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Cross Canada Adventure

In September 2011, Lee and Kelly set off From Victoria BC with an aim to make it to the East Coast of Canada.

Why I Am In Love With St. John’s, Newfoundland


Brightly coloured row houses are perched on back-breakingly steep streets. An industrial wharf is home to enormous fishing boats which are dwarfed by the rocky ridges of the enclosed harbor. The endless icy North Atlantic sea surrounds the protected bay and icebergs float serenely by like clouds in a clear blue sky. As soon as I arrived in St. John’s ... Read More »

Searching For Moose in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland


It was a cold winter day in Newfoundland and we were being driven up and down winding roads through the mountains, watching the icy mountainous landscape roll past us. Our amazing Couchsurfing hosts in Corner Brook insisted on taking us up to visit Gros Morne National Park during our stay. We are grateful that they did, because after a few ... Read More »

Cross Canada Adventure: Boats, Forts and Immigrants in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Well, we finally arrived in Halifax! After three months of ferries, trains, buses and rides from strangers we achieved our goal: to travel across Canada. It seems like the journey went by fast, but then when we think about all of the places we have been and the people we have met, we realize that we have packed a lifetime ... Read More »

Maritime Beauty and Eating Competitions in New Brunswick – Cross Canada Adventure


After the charming European atmosphere of Quebec City, we took another epic overnight train journey towards Moncton, New Brunswick. To be perfectly honest I had no idea what to expect from this bilingual Maritime province. It doesn’t get a lot of publicity and I can’t remember ever meeting anyone who was from New Brunswick. It is one of the more ... Read More »

Getting a taste of Europe in Quebec City – Cross Canada Adventure


WTF? I thought we were backpacking across Canada… how the hell did we take a wrong turn and end up in Europe? Wait, never mind. We haven’t accidently wandered into a small town in France, although you could be excused for thinking that we had. The melodic tones of people speaking French float through the air as we walk past ... Read More »

Poutine, Animals and Autumn Walks in Montreal – Cross Canada Adventure:


The next step on our Cross Canada Journey was short in terms of distance but huge when it comes to culture. We left English-speaking Canada behind in Ottawa and arrived in French Canada, which feels like a completely different world. Montreal is filled with art, culture, festivals, history and lots of lots of delicious food. It seems close to Europe ... Read More »

Exploring Parliament and Eating Beaver Tails in Ottawa – Cross Canada Adventure


Located just across the river from Quebec, this bilingual city was our first preview of the French Canadian culture that awaited us further down the road. We caught a ride-share with some students from the bustling big city lights of Toronto to the slightly more reserved and historic city of Ottawa. Filled with stately government buildings, leafy boulevards, pretty canals ... Read More »

The Greatest Birthday Ever: Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Have you ever had one of those days which were truly magical from start to finish and you didn’t ever want it to end? I recently celebrated my 25th birthday as we were right in the middle of our trip across Canada. Since we had no set schedule for the trip and we were making it up as we went ... Read More »

The Big City Lights of Toronto – Cross Canada Adventure


After our wonderful stay in Winnipeg with the lovely Jacques, it was time to head to Toronto. This great metropolis is the biggest city in Canada and also one of the most multicultural cities in North America. It is well known for its amazing diversity of ethnic restaurants, its art and culture scene and its position as one of the ... Read More »

Couchsurfing in Winnipeg – Cross Canada Adventure


After our stay in Saskatoon we boarded the first train of our journey and made our way to the prairie metropolis of Winnipeg, Manitoba. This city is the largest in Manitoba and a major economical, cultural, and commercial center in Canada. The name comes from the Cree First Nations word “Wi-Nipe-K” which means muddy waters and this aludes to the ... Read More »

A Home Where the Buffalo Roamed in Saskatchewan – Cross Canada Adventure


After partying with Therese in Calgary and hitting West Edmonton Mall, we found a ride on Craiglist into Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. As we drove, the landscape began to flatten itself out like a piece of fabric being ironed. The wrinkles of the undulating Alberta hills were pressed down until they formed a straight and unbreakable line with the horizon. I was ... Read More »

A Giant Cat in Calgary and a Giant Mall in Edmonton – Cross Canada Adventure


After our rugged outdoor camping adventure in the Rocky Mountains, it was off to Calgary. My lovely cousin Therese, who lives the glamorous life of an interior designer in the big city, offered for us to sleep on the inflatable bed at her chic condo in the heart of downtown. When I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s house it ... Read More »

Canoeing, Hiking and Camping in Alberta – Cross Canada Adventure

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After climbing mountains, hanging out with chipmunks, and partying in beautiful Banff, we hopped on another Greyhound bus and made our way to the prairie cowboy metropolis of Calgary, Alberta. There we met up with my cousin, Therese, who lives in a fabulous condo in downtown Calgary and works as an interior designer. We will spend more time living it ... Read More »

The Amazing Mountains of Banff – Cross Canada Adventure


After a fantastic stay in Kamloops with Megan, we jumped on a bus to Alberta, to the scenic Rocky Mountain paradise of Banff. Now, I’ve been to Banff many times throughout my life, and even lived there for a summer, but I still experience a great sense of awe whenever I visit the Rocky Mountains. Towering snow-capped peaks, radiant turquoise ... Read More »

Breakdown in BC, Making Our Way to Kamloops – Cross Canada Adventure


It was a hot and sunny early September afternoon and we were weaving at a good speed along the curving roads of Highway 1 through the foothills of British Columbia. We were making good time, and we were looking forward to arriving in Kamloops, where we had a couch surfing host for the night. Suddenly, the tranquility of a perfect ... Read More »

Setting Off on a Journey, First Stop Vancouver – Cross Canada Adventure


As Lee and I said goodbye to our landlord and left the place we were renting in Victoria, two sudden strange realizations came over me as I placed my backpack on the grass under a tree by the side of the road while we waited for the bus. 1. Inside these bags is everything that I own in the entire ... Read More »

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