We're nearing the half-way point of this cross Canada journey, and today I bring to you my home province of Saskatchewan.
To many, Saskatchewan is boring: it's difficult to spell, easy to draw and plain to look at. In reality however, Saskatchewan is beautiful. It's covered in thousands of lakes, rolling hills, sand dunes, lush forests and sprawling cities. It's a plethora of cultures and a mosaic of people. It's my home, and freezing winter aside, I love it.
Being from southern Saskatchewan, I don't get up north very often so I don't even get to see the things in this article. To be honest, I've lived here for 23 years and I've never been to my neighboring city of Saskatoon. That's right: I've been to Rome and I've been to Hong Kong, but I've never been to Saskatoon. Seeing that city via Instagram was a treat, and I hope to make my way up there soon. Because of this, I shared a lot more Saskatoon pictures than I did Regina pictures. If you're interested in seeing more about Regina, I did a whole article about it.
Before we begin, I want to thank my sweetheart, Jessica Nuttall, who I thank at the end of every blog, for letting me use a picture of her farm for my cover image. She doesn't Instagram much, but she's an incredible photographer. Please be sure to give her a follow.
I have a feeling this was one of my most anticipated articles as my Instagram fanbase is mostly located in Saskatchewan, so, I finally introduce you to "Instagramming Canada - Saskatchewan".
Lakes and Rivers
Land of Living Skies
And, as always, a big thank you to my sweetheart Jessica Nuttall for proof reading a countless number of my articles. I couldn't do any of this without you. I love you.
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Last week Ford Canada flew my sister Krystal and I out to Prince Edward Island to take part in their Cross-Canada #FordEcoSport Tour. We were only the fifth of fifteen groups that will take part in the tour, so be sure to follow the hashtag to see what everybody is getting up to as well.
Our section of the tour was probably one of the longest in the program, as we had to drive from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to Saint John, New Brunswick, then to Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec and ending in Quebec City. The whole distance is about 1,020 kilometres, which is about 10 hours of driving, assuming we didn't stop to see anything along the way.
Ever since visiting the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg last summer, I've wanted to include more about First Nations culture on my blog. Being of European descent, I often feel I am culturally blind to First Nations culture, and I noticed a severe lack of it in my writing. In fact, I feel in past articles a lot of my focus has been on European history in the New World, with only a side note regarding First Nations history. Now, I am trying for there to be more equal representation in my blog.
To finish off my #BucketlistAB series, I thought this article would be the perfect place to flip the tables, and instead focus on First Nations culture, with a European side note. Sometimes it is impossible to talk about one without the other, but I tried to focus more on the First Nations people and their story in this article. Please let me know what you think in the comments below.
I have been told my entire life that Winnipeg was just like Regina, but slightly larger. This gave the impression that there wasn't much to see in Winnipeg and that it, along with Regina, were more-or-less "fly over destinations". Since starting my blog, I've learned Regina is an absolutely incredible city so I imagined Winnipeg was the same. I then proceeded to contact Tourism Winnipeg and Travel Manitoba to find out the true Winnipeg, and ended up going on a multi-day excursion of their city.
Since a lot of my readers are from Regina and they almost all know somebody heading there for the Banjo Bowl in a couple of days, I thought I'd put this list together. There's a lot more to see there than just Investors Group Field, and the city's history is incredibly fascinating, so I hope you enjoy this list of 100 things about "Canada's Gateway to the West".
Several of these facts are taken from Frank Albo's tour of the Manitoba Legislative Building, but there are many I didn't mention. If you enjoyed them, I encourage buying his book: "The Hermetic Code"