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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Discovering our Communities

One day, I hope to be able to see more of this country which we live in.  I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the east coast provinces, but that is it.  Touring through both of Ontario's neighbours to the east and west is on my bucket list.

Of course Quebec for the Chateau Frontenac, and attending the Quebec Winter Carnival would be an experience to remember.    My brother and sister in law were actually married in Quebec, but I wasn't able to attend as Matthew was just a wee infant at the time.

Winnipeg Manitoba is known as the Cultural Cradle of Canada.  I would want to be make a stop at Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and take in a show.  Then, I remembered about the Royal Canadian Mint. The child in me, thinks that would be a pretty cool place to visit.

As a tourist to both Manitoba and Quebec, the destinations I mentioned are at the top of my bucket list.  But, I know that the residents of both provinces don't frequent these places every day.  Just as, I don't think of the Stratford Festival for being the huge draw that it is each summer, I am sure people everywhere become complacent about the local landmarks and destinations in their own backyards.

I find, I take for granted the natural beauty, historical landmarks, and the local businesses which surround me, and which I pass by each and every day.   I would imagine that the same is true for all people regardless of where they live.  

I've realized that the local businesses of the community are the backbone - be it the mom and pop convenience store in Montreal, or the dealership with used cars for sale in Winnipeg.  These are the businesses which serve and support their communities each and every day, even when the tourists are long gone.  I am going to try to remember to take a moment to see what surrounds me,  when I am at home in my own community or when I finally have the opportunity to visit my neighbouring provinces. 


Christine said...

Love this post :) There are so many places to visit in Canada that are on my bucket list. One day, I hope to take a cross-Canada road trip and show our daughter the beauty that is Canada. I've only been to 4 provinces, but I've travelled all over Asia, Indonesia, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Canada is so beautiful, that the next time I get a chance to travel, I'd like it to be a coast to coast road trip.

Tammy @ In R Dream said...

Cross country road trip is on my bucket list!! Canada is beautiful!!!

Mom vs. the boys said...

I've always wanted to visit the mint as well

Insane Mamacita said...

I don't remember ever actually visiting the mint. Maybe I did but I don't recall. We used to go to Winnipeg every summer as my grandma lived there. That was summer vacation. Definitely have to take my kids when they are a bit older. And I would love to do a cross Canada trip. I've been as far West as Kamloops, BC but only as far as Ottawa on the East side.

Soozle said...

AS a Winnipegger myself I can agree there is a lot of beauty to the city and province!

If you ever get the chance to come out in the beginning of August there is an amazing festival called Folklorama - it's a multicultural 2 week long festival. There are pavilions across the city featuring different countries - their traditional food, dress, dances, etc. Some very amazing shows!

Mommy Moment said...

If you make it to Winnipeg we will HAVE to do coffee! There are so many amazing places to see here in friendly Manitoba :)

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

The Royal Canadian Mint is a super fun and very interesting place to tour!

Paula Schuck said...

I agree with Christine that there are so many amazing places to see in Canada. Many are on my bucket list.


The Zoo said...

Those sound like some pretty fun places.

I'm the worst tourist. I never saw the CN Tower when I lived in Toronto (21 years), it was only after I left.

Haven't seen much in Ottawa either...

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Little Miss Kate said...

I want to see more of Canada's West as well. I have been to Alberta, but would love to travel to BC