Tulip Festival | May 2018

Tulip Festival | May 2018

Hello friends,

I will just let you know right off the bat that this post is going to be 99% beautiful flower pictures from this weekend! I know there is an overwhelming amount of pictures here, but I couldn’t cut it back anymore. They were so pretty and colourful!

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This weekend we went to the Tulip Festival in Ottawa, ON Canada. It was on Sunday. We had a relaxing morning and then got ready and headed out. It took us probably around 20 minutes to find a parking spot and then we had to walk back to where the tulips were. There was soo many vehicles and people everywhere it was a little overwhelming! haha Definitely worth it though!

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As soon as you got to this park all you saw was flowers. It was absolutely stunning. We were right by the water too which made the day even more beautiful. The weather was perfect and the sun was shining. It would have been a great thing to do with your mom if she lived in Ottawa! (#mothersday woo!)

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This day has now gotten me obsessed with flowers in the spring time. I can’t stop looking at them! The colours are so vibrant.

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Like I said, there was a lot of people there and everyone wanted pictures in front of the flowers! There was soo many little photoshoots going on. All I was focused on was the flowers though! haha And my loving boyfriend had the patience of an angel with me stopping every 2 feet to snap a picture of another flower that looks the same.

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I wanted to play around with different angles and focusing depths. Trying to get professional looking flower pics!

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Down below is a slide show of three pictures. If you look closely you can see that there is a little bug flying in the first one, it lands on the flower in the second one and then in the third one you can see his little shadow behind the petal! I didn’t even know I got this until I looked at the pictures when we got home. So, what I learned from this was that you can never take too many pictures of the same thing!

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So once you walk through all the flowers, you’ll get to the “food court” of the festival. There was a lot of cool little food trucks and stands with basically anything you wanted.

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And of course we made a pit stop for some fries and later on ice cream! It was 24 degrees out, us Canadians need our ice cream when its that hot! haha

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They also had a small band playing live music!

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At the other side of the festival we walked down by the boardwalk along the water. Such a beautiful day to be outside. There were people kayaking and canoeing all over the water.

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Anyways, that is it folks! I told you it would be mostly pictures! Next post will be back to continuing the winter road story, I just had to share these beautiful flowers with you all! Have you ever been to a tulip festival? (This was my first!) What is your favourite type of flower? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

xoxo

The Next Chapter

The Next Chapter

Hello friends,

I’m back.

Sorry I left unannounced. Life got insane. Like holy crap.

But on the plus side of the last few insanely busy and hectic months I got lots of pictures! Which I will be sharing regularly again now that I am almost settled… well not really, but posts will be back!

So near the end of February this year, my boyfriend and I found out that he got a job in Ottawa, ON Canada. This job is much better then the one he had, so of course he took it. I didn’t mind moving. Obviously it is very stressful and costly, but its also really exciting and spontaneous of us. We are usually very routine people haha so looking at each other and being like… “ya babe lets do it…lets move across the country!” is absolutely uncharacteristic of us, both individually and as a couple, but here we are!

Now, once we officially knew that we were moving, shit got real – real quick. We literally sold 90% of our apartment belongings in a week, packed everything up, and headed out. My boyfriend came to Ottawa straight away to begin his new job. I went back up to Fort McMurray and painted my parents house and then went to Europe and surprised my sister! She is teaching in Bristol, UK right now. My parents and I all went over seas to London and toured around a bit, spending most of our time with my sister in Bristol. Man was she ever happy to see me… uh well I mean the parents too obviously… haha she knew my parents were coming but not me! We surprised her and she surprised us at the airport. It was a win for everyone!

So the trip was about a week and a half and there will many posts from all the pictures so don’t you worry! Once back from Europe it was back to work at the parents house. Finishing up things so I could jet out of there! (lol just kidding … love those old folks) But once you have been living on your own its hard to go back to living with your parents! Who can relate?!

Anyways, that next Monday we (mother and I) were off to Ontario! My mom with the truck packed to the roof and I with my old rusty Rav4 loaded to the ground, hit the crappy pavement running. Bright and early trying to grab a quick McDonalds coffee before we headed out, but as per usual it took way longer then expected.

We took 3 days to drive 37 hours across the country. Lots of driving, lots of coffee, lots of music and audio books, and lots of laughs and memories. I will always appreciate road trips, even if my butt is numb for most of the time. When we arrived in Massey, ON Canada it was around dinner time. My grandma had all the goodies cooked up for us.

Well hold on now, she didn’t know I was coming either! I surprised my grandparents with the news that I was moving to Ontario in person! They were very surprised to see me unannounced like that, but also very happy…I think! Lots of hugs were given and received and smiles went all around. With me living in Ottawa now, I am only 5.5 hours away from the grandparents instead of 37! Much better eh!

I stayed with them in Massey that first night, and then we headed to Sudbury, ON (1 hour drive). This is where I got to surprise my cousins, etc. We hungout that night and ate Chinese food. A grandparent classic!

The next day I went off to Ottawa in the afternoon (5.5 hour drive). Since then (almost a week now) I have been running around trying to get lots of important adult things done and in the back of my mind the entire time all I could think was, I need to update my blog peeps on whats been going on!

And there you have it. My last couple of months update. Hectic and impulsive but worth it so far! Now time to finish up all of the things I need to get done and find me a job haha moving provinces isn’t all fun and games!

I promise to upload a regular post in the very near future. Many many cool and exciting pictures and stories to come! How have your last few months been? Any big or exciting changes happen?! I would love to hear down below πŸ™‚

Total Drive time: 43.5 hours πŸ˜‰

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A New Beginning Awaits

P.S The header picture is from our flight home from London, its the Arctic Ocean!

Until next time,

xoxo

Maligne Canyon & Malign Lake | Jasper

Maligne Canyon & Malign Lake | Jasper

Hello friends,

Today my post will be about our hike in Maligne Canyon and our visit to Maligne Lake!

The canyon was a good hike. At times it was quite busy, but very accommodating for how hard and long you wanted to hike. There were multiple bridges you would have to cross throughout the hike and at any bridge you could simply cross and continue on the path or turn around and head back. There was signs up showing you how far to each bridge.

I found the hike quite rewarding. You hiked along the water through a canyon and at the end you saw an amazing view. On the way back we took the harder route, which was a skinnier trail that was higher up then the original one we took in the beginning. Lots of people had dogs, as well as kids on the trail so even if you are a beginner at hiking it is a good one to do!

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Here you can see both Patricia and Pyramid lake in Jasper! I love that Turquoise colour of the water!

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The view near the end of the Maligne Canyon hike!

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A beautiful lake we passed on the drive from our hike to Maligne Lake. You can see how there was a wildfire here in the recent past due to the black mountain on the right of the picture. There was actually quite a bit of burnt trees throughout our drive this day.

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Views of Maligne Lake. The lake was still half frozen when we were there, and there was also a lots of people on the docks, so I couldn’t get any nice shots of the entire lake. But definitely something to come back to in the summer time because they do boat tours and everything!

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On our way back from stopping at Maligne Lake we saw a small groups of elk, so obviously we had to pull over! All of them were tagged, which is quite normal for animals in National Parks. You can see the collars, especially in the last picture. These collars are used by wildlife officers and researchers to ensure the animals are living a healthy life and continue to do so for the generations to come.

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Let me know if you have been to Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park in the comments below!

Until next time,

xoxo

Sheep River Provincial Park – Kananaskis Country

Sheep River Provincial Park – Kananaskis Country

Hello again,

My boyfriend and I have recently moved to Calgary; and with moving to a new city, especially the size of this one, there is lots of exploring to do. A little ways out of Calgary, probably less then an hour, is a beautiful little provincial park you can go to. I went there roughly the middle of May and it is amazing.

You get everything from mountains, to valleys, rivers and trees, and lots of wildlife. I was so taken away by how many deer I saw, and that is saying a lot because where I grew up there were deer in my backyard all the time!

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If you live in the area, or are even just stopping by for a visit, Sheep River Provincial Park is a good place to take a little trip out to, especially if you want to be guaranteed to see wildlife!

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I love living close to the mountains! I don’t think I will ever get tired of admiring them!

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Cloudy skies and valley just complement each other so nicely.

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Have you been there before? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,

xoxo

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside | NS

Kejimkujik National Park Seaside | NS

Hello friends,

Todays post will be a continuation of my time exploring Nova Scotia, Canada. We went to both Kejimkujik National Parks, the inland and the seaside. Both of them were beautiful in their own way.

These parks were much different then I am use to. Growing up and living in Alberta for the all of my life, except those 4 years at university, the parks I visited regularly consisted of mountains, valleys, glaciers, bears, etc. It was a cool experience to see what other types of national parks are out there in Canada.

I have to admit, the seaside park was my favourite out of the two because of the water and the seals that we saw basking in the sun. The trails were nicely groomed, except in some areas closer to the water. I do have to caution you though, the breeze coming off of the water may be cool and refreshing at first, but as you get closer it becomes quite cold and can make your ears hurt. I would bring a hat to wear or even just a sweater that has a good hood.

Anyways, here are some of the pictures from my time at Kejimkujik!

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How many can you see?

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There were 14 seals on that one rock! Did you guess it?!

Until next time,

xoxo

Lunenburg, NS

Lunenburg, NS

Hello friends,

Todays post will be about my time spent in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia! I was there for two nights and it was quite a lovely town if you ask me. We stayed at the Rum Runner Inn. This hotel was very nice and it was located on a main street so we just walked to get dinner and snoop through all the little shops. It is also right by the water so you get a nice view. We even got a little deck with a few chairs to sit out at!

If you drive to the other side of town (where the golf course is) you get a beautiful view of all the colourful houses and shops of Lunenburg. Thats the main tourist attraction, all the colour of the maritimes.

It was an overcast day, which is quite usual, however I did manage to get a few shots of the colour that this town contains. Hope you enjoy!

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And yes, the grass really is that green. I noticed that all throughout Nova Scotia actually. No matter how gloomy the day is or even when it is sunny, the grass is always very vibrant! I give credit to all the rain!

Anyways, until next time!

xoxo

Peggy’s Cove, NS | Part 2

Peggy’s Cove, NS | Part 2

Here is the second part of my Peggy’s Cove post. These were taken the next morning when the sky cleared up and it wasn’t typical Nova Scotia weather, which is rain and gloomy clouds.

It was difficult to get these pictures of the famous lighthouse without any one in them because when its nicer out, more people tend to lead their little caves. I am very happy I went here and toured around Nova Scotia in May instead of during the tourist season, which starts mid-june. I have heard from almost all tourist places that peggy’s Cove is literally jam packed with people during the summer. Therefore, my suggestion to you, is that if you want to visit, go during the fall, winter or spring… just not in the summer!

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*Warning: Injury and death have rewarded careless sight seers here. The ocean and rocks are treacherous, savour the sea from a distance*

Legit take note of this. You may think those black rocks (as they call them) are not slippery, but they are. As well, a wave may not look large but when it hits you, you’ll reconsider that thought. Just be cautious and admire from a far…and away from ledges!

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That large building is the gift shop as well as a restaurant. While you eat you have a beautiful view of all the surrounding water and rocks, definitely worth a visit.

Although if you do go in, my advice is do not buy their salt water taffy. For some reason it tastes funny….

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Looking out into the distance. It was such a beautiful day… well until about mid afternoon when it started to rain again! Oh Nova Scotia weather, how I will not miss you.

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This is a lobster fisherman throwing a cage out. When you look off into the water at Peggy’s Cove, there are many orangy-red buoys that you can see and they are all lobster traps. It is actually quite amazing and impressive to watch these boats drive around and pull the cages up and put them back down. Let me just say, they are very good at keeping track of what they have already checked!

If you did not know, lobster season is not in the summer as most would think. It is actually late fall to the spring. If you are interested in the lobster in Nova Scotia here is a link.

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If you are interested, click here to find out more about Peggy’s Cove.

Or if you missed part 1 of this post, click here.

Until next time,

xox