Author Archives : camcdevitt


Canada 150 – Riding Mountain National Park

There are no mountains at Riding Mountain National Park.  Well, one of the park staff joked that if you lie on your back and squint a lot, some of the escarpment can look like a mountain. My arrival wasn’t very promising, as I drove up and down highway 10 inside the park looking for the […]


Canada 150 – At the Hundredth Meridian

At the hundredth meridian.  That is literally where I am, according to Google Maps (I opened Google Maps to my current location, touched and held the screen until a red arrow blob appeared and the location showed my latitude and longitude. And indeed, the Great Plains begin at this location in Manitoba.   And there […]


Canada 150 – Beating the heat

Now that I am in the prairies, temperatures soar during the day and it is pretty uncomfortable in the car.  I’ve resorted to a hair style from the late 80s for purely practical reasons.  I got the hairdresser to shave the lower back of my head, all the way up to where it starts to […]


Canada 150 – over 10,000 (km so far)

Just added up the mileage, just passed the 10,000 km mark today (over 6,000 mi)   From To Kms Toronto Chateauguay 560 Chateauguay Miramichi 848 Miramichi Kougibouquac 46 Kougibouquac Fundy 186 Fundy Chateauguay 991 Newfoundland (total trip) 1226 Chateauguay Ottawa 193 Ottawa Birds Hill 2216 Birds Hill Winnipeg 26 Winnipeg Toronto 2070 Toronto Stratford 110 […]


Canada 150 – Michigan U.P.

Yes, I know that the Michigan Upper Peninsula is not in Canada.  But I had done the Toronto-Winnipeg drive on the Canadian side twice in the last month, and that is over 2000 km, so I decided for some new scenery.  And Google said it would be 5 hours shorter starting from Stratford, so over […]


Canada 150 – Stratford Festival

After having to backtrack to deal with some family business, I was able to get away from Toronto again.  What better place to resume my trip across Canada than a stop at Stratford for the Stratford Festival.  I used to live in Sarnia, only an hour away, and used to come up to Stratford for […]


Canada 150 – Pinawa, MB

I used to live in Pinawa, so I had to take the opportunity to get back there.  I got this exact T-shirt on this exact day in this exact location 28 years ago. Yes, it has lasted this long, as well as the friendship with the person who gave it to me. I remember the […]


Winnipeg Folk Festival – Lovers in a Dangerous Time

Canada 150 trip – day I’ve lost count. Finally made it back to the Winnipeg Folk Festival.  I became a fan when I lived in Pinawa years ago, and have only been able to make it back once – 3 years ago.  I love everything about the Folk Festival but mostly the opportunity to immerse […]


Ontario is very wide

Day 2 driving across Ontario on my Canada150 trip, having left Ottawa on Canada Day.  I was aiming for Kenora, but only made it as far as a beautiful little fishing lodge/cabins/campground who took pity on me and let me have one of their two bedroom cabins for a good rate.  There was a big […]


Canada Day in the National Capital

Still raining in the National Capital, but everyone is developing strategies and coping mechanisms.  Note the caption on the show I was watching from my warm and dry hotel room in Sudbury, after leaving the National Capital early – but not before watching Bono and The Edge! Happy 150th Birthday, Canada.  I’m proud to be […]