July 2019

Vehicle:
2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2017 Airstream Flying Cloud

Notable locations:
Centre of Canada
Canadian Museum of Human Rights
The Forks National Historic Site
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
Riel House National Historic Site
Riding Mountain National Park

Enter Manitoba along Highway 1 from the east, and one of the first landmarks you’ll encounter is a large roadside billboard proclaiming that you’ve reached the centre of Canada.

It takes a fair while to get there. It’s more than an hour from the Ontario border, and from the road tripper’s perspective, there’s not a whole lot to write home about in between. Yet, in a way, the fact that the centre of Canada is right here is both poetic and emblematic.

In the literal sense, this really is Canada’s heart: 96° 48′ 35″ W is the longitudinal point from which it’s just as far to the westernmost point of the country, in the mountains of Yukon’s Kluane National Park, as it is to its eastern extreme at Cape Spear, Newfoundland. But there’s a whole lot of figurative heart in this place, too.

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Additional notes:
For a start, I deeply regret beginning my description of Winnipeg by talking about its reputation. Winnipeg is not its past, and its residents have made great strides in making the city more hospitable to visitors.

Also, I mentioned in the article that The Forks National Historic Site hadn’t yet launched its Xplorers program. It has since gotten under way, and booklets and tags are available at the visitor centre.

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