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First the Snowpocalypse and now a Snownami! First the Snowpocalypse and now a Snownami!Waves of drifting snow blew in this weekend! Another Nor’easter, caused by an Alberta Clipper meeting the warm southern air from the Eastern USA, blew in on the weekend and now it’s Saint Patrick’s Day and there is no way we have a hope to a clover no matter even if it has 4 or any number of leaves! It’s hard ...

A Trip To The Granby Zoo A Trip To The Granby ZooWent to the Granby Zoo today. Nothing like visiting a Zoo in January when it’s 20 below zero. The Granby Zoo has a winter program until February and since they have a few animals that can stay outside even in the cold we thought we’d drive out to enjoy the Zoo; we had gone in the summer time but since ...

Uisge Ban Falls Baddeck Nova Scotia Uisge Ban Falls Baddeck Nova ScotiaWe welcomed the New Year in Nova Scotia, staying at the Big Hill Retreat near Baddeck Nova Scotia. The weather was un-believably warm, we had days close to 8 degrees Celsius and on New Year’s Day we decided to go for a hike to see the Uishge Ban Falls Trail. We had wanted to visit the park when we were ...

Touring the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia Touring the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton, Nova ScotiaThis was Dami and DD’s 3rd tour of the Cabot Trail. We took the Englishtown Ferry to cut down some driving time and we stopped at most interesting lookouts. At the first lookout, DD aka mama bear got to pick a handful of wild blueberries! In Cape North we visited the North Highlands Museum where we bought lots of souvenirs including an ...

Museum of the Fjord, Saguenay Museum of the Fjord, SaguenayWe are going to The Museum of the Fjord in Saguenay which is in La Baie, Saguenay. I was looking for a museum to visit and stopped at the information center in Chicoutimi and this looked like a must-see attraction. It is right on the edge of the Fjord at La Baie and I am already excited about seeing whales ...

What’s Blooming Today What's Blooming TodayThis is a collection of pictures I took this morning of the flowers blooming on our property. Some of them we have planted, some were planted by previous owners and some others just decided they wanted to grow here because it’s such a nice place! Our own little oasis! This is mid-July and so many more are coming, it’s amazing! ...

DD in YYZ! (Toronto) DD in YYZ! (Toronto)The last time I was in Toronto was with my mother when I was very little and I don’t remember anything. At the time we didn’t take many pictures so there was nothing to bring back the memories. This time around though, there are plenty of pictures although just before I left my Canon G7 broke and I had to ...

A Beautiful Day to Fly to Victoria, British Columbia A Beautiful Day to Fly to Victoria, British ColumbiaThey were calling for thunderstorms but fortunately the risks had disappeared by the morning and we were able able to fly! No delays, no glitches, it was a perfect trip. I (DD) met Mama D in Montreal and we flew to Victoria, British Columbia where the weather was warm and not too humid. The isolated picnic bag was great to ...

Joggins Fossil Cliffs Joggins Fossil CliffsThe Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a museum type modern exhibit with a guided 30 minute beach walk included in the admission price. It took 12 years to build the Unesco site which opened its doors to the public in 2008, but to nature, millions of years to prepare it. Here, erosion from the twice daily high tides is a fortunate ...

Anne Murray Center Anne Murray CenterNo visit to Springhill, Nova Scotia is complete without going to the Anne Murray Center.  You don’t necessarily have to be a diehard fan to appreciate and might be surprised. Beautiful inside out, and so well presented with letters from famous people, pictures with famous people, trophies and hit records. When we visited the Anne Murray Center we had the chance ...

Riverfront Park Trail Riverview Riverfront Park Trail RiverviewWe like to go down to Riverfront Park in Riverview and watch the tidal bore as it crawls up and down the Peticodiac River. From the boardwalk in the park we can see Moncton across the river and the chocolately brown rriver ebbing and flowing…it’s fun to watch the ducks surfing on the big push! We’re lucky to have so many ...

20 Toes into Madawaska and Témiscouata 20 Toes into Madawaska and TémiscouataOn this trip, in hot drenching weather, we barely dip our toes into 2 big regions: Madawaska in New Brunswick and Témiscouata in Québec. Our home base will be in Edmundston at the Days Inn. We leave Friday at noon and our first stop is at the Youngs Cove covered bridge information center. It is a great place to stop ...

A Beautiful Day at The Calgary Zoo A Beautiful Day at The Calgary Zoo     Going to the Calgary Zoo is so easy and so much fun! The entrance is located right at the Calgary zoo train station. We had pre purchased tickets but we decided to go on a behind the scenes tour with the giraffes.       This is a huge zoo and we planned a whole day there, from 9-5. We started with the penguin ...

Tomifobia Bike & Nature Trail Tomifobia Bike & Nature TrailWe drove down to Stanstead, QC to do the first section of the Tomifobia bike trail today…what the heck is Tomifobia…the fear of Tommy? The Tomifobia Nature Trail (TNT) is a 19-km rail-trail in the Tomifobia River Valley, between Rte. 141 in Ayers’s Cliff, Quebec and Rte. 247 in Beebe (Stanstead), Quebec. Sentiers Massawippi, a non-profit charitable organization, purchased this property ...

Grand Manan Island Ferry Grand Manan Island FerryThe Ferry from Blacks Harbor, New Brunswick to Grand-Manan Island NB,  is an awesome 1.5 hour trip. The views from the upper deck are awesome and chances are high one can see harbor porpoises and seals. We were glad we had our binoculars with us so we were able to spot many there and back. It is cold up on ...

Spring Picnic at Demoiselle Beach, Hopewell Rocks Spring Picnic at Demoiselle Beach, Hopewell RocksIt is finally starting to feel more like Spring, it’s been grey and cool the last few days, snow still hanging on but a sunny Easter Long Weekend sure helps shake off the winter chill. It’s been grey and cool the last few days, so it is very good that Good Friday is bright and sunny. Of course the holidays and ...

Kejimkujik National Park Nova Scotia Kejimkujik National Park Nova ScotiaWith the summer coming to an end DD and I decided to go on a road trip from Quebec to Nova Scotia. We didn’t really have the resources or time to take any long-term official vacation this year so decided to take advantage of the Labour Day weekend and take 10 days off to visit Nova Scotia. Neither of us had ...

Dobson Trail Winter Walk Dobson Trail Winter WalkCanadian winters are lovely, harsh, tormenting, delightful and always unpredictable and exciting! Every year there is something new to experience and every part of the country gets to experience different winter sensations. I’ve been lucky to have lived all over Canada and have passed winters in The Northwest Territories, Alberta, British-Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. Every province has a different winter…sure almost ...

Camping at Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon Camping at Parc national de la Pointe-TaillonLac St. Jean is an amazing lake, so big and round on the map! We were going camping at the Parc National de la Pointe-Taillon which is on the shores of St. Jean Lake. There campsites are only accessible by bicycle or canoe/kayak which is great because it means that our fellow campers will likely not be making as much ...

A Long Weekend In Calgary, Alberta A Long Weekend In Calgary, Alberta Mama D and I are in Calgary, Alberta and are having a blast! We are in the first long leg of a 3 week trip across Alberta and British Columbia. We are spending 4 nights here in Calgary and our first day was spent at the Glenbow Museum. We were there with my late uncle’s friend whom we enjoyed the company, ...

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