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Posted in Alberta, Christmas, Costa Rica, Edmonton, Elk Island National Park, Great Sandhills, Job offer, Moving, North Battleford, Ontario, Saskatchewan with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 3, 2017 by Amanda

I was going to write this post a bit earlier this evening but was interrupted by the fire alarm going off in my building.  It was nothing; some idiot probably pulled it.  Anyway, I have some big news: I will be starting a new job in Ontario on August 1.  I am definitely ready for this change as I’ve been in North Battleford, SK for nearly four and a half years.  I am not really looking forward to clearing out this apartment though!

I have (obviously) completed ignored this blog this year.  Until now, it has not been the most exciting year but a few things have happened.  I will really try to write posts to make up for this soon.  If not, here is a summary:

  • I was home for Christmas/New Years
  • I went on a trip to Costa Rica in March
  • On Victoria Day Weekend, I went to Elk Island National Park and Edmonton
  • I visited the Great Sandhills yesterday

Yorkton to North Battleford + more!

Posted in Driving, Moving, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Weather, Winter, Yorkton with tags , , , , , , on February 9, 2013 by Amanda

This post is clearly rather belated.  I finally had internet (and cable!) installed in my apartment today and had been too lazy to write a post elsewhere.

The morning I left Yorkton it was quite cold (-30) and I hadn’t gotten around to having the broken plug for my block heater replaced so starting my car was a bit difficult but I did manage to get it started.  I drove from Yorkton to North Battleford with just one break to use the washroom.  The visibility on the drive was quite good except when I got behind some kind of some removal vehicle on the side of the road that I couldn’t pass for like twenty minutes but I could literally see nothing if I got remotely close to it!  I really think that the section between Saskatoon and North Battleford is one of the best as it isn’t too busy but has two lanes each way so passing is pretty easy.

I started working on February 1 and so far it has been going pretty well.  I have enough furniture in my apartment that I’m okay though there are still a few things I should buy.  So, in general, things have been going quite well!

Kenora to Yorkton

Posted in Driving, Kenora, Langenburg, Manitoba, Moving, Neepawa, Ontario, Portage la Prairie, Saskatchewan, Weather, Winter, Yorkton with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by Amanda

I began the day in Ontario, spent most the day driving through Manitoba, and finished the day in Saskatchewan.  The roads were a bit messy in parts and it is quite windy a lot of the way with snow blowing on the road.  It wasn’t scary but it did slow me down somewhat.


The sign at the entrance to Manitoba


The sign at the entrance to Saskatchewan

I made the mistake of filling up my car in Kenora at 122.9 when I would have only paid 104.9 if I’d waited until I entered Manitoba.  I think the prices in Manitoba must be set by the government as all the stations in the same area had exactly the same price.

I noticed a sign for a rest area not too far into Manitoba that said it had heated washrooms and sure enough the entrance was cleared well and the washrooms were open and clean.  This was a pleasant surprise!

Another interesting thing I noticed in Manitoba were signs for odometer checks.  The had numbered signs every kilometre for ten kilometres.  I guess they are for people to make sure their odometers are working?  I’ve never heard of odometers not working or odometer checks before!

I opted to drive through Portage la Prairie and have lunch rather than taking the option of bypassing the town.  I found lunch okay but it didn’t seem like the nicest place overall.

In contrast, I drove through Neepawa later and it was an extremely nice-looking town.  It is apparently the world lily capital and the place where Margaret Laurence grew up.

I finally saw some sunshine around 3 pm!


The Goliath

Upon entering Saskatchewan I drove through the town of Langenburg, home of the Goliath which is the world’s highest swing.  It is also is apparently the “town of the future” and has signs about “family & friends.”  It seems like this little town is really desperate for attention!

I am spending the night in Yorkton.  I decided to walk to a restaurant for dinner as it was less than a five minute walk from my hotel and  I was rather sick of driving.  This proved to be a mistake!  I fell on a really slippery section of sidewalk and then I fell again while trying to get up!  I’m not hurt but I suspect I’ll be bruised tomorrow.  On the way back I was extremely careful and didn’t fall; however, I was walking into the really cold wind.

Terrace Bay to Kenora

Posted in Driving, Kenora, Moving, Nipigon, Ontario, Terrace Bay, Thunder Bay, Weather, Winter with tags , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2013 by Amanda

Today was another dreary day.  I didn’t see any sun at all but I didn’t have any trouble with my car today!

I was actually happy to see some frost on my car this morning as it actually allowed me get the windows clean (at least for a while).  It was only slightly foggy when I left Terrace Bay but it became really foggy off and on during the first 50 kilometres or so of the drive.  I really needed to slow down in order to see what way the road would curve!  There was some fog after that but it didn’t make me slow down much.

I noticed a bunch of signs while driving through Nipigon saying that they have the smallest Canadian Tire but I didn’t get off the highway to investigate just how small the store was.

I didn’t bother to see anything in Thunder Bay and just drove through the outskirts of the city and stopped for gas and an early lunch.  I’m sure there was plenty to see there as it is a pretty large place but I really didn’t have the time.

I entered the Central time zone today.  I was impressed that the entrance to the sign was actually well plowed!  Most places along the highway are closed for the winter and you can’t easily even enter the parking lots.

I noticed, for the second day in a row, a Greyhound bus was a Courier Express trailer on the back.  I guess there courier business must be doing well.

I just stopped for a few quick stops on the way to today’s final destination: Kenora.  The roads in this town are messy and I find it worse in a way to drive in a town was messy roads as it is really hard to guess where left-hand turning lanes and such are located!

Blind River to Terrace Bay

Posted in Blind River, Bruce Mines, Driving, Moving, Ontario, Sault Ste. Marie, Subway, Terrace Bay, Thessalon, Wawa, Weather, White River, Winnie the Pooh, Yellow Brick Road with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 27, 2013 by Amanda

Today’s drive was definitely tougher than the drive yesterday.


Blind River

Not too long after leaving Blind River I had a warning light telling me that the traction control was off come on a few times and eventually just stay on.  This worried me a bit but I know that I’ve had cars before that didn’t have traction control at all!  I decided to get off the highway in Thessalon and when I turned off the car and started it again the warning light went off and stayed off for the rest of the day.  Hopefully, it was just a flukey thing.  I was interested in seeing Thessalon anyhow as my sister had spent a summer around there.  It was not quite as small as I’d expected.

I noticed that Bruce Mines, population 600, had an Indian restaurant which was surprising in such a tiny place.  Too bad I was there at 9:30 in the morning!

The roads got to be rather messy around Sault Ste. Marie.  I really didn’t see much there (other than the washroom in Wal-Mart!).

Not too far past Sault Ste. Marie I decided to stop at which looked like a great place to take a picture.  The snow didn’t look very deep but once I parked there I realized that the snow was deeper than it looked!  It took me a few minutes to get back on the road.  It didn’t have to resort to using a shovel but I think I’ll be much more careful about where I stop now.  I really felt like a moron after that!


The picture I shouldn’t have taken!

A bit later the road became not too great and there was really nowhere good to take a break.  I was very relieved when I got to Wawa though I ended up being disappointed with the town.  While it plenty of motels (which I wasn’t looking for early in the afternoon), there wasn’t a whole lot else there.  So I ended up having lunch at Subway which would have been more enjoyable had I not had dinner at Subway the night before.  I know Wawa is famous for its goose; I saw three large geese and ended up taken a picture of the least official-looking one as it was the easiest to take a picture of!

Luckily, the roads were clear after leaving Wawa.  There were a number of hills and turns but nothing too bad.  I also passed through White River, the home of Winnie the Pooh and by signs for Yellow Brick Road!

I was also surprised to see so many transport trucks (they were the majority of vehicles) especially as today was Sunday.

I drove to Terrace Bay and decided to spend the night here.  It is a really nice little town and did manage to find dinner somewhere other than Subway!


Terrace Bay