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Montreal – Friendship, and Music History

Montreal is not a new city for me – I grew up here, on the south shore, in a town called Chateauguay.  It is recently most famous as the hometown of Corey Crawford, two-time NHL Stanley Cup-winning goaltender. To me, this is a bit of down time in my travels, somewhere familiar.  Somewhere to stay […]


Being a tourist in Twillingate, Newfoundland & Labrador 1

I loved Twillingate.  I was only going to spend one day there and ended up spending three nights.  However, there were certain local idiosyncrasies that made it a bit challenging, so I thought I would put them out there to help other tourists.  If you don’t plan on going to Twillingate, NL, then you can […]


Icebergs at Twillingate

This is so amazingly awesome, I have been trying to figure out how to write about it.  I was only going to spend overnight at Twillingate to see Iceberg Alley and then move on to Gros Morne – I enjoyed it here so much that I am now going to have to forgo Gros Morne […]


Canada 150 Trip – Signal Hill

St. John’s is definitely a working town.  All of those wonderfully huge ocean-going boats, moored right up against the downtown area.  You can see the ships next to the highrise buildings in the downtown core, and I was right across a walkway from one while I was having lunch at a food court yesterday.  Amazing. […]


Discovery Pass by Mail – Brilliant

I was at Signal Hill yesterday, just outside St. John’s Newfoundland.  It is a Canadian Heritage site, and so normally there would be a fee to enter.  But because it is Canada’s 150th birthday, it was free.   This got me to thinking about the Discovery Pass that I applied for and got by mail, […]


St. John’s Newfoundland!

Finally, I made it to Newfoundland – the first of my three “new” places on this adventure.  I had to be a complete tourist and have fish and chips at The Duke of Duckworth (note all you Republic of Doyle fans), and listen to some music at Erin’s (owned by one of the members of […]


Starting West today

Well, plans change – which is wonderful because my plans for the summer are very fluid at present.  I thought that Kouchibouguac National Park would be the furthest East that my car would be this trip, but I was wrong. I did go to Kouchibouguac, but the hiking trail I was interested in was closed.  They were […]


Maritime music

As I have been driving along, already more than 1600 kms, I listen to CBC Radio two and sometimes radio one.  Different parts of the country have different music memories for me.  The maritimes in general sound like fiddle music, AshleyMacIsaac, RyansFancy among others.  Folk music.  But when I lived in Fredericton in the late […]


Canada 150 – Day 1! 1

So, the adventure begins.  I’m driving and camping across Canada all summer in celebration of #Canada150, in my 2003 Mazda Miata, which already has 200,00 km on it.  But I have faith.  Today is the furthest east the car will be on this trip: Kouchibouguac National Park.  Using my free Parks Canada pass for the first […]