Oh Canada 150!
Canada is awesome! I am so happy I took the time to travel this beautiful country. There was just something so special about traveling my homeland, especially when that homeland is as vast as Canada. In my head I hold snapshots, images, and memories of my time traveling from St. John's, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia.
Walking was too slow, and driving too fast. And so for me the bicycle was the best option. Being on a bike I was outside; I got to feel and see the land and climate change gradually. Canada changes slowly over many thousands of kilometres. The result is a giant panoramic image in my mind of what Canada looks and feels like.
After traveling across Canada I really started to value this wonderful nation. I feel fortunate and proud to be Canadian. I loved visiting so many places from coast to coast knowing that if I wanted to live there I could. Simply put, Canada is awesome! And I am glad I took the time to see its beauty.
Cities and Sites
The sites of Canada are something to behold; from the thunderous roar of Niagara Falls to the peaceful serenity of Jasper National Park. One might not think "Canada" and "cities" in the same thought, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the cities of Canada. Each city had a different pulse. Toronto had a vibrant youthful feel, whereas Ottawa oozed professionalism. Places like Victoria and Halifax were calmer and more relaxed.
Land, Water, and Sky
Canada is massive; from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and all else in-between. From the rolling hills of Northern Ontario to the vastness of the Prairies, Canada has land, water, and sky aplenty.
The Wild Places
What can I say about free-camping across Canada? So much. It was so wonderful. Being on a bicycle I moved a lot, so camping became a way to spend a little bit more time at a location. Having a new backyard almost everyday was a highlight for me.
A country is only as good as its people. The people of Canada are some of the best. I cycled across Canada by myself. However, there is no such thing as an unsupported adventure. The people of this great nation rolled out the red carpet; they kept me motivated, strong, and smiling.
And finally thank you Canada. Thank you for being my home. Thank you for shaping me into the person I am today. Happy birthday!