A Travellerspoint blog

Calgary

Spent 5 days here with family and had a fantastic time. Here is a pic of my cousins Aaron, Shaun and Phil:

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I stayed at Shaun, Kim and Jo-anne's house. They are in the Deer Valley area of Calgary which is in the south east part of Calgary. Jo-anne is my cousin and Kim is Shaun's girl friend. They have 3 dogs. I wasn't sure how Kalvin was going to make out with them but they all were great together with no problems. Here is Kim and Cullen:

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Arrived here on Thursday and chilled out and drank beers in their hot tub. I was like 8 degrees C when I arrived. What a difference compared to Regina when I left that morning.

Friday I toured the city during the day. It rained mostly all day so I didn't see a lot. Friday night I was an honorary guest at Shaun's beer club. Basically guys get together and sample about 6 different beers from all areas of the world. My favourite was a beer from Australia called "Coopers" - very crisp and highly recomended.

Shaun and Aaron:

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This is Ashly who picked the beers and talked about them before we sampled. He knew A LOT about these beers. The sword is one of Shaun's. He has many knives and swords and it always gets interesting when you mix beer, swords and guys.

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Saturday we went to a huge discount warehouse in the morning then went out for brunch. I had the most interesting meal. It was called pan-scrambler. I was like a western omlette all mixed up with home fries and this sauce. It was very good. If you ever get to Calgary and want something tasty I recommend Humpty's pan scrambler.

We then went over to Aaron's house and I got to see his pirate basement. It's pretty cool. He has turned his entire basement into a pirate ship. He has done a great job. He even has a fog machine and all the pirate sounds.

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We then played guitar Hero. I've never played before and must say I sucked real bad but it was a lot of fun.

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On Sunday we wnt fishing out in Kananaskis. The coolest thing I've seen in a while happened. We were pulling into the parking area by the lake and a grizzly bear jumped out beside the truck. If you've never seen one in person in the wild, well take it from me it's quite the rush.

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I'm very mad at myself because most of the pics came out blurry. I guess the moving vehicle makes taking pictures a little more difficult.

When we got out of the truck we could see the grizzly bear staring at us about 200 yards away. That was very un-nerving. It was soooooo cold when we stared fishing. I've officially had my first taste of winter.

Kananaskis is a beautiful area. I have so many great pics. This is where they take those pics that you see on screen savers. Every where you look is a million dollar photo.

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Aaron caught a couple rainbow trout at this location (forget the lake name) then we moved onto Spray Lakes. Another amazing looking area. Shaun caught a Mountain Whitefish. Never heard of them before.

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On the way back to Calgary we stopped off in Canmore for a couple pints at the Grizzly Paw brewery. There are so many micro breweries in Alberta compared to Ontario. This was my own sampler tray.

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Canmore is a beautiful town but one of the most expensive in Canada. A house like mine would be worth around $700,000 to $800,000. Crazy!

On Monday Stinky & I went to Prince's Island Park in downtown Calgary. Very nice but way to busy with all the office workers taking a stroll on their lunch.

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Kim and I took all 4 dogs to this very cool dog park. I must say that the dog parks here kick the crap out of any back in Ontario. This one is acres and acres huge and right on the Bow River!

Here from left to right is Findley, Stinky, Chance, Cullen and Kim:

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We went out to another Micro Brewery on Monday called Brewster's. Here is Jo-anne, Shaun, Kim and this guy Dave that Kim and Shaun knew from work. A few more people showed up after I took this pic. Shaun's telling me that I'm Number one.

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And here is Shaun telling Dave the father Nelson joke.

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I'm off to Banff on Tuesday, then into BC

Posted by spk99ca 04:53

Lake Superior Provincial Park to Calgary

Yes this is a big update since I’ve been slacking and haven’t felt like doing any computer work.

Anybody who has driven west from Southern Ontario knows how incredibly long the drive is just to get out of Ontario. It’s insane long. By the time I hit Thunder Bay I just wanted out of Ontario. Its sooooooooo boring and very remote. Here is a brief sequence of events below:

Left the Sault and stopped about 90 mins north in Lake Superior Provincial Park. It’s a nice park but way too big for one day to see everything. Kalvin and I hiked a few short trails (he’s not doing overly well in the heat but so far he’s done ok). Then we went to Katherine Cove and watched the sunset. It’s such a small world, the guy below in jeans is from Sault Ste Marie but lived and worked in Stroud (just south of Barrie) for a guy I went to school with. He also knew about 4 other people that I mentioned. Small world.

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Sunset in Katherine Cove - Lake Superior Provincial Park

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Here is pic of the big goose in Wawa. Spent a week there one night! Haha

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Thunder Bay is a nice town. Seems like every town I go to is setting the record high temp that particular day. Here is Stinky, me and the Sleeping Giant.

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The Terry Fox Memorial has really grown since I was there as a kid. I remember it being just a little monument on the side of the Hwy with a few parking spaces. It’s now incorporated into the Thunder Bay tourist centre.

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Again Winnipeg was crazy hot. I went down the “The Forks”. It’s a spot near downtown but right on the river front. The Red River and Assiniboine River meet and become the Red River. I have to say that I’m kind of getting tired of driving and really just want to get to BC.

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Drove to Regina the next day. It must be flattest town in the world. The city doesn’t feel like it has any character. Never really thought of hills giving a city character but I think I’m onto something. The Rough Riders stadium is in the middle of this slum neighbourhood. It’s amazing how TV makes everything look wonderful. Couldn’t be bothered stopping and getting a pic but trust me on this.

Currently in Calgary staying with family. More on them in my next update. It feels like it’s going to snow. Finally some weather I can handle.

Forgot to put this in my last update. I had to stop and take a pic of this car in Sault Ste Marie. How they got it wedged between two posts is amazing:

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Posted by spk99ca 08:08

Sudbury, Elliot Lake & Sault Ste Marie

Because of the border issues I had to travel thru these towns, not the most exciting areas. Sudbury looks like the moon, Elliot Lake is all old people and the Sault is a typical border town. As you can probably figure out, these aren't my favourite places.

I must admit I was shocked at the housing prices in Elliot Lake. They are extremely low. My house wouldn't be worth more than $100,000 in Elliot Lake. If you like hunting, fishing and old people it would be a great place to live.

The Big Nickel

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I took the pic below from the Fire Tower in Elliot Lake. Some nice old guy told me that it’s the best view in the area. He was right, this pic doesn’t do it justice!

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Sault Ste Marie Bridge from the waterfront

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Posted by spk99ca 21:41

The Border

Well this part of the trip didn't exactly get off to a rousing start. As many of you know by now I had quite the experience at the Sarnia border. I guess not working and not having a house to live in in Canada equals no entry into the US. Oh well, I'll just go thru Canada.

Posted by spk99ca 19:12

Maine

July 14. crossed the border at St Stephen, NB this morning into Maine. The border guard seemed to have a few issues when he asked me where I worked. I was honest and said I didn't work right now. Maybe this was a mistake because the guy fired off about 15 questions at me. I felt like I told him my entire life story before he'd let me into the US. Funny thing, I thought the issue at the border would be Calvin but the guy could have cared less about him.

Maine is such a nice state, very under rated. Could be part of Canada. I was speaking with a guy in Skowegan, Maine and I said that you guys are basically Canadian. He said he wished he was because the economy is absolutely pathetic right now.

I found the worst city to drive in, in Maine. Don't ever go to Bangor unless you like driving 25 km/h at top speed. Everybody is over the age of 75. The only thing there was a Wal-Mart. They even named a whole area of town after Wal-Mart.

Here is the only picture I took in the whole state, I think I'm all pictured out at this juncture:
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Posted by spk99ca 17:00

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