HAVING A WHALE OF A TIME IN QUEBEC (SORRY, COULDN’T RESIST)After Ontario comes Quebec… and all I can say is wow, what an enormous and beautiful province, such a rich variety of landscape and wildlife. My first weekend I went to the Eastern Townships which, in addition to being beautiful are easy to get around for someone like me, in other words a non-French speaker. Sadly I was a really bad student when it came to languages and I dropped French the first moment I was able to. Of course at the...Read Full Story
“Into each life a little rain must fall, Some days must be dark and dreary.” - Longfellow In the 2 weeks I’ve been in Alberta it’s rained nearly every day. Enough to cancel the rodeo I was supposed to attend on Friday in Drumheller. Enough to force the Blackfoot Crossing Chicken Dance Championship participants to seek shelter indoors and have their dance off in the museum instead. Enough to cancel my appointment with the townsfolk of Rowley, a hamlet that recently boasted a community...Read Full Story
Newfoundland, the final frontier.Where does the time go? When I began this trip it was still spring (though it felt like winter) and now it’s already the first day of fall though here in the Maritimes it felt like summer barely arrived. Got to love summer time in Canada!I am currently in PEI, the last province on my hit list and sadly it’s going to get the short end of the stick as I’m tired and ready to go home. The days are getting shorter, my back is getting sorer plus I have a dog that...Read Full Story
We interrupt this journey across Canada to bring news of an impromptu dog rescue… Last Saturday I was planning to attend a centennial celebration for a town in Saskatchewan, as I am fascinated that there are places that are just turning 100 in Canada. But I got a late start that morning and realized by the time I got to Imperial, most of the festivities would have wrapped up already. I called a friend from Saskatchewan, to direct me to what was in the area that I should end my day with. I...Read Full Story
I have to come clean. I lied when I said I never had been anywhere outside of Toronto, except for Montreal and a visit to Vancouver once to check out UBC. I actually visited Weyburn, Saskatchewan in the summer of 2006 for two days while on assignment to shoot the abandoned mental hospital. Opened in 1921, the sprawling Weyburn Mental Hospital had the capacity to house nearly 3,000 patients. It was pivotal in the use of lobotomies, electric shock therapy and hydrotherapy treatments for...Read Full Story
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