Time to Travel
24.11.2013 - 30.11.2013
Well after a very long year of working and travelling around Canada, my year has finally come to an end and I am now in tourist status rounding up what has been the journey and experience of a lifetime.
I left Canada for a week to head down South to the Dominican Republic to get some sun and leave Canadian Borders so as to bring an end to my prior Visa.
I had an amazing week out there. The Dominican Republic is a fantastic island destination and the beaches and tropical locations are simply out of this world. The weather was amazing, as were the locations and sights I saw. I landed up meeting a great crowd of people from Canada who were mainly from Ontario and Quebec and we all hung out for the week.
My trip back was a long one and started with Dominican Authorities scrutinizing my passport, not wanting to stamp me out of the country and allow onward travel as my Visa for Canada had expired. I said I was well aware of this but was now re-entering as a tourist. Eventually an official came to the counter and spoke with the junior officer in Spanish for a few minutes before all was fine and I was stamped out and moved on to board. I think the senior officer had to explain to the junior officer that regardless of whether it expired, the passport I have entitles me to 90 days/3 months travel into either the USA or Canada as a tourist. Upon landing in Toronto and moving through Canadian customs and immigration, after a few quick questions and clarity on why I was back and what my intent was, all was good and I was stamped in as a tourist. So all in all, my plans had all worked out as organized.
I have just arrived back on Canadian soil at Toronto Pearson International Airport after a 4 hour flight from Samana in the Dominican. That concluded another 11 250 km of round trip travel. I am now waiting for my connection onward to Calgary which is another 4 hour flight out West. The temperature went from 35 degrees and high humidity in Samana to minus temperatures (-10) in Ontario and will only get colder as I head out west back to Alberta and fly over Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
There was so much snow falling and fog in Toronto, you could barely see the runway. Never before have I seen snow on a runway or had to take off and land on an icy runway which is a little freaky. The plane had to go to the “ice bay” where a truck and crane spray down the wings and tips with hot water and a solution to remove snow and ice before take off, which is something new to experience as well.
Once I arrive in Calgary, Alberta, that is when the fun starts.
I will begin my final whirlwind tour of Canada and take in a number of provinces, territories, cities and sights across the country.
That is when my trip
Terence’s “AMAZING RACE ACROSS CANADA” commences.
This is something I am really looking forward too but at the same time hope everything goes according to plan. This is perhaps one of my most ambitious trips and tours trying to traverse a country as large as Canada with a limited budget and time in which to do it in but am super eager to see more of this amazing country.
My intended travel map across Canada:
Hitting the Mark and checking off the Maple Leafs along the way:
I have now landed in Calgary Airport. Time is 00:45 am. The flight from Toronto was a good one and I slept most the way. I am having a much needed Tim Horton’s coffee and Boston Crème doughnut to energize me. I will have 12 + hours to wait before catching my next flight. So, I am on the hunt for some couches and a place to sleep for the night. I did not want to have to take a taxi in the early hours of the morning downtown and find a place to stay, just to have to return back to the airport for my noon flight. It just seemed like an unnecessary expense and since I can sleep pretty much anywhere, do not mind staying at the airport for the night.
I am super excited, as this afternoon I will finally be heading up North to visit a place that I have literally been trying to get to for many months now and time wise it has just never worked out. I will be flying out to one of the Canadian Territories and the town of Whitehorse which is located in the Yukon Territory just east of the US State of Alaska. It is quite the change, having gone from way down South in the Caribbean to way up North near the arctic. Initially, I was supposed to have gone to Alaska and crossed over into the Yukon, however transport issues and logistics in the winter made this just a little complicated.
I depart Calgary, Alberta around noon and have to make a short stop over and catch a connecting flight in the city of Edmonton, Alberta. This city lies about 1 hour North of Calgary by air. From there I fly directly to Whitehorse in the Yukon and will arrive around 16h00. There are not many airlines that head up there other than Air Canada or Air North and in a country this large you will quickly learn that there is seldom a direct flight anywhere.
Calgary - Edmonton (Alberta) to Whitehorse (Yukon Territory).
Off to find a place to sleep now and get some rest before departing tomorrow.
I have already been traveling for over 15 hours today across multiple time zones (pacific, eastern, mountain) so not really sure what time my body thinks it is.
Cant wait to make it up to the Great White North tomorrow ...