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One of the things I most admire about Terry Fox

One of the things I most admire about Terry Fox

There really is not much one can say about this inspiring Canadian that hasn’t already been said, expect…

I want to share with you one of the things I most admire about Mr. Terry Fox.

He is the only Canadian (that I’m aware of) to single handily unite All Canadians coast to coast as a whole, like no other Canadian has…. and his legacy continues to do so. 

Born: Terrance Stanley Fox (1958 – 1981)
Monument: 9’ bronze statue on a 45 ton granite base.
Location: 1000 Highway 11/17, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7A 0A1

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There I stood, dead centre… of Canada !

There I stood, dead centre… of Canada !

So there I stood…
dead centre of Canada!
Cool!

It’s location is just East of Winnipeg MB on Hwy #1 

Approx 500 metres off to the side is Pete’s Centre of Canada Heritage Site. Its a very well laid out area to walk around and check out all the old tractors.

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Canada’s 150th – Riding Mountain National Park

Canada’s 150th – Riding Mountain National Park

The park’s town – Wasagaming, had a few events scheduled to celebrate Canada’s 150th.

Two of which had caught my attention…

The first, 89 New Canadians took the oath of citizenship. It was a ceremony that brought tears of joy to many of these new Canadians. It was a neat experience to witness and I wish them all happiness, success, and helping all Canadians to make our country a prosperous one.


The second, a roaming magician by the name of Marlowe Cochrane. When I saw his name, I had to snicker because a week prior to this we had chatted. We were going to get together for a coffee when I was in Winnipeg and catch up on old times. Neither of us knew each other would be in the park today. It was good see an old friend performing for the crowds.

Check out Marlowe’s Facebook Page


Swimming in the Rain – Riding Mountain National Park MB

Swimming in the Rain – Riding Mountain National Park MB

Moon Lake – Riding Mountain National Park located in Manitoba

When I first arrived, it was beautiful outside and the lake was as calm as can be…

I met a few interesting people, including…

A family from Minot USA had been coming to Riding Mountain for approx 30+ years and its been family tradition that’s being passed onto the grandkids. 


Then there was a traveler from Quebec who was definitely living in the moments. A free-spirited, dread-locks and all, young lady who had worked on a Manitoba ranch for a couple months but was now making her way back to home to Quebec.

As the clouds rolled it and it started to rain, it was time to take shelter.  However, not for this young lady….

…she decided it was time to go swimming. Although it was raining, it was still quite warm out.

As for me and a couple others, keeping dry and out the rain was preferred and we were sharing the shelter with seven nests filled with baby barn swallows and their parents.

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Standing under Big Sky… and… Oooh, there it is!

Standing under Big Sky… and… Oooh, there it is!

One of the first things I noticed when I crossed over from the mountains and into the rolling hills and flat lands of the prairie provinces was the vastness of the Big Sky.

Big Sky is the reference used to describe your eyes perspective of the miles and miles of sky that surrounds you in all directions. It was something I hadn’t realized I missed until I stood there. It was amazing and beautiful.

As I continued driving, all of a sudden it hit me… “Oooh there it is! Yup, didn’t miss that.”. The pure nose cringing smell of dead skunk that glues itself to your nose hairs for a few minutes.

At one point, you know that big white “X” on the road way, just before a set of railway tracks?  Dead (no pun intended) center was a roadkill skunk.  This was pure coincidence (or someone was playing a sick joke.) … Just sharing with you some of the things I have come across. 

The road between Banff and Jasper – Hwy 93

The road between Banff and Jasper – Hwy 93

The road between Banff and Jasper, highway 93, is filled with all kinds of visually stimulating sights. Everything from the green emerald glacier filled lakes, waterfalls, snow peak mountain tops within arms reach, glaciers, and the abundance of wildlife.


At one stop, I could noticed something up in the mountain, but it was too far to distinguish exactly what it was. Zoom lens in hand….

It ended up being a German Military Exercise taking place….


 

And then I came across the Athabasca Ice Fields … If you decide not to go by tour bus, there’s a 5 km walk from the parking lot to the ice fields.

I had been in shorts and a t-shirt because it was pretty warm out, but half way to the ice fields the temperature immediately drops…sigh…. I should have brought a jacket for the walk. In the distance you can see the tundra buses filled with tourists up on the ice. 


 


Not to far from the ice fields and right long the highway is Tangle Creek Waterfalls! A little cold on the back of the head! Ya, I had to stick my head in. Very refreshing. 


 

Continue to make my way to Jasper, but just before you get there on Hwy 93, there is a “Wildlife & Mountain Goats” View area. Not more than 20 feet away from the sign….. 2 adults and 2 baby goats putting on a show for the 20 or so tourist. The young goats would get a burst of energy, jumping up and kicking out their hind legs.


I was planning to stop in Jasper for the night, but when I arrived shortly after 7:00pm…. it was packed with tourists! I didn’t think tourist would be arriving for a few more days when school was officially out for the summer. Nope, I was wrong. Bus loads of people, RV’s, camper…everywhere. So I decided to carry on through. 


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Cathedral Trail – A Forest of Old & Giant Trees

Cathedral Trail – A Forest of Old & Giant Trees

This is one the super easiest and most accessible trails you’ll ever come across! It guides you through a forest of giant trees, some of which are older than 800 years!


The Big Tree


This was pretty interesting…

Living Tree Stump. The bark has covered it completely while its roots have grafted onto a living tree, where it soaks in the nutrients to survive.

Petroglyphs at Sproat Lake Provincial Park – Vancouver Island

Petroglyphs at Sproat Lake Provincial Park – Vancouver Island

After a short 7-10 min walk from the parking lot, you’ll come to the end of the trail, which leads you onto a dock outstretched onto the water where you will face a small rock cliff with the petroglyphs, named K’ak’awinon.  There are 9 designs in total and  historically, it was the Hupacasath First Nations that occupied this region.

Its hard to date petroglyphs due to erosion, but its accepted by the professionals that these particular designs could be as old as 10000 – 14000 years old.  

Could you imagine being the person that discovered these and the excitement it would have brought?! …  Meanwhile a few hundred feet away, some guy with hand tools is walking away….. 😉 

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