September 2015

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Intro

O Canada.  I know I don’t visit you too much even though you live right above me, but I love you, you know that right?  I love your accent, your friendliness, your maple syrup, and your passion for curling.  

I especially love your bustling cosmopolitan cities, from Montreal to Toronto to Vancouver.  I’ve seen your East, I’ve seen your West, I’ve even seen your far-flung Maritime Provinces.

But how could I truly love thee, without ever having seen your heart?  And so, here we go, to the Prairies.

To be honest, I was in desperate need of a good, long road trip – and I certainly wasn’t expecting too much of the prairie or its cities.  What I wanted and expected was wide open spaces, never-ending skies, and small, quaint towns, in between some interesting regional centers and provincial capitals — and that’s exactly what I got.

My ‘welcome’ however, was actually pretty hilarious.  In Edmonton, where I had a layover before catching a morning flight to the road-trip launch city of Winnipeg, I was interrogated, politely, by an extremely skeptical border control officer:

“What brings you to Edmonton?” 

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Winnipeg, CanadaSeptember 3, 2015September 4, 2015
    2Cooks Creek, CanadaSeptember 3, 2015September 3, 2015
    3Portage la Prairie, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    4Carberry, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    5Brandon, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    6Neepawa, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    7Minnedosa, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    8Wasagaming, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    9Riding Mountain National Park, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    10Dauphin, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    11Gilbert Plains, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    12Roblin, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    13Yorkton, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    14Fort Qu'Appelle, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 4, 2015
    15Regina, CanadaSeptember 4, 2015September 5, 2015
    16Moose Jaw, CanadaSeptember 5, 2015September 5, 2015
    17Tuxford, CanadaSeptember 5, 2015September 5, 2015
    18Chamberlain, CanadaSeptember 5, 2015September 5, 2015
    19Davidson, CanadaSeptember 5, 2015September 5, 2015
    20Kenaston, CanadaSeptember 5, 2015September 5, 2015
    21Saskatoon, CanadaSeptember 5, 2015September 6, 2015
    22Borden, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 6, 2015
    23North Battleford, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 6, 2015
    24Battleford, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 6, 2015
    25Maidstone, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 6, 2015
    26Lloydminster, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 6, 2015
    27Vermilion, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 6, 2015
    28Vegreville, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 6, 2015
    29Mundare, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 6, 2015
    30Tofield, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 6, 2015
    31Edmonton, CanadaSeptember 6, 2015September 7, 2015

    Featured Image

    Grain Elevator, Davidson, Manitoba

    The “Skyscrapers of the Prairie”, these wooden grain elevators can be spotted from miles away across the flat, open prairie. Once as numerous as the small farming towns they towered over, most have now been replaced by less-fire-prone concrete or steel ones. Any still standing tall, like this one in Davidson, Manitoba, are now rare historical treasures and quintessential examples of traditional prairie architecture.

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