Canada · 10 Days · 11 Moments · July 2018

Across Canada

23 July 2018

First Full Day in Québec: Today, we walked around the old part of the city. Olivia was REALLY excited because she was finally getting the chance to explore Québec, something she’s always wanted to do. We walked around a lot, as well as looked. It was extremely hot and humid so we were all sweating like pigs. It was a day full of walking, but lots of fun to be able to explore Québec City in the summer! stay tuned for more day in québec! s

22 July 2018

Stop 10: Montréal - Québec City The day was drizzly and a little cold. We ate breakfast at Cora’s and everyone LOVED IT. It was really good. We walked along the main shopping street and looked at all the stores. After, when we were about to leave Montréal, the car battery was dead! We got it fixed and headed off to our main destination. The drive wasn’t THAT exciting and it was pouring rain the whole time. When we got to Québec City and found our air b&b, we bought some food, relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the day. We have some busy days ahead so.... stay tuned for more! s

21 July 2018

Stop 9: Bobcaygeon - Montréal We left Bobcaygeon in the morning and headed off to Montréal. The drive was beautiful when we drove through the country side but not that exciting when we hit the highway. When we crossed the border to Québec, Livi was so excited. Tim Hortons tasted better and she even got excited about french gasoline. When we got to Montréal, we were shocked by the “ghost freeways.” There is massive construction going on with their freeway system that many of them just have a dead end, and aren’t being used. We mostly spent our time with our speed skating friend, Alison! With her, we ate dinner at Peel Pub and hiked up Mont Royal, where we had breathtaking views of the city. It was nice seeing her. We haven’t seen her in awhile and it was good catching up on life with her:) Next stop: Québec City! stay tuned for more! s

20 July 2018

Stop 8: Sault Ste. Marie - Bobcaygeon / You may be wondering: why would you go to Bobcaygeon and where the hell is it? Well my friends, “it was in Bobcaygeon, I saw the constellations reveal themselves, one star at a time. ” The drive to Bobcaygeon was awesome. We stopped in Sudbury where it was SO SMOKEY. We thought we escaped the smoke. We had PB&J for lunch and took pictures of the massive nickel. We continued to Bobcaygeon. To get there, we drove through cottage country. And by cottages, I mean houses that are weekend getaways. It was crazy. We eventually made it to Bobcaygeon and enjoyed our lakeside campsite. It was calm and peaceful. We ate dinner and we enjoyed our evening in Bobcaygeon. Next stop, Montréal! stay tuned for more! s

19 July 2018

Stop 7: Thunder Bay - Sault Ste. Marie / The drive to the Sault was amazing. We started our day by stopping at the Terry Fox statue. I’m speechless at all the emotions I felt while we were there. It was calm and quiet and the sun was just coming out. This was one of the only times where I saw my dad get emotional. After, we stopped at Old Woman’s Bay and that was the first time Liv and I got to go into the Lake Superior. The water and sun was GREAT! I loved it. We continued to drive beside the lake all the way to Sault Ste. Marie. We camped at the KOA, which was awesome. We explored the city a little and went to a bay where we could see the US. It was weird being that close to the States. We went back, saw some bears and enjoyed the rest of the evening at our 5 star camping spot. I went for a run, dad posted some updates on Facebook and we all secretly enjoyed the free wifi. Next stop, Bobcaygeon! stay tuned for more! s

18 July 2018

Stop 6: Birds Hill - Thunder Bay The morning started off nice and sunny. We made breakfast and then headed off to Ontario. This was exciting because Olivia and I have not really been to Ontario. We crossed the border and we were shocked we could only go 90km/h! We drove through Ontario and the flat prairie land turned to more hills with parts of the Canadian Shield. We stopped in Kenora for some Tims and stopped at Husky the Musky. Then, we stopped at some beautiful falls just outside of Thunder Bay. They were stunning. After, we drove to our motel... The motel is named the “Modern Motel” but honestly, it should be the “Murder Motel.” The first murder of 2018 in TB happened IN THE ROOM ABOVE OURS. As Liv said, “we goin die.” We ate at BP and we all determined calamari is better in the west. We walked around the shoreline and the blue water and calming breeze are beautiful. We went back to the Murder Motel and went to sleep. Hopefully, we’ll make it out! stay tuned for more! s

17 July 2018

Stop 5: Saskatoon - Winnipeg/Birds Hill The drive to Winnipeg was one again, stunning. The beauty of Saskatchewan continued and continued through Manitoba too. We drove and drove all the way to the Hundredth Meridien where the Great Planes Begin. Yes, dad and I were lying on the side of the road to get pictures. It was so worth it. We stayed just outside of Winnipeg at Birds Hill Provincial Park. It was quiet and calm and a great place to camp. We all enjoyed it. In the middle of the night, I had to get up and the sky was beautiful. There were so many stars in the sky. Later, when the stars were gone [:(], we had breakfast and headed off to Thunder Bay! stay tuned for more! s

16 July 2018

Stop 4: Hanna-Saskatoon / Saskatchewan. The province that everyone thinks is super boring but actually has the most beautiful landscape ever. The rolling hills, with yellow, purple, blue and green crops and bright blue skies with perfect clouds in them is stunning. No one believes me when I say this province is not boring. You need to experience it to understand it. Anyways, we drove from Hanna to Saskatoon today. We drove and drove and drove. We splurged and did not camp but stayed and the Bes because why not? When dad and I stayed there in 2017, I had an inside joke with a worker there AND a year later, we continued on that joke. We went to the mall for a bit and ate at an Italian restaurant that dad and I have eaten at every time we come to the city. We went back to the hotel and I hit the gym and Liv swam. Are we surprised? After, dad and I went and watched “the sundown on the Paris of the prairies.” It was a breathtaking experience. Next stop: Winnipeg! stay tuned for more! s

15 July 2018

Stop number 3! Golden - Hanna We drove from Golden to the proud home of Nickelback; Hanna, Alberta. Hanna is a small town in the middle of farming country. Before we left BC, we stopped at Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake because dad had never seen them and in Calgary because *someone* needed new shoes. Anyways, the prairies were a surprise. Just a heads up, they aren’t boring. The bright yellow fields and rolling hills were just stunning to look at, especially with the bright blue sky. It looked like a painting. We stayed at Prairie Oasis Campground. But before going to the campsite, we HAD to get a picture in front of the Hanna sign, stating that they’re the proud home of Nickelback. It was right on a man made lake, with farmland completely surrounding you. I think a highlight for us all was the sunset. It was the first prairie sunset we saw and it did not disappoint. Next stop, Saskatoon! stay tuned for more! s

14 July 2018

Stop numéro deux: Kamloops - Golden After Liv’s dance competition, we drove to Golden BC! It was a lovely drive and we had a nice stop with some speed skating friends in Salmon Arm. Fun fact about Golden, this was our first time ever camping. I know, I know you’d think that after 17 years of being a breathing human I would have gone camping by now. Anyways, camping in Golden was awesome. We met a family from Niagara Falls, exploring the western side of this large country. The camp ground was stunning. The only downside were the trains. It truly sounded like explosions were happening down the Kicking Horse Canyon. I couldn’t sleep! (And as many of you know, I can sleep through anything) After the long, loud night, we had a delicious breakfast, packed up our campsite and headed to the place where Nickelback grew up😏 BUT! Dad and I had to get a picture in front of the former Golden Rim Motor Inn, because we are The Tragically Hip Nerds🤓 stay tuned for more! s

13 July 2018

First Stop I know that’s it’s been forever since the last time I wrote here but I would like to share my family’s trip to Québec City! So, here is the story of our first stop: Prince George - Kamloops This was a normal drive, simply because it was only to Kamloops, a drive we’ve done many many times. We went to Kamloops so Olivia could compete in a dance competition in which she SLAYED! She did really really well. During our stay in the Loops, we went and had sushi and went to the amazing Chapters where we bought lots of books. Okay, I bought a book on The 1975 and a 2x2 Rubik’s cube. Also, there was this huge fire on one of the many hills that was burning when we got there, and 24 hours later. stay tuned for more! s