Used York City Is Going North Of The Border!
My first trip out of the country was when I was seven and was to Vancouver, Canada. We were living in Spokane, Washington at the time, and this journey across international borders seemed so exotic in my young mind. And it had every right to seem so…from the hot springs to the campgrounds to the border patrol guards making sure we didn’t bring in bananas (crazy I still remember that), this could be pinpointed as the trip that infected me with the “travel bug”.
Twenty-some years later, I’m delighted to report that I will be heading back to the great country that started my love affair with travel. Only this time, I will be visiting a region far, far away from Vancouver and a much closer plane ride to my current-hometown of New York City: The Outaouais Region.
Used York City has been selected to attend a press trip to explore the great outdoors of the Outaouais region. For six days, I will be immersed in what I like to think of as the Triple-C’s of Canada: cross-country skiing, caving, and crazy-cold celsius temperatures! (Okay, maybe that was the Sextuple-C’s of Canada? But let me not digress.) To say I’m excited hardly scrapes the surface.
We’ll be experiencing snowshoeing, tubing, dogsledding, ice fishing, and what is deemed as a “true Canadian safari”…I mean, really, is there anything more magical than watching arctic wolves lounging in a winter wonderland of snow? I think not. I would go into more detail, but that would ruin the surprise, now wouldn’t it?
During my time in Canada, I will be blogging, facebooking, and tweeting up a winter storm about my experiences in the lovely Outaouais Region. I’d love for you to follow along on my journey from the comfort (and warmth) of your home computer! But I warn you in advance, if you haven’t already been bitten by the travel bug, Canadian adventures are pretty much swarming with them. And boy do those Canadian bugs bite. Hard.
A huge thank you to the amazing folks at Tourisme Quebec for providing this phenomenal opportunity. In a way it brings me full circle to my seven-year old self, the mini-me that dreamed of one day traveling the world and writing all about it, thanks to my memorable Canadian border-crossing experience. Those Canadians sure are the nicest people on earth.
We depart February 20th and will be returning February 25th, and look forward to having you follow along every (snowshoe) step of the way!
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen