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.