The two extreme sides of Canada, Haida Gwaii in the Pacific Ocean and Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, are also high on our radar screen to explore.
On Prince Edward Island, the home of Anne of Green Gables, I ate a fresh lobster dinner on wooden picnic tables in a large dining hall with a crowd of bib-wearing customers, all digging into the mouth-watering crustacean dressed with melted butter. In the Gaspé Peninsula I dined on French Canadian pea soup. You know, the divine version simmered with a ham bone. In Québec’s largest city, we searched far and wide to find the perfect mountain of thinly-sliced, mustard-laced Montreal smoked meat piled high on rye----and we did.
During an icy winter night in Jasper I watched silent caribou, their magnificent antlers coated in frost, stealthily glide along slippery streets like ghosts in a dark dream.
I never experienced the Canadian Prairies but soon I will. This time, as we drive from Ontario to British Columbia, we will manoeuvre our way through this flat landscape that intrigues me. My next blog will highlight our semi-cross-Canada caper.
I am proudly Canadian.