•  Dear readers of my blog!

    On the fifth day of my wonderful summer vacation, I traveled from Ashern to Thompson in Northern Manitoba. I have always been fascinated by northern landscapes and the Province of Manitoba offers aplenty. I had to drive for many hours but it was worth the efforts and time. Thompson has a stunning number of sights, restaurants and hotels despite its remote location.

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Watchorn Provincial Park on Lake Manitoba

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Devil's Lake rest stop on Highway 6

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Veterans Memorial Park in Grand Rapids

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Bridge across Saskatchewan River right beside Winnipeg Lake

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Pisew Falls

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Suspension bridge across Mystery Lake

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Msyerty Lake leading into Pisew Falls

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Paint Lake Marina

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Paint Lake Provincial Park

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Thompson City Hall

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Thompson Lions Park

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Burntwood River north of Thompson

    2019 summer vacation: Day five - From Ashern to Thompson

     Highland Tower with Wolf Mural along Millennium Trail

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  •  Ladies and gentlemen!

    On the fourth day of my epic summer vacation, I rented a Hyundai Elantra in Winnipeg and drove northwards to Ashern. The weather was outstanding and there were numerous beautiful things to see. Lower Fort Garry was so stunning to visit that it took about two hours. I really liked swimming in the gigantic Lake Winnipeg. You don't need to travel to Florida to find great beaches as there are just as many with less tourists in Manitoba. Gimli is the town with the biggest Icelandic community outside of Iceland and worth a detour. The Narcisse Snake Dens look great but snakes can rather be found in spring and fall than in the summer time.

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Exhibition at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Reconstruction of a historic village

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Lower Fort Garry's general store

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Lower Fort Garry's bakery

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Lower Fort Garry's warehouse

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     First Nations culture at Lower Fort Garry

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     The Boardwalk in Winnipeg Beach

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Winnipeg Beach and Lake Winnipeg

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Beach Safety Station in Winnipeg Beach

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Gimli Seawall Gallery

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Lake Winnipeg Research ship at Gimli port

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Monument on First Avenue in downtown Gimli

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Gimli Viking statue

    2019 summer vacation: Day four - From Winnipeg to Ashern

     Narcisse Snake Dens - a wonderful place to visit but no snakes to be seen on that specific day!

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  • Ladies and gentlemen!

    I spent the third day of my summer holiday in Manitoba's splendid capital Winnipeg. I assisted my first game ever of the Canadian Premier League as Valour FC lost 1:3 against York 9 FC. I visited Riel House, one of numerous museums dedicated to the Father of Manitoba. In the evening, I celebrated Canada Day at the Forks where I could watch a wonderful concert and stunning fireworks. 

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

     Investors Group Field, home of Valour FC and Winnipeg Blue Bombers

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

     Inside Investors Group Fields minutes before kickoff between Valour FC and York 9 FC

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

    Kickoff of my first Canadian Premier League game at noon 

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

     Riel House

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

     Inside the modest but authentic Riel House

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

     A view of the garden around Riel House

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

    Chinese Gardens in Winnipeg's Chinatown area

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

     Historic Canadian Pacific Railway station building

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

     Canada Day at the Forks

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

     View of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as seen from the Alloway Arch

    2019 summer vacation: Day three - Winnipeg

     Midnight in downtown Winnipeg

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  •  Ladies and gentlemen!

    On the second day of my epic summer vacation, I visited the wonderful capital of Manitoba. Winnipeg is a multi-cultural city that honours its First Nations and French origins respectfully. Especially Louis Riel, considered by many to be the Father of Manitoba, is honoured in every part of this big city. I visited downtown but also numerous parks, monuments and historic buildings. The pathways along Seine River, Red River and Assiniboine River are particularly beautiful. 

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Historic building of the Bank of Montreal in downtown Winnipeg 

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Esplanade Riel spanning the Red River

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     A railway bridge spanning the Red River

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Fort Gibraltar

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Where the Seine River and Red River meet

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     A doe in a garden along the Seine River

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     View of downtown Winnipeg as seen from Saint Boniface suburb

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Saint-Boniface Cathedral with Louis Riel's tomb

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     A view of Esplanade Riel and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Assiniboine Park

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     English Garden

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Leo Mol Sculpture Garden

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     The Pavilion at Assiniboine Park

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Statue of Louis Riel in front of Manitoba Legislative building

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Famous Five monument

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Government House of Manitoba

    2019 summer vacation: Day two - Winnipeg

     Georges-Etienne Cartier statue

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  • Ladies and gentlemen!

    Over the next few days and weeks, I'm going to introduce you to some pictures taken during my epic summer road trip that lasted twenty-five days. I traveled from Manitoba to northern Saskatchewan, then headed into Alberta and a small part of British Columbia before heading back to Winnipeg in the south. On the first day of my summer vacation, I took the plane from Ottawa to Winnipeg, took the bus to my hotel in downtown Winnipeg and started exploring the beautiful city in the evening and at night for about four hours. The architecture, monuments and nature in the city are gorgeous. Winnipeg was definitely a first highlight on my trip.

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport: the most beautiful airport I have ever been to!

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Bell MTS Place, home of the Winnipeg Jets, in downtown Winnipeg

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Fort Garry Hotel

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Union Station

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    The Forks

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Assiniboine River

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Esplanade Riel spanning the Red River

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Canadian Museum for Human Rights which opened five years ago

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Millennium Library Park

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Another view of Millennium Library Park

    2019 summer vacation: Day one - From Gatineau to Winnipeg

    Downtown Winnipeg late at night

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