plus tard ce sera trop tard. Notre vie c’est maintenant.” – Jacques Prévert

Rivière-du-Loup, Québec

Day One: 10 hours – 987 kilometres – Fuel: Full tank + $36 – NS/NB/QB

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Packed and ready to start our adventure westward

We left our little Atlantic island around 12 O’Clock. There was quite a lot of construction on the highway (St. Peter’s route) which made it difficult to keep good time, but overall, it was good driving. Nova Scotia was a tad rainy and a bit dreary but we drove into beautiful skies once we reached New Brunswick.

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We are staying in a quaint cabin on the river in Rivière-du-Loup. It’s nothing extravagant, but exactly what one needs. Two double beds, a kitchenette, dining table and bathroom. What more does one need? It has lovely grounds and a gorgeous view overlooking the river.  It was too dark to take any photos though :/ It’s affordable and just the perfect place for the night.

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Ontario we’re coming for you! x – sk

 

 

 

Canada 150 – Roadtrip Series

June 30 – N O V A  S C O T I A – Q U E B E C

JULY – a month jam packed full of driving, exploring, adventures, and memory making moments!

Join my family and I as we drive across Canada this July! Two Thousand Seventeen marks the 150th anniversary of this beautiful country.  As I am graduating and this chapter of my life comes to an end, what better way to start a new chapter than with a grand ol’ road trip with the fam!? Starting in Nova Scotia we’re heading west for Wild Rose Country and Beautiful British Columbia. SO here we go!