Oh Canada!

So a friend is counting down her days before she moves to Canada to work for a while. It got me reminiscing about my travels in Canada, and day dreaming about wanting to go back. Best. Time. Ever!

{be warned – this post is photo heavy!}

I spent 5 weeks in the Great White North back in 2008 where I spent my time half on the West Coast and then visitng the East coast on a camping trip. I thought I’d share some photos, as it’s always nice to look back on an awesome adventure!

First up was my West Coast adventure where I started in Vancouver. I took a tour that covered a trip through Whistler, looping through the Rocky Mountains visiting some amazing scenery. I experienced an epically drunken Canadian Day in Jasper, road a horse in Banff, visited the Athabasca Glacier and attended the Calgary Stampede!

I just remember how utterly stunning the landscape was. Clean, pure and beautful. That’s what really stays with me about the West Coast.


Vancouver skyline


Blackcomb Mountain – above Whistler


Little Brown Bear


Mt Robson – highest peak in the Rocky Mountains


Spirit Island – on Maligne Lake


Athabasca Glacier


Getting ready to ride it like a cowgirl in Banff


Calgary Stampede


Hanging with my posse @ the Calgary Stampede

I then headed over to the East Coast. I joined a tour that started in New York and was a camping trip taking in the Finger Lakes district before jumping the border to see Niagara Falls then on to Toronto, Algonquin, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec then we swung back in to the States, via Arcadia National Park, Maine and back to NYC.


Looking awesome in Blue @ Niagara Falls


The Toronto skyline


Canoeing in Algonquin


Canada’s Capital – Parliament House, Ottawa


Montreal


Love this photo! First try EVER of escargot! Captured the moment perfectly!


Beautiful mural in Quebec City.


View down to Quebec City


Best lobster (and cheap too!) in Maine


Last night camping!

I loved the French influence on the East Coast. Montreal and Quebec City were my highlights. Wandering the streets of Montreal, admiring the architecture, speaking bad, BAD, French and picking up some art at a random market we stumbled upon (and indulging in my first try of snails! I actually enjoyed it though!).

I met a really good friend on this trip too (Hi, Emma!) from the UK who visited me a couple of years ago and is now living in Sydney for a short spot of working for 6 months – go visit her blog HERE to hear about her Aussie adventures. We coined the phrase “The Spirit of Adventure” while she was over here – and it’s stuck… break outside your comfort zone and go experience the World!

High-five to adventure!!

oh yes, indeedy

So the lovely Eve Yllanside from Diary of a Derby Wannabe couldn’t wait to share these with me for I Want Wednesdays so I found out about these Monday… (via)

I scoured the interweds and came across these from Honestly… WTF

Also these from We Heart It

Now I have my own pair of red cowboy boots that I got in Banff when I was travelling through Canada (oh yes, those bad boys have even ridden a horse AND attended The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!) but combine them with wheels!!? Oh Yes, INDEEDY!

 But of course, I would just like to say: