Tag: National Parks

Exploring Anne’s world on Prince Edward Island

Anne of Green Gables has become a beloved figure in our home, just as she is in homes and across generations the world over. From her stubborn and impetuous nature to her wide-eyed faith in hope and kindred spirits, Anne remains relatable to each of us more than a century after Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery brought her into being.

We went to Prince Edward Island, along with our two bosom friends, with learning more about Anne’s origins as a cornerstone. But we soon discovered that the Island that’s home to Anne is also a great deal more.

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In Saskatchewan, the roads less travelled reap rewards

Most Canadians treat Saskatchewan as a flyover or a drive-through province, but I’ve long been convinced that there’s much more to Canada’s flattest, most right-angled, and hardest-to-spell province than meets the eye. And after a week spent driving from north to south and into its far corners, all while avoiding the Trans-Canada Highway as much as possible, I can attest to the fact that life here runs much deeper than grain elevators and farmers’ fields.

To quote the Corner Gas closing theme: You think there’s not a lot going on in Saskatchewan? Look closer, baby. You’re so wrong.

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Avoid the crowds on Bruce Peninsula with an autumn road trip

How does a road tripper seeking the beauty and serenity of nature make the most of the Bruce Peninsula without being driven out by crowds? There is a solution: make the trip in the autumn. Sure, with the weather being cooler you’ll have to give up going for a swim, and a handful of the local amenities close at the end of the summer. But in exchange you’ll find fewer people, far fewer bugs, and friendlier weather for the world-class hiking opportunities that make the Bruce Peninsula so special.

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Experiencing the natural beauty and motorsport legacy of central Quebec

If you’re like me and prefer to make the most of the klicks you put on your odometer, you might wonder whether there’s anything else noteworthy you can do while paying a visit to the city of Trois-Rivières. My daughter and I turned the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières race weekend into a full-blown road trip, spending an entire week taking in the many beautiful and fascinating sites threaded together by the Saint-Maurice River, which defines the history and geography of central Quebec.

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Meeting the monarchs at Point Pelee National Park

First you see one flash of orange, then another. They look like leaves falling from the trees – except that they never actually fall. Each autumn, from early September to mid-October, monarch butterflies begin their annual migration from Canada all the way to a forest-covered mountainous region in central Mexico, nearly 4,000 km away. And many pass through Point Pelee National Park, the second smallest in the Parks Canada system at just 15 square kilometres. There’s a tremendous amount of history and biodiversity packed into this space.

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