Greetings from the Prairies

This is the second post in a series. Here's the third one: Greetings from the Rockies (and the first one: Greetings from Canada)

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We pushed hard through Northern Ontario, including a stop in Wawa to visit the geese.  Did you know that there are actually two geese statues in Wawa? The original statue -which is included in the picture below - and the replacement goose, which is by the tourist centre. You should visit the geese.

Wawa, Ontario is home to a couple of geese, and they are both in need of repair. Fundraising for a new one is ongoing, but it's impossible to track progress as the sign itself is falling apart.
Wawa, Ontario is home to a couple of geese, and they are both in need of repair. Fundraising for a new one is ongoing, but it's impossible to track progress as the sign itself is falling apart.

Fourteen hours later, we made it to Winnipeg, in time for an evening with family, steak and beers on the patio. Until - in traditional Manitoba fashion - the mosquitoes got so bad that we had to go inside.

The next morning, bright and early, we set off for Saskatchewan. How far can two adults and one (still hasn't vomited!) dog drive in one day? Pretty far it turns out.

Winnipeg to Strathmore (an hour outside Calgary) in one day. Who knew Saskatchewan had trees?
Winnipeg to Strathmore (an hour outside Calgary) in one day. Who knew Saskatchewan had trees?

The prairies are big. Beautiful, enormous, huge. With skies that morph and change as the day goes on - you can count rain storms as they make their way around and over you. The sky feels like a physical thing that rests upon you, doing its best to make you feel small.

Everyone should see the prairies. I wouldn't suggest a prairie vacation but if you have a chance to drive through them, don't avoid it.

Just before stopping, and right at the end of the Prairies, just outside Strathmore Alberta
Just before stopping, and right at the end of the Prairies, just outside Strathmore Alberta

Day three and we made it all the way to Strathmore, about an hour east of Calgary, and just around the point you get your first glimpse of the Rockies. On the drive, we passed through a bucket list city of mine, Medicine Hat, Alberta (don't ask).

Check back soon for photos and stories of the mountains, Jasper and why you should always read the directions BEFORE entering Banff.

Blog, Photography, SceneryAric Guité