Friday, 5 October 2018

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

Have you seen the show Vikings? 

Regretfully I hadn't before coming here. This place holds the remnants of Norse men (vikings) of thousands of years ago! It's so neat the way they have recreated their encampment with dressed actors and all.

Plus, Kyle and I had fun dressing up ourselves!


Parks Canada link https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/nl/meadows

L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site Admission Fee:

$11.70 CAD Adult: 18-64
$10.05 CAD Senior: 65+
FREE Youth: 6-17
$10.05 CAD Group: Up to seven ppl arriving in a single vehicle

Parks Canada Discovery Pass:
$67.70 CAD Adult
$57.90 CAD Senior
$136.40 CAD Group 


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Gros Morne National Park


    When I was planning out our cross Canada trip months prior, one place I knew I wanted to hit up was Gros Morne. Up top the view is incredible and well worth the tough hike! I think it took us about a little over 2 hours to the top, overall roughly 5 hours. 

    We were told dogs were not allowed because the terrain would be hard on their paws. So we went to Parks Canada and asked what our options were for Mojo. To my surprise, the Parks Canada lady pulled out a list of numbers I could choose from to dogsit Mojo for the day. His dogsitter ended up being a sweet 12 yr old boy trying to make some summer cash (his parents were home).



Parks Canada link https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nl/grosmorne

Gros Morne National Park Admission Fee:

$9.80 CAD Adult: 18-64
$8.30 CAD Senior: 65+
FREE Youth: 6-17
$19.60 CAD Group: Up to seven ppl arriving in a single vehicle

Parks Canada Discovery Pass:
$67.70 CAD Adult
$57.90 CAD Senior
$136.40 CAD Group 


Where we slept: 
Gros Morne National Park: GreenPoint Campground https://www.newfoundlandlabrador.com/plan-and-book/campgrounds/211400

Unserviced $25.50 CAD
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Prince Edward Island National Park


I think I was in grade 4 when a classmate sitting across from me told me her family was moving to Prince Edward Island that summer. Her name was Paige. That's all I remember about her. 

What I wondered was what would make a family want to move from Vancouver to the complete other end of Canada. What was there?

Well what they definitely don't tell you in elementary school, (or what they failed at) is how absolutely beautiful the beaches are here. Were we really still in Canada?



Recommendation: Green Gables Heritage Place

If as a child or youth you have read the book Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, you probably will want to visit here. Everything is recreated as in the novel!

It's not within PEI National Park but everything within that island is close enough!




Parks Canada link https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/pe/pei-ipe


PEI National Park Admission Fee:

$7.80 CAD Adult: 18-64
$6.30 CAD Senior: 65+
FREE Youth: 6-17
$15.70 CAD Group: Up to seven ppl arriving in a single vehicle

Parks Canada Discovery Pass:
$67.70 CAD Adult
$57.90 CAD Senior
$136.40 CAD Group 



Where we slept: 

Unserviced $27.40 CAD
Electrical $32.30 CAD


Next: Gros Morne National Park


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Grasslands National Park


    Everyone talks about how friendly Canada is, well you don't know friendly until you've been to Saskatchewan. Honest to God, I think we had pulled over on the side of the road for a little break and the truck behind us pulls over next to us just in case we were lost or needed any help at all! 

    I know partaking in a cross Canada road trip is a right of passage for most Canadians but I don't think many stop through Grasslands National Park. I assume the biggest factor in this is that it's really just in the middle of nowhere. But would you look at these photos, the badlands.





There is a reason why the slogan on Saskatchewan's license plate says Land of the Living Skies.

Parks Canada link https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/sk/grasslands/index


Grasslands National Park Admission Fee: FREE

Where we slept: 

Overflow $15.70 CAD
Electrical $29.40 CAD

We spent the night in a Tipi!


Next: PEI National Park



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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Waterton National Park

    Alberta does have it all. Waterton was unexpectedly the most pleasant of surprises as it seems to be the most underrated. If like myself, you are all about the excitement of wildlife sightings, I would like to mention that in the little time we spent there we saw deer, buffalo, and a black bear! (all from the comfort of our little car).




Parks Canada link https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/


Waterton National Park Admission Fee:

$7.80 CAD Adult: 18-64
$6.30 CAD Senior: 65+
FREE Youth: 6-17
$15.70 CAD Group: Up to seven ppl arriving in a single vehicle

Parks Canada Discovery Pass:
$67.70 CAD Adult
$57.90 CAD Senior
$136.40 CAD Group 



Where we slept: 
Unserviced $27.40 CAD
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Banff National Park

There are three jaw-dropping lakes in Banff National Park

Sight : 1. Peyto Lake




Some say fox, others say wolf, either way it's marvellous.  



Sight : 2. Lake Louise



There is so much hype around Lake Louise but to be quite frank the tourism around it has taken so much away from it. It is drastically different from the memories I recall as a child. Be prepared to see a beautiful lake but also swarming crowds.



Sight : 3. Moraine Lake



Out of the three lakes, Moraine Lake is definitely my favourite. Try to arrive early!

How such astonishing colours make up these lakes... It really is a privilege to see.

x

Han.


Parks Canada link https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff


Banff National Park Admission Fee:

$9.80 CAD Adult: 18-64
$8.30 CAD Senior: 65+
FREE Youth: 6-17
$19.60 Group: Up to seven ppl arriving in a single vehicle

Parks Canada Discovery Pass:
$67.70 Adult
$57.90 Senior
$136.40 Group 



Next: Waterton National Park



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Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Jasper National Park

It has almost been a full year since my last post here (wow). I hope to never write that sentence again. Since then, a) I have started working for an airline! How fantastic a difference it makes to travel life. And b) our little pup we adopted from the humane society here is now a year old and not so little (we named her Nuka). I cannot believe the time. Oh and c) not to forget Mojo, still all about food in his tummy and those car rides! 

Whenever I come back to blogging, it usually comes with a sense of beginning, a sense of a new chapter, a burst of motivation or.. a surge of inspiration more or less. With my new job, has come more freedom to travel. And with that kind of liberty, I found myself ferociously researching destinations after next - through blogs. 

I post here by means of an outlet but I also hope to be some help (if I can) through my own experiences. So here's to a hella lot of backed up content and more xxx. 


    As a child, my father with the cooperation of my mother would coax my siblings and I into our blue dodge caravan and off we were again to Alberta - Rockies bound. At every opportunity, or at least that's what it seemed. I recall being heavily prone to carsickness and cannot imagine that I displayed much appreciation towards any of those road trips.

    It is only now, a decade later, that I can say I truly appreciate it for what it is. Honestly, I have probably seen and passed through the rockies more than I can count with my fingers.  I'm not going to lie, my current admiration for how vast and colourful Canada is has definitely been influenced my growing love for photography. 

After our cross Canada road trip last year, I whittled down my list to seven of my top favourite. The true gems of Canada. (Disclaimer: Kyle, Mojo and I started in Tofino and ended in St. John's)

First on the list (moving west to east of the country): Jasper National Park

Sight: the Athabasca River





The colour of this river is unreal. With the Rocky mountains hovering behind, there really isn't a photo(s) more worth taking. The river originates from the Columbia Glacier of the Columbian Icefield in Jasper National Park.

Sight: Columbian Icefields





Parks Canada link https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper


Jasper National Park Admission Fee:

$9.80 CAD Adult: 18-64
$8.30 CAD Senior: 65+
FREE Youth: 6-17
$19.60 Group: Up to seven ppl arriving in a single vehicle

Parks Canada Discovery Pass:
$67.70 Adult
$57.90 Senior
$136.40 Group 



Where we slept: 


Unserviced $21.50 CAD
Electrical $32.30 CAD


Next: Banff National Park



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