Yearly Archives: 2017

Canada 150 – From Coast to Coast to Coast

This is it.  The full trip. 17,496 kms. 12 National Parks.  I do plan on getting to Vancouver Island at some point so that I can officially complete “from Bonavista, to Vancouver Island, from the Arctic Circle, to the Great Lake waters, this land is made for you and me”.  But I have been there […]

Canada 150 – The Musical Ride

What a real Canadian treat.  I was meeting friends at Spruce Meadows to watch show jumping, and when I arrived they were announcing that the next event would be the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and their musical ride.  I am sure I saw this as a kid, but I felt nothing but pride as I […]

Canada 150 – Jasper, Banff & fires

It was a good year for me to do this Canada 150 trip as I missed out on all the wild fires – an my heart goes out to those who lost so much.  A big thank you to everyone involved in fighting the fires. I do love Jasper and get there whenever I can. […]

Sometimes it is all about friends

One of the wonderful things I have been able to do this trip is reconnect with old friends.  With facebook, and email, it is now much easier to stay in touch with friends and family, but nothing beats an actual face-to-face visit.  During this trip I have been behaving like I did in University – […]

Canada 150 – From the Arctic Circle

Finally made it!  This makes three of three, the places I had never been in Canada – Nunavut.  In addition, I took the opportunity of a free flight (thanks Air Canada Aeroplan) to get north of the Arctic Circle, so I have also completed the song  …from Bonavista, to Vancouver Island, from the Arctic Circle, […]

Canada 150 – Welcome to NWT

Two of three completed!  My original plans for this Canada 150 trip was to visit the three places I had never been in Canada:  Newfoundland, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.  Two down!  Long drive from Edmonton, but here I am.

Canada 150 – Prince Albert National Park

Another day in another stunningly beautiful National Park, oh the tedium if it, lol. I actually posted this on Facebook, as a joke, but the reality is that Canada has some very beautiful lakes and trees, A lot of them.  And after a while, all this stunning beauty kind of all blends together.  In fact […]

Citizen Science Paleontology at Grasslands

OK, this was the coolest thing ever. For one week per year, Grasslands National Park and the Royal Saskatchewan Museum offer a Citizen Science opportunity to help with an archeological dig.  The program is called Fossil Fever, and I really enjoyed my day as an amateur paleontologist.  A special thanks to parks staff who were […]

Canada 150 – Crossing the Prairies

Can you imagine what it was like in prairie in the late 1800s? For the Cree, Dakota, Dene (Chipewyan), Nakota (Assniboine) and Saulteaux first nations people, living on the prairie? For the first settlers crossing the beautiful (and easy to travel) prairies? I imagine what the settlers would see and think: all that open sky, […]

Canada 150-Grasslands National Park

I always knew I would like Grasslands National Park, from the first time I read about it when it was created, in some magazine that I subscribed to.  I remember the article saying that we, as a country, had preserved many beautiful places – like Banff and Jasper, but had neglected what some folks would […]