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Cross Canada Trek

Barbara Sharples - 07/10/2009 2:52:33 PM

This past May I had the opportunity to do something I've always wanted to do......drive across Canada!  I feel so proud to be Canadian....what a spectacular country.  British Columbia is even more beautiful than I expected it to be.  The mountains, the lakes, so many little mini-climates.  Kamloops is almost 'deserty' with its sage brush, tumble weeds, horse ranches and cowboys.  House boating and anything to do with water sports is all the rage a little further east in the Salmon Arm area.  The Banff National Park on the BC/Alberta border is something every Canadian should see....I'm so glad its 'ours'!   I still have a crick in my neck from looking up all the time.  Its a real awakening to see how the glaciers have receeded in the Columbia Icefields too.....sobering really.  Lots of cattle and horse ranches in Alberta, big wide open spaces with the mountains giving way to the Prairies.  So many people have told me they thought the Prairies were boring and flat....I STRONGLY disagree with that.  They are beautiful too...big sky, acres and acres of waving prairie grasses and one of the only places where you can glimpse the engine and the caboose of a train in the same view.  Very few wooden grain silos now, all giving way to the big steel modern ones.  North eastern Ontario is so picturesque with its rocky little lakes, many with their own tiny islands.  The Great Lakes are truly great....you'd swear you were looking at the ocean they are so vast.  Driving through Montreal requires nerves of steel, a stiff upper lip and the use of your grade 7 French!  No English signs here.  So thankful I remembered that 'pont  ' translates to 'bridge', or we may still be there! 
I am truly grateful I had the chance to see this great country of ours and would do it again in a heartbeat!