Bucketlist – by Andrew Horsfield

Recently my wife and I won a pair of tickets anywhere Porter Airlines flies.  Our choice was immediate and easy.  We decided to skip the warmer destinations down south and head to Newfoundland.  It was a bucket list thing.   We just returned to Ottawa and it was probably the best vacation we have ever had.

Newfoundland is beautiful.  We landed in St. John’s on the Southeastern part of the Island and spent 10 days driving from  Unesco Heritage Sites to amazing geological formations that date back to before plants and animals  were on the earth. We drove for a few hours almost every day and took time to stop at all the little attractions along the way.  We also took boat rides to see icebergs and seals but missed the whales.  Thankfully we missed the moose as well.  We counted 10 as we drove along the highway.  The generosity of the locals is authentic and the food was amazing.  It was a trip of a lifetime.

As we drove about the island, I constantly commented on how some areas reminded me of North Western Ontario and others reminded me of British Columbia.  There was even a little bit of rural Quebec thrown in for good measure.  My wife and I have been from Coast to Coast in Canada.  We have driven in every single province just not in the territories yet.  Each and every time we set out to explore our nation, I am truly struck by the beauty of the land and the people.  I often stop and ask for directions.  Christine says it’s because I’m lost but I claim it’s just so I can talk with the locals.

It’s funny how many of us have seen Mayan or Roman ruins but never visited Upper Canada village or L’anse aux Meadows.  It really is worth it. Every town, no matter how big or small, has their own little museum that tells the history of the place.  And there is so much interesting geology everywhere in Canada.  I encourage you to take the time to see our beautiful nation.  In fact, why not start with a trip to Ottawa?  I know a good place to stay.