The following story on Dianne Whelan and her hike across the Trans-Canada Trail was originally written for the Wellington Advertiser. It has been edited for clarity and web reading ease. To view the original article click here.
On July 1, 2015, Dianne Whelan left St. John’s, Newfoundland on a pilgrimage across Canada on the Trans-Canada Trail.
On Sept. 29 of this year, she crossed over into Wellington County.
Over a year into her journey, Whelan is not even half way, but that does not bother her. Nor does the fact that she is still at least two years from her goal of Victoria, BC.
Whelan is a filmmaker and author who decided to set off on a journey to make her next film, 500 Days in the Wild, after her marriage fell apart and her dog of 18 years died.
On thanksgiving Monday, we set off for the adventures, expecting it to be pretty quiet. We were so wrong. I guess everyone else thought that a Monday holiday would be a quiet day, and showed up.
We reserved online for the Eco Tour, which includes a walk over an amazing suspension bridge that wobbles when you walk over it, a treetop trek along 10″ wide planks, a 300′ zipline to the forest floor, a tour through caves, and a 1000′ zip along the Niagara Escarpment. What a blast.
Our tour included a discounted price on the Thunderbird twin zipline, but it was an almost two-hour wait (see reason above). But thanks to the wonderful staff, we got a raincheck! This means that I’ll be heading out again for my turn on the twin zip next fall. Check it out here.
Instead of taking photos, I decided to use my Sony Action Cam to take some video. I think it turned out all right!
Check out my video here:
Ziplining is one of my favourite activities. Look out for some more video about my ziplining experience in Jamaica!
October is here; the wind gets chilly, and the sun hides more often than it is found. It’s time to break out the sweaters and curl up next to the fireplace inside. WRONG! It’s time to get outside. Don’t put away those hiking boots; there is a beautiful Ontario trail waiting for you to explore!
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I’m definitely still talking about my amazing Quebec trip! It was a stellar beginning to my solo travelling dream. I talked about the delicious food and the highlights of my trip, but I jumped outside the box and stayed at an old monastery. You can read all about it here.
What makes you visit the places you want to go? Is it the architecture, the culture, the food? For me, it is visiting the UNESCO world heritage sites. These places are unique and full of history. They carry thousands of years of our civilization in every stone.
With over 18 UNESCO world heritage sites, Greece encompasses the birth of modern civilization.
There are dozens of hotels – and a couple of hostels – within the fortifications of Old Quebec City. Based on your level of comfort, these can be pricey, especially if you are travelling alone. During my four-day trip to Quebec, I leapt out of the box to stay at Le Monastere des Augustines, a hotel that was converted from an old monastery.
The hotel didn’t pop up on my first search for cheap hotels to stay in when I planned the trip. In fact, I was searching airline prices when I found a flight and hotel combo on Expedia. I had not heard of the place before, but I am so glad I found it.