It’s hard to get excited about visiting a city that’s called, “Winterpeg” by many of its citizens. And, they don’t stop there. Other comments include; “Winnipeg has two seasons, 10 months of winter and two months of mosquitoes.” or “’Winnipeg’ is Cree for muddy waters. The Cree don’t have a word for horribly depressing city.” or “Autumn in Winnipeg: the greens, the browns, the oranges…. And that’s just the tap water!” or “Winnipeg is the only city where you can switch from ‘heat’ to A/C and back again, all in one day.” or “In Winnipeg, there are 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and road construction.” or “In Winnipeg, your snow blower will have more miles on it than your car.” Such self-deprecating humour may be therapeutic for coping with adverse conditions but, does little to encourage potential visitors such as my wife Maureen and I. Had it not been for a good friend and former resident who extolled the virtues of the ‘Peg, we might have bypassed the city entirely during a recent cross-Canada trip. Instead, we did stop, explore and discover that Winnipeg was a wonderful city with much to offer.
Welcome 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.
- Visiting Montreal and Quebec City
- Driving California Highway 1 in an RV: Part 2
- Driving California Highway 1 in an RV: Part 1
- Manitoulin Magic
- Across The Top Of Lake Superior
- Thunder Bay – A Tourist Gem
- Do You Know The Way To Thunder Bay?
- Wonderful ‘Winterpeg’
- What To Do In The “Soo”
- Myths, Stereotypes and RV’ing in Quebec