A few years ago I decided that I wanted to pursue a lifelong hobby: travel. I was lucky enough to capture the travel bug as a child. My father was determined, that as a family, we see all of Canada. It was our responsibility as – then – new Canadians. So over a few summers, we camped from one side of the country to the other. We visited the Maritimes and Quebec one summer and in our wood-panel station wagon he drove across the prairies, crossed the Rockies and went as far as Victoria, BC. It was an epic trip that I still recall with fondness.
I have a love of camping that is a mystery to many who know me now. I would give you the impression that glamping is more of my speed but I enjoy a good campfire and a walk in the woods. I grew up in Montreal, lived in Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton and now reside in sleepy London, Ontario. The benefits of which means we are two hours from Detroit or 8 hours from Chicago to the west and Montreal to the east. I have traveled the 401 more times than I can count.
I have discovered beautiful places in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, PEI, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Alberta and British Columbia. There is never a shortage of interesting places in Canada. This year as we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, there will be some very interesting events being held throughout our great nation. To begin with, you can access a National Parks Pass for free to use in all National Parks for 2017. Maybe you want to take a tour of the Marine Phantom Five Marine National Park in Tobermory or take a walk around the Bruce Peninsula National Park You can also see some great festivals like the Montreal Jazz Festival or the Quebec City Festival d’Ete – two outstanding musical festivals. Maybe you want to have a walk through the woods or a climb up one of 40 Lighthouses in the Gaspesie. Want to know where to buy the best bagels in Montreal? You need only ask.
My travels have also taken me to the US where I have seen some faraway lands in my youth but only recently did I start to travel again. With my children being older, I have the luxury travelling on my own or with my husband. Last year I traveled to Spain and France with my eldest daughter. It was an epic trip that took us to a cooking class in Barcelona, the beaches of the Costa Brava and the city of Light! It is not a trip we are soon to forget and we are both anxious to get back to Spain. The food was out of this world and the people so warm and inviting.
I have decided to make a list of countries that I have visited. Let me know if you are looking for tales from a particular region. I am always happy to inspire another tale.
- The Netherlands
- South Africa
In 2017 travel will take me to the Dominican Republic, the US (Alabama, Vermont and Florida), Ireland in the fall and my beloved Montreal, Quebec City (fingers crossed – twice) and of course Toronto and Ottawa. This summer we hope to stay in a Yurt at Bruce Peninsula Park and rent a cottage in Grand Bend again for the summer. I also hope to see a bit of Switzerland and maybe Croatia.
This list does not seem small but it does feel like the year will go by quickly. I’ve already started to plan for a trip to my native homeland Colombia in 2018. A cousin’s reunion is planned outside of the capital city just to shake things up. Perhaps that will be the year I go to Chile, Equador and Argentina (all bucket list destinations).
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