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.
150 years ago, Canada became a country, albeit a much smaller one. Since then, Canada has grown much in size, reputation and as a favorite for travellers from around the world. Lonely Planet recognized these accomplishments last year and ranked Canada as the #1 travel destination in 2017. With the addition of free National Parks all year long, 2017 is the perfect time to visit the Great White North!
I am always interested in Canadian adventures, so I thought I'd check out G Adventure's website to see what tours they have planned this year. Since G Adventures is a Canadian based travel company, I figured they would have something going on this year to celebrate our sesquicentennial. Instead, all I saw were the same eight tours as last year, and the year before. Thinking maybe there was some big announcement coming for 2017, I emailed G Adventures asking about it, hoping, praying, that maybe there was something, something, anything at all… but I received no response.
Now, don't get me wrong. G Adventures has eight great Canadian tours, and they all look really awesome, but they only show off a small sliver of what Canada has to offer. In fact, four of the tours are almost exactly the same:
Part 12 of my cross Canada series takes us to the smallest province in Canada, Prince Edward Island. However, don't let the name confuse you: PEI is actually 232 islands!
PEI also happens to have smallest population of any province in Canada, with only 146,300 people as of 2014. This means this province has less people than my hometown Regina!
Being so small, however, it was difficult to find images on Instagram. That isn't to say there's nothing there worth seeing! Quiet the quandary, actually. PEI has a few very unique locations that drive their tourism. One of them is the gorgeous themed village of Avonlea, named after the village in the hit novel "Anne of Green Gables" published in 1908. This story, and the subsequent stories, follows Anne, a red-haired "fiery" orphan who grows up on PEI. The story is an international bestseller, and is strangely very popular in Japan (or so I've been told)!
I recently had the opportunity to test drive a 2017 Ford Explorer. I grew up learning how to drive a Ford Windstar so I figured an Explorer shouldn't be that much different. Sure, one is an SUV the other is a van, but a Ford's a Ford, right? Well, not exactly. From the moment I sat down, I knew it would be a very different experience from what I was used to.
There were things about the Explorer I liked, and some that I didn't, but it was overall a very nice vehicle. It drove smoothly, turned nicely and handled grid roads very well. I found the brakes to be a little touchy, but by the time the week ended, I mastered how to brake without awkwardly lurching myself forward.
Beyond the learning curve with the brakes, here are my positive and negative experiences with the 2017 Ford Explorer: