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Birds Hill Park – Manitoba

Birds Hill Park – Manitoba

A photo journal of what I had come cross during one of my early morning walks.  

It took place on a sunny cool winter morning through the Cedar Bog Trail & Chickadee Trail, located in Birds Hill MB.  Each trail takes approx. 1 hour to complete.

Idea for Families / Kids – during the spring / summer, pack a Microscope in your backpack and  scoop up a couple drops of bog water.   Have a look at the amazing little creatures & plant life under the microscope!  

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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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!

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!

Nerve Racking & Adrenaline Pumping Fun – Pictographs

Nerve Racking & Adrenaline Pumping Fun – Pictographs

Agawa Rock Pictographs – Lake Superior

Getting to the pictographs is a challenge.

Don’t let the following discourage you, because once you get to see the pictographs and the landscape they are located in, its soooo worth it.

There are 2 challenges you’ll have to contend with.

The first is the trail itself. It consists of steep jagged rocks, tree roots, and at times narrow footing. It’s not a long trail, 0.5 km loop, but you do have to watch your footing.

The second challenge is at the end of the trail. This is where most people let their fear take over and don’t go any further. But if you want to see the pictographs, you’ll have to walk along the edge of the rock face while being very careful not to slip. If you slip… you’re sliding 15’ down the smooth & slick rock face, where you’ll be swimming in Lake Superior.

It’s a little nerve racking and adrenaline pumping fun!

Oh, and they only way to make this attempt is when Lake Superior is calm, otherwise forget it. The wrath of Lake Superior’s waves will take you out.


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Writing on Stone Provincial Park – Alberta

Writing on Stone Provincial Park – Alberta

 

Writing on Stone Provincial Park is located approx. 1 hour 22 minutes south east of Lethbridge AB.

Among the hoodoos are the petroglyphs that depicts a great battle. Since the drawings show guns and horses, we know that this battle would have to have taken place after 1730 because those items were introduced into the area until around that time frame.

Although there are theories of when and which battle it refers to, it seems to have taken place in the late 1800’s, as one of the most decisive Aamsskaapipikani victories.

The trails are easy to follow and will take you back in time to a world of history and mystery.

p.s. As you wander through the trail, beware of your stepping and hand placement….. Rattlesnakes are in the area.

More photos from this day – A Visual Experience

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Mike Ranta & Spitzii along with David Jackson

Mike Ranta & Spitzii along with David Jackson

Lake Winnipeg, Gimli Manitoba

Let me introduce you to by buddy, Mike Ranta & his faithful companion Spitzii. These two characters are today’s modern day voyageurs. Along for the adventure is the expedition’s photojournalist, David Jackson, who in his own right is definitely an adventurer.

So here’s what’s happened, Mike has not only canoed Canada from coast to coast, he’s done it twice! As a result of these great paddles, he’s the world record holder of having done it solo and having completing the trip in a single season.

Photojournalist & Adventurer – David Jackson

So what’s he doing in Lake Winnipeg near Gimli? He’s in the middle of canoeing Canada for a Third time! Along for the adventure is David, who has joined Mike & Spitzii from the beginning of this adventure.

Back on April 1st 2017, they began their journey in Bella Bella BC and headed east through the rockies. I can’t give away any of their stories, because let’s face it, its theirs to tell at the end of the adventure. I will say, they had to endure solitude, relentless elements, nature, wildlife, food & water shortage, and other adventures within their adventure.

Live location updates – Mike is carrying a beacon which tracks his every movement. Go to his website and locate this whereabouts on his map and if you get an opportunity….go meet the the three companions while they paddle Canada! I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t pass up on a good cold beer either.

You can read about Mike’s & Spitzii’s previous journey through his website and be sure to check out his book. Oh, and check out the baby moose he saved in during his last adventure – video here: Baby Moose Rescue

Mike Ranta & Spitzii – www.mikeranta.ca 
David Jackson – www.davidjacksonphoto.com 

ps. Once this paddle adventure is done, he is far from done. Follow him on the social medias and be the first to see what he does next!

Mike and I exchanging gifts.

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Paddle to the Sea & the Smallest Canadian Tire Store

Paddle to the Sea & the Smallest Canadian Tire Store

As you drive through Nipigon Ontario, one of their claims to fame is having the Smallest Canadian Tire Store in Canada. This photo actually makes it look bigger than what it is, but nope, its definitely a small store!

Then I came across the Paddle to the Sea park…

This is where a carved toy starts its journey…

Paddle to the Sea, a 1941 story written by Holling C. Holling. A story about a young Indian boy carves a little canoe with a figure inside and names him Paddle-to-the-Sea.  Paddle’s journey takes him through the Great Lakes and into the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

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