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North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 26th 2021

Day 25. 6219Km. What a difference a province makes. While Saskatchewan seems to be wide open COVID wise, Manitoba still has warning signs on the highway stating you must quarantine for fourteen days for face a six hundred and something dollar fine. Either they are slow to remove the signs or it’s referring to those who aren’t fully vaccinated because the day I entered Manitoba headed West about three weeks ago the rules had changed that anyone fully vaccinated no longer had restrictions. It appears masts are still mandatory though. I got up at six with the intension of getting on the road early. It’s a bit of a hike as the saying goes from Moose Jaw to Winnipeg. Speaking of which, I’m a little surprised at how many people I see on bicycles on the ... read more
I caught it this time
KOA Winnipeg West

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 6th 2021

Day 5. Still 2264Km. My first non travel day and the actual reason I changed plans and came to Winnipeg a day early. The Gyms in Ontario have been open 50 something days in the last 15 months. During the winter I got some dumbbells and a stationary bIke to go along with the elliptical machine as well as joining an on line exercises program to help maintain what gains I had made over the past few years at the gym. It seems to have worked. It seemed I could even do a bit more weight on some machines today so apparently my efforts over the last six months worked. There was a grocery store beside the gym so I picked up a few perishables and stuffed them in my saddlebags along with the gym cloths. ... read more
The big toys
Fire!

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 5th 2021

Day 4. 2264Km. I had originally planned to spend two nights in Thunder Bay figuring I’d be tired after two long days of driving but felt OK last night so I checked ahead in Winnipeg to be sure I could get in a day early and cancelled my second night in Thunder Bay. When I did it, it was supposed to rain there today anyway. Of course that changed by this morning but the plans were already changed. When I arrived at camp in Winnipeg I figured I’d made a big mistake. Not only is the campground right beside the highway but I was told that I couldn’t go anywhere because travellers were supposed to quarantine for 14 days or just stay one night and move on. I checked the government web site and fortunately as ... read more
Wolf in tow
Welcome sign
Winnipeg camp

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg May 24th 2019

Thursday 23rd May 2019 Today was a full-on sightseeing walk around Winnipeg. The weather was glorious, sunshine and warmth and everyone was celebrating by wearing summer clothes after such a long winter. It isn’t going to last! Tomorrow’s forecast is for cold and rain yet again! Winnipeg is a lovely friendly little city. We strolled along by the river, visited the Legislative Centre with its lovely park, war memorial and of course, Victoria sitting regally on her throne! The war memorial had approximately 1,200 names on it from WW1. That is a huge number from a small community (and that isn’t counting the tragic number of casualties). Another 120 names, approximately, were for those men from Winnipeg who died in WW2. The Forks is a large park area at the fork of the two rivers that ... read more
War Memorial
Queen Victoria
Union Station

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg May 22nd 2019

Tuesday 21st May 2019 We left Quetico this morning in glorious sunshine, prepared for a long drive. We had no destination in mind, deciding it was best to just see where we got to. We knew that if we found somewhere nice, we would stop, otherwise carry on in hope! Well we ended up driving 545 kilometres, which was more than anticipated and ended up crossing the border to Manitoba! The drive from Quetico to Fort Francis on the US Minnesota border was one of the most picturesque so far; kilometre after kilometre of blue water, dark green spruce, maple, cedar and silver birch, rocky outcrops and a few little homesteads along the way. We saw a moose today as well as two squirrels, seven red deer, a flock of Canadian geese and quite a few ... read more
Lake of the Woods, Ontario
Lake of the Woods, Ontario
Nestor Falls, Ontario

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg November 19th 2018

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 Today is our second day in Winnipeg. We arrived yesterday evening after uneventful flights via Minneapolis. It was cold when we got here. A representative from Natural Habitat was at the airport to meet us. We have met s Dutch couple from California, an English couple from Warwick England, a mother and daughter from San Diego, and a couple from Tampa. Everyone seems nice and well traveled. We are staying at the Fort Gary Hotel in Winnipeg. The was built in 1913 by the railroad as a part of their chain of hotels across Canada to stimulate travel. The Banff Hotel and Chateau Frontenac were two other hotels in this string. The Hotel is very nice and has obviously been updated. We had dinner in the hotel dining room. It was very good ... read more
MAP OF CANADA MANITOBA IS DARKNPURPLE
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DENNIS AND MARY WITH BISON DISPLAY

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg November 17th 2018

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 Today is our second day in Winnipeg. We arrived yesterday evening after uneventful flights via Minneapolis. It was cold when we got here. A representative from Natural Habitat was at the airport to meet us. We have met s Dutch couple from California, an English couple from Warwick England, a mother and daughter from San Diego, and a couple from Tampa. Everyone seems nice and well traveled. We are staying at the Fort Gary Hotel in Winnipeg. The was built in 1913 by the railroad as a part of their chain of hotels across Canada to stimulate travel. The Banff Hotel and Chateau Frontenac were two other hotels in this string. The Hotel is very nice and has obviously been updated. We had dinner in the hotel dining room. It was very good ... read more
MAP OF CANADA SHOWING THE PROVINCES
DENNIS WITH A BISON
POLAR BEAR WITH FAVORITE LUNCH

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 16th 2018

I had misunderstood something yesterday concerning the Red River, and had it running south into the Mississippi. Thanks to one of you keen eyed readers, we investigated more thoroughly and found that was not the case at all! Thanks Jane! Of course, we won’t take full blame for the mistake...we were told that by someone and didn’t look any further!! At any rate, the true scoop is below taken directly from Wikipedia: “The Red River (French: Rivière rouge or Rivière Rouge du Nord, American English: Red River of the North) is a North American river. Originating at the confluence of the Bois de Sioux and url=https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otter_Tail_... read more
Art work
Ramps in Museum
First woman beside the Queen on Canadian money

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 14th 2018

It is amazing how an attitude adjustment comes with a good night’s sleep! Even though it was still light outside at 10:00 last night, we were in bed before night actually fell. LOVE the daylight so late in the day! We were up and on a roll this morning and were pulling out of camp at 9:45, heading east on Trans Canada 1.The terrain for most of our drive today was VERY flat in all directions. It felt as if you could see tomorrow in front of you and yesterday in the rear view mirror. The vast fields were covered as far as the eye could see with various crops...including the ubiquitous canola! As an aside: I think it would be wonderful if there were a world wide enforceable law that all crops have to be ... read more
Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba
Bank of Montreal
Union Station

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg July 6th 2018

We awoke early, got ready, and got the taxi to the airport. The check in and other formalities were quick and simple. We were taking Delta flight 2829 to Minneapolis. The aircraft was an A-319 They had one first class seat open, so my wife got it. It was a short flight down, with great weather. We connected on Delta flight 1145, a 717 aircraft, to Indianapolis. This was another quick flight with great weather. I am so glad we did this little trip. All four of us enjoyed it and we would return. I actually wouldn't mind going to see a Jets game since I am a big hockey fan.... read more




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