I had the privilege a few years ago to take a cross
trip with my family, hitting every capital city in the country except Canada and Iqaluit. (I’m sorry that we couldn’t squeeze them in, but time and money just wouldn’t allow it!)The trip took seven weeks, and although we couldn’t possibly see everything this great country has to offer, it did afford us a glimpse of every region, and certainly inspired future trips to certain spots. Of course the thing that strikes one the most when doing a trip like that is the shear vastness. It is amazing when you consider that a mere 35,000,000 people are spread out over this huge landmass, yet somehow we manage to find enough common ground to call ourselves one nation. Yellowknife
Highlights for me were visiting the old fort of Louisbourg in
, old Nova Scotia as well as the country side in rural Quebec City , and the rugged beauty in Quebec . The wilderness of Newfoundland Northern Ontario was a surprise as was the quaint and elegant beauty of . To save money we spent many nights sleeping in our vehicle – despite the fact that there were six of us. Our children were used to long trips, having lived most of their lives in the north, so they were content to fall asleep while my husband, (who needs very little sleep) kept driving until he felt like stopping. We spent many nights in the ‘Hotel Suburban’ as we called it, since at the time we drove a GMC Suburban, which was big enough to hold our large family plus all our gear. Every few days we’d rent a room to get a proper night’s sleep and then away we would go again! Victoria, BC
Lobster suppers, Viking villages, the Hockey Hall of Fame and so much more are now just a memory. On our way home, as we rolled back along the Alaska highway to our home in the Yukon, despite the many wonderful places we’d visited, we all agreed that the scenery in our own back yard was still probably some of the most spectacular we had seen.
On July first when I was watching the news, there was a short clip about Canada Day celebrations that were going on in
– the biggest celebrations outside of London, England itself. Here they had things like a Tim Horton’s booth, Molson Canadian beer, and street hockey. Isn’t it funny how certain things have come to define us? While these are quite true, I like to think it is our friendly, outgoing nature, combined with our sense of adventure, that are truly what define us as a people. Perhaps these characteristics are an extension of the landscape itself – adventurous, vast, and varied. May we long be known as the ‘True North’ - strong and free. Canada