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North America » Canada » Saskatchewan » Regina October 11th 2015

The Shumiatcher Art Collection is currently on display at the McKenzie Art Gallery in Regina. This part features some of their vast Inuit art collection, especially carvings, prints & paintings. Morris Cyril "Shumy" Shumiatcher (1917 – 2004) was a Canadian lawyer best known for his contribution to the field of human rights and civil liberties. Born in Calgary, Alberta, he received a BA in 1940 & a LL.B in 1941 from the University of Alberta. He received his LL.M in 1942 from the University of Toronto. From 1943 to 1945, he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force as an air gunner. After the war, he received his PhD from the University of Toronto. In 1946, he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan at the invitation of Tommy Douglas to become law officer of the Attorney General. He ... read more
Intro to the exhibition
Shumy & Jacqui
Cape Dorset locator map

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 10th 2015

It took me 14 hours to get from the hostel in Reykjavik to The Planet Traveler hostel in Toronto. As I was checking in I was invited out for a drink with the guys checking in behind me. This sort of set the scene for my stay in Toronto. Firstly I can't recommend the Planet Traveler hostel enough. It's only £16/night and that includes a huge breakfast and as much popcorn, rice and hot drinks as you like. The layout of the place seems to intentionally make people sit together so you inevitably end up talking with each other. It wasn't long before I was sat on the roof terrace bar drinking cider and playing giant jenga with a German named Matthew and a Portuguese guy called Nuna. Despite the jetlag kicking in I managed to ... read more
Niagra Town
Toronto Running Club
Amazing breakfast at the Planet Traveler Hostel

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary October 9th 2015

September has been a busy month, not for the amount of travel I have done, but for getting back into work at Fairview. Interestingly enough, it has been the busiest I have felt at work and with the added responsibility of training and coaching games of Volleyball, 2 to 3 times a week and the later finishes, it feels as if the days are longer and that there is less chance of doing activities after school. I did, however, manage to do a couple of hikes in late September, as well as go see my first Stampeders and CFL game for the year. I was also part of the Calgary Wolves inaugural grand final where the game was televised on Shaw TV. STAMPEDERS GAME After an interesting first week at school of giving out uniforms, assigning ... read more
View from our seats at Stamps game
Me trying to evade Liam in the Wolves vs Cowboys game
The spoils of winning a premiership

North America » Canada » Alberta October 9th 2015

Aside from a tornado of work and studying, Dan and I have managed to be some what social. We joined our Canadian buddies for a university Basketball game. We did the usual 21 year old thing, had a few drinks and arrived feeling giddy but excited. I have only ever been to one basketball game before and this was something entirely different. The atmosphere was electric and the audience were sat on the edge of their seats, chewing their nails, shouting their support, and chattering away about upcoming events and the antics they got up to the night before. Canadians have a very raw but very honorable sense of community and they strive to be glued together as much as possible which is something I only have admiration for. I am studying a class called 'Introduction ... read more
Calgary hosted the most astounding sunset I have ever seen. It's power and beauty was beyond words.
'Banff pond'

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 8th 2015

Tired and ready to board our flight to Hong Kong Getting excited... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa October 7th 2015

Well this is our final stretch of our Canada East road trip. Enjoy the colours of the leaves. It is good to be home though after being on the road for almost a month. We have a blast and met a bunch of good friends. Now we prepare for our next journey living in Ireland then backpacking Europe. We will be adding that adventure to our blog so stay tuned.... read more

North America » Canada » Ontario » Ottawa October 6th 2015

If you're like me you can remember when summers were all the more enjoyable because of the many varieties of butterflies that used to frequent our gardens and pathways. You probably lament the fact that you don't see many of them anymore, and wish it were possible once again to enjoy their gentle beauty. In Ottawa you have the opportunity to see a great variety of them at Carleton University's annual butterfly show (free!) for 10 days in October. When you walk into the greenhouse among 1,300 butterflies representing 41 species from around the world you are struck by the awesome variety of colours and shapes. There are even a few (mostly nocturnal) moths! No wonder the show attracts about 10,000 visitors every year. It is fun and challenging to follow the butterflies flitting from flower ... read more
general introduction
See how many you can find
in all their glorious beauty

North America » Canada » Ontario » Toronto October 6th 2015

After spending an afternoon and night in Calgary, we flew to Toronto for our two day stay, a beautiful city, where 4 - 5 days would be needed to do it justice. On arrival, we toured around the City area, taking in as much as possible before the evening claimed us. Our next day was spent on a tour to Niagara Falls and its nearby area. Niagara Falls didn't disappoint and our included "Hornblower" trip was a wonderful treat. Niagara-on-the-Lake is a beautiful village of rich historical hotels, Georgian homes, and old-styled shops and businesses. Though its population is small, the large number of holiday makers and huge number of coach tours, ensure it is a thriving community. For example, it is renowned for its art galleries, shows and events and the large and extensive Christmas ... read more
Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

North America » Canada » New Brunswick October 5th 2015

We spent the two days in the Moncton, NB area at the Hopewell rocks and saw this natural wonder. It was very neat seeing how the erosion shaped the potted rocks. In low tide we were able to walk on some of the ocean floor. I decided to wear my sandels and got my feet fairly muddy. Although it was easy to get cleaned off. We spent the night at our friends Connie and Bernie's who we met the first time travelling through Moncton, NB. They were very kind to host us again and Bernie was more than a gracious host with a hot supper ready for us when we went to visit. It was a beautiful two days at the hopewell rocks and hopefully the pictures will help tell the story of the two days ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia October 4th 2015

Our six days spent touring through the Rockies has not disappointed. Departing from Vancouver on the 8.30pm Air Canada Rail, we enjoyed the comfort of our own cabin for a relatively restful night, after enjoying complimentary drinks and hot and cold nibbles (returning to find our bunk beds made a ready to collapse into.) Breakfast in the dining car was a treat, viewing the lovely village of Kamloops as we sat. After breakfast, we were fortunate to secure seats in one of the fully glassed viewing cars, of which there were six. Before we knew it, we were called to our sitting for lunch, again the dining car with large windows. The endless beauty of the majestic mountains and large pine forests was spectacular. Arriving at Jasper at 6.30pm, once we'd checked in to our Inn, ... read more
Breakfast on the train

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