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Winter nights in small town northern Ontario have a distinct feel with their wide, snow covered main streets devoid of traffic either foot or vehicle. Wawa, home of the famous Wawa Goose monument lights up its downtown with a tribute to the famous Wawa Goose that has attracted visitors since 1963 🦆
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@wawa @wawatourism @ontariotravel @discoverontario @destinationnorthernontario @canamrv @mercedesbenzvansca #smalltowncharm #northernontario #rollydooley #roadtrip #roadtripcanada @bluejellyfishsup @fitforanythingadventures ...the big lake they called Gitche Gumee 🎶 *
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#lakesuperior #greatlakes #canadaroadtrip #rollydooley #roadtrip @discoverontario THE NEXT CHAPTER BEGINS 🚐💨
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Steering our new pal, Rolly Dooley across country on a wintery roadtrip to Vancouver Island ❄️
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#roadtripcanada #rollydooley #mercedessprinter #thegreattrail #vanlife @bluejellyfishsup #rollinrollinrollin #keepthemdogiesrollin @fitforanythingadventures @canamrv @mercedesbenzvansca The rain didn't stop Pam from her yoga routine on the Brudenell River in PEI during Canada Onboard's Canada 150 celebration. Wind and fog issues on Charlottetown Harbour meant a diversion to the broad Brudenell, whose placid surface was perfect for downward dogs 🧘‍♀️⠀
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We showed the flag right across Canada during our 150 birthday celebration, holding it tight here on a blustery September day on PEI. Weather and time limited us to a single paddle on an island which boasts plenty of on-water options🇨🇦⠀
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@tourismpei @explorecanada @PEInationalpark @bluejellyfishsup @fitforanythingadventures #roadtrip #crosscanadapaddlingroadtrip #ExplorePEI #explorecanada #adventure We’ve been away from posting on social media for a while but we haven’t stopped paddling or travelling. We’re kicking things off right back where we left you on the beautiful east coast of Canada. Follow along for the ride on our crazy cross Canada road trip and check out the link to our blog in our bio if you like spoiler alerts 🇨🇦
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What an incredible find! As we crossed Canada we were looking up lodging on the fly. Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia was on our radar but the Train Station Inn popped up late in the day and we booked a railcar accommodation that was roomy and comfortable at a reasonable rate. And of course it perfectly fit our Canada Onboard project. Kudos to Jimmy LeFresne, who bought the station as a teenager to prevent its demolition, then began adding railcars as accommodation 🚂
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Who knew? Pelicans on a man-made lake smack dab in the middle of Regina. We almost fell into cold Wascana Lake, slack-jawed at the sight of the big-billed birds lounging near a man-made waterfall. As if the stiff wind wasn’t likely to do that anyway.

DSC_0650The American White Pelicans who greeted us at Wascana Lake were more than a mild surprise. They migrate each summer to waterways within the boreal forest.

Sadly, Saskatchewan was one of the three provinces we only achieved one paddle in during our 30-day, 10,000-kilometre celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday.

And it was a memorable, if short, piece of prairie paddling led by Kristal McBain of Queen City SUP. Kristal, a SUP and yoga instructor, gave it a family feel with sons Anden, 6, and Jasper, 4 onboard.

DSC_0668Kristal McBain of Queen City SUP takes son Jasper on a paddle that passed in front of the Saskatchewan legislature. It’s a popular SUP spot and she offers lessons and yoga on the boards there.

Wascana Lake, which was first created in 1903, is a popular SUP spot because it is central to the provincial capital. In fact, you can paddle right up to the Saskatchewan legislature, but beware the oratorical gusts. The legislators likely favour a rowing club on the lake due to its political posture, sitting on one’s butt and going backwards.

Anyway, back to the American White Pelicans, the species we paddled around. Turns out about a fifth of this population is found in the waterways associated with boreal forests. So they migrate to Saskatchewan and Alberta as well as northern U.S. states. They mingled with cormorants on Wascana Lake, which underwent what was known as the Big Dig 15 years ago.

The $18-million project took the average depth of the lake to 5.5 metres with some places dug to 7.5 metres to encourage a fish habitat.

The second surprise was little Anden scooting along so fast on his racing board we had trouble staying with him. He looked born to a board with precise form that sliced through the wind. Meantime, Jasper sat at his mother’s feet, enjoying the ride.

DSC_0679Anden soon left us in his wake. He looked born to board as he powered his race board across the lake.

But it was cold for him, so Kristal took them ashore while we made a futile effort to paddle up to the legislative building. The wind drove us back and down to our knees, almost into the canoe club’s docks, where we rested and decided it was a day for the elements, not us.

DSC_0699Canada geese watched curiously as John dropped to his knees with the wind pushing us into the rowing club docks.

We had to imagine the lake on a warm summer day, sharing space with kayaks and canoes and paddling around the six islands created by the project.

Kristal and partner Chris Bailey, a Paddle Canada advanced flat water instructor, do most of their programming for Queen City SUP on the lake with a combination of SUP training, SUP yoga and on-water fitness classes. They also lead free evening group paddles for folks with their own boards and offer $10 board rentals as well as full moon paddles with $20 rentals.

DSC_0703John and Kristal pose as we say goodbyes with Alberta in our sights.

Queen City SUP also organizes Float weekend retreats featuring paddling, yoga, vegetarian fare and cabin accommodation on Lake Katepwa in a setting that allows participants to connect, relax and rejuvenate.

That sounded like exactly what we needed, but there were two provinces and more cold reality before we would hit the finish line on Vancouver Island.

Feature photo: The dome of the provincial legislature rises out of the fall foliage as we head out to tackle windblown Wascana Lake in Regina.

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