Category Archives: family literature

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 in┬áRoaming 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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Canada 150, Manitoba

On the long trek westward, some excerpts from “Manitoba On My Mind” are up next: We stand in the covered porch of Dalnavert House (built for Hugh John Macdonald, only surviving son of Sir John A.), waiting for a torrential … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Ontario

Given the physical and population size of Ontario, this post includes excerpts from two chapters of Roaming the Big Land, one focusing on the urban and the other the rural character of the province: First an excerpt from the chapter, … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Quebec

With the weather largely cool and wet in the east so far this summer, it seems appropriate in this cross-Canada tour to picture Quebec in winter. Here is such a view from Roaming the Big Land in a chapter entitled … Continue reading

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Canada 150, New Brunswick

This cross-Canada journey continues with excerpts from “Big New Brunswick Dreams:” Flat red and brown sand beaches run along the eastern coast of New Brunswick like a soft, broad highway from Charlo on Chaleur Bay to the Confederation Bridge on … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Nova Scotia

Crossing from Newfoundland to the mainland, here are some excerpts from “Cruising The Scotia Coast:” …the tartan of Nova Scotia…has large squares lined in gold representing the province’s Royal Charter, and thin bands of red for the royal lion. The … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Newfoundland

Roaming the big land from east to west, the birthday journey starts in Newfoundland, with excerpts from the chapter, “Salty People:” Dot and I fly into St. John’s through a storm, sitting in the tail of the plane. As we … Continue reading

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Canada 150, Introduction to “Roaming The Big Land”

Here is an excerpt from the introduction to┬áRoaming The Big Land that provides a taste of the book’s flavour: “It would be far-fetched to suggest that Canada’s age-old problems of regional and cultural cleavage can be overcome by sitting its … Continue reading

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