Waterton National Park – The Windiest Place on Earth

The drive into any of Canada’s National Parks never disappoint. Whether it be the tall trees, rolling hills, wildlife or the mountains in the distance, they all offer something special with a landscape that is stunning.  Waterton was no exception.  However, what we weren’t expecting was the gale force wind that kept us up at night wondering if our tent was going to fly off Funky Joe and into the lake!   When we arrived around supper time the Read more…

Fort Walsh – A Step Back in Time

Now that our time in Cypress Hills had come to an end we headed West towards Alberta.  But, before we crossed the border, we made sure to make a stop in Fort Walsh.  Following a beautiful trail of rolling hills and flourishing Texas-style ranches, we arrived at Fort Walsh a mere 45 minutes later. We joined a tour which was integral in providing us with insight into the area.  It was incredible to walk through this settlement where the Read more…

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park Visiting Cypress Hills is something I have always wanted to do. Located in Southern Saskatchewan, it was an area of our province we had yet to discover together.  After returning home from Waskesiu we repacked, bought more groceries, visited with our moms, and enjoyed the Bryan Adams concert with friends – all before we headed back onto the road again.   As we crept our way closer to our destination we were shocked by Read more…

Indigenous Plants and Pemmican Making

Living off the land is something I wish I knew more about.  Learning from Indigenous teachings is something I have made a priority in my life.  I have taken the Truth and Reconciliation recommendations to heart and strive to live by them and to teach as many of them as I can to my students and others around me.  I am no expert but learning with my heart surely counts for something.  Parks Canada offers numerous programs for people Read more…

Beaver Glen

As the aspens trembled around our campsite we awoke to Mother Nature’s song. We were rested and Dave felt pretty good considering last night’s fiasco.  Had he passed the stone and not even realized it?  Just in case it was still going to make an appearance, we decided to set up camp and just spend the day in our site or touring the trails close by.  Chairs were opened, the tent was pegged down, the hammock was hung, Read more…

The day we spent six hours in the ER at the Prince Albert Hospital.

The day we spent six hours in the ER at the Prince Albert Hospital Two days later we checked out of our cabin and went geocaching for a bit before heading to our campsite at Beaver Glen.  As we pulled into our site Dave said those dreaded seven words: “I think I have a kidney stone.”  We then parked, gathered ourselves (and a vomit bag for the pain) for what we were sure would be a long Read more…

Canada Day in a National Park

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to spend Canada Day in either a National Park or on Parliament Hill.  This year it would be at a National Park – Prince Albert National Park, to be specific.  I finished off a great school year with the grade threes and at midnight on Friday Dave had finished his final shift for the summer.  We were packed and ready to go!  On the morning of Sunday, June Read more…

Home

After 13,000 kilometers, 15 campsites, two home stays with friends (who treated us like family), 1 broken iPhone 5S, 3 National Park visits, 4 moose, 1 bear, numerous squirrels, thousands of bugs and countless mosquito bites, 2 pairs of broken Keen sandals, approximately 23 tanks of gas, 7 concerts, 1 tree house, 1 luxury loft, 2 ferry rides, 3 boat rides, 1 rustic cabin, 400+ geocaches, books upon books read, 7 provinces traversed, 1 fight Read more…

Georgian Bay Islands National Park

We had both been looking forward to our stay on the Georgian Bay Islands since the day Dave booked and surprised me with the accommodation. First of all it was a National Park, second it was a surprise, and third the only access to this National Park was via a boat ride.  We read over the packing list to make sure we hadn’t forgotten anything.  Arriving at Honey Harbour with time to spare, we went for Read more…

Toes Over Toronto!

When we were in Bolivia, Dave’s dream was riding the Death Road – the world’s most dangerous road.  I was terrified but I still did it.  So when we were planning our trip to Toronto I knew I wanted to do the Edge Walk around the CN Tower.  I was excited from the moment we woke but Dave needed some encouragement.  I don’t think he ever got to the level of eagerness that I was Read more…