Manitoba Facts:
Provincial Flower: Prairie Crocus
Provincial Bird: Great Gray Owl
Provincial Tree: White Spruce

 

We arrived late into Manitoba. Having visited Manitoba in the winter of 2010, we hadn’t planned to spend much time in the province during our cross-country road trip. The day we arrived, we were met with thunder and heavy rain. After settling into the hotel, we went out for dinner at a rather posh restaurant and relaxed for the first time on our journey.
The next day, we met up with The Canadian’s old school friend and enjoyed an afternoon with him before exploring some of the downtown delights of Winnipeg.
Before crossing the provincial border for our Ontario section of our road trip, we stopped in Falcon Park and enjoyed the last of the flat land and rolling clouds. The weather was beautiful and provided a fitting day to say goodbye to the prairies.
If you’re in Winnipeg on your road trip, or any visit for that matter, be sure to drop by the Winnipeg zoo, which is fantastic. We visited that in the dead of winter, and minus the -40 C cold, we had a fantastic time, as a bonus all the sensible visitors had stayed away so we had the park to ourselves. Other things to do in Winnipeg, when you’re short of time and looking for ‘free’ or cheap days, include visiting the British sweetie shop, Candy Mountain, located in an old train carriage in “The Forks”. The Forks also houses a mall, which is definitely worth a wander.
I’ve broken our Canada road trip into a series of blog posts, which can be found here:
Manitoba
What are your tips for making a mundane trip into an adventure? Do you have any road trip hints and tips for smooth travel?
In 2012, I travelled across 3 Canadian provinces and completed my first major ‘road trip’. Road trips are a new concept to me, so my excitement was intense. Follow the Road Trip Journey and discover places to visit and enjoy in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, as well as hints and tips on the best way to make a road trip romantic, enjoy each others company and find great photo opportunities

Saskatchewan Facts:
Provincial Flower: Western Red Lily
Provincial Bird: Sharp-Tailed Grouse
Provincial Tree: White Birch

We didn’t take the Trans-Canada Highway all the way from Edmonton, as most people would if they were embarking on a road trip across the country, instead we entered Saskatchewan from the south. We were heading for Regina when we found an information centre, which made us aware that a winery was a 40 minutes drive in the wrong direction. Having never been to a winery before, I persuaded The Canadian that it would be a good idea to take a detour, so we headed to Maple Creek.

The Canadian still insists that the mead was his best experience in Saskatchewan to date. We bought bottles of mead and white wine, enjoyed a walk around the vineyard and ate a fantastic lunch. We even saw wild deer, which, to a city girl like me, was exciting!

The drive through southern Saskatchewan was amazing. It looked almost untouched in places. I drove this stretch so there aren’t many photos of this province, but I am not exaggerating when I say that it was breathtaking. For a while, it was boring, flat, farms then all of a sudden the scenery melted into large dusty hills and winding roads, with sporadic placements of blue water in valleys, surrounded by low trees. This area of Saskatchewan was reminiscent of something from a film. The Canadian was delighted when we stumbled across a remote T-Rex museum in Eastend, SK. He wasn’t so delighted when I bought him a t-shirt that was too (!) geeky for his tastes.

Our journey through Saskatchewan was against the background noise of Tina Fey’s “Bossy Pants” and Terry Pratchett’s “Witches Abroad“. I cannot over recommend having an audio book or two for a long distance road trip. Especially for road trips across Canada. Although there really is some beauty to be found in this country, some of the driving can be particularly arduous, and having some distraction for 9 hour days of driving can be a useful tool.
The audiobooks really added to the richness of our road trip and, as an added bonus, they made up for the grumpy moment that came from me needing a chocolate break, only to pull into a convenience store that turned out to be the “Corner Gas” set just north of Weyburn. For those of you not familiar, this was a big Canadian TV show set around a petrol station, honestly, the premise of the show surpasses my description! Needless to say, they didn’t sell chocolate.

Saskatchewan was a thoroughly enjoyable drive. I’d recommend exploring the vineyard just east of Maple Creek, enjoying the drive around Eastend (and even visiting the museum!), enjoying the massive horizons and the fantastic cloud formations, and visiting “Rumors” cafe in Assiniboia, which was definitely a great place to stop, albeit rather remote.

Where are you favourite places in Saskatchewan?

I’ve broken our Canada road trip into a series of blog posts, which can be found here:
Saskatchewan
What are your tips for making a mundane trip into an adventure? Do you have any road trip hints and tips for smooth travel?
In 2012, I travelled across 3 Canadian provinces and completed my first major ‘road trip’. Road trips are a new concept to me, so my excitement was intense. Follow the Road Trip Journey and discover places to visit and enjoy in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, as well as hints and tips on the best way to make a road trip romantic, enjoy each others company and find great photo opportunities

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Alberta Facts: 
Provincial Flower: Wild Rose
Provincial Bird: Great Horned Owl
Provincial Tree: Lodge Pine Tree

 

For 2 years, we lived in Edmonton, Alberta. Our first house was home to many exciting firsts. We experienced condo living (boo!), living next to dreadful neighbours, and a whole host of military induced experiences (including a deployment).
Giggling on the bathroom floor after eating too many gummy bears is one of my best memories, as was the road trip around Alberta, after the Canadian returned from Afghanistan. Although, The Canadian will probably argue that the time I fostered 1 cat and 8 kittens for 6 weeks was up there on the list of memories (sorry!).
Leaving Edmonton was bittersweet, we had made some amazing friends and great connections. We were close to mountains and had may a great time exploring the smaller towns of Alberta. However, we were ready to move on, having found Alberta too restrictive for our own personal tastes, we desperately wanted to be posted to Ontario. We decided to drive to Ottawa and kept our road trip to within Canada. Often people decide to drive the U.S., however, this was my first time to explore Canada properly and I didn’t want to to turn down the opportunity to see my new country in its entirety.
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Alberta is a beautiful province, filled with absolutely breathtaking scenery (don’t worry, there’s also a lot of bland scenery to balance it out!). If you’re ever in Alberta, be sure to visit Calgary zoo, drive the Iceland Parkway, explore the trails surrounding Lake Louise and Jasper, have a photograph taken outside the world’s largest dinosaur structure in Drumheller, visit the hoodoos and generally get lost amongst the great expanse of fields and greenery (in the summer!). I would recommend an Alberta road trip to anyone who wanted to see natural beauty.
Where would be your ‘go to’ places in Alberta? Do you have any ‘must dos’ for road trips that keep you from divorcing?
I’ve broken our Canada road trip into a series of blog posts, which can be found here:
Alberta
What are your tips for making a mundane trip into an adventure? Do you have any road trip hints and tips for smooth travel?
In 2012, I travelled across 3 Canadian provinces and completed my first major ‘road trip’. Road trips are a new concept to me, so my excitement was intense. Follow the Road Trip Journey and discover places to visit and enjoy in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, as well as hints and tips on the best way to make a road trip romantic, enjoy each others company and find great photo opportunities

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My mother in law gave me all of her old camera equipment. It was like an early Christmas present when she brought the boxes over. We were both under the belief that the lenses would automatically fit on my DSLR but that was not the case.

Eventually, I searched on eBay and tracked down a Minolta to Canon adaptor. It arrived today and I immediately popped it on and started testing the lenses. Using film lenses on a DSLR was so much fun.

Sadly, I cannot adjust the aperture easily on the camera as the lens isn’t recognized on my Canon, still, I enjoy the results.

 

I am in England.

Pinching myself because it doesn’t feel very real.

It took so long to get here. It’s been such a crazy visit and trip.

First there was a snow storm in Ottawa, which meant my flight was cancelled, which led to a whole host of events including:

– queuing for an hour to get a taxi

– the taxi driver leaving me at the end of a driveway whilst I pulled one 28kg suitcase and carried two 10kg bags through 2 feet of snow, all while wearing canvas shoes

– I spent more time in an airport and eventually managed to get to Frankfurt where it became evident that someone had forgotten to book me on the connecting flight to England. So, I waited, only to discover that I wasn’t booked on the second connection either.

– There may have been a scary look on my face because I was quickly put on the second connection.

By the time I landed in England I was beyond tired and grumpy but I’m glad to be here! The downside of this is that I haven’t been as attentive as I wanted to be with this blog, my services, and my part time job. I think that eventually that will get back on track. Thanks for being patient.