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.
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.
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!
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There are so many beautiful places and people out there,
let’s find them together!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Along the TransCanada Hwy, east of Winnipeg, there is a place called Geppetto’s (as in Pinocchio’s Geppetto).
Originally, Geppetto’s was all about Wood products for Home & Garden. It’s s place to get lawn and garden furniture that John (aka: Geppetto) was making out of this workshop.
Over the years, along with his wife Sandy, they added a small snack shop and miniature golf course.
It’s been almost 25 years, but unfortunately for their customer’s, Geppetto and his wife are selling the business with hopes that someone will continue with Geppetto’s, as they head into a new chapter of their life…. retirement.
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.
Bunnock or “Game of Bones” has been compared to bowling and curling, and is believed to have been created by Russian Soldiers to pass the time while stationed in Serbia during the 19th Century.
Two teams stand on opposite ends of the field and take turns trying to knock down each other’s row of bones. This is done by throwing more bones at the standing bones, and must be done in a specific order.
During the 20th Century, Russian & German immigrants who settled in Saskatchewan had introduced Bunnock to the community, where it became very popular in Macklin SK. This is where the annual World Bunnock Championships are held.
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.