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The Queen’s Bed

It’s time to leave Canada and roam some other parts of the world, starting with Edinburgh, Scotland. This is a handsome city, carved into two halves by a deep gully: Old Town and New Town, though the latter in its … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Conclusion

Here are some final thoughts from Roaming the Big Land: Flavours of Canada: Now we (have) travelled to both the western and eastern extremes of Canada–Toe Head in Haida Gwaii and Cape Spear at the northern end of the Avalon … Continue reading

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Canada 150, British Columbia

Reaching the west coast at last, here are some excerpts from the chapter entitled “Looking For Utopia”: Since the middle of the nineteenth century, British Columbia has been a magnet for groups seeking a new and better life, one that … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Yukon

Moving west across the territories, here are some excerpts from the chapter inĀ Roaming the Big Land,” entitled, “Trekking for Gold”: Late into the flight to Whitehorse…I struggle to catch a glimpse of Lake Bennett and Lake Lindeman, headwaters of the … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Northwest Territories

Roaming north to the territories again, here are some excerpts from the chapter, “North of Sixty”: “So, what brings you to Yellowknife?” the CBC producer asks me on the phone…why are you coming in March. It’s still pretty cold here, … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Alberta

Here are some excerpts from “Rocky Ride,” the chapter about Alberta inĀ Roaming the Big Land: Flavours of Canada”: Alberta is like a thick, juicy steak ready to toss on the barbecue. There are two sides to it. The first side … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Saskatchewan

Continuing the journey across the country, here are some excerpts from “Queen of the West.” It’s game five of the Stanley Cup final and the Anaheim Mighty Ducks are leading the Ottawa Senators 4-2. We’re flying into Regina and the … Continue reading

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