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Canada Summary

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

The main highlight of my quick trip through Canada was seeing my mother’s family and finding a bit more about the family history. My grandmother came from a Mennonite (similar to Amish) background and grew up speaking high German. My grandfather was the first school teacher, dairy farmer, used to have the area where the […]

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Driving Through the Valley

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Because my park pass ran out before I made it down to Banff from Lake Louise I decided to head west on the TransCanada highway and drive through the Okanagan Valley instead. I must admit that I was getting a bit over mountains. The Okanagan Valley is BC and Alberta’s summer holiday destination where my […]

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Columbia Ice Field

Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

After leaving my mother and sister with my packed lunch I rode through the Columbia Ice Field is a basin of snow between a circle of eight mountains between Banff and Jasper National Parks (325 square kilometres). I had to miss Lake Louise as my pass (you have to pay $10Can per day just to […]

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Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountains, Canada

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Today I stood under a glacier! It was so cool, literally. I spent the day sightseeing with my mother and sister and then we went to the hot pools again in the evening. The next day I headed off and a bear ran out into the road. Unfortunately I couldn’t stop as there was a […]

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Good bye Grande Prairie

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

After a blistering hot day and a dinner with the relations I set off from Grande Prairie in the pouring rain (riding a fully laden motorbike in the rain is a good way for your family or anyone to think you are nuts and/or adventurous). I had an uneventful ride to Jasper other than being […]

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I.V. (Ivy) Macklin

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

My grandfather was one of the first pioneers in Grande Prairie. He owned a diary farm on the edge of the town and was the first school teacher. When he started selling sections of his land to people who couldn’t afford to live in Grande Prairie a new mini town sprouted up called Macklinville (present […]

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Grande Prairie

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Grande (big) Prairie (vast stretches of flat land), Alberta (second province inwards from Canadian west coast) was once a glacier valley (when Canada consisted of two huge ice fields) after it had been a subtropical marsh land full of dinosaurs (largest ever cache of dinosaur bones was found in Alberta) and now it is a […]

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Mileage and Maintenance

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

I have been getting mileage between 32-40 miles to the gallon US (or 8-10 miles to the litre UK or 13-16 kms to the litre NZ) which I don’t think is that good for a motorbike. Still it is better than the RV (recreational vehicle) owners that I met who are getting 8 miles per […]

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Oh, Canada!

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Oh Canada, our home and native land. True patriot love in all our sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise the true north strong and free. From far and wide Oh, Canada we stand on guard for thee (national anthem). Pop 33 million and second largest country in the world. GDP in US […]

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Wild Wildebeests

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

When we stopped to look at the Muskoxen on the Dalton Highway I had been told that the animals think that the noise of a single cylinder bike is a threatening growl. Riding from Haines Junction to Liard Hot Springs I hadn’t seen any animals even though I had been told by Jack to constantly […]

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