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The Great Trail – KEEN – Photo Contest

The Great Trail – KEEN – Photo Contest

The Great Trail
(aka: The TransCanada Trail)

An incredible adventure of up to 24,000km !
click here – MAP

As described on their website – “Whether you are looking for a place to hike, cycle, paddle, ride, cross-country ski or snowmobile, you can find an experience that resonates with you. As the longest recreational trail in the world, The Great Trail offers a wide range of activities through a variety of landscapes – urban, rural and wilderness, along greenways, waterways and roadways. True to its name, The Great Trail embodies the vastness of our terrain and the diversity of our people.”

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Recently The Great Trail held a Photo Contest on INSTAGRAM (#KEENselfeet),
showing your Keen Footwear selfie.     

I’d like to thank The Great Trail
for choosing one of my photos as one of the
Contest Winners!


… and the prize…
A free pair of KEEN footwear delivered to my door!

Let’s put these to good use!

Learn more and create an amazing adventure on The Great Trail

The Great Trail Website
The Great Trail FaceBook 

… see you out there!

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Yogibarz – Pack Light – Pack Healthy

Yogibarz – Pack Light – Pack Healthy

I’m always on the lookout for a healthy snack to take with me wherever I go. And let’s face it, its always nice when you can pack something that is light, healthy, compact, quick, convenient and definitely tasty.

The other day I met Maureen, who’s been following One Canadian’s Journey for over a year now. So when she heard I was in town, we met up for coffee and that’s when she introduced me to a Yogibarz.

At first, I’ll be honest, I was reluctant because its so hard to find a true healthy protein bar that tastes good. Also, the majority of the commercialized bars have so much other crap in the ingredients that kinda ruins its as far as being healthy. 

Maureen (The Owner & Creator of Yogibarz) gave me 3 Flavours to try –  “Chocolicious”, “Coconut Almond Joy” and “Simply the Zest-Lemon”.

My immediate reaction ….“Oh My Goodness, it was so good!
”.    All were very delicious and I’m looking forward to trying a few of other flavours.

About Yogibarz:

All YogiBars are made with 100% Whey Isolate Protein powders, freshly ground organic flax seed and many more natural ingredients and have no added sugar or corn syrups.

Hand Made & Homemade
Winnipeg Home Business
Very Tasty & Filling

19 Flavours:
Chocolicious
Very Vanilla
Scrumptious Strawberry
Blueberry
Mochalicious
Choco-chili  (spicy)
Choco-mint
Candy Cane Lane-Vanilla Mint
Banana Walnut
Simply the Zest-lemon
Orange clove
Blueberry Lemon
Crazy for Cranberry
Pretty in Pink Grapefruit
Mum’s Apple Pie
Coconut Lime
Coconut Almond Joy
Carrot Cake
Purely Pumpkin Pie

Maureen also shared that one of her creations was a total accident.  While combining the ingredients, she reached into her cupboard, accidentally grabbed and tossed in the wrong ingredient.  It ended up being  a wonderful surprise for her. 

Nutrition Facts (per 45g bar)
Calories – 200
Fats – 6g
Carbohydrates – 16g
Fibre – 3g
Sugars – 7g
Proteins – 18g

About Yogibarz Creator – Maureen Brown Van Schepdeal, is an accomplished athlete in various disciplines.  She was born and raised in Winnipegger and has led a very healthy and very active lifestyle her entire life. She created Yogibarz because she was unsatisfied with the commercialized bars already out there. It was an opportunity to seek out and create a healthier bar, which she successfully accomplished!  

Interesting side note:  Maureen has not needed a website to advertise.  Advertising has been all word of mouth, which gets her sales from all over!  That’s how good of a product she produces!  Even while we were chatting, she received a order from Vancouver Island. 

Get your hands on these Dangerously Delicious protein bars
FaceBook Page – Yogibarz     

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Dyingitis – If I don’t make it, tell my family and friends I love em’

Dyingitis – If I don’t make it, tell my family and friends I love em’

What is Dyingitis?

Women often refer to it, and down play my recent horrendous affliction as the “man cold”… but here’s the thing… in a scientific study that took 40 plus years of extensive research by the Ambrose Institute, its true nature is to try and turn your masculinity into the  “Whiny Baby Syndrome” (in some cases its works, but we haven’t seen that happen to Jayson, ever). 

I’m pretty sure I have Dyingitis – my nose is stuffed up, head hurts, coughing and throat is sore…Welcome to Winnipeg…If I don’t make it, tell all my family and friends I love them…..

The first symptom always starts off with,
“I thinking I’m dying”,
then, “I’m pretty sure I’m dying,”,
followed up with the hard cold facts,
“Yup, I’m definitely dying.” 

As I lay there on my death bed, some female friends offer words of encouragement, “Suck it up buttercup, you’re not dying, its just a man cold, ugh”..…You ever notice that they always end it with “ugh”, it’s like their’s no compassion or sympathy in their tone.

What does it feel like to have Dyingitis?  In layman terms, Dyingtis takes a full sized beefy masculine manly man (case study – Jayson Ambrose)… pushes you to the brink of death and just before you cross over, it reaches in, grabs you by the throat and pulls you back, so it can do it to you again in the future…… Whaaaat? Can’t argue with facts.

A friend sent me these hard cold scientific facts …. 

Case in point, obviously the picture dictates that the man’s cold is worse …look at him suffering, can’t even get out of bed….. poor guy

 

Worst Winters in Canada – Manitoba

Worst Winters in Canada – Manitoba

Waking up the other day to a thick morning frost on the outside of my windows was a reminder of what’s to come. Its been a few years since I’ve been in Winnipeg and I’m already anxiously waiting to get out and “enjoy” what Winnipeg’s Winter has to offer.

I also came across this recent article – “Sorry, Manitoba: You’ve Been Ranked as the Province with the Worst Winters in Canada

Google also agrees with their #1 pick of the Coldest Canadian City … Winnipeg.

One of the things I love about Winnipeg is its people… no matter how cold it gets, you’ll still find crazy positive attitudes outside and enjoying winter activities!   You just reeeeeallly need to dress appropriately.   

Let the winter fun begin!

Hansel & Gretel – The Witch’s Hut

Hansel & Gretel – The Witch’s Hut

Nestled among the forest along a creak filled with ducks in Kildonan Park – Winnipeg Manitoba

The famous German fairy tale of Hansel & Gretel by The Brothers Grimm is illustrated in the Witch’s Hut. It tells the tale of 2 children losing their way in the forest, finding a witch’s hut built of gingerbread and candies. Hansel is locked up, while Gretel is put to work for the witch. Eventually the children escape her evil grasp.

Kildonan’s witches hut was officially opened in October 1970 and has been open ever since during the summer months. It’s also a popular site for photographers and the Fairy Tales Festival.

Note: also in the park is the famous Rainbow Stage, an outdoor theatre venue.

 

 

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Inspiring & Encouraging

Inspiring & Encouraging

Until recently, I really had no idea how much One Canadian’s Journey has inspired & encouraged so many people.

I’m always thankful and appreciative when I meet people and they let me know that I’ve inspired them. But when I’ve been receiving emails of personal stories and how my blog & photos have inspired & encouraged them, and what they are doing now, Wow! I’m truly touched and moved. I’m also very stumped because I don’t know what to say, …thank-you!  Keep on living life to the fullest! 

Be sure to read the About Page  Thank-you Everyone! 

There are so many beautiful places and people out there,
let’s find them together!

Hot Showers on the Road (Part 2)

Hot Showers on the Road (Part 2)

One of the most common questions I get asked,
“Where do you shower?”

Read Part One here – HOT SHOWERS EVERY DAY! LIVING OUT OF A VEHICLE

Part Two….

Here are the Two Cheapest ways to get a Hot Shower while on the road.

Since I prefer being clean and showering everyday, I’m always looking out for a shower. I’m a little picky that way and here is the easiest way to maintain good personal hygiene while on the road.

The cheapest showers can usually be found at campgrounds. Surprisingly, most campgrounds I have come across are Free. And, you don’t have to stay at the campground in order to use them.  Just in case they are coin operated, be sure to keep a few coins in your personal hygiene bag at all times.  Oh, and keep this in mind…Most showers are closed between noon – 2pm for cleaning purposes.

The 2nd cheapest place I have found is in small communities & towns with public swimming pools. When you approach the front counter, be sure to let the front staff know that you are a traveler who is just passing through and only looking for a hot shower.  They will give you the “Traveler’s Discount” which is quite cheap.  So, how do you find the public pools in small towns? Easy! While you are entering the town, go the the Visitor Center, they’ll be more than happy to guide you.

There are other methods of maintaining good personal hygiene and I’d love to hear about your experiences, please leave a comment below! 

 

Camp Morton – Manitoba

Camp Morton – Manitoba

Location – Hwy 8, North of Gimli Manitoba

Camp Morton was build in 1920. It was used as a summer camp for Roman Catholic children as well as for orphaned and under privileged children.

The camp is still in use today, which offers camping sites, family vacation cabins and 6 Yurts.

A few of the sights you’ll come across as you stroll the grounds…

More photos from today – A Visual Experience 

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