I am continuing with my personal A-Z of Canada and this time – C is for camping in Canisbay Lake
One of the things we love about Canada the most is the vast, beautiful wilderness. Opportunities to go camping are abundant in every type of environment whether it is beaches, lakes, mountains or forests. On the long weekend last week we packed up the truck and headed 3 hours north to Algonquin Provincial Park. Something I should point out is that to Canadians camping is an Rv/Motorhome or Trailer/Caravan. When I say camping (which they call tenting!) I mean under canvas.
This was the first sight that greeted us at the entrance to the campground and I admit it freaked me out a bit. :-0
Although there were bear sightings close by we didn’t see any although we did see moose which I was really excited about.
Algonquin attracts over 250,000 visitors every year the vast majority of which are here for the camping, canoeing and hiking.
Unlike most UK campsites that are usually just a big field, Canadian campsites are often in forests with each site having it’s own little clearing complete with a fire pit.
One of my favourite parts of camping is sitting around the fire during the evening with a glass of wine while the kids toast marshmallows.
Another great thing about camping in Provincial or National parks is the hiking opportunities. Hiking trails are marked and advertised so you can get out right into the wilderness and see sights like these.
The Teen and the Tween also enjoyed themselves despite two days with no phone signal or internet access!
This summer we are planning more camping trips to get out and enjoy this stunning country we live in.
To continue with my personal A-Z of Canada and following on from last weeks A is for Animals, this week B is for Banff.
Banff in Alberta is, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful place in the entire world.
To many skiers Banff is a kind of Mecca so if anyone into winter sports discovered our Christmas holiday destination they would always ask the same question, “Do you ski then?’ to which I always reply “Meh… I fall…a lot!” Quite frankly as a clumsy person I should NEVER be allowed to strap strips of wood to my feet and go on a slippery, steep surface. Bad Idea. The last time we attempted a private lesson with some French guy called Marcelle, the language barrier proved to be a bit of an issue and he evidently mistook my explanation of our previous skiing experience. Five minutes later we were hurtling up a ski lift to a slope well out of our skill level and we all faceplanted as we attempted to get off. We recovered ourselves and followed Marcelle to the top of a piste which looked to me like it belonged on the ‘Ski Sunday’. Marcelle showed us some funky maneuver we were meant to copy and the next thing I remember is a tremendous pain in the back of my head as I hit the snow and hurtled upside down and backwards down the slope. I realised it looked as bad as it felt when I saw the expression on eldest sons face as he kicked off his skis and attempted to run down the slope to help me. Luckily the only real damage was to my pride but while the snow shot down my neck and salopettes as I slid on my back I decided this skiing lark probably wasn’t for me! Nevertheless Banff remains my favourite holiday destination and is far more than a ski resort. Picture perfect views are literally around every corner.
One of my favourite things to do is snowmobiling, I’m much more comfortable with an engine under me than a pair of skis. 😀
Me & youngest Son on the snowmobile
Ice skating, hiking and generally admiring the views in a stunning location is more than I could hope for in a holiday destination and Banff has it all.
The world famous Lake Louise is a 10 minute drive away and it really is as stunning as the pictures in the magazines, even in the depths of winter.
Banff epitomises all Canada has to offer, the stunning natural beauty and warm, friendly people. If it’s not already on your bucket list, put it on. 😀
For a while, here in the blogosphere, bloggers have being embarking on a personal A-Z of whatever subject their blog is about, it was started by Julie Dawn Fox a couple of years ago and is now used by people like me to share their story and their experiences in the place they choose to call home. I have been inspired by Emily at Skippy or Bullwinkle and Aisha at Expatlogue to join in with my own version, so here is the start of my A-Z of Canada
To begin with … A is for Animals
Coming from the south east of England the biggest wild animal I ever saw was a fox. In complete contrast Canada has a vast range of wild animals and it fascinates me to see huge creatures roaming free. Here is a very small collection of the photos I have taken of our immense Canadian wildlife:
Big Horn Sheep in Banff, Alberta
Elk in Banff, Alberta
Impressive hey? Of course a couple of these picture were taken in the Zoo because it’s far too dangerous to get that close to them and also because they live in a part of Canada I haven’t visited… yet. Nevertheless they are out there roaming around in the same country as I do, it blows my mind. As we begin to explore further afield I hope to be able to encounter some of these animals in the wild, next month when we go camping ‘up north’ it’s apparently the ideal time to see Moose and black bears so hopefully I’ll have some new photos to add to my collection.
This is just a snippet of the large animals that share the same parcel of land as me, the midsize animals like wolves, coyote and linx are in abundance too. Smaller animals like raccoons, opossum, beavers and chipmunks are all regular visitors to my garden and they will be featured in a later post. I consider myself truly blessed that I can call this country home and that I can stand out on my deck any night of the week and see an amazing array of birds and animals pass through my garden. I simply love where I live 😀