In celebration of Canada's birthday, I thought it might be nice to take you along on a trip down memory lane. Over the years, I have driven across Canada on three different occasions. The first time, a girlfriend and I took three glorious weeks to go from Alberta to Nova Scotia. The second time was a few years later but it was much less leisurely. We drove from Nova Scotia to Alberta in 6 days, stopped for a couple of weeks in Alberta and then ventured on to Vancouver. The last time it was a little like reliving the original trip in reverse. That same original girlfriend and I hopped a plane to Nova Scotia, picked up an SUV and then ambled on back toward Alberta.
On all three occasions, we saw some spectacular country but I think what I found the most interesting is, even though we stopped in many of the same places and even visited the same tourist areas, it was like seeing it all over again with fresh eyes. There is little more that I can say except that we have one huge, glorious country that I can't imagine ever getting tired of. Here are some of the highlights.
|International Buskers Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|Tall Ships Saling Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia|
|Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia|
|Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia|
|Lunenburg's famous red waterfront buildings, Nova Scotia|
Though it was a different story about 400 years ago, Acadians not only proudly display their heritage but gladly share it with the rest of the world. Sharing the Bay of Fundy, highest tides in the world, with Nova Scotia, there are opportunities galore to bury your feet in the red clay just to see how long it takes to come off, dig clams or fish for flounder.
|Kings Landing, New Brunswick|
|Hartland Bridge, New Brunswick|
|Old Quebec City, Quebec|
I can't imagine why anyone would travel across this great country without stopping to spend a little time in Quebec. While Montreal is still on the bucket list, it's easy to spend a day or two wondering around Quebec City. The history of the old Fort, along the St. Lawrence Seaway, is time well spent and it doesn't take one long before you realize what a cultural mosaic this area is.
As you make your way westward, you may enjoy the outdoor opportunities of County of Renfrew. A scenic community in the Ottawa Valley, which includes the Towns of Arnprior, Deep River and Brudenell River, the area is permeated with what one might consider the best of both worlds; not far from a major urban centre, but far enough to have maintained it's rural roots and close community feel.
|Ottawa River, Arnprior, Ontario|
|Bruce Mines, Ontario|
|Katherine Cove, Ontario|
Thunder Bay, a city of about 110,000 and the most populous region of northwestern Ontario, has been an important transportation hub since the late 17th century. From fur trading, it is now an important link for shipping grain and other products from western Canada, through the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. Kenora, Ontario has never failed to impress us. A small city on the Lake of the Woods, close tothe Manitoba border, and with its own colorful history, it's the only city I know where the local grocery store has its own boat dock.
|Thunder Bay, Ontario|
The salt water isn't all the area is famous for, it's also the home of Danceland and its Wold Famous Dance Floor Built on Horsehair. This unique structure makes one wish they lived in the era that made Danceland famous.
As we slowly wound our way back to Alberta, we paid tribute to the few Prairie Sentinels that continue to disappear from the landscape.
If you haven't explored this great country, perhaps you should add it to your bucket list of things to do. You won't regret it.