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Roaming Around The Gaspé Peninsula

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gaspe_172When most RV’ers think about heading to the East Coast, visions of the Maritimes dance in their head. Their destination might include Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. or perhaps even Newfoundland. Seldom considered is the other East Coast – the Gaspé. Although part of Quebec, the Gaspé offers landscapes, scenery, ocean vistas and attractions rivaling the best found in the Maritimes.  That was what my wife Maureen and I discovered during a recent trip through eastern Canada.
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Exploring The “Route Des Navigateurs”

Travel, Canada

route-des-navigateurs_22_250It was the title of the brochure that caught my eye, – “Route Des Navigateurs”. I had been wandering around a Montreal tourism office, perusing the racks of travel pamphlets and gathering information. Several weeks earlier, my wife Maureen and I had left home on a cross-Canada adventure. Now, we were in Montreal. After several delightful days of touring the city and surrounding countryside, it was time to move on, but where? I had a general idea but nothing specific. I was looking for inspiration, something out of the ordinary, a route less travelled. Could this be it?

The title, roughly translated meant, “Route of the Navigators” or “Route of the Explorers”. In my mind’s eye, it evoked images of those great French navigators, Samuel de Champlain and Jacque Cartier. I felt an immediate connection. After all, weren’t those early navigators and modern day RV’ers kindred spirits, motivated by the same desire to see what lay over the horizon or around the next bend? Naturally, I picked it up.
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Following The Red Coat Trail: Part 2

Travel, Canada

red_coat_trail_250Welcome to the second of a two part series chronicling the adventures of my wife, Maureen and I as we followed the Red Coat Trail across the Prairies. The Red Coat Trail is a series of provincial highways, which more or less followed the route taken by the North West Mounted Police back in 1874 on their march west from Manitoba to Southern Alberta. Maureen and I however, were going the other way. Our starting point was Fort Macleod in Southern Alberta and we were headed east. By the end of part one, we had reached the middle of Saskatchewan. Along the way, we had visited some interesting attractions, driven over some unique roads and experienced some very empty yet beautiful landscapes. In part two, we continued east along the Red Coat Trail to its end, near Winnipeg, Manitoba. Please join us for the rest of our adventure.

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Following The Red Coat Trail: Part 1

Travel, Canada

red_coat_trail_250Welcome to the first of a two part series chronicling the adventures of my wife, Maureen and I as we follow the Red Coat Trail across the Prairies. The Red Coat Trail, in case you’re wondering, is a series of provincial highways, which more or less follows the route taken by the North West Mounted Police back in 1874 on their march west from Manitoba to southern Alberta. The route was marked by distinctive roadside signs to help modern travellers stay on course.

While the Red Coat Trail was longer and slower then the more well-known and well-travelled TransCanada Highway, it did offer not only a sense of history but also a chance to explore a part of the country largely overlooked by tourists, to view landscapes and attractions bypassed by the four-lane highway and to experience local culture.
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Exploring South West Saskatchewan

Travel, Canada

title_025The southwestern corner of Saskatchewan is an amazing place that will both confirm and challenge everything you thought you knew about this this part of the country.

Yes, there are endless fields of golden grain rippling gently in the breeze but there’s so much more – like sand dunes, forests, hills, grasslands, a huge man-made lake and the “piece de resistance”, Saskatchewan’s only winery.

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta: Part 3

Travel, USA

title3_200Welcome to the final installment of a three part series recounting the adventures of my wife, Maureen and I while visiting the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, the largest event of it’s kind on the planet. The first installment centered on our experiences as novice spectators at this amazing event while the second focused on our adventures as volunteers with a hot air balloon support team (published in previous editions of the RV Times). This final installment details our odyssey as passengers in a hot air balloon as we soar high above the New Mexican landscape.  If you’re ready to continue the thrill of a lifetime then, sit down, buckle up and read on!
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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta: Part 2

Travel, USA

crew_01Welcome to the second of a three part series recounting the adventures of my wife Maureen and I at the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, the largest and most well attended event of it’s kind on the planet. In the first installment (printed in a previous issue of RV Times), my wife and I traveled to New Mexico’s largest city in early October and become novice spectators this amazing event.  In this second installment, my wife and I volunteer as members with a hot air balloon support team and learn a lot more about hot air ballooning then we could have imagined.  If you’re ready for another thrilling adventure then, sit down, buckle up and read on!

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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta: Part 1

Travel, USA

mass_ascent1 Welcome to the first of a three part series describing the adventures of my wife Maureen and I at the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, the largest and most well attended event of it’s kind on the planet. This first instalment centers on our experiences as novice spectators at this amazing event. The second instalment focuses on our involvement as volunteers with a hot air balloon support team while the third details our exploits as passengers in a hot air balloon. If you’re ready for the thrill of a lifetime then, sit down, buckle up and read on!

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