This road trip from Manitoba to British Columbia has taught me a lot of things, and I want to share them all with you, province by province!
1. There are actually tractors everywhere. They’re on the road, and cause traffic jams on a highway, they’re in fields, and they’re honestly for sale everywhere you look.
2. At every pit stop there was a Subway and A&W restaurant, but I could not find a Tim Hortons anywhere! I needed my tea, and I just couldn’t find it anywhere.
3. There were a lot of dead skunks. In Thompson we didn’t have skunks, because quite frankly they couldn’t survive the cold, so smelling that smell for the first time in a long time killed my nose.
4. There’s nothing but fields. Now I know there are other things in Saskatchewan like Saskatoon and Regina, but where I travelled it was extremely uneventful and boring.
1. The drive is exactly the same as Saskatchewan until you reach Calgary.
2. Don’t enter Calgary at rush hour, after not driving in a city for almost two years. It’s slightly terrifying.
3. My family lives there. I got to meet my uncle and aunt for the first time in my life, and it was incredible. I also got to see my cousin who I haven’t seen in probably almost eight years. I’ve always wanted to be close to my family, but the Gibson clan is located all over Canada, so knowing I have blood family only eight hours away is amazing to me.
4. After you leave Calgary you will see the most amazing views ever. I had never seen a mountain before, and traveling through Banff made me shake my head and drool at the same time. It’s simply incredible! I wanted to pull over almost every five minutes to take a picture.
1. It’s simply stunning, there no other way to describe it.
2. I actually felt like I lived in “Canada” while I was driving into Kelowna. There are trees everywhere, and with the snow covered mountains, it just screams what people think of when they think of this country.
3. You will never want to leave British Columbia if you ever come here. Already, a day into my life here, I can’t imagine not waking up and seeing the mountains. Outside my front door you see mountains and it just takes my breathe away.
1. Bring a pet with you while you’re traveling. Obi was such a great travel buddy to have. I wasn’t sure how he would be in the car, but he absolutely loved it.
2. No matter how many healthy snacks you pack for on the road, your taste buds will crave junk. I didn’t even eat one of my apples I packed, but did manage to eat some of my bananas.
3. Move to BC
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.