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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Squamish April 23rd 2019

So... I havent written anything for about half a year.. So much has happened! Last year I travelled to Venice, Switzerland, Poland, hiked the Brecons in Wales.. All of which were amazing, beautiful countries! This year, I went to Jersey with my partner to stay with his family and to explore the island....It is one stunning island - we've said we need to retire there, surrounded by pristine beaches, delicious food and friendly people. We also popped across to Canada for a 2 week holiday at the end of March... Flying into Toronto, seeing some of my family and visiting Niagara Falls - which is INCREDIBLE. It also snowed a lot when we were there. I honestly thought it was the summer season, how wrong was I!!! It was minus figures most of the holiday! We ... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Port Elgin April 13th 2019

Dear All Hello again from London. I have just arrived back from a family visit to Ontario, Canada. I thought I’d write a travel blog entry on a wonderful three-day trip I took from my family’s country farmstead not far from Toronto, up north and west towards the stunning shores of Lake Huron. It was a lovely little trip, and seemed also to be a positive test-case for potential future short, ten-day trips to North America over future Easter holidays. This is very exciting, as although I have been to both the USA and Canada, I’ve only seen very small parts of each, and there are so many other areas in these two huge countries that I would like to explore. Perhaps an annual mini-trip there every year for the foreseeable future may enable me to ... read more
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North America » Canada » Saskatchewan April 10th 2019

Just checking to see if they are sending notices this time . Sure hope so .... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary March 3rd 2019

We say sky is the limit! It is indeed! Yes, this is a short video clip of my bucket-list to reach those limits and have some fun! Anything above the ground, it excites me like a kid. I did my first sky dive in Calgary. And my colleague Chad was my Guru. He already has over 200 jumps under his belt. Each time we used to go out for coffee break invariably he would ask me, “Tab, when are you going to jump?” I said, “Forget it man, why do I pay for something that I am going to have nightmare every night? I grew up having milk and cereal in the morning and a home-made dinner at night. I don’t need these hassles!” Chad used to laugh, but never gave up. He said, “Boss, when ... read more
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North America » Canada » Yukon » Whitehorse February 28th 2019

It’s easy to forget what your own country has to offer. As the end of 2018 was approaching, you start to look back at your year and you start to think about what you have accomplished. How many of those so-called “New Year Goals” have you realized in the last few months? The approach of a new year always gives you that extra push to accomplish even more of that 2018 list. Plus, how exciting is it to tick off a list and start a new one? At the beginning of 2018, I had given myself the goal to explore all of Canada’s provinces and territories. I want to see more of my own country. There are no deadlines, no starting point really. But how about the Northern Territories? Whitehorse, Yukon img=https://i2.wp.com/spiritbirdmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/DSC_0026.jpg?fit=1024%2C681&ssl=1 It was early November ... read more

North America » Canada February 25th 2019

It’s time to “go west woman” but instead of my normal jet travel this time it’s on a train, and what better way than to jump aboard Via Rail of Canada. I have done this coast-to-coast rail journey three times in the past, but I’m always ready to repeat the experience…..there’s just something about sleeping on a moving train that’s so exotic, so soothing – sure beats air turbulence at 39,000’. On this trip, I’ll be watching through a giant picture window as the landscape shifts from the dense forests and mirror-like lakes of Ontario's cottage country, to quaint ponds and meadows, to sweeping prairie grasslands, from sky-piercing mountains with pale blue lakes to lush rainforest and to the old growth cedars of the west coast. The train meanders through almost every type and flavor of ... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto February 19th 2019

Toronto – A Multicultural Treasure, Canada February 2019 Welcome to Toronto, the most multiculturally diverse city on the planet, where more than 180 languages are spoken on a daily basis. A popular adage describes the city as "New York City run by the Swiss," and it's true—you can find world-class theater, underground tunnels, shopping and restaurants, the sidewalks are clean and the people are friendly. It's estimated that over half of Toronto's residents were born outside Canada and despite its complex makeup, Torontonians generally get along extremely well. When the weather is fine, Toronto is a blast: a vibrant, big-time city abuzz with activity. Some of the world's finest restaurants are found here, alongside happening bars and clubs and eclectic festivals. Yes, winter in Toronto can be a real drag, with things getting messy on ... read more
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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Trail February 15th 2019

As ever, Emerald Lake pleased us with its high-piled drifts. Sun-brightened snow drew us along a walking path into the dark woods. Probably a gentle stroll in the summer, the way was narrow - literally two-feet-wide. Slight mis-steps took us down to our knees in soft dry snow. Although the trees reflected no light, we heard the birds chirping from their depths on this moderately warmer day. After all, we were also hopping about, finding pleasure in our conversation. Not so solitary. We met another walker. Unable to pass on the tramped-down path, we danced into the deep powder, back and forth onto the harder surface. A little ways on, a small group valiantly stood to one side for us to slip-slide past them. Our light laughter spun out into the frozen sunlight.... read more
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North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto February 2nd 2019

Long filled day catching up on work and organizing the family for our departure. Said our goodbyes to the baby, Cleo that is, and took a final trip to Boston Pizza to visit Julia at work before we left. Going to miss her :) We arrived safely at the airport, had a quick check-in but realized once thru security that I had Sean's phone in my bag. OMG, panic set in.... knew it was too good to be true. Kids waited for me as I returned to the departures and hoped Sean didn't drive too far before he realized he didn't have his phone. Thankfully, he was there waiting, hoping I too had made the discovery! Reunited again, and I got another quick goodbye :) (Lucky me) before setting off to the gate again. Well, almost ... read more
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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kelowna January 23rd 2019

Vancouver August 15th 2009 We ae nearing the end of a fantastic stay in Vancouver. Worn out but seen all the sites! We are on the way to Kelowna a 395 Km drive tomorrow after we check out. Missing my family and friends back in Wales. Sunday 16th August 2009 7.00 a.m. Canada Time 3.00p.m. Dinas Powys Time Had a good sleep at last! My body must be getting used to this silly time. I still look up the road waiting for a bus, only for the bus to surprise me by creeping up behind me. Why don't they get organized and drive on the proper side? One thing though.... no more exaggerated facial expressions trying to understand each other… at least they speak 'proper' English. I was shocked the spell checker on this computer did ... read more
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